This year’s Canada Day will be a big deal because it’s a celebration of Canada’s 150 years as a nation. There are also plenty of other summer events to get excited about, including those offering music, dancing, food, and much more.

June 25: Brampton Latin Fest

The Brampton Hispanic Community Group will be presenting the fourth annual Brampton Latin Fest this summer. The free event will take place in Garden Square and will showcase authentic Latin American cuisine, arts and crafts, folklore, dance, and music.

July 1: Canada Day

The big 150 is finally here! The celebration at Chinguacousy Park will run from morning to night and include internationally-acclaimed and local live entertainment, plenty of food vendors, along with many fun family activities. Little Bones, Yukon Blonde, and Big Wreck will perform on the main stage and of course, don’t forget the fireworks at 10 p.m.

July 14 – 15: Vibrant Brampton

Sponsored by the Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA), Vibrant Brampton is a free event that takes place in Garden Square and offers attendees a taste of South Asian culture that encompasses India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. There will be music, dancing, food, and crafts.

July 14 – 16: Carabram

Carabram is an annual multicultural festival that takes place across the city of Brampton and brings together cultures through food, entertainment, and education. Around since 1982, it is still dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of cultural heritage. Tickets for Carabram are $10 until July 14, when the price goes up to $14. Children under 12 can get in for free with an adult ticket holder.

August 24 – 26: Arts Alive

The Arts Alive festival from Brampton Music Theatre (BMT) will feature The Rose Orchestra, The Peel Choral Society, Beaux Arts Brampton, the Brampton Concert Band, Jazz Mechanics and a number of other big performers. Various events are planned for the Rose Theatre, Garden Square, and Gage Park, including a Classical Gala, Jazz Evening, and a Broadway Meets Hip Hop evening. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit the Arts Alive website.

September 9: World of Jazz Festival

B-Jazzed will present the first World Of Jazz Festival in Garden Square this year. This free event will include performances, lectures, and a “Long & McQuade Petting Zoo” with instruments available for people to try out. Stay tuned for more details as they are announced in coming weeks.

September 23  24: “Akweni Ki – I Can Do It” Festival

The Oneida Circle Youth Program will be hosting its second annual “Akweni Ki – I Can Do It” festival and pow wow at the Brampton Fairgrounds on September 23 and 24. The Artists’ Showcase on September 23 will include artists, musicians, dancers, and fashion shows, while the Pow Wow on September 24 will feature traditional dance and drums along with traditional food.