Carabram, the city’s biggest and longest-standing multicultural festival, kicks off its 35th year this Friday with culture, cuisine and spectacular entertainment representing more than 40 cultures.

This year the festival runs July 14, 15, and 16 at five venues across the city which include South Fletcher’s Sportsplex and the Brampton Soccer Centre.

“We are so fortunate to have such a diverse community and Carabram allows our visitors to not only celebrate their own culture but to also appreciate and learn about other cultures that contribute to the diverse makeup of our city,” says Angela Johnson, President of Carabram.

Food and music are essential aspects of any culture, and the two will play a huge part in the festival.

Pavilions will have special performances and programming, including dances, skits, and music. As for the food, all pavilions will have a smorgasbord of delicious eats and drinks significant to their respective cultures.

Carabram’s aim is to celebrate cultures, not countries, that’s why you’ll find Eelam and Punjab in the mix as smaller parts of their respective countries.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online and at select Brampton recreation centres and transit kiosks. Pre-festival ticket price is $10 until July 14. Once the festival begins tickets will be $12 and can be purchased at the door of all pavilions. Children under 12 are free.

Pavilion locations

Brampton Soccer Centre

Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and China
Chris Gibson Recreation Centre

Canada, Philippines, and Ireland
Century Gardens Recreation Centre

Hawaii, India, Nepal, and Punjab
South Fletchers Recreation Centre

Vasco da Gama Cultural Centre