Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival

You don't have to travel beyond domestic borders to learn about different cultures. One great example is the Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival, a festival filled with all the music, cuisine, and culture of the Caribbean - no passport required. Downtown Jacksonville, Florida is the location of this festival that will include steel bands, live music performances, Caribbean foods, and plenty of masquerade costumes. If you're looking for a reason to party, head down south to the Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival.

caribbean carnivalThe 2011 Festival

In 2011, the Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival is taking place on September 17 . This is a change from previous years, when festival-goers had to wait until October to enjoy Caribbean culture and food. Moving the festival a month earlier has changed the dynamic of the festival in that not only is this a celebration of all Caribbean cultures, but also has become an end of summer party. Before you put away your bathing suit and flip flops for the year, come to Jacksonville and enjoy one more vibrant festival.

What to Expect

Many travelers might be intrigued by a festival based on Caribbean cultures but could be wondering exactly what to expect. The festival takes place on a Saturday and has many different activities, from a street parade (full of costumes and music, of course) to a food festival, sharing all the flavors and aromas that have made Caribbean food so beloved around the globe. The parade begins at the corner of Bay and Market streets and will march all the way to Metropolitan Park , where visitors will find the food, craft, and music festival. Steel drums and colorful costumes make up the majority of the parade.

The Fine Print

The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. but those who want to get a good viewing spot should arrive earlier. Some visitors skip the parade and head right for Metropolitan Park, where entertainment lasts until 10 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 while kids are admitted for free. The Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival has earned a reputation as a family-friendly festival with plenty of music, arts, crafts, food, and special activities just for families that fill the entire Saturday. Advance tickets are available online, or you could purchase tickets when you arrive. Some travelers prefer to have their tickets in advance as to not waste any time waiting in line upon arrival.

Getting Involved

Some visitors wonder just how involved they should get in the festivities. One way to decide is to take a look at the online photo galleries from previous festivals. In these photos you can see that many children are in costume, along with many enthusiastic parents. There are also many flags from the Caribbean being flown. Whether or not you have a Caribbean background, you can attend this festival and enjoy the music, food, and culture of the Caribbean.


Some travelers will plan a day trip to attend this Saturday festival, while others might make a vacation out of it. If you're planning on spending some time in Jacksonville, the best thing to do is check out local Jacksonville vacation rentals. Or nearby Jacksonville Beach rentals! Nothing will help you find serious relaxation on your getaway to the Sunshine State like a luxurious vacation rental. With all the comfort and convenience of extra space and a private kitchen, you will be setting the stage for a fantastic trip.

For more travel ideas, check out info on the Jacksonville Film Festival.

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