Carifest 2016

Planning is underway for Fantastic Friday, July 22, and sensational Saturday, July 23. You can be a part of it if you're a performer with Caribbean flare, a food vendor with Caribbean flavors, a group who can be part of the Caribbean Carnival Mas' Parade or as a volunteer. We are also seeking donations, sponsorship, prizes and more to support the festival. You can donate anytime through GiveMN, or host a fundraising event for us or donate funds directly to Carifest - a 501(c)3 organization.



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The Jarvis Law Firm supports Carifest annually and in exchange we recommend that you contact them when you need their services.

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With so many people & such great music, it's always a good time.


Nadia Batson


This year's headliner is Nadia Batson who was born in Trinidad & Tobago. She grew up in the town of Tunapuna. 

She is known as the writer with the magic pen, having written hit songs for Alsion Hinds, Machel Montano, Destra Garcia, Farmer Nappy, Blaxx and Patrice Roberts, just to name a few of the artistes .

She is also the bandleader of the all female band, SASS which was introduced to the soca scene in 2011.


happy food folks


Food vendors serve up a taste of mouth-watering Caribbean flavors with popular dishes including roti & curry, jerk chicken & ribs, fish & bread, rice & peas, channa, beef, chicken and vegetarian patties and so much more. A wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages & sno-cones with syrup & condensed milk are also usually available. If you would like to be a vendor at the next Carifest, look for information here:

Vendor Information


contact us

James Byron: 612-239-8384 or Email:

Charles Peterson: 612-590-8509 or Email:

Donna Rankin: 952-451-7920 or Email:

100 South 1st.St, P.O. Box 580481,

Minneapolis, MN 55458-0481

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The annual big Caribbean get together.

A variety of performers

Indian dancers, Capoeira, a snake dancer and African dance are among the diverse range of performers that have graced the Carifest stage over the years. Tell us how your group fits the bill.


Carifest is proud of consistently booking top Internationally known Caribbean musicians. Past performers include Dil-e-Nadaan, Byron Lee's Band, Guyana's Road-March winner, rubber-waist Jumo primo and the Supertones.

Everybody is here

It seems like the entire Caribbean Community is at Carifest. People who haven't seen each other for an entire year, come to hang out and meet-up at Carifest. It's the one event that brings the community together.

We need Money

Originally Carifest was a free event but it turns out that no one accepts "free" as payment for barricades, insurance, garbage collection & musicians. We charge just $5 for all this fun but in order to book popular musical acts, we're always seeking donations. Please help with a monthly donation.

We need Mas' bands

Caribbean Masquerade bands are a sight to behold along with the sound of happiness. We would like to see more people assembling their unique Mas' bands to join our parade.