Carassauga 2018

"Carassauga Festival of Cultures" is Ontario's Largest and Canada's Second Largest Multicultural Festival!

Carassauga Festival of Cultures is an annual multicultural festival that is held on the fourth weekend of May in Mississauga, Ontario. This year it is on May 25, 26 & 27, 2018. Our ACCO club, the host of "Lebanon Pavilion", is celebrating the 10th anniversary with Carassauga. For more details visit:!

The Carassauga Festival is a feast of colour, food, dance, music and costumes of people from different cultures. Mississauga and surrounding communities come together to experience and enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of over 72 countries represented in 32 pavilions at various locations across Mississauga. This year Carassauga is celebrating its 33rd anniversary.

Lebanon Pavilion shows and activities at Carassauga Festival!

Live, Love Lebanon ... Tour Lebanon in three days and enjoy the extraordinary of live entertainment, exhilarating performances, informative documentaries, displays, exhibits and cultural food. Come and explore this family fun event at Lebanon pavilion.

Entertainment: (Click here to view the entertainment schedule)

Maysaloun Dance Group”, with 140 performers ranging from the age of 4 to 27, presents two amazing shows that will run alternatively Every hour at the top of the hour on:

        Friday May 25, from 7:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. (The opening ceremony is at 7:30 p.m.)

        Saturday May 26, from 1:00 till 11:00 p.m. (Live singing and dabke practice after last show)

        Sunday May 27, from 1:00 till 6:00 p.m. (Closing remarks and awards presentation at 4:00 p.m. followed by last two shows)

* Musical Play Show: This show is inspired by “Al Mahatta" or "The Station”; a musical play written by famous Lebanese writers and composers “Rahbani Brothers”. The story takes place in a large potato field, where a young woman convinces the people through her work and singing that, if they try hard enough and believe that there will be a train station in the potato field, it will happen. After a while the people became so convinced that they actually can hear the train noise from far. The moral of the story is that if one really believes in something very strongly, and works toward it, it will come true. The story will roll out on the stage, scene by scene accompanied by music, dabkeh, belly and figure dances in vibrant colourful handmade costumes and accessories.

** Multi Dances Show: Variety performances of folk dances and musical sketches in cultural costumes, highlighting different themes of Lebanese districts.

In addition to live music, singing and dancing performances in between the two shows; performed by talented community members. Then an open floor after 10 p.m. on Sat. & Sun. for all to learn and share with others rounds of dabke (Lebanese dance).

Documentary: A documentary highlighting Lebanon history, culture and tourism and a bio about some Lebanese Legends will run in between the two shows.

Exhibits: Enjoy many colorful and informative displays of cultural posters, paintings, artizana, fashions, arts, crafts, jewelry, and books.

Arabic Calligraphy: Visitors will get to learn about the history of the Lebanese Alphabet and get their names written in Arabic for FREE at the "Arabic Calligraphy" booth.

Arabian Hospitality Setting: Visitors are welcomed to take their photos in cultural Lebanese costume at the "Arabian Hospitality Setting" booth for FREE.

Kids' Fun Zone: Will include face painting, henna tattoo, colouring, kids camp information, and lots of fun all day round.

Cuisine: Lebanon is well known for its rich, healthy, and delicious cuisine, which is among the most varied and savory in the world. We invite you to taste some of our essential dishes; tabbouli, hummus, moutabal, vine leaves rolls, falafel, pastries, shawarma, shish tawouk, kafta and kibbeh. Also, enjoy our Lebanese sweets such as baklawa, maamoul, nammoura, kaak, and more.

Location: (Click here to view map) We are located at Hershey Center (Community Rinks 2, Door C) at 5500 Rose Cherry Place (North of Matheson Blvd. East, one block east of Kennedy Rd.) in Mississauga.

FREE Shuttle Bus stops at our pavilion to transfer visitors among all pavilions' locations across Mississauga.

Passports: Passports are sold for $10 in advance and $12 at the door, FREE admission for kids 12 and under. To purchase passports, call 416-562-2991 or 416-389-7314.

Carassauga Festival of Cultures brings thousands of people together from all walks of life and from all origins to experience the other cultures of the world during this unique three day festival. Last year our pavilion received over 31,280 visitors and this year we are expecting over 35,000 visitors; while over 385,682 visits to all pavilions were recorded. We encourage you to assist our group in representing our beautiful, rich and friendly culture in every aspect possible.