Carassauga 2017

"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 26, 27 & 28, 2017. Our ACCO club proudly hosts "Lebanon Pavilion" for the 9th year at 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 70 countries represented in 28+ pavilions at various locations across Mississauga. This year Carassauga is celebrating its 32nd 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 144 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 26, from 7:30 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. (The opening ceremony is at 7:30 p.m.)

        Saturday May 27, from 1:00 till 11:00 p.m. (Live singing and dabke practice after last show)

        Sunday May 28, from 1:00 till 6:00 p.m. (Closing remarks and Awards presentation are to follow the last show).

* Musical Play Show: This show is inspired by “The Guardian of the Keys”; a musical play written by famous Lebanese writers and composers “Rahbani Brothers”. Briefly, the story is about a small kingdom, that was ruled by a ruthless King. Due to his dictatorship, most of the people fled the kingdom except a farmer lady “Zad El-khair”, who refused to leave, despite the fact that she was left alone behind. "Zad El-khair" promised the people to take care of their properties while they are gone, insisting to stay to face the king and prove him wrong …; the story will roll out on the stage, scene by scene accompanied by music, dabke, 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 with a tribute to the Lebanese legend singer "Sabah". A special performance celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday.

Documentary: A documentary highlighting Lebanon history, culture and tourism and a brief bio about some Lebanese Legends. It will run Every hour at the half hour!

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

Arabic Calligraphy: Visitors will get to see and 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, and to enjoy the live charcoal painting demonstration.

Kids' Fun Zone: Will include face painting, henna tattoo, balloons, arts, crafts 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. For purchasing passports, please contact Samar at 416-562-2991 or Leeda at 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 29,820 visitors and this year we are expecting over 32,000 visitors; while over 363,750 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.