Charleston Carifest

The month of June is Caribbean American Heritage Month and in Charleston we celebrate with a special festival called Carifest June 16 – 18, 2011.

Here you can experience live music with tropical music such as: Reggae, Soca, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and SteelPan Music. Also, you can enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine during the event and watch the Caribbean Cornucopia Parade Band. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Thursday, June 16 Caribbean Symposium Avery Research Center, College of Charleston 125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29401 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Speakers: Ms Monika Ponton Arrington Representative of the United Confederation of Taino People Dr Kimberley Eison Simmons, Author of Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic (New World Diasporas)

Friday, June 17 Masquerade Fete

International Longshoremen’s Association Hall 1142 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403

7:00 – Midnight Dinner, Music, Dance $30.00 PP Coronation of the King of Carnival Parade Proceeds to benefit the Children’s Steel Band Project

Saturday, June 18 Carnival Day

Carnival Street Parade 3:00 PM Visitor’s Center to King Street to Sumter to Fishburne into Brittle Bank Park Festival Grand Finale Brittle Bank Park 181 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29403 (across from Police Station)

2:00PM – 9:00 PM $5.00 in advance Children 10 and under Free

After Party Tropix Bar and Grill 5131 Dorchester Road N. Chas 29418

$10.00 Ticket Information Charlestoncarifest.eventbrite.com (Carnival in the Park) Carifestmasqueradefete.eventbrite.com (Masquerade Fete)