Notting Hill Carnival 2018. Witness the streets of west London come alive this August bank holiday weekend with a huge Caribbean party and Europe’s biggest street festival.
Close to one million people will attend this two-day celebration of Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill. The celebrations will feature elaborate floats, costume-clad participants dancing to traditional reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba, and zouk music, as well as street vendors selling foods like seasoned jerk chicken, callaloo, and traditional goat stew.
Notting Hill Carnival 2018 programme:
Panorama – Saturday 25 August
The festival kicks off on Saturday evening with a steel band music competition, Caribbean-themed outdoor entertainment and street food during Panorama. Entry is free and the event takes place between 6pm and 10pm at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park (Bosworth Road W10).
J’Ouvert and Children’s Day – Sunday 26 August
Sunday morning is the traditional Caribbean carnival opening J’Ouvert. Join the parade or watch on as revellers march through the streets covered in mud and colourful paint between 6am and 9am. The procession starts and ends at Canal Way (Ladbroke Grove W10). Children’s Day (Sunday Parade) takes over during the day and evening with young performers dancing and swirling through the streets to show off their elaborate costumes in the Children’s Day Parade.
Grand Finale – Monday 27 August
See colourful dancers, performers, steel bands and mobile sound systems fill the streets of Notting Hill for the Grand Finale (Monday Parade). Plus, tuck into delicious treats from the many food stalls in the area, and enjoy even more entertainment at the 38 static sound systems along the route and live stages in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance park and Powis Square.