About Carassauga Festival

Carassauga is an incorporated non-profit volunteer community organization, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2015.

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Operated for the first time in 1986 with 10 Pavilions, initially operating only on Saturday and Sunday.  It was created in response to a challenge put out by Mayor Hazel McCallion to all ethno cultural groups at a meeting of her calling in the old City Hall in the fall of 1985.  It quickly evolved into a 3-day, 22 hour event.

The Festival has become an important annual event in Mississauga’s calendar, and its popularity has steadily increased in recent years.  It is the largest multicultural Festival in Ontario and is now recognized as the 2nd largest cultural Festival in Canada in terms of visits & ethnic diversity representation.

The organization attributes its success to the many volunteer leaders on the Board who have tirelessly devoted their time and expertise to running the annual 3-day event.

For more information about CARASSAUGA, please visit www.carassauga.com


Carassauga Facts 2014

  • Over 72 countries represented at 28 Pavilion Locations, throughout Mississauga
  • 4,014 performancers & 199 artisans
  • 942 performances
  • 309,223 visits
  • 6081 volunteers
  • 373,933 volunteer hours
  • 22 hours of operation
  • For the past four years Carassauga has been recognized as one of the top 100 Festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario.

NOTE: The above information was compiled from the official website of Carassauga: www.carassauga.com