Kingston Carnival returns for another year

Enjoy a fusion of music, food and culture from around the globe as Kingston’s biggest festival celebrating diversity and bringing together communities returns on Sunday 1 September.

The free event which attracts 1,000s of visitors each year, will start with a procession at midday, from outside the Guildhall in the town centre. 

A variety of family friendly carnival activities and different acts will be performing at the event from 12:00 - 19:00 in the Market Place, High Street, Memorial Gardens, All Saints Church and outside the Rose Theatre. 

Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said:

“Kingston Carnival is a great community event, bringing everyone together in celebration and one of my personal favourites of the annual calendar. It is always hard to find sufficient funding to ensure a wonderful, spectacular, but safe, event and I am disappointed that their bid for Arts Council funding was not successful this year. 

“Officers of Kingston Council and I have all worked with the organisers to find partners willing to make up the shortfall this has created in their budgets. Most of the money needed has now been found from sponsors and other founders, including Kingston Council.”

There will be temporary road closures throughout the day, however all town centre car parks will be open as normal. 

  • Kingston High Street and Eden Street up to Union Street will be closed to traffic from 06:00 - 21:00. 

  • Eden Street from the junction of St James’s Road and Union Street will be closed from 11.45 to 13.15 while the procession is taking place.

For more information about the carnival and what’s on please visit: or call 0208 547 2332.