Carnaval (Fiesta Weekend Edition)

East Somerville Carnaval will be back this year, but in a post-pandemic format in order to continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community!

Save the Date: June 5th & 6th

Performances will take place in front of the East Branch Library at 112 Broadway


Due to COVID-19 each performance is limited to maximum 25 attendees.  In order to attend a performance please sign-up via Eventbrite via the ticket links below.  Don't worry - Carnaval is still free to attend!

Safety Guidelines:

  • Do not attend if you are feeling sick

  • All attendees must wear face covering

  • Attendees must maintain six foot distances apart from each other.  

  • You must preregister to attend a performance via EventBrite.

Friday June 4th:

Opening Ceremony @ 6PM - TBD

Saturday June 5th:

Salsa Dance Instruction by Salsa y Control Dance Company  @ 2PM

Featuring salsa dance instruction from Salsa y Control Dance Studio Salsa is a Latin dance associated with the music genre of the same name same name. Different regions of Latin America and the United States have distinct salsa styles of their own. Salsa y Control is Boston’s premier and one of the most beloved dance companies in the area. They offer top quality and easy to follow instruction to get you on the dance floor in no time. Their class will provide a fun and welcoming environment for everyone of all levels.

Salsa Music by Monolo Mairena  @ 3 PM

Monolo Mairena's Salsa quartet will join us following the instruction - so stick around for an evening of live Salsa music and a chance to practice your new moves! 

Manolo Mairena is a New England based salsa singer and conguero who originally hails from Costa Rica.

Afterparty: Enjoy Dinner & Music @ Rincon Mexicano @ 6PM

  • TBA

Sunday June 6th:

Craft Activities and East Somerville Market - 11 AM to 1 PM

Come by the East Somerville Market at Deano's Pasta at 15 Garfield Ave on Sunday June 6th for some fun craft activities and local ourdoor marketplace!

Samba Dance Instruction by SambaViva  @ 2PM

Featuring Samba dance instruction from SambaViva.  Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Afro-Brazilian origin danced to samba music. Today Samba is the most prevalent dance form in Brazil, and reaches the height of its importance during the festival of Carnaval. SambaViva is an internationally recognized dance and music ensemble dedicated to authentically presenting and promoting Brazilian culture. SambaViva dancers embody the spirit of the many genres through an immersive experience of color, movement, and energy.

Samba Music by Grupo Camarote  @ 3 PM

Live music by Julio Santos's Grupo Camarote!  Julio Santos, talented drummer from São Paolo, Brazil, drummer for Banda Camarote and Berklee School of Music graduate will be drumming with his percussion group! The live music will bring home the rhythm and feel of the music you are moving to. It will be like having our own bloco in Brazil! Get ready to dance and rock out to live samba beats!

Afterparty: Enjoy Dinner & Music @ Gauchao Brazilian Cuisine @ 6 PM

  • TBA

Meet the 2021 CARNAVAL Master of Ceremonies:

Ekaterina “Kat” Hicks-Magaña is a current Somerville student and local performer. She has attended the Carnaval in the past, and loves East Somerville for the diverse and kind community, as well as all the wonderful restaurants! Kat has worked with Teen Empowerment and Books of Hope during high school, and will continue exploring her passion for performing arts at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the fall.


Past Years

Somerville Media Center captured some of the best moments from Carnaval 2019 in this short video!
Thank you to all our volunteers, performers, and vendors for making Carnaval so successful year after year.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2020!

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