Community Festival

BRING ON THE SUNSHINE annual festival

‘Celebrating Africa, community, culture and family’ since 2000

BOTS (Bring on the Sunshine) has hosted a family day festical since 2010 which typically sees 3000-5000 people attend each year. The schedule of the day includes a full musical stage line up, a market place with diverse and artisan items, and workshops such as drumming, dance and more. New educational content annually expanding your knowledge of Black History.

February 2023

Bring on the Sunshine is hosting its first in-person event since Covid and invites you to participate in a gathering whose theme is “Rest is Resistance.”  

It’s an all-new yet powerful team this year, and the aim is to offer an event that creates a gathering space for collective care, celebration and reconnection with the community in 2023. We have had significant life events on our team this year, and we want to be there for ourselves as well as you, the community. This is how we are showing up this year. Come and say hi! We would love to see you and hear what you would like to see from BOTS in the future! 

Expect to see some fantastic activities including a fashion show and the ever-popular drum circle, although a shorter day this year on Sunday the 19th of February 2023 from 12-4 pm at Kitchener City Hall. 

Entrance is free or by donation, as usual, but please register through Eventbrite.

From the board, thank you for your unwavering support, and we appreciate your understanding as we prioritize our team’s wellbeing to better serve ourselves, our families, our community, and you in the future! 

February 2022

Join us for all week from February 19th – 21st (family day) for a diverse offering of culture, education, music and dance. Catch us on our YouTube LIVE at 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on February 19th – 20th and February 21st at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the Kids Family Day Session!

Stay tuned for our schedule coming soon! 

February 2021  

In 2021 we hosted our first fully virtual event. The event has passed but you can still catch the live stream on youtube if you missed it (or loved it!)

Watch the second day here!

The BOTS festival is a platform for entrepreneurs showcasing approx. 80% black vendors  and 20 % other. We aim to use our platform to support our Black, African and Caribbean community businesses with an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their goods to both the community AND to other festivals and events that occur throughout the summer. 

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