Join London’s biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of West London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours.
Watch elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets in the carnival parade, dance to the sound of steel bands and calypso music, and visit the tempting food stalls along the route.
If you're new to the carnival, take a look at our 10 tips for Notting Hill Carnival to find out how to make the most of your day.
When is Notting Hill Carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival takes place every year on the last weekend of August and the summer bank holiday (public holiday) Monday.
In 2017, the carnival takes place on 26, 27 and 28 August. Take a look at the programme below to see what time the festival starts and what's on each day.
Notting Hill Carnival 2017 programme
Panorama – Saturday 26 August
The festival kicks off on the Saturday evening with a steel band music competition and more Caribbean-themed outdoor entertainment for all the family during Panorama. Entry is free, and the event takes place between 6pm and 10pm at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park (Bosworth Road W10).
Jouvert and Family Day – Sunday 27 August
Get up early on the Sunday morning to experience the traditional Caribbean carnival opening Jouvert. Join the parade or watch on as revellers march through the streets covered in mud and colours between 6am and 9am. The procession starts and ends at Canal way (Ladbroke Grove W14).
Family Day (Sunday Parade) takes over during the day and evening. See young performers dancing and swirling through the streets to show off their elaborate costumes in the Children Parade; enjoy calypso, soca and more performances at the World Music Stage in Powis Square; and make sure to visit some of the 38 static sound systems, delicious food stalls, and Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park for family workshops.
Grand Finale – Monday 28 August
See colourful dancers, performers, 60 steel bands and mobile sound systems fill the streets of Notting Hill for the Grand Finale (Monday Parade). Plus, tuck into delicious food and drinks from the many food stalls in the area, and enjoy even more music and stage shows at the 38 static sound systems along the route and World Music Stage in Powis Square.
Where does the carnival take place?
The carnival takes place on the streets of London W10 and W11, usually around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Park and Kensal Road.
How to get to Notting Hill Carnival?
With many road closures taking place during the festival, London public transport is the best way to travel to the Notting Hill Carnival.
Allow extra time for your journey as a number of local Tube stations will be closed or subject to disruption. Extra buses will be put on during the carnival weekend, but buses will be diverted away from the carnival route.
Check the Transport for London website before you travel for the latest Notting Hill Carnival transport information.
What is Notting Hill Carnival?
The Notting Hill Carnival was first held in 1966 as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival, celebrating Caribbean culture and traditions in London.
When the Notting Hill Carnival first started, around 500 people attended the Caribbean festival. The carnival has since become the largest street festival in Europe, attracting hundreds of thousands to London, and continues to grow in popularity. Expect to see some 50,000 performers in the parade and more than 30 sound systems, with more than 1 million people attending over the carnival weekend.