If you have visited Kings Island for years as a guest or as a season pass holder, you might feel like you know every inch of the park and have seen it all….until now!
Grand Carnivale is transforming the park with a fresh, immersive event that you don’t want to miss!
In fact, if you miss it, you will miss out!
What is Grand Carnivale?
Grand Carnivale is an immersive festival that celebrates the cultures of Germany, India, France, China, and Italy with a larger than life party with special themed food and drinks, activities, music, games, entertainment and an extravagant evening parade.
How long does it last?
Grand Carnival Celebration event is for a limited time June 15- July 7th starting at 5pm daily.
Where do you start?
You will want to grab both the Adventure Club Challenge Book and the Grand Carnivale Passport when you arrive at the park. The books are handed out at the front gate and they are also available throughout the featured country areas.
Grand Carnivale Passport
The Grand Carnivale Passport will help give you a lay of the land of the festival. There is a map that shows you where each country is located in the park along with information on each country’s food, drinks, entertainment, ambassador encounter, and floats.
Adventure Club Challenge
The Adventure Club Challenge Book is geared toward explorers ages 7-12 but I say go for it if you are still a kid at heart.
Each country has an ambassador or mascot that will lead you to that country’s adventure. Make sure that you say “hello” in the country’s main language. (You’ll find tips for how to pronounce it in your book.)
Once you complete the quest, don’t forget to get your country stamp and the next country’s clue.
International Themed Activities
Each country also has an activity that goes with the country’s theme. You’ll find an activity tent with several tables with seating for families in each country.
This is a fun way for kids to learn more about other countries and cultures with hands-on experiences.
Watch the Entertainment at Each International Stage
If you are coming for the evening entertainment you will appreciate the diverse entertainment options.
Starting at 5pm there is a pretty steady flow of entertainment at each international stage throughout the evening, giving you an excuse to go back to each country more than once.
You’ll find music, jugglers and acrobats performing amazing stunts. Make sure that you also check out the French clown with incredible robot skills and an ability to stand for long periods of time like a statue.
Sample Your Way Around the World
Food is always one of the BEST parts of a celebration and Grand Carnivale does not disappoint! If you are like me and want to try a little bit of everything, the Grand Carnivale Food Tasting Card is the perfect option for you!
With the card, you can enjoy (6) food tastings of your choice from the special Grand Carnivale Tasting Card Menu.
The special food booths open at 5pm each evening and feature themed menu items at each International country.
FYI -Season pass holders get a 10% discount on all Grand Carnivale food items.
The Food Tasting cards are only valid for a single visit on the date selected at purchase so make sure that you get all of those 6 tastings in!
My personal favorite menu items were the Emperor’s Chinese Spare Ribs from China and the Vegetable Samosas from India served with mango chutney.
My husband and I each had a Food Tasting Card and shared some of the menu items and went back for the ones we really liked.
Don’t forget to save room for dessert!
The options don’t get any easier when it comes to dessert because everything looked so good!
We tried the Cannoli and also really enjoyed the Banana Baji with a fried banana in a sweet curry batter.
Grand Carnivale Feast of Nations
If you prefer buffet-style dining, you can taste the international flavors of the festival exclusively at the International Restaurant. The seating in the restaurant is first-come, first-serve and does not take reservations.
Make sure that you stay for the Spectacle of Colors Parade!
There are more than 100 performers and 9 floats in the nightly Spectacle of Colors parade at 8pm. The parade starts in Coney Mall and loops through International Street.
There are white lines on both sides of International street marking where guests need to stand to allow the floats to pass by. You will want to allow enough time to find a spot at your desired vantage point along the parade route.
*In the event of inclement weather, the parade is subject to cancellation.
Carnivale Street Party
After the party concludes join the street party filled with more music and dancing.
Special Weekend Concert Series
The Bandstand Stage will have special concerts on Friday and Saturday nights with artists from around the world.
June 15 – Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution
June 21 & 22- Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads
June 28 & 29 -Swift Technique
July 5 & 6 -Raffy
Save on Tickets to Kings Island
For the best value for multiple visits and free parking to Kings Island, the Gold Season Pass is your best option and savings.
You can purchase tickets online with lower pricing than at the gate.
The Grand Carnivale Celebration is a great event for families and it can also make a nice date night if your teenagers want to eat and then go on rides instead. You don’t want to miss out so make sure that you visit Kings Island by July 7th!
Disclosure: I’m a Kings Island Brand Ambassador which means that I share my love for the park and enjoy perks and behind the scenes access.
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Disclosure: I’m a Kings Island Ambassador which means that I share my love for the park and enjoy perks and behind the scenes access.
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