Carnival Weekend

Carnival occurs from Saturday 25th August until Monday 27th August 2018.

Europe’s greatest street festival usually announces its arrival with J’ouvert early on Sunday morning. Children’s day and the children’s parade follows later the same day. Traditionally things warm up on Monday when the crowds arrive in larger numbers for the Grand Finale and for the static sound systems, of which there are more than 30.

The schedule is not yet fixed for 2018, so check back here for regular updates on what’s planned.

Planning your weekend at Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival is big… very big. It is the expression of Caribbean culture brought alive on the streets of London. There is so much to see that to experience it all in a single weekend would be impossible. Instead, plan your weekend ahead. Decide what sound systems you want to go to. Pick times and vantage places to watch the amazing floats on the procession.

Timings and scheduling are not yet fixed and changes to Carnival are likely this year. Although the fun will start at 10.00am on both Sunday and Monday. Be sure to follow our Twitter news feed @W11Carnival to keep abreast of updates as they are announced.  


Panorama will be held between 7.00pm to 10.00pm in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance. The Pleasance is located on Bosworth Road in Kensal Green on the southern side of the Grand Union Canal.

Read more about Saturday's Events


J’ouvert will be from 6.00am until 9.00am. J’ouvert is traditionally ‘dirty’ Carnival with paint and chocolate being thrown to the sounds of African drums and rhythm bands.Carnival’s Children’s Day parade starts at 10.00am.

Read more about Sunday's Events


Starting at 10.00am prompt, the bands, floats and mobile sound systems make their way through the streets following the Carnival route in the Grand Finale.

Read more about Monday's Events