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Come to Valleyfair on select dates July 24 through August 8 to experience how the world kicks up its heels at our day-to-night, larger-than-life cultural celebration. King Carl Nivale, Queen Cara Nivale, and their Royal Court are your hosts on a worldwide expedition. Visit AWESOME locales far and wide with authentic entertainment, delicious international cuisine, lively games, unique crafts, and traditions from nations spanning the globe.
Take in the extravagant sights and sounds of our nighttime Spectacle of Color Parade, a glittering sensory spectacular of lavish floats, interactive street performers, and pulsing rhythms. As the parade concludes, thunderous music builds to a crescendo and our King and Queen kick off a high-energy celebration filled with animated entertainers, spirited dancing, scrumptious eats and so much more.
Grand Carnivale is an international festival with AWESOME fun for everyone!
The Spectacle of Color Parade
Immerse yourself in the electrifying vibe of our Spectacle of Color Parade, our Grand Carnivale King and Queen’s exhilarating procession of cultural traditions from around the globe. Extravagantly decorated floats, mesmerizing street performers, and pulsing rhythms will enchant and delight spectators of all ages. At several points along the route, we'll pause the parade, and you can join us for dancing, singing, and merrymaking!
Flavors of Carnivale International Cuisine
What pairs best with an international festival? International cuisine! At Grand Carnivale, not only will you see and hear how the world celebrates, but you'll taste extraordinary food from global cultures. Foodies will rejoice at the wide variety of scrumptious flavors and enchanting aromas. Make sure to grab a Grand Carnivale Tasting Card so you can sample exquisite tastes from around the world!
A vibrant variety of thrilling live entertainment awaits at Grand Carnivale. The King and Queen of Grand Carnivale have searched the world to bring you the finest acts of international music, dancing, acrobatics and much more. In some shows, you can join our talented performers in the fun. Everywhere you turn at this cultural celebration, you'll find something amazing!
There's Even More to See And Do!
Visit our craft booths to create your own dazzling crown, flowering lei, or Carnivale noisemaker. Then, wear them to our Spectacle of Color Parade and you'll be dressed to impress the King and Queen of Carnivale. When they pass by, they might even ask you to join their royal promenade!
The Royal Send Off
As the parade winds down, gear up for a party! Enjoy high-energy live entertainment, dancing in the streets, and delicious food and drinks from around the globe.
Mardi's International QR Invitational
Our Alligator King Mardi P. Gras needs to deliver Grand Carnivale invitations to his friends around the world. Can you help? In our international scavenger hunt, you'll travel to each country, meet new friends and snap QR codes that reveal fun facts and clues. Earn rewards for every country you visit!
Mardi's Game Gallery
Everyone is a grand winner at our Grand Carnivale Games. Step right up to challenge your friends and have a blast. All your favorite amusement park games are here – and maybe a few new ones. *Additional charge activity.
Admission & Add-ons
Daily Admission Tickets
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Select a visit date between July 24 - August 8, 2021, when purchasing your ticket to experience Grand Carnivale.
Valid on the date chosen at purchase.
Grand Carnivale Tasting Card
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Explore the flavors of Grand Carnivale with a Food Tasting Card and enjoy six (6) food tastings of your choice from the Grand Carnivale Tasting Card menu. Grand Carnivale Food & Beverage booths open at 3:00 p.m.
Valid only during Grand Carnivale on the date selected at purchase, July 24 - August 8, 2021. Food Tasting Card is only valid for a single visit; all tastings must be used on the date of redemption. Beverages sold separately. Park admission not included.
Season Passholder Grand Carnivale Tasting Card
Special offer for Season Passholders: Enjoy nine (9) food tastings of your choice from the Grand Carnivale Tasting Card menu. May be used across multiple visits to Grand Carnivale during the 2021 season. Grand Carnivale Food & Beverage booths open at 3:00 p.m.
Valid only during Grand Carnivale, July 24 - August 8, 2021. Food Tasting Card valid for multiple visits, up to nine tastings total. Beverages sold separately. Park admission not included.
Grand Carnivale T-Shirt
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Gear up for Grand Carnivale with our event t-shirt. Available in adult and youth sizes.
Valid during the 2021 Grand Carnivale event only.
The King and Queen of Grand Carnivale, accompanied by their Royal Court and a cavalcade of musical splendor, kick-off of this larger-than-life celebration!
The Royal Court has traversed land and sea to discover the most spectacular acts from cultures around the world. Join them for a showcase of captivating performances where you’ll experience the Sound, the Taste and the Mystery of Carnivale in breath-taking, unexpected ways!
Join world-famous DJ Archie Alto for a high-energy dance party! This your chance to mix and mingle with the members of the Royal Court, who will be out and about tossing handfuls of glittering beads.
Kick the party into high gear and dance along with members of the Royal Court as they perform the Queen’s favorite hits live on stage!
Immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of the Spectacle of Color Parade, a fanciful fusion of extravagantly decorated floats, whimsical street performers and pulsing rhythms of cultures worldwide. Line up along any of the parade route Show Stops for an opportunity to dance and interact with the performers as they pass by.
As the parade concludes, gear up for the grandest celebration of all! Join the Carnivale King and Queen, DJ Archie Alto, and the Regal Rhythms for high-energy music, dancing in the streets, and delicious food and drinks from around the world.