Holi Festival of Colour Returns Downtown Next Saturday

The streets of Downtown St. Catharines are set to come alive with a burst of colour on Saturday, June 22, as the Holi Festival of Colour returns for another spectacular year. 

The event promises a full day of cultural celebrations from 12 – 6pm featuring DJ Desi Beats, traditional dhol drums, dance performances, vendors, and authentic Indian cuisine. The City of St. Catharines Fire Services will also be present again to add an exciting element of water spray to the festivities. 

General admission to the festival is free, with paint, t-shirts, and food available for purchase but are limited. Registration in advance is recommended and will also allow you to take advantage of special offers from our Colour Sponsor, RE/MAX Hendriks Team and food vendors Khas Patti and Bansaree Indian Cuisine. Visit www.MyDowntown.ca/Holi for more information.

A Growing Tradition of Unity and Celebration

This Downtown festival was initiated by Dr. Dimple Sharma, owner of Downtown Dental Centre, who envisioned a celebration of cultural diversity in Downtown St. Catharines. Dr. Sharma shares, “Organizing the Holi Festival has been a deeply enriching experience for me. Each year, it becomes more than just an event—it’s a canvas of unity, a tapestry of shared happiness that I have the privilege to help create and cherish in our community.”

Since its inception in 2022, the festival has seen tremendous growth, attracting visitors from across the province and earning recognition as one of the top 100 events in Ontario. Jennifer Blackledge, new Events Director of the St. Catharines Downtown Association, expresses her excitement for this year’s event: “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of such a vibrant and welcoming community. This event is always an incredible experience, and we have some exciting surprises lined up for you this year. Working with all the local businesses has been fantastic, and they are eager to welcome everyone to downtown. Our main streets are brimming with community and culture, and I highly recommend you come and see it for yourself.”

This event would not be possible without the support of the Holi Planning Committee, volunteers and sponsors such as Adapt Immigration, Accountax Internation, Hendriks Real Estate, and the City of St. Catharines for their recognition of the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Downtown core. The festival has become a beloved event where people come together to celebrate their cultural heritage and create lasting memories.