Wonderful Lake Toba Carnaval represents a series of festivals and cultural carnivals to commemorate and celebrate the Indonesian Independence Day on Lake Toba. The fair first took place in August 2016 when it featured Toba folk festivities in 2 cities, i.e., Parapat and Balige. President Joko Widodo attended the event.
There are ceremonies, entertainment, custom clothes, decorated cars, marching bands, cultural attractions such as plates and horns, and much more during the annual event.
Twenty-six provinces, seven districts, eight sub-ethnic, Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, and cultural community participated in 2016. The total number of participants was around 4,000.
In 2017, the carnival was more festive with a parade of colorfully-decorated boats on Lake Toba. This parade used the 3.5 km line from Soposurung to Balerong. The carnival path ended up in the traditional Balerong market, a market with six magnificent buildings decorated with typical Batak Gorda carvings.