For the first time in its eight-year history, the DiverseCity Multicultural Festival will expand beyond Charlottetown — where it kicked off Sunday.

The street festival, which features cultural entertainment, activities and food from a variety of ethnic communities, will also head to Montague and Summerside later in the month.

The P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada says this expansion reflects the growth in P.E.I's ethnic communities.

"Over the past five years, we have helped more than 6,000 newcomers from more than 100 countries get started here on Prince Edward Island," said Craig Mackie, the association's executive director.

Akbar Sadat

Akbar Sadat moved to P.E.I. as a refugee from Afghanistan seven years ago. (CBC)

And a growing population of new immigrants is moving out into new areas, says Yvette Doucette, association spokeswoman.

"We have several hundred clients in the Summerside area and a growing body of clients in eastern parts of the province as well," said Doucette.

"DiverseCity gives everyone from all of our various backgrounds an opportunity to come together, so this is just a fun, enjoyable way to get together and to celebrate the diversity that is Prince Edward Island right now."

While many newcomers eventually move to other parts of Canada, some stay in P.E.I, like Akbar Sadat, who arrived as a refugee from Afghanistan seven years ago. Sadat now owns a home and a restaurant in the province.

"[Canada is a] great country for everyone have an opportunity to find a job and work hard," said Sadat.

DiverseCity continues July 12 in Montague and July 19 in Summerside.