Barbados events calendar
With such a vibrant lifestyle amidst its beautiful Caribbean landscapes, it’s no wonder Barbados is host to a myriad of fun events and festivals. Fancy joining in with the festivities? Check out our Barbados events calendar and see if there’s something fun going on during your time at this fun-loving island.
17-27 August 2017: Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta)
First created in Guyana in 1970, this vibrant festival uses art and literature to depict the region’s traditions, creativeness and myths, and takes place in Barbados this year.
15 October 2017: Barbados National Triathlon
Ready, set, go – this year sees Barbados’ 27th annual triathlon event, enticing all abilities to come and test their endurance. Find your marker along the Spring Garden Highway (Brandon’s Beach), and get ready to swim, cycle and run your way along the coast.
1-5 November 2017: Barbados Open Water Festival
This brilliant event is now one of the largest swimming meets in the Caribbean, with a variety of swims ranging from competitive to ‘just for fun’.
16-19 November 2017: Barbados Food & Rum Festival
Often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, it’ll come as no surprise that this foodie festival is one of the most diverse and flavoursome celebrations you’ll ever encounter. The delicious festivities begin with an Oistins Bay Gardens Cook Off on the Thursday, leading on to a few days full of food and rum pairing, fine dining events and a Flotilla and Beach Party, before ending with a dinner at the Tides Restaurant with UK Master Chef Tom Aikens.
30 November 2017: Independence Celebrations
On the 30th November, Barbados is overflowing with colourful festivities and celebrations. The official parade is an elaborate and vibrant affair, and there are many fantastic events taking place throughout the day, including concerts, sports competitions, carnivals and picnics.
1-3 December 2017: Barbados Marathon
Tie up your laces and take part in this scenic weekend of running events, including Friday’s Fun Mile, Saturday’s 5k and 10k races, and Sunday’s 5k charity walk and full/half marathons.
9 December 2017: Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival Barbados
Barbados is well-known for its amazing rum scene, which is eagerly celebrated with this spectacular boozy festival. Sample decadent rums, beers and cocktails as you’re serenaded with steel pan music and high energy dancing, watching demonstrations on cooking with rum and a fun Mixologist rum cocktail competition.
9-14 January 2018: Barbados Independent Film Festival
Film buffs will love delving into this entertaining week of international and regional film screenings, spotting celebrities and getting involved with filmmaker workshops and panel discussions.
16-24 January 2018: Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race
This is your choice to marvel at world-class sailing, perhaps even witnessing a new world record as sailing boats race towards the finish line. There’s a great social scene around this time too, with a fun Mount Gay Red Cap beach party on opening night.
22-29 April 2018: Barbados Reggae Festival
Known to many as the best reggae festival in the world, this ultra-fun, lively celebration is full of beach parties and party cruise ships. Begin with the Reggae Bay Party on Pirates Den beach, dancing to local, regional and international music acts, before keeping the party going with a Vintage Reggae Night. The Reggae Party Cruise on board the Jolly Roger is a party like no other, and the whole event ends with Reggae on the Hill, where everyone comes together to dance the night away.
19-27 May 2018: Barbados Gospelfest
Discover local, regional and international gospel talent at this brilliant production, where leading artists and composers come together to create a sensational week of classic gospel concerts.
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