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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.

2 – 6 November 2016: Open Water Festival
Hundreds of people from all over the world participate in these wet and wild swimming races, including the ‘Swim and Bay’ race, and the 1.5km ‘Just for Fun Swim’ race that takes place in the beautiful Carlisle Bay. This is a fantastic swimming event, with equally as great prizes, including air travel tickets, hotel stays and restaurant meals.

10 – 13 November 2016: Barbados Independence Pro Surf Festival
This is a huge surfing event, and it’s done in true Bajan style – so there’s plenty of live music, fun entertainment, and tasty local food, too. There are two premium international competitions to compete in or simply spectate as you try out the local cuisine – The November Pro and The Caribbean Junior Championships.

17 – 20 November 2016: Barbados Food & Rum Festival
Awaken all the senses with this brilliant foodie event. This festival is a sophisticated event that celebrates Barbados’ local cuisine, showcasing chefs with local, regional and international acclaim, great live cooking demonstrations, and wine and rum experts.

30 November 2016: Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence
The 30th of November marks 50 years of independence for the nation, and so the island will celebrate with plenty of activities on and around the date. Activities are yet to be confirmed.

2 – 4 December 2016: Run Barbados Marathon Weekend
This weekend is host to many different runs, including the Fortress Half Marathon, the Marathon Relay and the Cave Shepherd Relay – you could even join in on a 5k or 10k running tour of the city and race past historic landmarks, including the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson. The end of the marathon will definitely be worth it, with a fun run into the sea to cool down once you’ve crossed the finish line.

9 – 10 December 2016: Classical Pops
A fabulous, unique music festival, blending classical, jazz, opera and contemporary music at the wonderful outdoor venue at Apes Hill Club.

10 – 11 December 2016: Barbados Rugby International Rugby Sevens
This sporting event started in Trinidad 29 years ago, and this year it takes place in Holetown for the first time. If watching the rugby on a Caribbean island isn’t enough, there’s many other events scheduled this weekend, too – including Segway polo, Segway racing, and Christmas carol singing. Event organisers have specifically chosen the weekend after the marathon so revellers can ‘Come for the Run, Stay for the Rum, and Revel in the Rugby’.

16 – 24 January 2017: Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series
An excellent coastal racing event on sailing boats, including Three Days of Coastal Racing, the 81st Anniversary Round Barbados Race and The Ocean Passage Race to Antigua.

12 – 19 February 2017: Holetown Festival
In February 1627, Barbados became British colony – now in the present day many performances take place in Holetown, including gospel choirs, tuk band concerts and dancing shows. There’s plenty to see and wander around too, including handicraft and food markets, a parade of vintage cars, and theatre presentations.

2 – 10 March 2017: The Sandy Lane Gold Cup
This is a prestigious event in the horse racing calendar, and one of Barbados’ biggest sporting events. Local and regional jockeys compete at Garrison Savannah – home to horse racing in Barbados since 1845 – and take on the 1,800 metre long turf course.

9 March 2017: West Indies vs England Cricket Tour
The England cricket tour finishes in Barbados on the 9th of March, after the warm up games in St Kitts and two One Day matches in Antigua. Head over and watch the exciting ODI vs West Indies cricket match, taking place in Kensington Oval.

April 2017 (date to be confirmed): Oistins Fish Festival
This wonderful festival celebrates the contributions made by people working in the local fishing industry, and is a unique Barbados attraction you won’t want to miss. Calypso and reggae music fills the air as you meander through food and drink stalls full of fish cakes, fried fish, puddings and beers, as well as arts and crafts and competitions, including a fish boning competition.

23 – 30 April 2017: Barbados Reggae Festival
Celebrate this vibrant genre of music with a myriad of beach parties, dance shows and party cruises.

20 – 28 May 2017: Barbados Gospelfest
Discover local, regional and international gospel talent at this brilliant production.


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