Festivals

There's no "Off-Season" in Barbados. Bajans love to enjoy life and there always seems to be a festive air! There is a festival for everything and everyone, or so it would appear.

February is an action-packed month with the Waterman Festival and Holetown Festival taking place. Holetown Festival, which usually takes place over 3 days, celebrates the arrival of the first settlers in 1627 at the site of the present day Holetown. It includes a church service, music and dancing, a very popular street fair and market where you can buy lots of delicious local food and handicraft art, parades and organized sports.

Winter blends into Spring with Holders Opera Season, held in April, a celebration of classic Shakespearean performances amid the stately outdoor setting of Holders House, the historic plantation home next to our beloved Polo grounds. Another music festival not to be missed in April is the Reggae Festival as well as the Oistins Fish Festival usually around Easter weekend. Oistins Fish festival was initiated as a way to recognise and pay tribute to the efforts made by the men and women in the fishing industry with street fairs, singing and dancing and exhibitions of local art taking place.

(See our Events page for specific dates and click on the following boxes below to view image slideshows)

Crop Over

Waterman Festival

Holders Opera Season

Celtic Festival

Gospelfest

Rally Carnival

Oistins Fish Festival

NIFCA

Holetown Festival

Springtime blossoms in May with Gospelfest, the Caribbean's premier celebration of gospel gala, featuring the best international and local gospel talent. Each year, thousands gather for this inspirational concert series. Also, in May, the island plays host to the Celtic Festival with performances by visiting Celtic groups.

Summertime sizzles with the Rally Carnival held in June and July, which attracts the most spectators than any other sport in Barbados, as well as top international drivers. This is followed by the excitement of Crop Over, July to August, the Bajan version of Mardi Gras. With island rhythms of the Barbados Pan Festival, outrageous costumes and unrivaled festivities and entertainment, this 19th century tradition celebrates the year's sugar cane crop with six weeks of competitions, festivities, feasts and fairs, all to salute the island's rich cultural history. Also held in August, is the Banks International Hockey Festival.

Autumn is marked by the Bridge League's Sun, Sea & Slams Festival in October and a bounty of arts during November's month-long celebration of the NIFCA, (National Independence Festival of Creative Arts). NIFCA showcases the range of inspired island creations: from music, dance and drama, to photography and poetry and culminates in a gala event featuring the finalists.

So visit Barbados and enjoy our world of diversity at any time of year!