Caribbean Carnivals, Festivals & Special Events

Information on the major Caribbean carnivals, festivals and special events

Caribbean carnivals and festivals are renowned for their vibrant music and spectacular carnival costumes, taking months of work. Work often begins on the following year’s costumes as soon as the current year’s carnival is over.

The highpoint of Caribbean carnivals and festivals traditionally tended to be before Ash Wednesday – this is because religion is one of the major themes of carnival. But these days you’ll find carnivals taking place throughout the year.

Other themes of Caribbean carnivals and festivals are culture, folklore, and tradition – many having originated from Trinidad and Tobago.

Caribbean carnivals – country by country

Caribbean carnivals and festivals Anguilla
ANGUILLA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Antigua and Barbuda
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Aruba
ARUBA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals in the Bahamas
BAHAMAS
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Barbados
BARBADOS
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Belize
BELIZE
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Bonaire
BONAIRE
Caribbean carnivals and festivals British Virgin Islands BVI
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (BVI)
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Cayman Islands
CAYMAN ISLANDS
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Costa Rica
COSTA RICA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Cuba
CUBA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Curacao
CURAÇAO
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Dominica
DOMINICA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Dominican Republic
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Grenada
GRENADA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Guadeloupe
GUADELOUPE ISLANDS
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Honduras
HONDURAS
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Jamaica
JAMAICA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Martinique
MARTINIQUE
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Mexico Yucatan Peninsula
MEXICO – YUCATAN PENINSULA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Montserrat
MONTSERRAT
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Nevis
NEVIS
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Panama
PANAMA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Puerto Rico
PUERTO RICO
Caribbean carnivals and festivals St Barts St Barths St Barthelemy
ST BARTHÉLEMY (ST BARTS)
Caribbean carnivals and festivals St Eustatius
ST EUSTATIUS (STATIA)
Caribbean carnivals and festivals St Kitts
ST KITTS
Caribbean carnivals and festivals St Lucia
ST LUCIA
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Sint Maarten St Martin
ST MARTIN – SINT MAARTEN
St Vincent carnival Grenadines festivals events - Active Caribbean carnivals
ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
Caribbean carnivals and festivals trinidad and tobago
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Caribbean carnivals and festivals Turks and Caicos Islands
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Caribbean carnivals and festivals US Virgin Islands USVI
US VIRGIN ISLANDS (USVI)
Caribbean map - copyright Active Caribbean
CARIBBEAN MAP

Caribbean carnivals, festivals and special events

This page is just a brief introduction to Caribbean carnivals and festivals in the region, so for more information on Caribbean carnivals and festivals – country by country – click on each country image above.

Barbados Crop Over Festival & Junkanoo in the Bahamas

Huge festivals and events take place throughout the year in the Caribbean for various reasons. During July there’s the Crop Over Festival in Barbados, the island’s most popular and colourful festival with parades, calypso competitions, food stalls and folk concerts. Junkanoo, the colourful annual carnival in the Bahamas, used to be an annual Christmas-New Year celebration but due to its popularity there is now also a Junkanoo Summer which takes place throughout June and July.

Lobster festivals in Belize & Batabano in the Cayman Islands

In Belize there are lobster festivals during June and July and in the Cayman Islands Batabano takes place early-May and combines street parades with a food festival and band competition. The August Festival celebrations in the British Virgin Islands include fishing tournaments, regattas and reggae competitions.

French Caribbean islands

The French Caribbean – the Guadeloupe Islands, Martinique and St Barthélemy – traditionally celebrate their Caribbean carnivals and festivals before Ash Wednesday. You can’t avoid the carnival on tiny St Barthélemy, even if you wanted to, but it’s one of the Caribbean’s most chic… so you wouldn’t want to anyway.

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