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Bonaire Carnival, Festivals & Special Events

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Bonaire special events throughout the year

You can expect ten days of Bonaire Carnival celebrations during January/February.

Carnivals in the Caribbean are renowned for their vibrant music and colour. As most, but not all, of the Caribbean major festivals are of a religious nature they take place prior to Lent and finish Ash Wednesday. Costumes made for carnivals are spectacular, taking months of work. Work often begins on the following year’s costumes as soon as the current year’s carnival is over, especially in Trinidad & Tobago – the biggest carnival in the Caribbean.

There are a number of special events, not of a carnival nature, which also take place throughout the year. Below is a list of the major and most popular Bonaire carnival and festivals as well as the major special events.

Bonaire Carnival & Festivals

  • Expect ten days of Carnival celebrations in Bonaire during January/February: a child parade kick-starts the celebrations (Rincon), then… a children’s parade (Kralendijk); adults parades on consecutive days (Rincon and Kaya Grandi); with the Carnival season ending with another children’s parade and, the following day, an additional adults’ parade.
  • Bari Festival (late November-end December)

Special Events in Bonaire

  • International Fishing Tournament (January)
  • Freediving week at Buddy Dive (April)
  • Rincon’s Day (April 30)
  • Sorobon Masters (May): 3-day windsurfing competitions
  • Dive week (end-May)
  • Bonaire Regatta (October)

Carnivals and events in other Caribbean countries

As well as Bonaire Carnival and festivals do check out what’s going on in other destinations, country by country, on the Caribbean Carnivals page in the Discover section.

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