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Cuba Carnivals, Festivals & Special Events

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Cuba carnivals & special events throughout the year

Carnivals in the Caribbean are renowned for their vibrant music, colour and spectacular costumes. 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.

A key Cuba carnival event, which takes place every two years, is the International Ballet Festival which is held in the Great Theatre of Havana.

A list of the major and most popular Cuba carnivals, festivals and major special events are LISTED BELOW.

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Cuba Carnivals & Festivals

  • Festival de la Trova Longina – music (January)
  • Esteban Salas Early Music Festival (February)
  • Festival del Habano – cigars (February/March)
  • Memorial Guillermo Barreto Festival (March)
  • Memorial Santiago Alvarez International Documentary Festival (March)
  • International Pepe Sanchez Trova Festival – music, Santiago de Cuba (March)
  • Gibara Low Budget Film Festival (April)
  • Romerias de Mayo – artistic pilgrimage festival (May)
  • Festival Internacional de Poesia – poetry (May)
  • Trinidad Carnival – Fiestas San Juaneras (June)
  • Camaguey Carnival – San Juan Camagueyano (June)
  • International Corhabana Choir Festival (June-July)
  • Festival of Fire – Festival del Caribe (July)
  • Santiago de Cuba Carnival (July)
  • Festival Internacional de Rap – Habana Hip Hop (August)
  • Havana Carnival (August)
  • Matamoros Son Festival – music (September biannual)
  • Havana Ballet Festival (October-November)
  • International Festival of Choirs – Santiago De Cuba (December)
  • Havana Jo Jazz (November)
  • Havana Film Festival (December)

Special Events in Cuba

  • Havana International Book Fair (February)
  • Caribbean Dance Biennial (March biennial)
  • Trinidad Cross Procession – religious (March)
  • Old Havana: City of Movement (April)
  • May Day Celebrations (1st May)
  • Cubadisco – music, Havana (May)
  • Havana Biennial – contemporary art (May-June)
  • Ernest Hemingway International Needlefish Tournament – sport fishing (June)
  • 26 July Celebrations
  • Marabana Marathon (November)

Carnivals and events in other Caribbean countries

As well as the Cuba 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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