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Curacao Carnival, Festivals & Special Events

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Curacao carniva & special events throughout the year

January is when the Curacao carnival takes place – expect eight weeks of carnival partying. One of the other key events on the island, and also one of the best known cycling events in the Caribbean, is the Amstel Curacao Race which takes place annually in November.

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 Curacao carnivals and festivals as well as the major special events.

Curacao Carnival & Festivals

  • Curacao Carnival (January-February)
  • Youth Tumba Festival (February)
  • Seu Harvest Festival Parade (April)
  • Curacao Dive Festival (May)
  • International BlueSeas Festival (May)
  • Curacao Jazz Festival (August)

Special Events in Curacao

  • Curacao Regatta (January)
  • International Blue Marlin Release Tournament (April)
  • Amstel Curacao Race (November)

Carnivals and events in other Caribbean countries

As well as the Curacao 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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