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Dominica Carnival, Festivals & Special Events

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Dominica special events throughout the year

Dominica carnival, also known as ‘The Real Mas’ takes place annually during February or March. There’s a carnival queen show, dozens of competing calypsonians, a street jump up for two days, and a steel band competition between Dominica’s steel pan groups.

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 most popular Dominica carnival and festivals as well as the major special events.

Dominica Carnival & Festivals

  • Carnival, ‘The Real Mas’ (February or March)
  • Dominica Festival of Arts, DOMFESTA (April-June)
  • Hike Fest (May)
  • Dive Fest (June/early July)
  • Annual Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair Festival (August)
  • World Creole Music Festival (last weekend in October, 3 day music show)

Special Events in Dominica

  • Jazz’n Creole (June)
  • Creole Day/Independence Day (end October/early November)

Carnivals and events in other Caribbean countries

As well as the Dominica 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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