Dominican Republic Carnival, Festivals & Special Events
Dominican Republic special events throughout the year
Different cities have their own Dominican Republic carnival parades each Sunday throughout February. The most popular is the La Vega Carnival, and the grand national Carnival route is along the seafront promenade of Santo Domingo (last Sunday in February/first Sunday in March).
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 Dominican Republic carnival and festivals as well as the major special events.
Dominican Republic Carnival & Festivals
- La Vega Carnival (Throughout February)
- Merengue Festival, Santo Domingo (July)
Special Events in Dominican Republic
- Whale watching season, Samana (mid-January to mid-March)
- Independence Day (February 27)
- Restoration Day (August 16)
- Harvest festivals (Autumn)
- Constitution Day (November 6)
Carnivals and events in other Caribbean countries
As well as the Dominican Republic 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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