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Puerto Rico Carnival, Festivals & Special Events

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Puerto Rico carnival and special events throughout the year

Puerto Rico carnival is different to others held throughout the Caribbean as many towns honour their own patron saint so hold their own distinct carnival.

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 Puerto Rico carnival and festivals as well as the major special events.

Puerto Rico Carnival & Festivals

  • San Sebastian Street Festival (January)
  • Festival de la Novilla de las Fiestas (January)
  • Ponce Carnival (February)
  • Coffee Festivals, Jayuya & Maricao (February)
  • Taste of Rum Festival (February)
  • Casals Festival – classical music (February-March)
  • Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest, San Juan (March)
  • Saborea Puerto Rico Food & Drink Festival (April)
  • Tinglar Festival, Luquillo – conservation awareness (April)
  • Festivals (April) – there are miscellaneous festivals held this month, from the Humpback Whale Festival, Orchid Festival, and Tomato Festival, to the Rincon International Film festival, the Skin & Wheels Festival, and the Rio Camuy Rafting Fest
  • Aibonito Flower Festival (June-July)
  • Carnival City of El Yunque – Rio Grande (June/July)
  • Festival del Buren, Loiza – cultural (July)
  • Carnival, Fajardo (July)
  • Fiesta de Santiago Apostol – colourful, cultural heritage (July)
  • Bomba & Plena Festival – music, dance (August)
  • Hatillo Masks Festival (December)

Special Events in Puerto Rico

  • Three King’s Day (January)
  • Navitown at Bahia Urbana – Christmas lights, music, kids’ rides, food (until January 10)
  • Legend Surf Classic (January)
  • La Vuelta – cycling endurance event (January)
  • Feria del Campo kPuertorriqueno – horse show & demo (August)
  • Guajataca Downhill – sliding, slalom, downhill categories (January)
  • San Blas Marathon, Coama (February)
  • World’s Best 10K, San Juan (February)
  • Ironman 70.3 (March)
  • Puerto Rico Open – PGA golf tournament (March)
  • National Park Week – El Morro and San Cristobal Forts in Old San Juan are free to visit this week (April)
  • Encanto Pro Cultura Bodyboarding Competition (November)
  • Christmas Boat Parade (December)

Carnivals and events in other Caribbean countries

As well as the Puerto Rico 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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