There’s no doubting that Jamaica is a truly scenic and wondrous place, but did you know there are yearly events that make the island nation even more exciting and vibrant? Jamaica hosts many festivals year-round, and if you can squeeze even one in during your stay, your trip will be even better for it!
This grand party technically runs from January through April, but the real party is around the end of April as the Carnival comes to a close. There are many fetes (parties) that take place over these months, and Volitionary Tours has the inside track with professional, safe, and knowledgeable local guides that can help you experience the best there is.
The Carnival is all about island music, vivid colors, exciting lights, festive dancing, and of course, delicious food. If you want to be immersed in Jamaican culture over a few days’ time, contact us for details. You have many options as to where to experience the Carnival – Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and Kingston all host this, though Kingston is the largest of them all.
Bob Marley Week
This week is all about celebrating the life and music of Jamaica’s best-known musician, Bob Marley. Pulsating with lively concerts, vibrant fashion shows, parties, food, seminars, round-table discussions, and films, you owe it to yourself to check out this event if you’re a fan of reggae music. Our knowledgeable guides can help you experience everything you care to immerse yourself within when YOU want!
Montego Bay Yacht Club Easter Regatta
If you love sailing and sailboats, then this Regatta is the maritime feast you’re looking for! A very popular event in Montego Bay, it not only is host to one of the largest sailing races in the Caribbean, but it also is a celebration among a buzzing, exciting atmosphere over four days’ time. There’s plenty of things to see and do, whether or not you’d call yourself a sailor; you can participate or just find a nice, comfy spot on the beach and relax as you watch the sails go by!
St. Elizabeth Horticultural Society Flower Show
More simply known as ‘The Flower Show,’ this event is usually held in April and delivers a virtual explosion of colors and plant life for the horticulturalist in you! Going on for over half a century now, this show draws plant lovers from all over to browse or buy some of the choicest plants grown by local experts. Besides plants, there is music, shopping, and food, among a festive atmosphere.
St. Ann International Kite Festival (Easter Monday in St. Ann)
Also dubbed the ‘Jamaica International Kite Festival,’ this “Family Funday” is held on Easter and offers much family entertainment among multi-colored kites dotting the azure skies. Focused on kite-making and designing, there are also competitions that, if you feel your kite game is top-notch, you can sign up for participation. This Festival is also a big draw for local live music performers and other events, making it a complete and memorable experience.
Kingston Curry Festival
If you’re a fan of curry, you’re in luck – this Festival is called ‘Everything Curry,’ and nothing is spared from the spicy, herb-infused touch – lobster, crab, shrimp, chicken, beef, mangoes, or anything else edible. Usually taking place in Kingston in May of each year, dishes of every conceivable type are plated by skilled, local chefs, ensuring you will not go away hungry.
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