EVENTS & FESTIVALS IN BARBADOS

What’s Happening?

Although Barbados is best known for its beautiful beaches and abundance of sun all year round it’s also steeped in rich traditions, vibrant culture and the warmth and welcoming nature of its local people.  

Whether you’re an avid carnival goer, a foodie or a reggae lover our little island is overflowing with the best events and festivals throughout the year to suit all desires. 

Keep abreast with upcoming events and experience all Barbados has to offer during your stay.   

A woman dancing at the Grand Kadooment near Southern Palms
Grand Kadooment

Grand Kadooment Day celebrates the end of Crop Over, where Masquerade Bands make their way to the Mighty Grynner Highway with revelers dressed in sequin costumes decorated with colorful feathers, jewels and bright accents; dancing behind music trucks and moving bars.

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Couple at the Barbados food & rum festival at Southern Palms
Barbados Food and Rum Festival

Barbados is often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. The Festival has given birth to a series of events, or better yet – culinary and beverage experiences – designed to tantalize the taste buds, while offering a variety of other colourful and flavourful experiences to stimulate the other senses as well. 

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The Holetown Festival

The Holetown Festival  celebrates the anniversary of the first English settlement in Holetown on February 17, 1627. The week-long celebration occurs every year during mid-February and includes a number of activities which showcase the culture and traditions of Barbados. 
 

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Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup

The Sandy Lane Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the Eastern Caribbean horse racing calendar and, indeed, the biggest sporting events on the island. Attracting visitors from all over the world, for many years both local and regional jockeys have competed here, including some top international jockeys and trainers, with thoroughbred horses the UK and North America - some owned by the world’s leading investors in thoroughbred racing - featured. 

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Recurrent Events

A woman dancing at the Grand Kadooment near Southern Palms

Grand Kadooment

Grand Kadooment Day celebrates the end of Crop Over, where Masquerade Bands make their way to the Mighty Grynner Highway with revelers dressed in sequin costumes decorated with colorful feathers, jewels and bright accents; dancing behind music trucks and moving bars.

Couple at the Barbados food & rum festival at Southern Palms

Barbados Food and Rum Festival

Barbados is often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. The Festival has given birth to a series of events, or better yet – culinary and beverage experiences – designed to tantalize the taste buds, while offering a variety of other colourful and flavourful experiences to stimulate the other senses as well.