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Barbados events calendar

With such a vibrant lifestyle amidst its beautiful Caribbean landscapes, it’s no wonder Barbados is host to a myriad of fun events and festivals. Fancy joining in with the festivities? Check out our Barbados events calendar and see if there’s something fun going on during your time at this fun-loving island.

30 November 2017: Independence Celebrations
On the 30th November, Barbados is overflowing with colourful festivities and celebrations. The official parade is an elaborate and vibrant affair, and there are many fantastic events taking place throughout the day, including concerts, sports competitions, carnivals and picnics.

1-3 December 2017: Barbados Marathon
Tie up your laces and take part in this scenic weekend of running events, including Friday’s Fun Mile, Saturday’s 5k and 10k races, and Sunday’s 5k charity walk and full/half marathons.

9 December 2017: Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival Barbados
Barbados is well-known for its amazing rum scene, which is eagerly celebrated with this spectacular boozy festival. Sample decadent rums, beers and cocktails as you’re serenaded with steel pan music and high energy dancing, watching demonstrations on cooking with rum and a fun Mixologist rum cocktail competition.

9-14 January 2018: Barbados Independent Film Festival
Film buffs will love delving into this entertaining week of international and regional film screenings, spotting celebrities and getting involved with filmmaker workshops and panel discussions.

16-24 January 2018: Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race
This is your choice to marvel at world-class sailing, perhaps even witnessing a new world record as sailing boats race towards the finish line. There’s a great social scene around this time too, with a fun Mount Gay Red Cap beach party on opening night.

22-29 April 2018: Barbados Reggae Festival
Known to many as the best reggae festival in the world, this ultra-fun, lively celebration is full of beach parties and party cruise ships. Begin with the Reggae Bay Party on Pirates Den beach, dancing to local, regional and international music acts, before keeping the party going with a Vintage Reggae Night. The Reggae Party Cruise on board the Jolly Roger is a party like no other, and the whole event ends with Reggae on the Hill, where everyone comes together to dance the night away.

19-27 May 2018: Barbados Gospelfest
Discover local, regional and international gospel talent at this brilliant production, where leading artists and composers come together to create a sensational week of classic gospel concerts.

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