Now we all know of Coachella and the various EDM festivals in the US, but here in the Caribbean we have our fair share. Most may be in the form of Carnivals, however each island offers something different.
Here’s my bucket list of Caribbean Festivals:
Trinidad Carnival ~ February / March
The biggest and the baddest.
The hub of Carnival.
With its long street parades, endless fetes and an abundance of soca music, VIBES and food; this is one carnival to definitely try in your lifetime. Even if you choose not to play mas there’s still plenty to do during the carnival season. But the main point is to experience the road parade and cross the big stage. Their costumes are also extravagant and breathtaking you’d automatically fall in love with one. That also means that they could cost in excess of US$1,000.
source: the karibbean kollective
Spice Mas: Grenada ~ August
The spice isle.
Known for it’s Jab-Jab jouvert.
~ jouvert: day break or morning, signaling the start of bacchanal = CARNIVAL
Jouvert in Grenada is a very different style compared to the other islands who have an event of this nature. Instead of the usual powder, water, paint or even mud they take it a step further and use crude oil. However, that’s not the only aspect of it which interests me, it’s the way in which they portray their culture. They would be dressed in chains and have other accessories as part of their “story telling”. I’m not sure I’d actually be a part of it for the first time visiting but I’d definitely love to capture images and learn more about their reasoning behind what they do.
Music Festival ~ June
Thought I was going to continue and list all the different carnivals in the region? Nope, there’s something different in here too. Surprise, we have our own music festivals too! This happens to be one of the most diverse shows in the region.
The festival has showcased world-renowned performers such as Brian McKnight, Shaggy, Morgan Heritage, Boys II Men, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo and so much more. I’m really just waiting for them to have someone I’m totally in love with and then I’m there!!
Sugar Mas ~ December/January
Imagine starting the year off by being in a costume on the road! That’s how it’s done in St Kitts as New Years Day is when they celebrate carnival.
Crop Over: Barbados ~ July
I know y’all have seen Rihanna at this festival year after year, so there’s no question about it. Can you imagine jumping in a band with Rihanna??
Also, bajan music is so different from ours and I hear their route is longer as well. Attending this festival would be a mix of wanting to experience the road as well as going to a few pre-parties.
source: celebrity insider
Bacchanal Jamaica ~ April
Festivities can last for two months, beginning in February but most of the big fetes happen during easter weekend with the parade on the last day of the carnival. Main events are held in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, Negril and Montego Bay. I can only imagine how the local culture of Jamaica is incorporated to make this a true Caribbean experience.
Xaymaca International has been showing out with their costumes since their costumes year after year! The costume pictured below is from their 2018 launch, titled Emerald Lush, wouldn’t you like to be a part of it?
source: the Caribbean kollective
Dream Weekend ~ August
5 days of partying
Music non stop ~ all genres, live performances
Beach venue ~ Negril
Rum + FOOD
What more you need?
source: leh we go
BRT (Beach Road Trip) Weekend
Dominican Republic ~ March 2019
Any reason to go to the Dominican Republic really.
However, an all-inclusive weekend of music, food, drinks, themed parties at a resort location? Currently, there are six different party venues which they tour throughout the year; Atlanta, New York, California, Florida, Turks & Caicos and Dominican Republic which is in the Caribbean.
Antigua ~ July – August
Now how could I make this list and not encourage you to come to my home country?!? Dubbed the greatest summer festival, I think Antigua deserves a spot on your list of festivals to attend. Things have definitely been heating up and I can’t wait to see what the upcoming years bring. P.S. We also have two days on the road, three if you count t-shirt mas.
Nobody knows how to party like Caribbean people.
I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but somehow some way I must attend at least ONE of these events in the upcoming year.
Have you attended or plan to attend any of the festivals listed?