Planning your island vacation in conjunction with a Caribbean Carnivals, Festivals or Popular Event is always a Win-Win!
Here's just a few popular events, and there's a link below for additional 2013 events throughout the Caribbean region
44th Annual St Maarten Carnival
April 6-May 2, 2013
The 10-day celebration is St. Maarten’s largest cultural event. The Dutch Caribbean island features the distinctive culture with colorful parades, spectacular pageants, exciting Calypso bands, and concerts.
The center of our activities is our Carnival Village. Every April the Village is transformed into the region's largest restaurant, with 80 booths with samplings of cuisine from every nationality that call St. Maarten home. www.st-maarten.com - http://www.stmaarten-info.com/en/guide/entertainment/
Carnival Trivia - This two island nation is the only place in the world with two Carnival's
The French side of the island St Martin celebrates Carnival on the first of February, and The Dutch side St Maarten has the largest Carnival celebration in April/May
St. Croix Food & Wine Experience
Apr 16-20, 2013
The "Taste of St Croix"is the event that started it all, and it has now evolved into the Food & Wine Experience.
Held at Divi Carina Bay, local restaurants, chefs, farms and caterers provide attendees with a sampling of their delights. International winemakers, rum distilleries and breweries also offer samples of their creations. Visiting celebrity chefs, winemakers and VIPs judge the competition.
Other events include Gourmet Vintner Dinner, Food Fight! on the beach, Wine Dinner, Cork & Fork Dinners, Sunset BBQ, Kids Cooking, and Wine in the Warehouse.
Tobago Jazz Festival
April 20-28, 2013
Headlining this year's festival are Grammy award winners India.Arie, Dionne Warwick and Melanie Fiona, along with rising star, Lianne La Havas. There will also be music performances from Trinidad/Tobago, along with regional talent.
From April 20-28th visitors can travel to events across Tobago, from Speyside to Signal Hill, Scarborough to Castara, ending at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park. http://www.tobagojazzexperience.com/
April 26-28, 2013
The 4th Annual Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival on the island of Grenada offers the ideal way to experience Carriacou’s Maroon culture - which is about thanksgiving and prayers to the source of all life, production and prosperity.
Its African origins are authentically depicted through the drumming, singing, eating of ‘smoke food’ and other rituals practiced in the unique Carriacou way by its people.
St Lucia Jazz Festival
April 30 - May 12, 2013
The festival has become an internationally-known event bringing together international as well as local musicians.
The jazz festival not only features jazz music but also R&B and Calypso. Experience 13 days of masquerade, drummers, quadrille dancers, traditional musicians, traditional fashions, carnival features, visual arts exhibitions and many culinary treats. Performances held at historic Pigeon Island National Landmark, along with other scenic across Saint Lucia.
This years performers: R. Kelly, Akon, The O'Jays, 4th World, ACE, Blaise Pascal, Brian Culbertson, Cameron Pierre, Carl Gustave, David Rudder, Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio, Eric Ildenfonse, Etienne Charles, Fal Frett, Fatoumata Diawara, Harvey Millar, JC Maillard - Grand Baton, Karen Briggs, Kréyol Project, Manjé Kwéyol, Meddy Gerville, Ronald Hinkson, Robert Greenidge, Roberto Fonseca, Tanya Saint Val, The John Scofield Überjam Band, Tito Puente Jr., Tony Allen, Tracy Hamlin.
Rounding out the entertainment schedule are The Jacksons (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon), and R&B artist Ginuwine. http://www.stluciajazz.org/
The Tri de Spice Grenada International Triathlon
May 5, 2013
The Tri de Spice Grenada International Triathlon attracts athletes of all ages from various parts of the world to participate in this fun, challenging and highly competitive event.
The triathlon is held at the Port Louis Marina with the swim taking place on the shore of the marina and the bike and run along the picturesque Carenage and Kirani James Boulevard. www.grenadagrenadines.com
Aruba Soul Beach Festival
May 22 - 27, 2013
The 2013 Soul Beach Music Festival kicks-off Memorial Day Weekend with five-days of power-packed events.
Join Soul Music Lovers from around the world and take part in amped-up nightclubs, sizzling beach parties, music and comedy concerts.
This year's festival performers include Ne-Yo, D'Angelo, Sinbad, Elle Varner, Tamia, and Damon Williams.
BVI Music Fest
May 24 - 26
"Beats by the Bay" where the sounds of music meet the sounds of nature. The festival features world-renowned artists on the beach front at Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
This year's lineup will soon be announced at the festival site http://www.bvimusicfestival.com/
17th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival
June 27-29, 2013
17th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike - announcements of performing artists for the 2013 event will take place over the next few months.
Each year, the Festival features a wide range of musical styles on the popular music scene including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music, while reflecting a uniquely Caribbean flavor.
Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, Toni Braxton, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, The Commodores, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Chris Brown, Biggie Irie,
Bunny Wailer and Lord Nelson. http://www.stkittstourism.kn
Dominica Dive Fest 2013
July 5 - 14, 2013
Dive Fest is an annual event sponsored by the Dominica Watersports Association to focus attention on the sport of scuba diving, to educate the public about Scuba Diving, and to raise awareness about Dominica's stunning and unique marine environment.
Along with these events for divers, there was plenty of excitement for non divers too!
Wine and Cheese Sunset Cruises, Happy Hour dances, Traditional Boat Races, and whale watching. http://www.dominicawatersports.com/divefest.cfm
The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth! The lineup for this year's Sumfest has not been announced, however you can be assured the best Reggae artists will be there. Sumfest kicks off with a beach party, then the dance hall night, and the main venues include several international nights will big lineups. Bookmark the site for announcements - http://www.reggaesumfest.com/
Click over to our site for more Caribbean Festivals, Carnivals and Event dates for 2013 - http://www.travel2thecaribbean.com/Caribbean_Festivals.html
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