31 January 2020
2020 is finally here which means we can begin to look forward to the calendar of exciting festivals and events that Barbados has in store for us. From food festivals and carnival festivities to global sporting events and quirky island oddities, 2020 is set to be another incredible year for Barbados and you should be a part of it.
January brings with it the annual Round Barbados Sailing Week, which for 2020 will run from January 17-23. The opening regatta in the Caribbean season is expected to attract top-class competition once again to create an unmissable spectacle for sailing fans and tourist spectators alike.
The headline 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race awards competitors with the skipper’s weight in rum if any of the race’s records are broken. The race typically occurs on Errol Barrow Day, which brings its own party atmosphere to proceedings as crowds gather to snatch the best vantage point for the race.
The Holetown Festival takes place on February 16-23 in Holetown, Barbados and celebrates the arrival of English settlers in the area almost four centuries ago. The weeklong festivities showcase the culture and traditions of Barbados and include a steel band concert, nightly variety shows, a street fair, a vintage car parade and seaside theatre. An array of authentic Barbadian cuisine is also on offer during these festivities.
From April 1 -5 the Vujaday Music Festival will bring a carefully curated selection of musical and cultural experiences to the island. The relaxed and festive atmosphere of the festival creates an enjoyable experience for all as visitors are invited to explore the lush landscape and bathe in the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea as the music rings out.
April is something of a busy month on the Island as the Oistins Festival also takes place every Easter weekend in the beautiful seaside parish of Christ Church on the island’s south coast. The festival has a real community vibe and offers fun for the whole family.
Something that you may not expect on a tropical island paradise like Barbados is the sound of folk music or the flavours of Celtic cuisine, but that’s just what you’ll find at the Barbados Celtic Festival. Between May 19 and 24, St Michael will host a celebration of the links between Barbados and the Celtic nations such as Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Junior Kadooment on July 25 is held during the build-up to Grand Kadooment. The event gives children the opportunity to dress up and celebrate in all the bright and wonderful colours of carnival as groups of young costumed revellers vie for titles and awards. Safety is paramount at the event and Kensington Oval will be the venue for the children to party and have a ball. Junior Kadooment is an awesome family-friendly environment for visitors to get involved with an exciting element of Barbadian culture.
Grand Kadooment Day celebrates the end of Crop Over, when festive bands march along the Mighty Grynner Highway dressed in vibrant costumes adorned with sequins, all manner of jewels and a kaleidoscope of colourful feathers. Partygoers dance behind moving music trucks, as they blast out the latest and greatest carnival tunes, in the hope of claiming a prize for their intricate costume design.
Every year some 15,000 revellers parade through the streets of St Michael, creating a bold procession of colour, music and extravagant dance moves.
Keep your eyes peeled for what’s to come later in the year in Barbados as the island’s ever-evolving selection of events and attractions continues to unfold before us. Expect more parties, more gatherings and much more fun in the Caribbean sun.
If you’d like to get involved with the exciting calendar of events that Barbados has in store for 2020, contact your Travel Counsellor today and enjoy exclusive access to benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.