Barbados may be known for the scenic coastline and year-round sun, but it’s full of vibrant events that will make your holiday unforgettable. The Eastern Caribbean island comes alive in festival season, with crowds flocking to sun-kissed Barbados for a taste of family-friendly fun.
With more than 60 events taking place annually, there really is something to suit every personality. Not only are there competitive sporting events like the Open Water Festival where swimmers race through Carlisle Bay and the self-explanatory Run Barbados Marathon Weekend, but there are also culinary rich celebrations including both the Crop Over and Food and Rum festivals.
Food And Rum Festival
(18th – 21st October 2018)
Every year, Barbados celebrates its appointment as the culinary capital of the Caribbean and the birthplace of rum with a host of fine dining, spirit tasting and competitive fun. The event has influenced a series of culinary and beverage experiences designed to tantalise the taste buds and stimulate the other senses as well.
Open Water Festival
(7th – 11th November 2018)
Taking place in November, this annual competition attracts open water swimmers from across the globe. Don’t let the time of year fool you; November temperatures here average 28⁰C and the water stays at a steady 27⁰C. Entrants get to race in the calm, beautiful and warm waters, and see the abundance of sea life that’s protected in the marine park. There’s a fun, competitive atmosphere and tons of prizes to be won throughout the five-day duration.
Run Barbados Marathon Weekend
(7th – 9th December 2018)
Whether you want to spectate, or take part in the races, this 3-day running event has something for everyone. All routes showcase Barbados’ spectacular scenery, including the historic former colonial seaport of Bridgetown which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the picturesque Carlisle Bay.
Crop Over Festival
(25th June – 8th August 2018)
This annual 6-week extravaganza celebrates harvest and is the largest summer festival in the Caribbean. For that reason, you should expect calypso music, rhythmic dancing, fancy dress and an unforgettable Grand Kadooment parade finale.
Beach And Wellness Festival
Spreading good vibes only, this family-friendly event is bound to get you in the holiday mood! From early morning beach workouts and yoga to massages, you’ll certainly be able to unwind and relax. You won’t have to worry about where to eat or drink either as the area will be full of vendors.