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Some of the most popular annual festivals on the island are:

  • Crop Over festival
    Crop Over - Barbados' biggest and most popular festival, a summer-long celebration of music, food, heritage and good times!
  • Barbados Reggae festival
    Barbados Reggae Festival - Barbados' most anticipated reggae event of the calendar year!
  • Holetown Festival
    Holetown Festival - commemorating the first settlement of Barbados by the British, with heritage tours, music events and arts & craft.
  • Oistins Fish Festival
    Oistins Fish Festival - celebrating the contribution of those in the local fishing industry; a great opportunity to soak up local culture and enjoy great food!
  • Season of Emancipation
    Season of Emancipation - a time for reflection, education, and celebration commemorating the end of slavery on the island.
  • Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival
    Barbados Food & Rum Festival - see top local & international chefs in action and taste their amazing creations.
  • Allstars Festival
    Allstars Festival - an amazing fusion of music, comedy, dining, and emerging musical talent.
  • Open House Programme
    Open House Programme - some of Barbados' most historic, luxurious or architecturally captivating homes are open as part of this weekly winter festival.
  • Open Gardens
    Open Gardens - explore beautifully landscaped tropical gardens across the island and be captivated by the dazzling array of colour!
  • Celtic Festival
    Celtic Festival - celebrating the historic links between Barbados and the Celtic countries - Scotland, Ireland and Wales - through music and dance.
  • GospelFest
    GospelFest - come rejoice with the Caribbean's top Christian music & arts festival.
  • Run Barbados
    Run Barbados - "Come for the Run, Stay for the Fun!" as you take part in the fun mile, 5K walk and run, 10K run, half-marathon, and marathon.
  • Dive Fest
    Dive Fest - not just for scuba divers, this festival also invites snorkelers and beach lovers to enjoy Barbados' natural beauty.
    NIFCA - National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, showcasing the artistic talents of Barbadians.

Read more about Barbados traditions.

What People Typically Ask

What are the main festivals in Barbados?

The main festivals in Barbados are Crop Over (carnival in Jul-Aug), Barbados Reggae Festival (in May), Barbados Food & Rum Festival (in Oct) and the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (in Nov).

What do Barbadians celebrate?

Barbadians celebrate Independence Day on November 30th, carnival (known as the Crop Over festival), several music festivals (reggae, gospel, celtic music), and a Season of Emancipation which reflects on the legacy of slavery.

What is the sugar cane festival in Barbados?

Our Crop Over Festival has its origins in Barbados' vibrant sugar industry and dates back to the 1780's. It celebrated the end of a productive sugar season. Held from June through August, the modern Crop Over festival features numerous music, cultural, and culinary events.

Where is Holetown Festival in Barbados?

The Holetown Festival is held in and around the western town of Holetown during February. The festival commemorates the arrival of English settlers at the site in 1627. It includes several historical and cultural events.

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