Events in Jamaica, January to June 2013
1 New Years Day Public Holiday
4-6 273rd Annual Accompong Maroon Festival, Accompong Maroons celebration in St Elizabeth in Western Jamaica. The Maroons are the descendants of runaway slaves from various plantations in Jamaica. The festival features dancing, singing, feast and ceremonies.
18 20th Annual Rebel Salute Port Kaiser Sports Club in St Elizabeth Jamaican. This premier Rasta-Centric roots reggae festival serves no alcohol and no meat. There are lots of smoking and great reggae music.
24-26 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Greenfield, Trelawny. This high-caliber concert with high caliber musicians bring the house down for the annual week long festival of R&B, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Latin and other music types.
27 TBC 29th Annual JSP High Mountain Coffee
10 K & 5 K Road Race Mandeville, Manchester A challenging and extremely popular race, starting at the overhead bridge in Williamsfield. [High Mtn 10K]
3-6 Bob Marley Birthday Celebrations. This event offers Island wide stage shows, exhibitions and other events in various locations around the island. Jamaica and Jamaican celebrate the birthday of the reggae giant, the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley
13 Ash Wednesday Public Holiday
13 57th Annual Hague Agricultural Show. The farmers of Hague, Trelawny gets an opportunity to showcase their produce.
TBA Jamaica Carnival which takes place island wide throughout the season. Reggae and Soca Music give Jamaica Carnival it’s identity also known as Bacchanal. The carnival offers a true Caribbean flavor with an atmosphere that’s electric.
TBA Jamaica Fatta Tyre Biking Festival in St Mary on the North Coast. This week long mountain bike extravaganza highlights Jamaica’s unique yet vibrant culture. The trails are challenging scenic trails.
17 TBC Fi-Wi-Sinting Somerset Falls Celebration. Jamaica’s rich African Heritage Annual Celebration in Hope Bay, Portland. The African History Month celebration event in Jamaica is considered the largest of its kind with Art and Craft marketplace, great food with traditional music and dance performance.
TBA Elasha Spring Fest in Negril, Westmoreland. A Week-long celebration with concert events across Negril. These venues are always fun with memories that last a life time. The Elasha Spring Fest has been dubbed “The ultimate spring break experience.” The will be performances from local and international gospel artistes. The last concert was held March 11, 2012
23-24 Jamaica Orchid Society Show in Jamaica Horticultural Society’s Exhibition Hall, Gibson Drive, Hope Pastures, Kingston. This show offers a magnificent array of exotic orchids in various shapes, sizes and colors. This annual event is organized by the Jamaica Orchid Society to display the variety of orchard and to celebrate there beauty. The orchid show is judge for winners.
27 6th Annual Portland Curry Festival in Acompong Beach, Port Antonio, Portland. This curry festival is an all day family event featuring our famous authentic curried chicken, goat, shrimp, lobster and fish. The entertainment features multiple reggae artists.
27 Montego Bay Yacht Club Easter Regatta Montego Bay. The Montego Bay Yacht Club in Montego Bay, St James presents there fun cruises and exciting yacht races. Come one and all to celebrate and be prepare to join the races or watch from the harbour.
29 Good Friday Public Holiday
1 Easter Monday Public Holiday
April 1st Jamaica International kite festival. Seville Heritage Park Priority, St. Ann A family celebration for over 10 years
April 1st St. Elizabeth Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth. A popular flower shows with beautiful displays on sale. Enjoy live steel band and marching band with lots of fun activities for kids.
April 1st Montpelier Agricultural Show at Montpelier Show Grounds, St James. The show offers farmers an opportunity to showcase their work. Come enjoy lots of entertainment at Kids Village. (Last year show was held 4/5/2010 – Easter Monday)
April 1st St Mary Agri-Expo Gray’s Inn Sports Complex, Annotto Bay, St Mary. This Argi-Expo show is the second largest agricultural show in Jamaica. The show features a Champion Farmers competition. (Last show was held 4/5/2010).
April 3rd -18th Jamaica Cricket Festival Greenfield Stadium in Falmouth, Trelawny. The National cricket teams, from Ireland to Canada and the West Indies, play against Jamaica at the annual Jamaica Cricket Festival. This event is played island wide and offers a great entertainment and compitetion for cricket lovers
April 13th St. Ann Agri-Expo, Addison Park Browns Town. Farmers competition and display on Agriculture and agro-processing and environmental practices.
April 20th Jake’s Treasure Beach Off-Road Triathlon. At Jake’s Treasure Beach in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, lots of Jamaicans are known to be laid-back, but Jake’s Off-Road Triathlon on Treasure Beach has changed that thinking through his grueling 500-meter swim, 25km mountain bike ride and 7km country run. Individuals as well as teams participate in the event. The last event held April 21, 2012.
April 25th Trelawny Yam Festival in Albert Town Square, Trelawny. Trelawny is the home to Olympic 100 and 200 meter gold medal winner, Usain Bolt. The yam festival is an experience of a life time.
April 29th Westmoreland Curry Festival at the Mannings School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. This event is considered the biggest annual curry food show in the Caribbean. This event attracts over 15,000 patrons. The festival cultural event display the history of Jamaica’s motto “Out of many, one people.” Come and enjoy good food and entertainment. (Westmoreland Curry Fest held on 4/29/12)
TBA Misty Bliss Holywell Recreation Area, Blue Mountains. Come celebrates the natural and cultural resources of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. This is a cultural festival featuring traditional Jamaican music, Maroon drummers, dance and authentic Jamaican foods such as jerk pork, crayfish rundown, roast yam, dukunno and chocolate tea. There is also a marketplace with fresh produce, craft items and tree seedlings, and activities for the kids.(Last year show was held Apr 25-26, 2012)
TBA Liguanea Festival of Fine Arts & Photography Liguanea Plaza, 134 Old Hope Road, Kingston Jamaica. This show is the largest outdoor exhibition of arts, featuring displays of photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. (Last show was held 4/25/2010)
1 Style Week in Kingston and around the island. New York London and Paris fashion designer move around Jamaica during Style Week. Caribbean styles are showcase in different shows around the island.
1 World Championship of Dominoes, Montego Convention Center. Individual from around the world come to Jamaica to for great competition.
23 Labour Day Public Holiday
23 Manchester Horticultural Society Flower Show Mandeville, Manchester. This horticultural society has met for 130 years and celebrates Spring with this well-respected flower show and competition.
TBA Reggae Film Festival Studio 38, Trafalgar Road, New Kingston. This show attracts productions from around the world with films that show aspects of Jamaican culture. The festival shows how Reggae music has impacted the world.
TBA** Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival at the Two Seasons Guest House, Taino Cove Guest House, Frenchman’s Reef Restaurant, Jack Sprat, Sunset Resort and Villas, Calabash House, Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. The Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival replaces the Calabash International Literary Festival that ran from 2001-2010, offering cultural, culinary, musical, literary and visual art events at various locations. **Event Cancel for 2013
TBA Calabash Literary Festival Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth. This is a three-day festival of readings and music and storytelling. Calabash is earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse. It’s the only annual international literary festival in the English-speaking Caribbean. All festival events are free and open to the public. [Last year held May 27, 2012]
TBA Caribbean Fashion Week National Indoor Sports Centre, Independence Park, Kingston. The largest and most recognized fashion event in the Caribbean. More than 10 shows which features more than 50 designers from 25 countries.
8 – 16 TBC 21st Annual Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This show features internationally renowned performers from Jamaica and around the world.
TBA 5th Annual Maroon Quao Day Celebrations Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica. Experience cultural performances in Maroon tradition. The celebration includes dancing, drumming, singing, poetry and storytelling. Come and experience the Maroons cultural attraction along with food and beverage, arts and crafts and river bathing at Quao Village. Enjoy Asafu Museum tour and more. [Last show was held June 24, 2012]