10 Caribbean music festivals you need to visit in 2018/2019
Everyone knows Caribbean people love to party, and by party we mean party.
That said, there are tons of different festivals to experience, from food to rum, to Carnival and more.
Here’s our pick of the top 10 festivals in the Caribbean that should be on your bucket list:
1. St Lucia’s Soleil Summer Festival
With a range of festivals from January to October every year, there’s more than enough to keep you entranced with beautiful St Lucia, otherwise known as the ‘Helen of the West Indies’.
Find out more here: www.stlucia.org/summerfestival
2. Trinidad and Tobago Carnival
It’s the ‘greatest show on Earth’, according to Trinbagonians, who live for their annual Carnival celebrations which take place between February and March every year.
But costumes and accommodation sell out fast so it’s best to begin planning and booking early, preferably about four to five months in advance.
Fly direct via Caribbean Airlines from New York or Miami and enjoy some local treats on their Caribbean Café, or step it up a notch and bid for an upgrade via Caribbean Upgrade to enjoy the luxury of Business Class.
For more information see here: www.discovertnt.com
3. Antigua Sailing Week
We know...we know, it’s not a music festival, but this week of festivities includes too many fetes and parties to mention, as well as one of the Caribbean’s biggest yachting events.
Happening every year in April, check out the schedule for 2019 here: www.sailingweek.com
4. Guyana Carnival
Guyana has become the exotic destination of choice, not just for its breathtaking natural features like Kaieteur Falls but its annual Carnival festival, which is growing bigger and better each year.
Mashrami, which takes place in February each year, features the top Caribbean soca stars, parties, beautiful costumes and more.
CAL's daily flights from Trinidad to Guyana makes getting there and back a breeze. Don’t forget to check out their Caribbean Café while enroute for some fudge and local treats. Find out more here: http://www.guyanacarnival592.com/
5. Pure Grenada Festival
Happening around May every year, the Pure Grenada festival is a mish-mash of amazing music, delicious food, major headlining acts and more.
Of course, when you fly with CAL you can hop to 3 or up to 5 islands for one low fare.
Plan your 2019 trip now at www.grenadamusicfestival.com
6. Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest
Usually held in July every year, this festival is vibes and more vibes, with local and international musical acts, beautiful beaches, food and more.
Flying with Caribbean Airlines? Check out their Caribbean Café for some local goodies to taste the Caribbean.
Get more info here: www.reggaesumfest.com
7. Barbados Cropover
It’s time to ‘wuk up’ when you get to Barbados Cropover (usually held from June to August every year), and boy do they, with parties up until the finale on Kadooment which consists of music, feathers, and of course ‘wukkin’ up’. Redeem your Caribbean Miles online to be a part of the exciting festival.
Find out more at www.visitbarbados.org/crop-over-festival
8. Toronto Caribana Festival
Bringing together the Caribbean diaspora, Caribana is one of the most anticipated Carnival festivals in the world. The festival usually culminates with a parade in August and features tons of musical acts nd fetes. It’s a festival you should visit at least once.
Flying via Caribbean Airlines? Choose your movie and stream free in-flight entertainment from your personal device when you download the Caribbean View app.
Find out more at www.caribanatoronto.com
9. New York Caribbean Carnival Parade
It’s packed, it’s noisy, and it’s full of beautiful colours, costumes, music, food and more.
The annual Labour Day carnival celebration, which takes place on September 3, 2018, is part of New York’s vibrant cosmopolitan culture and deserves a visit at least once.
Choose Caribbean Plus and take advantage of extra legroom with a 37" seat pitch to stretch and recline further, board earlier and exit faster.
Happening in August every year, check it out here: www.wiadcacarnival.org
10. Suriname Jazz Festival
Love jazz? Then you’ll love this festival which features famous jazz artists from around the world and takes place from October 23-26, 2018.
Grab a flight via CAL and savour some of their local treats in their new Caribbean Café.
For more information visit them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SurinameJazz
Which festivals have you been to already, and which are you planning for? Let us know in the comments.
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