Best festivals, carnivals, events and more in Barbados

When you’re visiting Barbados, you can’t shy away from a festival. After all, no one hosts festivals quite like the Caribbean islands. Throughout the year there are various festivals throughout a variety of different interests.

Here’s our favourites:

Crop Over – This festival combines a series of events to celebrate the end of the sugar cane crop season. It runs between July and August and features art, food, music, craft, calypso, flower festivals, folk concerts and many more.The climax of the festival, the ‘Grand Kadooment’ is the most enjoyed event and is really one to visit. Overall, the whole event is great fun for everyone and there’s bound to be something there for you.

Barbados Food & Rum – Every November this festival comes along, and it allows chefs from all over the world to come and showcase their talent. Festival goers enjoy the finest cuisine and finest rums within Barbados, what isn’t to love?

Sandy Lane Gold Cup – Being the biggest sporting event in Barbados and the most prestigious horseracing event in the Eastern caribbean, the Sandy Lane Gold Cup really is a historic event. It’s not just horse racing, there are marching bands and dancing girls, combining both sport with entertainment.

Reggae Festival – Reggae parties, cruises, shows, dances and other events make up a week in April that involves pure enjoyment and fun. Undoubtedly the most popular Reggae event on the island, the festival brings together a range of international Reggae stars.

Agrofest – This is an agricultural exhibition where farmers, craftsmen and agriculturalists display their goods and produce in a safe, friendly environment. Held in Queen’s Park, Bridgetown, the festival usually attracts thousands. From livestock and kitchen gardens, to renewable energy and other craft, there is plenty to meet the eye.

Oistin’s Fish Festival – This is not the same as Friday night fish fries at Oistins Bay Garden. It is ALL fish. Fish boning competitions, crab and boat racing competitions, stalls, games and many more. If you love fish, I think you know where to go around Easter time….

Barbados Golf Festival – Is there anything quite like a few days teeing off an a fantastic golf course with incredible views? Barbados Golf Festival provides everything you need if you have a passion for golf. With a mix of golf tournaments and social events, there are hundreds of people from the Caribbean who join together to celebrate this festival.

There are several more fabulous festivals to catch your eye in Barbados but we can’t list them all. These are our most recommended and you really should try and get to some of them.

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