Events in Jamaica 2014

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Jamaica always offers wonderful historic & cultural events, grand food festivals, reggae/dancehall extravaganzas, and a whole heap of other great events! Below you will find the Jamaican events that take place annually (at least they usually happen every year). We update events in Jamaica every few days, so check back often. The TBAs (To Be Announced) will be updated when a date becomes final.

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Keep in mind that things can happen, particularly due to this unsettled global economy. So be sure to confirm the details at the event's official website before you go! We are not responsible for changes or cancellations of Jamaican events in 2014 or 2015!!

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APRIL 2014
1St. Elizabeth Horticultural Society Annual Flower ShowIndependence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth
Held on Easter Monday since 1963, this is one of the most popular flower shows, with beautiful displays, plants on sale, live steel band and marching band music, fun stuff for kids
1Montpelier Agricultural ShowMontpelier Show Grounds, St JamesAn opportunity for hard working farmers to showcase their work. Lots of entertainment and Kids Village. [Montpelier Ag Show]
1St Mary Agri-ExpoGray's Inn Sports Complex, Annotto Bay, St MarySecond largest of Jamaica's agricultural events. Highlights agriculture, agro-processing & environmental practices. Champion Farmer competition. [St Mary Ag Expo]
3-6Expo JamaicaNational Arena, KingstonJamaica’s largest and longest running trade show with over 150 buyers from over 30 countries, including Jamaica, attending to see, taste and feel authentic Jamaican products for purchase and distribution in their home countries. [Expo Jamaica]
3-17Jamaica Cricket FestivalSabina Park, KingstonTaking place at 3 locations across the island from April 3rd to April 17th, the tournament – sponsored by Irish-owned mobile phone operator, Digicel – comprises one three-day match, two ODIs, six Twenty20 matches and one 50-over match over the two-week period. It will feature West Indies, Ireland, Canada and Jamaica. [Digicel Cricket]
3-6Creations! The International Creative Convention and Trade ShowSunset Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios, St. Ann2nd Staging. First show of its kind to be held in the Caribbean. [Creations Jamaica]
4The Conscious Reggae Party Garnett Silk TributeRedbones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Rd., Kingston 10Featuring Garnet Silk Jr., Aaron Silk, Natural Black, Nature, Hafia Nyah, Asfa, Minouri, Thorpedo, Papa D, Dann I, Timmy Talib & The Kurfew Band. Musical Selecta DJ Marshmellow. Begins at 7:00PM. Admission: Free (donations accepted). [Facebook]
5Bird Watching Walking TourHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonMeet at the Parade and join in a walking tour of the grounds from 6:45am to 8:30am to see how many beautiful species of Jamaica's colorful birds you can spot (and photograph). Admission: J$200 (@ US$2.00). [Facebook]
5Run/Walk 5K for At-Risk GirlsHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonJoin the Rotary Club of St. Andrew for the Run/Walk 5K to raise funds for at-risk girls who are 18+ but no longer in the care of the state. From 7am to 9am at Hope Gardens. General entry: J$1,000; students with ID J$800. Registration closes Friday, April 4, 2014. Register online here.
12Jake's Treasure Beach Off-Road TriathlonJake's At Treasure Beach, Treasure Beach, St ElizabethThe Jamaicans might have a reputation for being laid-back, but Jake's Off-Road Triathlon on Treasure Beach contradicts this with its grueling 500-meter swim, 25km mountain bike ride and 7km country run. Both individuals and relay teams can participate. [Jake's Triathlon or Facebook]
12A Night of Elevation, Poetry & MusicRedbones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Rd., Kingston 10
"A Night of Upliftment”, Exodus Poetry’s very first show of their Open Mic series, featuring Harold Davis, Kimberlee-Ann IworshipYou Walsh and Debbie Melodiez Pottinger. 8:00PM to 9:30PM. Admission: J$400. [Facebook]
13All Jamaica Polo Tournament-FinalCaymanas, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club [Facebook]
13Everyone's a Winner Best Dressed Chicken 6K Road RaceHope Botanical Gardens, Kingston6K, run or walk. This is the second event in the series. Race awards include overall and team categories plus age group trophies for the Run and Walk from 10 to 70 years and over. Bandstand. 5AM to 11AM. Entry fee is J$1,000 per person. Register here.
13JDF Band ConcertHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonEnjoy a free concert given by the Jamaica Constabulary Force Band from 4PM to 6PM at the Shell Bandstand. Admission: FREE. [Facebook]
1817th Annual Melrose Farm Family Fun Day and Kite FestivalMelrose Farm, Claremont, St. AnnThe festival is a mixture of kite flying, entertainment and family-oriented activities. Kite-flying competition; bounceabout, mechanical bull, water slides, rock climbing, trains, and merry-go-round. The entertainment package will feature the likes of Elephant Man and Bounty Killer. Children are admitted free. Gates open 10AM. [Gleaner article]
18-21Montego Bay Yacht Club Easter RegattaMontego Bay Yacht Club, Montego Bay, St James
Exciting, fun cruises and yacht races. This Easter Regatta is a feast of maritime activity in the beautiful surroundings of Montego Bay. The first leg of the event is a race to Mosquito Cove, marking the start of a series of races in various classes held over the Easter weekend. Join in or watch from the harbour. [Easter Regatta]
19Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J'OuvertJames Bond Beach, Oracabessa, St. MaryCarnival celebration! Entertainment by Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and others. 18 and older only. All-inclusive with food on sale. Adm: J$5,500 pre-sold; J$6,500 at the gate. VIP: J$8,500 includes premium bar and food. 1PM-10PM. [Website or Facebook]
20Easter SundayHOLIDAY
20Easter Egg-CitementHope Zoo, Hope Gardens and Zoo, Kingston
Easter egg hunt, donkey cart ride, Easter hat competition, games, prizes, entertainment and fun stuff for kids. 1PM to 8PM. Admission: J$1,500. [Facebook]
20Marbana Port AntonioFrenchman's Cove, PortlandCarnival celebration! Listen to sizzling beats by Trinidad’s most-loved DJ team Nuphoric, Jamaica’s Kurt Riley & Jazzy T from Renaissance. Hourly entertainment: Female Dancers in Carnival Costumes, Steel Pan Band, Congo Drummers, Fire Breathers & Beach side Bonfires. All-inclusive: J$7,000. 11AM-7PM. [Website]
20Montego Bay Yacht Club Easter Egg HuntMontego Bay Yacht Club, Montego Bay, St. James
Easter egg hunt, Easter hat competition, hula hoop competition, egg and spoon competitions, games, prizes, entertainment and fun stuff for kids. 1PM to 8PM. Admission: J$600; $500 for members. 11AM to 4PM. []
20 (Post- poned)Boston Jerk FestivalBoston Community Centre, Boston Bay, PortlandPortland is pleased to be hosting the Tropicana Tropics Boston Jerk Festival as it is only befitting that the biggest jerk festival in the country is being held at the true authentic home of jerk, which is Boston. Usually held on Easter Sunday. NOTE: This is the original home of jerk but is NOT the Portland Jerk Festival which is now held in July. (Last year's event held 3-31-2013)
21Canboulay Breakfast PartyTrident Castle, Dolphin Bay, Portland (changed from Rodney Hall Estate)Carnival breakfast celebration! On Easter Monday morning, join us on the lush lawns of the Trident Castle in Portland with coconut trees and the view of the beach. Music by DJ Sanjay and Dei Musicale from Trinidad & Tobago. 18 + older. Great menu. Tickets are pre-sold only for J$4,000. Tickets will be available beginning Monday, April 14, 2014. Only 500 tickets will be available so get yours early. 6:00AM to 2:00PM. [Facebook]
Texaco with Techron CARNIVAL OF SPEED Easter Race Meet #1
Dover Raceway, near Brown's Town, St. AnnJamaica Race Drivers Club presents their much-anticipated Easter Monday meet. Presold general admission is J$1,000 (J$1,500 at the gate). Presold paddock pass is J$2,500 (J$3,000 at the gate). For VIP for Pit Stop and Ultra all-inclusive VIP prices, see website. Off-road go-karts will be available for rent in the infield, and entertainment for kids will be provided. Qualifying at 9AM; racing starts at 11AM. If driving from the North Coast, turn off the North Coast Highway at either Runaway or Discovery Bay and head inland towards Brown's Town. [JRDC] or [Facebook]
21St. Ann Kite Festival (aka Jamaica International Kite Festival)Shazz Entertainment Grounds, Richmond, Priory, St. Ann’s Bay (Beside Shazz Gas Station)Held on Easter Monday for the last 10 years, this is one of the most popular festivals with fun stuff for kids, contests for the adults and always a great line-up for the evening musical entertainment. Enjoy kite-flying, food, fun, marching bands, mento bands, a kids village and a solid line-up of musical artists, including: Romain Virgo, Khago, Macka Diamond, Kiprich and more. The music starts after 7 pm. 876-281-8900. [Promo video] [Read our post for more info]
21Fun FestHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonEnjoy Easter Sunday family entertainment from 10AM to 7PM. Enter at the Eastern Entrance. Admission: J$600 for adults and J$300 for children over 5. [Facebook]
21James & Friends Education Programme's Easter FundayMount Clair, May Pen, ClarendonBounce-about, merry-go-round, games, prizes, food, entertainment and fun stuff for kids. Admission: FREE.
21Friends of St. Ann Kite Festival & Family FundaySeville Heritage Park, Priory, St. AnnNot connected with the St. Ann Kite Festival (Jamaica International Kite Festival) and this event's name may change due to a court injunction over use of the festival's name. Games, prizes, food and fun stuff for kids with evening entertainment. 10AM to 11:45PM..
Not being heldTrelawny Yam FestivalAlbert Town Square, TrelawnyNobody pays homage to the yam quite like the Jamaicans. Explore the diverse delights of this humble root vegetable at the Trelawny Yam Festival. The festival usually takes place on Easter Monday, but will not be held in 2014.
24Pandemonium - The Carnival ExperienceThe Golf Academy, New KingstonFeaturing Machel Montano and Shaggy. 8:00PM - 2:00AM. [Facebook]
24-271st Jamaica ITF Senior Tennis ChampionshipsTryall Tennis Centre, Tryall Club, Montego Bay, St. James
This inaugural event will have men and women’s over 35-80 singles and doubles. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation. [ITF Tennis Registration] [More info]
24-27GATFFEST (Greater August Town Film Festival)Courtleigh Auditorium, 85 Knutsford Blvd., Kingston 5
The Caribbean's biggest community film festival showcasing local, regional and international short films. [More info]
25Appleton Bacchanal J'OuvertMas Camp, Stadium North, Arthur Wint Dr, KingstonCarnival celebration! Entertainment by KES the Band, Patrice Roberts and more. Adm: J$2,500 pre-sold; J$3,000 at the gate. 18+ to drink. VIP All-Inclusive: J$5,000 pre-sold, J$6,000 at the gate (18+). Time: 10PM. Tickets will be available at the Mas Camp, Pita Grill , Mega Mart- Waterloo and Portmore, Ammars - Village/Mall , Sovereign, Kings Street one week before the event.[Website or Facebook]
26Reuben Explosion - Part 2McGregor Community Centre (off Longstan Terrace), Kingston 10Featuring Capleton, Exile Di Brave, Jesse Royal, Mikey General and more. Contribution: J$500.
27Westmoreland Curry FestivalMannings School, Savanna-la-Mar, WestmorelandRegarded as the biggest leading annual curry food show in the Caribbean. Over 15,000 patrons attend the event. There a gamut of cultural culinary influences carried over from the history of the Amerindians, West Africa, and Spanish, French, East Indians, Portuguese, Dutch, English, Lebanese and East Indians are normally displayed. Good food and entertainment. Admission: J$700.00 Pre-sold, J$1000.00 at the gate, J$500.00 children under 12. [Westmoreland Curry Fest]
274th Annual Dis Poem Wordz & Agro FestivalHope Bay Beach, PortlandPoetry/Reggae Art form and Agricultural Products expo & stage show for local and international patrons to taste authentic Jamaica in a literary Agricultural Farm. The show is normally 95% spoken word and 5% acoustic roots reggae performance. Scheduled: RasTakura, Mutaburuka, NoMaddz and more. Admission: J$800/US$9 pre-sold; J$1,200/US$13 at the gate. Gates open 6AM. Show: 10AM to 6PM. [Facebook]
27Jazz ConcertHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonEnjoy a free concert by the Simply Myrna Band from 4PM to 6PM at the Shell Bandstand. Admission: FREE. [Facebook]
27Green Run 2014: In Support of Portland Bight Protected AreaVere Technical High School, Hayes, ClarendonThe Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) hosts its first annual Earth Day-Green Walk/Run 2014 in support of the conservation of the Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica's largest protected area. Race starts at 7:00AM sharp with 250 supporters using the roadway between Vere and Lionel Town. At the end of the race, there will be a prize giving ceremony at Pawsey Park, Lionel Town, Clarendon, beginning at 11:30AM. Individual registration- J$1,500. Registration closes April 18. Contact 876.289.8253 or 876.292.7625 for more info. [Facebook]
27Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival Road ParadeKingstonCulmination of carnival festivities when rhythms, colors and movements explode on the streets of Kingston with the presentation of the parade of bands. [Facebook]
TBASt. Ann Agri-ExpoAddison Park, Brown's Town, St. AnnHighlights agriculture, agro-processing & environmental practices. Champion Farmer competition. (Last year's event held 4-13-2013)
MAY 2014
3Jamaica International Invitational MeetNational Stadium, Kingston
The world's premier athletes compete. [Website]
11All Jamaica Polo Tournament-ChampionshipCaymanas, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club [Facebook]
15Everyone's a Winner Best Dressed Chicken 7K Road RaceHope Botanical Gardens, Kingston7K, run or walk. This is the final event in the series. Race awards include overall and team categories plus age group trophies for the Run and Walk from 10 to 70 years and over. Bandstand. 5AM to 11AM. Entry fee is J$1,000 per person. Register here.
17Holistic Healing Expo Stella Maris Church Hall, 62 Shortwood Road, Kingston 8 Second staging of the event to introduce practitioners of alternative therapies to the general public. 10AM to 4PM. Admission is FREE. Phone: 876.464.5929. [Facebook]
23Manchester Horticultural Society Flower ShowShowgrounds, Ward Avenue, Mandeville, ManchesterThis horticultural society has met for 130 years and celebrates Spring with this well-respected flower show and competition. Held every year on Labour Day.
234th Annual Margaritaville Rose Hall Roast FestivalLilliput Playing Field (next to Iberostar Hotel), Montego Bay, St. James"The caribbean #1 food event for the entire family." Mouthwatering food and live performances from dancehall and reggae artistes. Held annually on Labour Day.
23-25DRP Writers’ Retreat with Christine CraigCountry Thyme Lodge, Highgate, St. Mary Join a 3-day poetry workshop with a supportive community of writers at the eco-friendly Country Thyme lodge. Get 12 hrs of mentorship by Jamaican poet, Christine Craig. "A Bunununus Evening of Poetry." Registration. [Website]
23-25Jamaica Epicurean EscapeGrizzly’s Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann (formerly Richmond Estate)Jamaica's premier chefs and culinary personalities, combined with several international celebrity chefs and chefs in training will showcase their best creations. In addition patrons will enjoy specialty shopping, fine wines, beers, great entertainment plus the opportunity to participate in interesting seminars, cooking demonstrations and competitions. [Website]
24Jamaica Lifestyle & Wellness FestOld Hospital Park, Gloucester Ave., Montego BayArts & Crafts, exhibits and fitness demos to promote health and wellness. [Website]
5/30 - 6/1Calabash Literary FestivalTreasure Beach, St. ElizabethThe Calabash Festival is back in 2014! A three-day festival of readings and music with other forms of storytelling folded in the mix, 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. [Calabash]
31National Domino ChampionshipJesesera Park, 31 Molynes Road, Kingston
JUNE 2014
111th Annual Liguanea Festival of Fine Art & Photography
Chinese Benevolent Association, 176 Old Hope Road, Kingston 610:00AM-8:00PM. Jamaica's largest outdoor exhibition of the arts, featuring displays of photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry from Jamaica's best artists. Entertainment and a wide selection of food and drinks on sale. Free admission and parking. [Liguanea Festival]
2-8Bridal Dreams Jamaica Wedding ExpoMontego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, Montego Bay
Bridal week of activities June 1-8,2014 that culminates on Sunday with a GRAND Bridal Expo; The Bridal Dreams Showcase. Display booths include wedding wear, cake designers, jewellers, wedding and honeymoon specialists, local musicians and photography companies. [Website]
8-1424th Annual Jamaica International Jazz FestivalSunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Ocho Rios (& more events islandwide)Features internationally renowned performers from the island itself and around the world. [Jazz Fest] [Facebook]
11-16Caribbean Fashion WeekNational Indoor Sports Centre, Independence Park, KingstonThe region's largest, most recognized and internationally respected fashion event. 10+ shows featuring around 50 designers from 25 countries. Entertainment at nightly After Parties. Opening night reception at Spanish Court Hotel. Closing party at Villa Ronai. [Fashion Week]
20-29Kingston on the Edge Urban Art FestivalKingstonPlatform for local artists in and around Kingston. KOTE is a showcase for various art forms and includes visual art shows, movie showings, plays, concerts, an art auction, open houses and digital/multi-media shows. [KOTE]
226th Annual Maroon Quao Victory Day CelebrationAsafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, JamaicaCultural performances in the Maroon tradition including dancing, drumming, singing, poetry and storytelling, the blowing of the abeng and fashion shows highlighting the African mode of dress and clothing designs. It features such attractions as food and beverage stalls, art and craft booths, river bathing at Quao Village, the Asafu Museum tour, among other things. [Maroons]
23-242nd Annual Jamaica Alternative Energy ExpoJamaica Pegasus Hotel, KingstonShowcases the latest and emerging energy efficiency products and technologies designed to assist customers, businesses and institutions to reduce energy usage. Conferences are free, but attendees must sign up. Mon: 1PM-8PM. Tues: 10AM-8PM. [Website]
TBA7th Annual Portland Curry FestivalShan Shy Beach, Port Antonio, PortlandAll-day family event highlighting Jamaica's fabulous curried chicken, goat, shrimp, lobster and fish, with dozens of reggae artists to entertain. {Last event held 6-2-2013) [Facebook]
TBAAll-Jamaica Grill-OffHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonENTRY PERIOD is underway until May 9, 2014. To register, call 876.862.8070. Corporate Grillers - J$60,000. Individual Grillers - J$20,000. Local grill masters take their craft very seriously, and each year in June they meet to compete. There's also a Mini Grill-Off Competition for children ages 8-12. Gates open at Noon. Unlimited sampling from noon to 4PM. (Last event held 6-9-2013) [Facebook]
TBA CB Pan Chicken Championship Central Regional Eliminations Manchester High School, Mandeville, ManchesterCompetition winners advance to finals in November to compete for Jamaica's Pan (Jerk) Chicken Grand Champion. Food and entertainment. 10am-5pm. Free admission. (Last held 6-29-2013)
JULY 2014
1International Reggae DayIslandwideJamaicans proudly sport reggae-colored clothes, blast the laid-back music out, drink Red Stripe beer and emanate peace and love. [Reggae Day]
6 (TBC)Portland Jerk FestivalFolly Oval, Port Antonio, PortlandThe aroma and sizzle of traditional Jamaican jerk chicken, pork, fish and lobster fills Port Antonio's Folly Estate at the annual Portland Jerk Festival. Local bands play, with cultural and popular entertainment throughout the day and evening. Craft vendors and plenty of activities for the kids. (Last year's event was held 7-7-2013) [Portland Jerk Festival or Facebook]
11-13Little Ochie Seafood CarnivalLittle Ochie, Alligator Pond, ManchesterThis year will offer 3 days of fun and good food! A celebration of seafood and music that entertains crowds of up to 6,000 through to the early hours. The food is varied and delicious. The music comes courtesy of big name bands.
13-19Reggae Sumfest 2014Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, St James
World-renowned performers take to the stage for a series of parties and gigs in Montego Bay at Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest, the reggae event of the summer. [Sumfest]
14 (TBC)Caribbean Shrimp FestivalWhittier Village Center, Montego Bay, St. JamesTuck into shrimp fried rice, peppered shrimp, curried shrimp and other tantalising dishes at the yearly Caribbean Shrimp Festival in Montego Bay’s Whitter Village Center. The Dad’s Cook-Off, arts and crafts show and bikini pageant also celebrate all things shrimp. (Last year's event held 7-13-2013)
26Milk River Seafood and Jerk FestivalFarquhar Beach, Milk River, ClarendonThe inaugural Milk River Seafood and Jerk Festival will become an annual event, attracting local residents and overseas visitors. Its purpose is to promote the community of Milk River, home of the world-famous Milk River Mineral Bath Hotel and Spa. Attractions and giveaways galore. Opens at 9AM. Admission: FREE. Come out & support the vendors. [Facebook]
TBASt. Mary Breadfruit FestivalBen's World Farm Pen, Jeffrey Town, St. MaryA wonderful opportunity to meet the community of Jeffrey Town, located in St. Mary's lush, green hills, and sample the amazing variety of dishes made from breadfruit. (Last held 7-15-2013) [St Mary Breadfruit Festival]
TBAMakka Pro Surf ContestSouthaven, Yallahs, St ThomasJamaica's biggest and ONLY Pro Surf Contest with the region's top professional surfers facing off for over US$10K. Attracts wave-worshipers from Jamaica, the Caribbean, USA and other corners of the world. (Last held Jul 20-22, 2013) [Makka Pro]
1Emancipation DayPUBLIC HOLIDAY
1Seville Emancipation JubileeSeville Great House, Heritage Park, St AnnThis festival is an amalgamation of Jamaican folk forms in celebration of African ancestors and their contribution to Emancipation. The all-night party is held at the end of July in Ocho Rios, and coincides with the anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. The Seville Heritage Park is transformed into an atmosphere of festivity encompassing African culture. Held to celebrate Emancipation Day.
1MoBay Jerk FestivalCatherine Hall Entertainment Centre, Montego Bay, St. JamesFamily-oriented food and entertainment festival. [Website]
1Mello-Go-Roun'Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 10Hosted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), this festival of performing arts showcases the most outstanding and entertaining acts that emerge from the JCDC Performing Arts Competitions held annually across the island. The event held on Emancipation Day attracts a large following of all ages. Admission for Mello Go Roun' is adults J$500, children J$200. (Last year's event held 8-1-2013)
1 (TBC)Rio Grande Raft RaceRafter's Nest, Rio Grande, PortlandEmancipation Day extravaganza starting at 10AM. Rio Grande is the birthplace of river rafting in Jamaica. Popularized by Errol Flynn who used to challenge his guests to moonlight rafting races. (Inaugural event was held 8-1-2013)
1-5Reggae Film FestivalIsland Village, Ocho Rios, St AnnAttracts productions from around the world whose films depict aspects of Jamaican culture, music and history and the ways in which this music culture has impacted the world. [Reggae Film Fest]
Smirnoff Dream WeekendNegril, Westmoreland
Great parties in Negril. Premium all-inclusive event, complete with parties created by the Dream Team. Held on independence weekend, it has been a part of the Jamaican entertainment calendar for the last 11 years. [Dream Weekend]
1-6 (TBC)SPF Weekend
Ocho Rios, St. Ann
Summer Playground Fantasy. Series of sizzling parties at various venues in Ocho Rios. SPF Weekend is Jamaica’s ultimate high-energy summer holiday weekend party experience for local or overseas guests aged 21 years and up. [SPF]
6Independence DayPUBLIC HOLIDAY
6 Bath Food Festival a.k.a. Bath Breadfruit FestivalBath Botanical Garden, Bath, St ThomasThe Bath Botanical Gardens are the second oldest in the western hemisphere. Live music, poetry, the Parade of the Re-enactment of the First Planting, drumming and Kumina dancing all celebrate the humble breadfruit at Bath's annual Breadfruit Festival held annually on Independence Day.
6 (TBC)Annual Ocho Rios Seafood FestivalTurtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St AnnAside from the great seafood, the festival is a day-night affair and has a family-oriented theme throughout. There is a children area with swings, rides and bounce-about, while the rest of the park is decorated with food stalls and display booths. Held on Independence Day.
TBABlack River Day CelebrationIn the streets of Black River, St. ElizabethFestivities include food, kids village, mento yard, bike show, marching bands, steel band, float parade, and top-notch entertainment. 10AM to 2AM. Admission: Free. (Last year's event held 8-2-2013)
TBA Gungo Walk World Alternative Music & Arts FestivalEdna Manley College Campus, 1 Arthur Wint Drive, KingstonFood, art, workshops, dance and music performances. (Last held 8-24-2013) [Website]
TBA CB Pan Chicken Championship Western Regional Eliminations Dump-Up Beach, Montego Bay, St. JamesCompetition winners advance to finals in November to compete for Jamaica's Pan (Jerk) Chicken Grand Champion. Food and entertainment. 10am-5pm. Free admission. (Last held 8-24-2013)
TBADenbigh Agricultural & Industrial ShowDenbigh Showground, May Pen, ClarendonThe most celebrated agricultural show in Jamaica. The show features outstanding livestock, agricultural, horticultural and food exhibits from all 14 parishes. (Last held Aug 3-6, 2013) [Denbigh Ag Show]
TBAFalmouth Blue Marlin TournamentFalmouth, TrelawnyFalmouth gets very excited about one of Jamaica's favorite fish at the annual Blue Marlin Tournament. The competition is a big deal in the local area and attracts anglers from home and abroad. (Last held 8-7-2013)
TBA2nd Annual Boscobel Jamaica Air ShowIan Fleming International Airport & Rio Nuevo Village, Boscobel, St. MaryIn keeping with Jamaica's 50th Anniversary celebration, the Caribbean Aviation Training Center presents their 2nd annual air show. Great fun for all ages. (Last held Aug 4-5, 2012) [Air Show]
TBASwift River Bussu FestivalChelsea, Swift River, PortlandAnnual fun filled day highlighting the Bussu (a type of mollusk - like oyster & clam - indigenous to Portland) for which the festival is named. The 'bussu' or 'janga' is a local term for crayfish. A small river snail, Bussu is to villagers what escargot is to the French. Its soft meat, and the soup made from it, is believed to be an aphrodisiac. The day's activities include cultural performances such as Kumina drumming, Dinki-mini, Mento and story-telling.
TBAMontego Bay Yacht Club Fishing TournamentMontego Bay Yacht Club, Montego Bay, St James
Being the oldest competitive fishing event in Jamaica, the Montego Bay Yacht Club takes pride in hosting the event again as all avid sports fishing anglers are invited to join in at this exciting event. [MBYC Fishing Tourney]
TBA CB Pan Chicken Championship Eastern Regional Eliminations UDC Car Park, Portmore, St. CatherineCompetition winners advance to finals in November to compete for Jamaica's Pan (Jerk) Chicken Grand Champion. Food and entertainment. 10am-5pm. Free admission. (Last held 9-28-2013)
TBAKingston Bridal Week Bridal MarketJamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Blvd., New Kingston, Kingston 5Three days of consumer shows featuring the best names in the bridal and lifestyle industries. 8 – 10 pm. Admission: [at the gate] J$1,500 [pre-sold] $1,000. [Website]
TBAOctoberfestAlhambra Inn, KingstonThis annual German festivity celebrates its 32 years in Jamaica with lots of prizes and surprises, games and specialty German foods, different types of German beers, German white and red wines and Schnapps. Organized by the Jamaica German Society.
18 (TBC) International Reggae Wine FestivalMontego Bay, St. JamesThe festival will feature wine purveyors, some of the best Reggae artistes, fashion show, arts & craft, attracting wine lovers from all over the world. [Website].
20National Heroes' DayPUBLIC HOLIDAY
10/29 - 11/29th Annual Jamaica Pro-Am Golf TournamentWhite Witch and Cinnamon Hill Golf Clubs, Montego BayTeams must consist of a certified PGA Professional and three (3) amateurs. Register for early bird pricing before May 1, 2014. [Jamaica Pro-Am]
TBA17th Annual Oracabessa Bay Marlin TournamentJames Bond Beach, Oracabessa, St. MaryA celebration of Jamaican fishing culture and community
to benefit the Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary. [Last year's event was held 10-6-2013] [Facebook]
TBA51st Annual Port Antonio International Marlin TournamentErrol Flynn Marina, Port Antonio, PortlandAnglers from all over the world strive to catch the biggest marlin at Jamaica's thrilling Port Antonio Blue Marlin Tournament at the Errol Flynn Marina. There's also a special canoe competition for local fishermen. [Last year's event was held Oct 5-12,2013] [Errol Flynn Marina]
TBA10th Annual South Coast Hook N' Line Canoe TournamentTreasure Beach, St ElizabethA 3-day competition during which local fishermen vie for prizes by catching the largest fish using only the traditional fishing method of a simple hook and line. The weekend also includes other exciting events, such as a boat race, local talent show, fish fry and community beach party. (Last year's event held Oct 13-15, 2013) [Hook N' Line]
TBA3rd Annual Port Morant Banana FestivalCotton Tree, Port Morant, St. ThomasOrganized by the Port Morant Community Development Commission, the festival seeks to foster community spirit and to highlight the various uses of the banana, which was first exported to England from the Old Morant Wharf in St Thomas. [Last year's event was held 10-21-2013] [Facebook]
TBANanny Day CelebrationMoore Town, PortlandFamily-oriented food and entertainment festival with Maroon dishes and refreshments, kiddie village, traditional dancing, singing and drumming, and live bands at 8PM sharp. (Last year's event held 10-21-2013)
TBAMichael Holding Masters Cricket TournamentSabina Park, Kingston & Trelawny StadiumsThis is a 45 and over cricket tournament where by players are hosted from Jamaica and other countries such as USA, Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Scotland, Guyana and Trinidad. (Last year's event held Oct 13-15, 2013)
TBA2nd Annual Clarendon Jerk FestivalMain Street, May Pen Old Police Station, May Pen, ClarendonFamily event with delicious, authentic jerk items and entertainment from well-known DJs and artistes. 10AM-10PM. Admission: Adults J$399, Kids 6-12 J$100, under 6 free. (Last year's event held 10-20-2013) [Facebook]
12-168th Annual Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am Iberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay, St. JamesThe event includes an 18-hole pro-am and 54-hole stroke play tournament where golf professionals from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin and South America and the Caribbean compete for the Jamaica Open trophy and cash prize. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 50% of the professional field as well as the top performing senior professionals. (Last year's event held Nov 14-18, 2013) [Jamaica Pro-Am]
TBAJamaica Restaurant WeekKingston, Montego Bay, Ocho RiosThe island's finest restaurants tempt diners with discount prices on three-course dinners. (Last year's event held Nov 13-20, 2013) [JA Restaurant Week]
TBACB Pan Chicken ChampionshipDowntown on the Waterfront, Ocean Boulevard, KingstonAfter regional elimination championships, pan (jerk) chicken finalists from around Jamaica compete for the title of Pan Chicken Grand Champion. Very popular event. Popular artistes perform. 12PM-8PM; Free admission. (Last year's event held 11-24-2013) [Facebook]
TBAJDF Annual Air Carol ServiceHeadquarters, JCCF, deCordova Barracks, Up Park Camp, KingstonJamaica Defence Force's annual open-air festival of holiday music. Appreciative audiences sing along, filling the December night with songs of praise and worship. Service starts promptly at 1700 hrs. (Last year's event held 11-11-2013) [JDF]
TBAAnnie's RevengeIberostar Grand Hotel, Montego Bay, St. JamesJamaica's largest international Pro-Am, sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and NIKE Golf, has quickly become one of golf's most popular winter tournaments with teams consisting of players from the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. The field is open to teams consisting of a PGA
or LPGA Golf Professional, Assistant Professional, or Teacher and three (3) amateurs. (Last year's event held Dec 5-9, 2013) [Annie's Revenge]
TBARally JamaicaKingstonEar-splitting screeches and the throaty revving of engines deafen spectators standing around loose-gravel stages in Kingston at the annual Rally Jamaica, organized by the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club. (Last year's event held 11-30 to 12-2-2013) [Rally JA]
6International Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10KLong Bay Beach Park, Negril, Westmoreland
"Come for the run, stay for the fun." Mellow Negril gets surprisingly active at the annual Reggae Marathon. Competitors take on either the full marathon or half marathon. [Reggae Marathon]
25Christmas Day
25 - TBCGT Taylor's Christmas Reggae Extravaganza 2013Independence Park, Black River, St. ElizabethAlways offers a hot line-up of artists. The 2013 show featured Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Capleton, Sizzla, Khago, Assassin, Romain Virgo, Chuck Fender, Fantan Mojah, and more... [Last held 12/25/2013] Website
26StingJamworld, Portmore, St CatherineEagerly anticipated as the greatest reggae/dancehall festival each year, Sting is the biggest one night show. 2014 marks the event's 31st anniversary. Traditionally held on Boxing Day.
31Harbour Fest & Fireworks on the WaterfrontDowntown Harbour, KingstonPride-filled Jamaicans from across the island, ring in the New Year with the phenomenal fireworks display on the Downtown Harbour. This free event features a Kiddies village, a massive craft vendors’ arcade and great family entertainment on stage.
TBAJ22 Jamin' Invitational International RegattaMontego Bay Yacht Club, St. James
See more info here. [Last held 12/6-7/2013]MBYC
TBALutan Fyah Birthday Show & Fun DaySanguinetti Sports Complex, Spaulding, Clarendon
[Last held 12/7/2013] See line-up.
TBAGrosvenor Galleries Christmas Art & Craft Fair1 Grosvenor Terrace,
Kingston 8
Mix of fine art, craft, clothing, ceramics, photography, jewelry (both locally handmade and imported). From 10am to 6pm. [Last held 12/7-8/2013] [Grosvenor Galleries]
TBAMarket at the Lawn Christmas FairNorth lawn of Devon House, Waterloo Rd., KingstonBig holiday open-air art and craft market. [Last held 12/8/2013] [Market at the Lawn]
TBAChristmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Gospel ConcertEmancipation Square, Spanish Town, St. CatherineSanta Claus, rides and gospel artists performing. [Last held 12/8/2013] [Facebook]
TBAChristmas Open Swimming ChampionshipsNational Stadium Pool, KingstonAnnual open swimming championships sponsored by Swim Jamaica [Last held 12/13-15/2013]
TBA2014 Surfing National Open Series Event #5Makka Beach, St. Thomas or Boston Bay, PortlandFinal event to the Jamaica Surfing Association National Open Surf Series. This series result will determine the Jamaica National Open champion for 2013. 10AM-5PM. Call 876.750.0103 to confirm the location.[Website]
TBAKingston Kitchen Christmas Grand MarketHope Gardens, KingstonKingston Kitchen is a food experience that showcases what Jamaicans are doing locally in the food industry. From 3PM to Midnight. Admission: J$500; children under 12 free. [Last held 12/14/2013] [Website]
TBAEwarton Jerk FestivalEwarton Community Centre, Ewarton, St. CatherineGates open at 10AM; Fun, entertainment and good food. Adm: J$300 adults, J$150 children. [Last held 12/14/2013]
TBAAssociation of Jamaica Potters Arts & Crafts FairForestry Department grounds, 173 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 8Items by local artists including paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, candles, handmade soaps, castor oil products, straw hats and bags. [Last held 12/14-15/2013]
TBAFamily Fun FestHope Gardens, Eastern (Main) Entrance, KingstonFun family entertainment. Admission: Adults J$500, children J$300, toddlers free. [Last held 12/14/2013] [Hope Gardens on Facebook]
TBA14th Annual S.A.N.T.A. Golf TournamentConstant Spring Golf Club, Kingston 8SANTA="Seeing A Need Taking Action". The charity tournament usually attracts more than 150 top amateur golfers and their families and friends. The competition has 8 categories - 5 for men, 2 for women and a junior category. Register at CSGC. 876.755.2066. [Last held 12/15/2013]
TBAConcert by Jamaica Military BandHope Gardens, Shell Bandstand, KingstonEnjoy a holiday concert by the Jamaica Constabulary Force band; sponsored by Devon House I-scream. From 4PM to 6PM. Admission is free. [Hope Gardens on Facebook] [Last held 12/15/2013]
TBAMarket at the Lawn Christmas FairNorth lawn of Devon House, Waterloo Rd., KingstonBig holiday open-air art and craft market. [Market at the Lawn] [Last held 12/15/2013]
TBAOutta Many Food FestThe Deck, 14 Trafalgar Road, KingstonThe students of UWI Open Campus Eastern are bringing to the Christmas calendar a spectacular event and a unique way to celebrate the holidays. 12:00 noon-9PM. Concert 5PM sharp. Admission J$500 adults, children under 12 are free. Food & drinks on sale. Proceeds benefit Alpha Boys Home.
Facebook [Last held 12/15/2013]
TBAWonderland Jamaica Family Fun DayRanny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 10Large open-air holiday craft fair showcasing a wide range of authentic Jamaican products, including ceramic items, paintings, carvings, household accessories, aromatherapy items, clothing, accessories and local cuisines. Adult: J$600, children J$300, under 3 free. [Facebook] [Last held 12/21/2013]
TBAKingston College Chapel Choir Christmas Concert 2013Church of Conversion of St Paul, Greater Portmore, St AndrewStarting at 6PM. [Last held 12/21/2013]
TBAA Touch of Yuletide Magic - Alliance FrançaiseAlliance Francaise de la Jamique, 12b Lilford Avenue off Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 10A fund-raising variety Christmas concert. An impressive line up of artistes and a host of prizes all make for an unforgettable event. At 7PM; tickets J$2,000. Tel: (876) 978-6996. [Flyer] [Last held 12/21/2013]
TBAKumba Mi Yabba Christmas Village,Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 10Shop for high quality, authentic Jamaican products from local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous crafts and other products. There will also be a Kiddies Fun Village, traditional and cultural performances and a food village. The event is free and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. [JBDC website] [Last held 12/22/2013]
TBAMarket at the Lawn Christmas FairNorth lawn of Devon House, Waterloo Rd., KingstonBig holiday open-air art and craft market. [Market at the Lawn] [Last held 12/22/2013]
TBALTM Pantomime 2014/2015 Opens Little Theatre, 4 Tom Redcam Avenue, Kingston 5The Little Theatre Movement's Pantomime season begins. Unique, high-energy musical theatre productions, which feature aspects of Jamaican culture, folklore and historical references. High-quality family entertainment with music, song, dance, comedy, drama and colourful costumes and sets, popular for over 60 years. Tel: 876.926.6129.[Website] [Facebook]
TBAChildren Are The Future ConcertJamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Blvd., New Kingston, Kingston 5Featuring The Heptones, Kenneth Culture, Ken Boothe, Wayne J, Jah Bouks, Little John, Angella Stewart, Errol Dunkley, John Holt, Luciano, Marcia Griffiths, Bob Andy, Johnny Clarke, The Ambassadors, Anarchie, and Sheron Tucker. Adm: $2,000 presold, $2,500 at the gate. [Last held 12/26/2013]
TBAFamily Fun Day Christmas FairHope Gardens, Eastern (Main) Entrance, KingstonFun family entertainment. 10AM-6PM. [Hope Gardens on Facebook] [Last held 12/26/2013]
TBACream of the CropOcho Rios Cruise Ship Pier, Ocho Rios, St. AnnJah Cure, Mavado, Chronixx, Romain Virgo & more See line-up [Last held 12/28/2013]
TBAR&B Reggae ShowcaseJamaica College, Mona Heights, Kingston, St. AndrewLegendary R&B vocalist, Percy Sledge, is to be joined by some of the greatest names in reggae music, including John Holt, George Nooks, Leroy Sibbles, A.J. Brown, Merritone Music, along with Digicel Rising Stars alumni Noddy Virtue, Jodi-Ann Pantry, and Nikiesha Barnes. [Story] [Last held 12/28/2013]
TBA2nd Annual St. Thomas Linkup Beach FestivalMy Beach, Prospect, St. ThomasSoccer, volleyball, dominoes, contests & prizes, activities for the kids, entertainment. Gates open 10AM. Admission: J$300 pre-sold, J$500 gate, J$1,000 VIP. [Facebook] [Last held 12/29/2013]
TBAIndian Food Cook Out 2013Duhaney Park, 10 Durrell Avenue, Kingston 10Curry goat, butter chicken, roti, daal, etc. Starts at 4:00PM. Cost: J$800. Part of proceeds benefit Project Healthy Kids. [Last held 12/31/2013]
TBANew Year's Eve at GoldeneyeGoldeneye Resort, Oracabessa, St. MaryRing in New Years Eve 2014 at GoldenEye as The Jillionaire from Major Lazer mashes Indie Dance and Big Room House with the Caribbean rhythms of Soca and Dancehall. Availability is limited; no tickets at the gate. Dinner/Party @ 7:30PM. Party only@ 10:00PM. For reservations & information, contact or 876.622.9007. Tickets available here. [Flyer]
TBAFirst Fest Family Fun Day & ConcertJamaica College (Football Field), 189 Old Hope Road, Kingston Gospel giants. Admission: J$500 adults, J$200 children. 10AM – 10PM (Concert starts @ 4pm); Part of the proceeds from FIRST FEST will benefit the Jamaica Red Cross. (Last held 1-1-2013) [Facebook]
TBAShaggy & Friends 2015 Benefit ConcertThe Lawns of Jamaica House, Hope Road, Kingston Performers included Taurus Riley, Chronixx, Konshens, Neyo, Shaggy, Tessanne Chin, Assassin, Wayne Marshall, Pinchers, Admiral Bailey, Elephant Man. All proceeds benefit Bustamante Hospital for Children. Early bird (by 12/25) tickets: J$4,000, J$8,000, $16,000. 6PM. Concert starts @ 8pm. (Last held 1-4-2014) [Facebook]
TBA274th Annual Accompong Maroon FestivalAccompong, St ElizabethCelebrated by the Maroons of Western Jamaica, the descendants of runaway slaves. The festival features the traditional dancing, singing, Maroon feast and ceremonies. (Last held Jan 4-5, 2014)
TBAJamaica Junior Theatre (JJT) Season OpensPhillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies Mona Campus, 1 Sherlock Dr., Kingston 7This year's production of "Alladin" opens January 10 and runs until February 23. Jamaica Junior Theatre is the only musical theatre company for children in Jamaica and has offered decades of high-quality performances to benefit children's charities in Jamaica. [Facebook]
TBARotary Club of Liguanea Plains 5K RunHope Gardens, KingstonThe Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains hosts their annual 5K in the scenic Hope Gardens. Race proceeds support their ongoing Rotary projects at the National Chest Hospital's Dental Lab and the New Providence Primary School. Race start is 7:00am and online registration is open until Thursday, January 9th. (Last held 1-12-2014) [Registration]
TBA3rd African Drum CircleNegril Treehouse Resort, Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, WestmorelandDrummers, Percussionist, Dancers, Vendors. Bring your drums, shakers and dancing feet. **If you are not staying at the Tree House, there is a daily participation fee of $40.00 which will include dinner** (Last held Jan 17-20, 2014) [African Drum Circle]
TBA22nd Annual Rebel SaluteRichmond Estate, Priory, St. AnnJamaican premier Rasta-centric roots reggae festival with no alcohol, no meat, lots of smoke, and great music. 2014's line-up included Damian Marley, Bunny Wailer, Chuck Fenda, John Holt, Luciano, Tony Rebel, Anthony Cruz, Terry Linen, Queen Ifrica, I-Wayne, Jah Cure, Bushman, Capleton and many more. (Last held Jan 17-18, 2014) [Rebel Salute]
TBAAll Jamaica Polo TournamentCaymanas, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club. (Last held 1-18-2014) [Facebook]
TBA2nd Annual Negril Jerk & Reggae FestivalWavz Beach, Negril, Westmoreland
RESCHEDULED FROM 1/5/14. The festival featured Live Reggae by Kiprich, Terry Linen, Jah Mason, D'Angel, Local Acts, Jerk Cuisines, Crafts and a Kiddies Village. Bring the entire Family and enjoy the days activities. Come for the Food stay for the Fun. 1PM to 11PM. Charity fundraiser. Admission: Kids J$500 [Includes rides], Adults J$1000 Presold J$1200@ Gate, Tourist Plan US$35 (Entrance & Mix Drinks/Beer) (Last held 1-19-2014) [Facebook or Facebook]
TBA30th Annual JSP High Mountain Coffee 10K & 5K Road RaceWilliamsfield, Manchester
A challenging and extremely popular race, starting at the overhead bridge in Williamsfield. (Last held 1-26-2014) [High Mtn 10K]
TBA19th Annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues FestivalGreenfield Stadium, TrelawnyHigh-caliber musicians bring the house down for the annual week long festival of R&B, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Latin and other music types. The 2014 Festival line-up featured Toni Braxton, Chaka Khan, Aaron Neville, Joe, Beres Hammond, Crisette Michelle, Crystal Gayle, Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Protoje and many others. Stadium is @ 25 miles east of Montego Bay. (Last held Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2014) [Jazz & Blues]
1/10 - 2/23Jamaica Junior Theatre (JJT) SeasonPhillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies Mona Campus, 1 Sherlock Dr., Kingston 7This year's production of "Alladin" opens January 10 and runs until February 23. Jamaica Junior Theatre is the only musical theatre company for children in Jamaica and has offered decades of high-quality performances to benefit children's charities in Jamaica. [Facebook]
1-6 Bob Marley Birthday CelebrationsIslandwideStage shows, exhibitions and other events at various locations around the island to celebrate the birthday of the reggae giant
1-622nd Annual Bob Marley Birthday BashMX3 Lawn, Negril, WestmorelandTribute to the King of Reggae including cultural activities such as drumming, Jonkunoo dancers, authentic Jamaican food and International Reggae Acts. [Facebook]
2Trench Town Festival “JaMIN at the Bass”Ambassador Theatre, 1 1/2 Collie Smith Drive, Trench Town, Kingston, JamaicaSong competition staged at the old, renowned, open-air Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town. Since in the 1950’s, this historic Theatre became the cradle of reggae music. It launched the careers of a host of reggae artistes including Bunny and Scully, Alton Ellis, Derrick Harriot, Bob Andy, Toots and the Maytals – and of course Bob Marley and The Wailers. [Facebook]
5Reggae Wednesday - THE GENESIS: Featuring Mento, Folk, Jazz, Classical, Ska and ReggaeEmancipation Park, Oxford Road, Kingston 5, New Kingston, JamaicaLive concerts produced and presented by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) every Wednesday in February (5, 12, 19 & 26) in Emancipation Park, highlighting the social backdrop and genres of Reggae, from Mento to Dancehall. 6PM to 10PM. [Facebook]
99th Annual Negril Rotary Donkey Races & Family Fun Day BashWavz Negril Beach, Negril, Westmoreland. Family funday with children’s rides, games, amusement stalls and prizes along with music, food and bar. Thrilling donkey races are a unique addition to the day's festivities! Gates open at 10am; donkey races at 12:00 noon. Adm: J$600 adults, J$200 children under 12. Free face painting and gate prizes. Proceeds benefit early childhood literacy programs in the Negril area. [Facebook] [Negril Rotary Club]
12Reggae Wednesday - REGGAE PRAISE: featuring top Jamaican gospel groups.Emancipation Park, Oxford Road, Kingston 5, New Kingston, JamaicaLive concerts produced and presented by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) every Wednesday in February (5, 12, 19 & 26) in Emancipation Park, highlighting the social backdrop and genres of Reggae, from Mento to Dancehall. 6PM to 10PM. [Facebook]
14Valentines Dinner Under the StarsGoldenEye Hotel and Resort, Oracabessa, St. Mary, JamaicaEnjoy a romantic dinner, live music & a bonfire with your sweetheart. US$100 per person which includes a bottle of wine. Reservations are required. Phone: 876.622.9007. [Facebook]
14Love on the Waterfront at Pier OnePier One, Howard Cooke Blvd., Montego Bay, JamaicaEnjoy a romantic Valentine's Day menu with delectable flavours from the sea. Free gift for the ladies. Starting at 5PM. J$6,000 per couple (about US$60). Call for reservations. Phone: 876.286.7208. [Website]
14"Decadent Duet" Valentine's Day Dinner @ Mike's Supper ClubTrident Hotel, Port Antonio, JamaicaDine on a 3-course meal which includes 2 glasses of wine per person and a box of chocolates. Enjoy a live performance by the All-Star Jazz Band. From 7PM. US$150 per couple. Call for reservations. Phone: 876.633.7100. [Facebook] [Website]
15Jamaica Reggae Industry (JaRIA) Honour AwardsCourtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, JamaicaWorld class red carpet awards show at The Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica. Outstanding professionals will be honored for their contribution to the industry. Tickets will go on sale in January 2014 at $5000.00 per person. [Website]
15Sugar Cane Ball - Truman Capote's Black and White BallRound Hill Resort, Montego Bay, St. JamesAn annual fundraising event for Hanover Charities. This year, enjoy the presence of his Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent , GCVO. Cocktails start at 7pm, dinner and dancing follow at 8pm. Dress in Black and White! [Website]
15-22Jamaica Fatta Tyre Biking FestivalSt Mary & North CoastWeek-long mountain biking extravaganza that highlights Jamaica's unique, vibrant culture and awesome trails. [Fat Tyre Fest]
1616th Annual Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run 2014Emancipation Park, Oxford Road, Kingston 5, New KingstonStarting at 7:30 a.m. more than 20,000 walkers, joggers, wheelchair racers and competitive runners will participate in what has become an annual tradition and undisputedly the Caribbean's largest road race. [Event Info]
16Fi Wi Sinting Jamaican Folk FestivalSomerset Falls, Hope Bay, PortlandAnnual celebration of Jamaica’s rich African heritage. The largest African History Month event in Jamaica with a art/craft marketplace, great food, traditional music and dance. Read more about the Festival in our recent post. 10AM-8:30PM. Admission J$800, Children J$300 and Students with ID $500. [Fi Wi Sinting]
16Two Seasons Talking Trees - Kingston EditionLillian's Restaurant, University of Technology, 237 Old Hope Rd, KingstonEnjoy the works of established and emerging local and international writers of novels, poetry, and journals. Presented by Two Seasons Guest House. From 11AM to 4PM. The Talking Trees Kingston Edition at Lillian's Restaurant, Sunday February 16, 2014 is free to the public. Food and drink on sale. [Event Info]
19Reggae Wednesday - PROGRESSIONS: featuring performances from different stages of the development of the music right up to the present.Emancipation Park, Oxford Road, Kingston 5, New Kingston, JamaicaFREE live concert produced and presented by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) in Emancipation Park, highlighting the social backdrop and genres of Reggae, from Mento to Dancehall. Bring your chairs and blankets. This is a BOOM Show featuring Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Keznamdi, Raging Fyah and more. 6PM to 10PM. [Facebook]
21-22Oneness Reggae FestRio Nuevo Village, Retreat, St. Mary
“Out of Many One Music”. Reggae showcase, crafts village. Line-up includes The Congos, Yellowman, Abijah, Dawn Penn, Sophia Brown, Edi Fitzroy. and more. J$2,500 Early Bird [Facebook] [Website]
22Sound System ExplosionRed Stripe Oval, 18 Spanish Town Rd., KingstonThe popularity of the sound system in dancehall and Jamaica’s music in general is undeniable, and so Reggae Month will stage a Dance Party featuring three (3) popular sound systems, that boast strong international brand recognition and an established local base. [Website]
22-23Blue Mountain Music FestivalHolywell Recreation Park, Blue Mountains and John Crow National Park (about 20 miles out of Kingston on the Irish Town-Newcastle road)
Blue Mountain Music Festival is a blend of Reggae music, culture, art and nature all mixed together in the cool Blue Mountains of Jamaica. Third World, TOK, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Keida, Jesse Royal and more to be announced. General Admission - Adults J$2,500 Presold, J$3,000 @ Gate, Season pass: J$5,000, Children: J$500, Outdoor camping: J$500; VIP Admission - One day: J$5,000; Season pass: J$7,500. [Facebook]
22-23Wedding SpectacularJamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Blvd., New Kingston, Kingston 5Kingston's largest two-day bridal event, with over 50 exhibitors of Jamaica's best bridal service providers. 10a.m.- 8pm daily. Admission: J$500. [Website]
23All Jamaica Polo TournamentCaymanas, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club [Facebook]
23Tribute to Dennis BrownKingston WaterfrontA free to the public concert at the Kingston’s picturesque waterfront, in tribute to the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Brown. [Website]
234th Annual Peter Tosh Day FestivalTosh Memorial Garden, Belmont, WestmorelandA tribute to Peter Tosh, one of the world's best-known reggae artists and a devotee of Rastafari, who was killed in 1987 at age 42 during a home robbery. He may be most known for his song Legalize It. Tosh was awarded Jamaica's fourth highest honor, the Order of Merit, in 2012. The festival will feature Andrew Tosh, Bushman, Jah Bouks and more. The festival begins at 6AM and will be broadcast live on
26Reggae Wednesday - REGGAE RUNWEH: featuring Reggae acts that have taken the world by storm.Emancipation Park, Oxford Road, Kingston 5, New Kingston, JamaicaLive concerts produced and presented by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) every Wednesday in February (5, 12, 19 & 26) in Emancipation Park, highlighting the social backdrop and genres of Reggae, from Mento to Dancehall. 6PM to 10PM. [Facebook]
TBA3rd Annual Jamaica Coffee & Rum FestBaronhall Estate, Cave Valley, St. AnnCoffee farm tour. Indulge in coffee and rum drinks. Visit the coffee museum. Grand farmer's market and other festivities. (Last year's event held 2-23-2013) [Facebook]
MARCH 2015
2All Jamaica Polo Tournament-FinalCaymanas, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club [Facebook]
5Rainforest Seafood and Music FestivalCatherine Hall Entertainment Centre, Montego Bay, St. James
The event showcases seafood dishes prepared by some of Jamaica's best chefs and all-day entertainment to appeal to everyone. This year's lineup includes Etana, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, I-Octane, Konshens, John Holt and more. 11AM-11PM. Tickets are J$700 presold, J$900 at the gate, J$300 kids, J$3,500 VIP. Proceeds benefit a local charity. Phone: 876.953.6688 [Facebook]
557th Annual Hague Agricultural ShowHague, TrelawnyGives the farmers of Trelawny an opportunity to showcase & sell their produce. Enjoy livestock judging & the crowning of the Trelawny Farm Queen competition. (Always held on Ash Wednesday) [Hague Show]
5Negril Reggae FestRoots Bamboo Beach, NegrilReggae music; Mystikal Revolution featuring Sizzla Kalonji, I-Wayne and more, live in concert. Show time 10PM. Admission: US$15 pre-sold; US$17 at the gate. More info:
5-12Brit Jam Spring Break Music FestivalMontego Bay, St. JamesDaily events on the Hip Strip and other locations in Montego Bay. [Website]
3/7-4/27 Carnival/BacchanalEvents take place islandwide throughout the season
Reggae and soca music give Jamaica Carnival, known as Bacchanal, its true Caribbean flavour and electric atmosphere
8Japan FestivalRanny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 10The Embassy of Japan in Jamaica and the Japan Festival Committee present "Japan Festival" at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, proudly sponsored by Best Dressed Chicken. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and customs! Fashion show, food and entertainment. 4PM to 10PM. Scheduled to appear: Stranger Cole, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, TOK and more. Admission is FREE. [Facebook]
8-9Simply Myrna – Myrna Hague in ConcertThe Courtleigh Auditorium, St. Lucia Avenue, New KingstonFeaturing Myrna Hague ("Jamaica's First Lady of Jazz"), Boris Gardiner, Desi Jones and Friends, Marjorie Whylie, Cari-Folk Singers and others. Saturday: cocktails at 7PM, showtime at 8PM. Sunday: cocktails at 5PM, showtime at 6PM. Adm: J$3,500 with part of the proceeds benefiting the Sonny Bradshaw Foundation.
9Kingston City RunEmancipation Park, Knutsford Blvd., Kingston Kingstonians, Jamaicans and friends/visitors to Jamaica are welcome to participate in a 1/2 Marathon or 5K race/walk with proceeds to benefit projects for the homeless in Kingston. The route highlights Kingston’s most iconic attractions including Emancipation Park, Devon House, Hope Botanical Gardens, Bob Marley Museum, Vale Royal, Jamaica House and Kings House to name a few. The route will start at picturesque Emancipation Park located on Knutsford Boulevard. 1/2 Marathon starts at 6:00AM and 5K starts at 7:00AM. Register online by March 4.
13Ruth Royes Live in ConcertRedbones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Rd., Kingston 10 Ruth Royes is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She has been influenced by many different genres, and her music is a fusion of jazz, reggae and gospel. 8:30PM. 876.978.8262.
14-16ArtWalk 201431 Gloucester Ave., on the "Hip Strip", Montego BaySee Jamaica’s finest visual artists. Fri: Noon to 8PM; Sat & Sun: 10AM-8PM. Admission is FREE.
16JDF Military Band ConcertHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonConcert at the Shell Bandstand by the Jamaica Defence Force. 4PM to 6PM. Admission is FREE.
21-23Jamrockaz Spring Break Beach PartySea Riv Hotel (near Little Ochie Seafood Restaurant), Alligator Pond, Saint Elizabeth/Manchester borderSpend a relaxed weekend on the beach and the river with Hip Hop, Electronic, Rock, Alternative, Dancehall and Reggae Music. Friday: Hip Hop & Dancehall; Saturday: Rock, EDM & Pop; Sunday: Roots Rock Reggae. Bring your picnic, your drinks, your bathing suit and your energy! Live performances by The Therapist, Miguel James and Jah Rain & the Iyah Vybz Kreation, and more. [Facebook Events Page]. ]Buy Tickets].
22Sunset Cocoa Jouvert PartyHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonHistorical entrance. 4PM to Midnight. Must be 18 and older with ID.
23Everyone's a Winner Best Dressed Chicken 5K Road RaceHope Botanical Gardens, Kingston5K, run or walk. This is the first event in the series. Race awards include overall and team categories plus age group trophies for the Run and Walk from 10 to 70 years and over. Bandstand. 5AM to 11AM. Entry fee is J$1,000 per person or pay J$2,500 for the 3-race series. Register here by March 14.
23Helen G Events Wedding Open HouseNew Kingston Conference Centre, KingstonGetting married? Spend the evening with Helen G, who will showcase Chasity Artistry Rashel Edwards and her team, Devon Shaw from Jamaica Wedding Photos, Unique Travel Service, DJ T, Jamaica Wedding DJ's, Natalia Oh from the Flair, Tafane Buchsaecab, Damon Riley, Eskay Caterers, Mr Detail Jamaica and much more. Time:1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Admission: J$1800 per couple or J$1000 per person. To reserve consultation space and get an event password, call 876.488.0093 / 876.541.7772. [Website]
23Portmore Chorale in ConcertPortmore Methodist Church (next to Megamart), Portmore, St. CatherineThe Portmore Chorale will present a feast of music on March 23,2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Portmore Methodist Church, next to Megamart. Programme includes contemporary gospel, negro spirituals, folk songs and much more. The Chorale is conducted by Delroy Williams and accompanied on piano by Karen Henry, and other guest musicians. Admission: $500.
29Earth Hour Concert 2014Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 102nd staging of the Earth Hour Concert. 6PM-Midnite. Admission: Free. Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world, born out of a hope of mobilizing people to take action on climate change. [Facebook]
29St. Mary Jamaica FestivalBoscobel Beach Club, Oracabessa, St. Mary, JamaicaMusic and fun for the benefit of Caymanas Glade School. Pre-sold tickets J$1,200; call 876.490.0169 or 876.449.1315. [Facebook]
29-30Jamaica Orchid Society ShowJamaica Horticultural Society's Exhibition Hall, Gibson Drive, Hope Pastures, KingstonStroll amid a stunning array of exotic orchids of various shapes, sizes and colors. The Jamaica Orchid Society organizes this annual event to celebrate the beauty and variety of these gorgeous blooms. Plant enthusiasts visit the show to judge the winners. [Orchid Show]
30Colour FestivalHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonOutdoor music festival. With similar events held in Latin America, United States and Europe, the festival is a global party which sees patrons enjoying the message of happiness and throwing coloured powder in the air. Historical entrance. 4PM to Midnight.
TBAMisty BlissHolywell Recreation Area, Blue MountainsCelebrates the natural and cultural resources of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. This is a cultural festival featuring traditional Jamaican music, dance, Maroon drummers, 'old time' Jamaican foods such as jerk pork, crayfish rundown, roast yam, dukunno and chocolate tea, a marketplace with fresh produce, craft items and tree seedlings, and activities for the kids. (Last held 3-3-13) [Misty Bliss]
TBAJamaica Bicycle BashJames Bond Beach, Oracabessa, St. Mary
Celebration of Jamaica’s unique and vibrant bicycling culture. Stunt demonstrations throughout the day, a kiddies area for the young ones to get on a bike. Gates open 10am, Registration closes 12noon, first race 12:30pm; Admission: $200 w/bicycle, $300 without. (Last held 3-17-2013)
TBAElasha SpringfestTruro Sports Complex, Burnt Savannah, Negril, Westmoreland
Entertainment, fun events, ministry and witnessing activities. Dubbed “the ultimate spring break experience”, the festival will see performances from local and international gospel artistes. (Last event held 3-23-2013)


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  1. crazy thing….im loving the line up of 2011 events.ITALIX the reminder!!!!!!!!!!!!loving it JA

  2. I have been searching for this kind of Calendar for so many years now since the Restaurants of the Week Festival resulted in printing of glossy magazines featuring them. Only by luck today did I type in the right words to find you. Thank you!!! Now, would you be so kind as to allow me to download said Calendar so that I can mount it in my SOHO and take to my association meetings, cause I need it to be that portable to support events we also want to plan.



  3. Hello

    I am contacting you to find out some information regarding advertising my villa that I have available in St Annes for any of the upcoming JAZZ AND REGGAE FESTIVALS in Jamaica. I have been told by many that people are always looking for places to stay as all the hotels and guests house are fully booked around these events. I am attaching our website link for your information:

    If this is something you deal with I would appreciate any details of costs or if there is a website I can advertise free of charge. If you dont deal with this can you point me in the right direction. I can be contacted anytime on:

    Mobile: 07956 239 093
    Land: 0208 670 6542

    Thanking you in advance.


  4. how can we add the yearly events to your calender-portland jamaica curry festival-june 2nd ,2013, portland jamaica gospel festival-august 4th 2013, mini miss portantonio jamaica-july 14th 2013

  5. Hi Claire! What a beautiful place you have! Do you make it available year-round? And must people book at least one week? I would gladly post detaals about your villa on free of charge if you would like. I apologize for being so slow to reply – family illnesses to deal with. [Theresa]

  6. Hello! I would happily post the details to the calendar. Is there somewhere I might be able to get some additional details, e.g. time, place, etc?

  7. Hi Theresa:
    Please let me know what is the requirement to enter the Curry Festival as vendor.

  8. Hi. Are we talking the Portland Curry Festival? My quick research shows they moved it to June 2. I’m trying to get more info.

  9. Excellent listing. How do I get my event listed?

  10. Hello, has anyone else noticed, the Easter Holiday dates for 2014 are wrong? The listed dates are for what the dates were in 2013. 2014 is April 18th, Good Friday, and April 21st, Easter Monday.

  11. Yesterday, I just moved all calender events for April-October from 2013 to 2014. Haven’t yet had time to look up all 2014 dates! But thanks for the 2014 Easter dates. :-)

  12. Hi Yasmin. Sorry for the slow reply. To get an event listed, you can simply email me via the “Contact” page with the details ( It’s hard to keep up with the events, so I appreciate all the help I can get!

  13. The Little Ochie Seafood Carnival will be held July 11-13, 2014. Three days of fun and good food .

  14. Thanks for the info, Evrol! I updated the calendar.

  15. greetings, can you please add my event to the listing, Sunday April 27…the 4th annual Dis Poem Wordz & Agro Festival

  16. Done. Thanks for letting me know. Bless!


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