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.

WANT YOUR EVENT LISTED? We regularly search the Web for events in Jamaica, but we can never find them all. If you have an event that is not listed here, please contact us, provide the details & we'll be happy to list it. If our info is wrong, or you want to add some way for people to contact you for event details (primarily vendors who want to participate), let us know that too. Visitors AND Jamaicans alike visit this page often to find interesting upcoming events!

Keep in mind that things can happen, particularly due to this unsettled global economy and, of course, bad weather. 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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JULY 2014
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
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]
1Gospel JazzRedbones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Rd., Kingston 10Kicks off the Fun in the Son Gospel Festival (see July 12 below). [Website]
1-7United Nations Pageants World Finals 2014Knutsford Court Hotel, KingstonThe pageant's mission is to give all men or women the opportunity to come together in a pageant setting regardless of their background, to build relationships with other men or women who are working diligently to leave a positive impact in their communities. Final is July 6th in the Courtleigh Auditorium. Ticket info.
4Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
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]
6Grace Kennedy Education RunKingstonJoin the wave of change by participating in the GraceKennedy Education Run and give the gift of education to our inner-city youth who are using education as the pathway to a better life. [Facebook]
6All-Jamaica Grill-OffHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonA summer MUST for food lovers! Local grill masters take their craft very seriously, and each year they meet to compete. There's also a Mini Grill-Off Competition for children ages 8-12. Time: 10:00AM-7:00PM. Unlimited sampling from noon to 4PM. Admission: J$2,500 at the gate, J$2,000 pre-sold; Under 16 years of age: J$1,500 at the gate J$1,000 pre-sold. [Facebook]
6Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
6Boston Jerk & Music Fest (formerly Portland Jerk Festival)Boston Play Field, Boston Bay, Portland[News flash: Confirmed with Great Huts in Boston - the Festival WILL be on July 6, but is returning from Folly Oval to its original home in Boston Bay, Portland under a new name - Boston Jerk & Music Fest. Check out Great Huts - they're offering some good rates!] The aroma and sizzle of traditional Jamaican jerk chicken, pork, fish and lobster fills the area. Local bands play, with cultural and popular entertainment throughout the day and evening. Craft vendors and plenty of activities for the kids. Title sponsor - Tropical Lagoon Resort. Some artistes on the line-up: Singing Melody, Lukie D, Admiral Tibet, Nesbeth, George Nooks, Bushman, Fab Five, Gem Myers, Hezron. Gospel: Ann Marie Laing, Reneika. Admission: J$800 adults J$200 children. After 4pm J$1,000. Gates open: 10:00AM, Fun-Day ends at 8:00PM. [Facebook]
7-11Ole' Time Jamaica Summer Sleep-Over CampTapioca Village Retreat, Devon Pen (near Castleton), St. MaryTCOB International Limited is on a mission to help groom children for success in life, through positive thinking, and help in the development of children's self-esteem. Although technology is the way of the future, we feel that children need to grow and develop their social and survival skills without the phones, laptops, tablets and hand-held gadgets. We have a jam-packed fun programme prepared for them to enjoy! Call 876.581.7982 for more details. (Christian rules & principles govern all camps.)
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.
11Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
1210th Annual Best Dressed Fun in the Son Gospel FestivalPortmore Town Centre, Portmore, St. CatherineFun In The Son, the premier Christian Festival in the Caribbean, is a wholesome family festival which brings together thousands of Jamaicans and visitors from all over the world to enjoy local and internationally known gospel artists. Time: 10:00AM to 10:00PM. [Website]
12JAVAA Presents "Motown Plus 1983"Countryside Club, 7 Courtney Walsh Dr, Kingston, JamaicaJAVAA presents "MOTOWN PLUS 1983", a show where you get the chance to relive 1983. The performers dress, sing and talk just like the Motown artistes back in the days. ADM: J$1200 Prepaid, J$1500 at the gate. Gates open @ 6:00PM, Showtime 8:00PM. [Facebook]
12 (TBC)St. 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) [Jeffrey Town Farmers Assn.]
12-19Camp to the World 2014Campus of the College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE), Passley Gardens, PortlandCamp to the World (CTW) is a summer camp for children aged 7 to 17 years old, that will provide a holistic development experience with fun and engaging activities. Campers will be grouped according to age. Tours will be conducted to farms on CASE campus (educational), picnic site at the Rio Grande & Errol Flynn Marina (recreational), Port Antonio Hospital children's ward, School of Hope & Port Antonio Infirmary (life skills and voluntarism). CASE is located just west of Port Antonio. Visit the website for more info.
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]
13Port Antonio 5K MarathonPort Antonio, Portland
Registration opens June 16th. Open to individuals and teams. The Portland Tribunal is sponsoring this run, walk, jog event in support of the Port Antonio Hospital. More details to come. Facebook.
13Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
13Concert by JCF BandHope Gardens, Shell Bandstand, KingstonEnjoy a concert by the Jamaica Constabulary Force band. From 4PM to 6PM. Admission is free. [Hope Gardens on Facebook] [Last held 12/15/2013]
13Caribbean Shrimp FestivalWhittier Village, Ironshore, Montego Bay, St. JamesTuck into shrimp fried rice, peppered shrimp, curried shrimp and other tantalizing dishes at the annual Caribbean Shrimp Festival in Montego Bay’s Whitter Village. [Facebook]
17An Evening with Ken Ramsay: An Exhibition of his Iconic Works.Redbones Blues Cafe, Redbones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Rd., Kingston 10For more information visit this site or call 876.978.8262. Time: 7:00PM. Admission: Free.
18Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
19-26Camp to the World 2014Campus of the College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE), Passley Gardens, PortlandCamp to the World (CTW) is a summer camp for children aged 7 to 17 years old, that will provide a holistic development experience with fun and engaging activities. Campers will be grouped according to age. Tours will be conducted to farms on CASE campus (educational), picnic site at the Rio Grande & Errol Flynn Marina (recreational), Port Antonio Hospital children's ward, School of Hope & Port Antonio Infirmary (life skills and voluntarism). CASE is located just west of Port Antonio. Visit the website for more info.
20Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
25-27Season of DanceLittle Theatre, 4 Tom Redcam Avenue, Kingston 5Performances by the extremely talented National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 5 pm. [Facebook]
25Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
26-27Makka Pro Surf ContestSouthaven, Yallahs, St ThomasJamaica's biggest and ONLY Pro Surf Contest with the region's top professional surfers facing off for prize money. Attracts wave-worshipers from Jamaica, the Caribbean, USA and other corners of the world. [Makka Pro] [Facebook]
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]
27Last Sundays @ National GalleryNational Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C (entrance on Orange St.), KingstonOn the last Sunday of each month, the NGJ features special exhibitions from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, with free admission for all and free tours and gallery-based children’s activities. There are often special films or special performances. The gift and coffee shop are also open, and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Call 876.922.1561 or email to info@natgalja.org.jm. [Website]
27Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.

 


 

AUGUST 2014
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
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.
1LIME Montego Bay Jerk FestivalCatherine Hall Entertainment Centre, Montego Bay, St. JamesThe Festival is one of Western Jamaica's premier food festivals which celebrates family, food, entertainment and culture. For information call: 876.310.7841. [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)
1-4SPF 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. Read our post for more details. [Facebook]
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]
1-6
Smirnoff Dream WeekendNegril, Westmoreland
Great parties in Negril. Premium all-inclusive event, complete with parties created by the Dream Team. It has been a part of the Jamaican entertainment calendar for the last 6 years. Read our post for more details. [Dream Weekend]
1-10Season of DanceLittle Theatre, 4 Tom Redcam Avenue, Kingston 5Performances by the extremely talented National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 5 pm. [Facebook]
1Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
2Annual International Dancehall Queen CompetitionPier One, Montego Bay, St. JamesSee dancers from all over the world compete for the international crown. 8:00PM. [Facebook]
3Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
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.
8Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
10Jamaica Poetry FestivalLouise Bennett Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Rd, KingstonThe International Edition "The Year of Poetree". Celebrates Jamaican poetry, bringing together established and emerging poets to synergize, showcase and share the very best of Jamaica’s poetry scene, while paying respect to Jamaica’s illustrious poetic heritage. Workshops: 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Showtime: 7:00PM. [Facebook]
10Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
15Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
17Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
22Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
24Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
29Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
31Last Sundays @ National GalleryNational Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C (entrance on Orange St.), KingstonOn the last Sunday of each month, the NGJ features special exhibitions from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, with free admission for all and free tours and gallery-based children’s activities. There are often special films or special performances. The gift and coffee shop are also open, and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Call 876.922.1561 or email to info@natgalja.org.jm. [Website]
31Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
TBAHi-Pro All Jamaica Tennis ChampionshipsThe Liguanea Club, 82 Knutsford Blvd., Kingston 5Postponed from May 2014. Enter in ladies singles, ladies doubles, mens singles, mens doubles to win up to J$500,000 in prize money. Contact Tennis Jamaica. [Facebook]
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.

 


 

SEPTEMBER 2014
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
1916th Annual Jamaica Observer Food AwardsDevon House, KingstonPrestigious and much-anticipated Caribbean food event, recognizing excellence in food creation, food service, event executio, etc. 9PM-11PM. [Jamaica Observer]
20-21Bridal Expo JamaicaMontego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, St. JamesThe most anticipated bridal event of the year in Jamaica, bringing together the best vendors who can make your wedding fabulous and memorable. 10AM to 8PM both days. Phone: 876.376.1778. [Website]
28Last Sundays @ National GalleryNational Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C (entrance on Orange St.), KingstonOn the last Sunday of each month, the NGJ features special exhibitions from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, with free admission for all and free tours and gallery-based children’s activities. There are often special films or special performances. The gift and coffee shop are also open, and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Call 876.922.1561 or email to info@natgalja.org.jm. [Website]
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.

 


 

OCTOBER 2014
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
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
25Nat'l Dance Theatre Company Workshop/ PerformancePort Antonio High School Auditorium, PortlandLecture demonstration, workshop and performance by the extremely talented National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. [Facebook] and [website]
26Last Sundays @ National GalleryNational Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C (entrance on Orange St.), KingstonOn the last Sunday of each month, the NGJ features special exhibitions from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, with free admission for all and free tours and gallery-based children’s activities. There are often special films or special performances. The gift and coffee shop are also open, and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Call 876.922.1561 or email to info@natgalja.org.jm. [Website]
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]

 


 

NOVEMBER 2014
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
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]
30Last Sundays @ National GalleryNational Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C (entrance on Orange St.), KingstonOn the last Sunday of each month, the NGJ features special exhibitions from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, with free admission for all and free tours and gallery-based children’s activities. There are often special films or special performances. The gift and coffee shop are also open, and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Call 876.922.1561 or email to info@natgalja.org.jm. [Website]
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]

 


 

DECEMBER 2014
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
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 DAYPUBLIC HOLIDAY
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
26BOXING DAYPUBLIC HOLIDAY
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 claire.osman@islandoutpost.com or 876.622.9007. Tickets available here. [Flyer]

 


 

JANUARY 2015
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
1NEW YEARS DAYPUBLIC HOLIDAY
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, Portmore, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club. (Last held 1-18-2014) [Facebook]
TBA2nd Annual Negril Jerk & Reggae FestivalWavz Beach, Negril, Westmoreland
The festival features 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]

 


 

FEBRUARY 2015
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
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
1-623rd 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]
15 (TBC)Fi 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. (Last held 2/16/2014) [Fi Wi Sinting]
18ASH WEDNESDAYPUBLIC HOLIDAY
1858th 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]
TBAJamaica Junior Theatre (JJT) SeasonPhillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies Mona Campus, 1 Sherlock Dr., Kingston 7Jamaica 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. (Last held 1/20-2/23/14)[Facebook]
TBATrench 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. (Last held 2/2/2014) [Facebook]
TBAReggae 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. (Last held 2/5/2014) [Facebook]
TBA10th 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. (Last held 2/9/2014) [Facebook] [Negril Rotary Club]
TBAReggae 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. (Last held 2/12/2014) [Facebook]
TBAValentines 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. (Last held 2/14/2014) [Facebook]
TBALove 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. (Last held 2/14/2014) [Website]
TBA"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. (Last held 2/14/2014) [Facebook] [Website]
TBAJamaica 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. (Last held 2/15/2014) [Website]
TBASugar 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! (Last held 2/15/2014) [Website]
TBAJamaica Fatta Tyre Biking FestivalSt Mary & North CoastWeek-long mountain biking extravaganza that highlights Jamaica's unique, vibrant culture and awesome trails. (Last held 2/15-2/22/2014) [Fat Tyre Fest]
TBA17th 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. (Last held 2/16/2014) [Event Info]
TBATwo 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. (Last held 2/16/2014) [Event Info]
TBAReggae 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. (Last held 2/19/2014) [Facebook]
TBAOneness 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 (Last held 2/21-2/22/2014) [Facebook] [Website]
TBASound 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. (Last held 2/22/2014) [Website]
TBABlue 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. (Last held 2/22-2/23/2014) [Facebook]
TBAWedding 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. (Last held 2/22-2/23/2014) [Website]
TBAAll Jamaica Polo TournamentCaymanas, Portmore, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club (Last held 2/23/2014) [Facebook]
TBATribute 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. (Last held 2/23/2014) [Website]
TBA4th 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 www.iriefm.com. (Last held 2/23/2014)
TBAReggae 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. (Last held 2/26/2014) [Facebook]

 


 

MARCH 2015
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
TBAAll Jamaica Polo Tournament-FinalCaymanas, Portmore, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club (Last held 3/2/2014) [Facebook]
TBARainforest 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 (Last held 3/5/2014) [Facebook]
TBANegril 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: briwillsentertainment@yahoo.com. (Last held 3/5/2014)
TBABrit Jam Spring Break Music FestivalMontego Bay, St. JamesDaily events on the Hip Strip and other locations in Montego Bay. (Last held 3/5-3/12/2014) [Website]
TBA 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 (Last year 3/7-4/27/2014)
TBAJapan 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. (Last held 3/8/2014) [Facebook]
TBAKingston 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. (Last held 3/9/2014) Register online by March 4.
TBA4th 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 3/15/2014) [Facebook]
TBAArtWalk 201531 Gloucester Ave., on the "Hip Strip", Montego BaySee Jamaica’s finest visual artists. Fri: Noon to 8PM; Sat & Sun: 10AM-8PM. Admission is FREE.(Last held 3/14-3/16/2014)
TBAJDF Military Band ConcertHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonConcert at the Shell Bandstand by the Jamaica Defence Force. 4PM to 6PM. Admission is FREE.
TBAJamrockaz 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. (Last held 3/21-3/23/2014) [Facebook Events Page]. ]Buy Tickets].
TBASunset Cocoa Jouvert PartyHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonHistorical entrance. 4PM to Midnight. Must be 18 and older with ID. (Last held 3/22/2014)
TBAEveryone'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. (Last held 3/23/2014) Register here by March 14.
TBAHelen 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. (Last held 3/23/2014) [Website]
TBAEarth Hour Concert 2016Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 103rd staging of the Jamaicansmusic.com 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. (Last held 3/29/2014) [Facebook]
TBASt. 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. (Last held 3/29/2014) [Facebook]
TBAJamaica 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. (Last held 3/29-3/30/2014) [Orchid Show]
TBAColour 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. (Last held 3/3/2014)
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)

 


 

April 2015
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
3GOOD FRIDAYPUBLIC HOLIDAY
3 (TBC)18th 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]
3-6 (TBC)Montego 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]
4 (TBC)Smirnoff Bacchanal Beach J'OuvertJames Bond Beach, Oracabessa, St. MaryCarnival celebration! 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]
5EASTER SUNDAYHOLIDAY
5NDTC Annual Easter Morning of Music and MovementThe Little Theatre, 4 Tom Redcam Dr., Kingston 5The National Dance Theatre Company presents its annual Easter Sunday sunrise performance, starting at 6:00 AM. This year they will celebrate the life of Eddy Thomas, co-founder of the NDTC and a pioneer of Jamaican modern contemporary dance, who passed away on April 10, 2014, at the age of 82. Tickets: J$1,000. Call the box office at 876.926.6129 for reservations. [Facebook]
5 (TBC)Easter 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]
5 (TBC)Marbana 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]
5 (TBC)Montego 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. []
6EASTER MONDAYPUBLIC HOLIDAY
6 (TBC)St. 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
6 (TBC)Canboulay 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]
6 (TBC)
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]
6 (TBC)St. 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]
6 (TBC)Fun 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]
6 (TBC)St Mary Agri ExpoGray's Inn Sports Complex, Annotto Bay, St. Enjoy the 29th anniversary of the St. Mary Agri Expo which provides farmers of the parish an opportunity to showcase the best of their agricultural products. Second largest of Jamaica's agricultural events. Farmers market and lots of family fun. [Facebook]
6 (TBC)Montpelier Agricultural ShowMontpelier Show Grounds, St JamesAn opportunity for hard working farmers to showcase their work. Lots of entertainment and Kids Village. [Montpelier Ag Show]
6 (TBC)James & 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.
6 (TBC)Friends 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..
6 (TBC)Trelawny 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 was not held in 2014.
TBAExpo 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. (Last event held 4/3-4/6/2014) [Expo Jamaica]
TBAJamaica 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. (Last event held 4/3-4/18/2014) [Digicel Cricket]
TBACreations! 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. (Last event held 4/3-4/6/2014) [Creations Jamaica]
TBABird 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]
TBARun/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. (Last event held 4/5/2014). Register online here.
THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
TBAJake'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. (Last event held 4/12/2014.) [Jake's Triathlon or Facebook]
TBAAll Jamaica Polo Tournament-FinalCaymanas, Portmore, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club (Last event held 4/13/2014.) [Facebook]
TBAEveryone'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. (Last event held 4/13/2014.) Register here.
TBABoston 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)
TBAPandemonium - The Carnival ExperienceThe Golf Academy, New KingstonFeaturing Machel Montano and Shaggy. 8:00PM - 2:00AM. [Facebook]
TBAJamaica Visual Arts ExhibitionBloomfield Great House, 8 Perth Rd., Mandeville, ManchesterExhibition of 80 original works of art that received the highest awards in the 2013 Jamaica Visual Arts Competition. Presented by the JCDC. Some artworks are for sale. Admission is free. Hours: 10AM to 6PM each day.
TBA1st 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]
TBAGATFFEST (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. (Last held 4/24-4/27/2014) [More info]
TBAAppleton 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. (Last held 4/25/2014.) [Website or Facebook]
TBAReuben Explosion - Part 2McGregor Community Centre (off Longstan Terrace), Kingston 10Featuring Capleton, Exile Di Brave, Jesse Royal, Mikey General and more. Contribution: J$500. (Last held 4/26/2014.)
TBAJamaica Horticultural Society Annual Flower ShowJHS Show Grounds, Hope Pastures, Hope Estate, Kingston 6Founded in 1955, the annual flower show features competitions in Horticulture, Floral Design and Educational Exhibits with ribbons and trophies awarded in each. Lectures, demonstrations and commercial vendors. Saturday 9AM to 6PM, Sunday 9AM to 5:30PM. Adults J$500, children under 12 J$100. (Last held 4/26-4/27/2014.) [Facebook]
TBAWestmoreland 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. (Last held 4/27/2014.) [Westmoreland Curry Fest]
TBA5th 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. (Last held 4/27/2014.) [Facebook]
TBAGreen 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. (Last held 4/27/2014.) [Facebook]
TBABacchanal 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]
TBAInternational Jazz Day ConcertOn the Lawns of Devon House, Hope Rd., KingstonFeaturing: International jazz pianist Orville Hammond, guitarist Maurice Gordon, Italian guitarist Samuele Vivian and musician Ibo Cooper. Time: 7:00PM to 9:00 PM. Admission: FREE (Last held 4/20/2014.) [Facebook]
TBASt. Ann Agri-ExpoAddison Park, Brown's Town, St. AnnHighlights agriculture, agro-processing & environmental practices. Champion Farmer competition. (Last held 4-13-2013)

 


 

MAY 2015
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
2St. Catherine High School Annual BBQ & Stage ShowSt. Catherine High School, 35 St. John's Rd., Spanish Town, St. Catherine
Event is sponsored by Friends Of St Catherine Worldwide Network and St. Catherine H.S Alumni Association. Proceeds from the event will be designated towards rehabilitation of the playing field and construction of a state of the art running track. Performing artists include: Chronixx, Kiprich, Craggis, Gaza Kim, Cherine and more. Tickets are J$1,200; students with ID J$1,000. Phone: 876.586.6107.
[Facebook]
2Kat C.H.R. Live at Redbones Redbones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Rd., Kingston 10Redbones hosts Kat's first headline show on May 2nd, and this show promises to have the audience fully engaged, and leave feeling like they were part of an experience. Entry fee is J$800 pre-sold, and J$1,000 at the gate. Pre-sold tickets will be available at Redbones, or you can email crimsonheartreplica@gmail.com to reserve yours! Gate opens 7:30PM. Showtime 10:00PM. [Facebook]
3Jamaica International Invitational MeetNational Stadium, Kingston
The world's premier athletes compete. [Website]
3General Aviation Day/Open HouseTinson Pen Aerodrome, Marcus Garvey Dr., Kingston 11Fun day for aviation enthusiasts. There will be static and aerial displays. Take pictures with pilots and airplanes, get information of flight training, see the military in action and win free flights or take a flight of your own around the city. Aviation Club Jamaica's registered members enter free with club T Shirt and will received discounts on flights. Entry fee: J$200. Time: 10:00AM to 4:00PM. [Facebook]
3 - 4St. James Horticultural Society Annual Flower ShowMontego River Gardens, Porto Bello, St. JamesSaturday: Noon to 6PM, Sunday 9AM to 5PM. Tickets: J$500; children under 12 are free. [Facebook]
4Puma Fortis 5K Run/WalkKingston College, 2A North Street, KingstonThe PUMA FORTIS 5K Run & Walk aims to raise funds to benefit the students of Kingston College and to provide a special contribution to the Alpha Boys’ Home. The event will start at 7AM at North Street and South Camp Road. Entry Fee - $1,000 per person. Visit the website to register an individual or team. Race packages can be collected on Thursday and Friday, May 1 - 2 from 11:00am to 5:00pm at Running Events Limited, 87-89 Tower Street, Kingston; and on Saturday, May 3 at Kingston College, 2A North Street, Kingston from 12 noon to 4:00pm. THERE IS NO NUMBER PICK-UP ON RACE DAY. [Website]
4"Spring Into Fashion" Fashion ShowResidence of the Canadian High Commissioner, 14 Seymour Ave., Kingston 6Enjoy high fashion… mingle on the lawn… support Canadian Women's Club of Jamaica charities, including the National Youth Orchestra. Fashions by Courtney Washington, Elan for Women, Bill Edwards, Iana Dixon, Tasha, Hats by Cinderella Hats, Megan Allison Jewelry, and more. Time: 5:00PM. Tickets: J$1,500, available at Chronicles (Manor Park), Cannonball Cafe, Tea Tree Creperie [Facebook]
4Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
4"Evening Breeze" Charity EventJoJo's, 12 Waterloo Road, Kingston Dance to tunes from the '80s and beyond to raise funds for Kidney Dialysis Support. Time: 6PM to Midnight. J$1,000 pre-sold, J$1,500 at the gate. Call 876.784.7498 for tickets. [Facebook]
10Community YogaShell Bandstand, Hope Botanical Gardens, KingstonYoga for all levels. Time: 6:45AM to 8:00AM. Admission is J$500 to support JAYA and Hope Gardens. [Facebook]
102nd Annual Nuttall/Wata 5K Run & WalkNuttall Memorial Hospital, 6 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5Proceeds from the 5K Road Race will be used to refurbish and equip Nuttall Memorial Hospital's patient rooms on the General and Maternity Wards. The 5K race starts and finishes on Caledonia Avenue at the main hospital entrance. The course promises to be fast and enjoyable to runners and walkers of all fitness levels. Start time: 6:30AM. Entry Fee - J$1,000 per person. Visit the website to register individuals or teams. [Website]
10"Thank You Mama" Family Fun DayRhodes Hall High School, Orange Bay (15 min from Negril), WestmorelandAn "old school" day & evening of fun for everyone, with face painting and a Bounce-About for the kids, motorcycle trick riding, and music in the evening provided by international recording artists Daddy U Roy, General Trees and Little Twitch. Admission is J$1,000 and J$500 for all Mothers.
11All Jamaica Polo Tournament-ChampionshipCaymanas, Portmore, St. Catherine
Hosted by Kingston Polo Club [Facebook]
11Mother's Day Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Take Mom to a special Mother's Day Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 4PM. Cost: US$55 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style. Live entertainment by the renowned Jolly Boys. And be sure to ask for a tour of the historic Trident Castle! Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
11Mother's Day Brunch @ Strawberry HillThe Restaurant at Strawberry Hill, Newcastle Rd., Irish Town
Treat mom to a fabulous brunch with a complimentary cocktail for her and mini spa treatments on the main lawn overlooking Kingston. 876.944.8400 or info@strawberryhillhotel.com
11"Mother's Day Jazz & BrunchJamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5Take your mother out on Mother's Day! Wealth Magazine in association with The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel presents "Jazz and Brunch". Excite your tastebuds with the culinary stylings of Chef Evrol Ebanks of Rainforest Seafoods. [Facebook]
11Mother's Day Jazz at RedbonesRedbones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Rd., Kingston 10
Fixed price menu of J$3,200 which features many delicious dishes, including a choice of one starter, main course and dessert for that special woman in our lives. Time: 2:00PM to 9:00PM. Reservations recommended: 876.978.8262, 876.978.6091. [Facebook]
11JCF Band ConcertHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonMother's Day concert in the garden at the Shell Bandstand by the Jamaica Constabulary Force Band. 4PM to 6PM. Admission is FREE. [Facebook]
1111th Annual "To Mom With Love" ShowLime Golf Academy, New KingstonBring your mom to enjoy Mother's Day performances by popular R&B singer Glenn Jones, 1970s pop rock band Dr Hook, 1980s R&B singer Dorothy Moore, as well as local acts Karen Smith, Gem Myers, Pat Kelly, Errol Dunkley, K'Coneil, and Patrick Budoo. It will be the first time that Dr Hook and Glenn Jones will be performing in Jamaica. Tickets will go on sale on April 30. Presold general J$2,500 and J$3,000 at the gate. VIP in advance will cost J$4,500 and J$5,000 at the gate. VVIP will cost J$10,000. Gates open at 5PM and show time is 7PM.
11Mama Love @ Klub KokonutzClub Kokonutz, Reading, Montego Bay, St. JamesFeaturing Wayne Wonder. Time: 10:00PM. [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.
15-18Performance of "Blogs & Mirrors"Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, 1 Sherlock Dr., Kingston 7The University Players production of "Blogs & Mirrors; Dare to Be Empowered" by Michael Holgate opens on May 15. Times: Fri & Sat at 8:00PM; Sun at 6:00PM. Directions: From Mona Rd, pass the main gate of the University. Enter the next gate on your left (before the post office). Take the 1st left, then the 1st right. The theatre is 50 yards up the road. 876.927.1027. [Facebook]
16-24Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Fleet in PortErrol Flynn Marina, Port Antonio, Portland The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet once again arrives in Jamaica from Panama on or about May 16th. Since 1996, the race has given amateur/professional teams the chance to sail around the world covering 40,000 miles, visiting 14 ports on 6 continents, in the world’s longest ocean race which lasts about 11 months. Jamaica is the 13th leg of the 16-leg race that starts & ends in London, UK. There will be lots of festivities around the Marina as the crews relax in Jamaica before beginning the next leg of the race to New York on Saturday, May 24th. Jamaica has competed 3 times and is represented in the race this year by the yacht, JAMAICA Get All Right. [Gleaner article] [Follow the race at the official website]
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]
17Ky-Mani Marley LiveENOHR Boston Night Club, Boston, Portland ENOHR in conjunction with Zion Train Productions is pleased to present Ky-Mani Marley Live at the most sophisticated new nightspot in the east. Lots of prizes and surprises on the night, also featuring Bongo Herman, Runkus and a special guest artist. Admission: J$1,200. Gates open 8PM; Showtime 10PM [Facebook]
18Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
18Flow MoBay City RunOld Hospital Park, Gloucester Ave., Montego Bay, St. James
5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run in support of underprivileged youths in western Jamaica to help them fulfill their dreams and aspirations of attaining tertiary level education. Call 876.392.6566, 876.381.3857, 876.952.1408 or email info@mobaycityrun.info for details. [Facebook]
18JDF Military Band ConcertHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonConcert at the Shell Bandstand by the Jamaica Defence Force. 4PM to 6PM. Admission is FREE. Bring your folding chairs/blankets. [Facebook]
20-31Art Exhibit: Mazola Wa MwashigadiHarmony Hall Gallery, Tower Isle (Ocho Rios), St. Mary
Exhibition of works by Kenyan artist, Mazola Wa Mwashigadi which runs until the end of May. Admission: FREE. Tue - Sun: 10:00 AM - 5:30PM. [Facebook]
21-25Style Week JamaicaSaint International Jamaica, KingstonFashionistas will converge in Kingston Jamaica for another edition of the annual StyleWeek. Created by Dewight Peters, CEO of modeling agency Saint International, Styleweek aims to showcase the work of new and established designers. [Facebook]
227th Annual Small Business Expo & ConferenceGrand Ballroom, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, KingstonAn expo for micro and small business owners to gain guidance and advice from industry experts with the theme “Positioning MSMEs for the Global Supply Chain”. Time: 8:30AM to 6:30PM. Pre-registration J$1,000, at the door J$1,500. [Website]
22-25Performance of "Blogs & Mirrors"Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, 1 Sherlock Dr., Kingston 7The University Players production of "Blogs & Mirrors; Dare to Be Empowered" by Michael Holgate opens on May 15. Times: Fri & Sat at 8:00PM; Sun at 6:00PM. Directions: From Mona Rd, pass the main gate of the University. Enter the next gate on your left (before the post office). Take the 1st left, then the 1st right. The theatre is 50 yards up the road. 876.927.1027. [Facebook]
22-25Jamaica 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. Daily Village Pass $3,500 including $1,200 in Taste Tickets, Weekend (Saturday & Sunday) $6,000 including $2,400 in Taste Tickets, Child accompanying adult $500. FunYard: Daily (4-13) $2,000 food & drink inclusive. The Lounge: Daily Luxury Pass $7,500, Weekend Luxury Pass $14,000 food & drink inclusive. Epic Rhythms: $3,500 concert only pass. [Website]
23LABOUR DAYPUBLIC HOLIDAY
23Manchester Horticultural Society Flower ShowShowgrounds, Ward Avenue, Mandeville, ManchesterThis horticultural society has met for 130 years and celebrates Spring with this well-respected and very popular flower show and competition. 09:00am to 03:00pm. Held every year on Labour Day.
234th Annual 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. 10:00AM to 7:00PM. Held annually on Labour Day. [Facebook]
23THIRD WORLD Live at New Bourbon BeachNew Bourbon Beach, Norman Manley Blvd., Negril"Under the Magic Sun" tour - a tribute to Bunny Rugs. Showtime: 8PM, Third World Concert: 10PM. Admission: J$1,000 pre-sold, J$1,500 at the gate, J$3,000 VIP with complimentary Third World CD. Call 876.528.9981 for more information. [Facebook]
23KONSHENS Live in the JungleThe Jungle Night Club, Norman Manley Blvd., NegrilArtists include Konshens, Delus, Darrio, Masicka, Javada, De'vious and other guest artists. Admission: J$1,000. Ladies two-for-one before 12. Call 876.957.4005 for more information. [Facebook]
23"Music Tek Over Di Town" Marching Band FestivalKingston Waterfront, Kingston21 of the best Jamaican marching bands will show off their talents. Entertainment by: Bugle, Darrio, Singing Melody, Dalton Harris. 10:00AM to 6:30PM. Admission: FREE. [Facebook]
23Grow Youth Universal Youth FairDouble V Jerk Centre, Pineapple Place, Ocho Rios, St. AnnFundraiser to build an art shule (Swahili for school). Arts & crafts, fashion show, drumming workshops, competitions and musical entertainment. Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00AM. Admission: Children 12 & under-FREE; youth 13 to 18 - J$100; adults - J$500. Contact: 876.374.9326.
23National Labour Day ConcertWaterfront, KingstonLive music from Leroy Sibbles, Roy Rayon, Lubert Levy, George Nooks, Duane Stephenson, Omari, Untouchable Dance Troupe, Tivoli Dance Troupe, and many more. Time: 8:00PM.
23JOLLY BOYS LiveBushbar, Geejam Hotel, Drapers/San San, PortlandLive music from Portland's own Jolly Boys mento band from 7:00PM till late in the Bushbar. Prices: a la carte. Reservations: 876.633.7100. [Facebook]
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]
24Community YogaShell Bandstand, Hope Botanical Gardens, KingstonYoga for all levels. Time: 6:45AM to 8:00AM. Admission is J$500 to support JAYA and Hope Gardens. [Facebook]
24Jamaica Lifestyle & Wellness FestOld Hospital Park, Gloucester Ave., Montego BayArts & Crafts, exhibits and fitness demos to promote health and wellness. [Website]
24Streak It Blue 5K Fun Run & After PartyOchi Beach Club, Sandals Grande Riviera, Ocho RiosThis 5K Run/Walk – the first of its kind in Ocho Rios- is open to adults and children (10–17 years old) and will begin at 7AM. A Streak It Blue station at the start point will offer a variety of wacky ways for registrants to get their blue on before the start of the race – feather boas, painted nails, face painting and of course hair streaking are but a few of the options. Costumes of all types, but especially the blue variety, are strongly encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for full participation and creativity. See website for entry fees and registration. [Website]
24World of Fun Extreme Family FundayTiger Mart, May Pen, ClarendonFeaturing a host of attractions for both children and adults, including the world's largest water slide, the Wave of Fire, foam pits, Ferris wheels, pools, obstacle courses, merry-go-rounds, a magic show, a transformers show, and the Jamaican Michael Jackson. Musical entertainment by Splash International Sound, SJ Fire Wayne, and DJ Triple C. Admission: J$500 for adults; children are free before 11AM, and J$250 after. A J$1,000 ride-inclusive package is also available. [Facebook]
24Challenge Cup Polo TournamentChukka Cove Farm, St. AnnChukka Caribbean Adventures Foundation and the Issa Trust Foundation are hosting the first annual Challenge Cup Tournament. DJ Bambino will play at the after-party. You will be helping two very important charities. Gates open: 3:00PM. Game starts: 4:00PM. Tickets: J$2,500; children 3-12 are J$500; includes high tea from 3:00 to 6:00PM. [Facebook]
24Live music from 'Mike's All Star Jazz Band'Mike's Supper Club, Trident Hotel, Anchovy, PortlandLive music from the popular Mike's All Star Jazz Band from 7:00PM to 8:30PM and 8:30PM to 11:00PM in Mike's Supper Club. Prices: a la carte. Reservations: 876.633.7100. [Facebook]
24-25
Dover Drift Invasion of Speed Meet 2
Dover Raceway, near Brown's Town, St. AnnJamaica Race Drivers Club, Seaboard Marine, and Total Lubricant present the DOVER DRIFT INVASION Race Meet 2. Tickets: SATURDAY: Gate J$500, Pit Pass J$1,000. SUNDAY: Presold general admission J$1,000 (J$1,500 at the gate); Pit Pass J$2,500; Paddock VIP J$4,500; Ultra VIP J$7,000. Time: 9AM. 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]
25Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
24World of Fun Ultimate Water PartyTiger Mart, May Pen, ClarendonPatrons will be showered with streams of water while partying to the tunes being spun by the disc jocks. It will be the biggest of its kind in this region of the island. The water party, which begins at 9:00PM, will cost J$500 to enter, with a 'ladies-2-for-1' special available before 10 p.m. [Facebook]
25Last Sundays @ National GalleryNational Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C (entrance on Orange St.), KingstonOn the last Sunday of each month, the NGJ features special exhibitions from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, with free admission for all and free tours and gallery-based children’s activities. There are often special films or special performances. The gift and coffee shop are also open, and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Call 876.922.1561 or email to info@natgalja.org.jm. [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 2015
 DATE EVENTLOCATIONDESCRIPTION
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]
1Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
1Tru-Juice Run for Your Cause 5K Run/Walk and 20K CycleTru-Juice Orchards, Bog Walk, St. Catherine
Register by May 22nd.Open to individuals and teams. The race takes you off-the-road and on-the-farm for a day of fun and fitness for runners, walkers and mountain bikers. The 5K Run/Walk team competition will center around a "Run For Your Cause" cash prize of J$150,000 that will be donated to a charity of their choice ("their cause"). Cost per entrant: J$1,200. 7:00AM to 11:00AM. Register online.
2Kingston Pon di River Literary Arts & Music FestivalVenue to be announcedThe 2013 festival was very successful, so they're doing it again. The event usually attracts guest speakers from the Caribbean Diaspora and visitors from USA, Canada, Europe and South America to our country for an unforgettable experience. [Facebook]
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]
3JCDC Drum FestHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonFeatures the most talented drummers from across Jamaica, including youth, school and community groups. Drum Fest forms part of the National Finals of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's Festival of the Performing Arts Competition. Shell bandstand. 10:00AM to 3:00PM [Facebook]
6-29University Singers Concert Season 2014 Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI Mona Campus, 1 Sherlock Dr., Kingston 7Opening night ticket special! Get your tickets for June 6th for only $500! Phone: 876.702.3518 or 876.390.0436. [Facebook]
7Bird Watching Walking Tour Hope 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]
7"My Croc Adventure" Conservation FairHope Zoo, Hope Botanical Gardens, KingstonSponsored by the Jamaica Crocodile Working Group, the Crocodile Conservation Fair aims to sensitize the general public about the endangered American Crocodile in Jamaica and garner support from the local and international community in conserving this important species on the island. There will be demonstrations, a touch experience, prizes and surprises, and fun for the whole family. Adults: J$800 pre-sold, J$900 at the gate; Children: J$400 pre-sold, J$500 at the gate. Time: 10:00AM to 6:00PM. For more info: 876.429.0547. [Facebook]
7Roots Underground Concert Hope Botanical Gardens, KingstonIn the Sunken Garden. Time: 7:00PM to Midnight. [Facebook]
7FaithWorks Overflow Gospel ExtravaganzaMontego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, St. JamesGreat gospel music with artists from around the world. Scheduled to appear: Chevelle Franklyn, Stitchie, Lurine Cato and more. Time: 7:30PM. [Website]
8Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
8Mickey Dread Reggae FestivalPort Antonio, PortlandThis festival will include live performances by the best Reggae Artists available, Local Acts, Jerk Cuisines, Crafts, Corporate Booths and a Kiddies Village. Bring the entire family and enjoy the days activities. Come for the food, stay for the fun. This is the fusion of two of Jamaica's best brands - "Jerk & Reggae" at their best. Time: 10:00AM. [Facebook]
8-1524th Annual Jamaica International Jazz FestivalHotel Four Seasons, 18 Ruthven Rd., Kingston 10 (& more events islandwide)(NOTE: The Hotel Four Seasons in St Andrew will be the festival's base this year with daily jazz jam sessions featuring Myrna Hague and friends. The successful Simply Myrna concert will be the only event to be held in Ocho Rios at the Jewel Resort.) Features internationally renowned performers from the island itself and around the world. There will be nightly jam sessions at "Jazz Villages" at Sunset Jamaica Grande (Ocho Rios), Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston, and Jewel Dunn's River Resort (Ocho Rios). [Jazz Fest] [Facebook]
8Opening Day Jazz BrunchHotel Four Seasons, 18 Ruthven Rd., Kingston 10Part of the 24th Annual Jamaica International Jazz Festival. 11AM to 2PM. Performances by Niki Walters and Warren Harris. Tickets: J$2,500 (which includes brunch). [Jazz Fest] [Facebook]
11Public Jazz ConcertOcean Village Shopping Centre, Ocho RiosPart of the 24th Annual Jamaica International Jazz Festival. 1PM. Performances by Pie Grande (Mexico) and Joe Sizemore & Friends (U.S.). Admission: FREE [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]
13Public Jazz ConcertOcho Rios Shopping Center, Ocho RiosPart of the 24th Annual Jamaica International Jazz Festival. 1PM. Performances by Pie Grande (Mexico) and Joe Sizemore & Friends (U.S.). Admission: FREE [Jazz Fest] [Facebook]
13Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
14Taste of Grace RoadshowSavanna-la-Mar, WestmorelandBring your Grace labels and exchange them for rides, hot dogs and win some special prizes. Performances by special guest artistes and play area for the children. Time: Noon to 6:00PM.
14Dinner Jazz - Simply Myrna ReviewJewel Dunn's River Resort, Ocho RiosPart of the 24th Annual Jamaica International Jazz Festival. Performances by Myrna Hague, Desi Jones, Marjorie Whylie, Ralph Holding Jr. Tickets: J$3,500. [Jazz Fest] [Facebook]
15Everyone's a Winner Best Dressed Chicken 5K Road RaceHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonStart at Palm Drive. 7K, 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. 5:30AM to 11:30AM. Entry fee is J$1,000 per person. Register here. [Facebook]
15Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
15Live Streaming of FIFA World Cup Games @ Trident Trident Hotel, Port Antonio, Portland
Spend Father's Day with Dad watching FIFA World Cup Games in the screening room at Trident Hotel. Switzerland vs Ecuador (kick-off 11:00AM) and France vs Honduras (kick-off 2:00PM). Admission: US$20. Reservations: 876.633.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
15Father's Day Brunch @ Strawberry HillThe Restaurant at Strawberry Hill, Newcastle Rd., Irish TownTreat dad to a fabulous brunch on the main lawn overlooking Kingston. 876.944.8400 or info@strawberryhillhotel.com
15Father's Day JazzHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonPart of the 24th Annual Jamaica International Jazz Festival. Performances by Pie Grande (Mexico), Ralph Holding Jr., Andre Campbell and other performers to be announced. Tickets: J$1,000. [Jazz Fest] [Facebook]
16Father's Day Bar+GrillGeejam, Port Antonio, PortlandFree beer for Dad on arrival, live sports and pool games. Price: US$45 plus 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 half price. 11AM to 3PM. Phone: 876.993.7000, 876.633.7000, or email reservations@geejam.com.
17I-Octane at RockhouseRockhouse Hotel, West End, Negril, WestmorelandFirst event of the Rockhouse Resort acoustic summer concert series with the one and only I-Octane! I-Octane is known for integrating positive and socially conscious subject matter into his music. Seating is limited. Pre-sale J$1,500, at the door J$2,000. Gates open at 8:00PM. Show at 9:00PM. [Facebook]
20Mini Miss Negril Talent & Awareness PageantMX3 Lawn, West End, Negril, WestmorelandThe pageant is not a beauty pageant, but focuses on talent, intelligence and awareness. Time: 3:00PM. Tickets J$600 Pre-sold, J$800 at the gate, J$350 for children. [Facebook]
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]
20-226th Annual Maroon ConferenceAsafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, JamaicaMainly an academic conference with scholarly panels & cultural events, entertainment is a major part of the three-day event, now in its 6th year. It aims to increase awareness of Maroon contributions to contemporary issues, bringing together descendants of Maroons with scholars interested in Maroon heritage and indigenous cultures. [Maroons]
20Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
21Keep It Alive 5K Night Run & ConcertGuardian Life Centre, Trafalgar Rd..
New Kingston
The Guardian Group and UHWI sponsor New Kingston's first ever night run with all proceeds benefiting University Hospital of the West Indies and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. Run, walk or wheel. Open to individuals and teams (corporate, clubs, church groups). Race: 7:00PM to 10:00PM. Entry Fee: J$1,000 per person AND J$800 per persons in groups of 5 or more. Race begins near the Spanish Court Hotel on Trafalgar Road and ends at the Guardian Life parking lot on Musgrave Ave. Register online or collect registration forms at Guardian Life Limited Head Office. The Keep It Alive Concert is open only to persons who participated in the 5K (with a race bib). No tickets will be sold to the event. Enjoy performances from Sizzla, Christopher Martin, Omari, Half Pint, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Diane Rutherford, Jermaine Blake, and more. [Website]
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]
22Maroons in Jamaican Popular MusicAsafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, JamaicaPart of the 6th Annual Maroon International Conference, Winston "Merritone" Blake will explore his Maroon roots and spin the hits by fellow Maroons, Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. Starting at 5:00PM. [Maroons]
22Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
22Tuff Warrior Challenge - Fun Mud RunCaymanas Park, Portmore, St. CatherineSome call it sport! Some call it fun! Others just call it pure madness!! TUFF WARRIOR will test your fitness, strength, stamina, and mental & physical endurance. Build teamwork, camaraderie & leadership all in a military style obstacle course. Run individually or create a team. 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Tickets & team registration [Website].
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]
26"Colour Me" by Quilt Performing ArtsPhillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies Mona Campus, 1 Sherlock Dr., Kingston 7Quilt Performing Arts Company invites you to a local staging of the production they have prepared for the Contacting the World 2014 Festival in Manchester, England. Admission: J$1,000. [Facebook]
27Ole School After-Work FridaysNorman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue. Montego Bay, St. JamesIf you're looking for a place in Montego Bay that's secluded and attracts all the beautiful people, come join other working professionals at ole school after-work Fridays at Norman's Court Hotel. Beginning Friday June 13th and every Friday thereafter, eat, drink, lime, dance or do whatever you like. "Sexy bootie contest", "muscle-men male revue". Call: 876.770.6105 for info.
28Shipping Association of Jamaica 75th Anniversary 5K Run/WalkCaribbean Maritime Institute, Norman Manley Highway, Palisadoes Park, KingstonThis one-of-a-kind race is open to all runners and walkers who want to experience a delightful out-and-back 5K route on the Palisadoes Road with scenic views of the Kingston Harbour. Start time is 6:30am with a full slate of start and finish line activities. Entry Fee - J$1,000 per person. Registration deadline June 18th. To register.
28IYF Youth Festival & Culture FairEmancipation Park, New Kingston
The festival and fair are part of the Closing Ceremony of the IYF World Camp which guides young people as they transition from collegiate settings to the real world, where their choices have greater potential to ignite change and positively affect those around them. 876.620.9340 or info@iyfjamaica.com for details.
28Fashion Meets Reggae Show & ConcertEast Lawn of Devon House, 26 Hope Rd., Kingston 10
A night of high fashion accentuated by the raw melodies and vibes of a reggae stage show. A Junior Reid and One Blood Family Production. Artists include Junior Reid, Sizzla, Cocoa Tea, Etana, Spice and more. Fashion show: 7:00PM, Stage show: 10:00PM. Admission: J$1,500 pre-sold, J$2,000 at the gate; VIP J$3,500 pre-sold, J$4,000 at the gate. [Facebook]
28Soca in the Hills 2014 FundraiserWindsong, Upton Estate (above Sandals golf course), Ocho Rios, St. Ann3rd Annual 'Soca in the Hills' featuring DJ Bambino. 6:00PM to 2:00AM. Tickets: J$3,500 all-inclusive. Proceeds benefit Rotary Club of Ocho Rios East projects. Ticket info: 876.288.4888.
29Sunday Brunch @ Trident CastleTrident Castle, Anchovy, Port Antonio, Portland
Enjoy Sunday Brunch at the Trident Castle. Time: 11AM to 3PM. Cost: US$45 per person + 20% tax/gratuity. Children under 12 are 1/2 price. Brunch is buffet style with live entertainment by the Mento Madness Band. Price includes a day pass and tour of the grand Trident Castle. Reservations: 876.633.7000, 876.993.7000, reservations@geejam.com.
29Grande Flower ShowSt. Mary's Farmers Market, White River, St. MaryVenue is in White River, at the Ocho Rios/St Mary border, across from Couple San Souci Hotel. Time: 8AM to 6PM. Special Entertainment: Oracle Zao & the Oracles with Divine Psychic & Health Readings. Call 876.422.8429 for event details & rental of stalls/tents.
29Last Sundays @ National GalleryNational Gallery of Jamaica, 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C (entrance on Orange St.), KingstonOn the last Sunday of each month, the NGJ features special exhibitions from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, with free admission for all and free tours and gallery-based children’s activities. There are often special films or special performances. The gift and coffee shop are also open, and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Call 876.922.1561 or email to info@natgalja.org.jm. [Website]
29Family Fun FesteHope Botanical Gardens, KingstonTime: 10:00AM to 8:00PM. Eastern Entrance. Adults: J$600, children over 3 J$300. [Facebook]
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]
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)

 
 
 

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20 Comments

  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.

    Regards,

    Shazz

  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:

    http://www.comforthavenjamaica.com.

    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
    Email: Laingclaire075@googlemail.com

    Thanking you in advance.

    CLAIRE LAING

  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 KeepItJiggy.com 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 (keepitjiggy.com@gmail.com). 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!

  17. Please add our event – IYF Youth Festival & Culture Fair; Emancipation Park, June 28, 2014

  18. Done. Thanks for the info!

  19. This is an excellent website!!!!

  20. Thank you!

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