Barbados

What's On

As one of the Caribbean’s most glamorous and sophisticated islands, Barbados enjoys an active social season. Take a look at our calendar of events for things that will be happening during your stay.

June

Crop Over Festival: An annual festival celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest.

Lucky Horseshoe Regatta: A single weekend regatta at the Barbados Yacht Club.

International Cricket Tournament: South Africa and Australia will play the West Indies in a series of one-day tournaments from 20th to 26th June 2016. 

July

Barbados Cruising Club Regatta: A family friendly, fun sailing club.

August

United Insurance Barbados Derby: The third and Final Jewel of the Barbados Triple Crown held at the Garrison Savannah.

The Bank's International Hockey Festival: Attracting teams from across the globe, the hockey festival takes place from 16th to 23rd August 2015.

September

Surfing Nationals: This thrilling competition on the beaches of Barbados culminates in the Surfer of the Year Championships.

October

National Triathlon Championships: This annual event takes a scenic route around the island as the athletes swim, cycle and run.

Sizzlin’ Sand Beach Volleyball Barbados Sunsplash: The event brings together the best regional and international players at Brandons Beach. 

Sun, Sea and Slams Festival: A surprise Barbados fact - it plays host to one of the most important annual bridge tournaments, featuring contestants from around the world.

November

Food & Rum Festival: The lively festival includes cookery demonstrations, tastings and plenty of parties, taking place from 19th to 22nd November.

Independence Day: Celebrations to mark the nation's independence include festivals, fairs and events. On 30th November the day is marked with a grand parade.

Barbados Independence Surf Festival PRO: This is the biggest surfing event on the Barbados Surfing Association's calendar, featuring two premium international competitions, live music, local food and much more. The event takes place at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba - a haven for surfers worldwide. 

December

Run Barbados: The Run Barbados weekend includes a number of races including a fun mile, a 10k and a half marathon. Keen runners are always welcome.

Christmas: Midnight mass at St. Michael's cathedral is the focal point of Barbados' Christmas celebrations, with follow-up parties and family gatherings held all over the island.

Polo Season: Polo has been a popular sport in Barbados for well over a century. The season is played at Holders and features a full series of matches through to April.

January 

St. Peter's Flower Show and Garden Festival: A celebration of Barbados's best blooms and tropical displays.

Mount Gay Sailing Week: Barbados' ultimate sailing challenge takes place from the middle to end of January.

Holders Polo Season: The season features a full series of matches until April.

February

Holetown Festival: Enjoy exhibitions, concerts, theatrical presentations and much more at the Holetown festival.

Agrofest – The National Agricultural Exhibition: This premier event includes displays of local livestock, vegetables, flowers and craft, as well fun demonstrations.

BPC Ladies Tour: This unique tournament pitches the ladies against the men in a keenly-fought series.

March

Sandy Lane Gold Cup: The Barbados Gold Cup is the most important event on the Barbados horse racing calendar. 

Virgin Atlantic Holders Season: The world famous performing arts festival which is held every year on the large Holders Estate. 

Royalist Regatta Barbados:  A brilliant annual regatta staged by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. 

April

Oistins Fish Festival: A celebration of everything from the sea with fabulous street food stalls and live music.

The Barbados Reggae Festival: Listen to the best in reggae music at a series of festivals and beach parties.

Barbados International Fishing Tournament: Over 200 anglers from around the world compete with locals to land blue marlin, yellowfin tuna and wahoo at this exciting competition.

The Barbados Guineas : This is the first Jewel in the Triple Crown of horse racing in Barbados.

Staff vs Guests Clarence Cup: Our annual cricket tournament will take place on 6th April 2017. 

May

Barbados May Regatta: The three-day event is held in the pristine waters of the South Coast of Barbados.

England's West Indies Test Tour: The final test match in the series will be held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown from 1st to 5th May. 

Sir Garry Sobers Festival of Golf: Each year Sir Garry Sobers, widely acclaimed as the best all-round cricketer to ever play the game, hosts this enjoyable golf tournament.

Bank Masters Football Festival: Taking place from 22nd to 25th May, the festival features over 20 international teams across the Caribbean, South America and North America.

Barbados Gospelfest: From 23rd to 31st May, both local and international artists, musicians and minister gather for the largest gospel event in the Caribbean.