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Festivals and Events
Let Her Inspire You
Festivals and Events
On this island, there’s always a party happening somewhere. Events in Saint Lucia range from weekly street jump-ups and fish fries to rich cultural celebrations and vibrant music festivals. You can experience incredible traditions and learn about local heritage, all while having the time of your life.
For those who feel compelled to compete even on vacation, the island hosts a triathlon called the TRI Saint Lucia. The island also is the finishing point for the world-renowned Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sailing event. There’s never any shortage of fun and exciting activities, no matter when you choose to visit.
Nobel Laureate WeekJanuary
Saint Lucia sets one week each year to celebrate the achievements of our two noble laureates – Sir Arthur Lewis who won the Nobel Prize in Economics (1979) and Sir Derek Walcott who won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1992). A series of panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions highlight the achievements of the Laureates
Independence Day February 22nd
In 2019 Saint Lucia will celebrate the 40th Independence Anniversary. Each year Saint Lucians celebrate with activities held throughout the island. In celebration of the 40th milestone an exciting calendar of events is planned.
Saint Lucia Jazz May 5th – 12th
A celebration of Saint Lucian, Caribbean and international jazz music. The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival offers a series of concerts, educational activities targeted at Saint Lucian and visiting musicians, and culminates in a major open-air concert at the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark on Mothers’ Day.
This Years Jazz Events
Fishermen’s Feast (Fête Pêche)June 29th
Each year on the last Sunday in June Saint Lucian Fisherman celebrate Fête Pêche. This thanksgiving celebration includes church services and various activities island wide.
Saint Lucia CarnivalJune-July (Culminating July 12th – 16th)
A variety of competitions including the ever-popular Power and Groovy Monarch, Senior and Junior Panoramas (Steel Pan Competitions), and the Inter-Commercial House Calypso completion, dozens of community events, and of course a continuous calendar of parties and fetes. The season culminates in an exciting, fun-filled two-day street parade of live bands and DJ music, stunning Carnival costumes and the joyous and energetic revelry typical of Caribbean carnivals. This is a very special celebration of Caribbean history, culture and creativity. Under the leadership of the Cultural Development Foundation and in collaboration with all stakeholders, Saint Lucia Carnival is recognized as one of the top Carnivals in the Caribbean and becomes a more vibrant and creative event each year.
This Years Carnival Events
Mercury FestAugust 9th – 10th
Mercury Fest – The Ultimate Beach Party is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Thousands of people arrive from our sister islands Martinique and Guadeloupe as well as further afield for this 2-day beach party at Pigeon Island National Landmark. Beach, boats, bikinis, floaties and live concerts by international superstars, what could be better?!
La Rose Flower FestivalAugust 30th
This cultural event is one of the two Flower Festivals – “La Rose” and “La Marguerite” held annually in observance of Saint Lucia’s rich cultural memory, history and heritage. These two Flower festivals depict a historical rivalry among communities whose members sing the virtues of their flowers. “La Rose” members pledge their allegiance to the rose by dressing in red and creating flamboyant displays made of roses.
Roots & Soul Festival August 23rd – 25th
A festival dedicated to musicians who are setting new trends in reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afropunk and R&B, with performances, master classes and encounters between artists and other actors in the music business. Like Saint Lucia Jazz, there will be free and paying concerts, in various parts of the island, culminating at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.
Dive Fest September 8th to 14th
Saint Lucia is one of the most scenic islands in Caribbean with world-class dive sites and snorkeling just off shore. There is endless beauty beneath the surface with rainbow colour reefs and abundant marine life. In September, Saint Lucia will host the third annual Dive Fest Saint Lucia highlighting the Saint Lucian Dive experience.
Food & Rum Festival September 19th – 22nd
This gastronomic event to attract the best chefs, wine connoisseurs, rum fanatics and food critics from the Caribbean and internationally. Inspired in part by the outstanding achievements of Chefs Nina Compton, Shorne Benjamin and Doran Payne, this unique event promotes Saint Lucian and other Caribbean rums, restaurants, chefs, and regionally manufactured food and drink products to a regional and international audience. The excitement includes with cooking demonstrations, rum tasting, wine tasting, celebrity chef dinners and community culinary experiences, all this accompanied by musical and other artistic performances by from Saint Lucia and further afield.
Creole Heritage MonthOctober 18th – 20th
In 1981, Saint Lucia celebrated Creole Day for the first time. Since then this celebration of French Creole Heritage has extended into a month of music, dance, cuisine, art and other cultural expression. The event is a celebration of the richness and diversity of Saint Lucia’s cultural, ethnic and artistic heritage. With musical, theatrical and other performances, seminars and lectures, a variety of culinary experiences, street parties, art exhibitions, the Festival culminates on the weekend of October 27 with the celebration of International Creole Day (Jounen Kweyol) in various communities throughout the island.
La Marguerite Flower Festival October 17th
Many Saint Lucians observe the day as Fete La Marguerite. This is the second of the two flower festivals held annually. Members of each flower pledge allegiance??unique cultural events in the life and history of Saint Lucia. La Marguerite members dress in the colour purple and create displays of the Marguerite flower in addition to singing their traditional songs.
Mango Bowl Regatta November 29th – December 1st
A small but growing 3-day event held in Rodney Bay each year. Regatta Classes include a Cruising Class, and several Racing Classes including J24 and Surprise.
Saint Lucia Bill Fish Tournament October 29th – November 2nd
The Saint Lucia Game Fishing Association in collaboration with the IGY Rodney Bay Marina hosts its annual Saint Lucia International Bill Fish Tournament at IGY Rodney Bay Marina. The Tournament attracts over 130 anglers to the island onboard vessels from the United Kingdom, United States, Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago along with hoist country Saint Lucia. For further information: Email slgfa@firstname.lastname@example.org
ARC Flotilla – Saint LuciaNovember 24th
This symbolic event celebrates the start of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. The ARC Flotilla leaves Castries Harbour at the same time as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets off in Gran Canaria, and travels to the Rodney Bay Marina for fun day of food, drink and a live concert.
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)November 24th – December
This annual transatlantic sailing competition for racer and cruiser yachts started since 1986. The ARC commences at the end of November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and ends at the IGY Marina, Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia in early December. The ARC is the largest transoceanic sailing event in the world and regularly attracts over 200 yachts. A host of activities and cultural events are planned for the visiting yachtsmen taking place in the IGY Marina and in the town of Gros Islet.
National Day – Festival of Lights & Renewal December 13th
The Festival of Light is celebrated on National Day, December 13th, the Feast of Saint Luce, Patron Saint of Light. The festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good overcoming evil and the renewal of life. The celebrations start in the first week of December with a stunning Lantern Competition. They culminate on the eve of Saint Lucia Day, December 12th with the Parade of Lanterns in the streets of Castries, accompanied by a Christmas show and the illumination of the lights in the Derek Walcott Square in Central Castries, and finally a fireworks display.