Caribbean Life

The Culture Calendar

Crop Over Festival

Barbados’s biggest, brightest and loudest festival that brings in the end of the sugar cane harvest with six weeks of streets filled with music, costume, dancing art and street food, all culminating in a vibrant day and night-long parade.


A unique family-friendly festival celebrating the crafts, trades and agriculture of Barbados held each year in Bridgetown’s Queen’s Park. Expect everything from livestock displays and competitions to children’s activities and of course, food.

Oistins Fish Festival

Each Easter, the island gets together for a night of celebrating the importance of the fishing trade. Perhaps you’ll prove your mettle in a competition to climb the grease pole or debone a fish, or simply dine to your heart’s delight on fried fish.

Sandy Lane Gold Cup

The largest horseracing event in Barbados has been hosted every year since 1982. Though the racing takes centre stage, the whole family can enjoy a programme bursting with mini sports tournaments, barbecues and theatre shows.


Spirituality is at the heart of Bajan culture and there’s no better way to gain an appreciation for it than at Gospelfest, which showcases the best of Bajan gospel music and attracts scores of religious and non-religious revellers alike.

Waterman Festival

Each March or April, Silver Sands Beach plays host to a celebration of beach culture with a schedule filled with professional watersports competitions, art exhibitions and parties as well as “just for fun” beach-themed competitions such as conch shell blowing.