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Festivals & Events

Jamaican Festivals and Events

January – June

 


New Years Day Rebel Salute
St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
January

Live performances by live reggae bands as thousands from around the world descend on the city.

 

 

Accompong Maroon
Accompong, Jamaica
January
www.jamaicajazzandblues.com

This festival pays respects to the legendary runaway slaves. Thousands gather yearly for great music and loads of drinks.

 

 

Air Jamaica and Blues Festival
Montego Bay, Jamaica
January
www.jamaicajazzandblues.com

The Air Jamaica and Blues Festival is a three-day festival that attracts thousdands of people from all over the country.

 

 

Bob Marley Day
All over the country
February 6th

It was the singer’s birth date and bands play and people celebrate his life.

 

 

Fun in the Son
Ocho, Jamaica
March

This annual gospel festival in Ocho, which goes on for four days.

 

 

Misty Bliss
Blue Mountains, Jamaica
March

This annual cultural event is held on the last Sunday in March and it has loads of entertainment.

 

 

Carnival
All over the country
March / April
www.jamaicacarnival.com

It’s held across the country and there is parades, marching and street performers.

 

 

Calabash Literary Festival
Treasure Beach, Jamaica
May
www.calabash.org

This three day weekend has local and international performers playing music.

 

 

Ocho Rios Jazz Festival
Ocho, Jamaica
June
www.ochojazz.com

The Ocho Rios Jazz Festival has built a reputation for being one of the best mainstream jazz festivals in Jamaica.

 

 

Reggae Sumfest
Montego Bay, Jamaica
July
www.reggaesumfest.com

The Reggae Sunfest has Reggae, dancehall and hip hop artists. This is Jamaica's biggest music festival and its one you don't want to miss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July – December


Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest
Montego Bay, Jamaican
July
www.reggaesumfest.com

This reggae show goes on for a week and it’s arguably the best reggae festival on the planet.

 

 

Portland Jerk Festival
Jamaica
July

It’s held in the first week of July and it brings lovers of spicy food to have a feast.

 

 

Independence Day
Jamaica
August 6th

Big street parties and lots of fun throughout Jamaica

 

 

Half Way Tree Reggae Sunsplash
Jamaica
August

Always held around Independence Day as it is a big reggae music festival

 

 

National Heroes Day
Jamaica
October

People party non stop for over a few days

 

 

Jamaica Film and Music Festival
Montego Bay, Jamaica
November
www.jamericanfilmfest.com

Film makers, artists and musicians meet and give out awards

 

 

Christmas Day, Boxing Day. The Greatest One Night Reggae Show
St Catherine, Jamaica
December 25th and 26th

It’s a huge celebration and grand finale of dance hall acts for the year, as it a meeting place for the top artists. This is one you don’t want to miss.

 

 

 

 



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