Calendar of Events in Jamaica: What’s happening in Jamaica by month
Millions flock to Jamaica every year, and with good reason. Who can resist the beautiful beaches, warm weather, wonderful sunshine, great food, diverse attractions – and the events? Let’s not forget about the events in Jamaica that many tourists have never even heard of!
Tourist or not, what better way is there to prepare for your trip than finding out what you can expect while you are there. What will the weather be like? How warm will the sea be? And, what events will be going on in Jamaica during your stay that might be worth checking out?
We have you covered for all 12 months of the year … January all the way back to December!
In which month do you plan to visit Jamaica? Read the corresponding article to see what’s in store.
Each article has not only a calendar of events in Jamaica for the month but also what it is like to vacation there during that time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and the way we vacation will never be the same. Some events or attractions will disappear. Some will be changed. Do your research before you visit.
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Events in Jamaica in January
January is high season. Even though it is winter in most of North America, the weather is just lovely in Jamaica. If you are a music lover, you won’t want to miss Rebel Salute Music Festival. If you love to run, would you like to join a 5K or 10K?
Events in Jamaica in February
February is Reggae month but don’t limit yourself only to thoughts of Bob Marley! We love Bob, but to focus solely on him would be a disservice to all the other souls who struggled to get their music heard and build reggae from the grassroots. Learn about old school reggae up to present-day musicians.
It’s not all about music in Jamaica in February. There is a seafood festival as well as the Ocho Rios Orchid Show!
Events in Jamaica in March
March is a prime month to expect flower shows. If you love flowers, you will think you are in heaven. Carnival sometimes happens in March depending on when Easter falls. Don’t forget Spring Break. If you are looking for wild parties try Negril; otherwise, try one of the other resort areas.
Events in Jamaica in April
High season technically ends on April 15th. Hotel prices start dropping and people in the know can expect some deals. If Easter falls in April, there are many activities, especially on Easter Monday, which is a holiday in Jamaica. You can look forward to a kite festival. Car racing is also big on Easter Monday. And, of course, there is Carnival.
Events in Jamaica in May
Events in Jamaica in June
Music lovers will love the Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival. Fashionista will appreciate Caribbean Fashion Week. Film buffs will want to check out GATFFEST Film Festival. You can also show your support for cancer survivors at Relay for Life.
Events in Jamaica in July
There is a lot going on in July. Dance season for the national dance company opens. There are still polo matches. If you are up for the drive to the South Coast, there is the Little Ochi Seafood Festival. Reggae Sumfest is legendary among music lovers. Dream Weekend will be in full swing in Negril.
Events in Jamaica in August
Almost the entire first week of August is a celebration. The combination of honoring emancipation day and Independence Day creates great opportunity to celebrate our culture and heritage through food, music and the arts.
Events in Jamaica in September
There aren’t many annual events in Jamaica in September. There is a bridal show in Montego Bay that’s free. The decorations are usually beautiful so walking through the exhibits is fun!
Events in Jamaica in October
Surprisingly, there are quite a few events in Jamaica in October considering that it is low season. Events honoring our national heroes are popular for National Heroes Day. If you love 5Ks, the most notable is one for those with special needs sponsored by Digicel. If you are a foodie, there is the Food and Drink Festival. If you are into fashion, there is the Ocean Style Fashion Showcase.
Events in Jamaica in November
November seems to have a lot going on centered around food. If you have ever sampled our local cuisine, you will understand why. Its Restaurant Week as well as the Nyam Food and Music Festival in November.
Events in Jamaica in December
It’s still low season until December 15th. Take advantage of the low rates during this time.
Experience Christmas in Jamaica. Try some of the traditional foods for a unique experience. If you love theatre, the season starts in late December!
So there you have it – Calendar of Events in Jamaica with up to date information about what’s going on in Jamaica at your fingertips.
Ready to start planning your trip to Jamaica?
Do you have a special occasion coming up in the next year – a major birthday, graduation, or anniversary? How about for your parents? For Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? Whatever the occasion, get your family and or friends together and come visit us. We’d be happy to host your group.
Where to stay for your Jamaica vacation
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‘Til next time.
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