Events For Everyone's Tastes
All throughout the year you'll find all kinds of Business, Cultural, Musical and Sporting events that will make your trip to our island even more memorable.
From the world-class Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival, now in it's 7th edition to our annual Carnival and Heineken Regatta, you'll find a lot more to do than just lie in the sun, and a car hire from Europcar-Curaçao will help you take it all in.
Through December, there is a week by week buildup of fireworks celebrations all over our island all the way up to New Year's Day.
Here are the remaining times and places courtesy of curacaopartyguide.com:
And here's an overview of what's coming up in 2016 courtesy of eventscuracao.com:
January 01 – New Year’s Day – Official Holiday Enter the New Year with a bang, surrounded by loved ones and traditional tambú parties.
Jan. 18th to Jan. 22nd – Carnival Tumba Contest
During this televised 4-day event, thousands gather to witness the most popular bands, composers and singers compete in the largest song festival of the island. Here they elect the song that the carnival groups will dance to during the Carnival parade.
Jan. 24th – Horse Parade
See beautifully decked horses prancing in the streets of Otrobanda with their riders dressed up to match the occasion, showing off their animals and their skills.
Jan. 18 – Registration for Tumba Contest
Popular local bands register with their respective singers and composers to participate in the annual Tumba Contest, the largest song festival on the island. It’s a lively occurrence and carnival enthusiasts anxiously await the publication of the sequence of participants. Location: Curaçao Festival Center
Jan. 31st – Children’s Carnival Parade
See the local children, from toddlers to preteens march through the streets of Otrobanda during their own full-scale parade.
Feb. 5th – Teen Carnival Parade
Young people are in the spotlight with their own Carnival Parade that goes through the streets of Otrobanda.
Feb. 6th – Carnival Parade at Banda’bou
In the countryside of the western part of the island, a full day of revelry takes place in the streets of Banda’bou.
Feb. 7th – the ‘Gran Marcha’ or the Grand Parade.
Thousands of participants show off their fantastic costumes and floats, dancing and strutting to the music of the Road March. Along the 10 km route, thousands of spectators dance and enjoy the pageantry.
Feb. 9th – Grand Parade Farewell
The Carnival season closes with one last parade. The nighttime march has a special touch, since the floats are decorated with sparkling lights. At midnight King Momo idol is burned, as legend requires, pleasing the gods. Check out curacaocarnival.info for more updated information.
March 25th – Good Friday – Official Holiday
Catholics observe this official holiday and is the beginning of a week long spring school break.
March 28th – Easter Monday – Official Holiday
The Séu or Harvest Parade, the second largest parade of the island, transforms the streets of Otrobanda into a jubilant display of folkloric expression, where groups dance through the streets to celebrate the harvest.
April 6th to 10th, 2016 – The Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam. The fifth edition will again feature the works of international and regional independent filmmakers and will also give the local first-time filmmakers an opportunity to exhibit their work. www.curacaoiffr.com for more information.
April 27th – King’s Birthday – Official Holiday
Locals celebrate the birthday of King Willem Alexander with musical celebrations in a festive atmosphere and the largest flea market of the island in downtown Punda.
Curacao Masters – MCB Curacao Master/ Pro-Am Golf Tournament
The annual MCB Curacao Master is one of the largest golf tournaments of the Caribbean held at the luxurious Blue Bay Resort. For the ninth time, this tropical golf course hosts some world class players who flock to Curaçao to measure their dominance on these elaborate grounds. Visit curacaomasters.com for more information.
April 29th, 30th & May 1st – International Drag Fest
The International Drag Fest will be celebrating its 45th anniversary, where drivers from the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao will compete during ten different automobile and five motorcycle categories. It will be organized at Curacao International Raceway, located at Ronde Klip, Curacao. Visit curacaodrag.com for details.
May 1st – Labor Day – Official Holiday
May 5th – Ascension Day – Official Holiday
May 30th – ENNIA Curaçao International Triathlon
The ultimate athlete can challenge its physical endurance by swimming 1.5 kilometers, bike 40 kilometers, to then run 10 kilometers during the 6th edition of this epic event held at the sprawling grounds of the Santa Barbara Golf & Beach Resort. Visit triathlon-curacao.com/olympic for more details.
June 17th to 19th – Curaçao Heineken Regatta
Come and enjoy three days of sailing, parties, and live music, where Heineken turns Punda into the ultimate Regatta Village. The pinnacle of the event is the closing ceremony, where several Caribbean artists celebrate the victorious display of aquatic sportsmanship. Visit facebook.com/regattacuracao for more information.
July 2nd – Curaçao Flag Day – Official Holiday
The Curaçao Flag is commemorated with official ceremonies and cultural events at Plaza Brion and the village of Barber.
July 18th to 22nd, 2016 – The 14th WAGGGS or the Western Hemisphere Regional Conference
The Western Hemisphere team and the Girl Guides Association of Curaçao (Asosiashon di Guia PNA) will host a regional conference. All members will discuss strategies to grow Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. Location: World Trade Center, Curaçao.
August 17th – Commemoration of Slave Uprising
Led by local hero Tula, the 1795 slave uprising, which is the most important in Curaçao’s history, is remembered with musical and cultural events at the Rif Waterfront and at Landhuis Kenepa, located at Banda’bou. Fundashon Parke Nashonal: 563-0358
September 1st, 2nd, 3rd Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival
Acts confirmed so far include Juan Luis Guerra, the Dominican 'King of Merengue', and KASSAV'. More info here.
Curaçao Clean Up
Every September, Curaçao Clean Up, an initiative that wants to make a positive impact on the environment of Curaçao, activates over 2000 citizens to go out clean our island. Check www.curacaocleanup.com for specific dates and more information.
October 10th – Curaçao Day – Official Holiday
Commemorating 10-10-10, when Curaçao obtained its autonomous status within the Dutch Kingdom.
KLM Curaçao Marathon
The third KLM Curaçao Marathon will be held at the end of November. The event, with participating runners from over thirty countries, starts at the Lions Dive & Beach Resort and is concluded on the beach with an awards ceremony and after party with various local artists.
December 25th & 26th – Christmas – Official Holiday
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