Are you wondering what to do during your stay in Saint Lucia? Read on to discover what’s happening in Saint Lucia all year round, from Saint Lucia Festivals to popular sports events. Saint Lucia Festivals: Winter The winter could not start in a better way in Saint Lucia. The village of Anse La Raye, in the western coast of the island, hosts one of the most exciting Saint Lucia Festivals, the Seafood Friday Party every Friday of December. During the event, visitors are invited to sample the numerous “catches of the day” that the local fisherman has caught during their early morning shift. So, if it's Friday, December, and you are in Saint Lucia, do not miss the opportunity to try some of the freshest octopus, lobster, or shrimp while the local band fills the atmosphere with Caribbean tunes. This is one of the most popular Saint Lucia festivals with locals and tourists joining in the celebration. Gros Islet's Friday night party is another un-missable Saint Lucia Festival and a prominent date on the calendar of events for December in Saint Lucia. In fact, you could combine both Saint Lucia Festivals in one day. Why not spend an afternoon at Anse la Raye's seafood party with an evening at Gros Islet, where both locals and tourists can dance to the latest Caribbean rhythms and enjoy excellent barbecued food. Saint Lucia's National Day takes place on 13th December. This Saint Lucia festival offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the local culture and history. Celebrations are organised virtually everywhere on the island. If you happen to be in Saint Lucia during the month of February, you have the chance of attending a Saint Lucia Festival that replicates Anse la Raye's seafood party, only that it takes place in Dennery, on the opposite side of the island. Dennery's Saint Lucia Festival celebrates local seafood delicacies and is celebrated every Friday during the month of February. Cricket aficionados will surely enjoy the Cricket Series that often take place towards the middle of March at Beausejour cricket grounds.
The month of April is particularly compelling when it comes to Saint Lucia Festivals. April is the month of religious celebrations in the island, like Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday. You may take part in the Saint Lucia Festival celebrations yourself or simply observe the display of cultural tradition that takes place in every village of the island. One of the most celebrated Saint Lucia Festivals (and probably in the Caribbean) is the International Jazz Festival, which is usually celebrated during the month of May. Originally, Saint Lucia's Festival for Jazz was conceived as a marketing strategy in order to extend the duration of the tourist season. Over the course of its twenty years of existence, this Saint Lucia festival has positioned itself as one of the most renowned jazz, R & B, and Calypso music events. The popular Saint Lucia Festival has recently been listed as one of the top five music festivals worldwide. The Festival has seen artists of the size of Toni Braxton, Santana, Herbie Hancock, and Lauryn Hill perform before the crowds.
The month of June offers tourists the opportunity to attend the Fisherman's Feast, one of Saint Lucia’s Festivals that are usually held towards the end of the month. This event is profoundly significant for local fishermen, who take the opportunity to give thanks for another year of prosperity. This particular Saint Lucia event is organised by the various local cooperatives, and it usually begins with a church service, followed by the ceremonial blessing of their fishing boats, a communal lunch, and music.
July is a particularly exciting time to visit the island if you're hoping to visit a few festivals. Join the locals in celebrating Seafood Friday in Anse La Raye or for those who are seeking something a bit more lively the Friday Night Street Party, held every Friday all the way through July, is not to be missed! Another unforgettable event on the Saint Lucia Calendar, held on July 16 - 17th, is their annual Carnival. Celebrate with the locals, at the Carnival!
October is filled with some incredible Saint Lucia Festivals, the month offers some of the island’s most diverse line ups: the island's Tourism Week brings concerts, tree planting events, and a lively street fair to Saint Lucian towns and villages. The Saint Lucia Festival Feast of La Marguerite is a colourful floral festival that incorporates elements of Caribbean and African culture.
Held on the last Sunday of every month, Jounen Kweyol (Creole Day) is a festival celebrating Saint Lucia's colourful heritage. From their diverse traditional food dishes to music and clothing, Jounen Kweyol is a fantastic opportunity to gain a complete understanding of Saint Lucia's Heritage.
During the month of December, Saint Lucia is host to ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers). The annual transatlantic sailing event, held since 1986, attracts more than 200 different boats. The event, which begins in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in November, ends in December in Saint Lucia's Rodney Bay.
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