List of Festivals in Dominican Republic

April  Jazz FestivalKite-flying events are held throughout the country to mark Easter. Families can be seen every weekend in April out in parks flying their kites and spending quality time together. It is a time to put petty feuds aside and appreciate the importance of your family.  June    Merengue FestivalMerengue is the spicy Latin music that comes naturally to every native Dominican. Each year, Santo Domingo beats to the rhythms of merengue as the country's top bands take to the city's main seaside promenade, El Malecon. Music is the main component of the Merengue Festival. Apart from live bands, you will also find DJs on every corner and beer tents with their own sound systems. Puerto Plata Cultural FestivalThis festival is celebrated in the third week in June and includes diverse demonstrations of Dominican culture such as concerts; dance performances; folk music presentations; merengue, salsa, blues and jazz performances; and theatre shows. There are also arts and crafts exhibitions found near toCentral Park. Cabarete Race WeekEstablished since 1997, Cabarete is considered one of the top-10 windsurfing sites in the world. This race week is open to amateur windsurfers as well as professionals, with events for all levels. Anyone who is even slightly interested in windsurfing is welcome to attend. In addition to the races, there are also countless beach and merengue parties, and mountain biking tours. Cabarete is a great beach for water sports, and these can be found in abundance during race week.OctoberJazz FestivalThe Dominican Republic is famed around the world for its merengue music, and as a country with such a deep appreciation for music; it’s no surprise that country’s annual jazz festival constantly attracts a line-up of world-class jazz performers. Concerts are held in three north coast locations: Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata.  November International Film FestivalHeld in Puerta Plata, the annual international film festival known as DRIFF runs for one week in November, screening films on the beach and in specially designed theaters. Parties held after the screenings often carry on until the early hours. World-famous stars can often be seen in attendance, but the main reason for turning up, apart from the films, is for the parties, music, dancing and food.  DecemberChristmasChristmas dinner is the climax of all Christmas festivities and takes place on what most of us know as Christmas Eve, 24 December. However, well before the dinner, the Christmas mood can be felt throughout the country. You will often find small groups of people singing Christmas carols in town centres throughout the country. Aguinaldos, informal parties, are held at people’s houses, where people eat traditional Dominican food as well as sing carols.Many people in the country are poor, but despite how lavish or un-lavish the dinner table might be at Christmas, it is a must to be with your family. Families of all generations get together and share gifts, stories and merriment.      

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List of Festivals in Dominican Republic
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April

  Jazz Festival

Kite-flying events are held throughout the country to mark Easter. Families can be seen every weekend in April out in parks flying their kites and spending quality time together. It is a time to put petty feuds aside and appreciate the importance of your family.

  
June

    Merengue Festival
Merengue is the spicy Latin music that comes naturally to every native Dominican. Each year, Santo Domingo beats to the rhythms of merengue as the country's top bands take to the city's main seaside promenade, El Malecon. Music is the main component of the
Merengue Festival. Apart from live bands, you will also find DJs on every corner and beer tents with their own sound systems.
 

Puerto Plata Cultural Festival
This festival is celebrated in the third week in June and includes diverse demonstrations of Dominican culture such as concerts; dance performances; folk music presentations;
merengue, salsa, blues and jazz performances; and theatre shows. There are also arts and crafts exhibitions found near to
Central Park.
 

Cabarete Race Week
Established since 1997, Cabarete is considered one of the top-10 windsurfing sites in the world. This race week is open to amateur windsurfers as well as professionals, with events for all levels. Anyone who is even slightly interested in windsurfing is welcome to attend. In addition to the races, there are also countless beach and merengue parties, and mountain biking tours. Cabarete is a great beach for water sports, and these can be found in abundance during race week

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October
Jazz Festival
The Dominican Republic is famed around the world for its merengue music, and as a country with such a deep appreciation for music; it’s no surprise that country’s annual jazz festival constantly attracts a line-up of world-class jazz performers. Concerts are held in three north coast locations: Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata.
 
 
November
 International Film Festival
Held in Puerta Plata, the annual international film festival known as DRIFF runs for one week in November, screening films on the beach and in specially designed theaters. Parties held after the screenings often carry on until the early hours. World-famous stars can often be seen in attendance, but the main reason for turning up, apart from the films, is for the parties, music, dancing and food.

  

December
Christmas
Christmas dinner is the climax of all Christmas festivities and takes place on what most of us know as Christmas Eve, 24 December. However, well before the dinner, the Christmas mood can be felt throughout the country. You will often find small groups of people singing Christmas carols in town centres throughout the country. Aguinaldos, informal parties, are held at people’s houses, where people eat traditional Dominican food as well as sing carols.Many people in the country are poor, but despite how lavish or un-lavish the dinner table might be at Christmas, it is a must to be with your family. Families of all generations get together and share gifts, stories and merriment. 

  

 

 

 

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