List of Festivals in Trinidad & Tobago

MayMay 8: La Divina Pastora (Siparia, Trinidad)May 30 (public holiday): Indian Arrival DayHarvest Festivals (Tobago): Whim, Delaford, Belle Garden and Mason HallMaypole Festival (Tobago)Rainbow Cup International Triathlon (Tobago)European Film Festival (Trinidad)Tobago Fashion WeekendJuneJune 3 (public holiday): Corpus Christi (Latin for “the body of Christ”) is celebrated by Catholics in honour of the sacramental Eucharist, in commemoration of the Last Supper many Christians receive Communion on this dayJune 19 (public holiday): Labour Day, marked by trade union marches and gatherings in Fyzabad (Trinidad); Tobago Day at the Races (Santa Rosa Park, Trinidad)June 29: St. Peter’s Day Fisherman’s FestivalGanga Dhaara River Festival: honours the descent of India’s sacred River Ganges (Blanchisseuse, Trinidad)Harvest Festivals (Tobago): Lambeau, Bloody Bay and RoxboroughJunior Tobago Heritage FestivalWeBeat Festival, featuring vintage calypso, talent shows, steelband music and parade) (St. James, Trinidad)Trade & Investment Convention (Trinidad)Tobago Culinary Festival (Pigeon Point Heritage Park)JulyJuly 12–20: the Marionettes Chorale presents the Caribbean premiere of Les MiserablesJuly  29 (public holiday): Eid-ul-FitrCarnival band launch season begins (through September/October)Charlotteville Fisherman’s Fest (Tobago)Harvest Festivals (Tobago): Castara and Black RockPrime Minister’s Charity Golf Classic (Tobago)Concerts featuring local and international starsSouth Caribbean Open Golf Tournament (Tobago)Steelpan Music Festival (Trinidad)Tobago GamesJ’ouvert in JulyTobago Underwater CarnivalTourism Park: displays, tours, and live entertainment, hosted by the TDCMango Festival (Trinidad)Tobago Heritage Festival (last two weeks of July) – celebrating Tobago’s unique contributions to our culture through food, folklore, song and dance, artisan creations and storytellingGreat Fête Weekend (Tobago)AugustAugust 1 (public holiday): Emancipation DayArima Borough Day: J’ouvert, steelpan, calypso and parties marking the borough’s anniversary (Trinidad)Best Village competition begins, runs through NovemberCastara Fisherman’s Fête (Tobago)Harvest Festivals (Tobago): SpeysideMuhtadi International Drumming Festival: started in Canada by Trinidad-born Muhtadi Thomas, and highlights different cultures around the call of the drums (Tobago)Osun River Festival: marked by Orisa devotees celebrating the goddess of love, fertility and inland watersCarib Great RaceSanta Rosa Festival (Arima, Trinidad)August 31 (public holiday): Independence DaySeptemberInternational Open Water SwimDerby horse racing classics in Arima (Trinidad)Panyard SensationsParang season: begins with competition at month’s end, runs through December (Trinidad)Tobago Fest: parties, street parade and J’ouvertTobago International Gospel FestivalSan Fernando Jazz Festival (Trinidad)Turtle watching season endsTrinidad & Tobago Film Festival – the Caribbean’s second largest festival devoted to film, the ttff showcases full and feature length productions from the region and its diaspora. The festival is supplemented by a series of workshops and training sessions on the art, technique and practicalities involved in the filmmaking process.24 (public holiday): Republic DayOctoberOctober 8–14: Amerindian Heritage, where descendants from around the region gather for a smoke ceremony and street procession in Arima (Trinidad)October23 (public holiday): Divali – the simplest things can create the most arresting sights. To celebrate Divali, small clay bowls known as deyas are filled with oil and lit by cotton wicks. In homes, mandirs and public spaces, the Hindu festival of lights is marked by dispalys of dozens or hundreds or thousands of these tiny flames, symbolising the victory of righteous forces over evil elements. Hindus perform  religious ceremonies in worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of light and prosperityTaste T&T: (grassroots festival with community cooking competitions, plus an international event where the country’s best chefs show the country’s haute cuisine)Blue Food Festival (L’Anse Fourmi/Bloody Bay recreation ground, Tobago)Coast-2-Coast Adventure Race (Trinidad)Harvest Festivals (Tobago): Patience HillNational Tourism WeekRamleela FestivalSteelpan & Jazz Festival (Trinidad)NovemberNovember 3: Hosay – this festival of Islamic origins commemorates the martyrdom of Hassan and Hussein, grandsons of the Prophet Mohammed. It is principally observed in St James, but Hosay processions may also be seen in Cedros and Curepe. Tadjahs, ornamented replicas of Hussein’s tomb, are carried through the streets to the rhythmic accompaniment of tassa drummingTDC International Surf FestivalHosay (Trinidad)Best Village competition finalsHarvest Festivals (Tobago): Plymouth, Black Rock, Les Coteaux, Moriah, Scarborough, MontgomeryPan is BeautifulScarborough Cup Golf Tournament (Tobago)Tobago Christmas CaravanDecemberDecember 4–7: Christmas with the Marionettes Chorale (Trinidad)Assembly Day: Tobago House of Assembly celebrates and awards Tobagonians’ achievements, along with exhibitions and a sports and recreation dayParamin Parang Festival (Trinidad)Tobago Flying Colours: annual kite flying festival in PlymouthDecember 25 (public holiday): Christmas DayDecember 26 (public holiday): Boxing Day, marked with horse racing and parties.

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List of Festivals in Trinidad & Tobago
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May

May 8: La Divina Pastora (Siparia, Trinidad)
May 30 (public holiday): Indian Arrival Day
Harvest Festivals (Tobago): Whim, Delaford, Belle Garden and Mason Hall
Maypole Festival (Tobago)
Rainbow Cup International Triathlon (Tobago)
European Film Festival (Trinidad)
Tobago Fashion Weekend


June

June 3 (public holiday): Corpus Christi (Latin for “the body of Christ”) is celebrated by Catholics in honour of the sacramental Eucharist, in commemoration of the Last Supper many Christians receive Communion on this day
June 19 (public holiday): Labour Day, marked by trade union marches and gatherings in Fyzabad (Trinidad); Tobago Day at the Races (Santa Rosa Park, Trinidad)
June 29: St. Peter’s Day Fisherman’s Festival
Ganga Dhaara River Festival: honours the descent of India’s sacred River Ganges (Blanchisseuse, Trinidad)
Harvest Festivals (Tobago): Lambeau, Bloody Bay and Roxborough
Junior Tobago Heritage Festival
WeBeat Festival, featuring vintage calypso, talent shows, steelband music and parade) (St. James, Trinidad)
Trade & Investment Convention (Trinidad)
Tobago Culinary Festival (Pigeon Point Heritage Park)


July

July 12–20: the Marionettes Chorale presents the Caribbean premiere of Les Miserables
July  29 (public holiday): Eid-ul-Fitr
Carnival band launch season begins (through September/October)
Charlotteville Fisherman’s Fest (Tobago)
Harvest Festivals (Tobago): Castara and Black Rock
Prime Minister’s Charity Golf Classic (Tobago)
Concerts featuring local and international stars
South Caribbean Open Golf Tournament (Tobago)
Steelpan Music Festival (Trinidad)
Tobago Games
J’ouvert in July
Tobago Underwater Carnival
Tourism Park: displays, tours, and live entertainment, hosted by the TDC
Mango Festival (Trinidad)
Tobago Heritage Festival (last two weeks of July) – celebrating Tobago’s unique contributions to our culture through food, folklore, song and dance, artisan creations and storytelling
Great Fête Weekend (Tobago)


August

August 1 (public holiday): Emancipation Day
Arima Borough Day: J’ouvert, steelpan, calypso and parties marking the borough’s anniversary (Trinidad)
Best Village competition begins, runs through November
Castara Fisherman’s Fête (Tobago)
Harvest Festivals (Tobago): Speyside
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival: started in Canada by Trinidad-born Muhtadi Thomas, and highlights different cultures around the call of the drums (Tobago)
Osun River Festival: marked by Orisa devotees celebrating the goddess of love, fertility and inland waters
Carib Great Race
Santa Rosa Festival (Arima, Trinidad)
August 31 (public holiday): Independence Day


September

International Open Water Swim
Derby horse racing classics in Arima (Trinidad)
Panyard Sensations
Parang season: begins with competition at month’s end, runs through December (Trinidad)
Tobago Fest: parties, street parade and J’ouvert
Tobago International Gospel Festival
San Fernando Jazz Festival (Trinidad)
Turtle watching season ends
Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival – the Caribbean’s second largest festival devoted to film, the ttff showcases full and feature length productions from the region and its diaspora. The festival is supplemented by a series of workshops and training sessions on the art, technique and practicalities involved in the filmmaking process.
24 (public holiday): Republic Day


October

October 8–14: Amerindian Heritage, where descendants from around the region gather for a smoke ceremony and street procession in Arima (Trinidad)
October23 (public holiday): Divali – the simplest things can create the most arresting sights. To celebrate Divali, small clay bowls known as deyas are filled with oil and lit by cotton wicks. In homes, mandirs and public spaces, the Hindu festival of lights is marked by dispalys of dozens or hundreds or thousands of these tiny flames, symbolising the victory of righteous forces over evil elements. Hindus perform  religious ceremonies in worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of light and prosperity
Taste T&T: (grassroots festival with community cooking competitions, plus an international event where the country’s best chefs show the country’s haute cuisine)
Blue Food Festival (L’Anse Fourmi/Bloody Bay recreation ground, Tobago)
Coast-2-Coast Adventure Race (Trinidad)
Harvest Festivals (Tobago): Patience Hill
National Tourism Week
Ramleela Festival
Steelpan & Jazz Festival (Trinidad)


November

November 3: Hosay – this festival of Islamic origins commemorates the martyrdom of Hassan and Hussein, grandsons of the Prophet Mohammed. It is principally observed in St James, but Hosay processions may also be seen in Cedros and Curepe. Tadjahs, ornamented replicas of Hussein’s tomb, are carried through the streets to the rhythmic accompaniment of tassa drumming
TDC International Surf Festival
Hosay (Trinidad)
Best Village competition finals
Harvest Festivals (Tobago): Plymouth, Black Rock, Les Coteaux, Moriah, Scarborough, Montgomery
Pan is Beautiful
Scarborough Cup Golf Tournament (Tobago)
Tobago Christmas Caravan


December

December 4–7: Christmas with the Marionettes Chorale (Trinidad)
Assembly Day: Tobago House of Assembly celebrates and awards Tobagonians’ achievements, along with exhibitions and a sports and recreation day
Paramin Parang Festival (Trinidad)
Tobago Flying Colours: annual kite flying festival in Plymouth
December 25 (public holiday): Christmas Day
December 26 (public holiday): Boxing Day, marked with horse racing and parties.

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