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Festivals & Events

Grand Bahama Island Festivals & Events

Every day is a holiday on Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year. Plan your vacation around some of the island's well-known festivals and you'll end up with a one-of-a kind Bahamian experience. From the biggest cultural events to the local festivities in neighboring towns, there's always something happening on Grand Bahama Island!



June 20, 2014

Grand Bahama Regatta

Sailers from various island of The Bahamas will converge to compete in different races. Spectators can enjoy a festive environment of food, drinks, music and other entertainment throughout the weekend For more information contact: Harold McPhee:  


June 21, 2014

3rd Annual West End Snapper Tournament & Festival

Part fishing tournament, part cultural festival. Good times for everyone! (West End) For more information contact: Elaine Smith:  or, Renamae Symonette: (242) 350-8600



July 3-31, 2014

Goombay Summer Festival

A weekly Bahamian cultural display will take place every Thursday evening at Taino Beach.  For complete details of this event, please contact Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism at 242-350-8600.or more information contact: Ministry of Tourism 350-8600 Elaine Smith


July 9, 2014

National Independence Ceremony

PThe Bahamas celebrates 40 years as an independent nation. Events are planned across The Islands of The Bahamas. For more information contact: Ministry for Grand Bahama  (242) 352-8525 


July 19, 2014

3rd Annual Sweeting's Cay Heritage Festival

Homecoming cultural festival on Sweeting's Cay, off the East End of Grand Bahama. For more information contact: Elaine Smith: or, Renamae Symonette: (242) 350-8600 


August 4, 2014

7th Annual High Rock Seafest

Homecoming cultural festival in the High Rock settlement, in east Grand Bahama. For more information contact: Elaine Smith: or, Renamae Symonette:  (242) 350-8600 







The Junkanoo Festival is a showcase of Bahamian cultureJunkanoo!

Junkanoo is an important Bahamian cultural event that recognizes a special time in the history of The Islands of The Bahamas. During the pre-Emancipation era, slaves created Junkanoo to celebrate their three (3) days off each year - December 25th and 26th and January 1st. Our annual Junkanoo parades feature a vibrant display of flamboyant handmade costumes, indigenous music and special themes. The Boxing Day and New Year's parades are held at East Mall Drive on December 26th and January 1st; and, The Junkanoo Summer Festival is held at Taino Beach from mid-July to mid-August.

On-going Events

Let a Bahamian introduce you to The Bahamas! Participate in our People to People program, where you will meet warm and genial Bahamians. For more information contact the Ministry of Tourism's People to People Department at (242) 352-8044 or email

Enjoy delicious fried fish, potato bread, conch salad and many more Bahamian dishes every Wednesday at Smith's Point. This event starts at 6:30 in the evening.

Enjoy delicious native crab, the popular Bahamian drink gully wash, at the Garden Café (formerly the Churchill Pub). This is held every Friday at 5 p.m., for further information contact (242) 351-2696.

Amateur captains from all over the world take on nature and each other in an exciting sailing competition. Whether you are a spectator or participant, our annual regatta has something for everyone - great Bahamian food, sweet island music and a spectacular show. Held June 19 - 21, for more information e-mail

Port Lucaya Marketplace Weekly Entertainment


Legends Dixi Land Band 8:00 p.m. – Midnight


Mango One Man Band 8:00 p.m. – 11 PM


Pre-recorded Bahamian Music until Midnight


Karaoke with Hubert 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 PM.  DJ until Midnight.


Live Bahamian Band 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Native Show 9:30 p.m. featuring 'Emperor Duke' Limbo Show


Live Bahamian Band 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. DJ music until Midnight


Gospel Fest featuring local Church choirs, dancers and bands on occassion. Many Moods of Methice 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM.  DJ music until Midnight.


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