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Festivals & Events on Grand Bahama

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!

Festivals & Events

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August 2015

Aug 15

BASRA Bernie Butler Swim Race

This annual swim race and beach party raises funds for the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA). It features DJ music, and food and drinks will be on sale. The venue is Coral Beach in Lucaya.

Contact: Mr. Justin Snisky, BASRA /

October 2015

Oct 12

GB Gospel Fest

This mega music festival will feature local and international Gospel recording artists.

Contact: Ms. Debbie Huyler / (242) 350-8600 /

Oct 12

McLean’s Town Conch Cracking Festival

This annual homecoming event began in 1972 and attracts both domestic and international visitors, who enthusiastically vie for the coveted and authentically Bahamian designed conch trophy, awarded to the best Conch Cracker in the country. The festival features lots of conch-themed dishes, other food and drinks, locally made souvenirs, as well as a full day of activities that both adults and children can participate in, competitions and exciting live entertainment.

Venue is McLean’s Town in East Grand Bahama Island.

November 2015

Nov 5-8
Thursday - Sunday

Blue Marlin Cove Wahoo Tournament

Contact: Ms. Rosalyn Pinder / (242) 350-8600 /

Nov 7

Culinary Fusion Expo

This event brings together Grand Bahama Island's food and beverage industry, offering an opportunity for businesses to network with their peers, industry buyers and suppliers. Also, culinary artists will showcase their services and products with live cooking/mixology demonstrations and sampling of food, beer, and wine. Venue is the Canal House at Pelican Bay Hotel in Lucaya.

Contact: Mr. Sean Johnson, Move Marketing / /

Nov 7

Conchman and Ironkids Triathlon

Sports enthusiasts have been gathering at Taino Beach in Lucaya every year since 1986 for a grueling 0.5 mile (1k) swim, 20 mile (25k) bike ride and 3.5 mile (5k) run. Starting time for the Conchman on Saturday is 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon for the Iron Kids Race.

Nov 23-30
Monday - Monday

NCAA Women’s Junkanoo Jam

This annual basketball tournament features 12 NCAA Women’s basketball teams from various universities/colleges throughout the United States. Games take place at St. George's High School Gymnasium in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

Contacts: Mr. Sean McShane / or Rosalyn Pinder / (242) 350-8600 /

Nov 23-30
Monday - Monday

Tabernacle Baptist Academy’s Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament

This annual invitational basketball tournament features local and international teams in friendly competition. Games take place at the Jack Hayward High School Gymnasium in Freeport.  High school teams from through out the United States and The Bahamas will participate.

Contact: Ms. Rosalyn Pinder / (242) 350-8600 /

Nov 26

Authenti-city Annual BAIC Tradeshow


This weekend festival highlights local Bahamian artists, handicrafts, native food and beverages, music and culture.

Contact: Ms. Zina Bethel / (242) 352-1888 /

December 2015

Dec 12

Holmes Rock Heritage Festival

Holmes Rock is a unique and traditional Bahamian community known for conventional values and pride, based on traditions and family values. The festival will showcase a range of talents, allowing patrons to learn about the settlement's history and enjoy friendly games for all ages.

Contact: Ms. Elaine Smith / (242) 350-8600 /

February 2016

Feb 27-28
Saturday - Sunday

Tour de Grand Bahama

Sat, February 27, 2016 - Sun, February 28, 2016

Grand Bahama Cyclists Club presents the 2nd Annual Tour de Grand Bahama. The event will include a short Individual Time Trial followed by a Criterium Road Race on Saturday February 27th, 2016. On Sunday February 28th, 2016 the event will conclude with a 75 mile Road Race. There will be spot prizes and other awards given throughout the event, whose chief sponsor is the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. However, the primary purpose of the event is to raise funds for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a project coordinated by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief agency that provides help worldwide to people in need. Click here for more information or here to register

Year Round 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

Fish Fry

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.

Crab Fest

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.

Grand Bahama Regatta

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

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