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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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April 2017

Apr 28-29
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Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff

Grand Bahama will jumpstart the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival festivities with “The Grand Life” experience during a two-day celebration on April 28 and 29., inclusive of live concerts, a midnight rush and beach party. Nassau will host the finale May 4th-6th.  For more information contact: Immerse Bahamas (242) 602-5555

Apr 29
Saturday

6th Annual West End Junior Sailing Regatta

The Ministry of Tourism in support of the West End Eco-fishing Camp Association and the Grand Bahama Sailing Club will host this recreational spring time event. Attracting young sailers, many under 15 for a weekend of competitive sailing and lots of  comradre for the entre family to enjoy. For more information contact Elaine Smith: esmith@bahamas.com or 350-8600

May 2017

May 19-21
Friday - Sunday

Grand Bahama Air Show

Airshow will feature vintage air-crafts performing amazing stunts off-shore at Taino Beach, spectators can expect an exciting and thrilling show.  For more information contact: Nuvolari Chootosingh, Ministry of Tourism's Sports Departmet (242) 350-8600 nchootosingh@bahamas.com.  Click here for a preview video!

June 2017

Jun 5
Monday

4th Annual Ole Freetown Cultural Festival

Cultural festival highlighting the heritage of Grand Bahama's first black settlement. For more information contact: Elaine Smith: esmith@bahamas.com / (242) 350-8600

Jun 15
Thursday

In Deep Love Bahamas

The attempted Guinness Book of World Record in undersea weddings is scheduled to take place on Grand Bahama Island, one of 700 islands in The Bahamas. Organizers hope to break the Guinness Book of World Record for undersea weddings, which is currently set at 34, and achieve a record-breaking number of 100 persons, making it a historic fete for the Islands of The Bahamas. For more information contact: Rosalyn Pinder (242) 350-8600 www.indeeplovebahamas.com

Jun 17
Saturday

7th Annual West End Snapper Tournament and Festival

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

July 2017

Jul 6-27
Thursday - Thursday

Goombay Summer Festival

The Ministry of Tourism’s annual summer festival featuring live displays of Bahamian culture in the form of food & music. Thursdays in July at Taino Beach.  For more information contact: Sanique Culmer: sculmer@bahamas.com (242) 350-8600

August 2017

Aug 19-19
Saturday - Saturday

47th Annual Bernie Butler Swim Race

Annual swim race and beach party to raise funds for BASRA. Featuring DJ music, and food and drinks on sale. For more information contact: Justin Snisky, Bahamas Air & Sea Rescue Association:  jsnisky@yahoo.com

September 2017

Sep 19
Tuesday
International Coastal Cleanup

32nd International Coastal Cleanup

In an effort to resolve the issue of Marine Debris, the Ocean Conservancy initiated the International Coastal Cleanup. The cleanup event, which focuses on collecting data on trash collected, to find the source of marine debris. This event takes place every year, the 3rd Saturday in September. For more information contact Andre Cartwright at (242) 350-8600 or ajcartwright@bahamas.com

October 2017

Oct 6
Friday
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A Taste of Port Lucaya

The Port Lucaya Marketplace will come alive this Fall, offering patrons an extended Shopping period, Live Entertainment featuring top Bahamian Artists such as DMAC, Dining and Bar Hopping experiences. Guests can get immersed in Bahamian culture and excitement with authentically Bahamian experiences such as Junkanoo Rush Out.  This exciting event should not be missed!  Complimentary transportation will be provided from hotel properties to the Port Lucaya Marketplace. Click here for more information.

Oct 9-9
Monday - Monday
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45th Annual McLean’s Town Conch Cracking Festival

McLean’s Town’s annual homecoming event, featuring lots of conch-themed dishes, as well as competitions and live entertainment in the east end of Grand Bahama. For more information contact: Elaine Smith: esmith@bahamas.com or (242) 350-8600

Oct 20
Friday
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A Taste of Port Lucaya

The Port Lucaya Marketplace will come alive this Fall, offering patrons an extended Shopping period, Live Entertainment featuring top Bahamian Artists such as DMAC, Dining and Bar Hopping experiences. Guests can get immersed in Bahamian culture and excitement with authentically Bahamian experiences such as Junkanoo Rush Out.  This exciting event should not be missed!  Complimentary transportation will be provided from hotel properties to the Port Lucaya Marketplace. Click here for more information.

Oct 27-30
Friday - Monday

East End Homecoming and Regatta Splash

For more information contact: Elaine Smith: esmith@bahamas.com or (242) 350-8600

November 2017

Nov 4-4
Saturday - Saturday
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Conchman 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. http://conchmantriathlon.com/

Nov 10
Friday
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A Taste of Port Lucaya

The Port Lucaya Marketplace will come alive this Fall, offering patrons an extended Shopping period, Live Entertainment featuring top Bahamian Artists such as DMAC, Dining and Bar Hopping experiences. Guests can get immersed in Bahamian culture and excitement with authentically Bahamian experiences such as Junkanoo Rush Out.  This exciting event should not be missed!  Complimentary transportation will be provided from hotel properties to the Port Lucaya Marketplace. Click here for more information.

Nov 22-25
Wednesday - Saturday
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Tabernacle Baptist Academy’s Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament

This annual invitational basketball tournament features local and international teams in friendly competition. High school teams from throughout the United States and The Bahamas will participate.

March 2018

Mar 25-25
Sunday - Sunday

Dog Days Half Marathon

On March 25, 2017 runners can take to the roads of Grand Bahama in their choice of the half marathon, a 10K race, 5K, and a fun one mile run/walk.  http://grandbahamadogdayshalfmarathon.com/

Year Round Events

People-to-People

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 dhuyler@bahamas.com.

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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.