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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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May 2016

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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

March 2016

Mar 25
Friday

Good Friday

This religious holiday marks the end of the Lenten season and is the first day of a long holiday weekend which includes the following Monday after Easter Sunday. On this holy day most Bahamians attend church services and serve fish as their main meal of the day.

Contact: tourism@bahamas.com

Mar 28
Monday

Pelican Point Coconut Festival

This event is part of the Pelican Point Homecoming Festival, held annually on Easter Monday. Come out and experience coconut in more ways than you can count!

Venue is the Festival Site in Pelican Point, East Grand Bahama Island.

Contact: Ms. Elaine Smith / (242) 350-8600 / esmith@bahamas.com

Mar 30
Wednesday

Bahamas Global Youth Festival (BIGGIE FEST)

2nd Annual Bahamas Global Youth Conference hosted by Rev. Clinton Minnis.

For more information contact Pastor Eddie Victor (242) 350-8600, evictor@bahamas.com

April 2016

Apr 1-30
Friday - Saturday

Coastal Awareness Month – April

For more information on Coastal Awareness Month activities for the month of April.

Contact Andre Cartwright, ajcartwright@bahamas.com, (242) 350-8600

Apr 5
Tuesday

Bahamas Social Media Summit “Maximizing profits through Social Media”

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Bahamas Social Media Summit 2016 has just been announced during a rotary tour by experienced speaker and seminar promoter Mitch Carson and David Mackey, creative director and president of Mackey Media Ltd. The event is scheduled to take place April 5th, 2016 at Grand Lucayan. Under the theme, ‘ Maximizing profits through Social Media,’ Bahamas Social Media Summit 2016 is a partnership between Mitch Carson and Mackey Media Ltd. The April 5th event is the first of four events planned for Grand Bahama Island during 2016.

Click here for more information. To book now click here

Apr 7-9
Thursday - Saturday

Grand Bahama Half Marathon

The inaugural running of the Grand Bahama Half Marathon & Beach Beats 5K will feature two courses that are designed to be fast and flat. They follow Grand Bahama Island’s stunning oceanfront, while highlighting the most scenic landmarks along the way.

Visit www.grandbahamahalf.com for more information and to register.

Apr 7-10
Thursday - Sunday

Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament

Extreme Kayak Fishing "Battle in The Bahamas."is a two day game fishing tournament and ultimate battle for the $10,000.00 jackpot cash prize.

For mor information contact: Nuvolari Chootosingh, Ministry of Tourism's Sports Department (242) 350-8600, nchootosingh@bahamas.com or Richard Treco (954) 236-9292, rtreco@bahamas.com

Website: http://www.extremekayakfishingtournament.org/bahamas.html

Apr 8-10
Friday - Sunday

West End Jr. Regatta & Festival 2016

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 timr event.  Attracting young sailors, many under 15 years old for a weekend of competetive sailing and lots od comradery for the entire family to enjoy.

Come out and join in the fun! Click here to view promotional flyer.

For more informaiton contact Elaine Smith, esmith@bahamas.com, (242) 350-8600.

Apr 15-16
Friday - Saturday

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island will jump start the festivities for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with "The Grand Life" experience during a two-day celebration, inclusive of concerts, a midnight rush and beach party.

Contact: Immerse Bahamas / (242) 602-5555 or visit the website: www.bahamasjunkanoocarnival.com

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Apr 21-23
Thursday - Saturday

Global Unity Leadership Conference

Leadership conference focused on developing the skills of Executive and Directors in the boardroom, will take place at The Pelican Bay Hotel.  Hosted by Larry and Pal Calbadon of Boardroom Performance Group.

http://boardroomperformancegroup.com

For more information contact Pastor Eddie Victor (242) 350-8600, evictor@bahamas.com

May 2016

May 16
Monday

Ole Freetown Heritage Festival

This heritage festival pays homage to the birthplace of Grand Bahama Island's first black settlement, historic Ole Freetown. It will be held on the grounds of the Freetown preschool.

Contact: Ms. Elaine Smith / (242) 350-8600 / esmith@bahamas.com

May 16
Monday

Whit Monday

This holiday marks the beginning of public witness of the Christian church and is the Monday after Whit Sunday, The Feast of Pentecost, which comes 50 days after Easter.

Contact: tourism@bahamas.com

May 26-28
Thursday - Saturday

Gritty Women of God 2016 Conference

2nd International Women's Conference. Hosted by Pastor Sheila Bowling at The Grand Lucayan Resort.

For more information contact Pastor Eddie Victor (242) 350-8600, evictor@bahamas.com

June 2016

Jun 18
Saturday

West End Snapper Tournament & Festival

Part fishing tournament, part cultural festival, this annual event offers good times for all! You can compete for the most snappers caught by weight, the largest snapper caught, fish scaling and best seasoned fish. There will also be delicious food and drink, fun and games for the whole family, as well as live entertainment. Venue is the West End Community Park in West Grand Bahama Island.

Contacts: Ms. Elaine Smith / (242) 350-8600 / esmith@bahamas.com

July 2016

Jul 7-28
Thursday - Sunday

Goombay Summer Festival

At this festival, you can experience live Bahamian music, great local cuisine, authentically Bahamian Arts and crafts, Junkanoo and lots more!

It will be held each Thursday in July (7, 14, 21, 28)  – 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight. Venue is Taino Beach in Lucaya.

For more information contact Sanique Culmer: sculmer@bahamas.com, or call (242) 350-8600

Jul 8
Friday

People-to-People Tea Party

The People-to-People Tea Party is a signature activity hosted by The Ministry of Tourism's People-to-People department as a part od thier ambassador programme.  The programme pairs Bahamian residents with visitors to share experiences and build relationships while enjoying native bush tea and other Bahamian delicacies.

For more information contact Martha Rolle at (242) 350-8600, martharolle@bahamas.com

Jul 9
Saturday

Bahamas Independence Celebrations: Grand Bahama Island

The Bahamas celebrates 43 years as an independent nation. Events are planned throughout Grand Bahama Island in commemoration of this significant event in the life of our nation.

Contact: Ministry for Grand Bahama / (242) 352-8525

August 2016

Aug 1
Monday

High Rock Sea Fest

High Rockʼs annual homecoming festival celebrates the bounties of the sea. You can enjoy live performances by local bands, a Junkanoo Rush-out, and the culinary delights including all the fish, conch and lobster you can eat!

Venue is the High Rock Primary School Grounds, located near the sea in East Grand Bahama Island.

Contact: Ms. Elaine Smith / esmith@bahamas.com / (242) 350-8600

Aug 6-20
Saturday - Saturday

Junkanoo Summer Festival

An exhilarating street festival in West Grand Bahama (August 6, 13, 20).  Junkanoo groups will be participating in competitions in the following categories: music, choreography, costumes.  Attendees can enjoy the best of the west, with junkanoo rush outs and cultural expression for the entire family.

For more information contact Sanique Culmer (242) 350-8600, sculmer@bahamas.com

October 2016

Oct 14
Friday

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.

Contact: Ms. Elaine Smith / (242) 350-8600 / esmith@bahamas.com

November 2016

Nov 5
Saturday

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.

Contacts: Mr. Bert Bell, Bahamas Triathlon Association / (242) 727-5886 / info@conchman.com / www.conchman.com or Nuvolari Chootosingh, Ministry of Tourism / (242) 350-8600 / nchootosingh@bahamas.com

Nov 5
Saturday

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 / Move242@gmail.com / www.facebook.com/mom242

Nov 16
Wednesday

16 Island Weddings

16 Islands, 16 Weddingd, 1 Priceless day!

For more information contact Rosalyn Pinder (242) 350-8600, rpinder@bahamas.com

Nov 21-25
Monday - Friday

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.

For more information contact: Nuvolari Chootosingh  (242) 350-8600, nchootosingh@bahamas.com

December 2016

Dec 2
Friday

Festival Noel

This is the Rand Nature Centre's signature holiday festival, offering an evening of wine and arts, featuring local artists of various mediums, and a varied selection of locally available wines. All funds raised go to the Bahamas National Trust for further development of national parks in The Bahamas. Venue is the Rand Nature Centre in Freeport.

Contact: The Bahamas National Trust / (242) 352-5438

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.

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.

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