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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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July 2018

Jul 21-27
Saturday - Friday

Blue Marlin Cove Cobia Maverick Event

This tournament is designed to foster a competitive angling atmosphere in pursuit of a specific species of fish. 

Jul 26-29
Thursday - Sunday

Called to Greatness International Women’s Summit

An annual gathering of leading women who recognize that there is GREATNESS on the inside of them…that they are NOT meant to live a mundane or mediocre life...they understand they exist to do more than just earn a paycheck. The only thing that will satisfy them is to DISCOVER what they were born to accomplish something great that no one else in the world can do… Women will leave inspired, motivated and encouraged to start living the life they were created to live …a fulfilled life when PURPOSE is discovered. When a woman answers the call of God on her life it does not have to be at the expense of her family. According to Proverbs 9 she is a wise and virtuous woman who esteems her husband highly, she influences and incorporates her family in everything she does. She thinks generational…. And she leaves a legacy.

This year’s Summit Theme is I Am Royalty – An Heir of the King, Crowned and Commissioned for Greatness.

For more information visit or call 856.414.0818.

Jul 27-29
Friday - Sunday

Grand Bahama Regatta & Heritage Festival

Sailors of well-known Class A, B and C sloops from throughout The Islands of The Bahamas will compete in different races. Trophies and cash prizes are awarded to the top boaters, but the most sought-after prize is the reputation of being "Champion of the Sea." Spectators onshore can enjoy a festive environment of food, drinks, music and other entertainment throughout the weekend.

August 2018

Aug 6
Island Seas Beach , rows of beach chairs and palm trees

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.

Aug 18

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.

Contact: Mr. Justin Snisky, BASRA /

Photo Credit: Taylor Lowe

September 2018

Sep 15

International Coastal Cleanup

In an effort to resolve the issue of Marine Debris, the Ocean Conservancy initiated the International Coastal Cleanup.

The cleanup event, 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.

October 2018

Oct 6

Live Life Free

Live Life Free – Faith and Finances. A Conversation with Lisa Nichols is the first in a 4 part series where Lisa and Caline will give participants bite-size life nuggets to steer them on their own path to live life free.

Location: Regency Theater
West Sunrise Highway
Freeport GB


Oct 8

National Heroes Day

The second Monday in October, formerly known as "Discovery Day" or "Columbus Day," has now been dedicated to honoring Bahamian national heroes since 2013. An official National Heroes Day ceremony is held with a keynote speech by the Prime Minister, and heroes from a cross-section of civil society are celebrated with a week of activities.

Many people enjoy the day with family gatherings and beach picnics.

Oct 8

McLeans 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.

McLean’s Town’s Conch Cracking Festival is located in East end on Grand Bahama Island.

November 2018

Nov 3-3
Saturday - Saturday

33rd Annual Conchman Triathlon

Calling all triathletes!  The Conchman Triathlon is a  standard Sprint Distance Triathlon -  750M SWIM - 20K BIKE - 5K RUN that attracts hundreds of triathletes from over the world and takes  place on beautiful Taino Beach, Grand Bahama, Bahamas

December 2018

Dec 1

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. 

Dec 1

Grand Bahama X-Treme 13.2 Intracoastal Challenge

This half-marathon attracts road runners, marathoners, cross-country runners, and long distance runners from around the world. The course showcases the intracoastal roadways and beaches of Grand Bahama Island.

Dec 1-31
Saturday - Monday

Port Lucaya Holiday Events

Enjoy this holiday season on beautiful Freeport, Grand Bahama Island at the Port Lucaya Marketplace!  Port Lucaya is the largest shopping, dining and entertainment open air facility in the Bahamas. With over forty specialty stores and boutiques, twelve restaurants to tempt any palate and twelve bars/lounge for late night entertainment, you are sure to celebrate your holiday season right. The Marketplace boasts of a wide variety of Duty Free stores, two generously stocked Straw Markets, a Craft Centre and Tiki Huts filled with Bahamian craft and souvenir items. Visit our famous Coconut & Fruit Daiquiri Stand and Daddy Brown’s Conch & Seafood Stand for authentic Bahamian Island treats. The Marketplace Square, will have you dancing to Bahamian and International music all night long. Everyone wants to be here – to shop, dine, have fun and relax.

Port Lucaya Marketplace….it’s everything you came to Grand Bahama for and more!!!

Dec 26

Boxing Day

This holiday was granted to slaves the day after Christmas, when they were given the boxes left over from their master’s gifts. These boxes usually were sent from England and were well-crafted from fine wood. Hence the holiday is known as Boxing Day.

Junkanoo parades take place on some islands to commemorate the day.

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.