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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 and Events are coming back – bigger & better!  Please see below the events that are currently scheduled.  Check back often for updates. For any inquiry, please email us: [email protected]

Festivals & Events

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August 2022

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August 2022

Aug 15-29
Monday - Monday

Grand Bahama Island Restaurant Fest

For two fantastic weeks in August, Restaurants around the island will feature special set menus to celebrate Grand Bahama's culinary delights.

Grand Bahama's Restaurant Fest will take place from August 15-29, 2022.

There will be set menus with one set price and will include an:

  • Appetizer
  • Main Course
  • Dessert

Grand Bahama has always been known for its delicious meals and we want to make sure you know where to find each one.  Check back for an updated list of participating Restaurants and Bars.

Aug 19-21
Friday - Sunday

NACAC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, BAHAMAS

Are you Ready?  NACAC IS COMING SOON.

Mark your calendars, August 19-21, to join the sporting extravaganza. This year NACAC Athletics in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth Sports, and Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry for Grand Bahama, and BAAA, have partnered together to host this world-renowned sporting event on the island of Grand Bahama.

Grand Bahama welcomes the world to the Grand Bahama Sports Complex and Grand Bahama Island.

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Aug 20
Saturday

STRINGS OF SUMMER

For one night only!  Come out to the Port Lucaya Marketplace square and enjoy an exhibition of performances by dancers & musicians in Grand Bahama. The performance starts at 8 pm.  Come early to enjoy Port Lucaya Marketplace's variety of restaurants and bars.

This evening's performance is FREE.

Aug 27
Saturday

EAST END GRAND BAHAMA RAKE ‘N’ SCRAPE FESTIVAL 2022

Join Bahamian Music artist D Mac and the Higher Level Band, KB and Geno D in High Rock, East End, Grand Bahama on Saturday, August 27th, at the 1st Annual Rake n Scrape Festival.

October 2022

Oct 12
Wednesday

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.

November 2022

Nov 5-5
Saturday - Saturday

34th Annual Conchman Triathlon

WE ARE BACK!
The Conchman Committee is extremely excited to share that their 2022 race is officially open for registration!
After two (long) years of absence, the Committee is hard at work preparing for the upcoming race! There are a few surprises and some new things coming this year and they cannot wait to share it with everyone. Make sure you follow the official social media site and subscribe to the newsletter so you never miss an update!

For more information: GBPA Conchman Triathlon 

Click here For Registration

Nov 9-13
Wednesday - Sunday

Bernie Russell Memorial Pool Tournament (BRMPT)

Sun, Fun, and Pool!

In September 2011 the Bernie Russell Memorial Pool Tournament (BRMPT) was founded and is the brainchild of Kevin 'Shaggy' Miller as a warm-up to the Bahamas Shootout. Shaggy saw this as an opportunity to honor a fellow pool player, Mr. Bernel "Bernie" Russell, and a singles 32-player event was created. The BRMPT has since replaced The Bahamas Shootout and is now the largest tournament in the Bahamas. In 2016 a significant change in the venue was made moving the event from the local pool room to the Grand Lucayan Ballroom, and High Country Promotions started running the tournament and providing the pool tables. Growth, comradery, and fun is a big part in this event and is what keeps us going. The fun stuff - beach parties, bonfires, snorkeling, Bahama Mamas (drinks and ladies) - are just a few off-table events you can look forward to while attending the BRMPT. In further keeping with honoring Bernie, we changed the dates from September to November and as close as possible to Bernie's birthday, November 10.

"Bernie was my teammate and a good friend and it's certainly a privilege  to say I had a hand in this tournament that is so looked forward to by players throughout the Bahamas and even now from other parts of the world." Kevin Miller

This year's event we'll be giving out our 1st Gary Benson Award in honor of our friend and pioneer in the promotion and growth of organized pool tournaments in Grand Bahama.​

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December 2022

Dec 2-3
Friday - Friday

Festival Noel 2022

Join the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) at Rand Nature Centre, Grand Bahama, this December as they celebrate the 27th Annual Festival Noel Fundraiser! This is the BNT's signature holiday festival on Grand Bahama, offering an evening of wine and arts, featuring local artists of various mediums, a varied selection of locally available wines, live entertainment and food tasting by local chefs. All funds raised go to the Bahamas National Trust for further development of national parks on Grand Bahama Island, to include Rand Nature Centre, Lucayan National Park and Peterson Cay National Park.

The Rand Nature Centre is a 100-acre pine forest in the heart of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, protecting wildlife and wildlands. It is an outdoor classroom hosting thousands of students annually. A 2,000-foot trail winds through natural coppice and pine forest. The Centre houses a variety of bird species that can be seen year-round. At the Nature Centre, you can take walks and relax in nature, do yoga, have a picnic, view art, learn about plants or visit the monthly local market.

Facebook Page @randnaturecentre

 

Dec 25-31
Sunday - Saturday

HOLIDAY SEASON AT LIGHTHOUSE POINTE, GRAND LUCAYAN

HERE'S CHRISTMAS 2021.  START PLANNING NOW FOR 2022

Join in the fun and excitement this holiday season at Lighthouse Pointe, Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island.

Christmas Info 2021

NEW YEARS EVE 2021

NYE Info 2021

Check back for 2022 details

Dec 25-31
Sunday - Saturday

HOLIDAY SEASON AT VIVA WYNDHAM FORTUNA ALL-INCLUSIVE BEACH RESORT

Viva Wyndham Fortuna's Holiday Season is always action-packed!  Grand Bahama Island's #1 All-Inclusive Beach Resort!  Join the Team for all the fun and dining events starting December 24th.

Take a look at 2021's line-up and start planning to be here for 2022.

See details of Viva Wyndham Fortuna Christmas Activities program 2021

Check back for 2022 details

Dec 26-26
Monday - Monday

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.

Dec 31
Saturday

NEW YEAR’S EVE 2021 PORT LUCAYA MARKETPLACE

Port Lucaya Marketplace is the largest shopping, dining and entertainment open-air facility in the Bahamas!!  Join them this New Year's Eve for a night to remember on beautiful Grand Bahama Island

 

Check back for 2022 details

Dec 31
Saturday

STONED CRAB NEW YEAR’S EVE

Join Stoned Crab because "We know how to party... join us for New Year's!! 🙌🏽🍾🥂💫🇧🇸💗 See you at the Beach!! 💋" - Team Stoned Crab

Check back for 2022 Details

Dec 31
Saturday

SABOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

Sabor is one of Grand Bahama Island’s newest and freshest places to savor all the tastes of the tropics. With its innovative fusion menu and new wave beat, Sabor is one of the hottest restaurants in the Bahamas.

Chef Emmanuel and Team presented an exciting New Year's Eve in 2021 - "Resilient Grand Bahama". Plan to be here for 2022!

Get your ticket to reserve your seat.  Call: 242-373-5588 or 242-374-4873

Check back for 2022 Event details

April 2023

Apr 10
Monday

Pelican Point Coconut Festival

Pelican Point’s Homecoming Festival is held annually on Easter Monday on Grand Bahama Island.  Thanks to the Independence Celebration Committee, The Ministry for Grand Bahama, and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the festival will be back on the Calendar.

On July 11, from 11 am - 8 pm, the quaint settlement of Pelican Point welcomed everyone back to the community for the Coconut Festival after a two-year absence.  2023 events will take place during its usual holiday, Easter Monday, April 10th, 2023

Festival Organizers are encouraging Visitors and Locals to come out and experience coconut in more ways than you can count!  Additionally, there will be performances by the New Wave Dancers, Live entertainment by MELLO-D, and The deep south Island boys.  The Royal Bahamas Grand Bahama district Police Pop band, Elon Moxey backed up by the Conch Juice Band and The day will end with a junkanoo rush-out by the Platinum Knights.

Visitors can look forward to joining in on the fun of 'Plaiting of the Coconut Pole', numerous coconut fun and games, including the coconut barking contest!

The art of the coconut will be displayed in items including but not limited to coconut jimmy, coconut tart, jams and preserves, and the Bahamian specialty, Gully Wash! Bahamian arts and crafts and coconut jewelry will also be available.

 

 

July 2023

Jul 6-27
Thursday - Thursday

Goombay Summer Festival

GOOMBAY SUMMER FESTIVAL IS BACK!!!

The Ministry of Tourism’s annual summer festival features live displays of Bahamian culture in the form of food, dance & music.

Held every Thursday in July – 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, you will be able to experience the local culture as you listen to the sweet sounds of "Goombay", indulge in local delicacies, browse through the most authentic Bahamian arts and crafts, and dance to the beat of Junkanoo!

Jul 9
Sunday

TAINO BEACH RESORT & CLUBS CIGAR NIGHT

Taino Beach Resort & Clubs will bring to you a night of music, dancing, and Fine Cigars.

On the occasion leading up to the Bahamas' 49th Independence Celebrations, Taino Beach Resort and Clubs will be celebrating with a Cigar Night.  Celebrity Cigar Roller, Rob Robinson of R & R Cigars will be on site.  Live Entertainment, Hors D' Oeuvres, and limited beverages will complement the evening.

Date: Saturday, July 9th, 2022

Time: 7 pm

Reserve your tickets today by calling: 242-350-2220

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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) 350-8600 or email [email protected].

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.

TONY MACARONI CONCH EXPERIENCE – BONFIRE ON THE BEACH

JOIN TONY MACARONI ON HIS DECK AT TAINO BEACH, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND FOR AN EVENING OF MUSIC, DANCING EATING, AND DRINKING.  A CASUAL EVENING EXPERIENCE!

EVERY TUESDAY 6PM - UNTIL

FLYING FISH GASTRO BAR CASUAL SUNDAYS

It’s Sunday! That means music on the dock! Reserve your spot now. 242-801-5052

Oct 31-27
Thursday - Thursday

Karaoke Night