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]
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.
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.
Oct 10 Monday
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 10 Monday
McLeans Town Conch Cracking Festival
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF CONCH CRACKING IN MCCLEAN'S TOWN
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 happening in East End on Grand Bahama Island on October 10th, 2022. The event starts at 11 am
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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].
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
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