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.
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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.
BAHAMAS ROAD TO 50TH INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS ROAD RACE
Join us as we kick off the "Road to 50", the Bahamas' 50th Independence Celebration.
The Road to 50 Road Race will take place nationwide on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, at 6:00 AM. Grand Bahama will join the rest of the nation by hosting races in the Eastern District, the Western District, and the City of Freeport. The Road Race was designed to be all-inclusive, and it will also feature options for attendees to walk, run, or roll.
Below are the route details for the City of Freeport Race. To register online, you can do so at https://forms.gle/WDbNw3CNz2UZXhsf9. Each participant will receive a commemorative package which includes and all will receive a commemorative medal.
See route details below for East and West Grand Bahama.
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.
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 31-31 Saturday - Saturday
HOLIDAY SEASON AT LIGHTHOUSE POINTE, GRAND LUCAYAN
BOOK NOW FOR 2022 NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS
Join in the fun and excitement this holiday season at Lighthouse Pointe, Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island.
Dec 31-31 Saturday - Saturday
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2022 AT PORT LUCAYA MARKETPLACE
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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
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 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.
Bring in the year 2023 with Sabor’s spectacular New Year’s Eve passed buffet celebration featuring live music & DJ.
Reservation by ticket only. Available November 28th, 2022.
Junkanoo is the National Festival of the Bahamas; it represents our roots and it is our heritage. Junkanoo originated during the days of slavery when the slaves were given time off to celebrate the holidays with African dance, music and costume. The festival is named after “JOHN CANOE”, an African tribal chief who demanded the right to celebrate with his people even after being brought to the West Indies in Slavery.
Junkanoo today is a traditional rally to cowbells, whistles and goat-skin drums as costumed revelers dance away. Parade held at Town Centre on Pioneers Way.
For more information contact: Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture (242) 351-1933.
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
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. The event starts at 11 am
Oct 10 Tuesday
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.
Nov 4-4 Saturday - Saturday
35th Annual Conchman Triathlon
Join the Conchman Committee as they celebrate their 35th year!
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
Nov 27 Sunday
SUNDAY BRUNCH AT LIGHTHOUSE POINTE GRAND LUCAYAN
SUNDAYS 12PM - 4PM
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