Life on Dominica 

Events & Holiday




   Parade & Opening of Carnival

   Calypso Semi Finals

   Carnival Princess Show

   The Stardom Calypso Tent

   Showdown Mas Camp

   Teenage Pageant

   Lagoon Street Jam

   Lapeau Kabwit/Sensay Festival

   Stardom King of the Tent

   The National Queen Show

   National Calypso Finals

   Kiddies Old Mas Festival  

   Carnival Street Parade



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Dive Fest
Generally the 2nd or 3rd week of July



Emancipation Day
Public Holiday - 1st Monday in August


Nature Island Literary Festival
& Book Fair

Early August



World Creole Music Festival
Last weekend in October



Independence Day
National Holiday November 3


National Day of Community Service
Public Holiday November 4



Christmas Day
Public Holiday December 25


Boxing Day
Public Holiday December 26



Many other Festivals and Celebrations occur annually around the island including the Layou Titiwi Festival,

 Eat Fish Days at several locations, and many
local village & church celebrations.



Carnival (February / March) is celebrated around the island and includes wide variety of entertaining and interactive events, activities and festivities all of which revolve around very loud music, dancing in the streets (jump-up), Calypso competition, the annual crowning of the Queen monarch, amazing costumes. The beauty of Dominica and its people, and much, much more!.  View Carnival Photos


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Dive Fest (July) is hosted by the Dominica Watersports Association. Scuba diving is one of the island's main year-round attractions.  Week long events include special dive prices, underwater photo shoots & contest, introduction to scuba classes, canoe races, and much more. It is the longest running dive festival in the Caribbean.  Established over 15+ years ago, Dominica's Dive Fest is the longest running Diving Festival in the Caribbean.   Learn More at the Dive Fest Blog



   Dominca - The Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair

Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair (August) is a celebration of writing and reading.  Highlights of the event include poetry readings and competitions, writing workshops, local and overseas guest writers / speakers, panel discussions, books for sale and more.  Adults and school children alike are encouraged to attend this three day event.     ► Learn More




World Creole Music FestivalWorld Creole Music Festival (October) provides a very visible platform and menu of Dominican musicians and Creole music. This festival known for it's impressive list of local and world renowned talent is anticipated each year by locals as well tourists.  The festival date is set to correspond with Dominica's Independence holiday and festivities.  Learn More