Life on Dominica 
    

Events & Holiday
Calendar

 

February/March

Carnival
   

   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

   Jump-up

   Vaval  
 

Visit AvirtualDominica.com for additional information, specific dates, and times.

 

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

 

August

Emancipation Day
Public Holiday - 1st Monday in August

 

Nature Island Literary Festival
& Book Fair

Early August

 

October

World Creole Music Festival
Last weekend in October

 

November

Independence Day
National Holiday November 3

 

National Day of Community Service
Public Holiday November 4

 

December

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

 

Visit AvirtualDominica.com for additional information, specific dates, and times.

  

 


 

   

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