Events & Cultural Activities

January


New Year’s Day Junkanoo

On Green Turtle Cay  /  Community-based Junkanoo and food festival held during day hours in New Plymouth. See more about Junkanoo.


Abaco Arts Festival
in Marsh Harbour

Native Art Show with local and national Artists. Catch a glimpse at the immense talent of our local artists and artisans. For information call 367-2158.


Bahamas Wahoo Championship

On Treasure Cay  /  For information call 365-8801.

February


Annual Man-O-War Craft & Trade Fair

Local crafts, general items, food and drinks are featured at this popular fair that directly benefits Man-O-War School. For information call 365-6049.


Abaco’s Annual Country Music Festival

Visitors and locals will be entertained by popular Country and Western Music Stars. For information call 367-3067.


People to People Reception

On Treasure Cay  /  An annual event sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism for locals and winter residents to “get together.” Bahamian food, music and cultural expressions are highlighted. For information call 367-3067.

March


Hope Town’s Annual Heritage Day

This event is held in the park and museum area of the town. Historical speakers, new book signing, traditional school songs and cultural dances. A boat parade with historic flags and sculling boats with single-oars. Arts and crafts are also on display.


Barefoot Man Concert

on Guana Cay  /  Located at Nipper’s Bar and Grill.

April


Annual Reef Ball Fundraiser for Friends of the Environment
 

at Abaco Beach Resort  /  For information call 367-2721.

Annual Seashell Show

in Cherokee Sound  /  A variety of Bahamian shells is showcased in authentic art and craft fashion.


Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament

in Hope Town  /  Deep Sea and Bottom Fishing tournament. Family oriented. All levels of fishing abilities. For information call 366-3151.


Bahamas White Marlin Open Fishing Tournament

in Treasure Cay  /  For information call 365-8801.


Sea Spray Fishing Tournament

in Hope Town  /  This caters to fishing enthusiasts. For information call 365-0065.


Cedar Harbour Homecoming Festival


Grand Cay Homecoming Festival


Bahamas Billfish Boat Harbour Championship

in Marsh Harbour  /  Sponsored by Rolex, this is considered the premier fishing series in the Bahamas. This leg kicks off the five leg series. Bragging rights are the order of the day as reputations and hundreds of thousands of dollars are up for grabs. For information call 367-2158.


Marine Max Hatteras Billfish Invitational

in Marsh Harbour  /  This is a full-release tournament. For information call 367-2158.

May


Buttonwood Boondoggle

on Green Turtle Cay  /  This three-day event features a musical and food-fest weekend.


Island Roots Heritage Festival

on Green Turtle Cay  /  See Island Roots Festival for info.


Bertram Hatteras Shootout

Billfish Tourney  /  Known as the creme de la creme of the tournaments. For information call 367-2158.

June


Little Abaco Homecoming

in Fox Town


Sandy Point Homecoming

in Sandy Point


Goombay Summer Festival

in Marsh Harbour  /  This is the premier Bahamian Street Festival. Goombay is the rhythm we know as Bahamian Music and this dramatic nightly experience occurs over several weeks of the summer! See Goombay Festival for info.


Bahamas Billfish Championship

in Treasure Cay


Treasure Cay Annual Arts and Crafts Show

in Treasure Cay  /  Hosted as an activity event connected with the TCBC fishing tournament.


Bahamas Billfish Boat Harbour Championship

in Marsh Harbour  /  The final leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship.

July


Regatta Time

in Abaco /  See Regatta Time for info.


Cooper’s Town and Fire Road Heritage Festival

in Cooper’s Town, Abaco


Bahamas Independence Celebrations


Goombay Summer Festival

in Marsh Harbour  /  See Goombay Festival for info.


All Abaco Regatta

This is a major Native Sloop Sailing Challenge Cup for the Abacos. Only top boats are invited to compete. For information call 367-3067. See Regatta Time for info.


North Abaco Summer Festival and Power Boat Race

For information call Cliff Bootle 365-8948.

August


Emancipation Day

National Public Holiday


Moore’s Island Homecoming Festival


Blackwood Community Homecoming Festival


Goombay Summer Festival

in Marsh Harbour  /  The summer cultural celebration ends in August. See Goombay Festival for info.

September


Annual 4.1 Hope Town Swim-A-Thon

in Hope Town  /  This race course is located in the waterway between Marsh Harbour and Hope Town. Bahamian world-class swimmers, locals and visiting competitors, swim for the gold or just for fun! Funds go toward the activities for youth development throughout the Abacos. For information call 367-3067.

October

Come to Cherokee Day

in Cherokee Sound  /  This loyalist community opens its doors to the world in a day of celebration. Featuring doll exhibition, arts and crafts and baked goods. For information call Lee Pinder at 366-2053.


The Abaco Bridal Extravaganza

This exciting three-day event is hosted by the Abaco Tourist Office. The Abaco Signature Wedding “a message in a conch shell” is introduced. Practical activities as well as a workshop and lectures take place. For information call 367-3067.

November


Annual Guy Fawkes Celebration

on Green Turtle Cay  /  Featuring the “burning of the guy” effigies. Plenty of food, drink and music.


Hope Town Bill Hill Box Cart Derby

in Hope Town  /  Box carts of all sizes and shapes are constructed by local Elbow Cay contenders and other patrons in junior and senior categories. Proceeds go toward youth sports development.

December


Junior Junkanoo

in Marsh Harbour  /  Island schools are brought together to compete in the Bahamas’ most dramatic street festival.


Antique Road Show

in Cherokee  /  Sound Reputable appraisers, both international and local will be on hand to assess relics, coins and general items.


Abaco Christmas Festival

in Marsh Harbour  /  The Ministry of Tourism hosts this event by featuring “A taste of Abaco,” visit with Santa, Arts and Crafts bazaar, choirs, bands and Junkanoo. An all day event ending with a Christmas Boat Parade and fireworks.


Annual Junkanoo Parade

in Marsh Harbour  /  Major Junkanoo Festival held during the early morning hours on “Boxing Day” ( December 26 ) in downtown Marsh Harbour. See Junkanoo for info.

MORE ABOUT BAHAMIAN HOLIDAYS AND EVENTS:

Regatta Time in Abaco

Regatta Time in Abaco is a five-race series held each year during the American and Bahamian Independence Day holidays ( both in July ). Its primary focus is for cruising sailboats although they do have a special class for the serious racers. The races are held on the waters off different towns from Green Turtle Cay to Hope Town. The shore activities include street parties, Junkanoo and hosted parties at a different location each night for the 10 day event.

Goombay Festival

Summertime in Abaco means Goombay time! This festival, staged by the Ministry of Tourism throughout the summer months, highlights everything that is truly Bahamian. Local residents and visitors alike get to taste the flavor of the islands. In addition to a variety of Bahamian dishes and drinks, there are performances from the world famous Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and local Junkanoo and dance groups. Fire dancing, limbo, hair braiding and native crafts are also displayed.

Island Roots Festival

Celebrate “Tings Bahamian” in May on Green Turtle Cay. Discover Bahamian Heritage by enjoying old-time games, delicious native foods and great Bahamian entertainment. The family fun-filled weekend closes with a community worship service Sunday morning and possibly a Gospel concert.

Homecomings

Every year various settlements or towns throughout Abaco host local homecomings, usually held during a long holiday weekend. These homecomings give residents, past and present, an opportunity to showcase their community spirit and give visitors a chance to enjoy the festivities. Bahamian eats, treats and drinks are always the specialty. Some of the communities that stage such homecomings are Sandy Point, Blackwood, Cedar Harbour, Moore’s Island and Murphy Town.

Junkanoo

The biggest National Festival of the Bahama, the Junkanoo Parade is held twice a year on Boxing Day ( December 26th ) in Marsh Harbour and New Year’s Day in Green Turtle Cay. Junkanoo is the most exciting display of art and culture in the world, displaying elaborate and colorful costumes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Listen to the pulsating sounds of the horns and whistles and feel the rhythm of the goat-skinned drums and cowbells. Go ahead, rush out and dance with some of the local groups like the Spring City Rockers, Supreme Dancers, Green Turtle Cay Rockers and LA Conquerors.