Calendar of Festivals & Special Events Happening in Jamaica

Experience Jamaica’s Cultural Festivals


Jamaica is renowned for its vibrant festivals and special events that take place throughout the year. Whether you’re planning a trip or looking for a place to stay during these celebrations, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the top festivals and events happening in Jamaica in 2023-2024.

Why Visit Jamaica During Festival Season?


The best thing about visiting Jamaica is experiencing the culture and traditions of the people. Events like Carnival, Independence Day, and Reggae Sumfest showcase Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage and provide unforgettable experiences for visitors.

2023-2024 Calendar of Events in Jamaica


Rebel Salute, Ocho Rios

  • Dates: January 12-13
  • Description: A two-day reggae and dancehall festival with top acts and a no-alcohol policy.
  • Contact: 876-934-0827

Accompong Maroon Festival, St. Elizabeth

  • Date: January 6
  • Description: Celebrates Maroon heritage with singing, dancing, and storytelling.
  • Contact: 876-352-7800 or 876-271-1694

Jamaica Sprint Triathlon, Negril

  • Description: A triathlon featuring swimming, cycling, and running.
  • Contact: Jamaica Tourist Board

Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Montego Bay

  • Description: Concert series at Rose Hall Great House.
  • Contact: 876-620-7618


Bob Marley Week, Kingston

  • Dates: February 1-6
  • Description: Celebrations of Bob Marley’s legacy, culminating on his birthday, February 6.
  • Contact: 876-630-1588

Reggae Month Celebrations

  • Dates: February 1-28
  • Description: Live reggae events and lectures throughout the island.
  • Contact: Jamaica Tourist Board


Spring Break Jamaica

  • Description: High-energy parties in Negril and Montego Bay.
  • Expert Tip: For family-friendly accommodations, consider Villa Serenity in Ocho Rios.


Carnival in Jamaica

  • Description: Fetes, concerts, and a grand road march in Kingston on Carnival Sunday.
  • Contact: Jamaica Tourist Board at 876-929-9200


Mocha Festival, Negril

  • Dates: May 24-29
  • Description: Themed parties, celebrity entertainers, and all-inclusive events.
  • Contact: 876-631-6623

Style Week Jamaica, Kingston

  • Dates: May 17-20
  • Description: Fashion events showcasing local and international designers.
  • Contact: 876-379-5859 or 876-969-9645


Calabash International Literary Festival, Treasure Beach

  • Dates: June 1-3
  • Description: Literary festival featuring authors and musicians.
  • Contact: Jamaica Tourist Board

Caribbean Fashion Week, Kingston

  • Dates: June 9-14
  • Description: Fashion events with Caribbean and international designers.
  • Contact: Jamaica Tourist Board

Ocho Rios Jazz Festival

  • Dates: Second week in June
  • Description: Jazz performances and barbecues.
  • Contact: 866-649-2137 or 876-927-3544


Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay

  • Dates: July 15-21
  • Description: The largest reggae festival in the world with top artists.
  • Contact: 876-906-8723 or 876-770-2200


Montego Bay Jerk Festival

  • Date: August 1
  • Description: Family event with jerk food, activities, and live entertainment.
  • Contact: 876-339-4714

Dream Weekend, Negril

  • Dates: August 2-6
  • Description: Themed parties and entertainment over five days.
  • Contact: 876-631-6623

Independence Day Grand Gala, Kingston

  • Date: August 6
  • Description: Celebrates Jamaica’s independence with cultural performances.
  • Contact: 876-978-7654


Montego Bay Yacht Club Marlin Tournament

  • Dates: September 27-30
  • Description: Sports fishing competition.
  • Contact: 876-979-8038


Jamaica Food and Drink Festival, Kingston

  • Dates: October 28 – November 1
  • Description: Culinary festival with food, spirits, and entertainment.
  • Contact: 876-924-6000

Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament

  • Dates: Last weekend in October
  • Description: Fishing competition with entertainment events.
  • Contact: 876-927-0145


Jamaica Classic, Montego Bay

  • Dates: November 17-19
  • Description: College basketball tournament.
  • Contact: 336-306-6454


Reggae Marathon, Negril

  • Dates: December 1-2
  • Description: Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K race with an exciting party.
  • Contact: 876-922-8677

Plan Your Trip to Jamaica

Whether you seek relaxation on sandy shores, thrilling outdoor activities, or an immersive cultural experience, Jamaica welcomes you with open arms.

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Villa Serenity in Ocho Rios

  • Features: 5 bedrooms, 8500 square feet, private pool, beach access, on-site staff for cleaning, cooking, and driving.
  • Contact: Villa Serenity Official Website

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By planning your trip around these exciting events, you can fully experience the rich culture and vibrant energy of Jamaica. Book your accommodations early to ensure a memorable vacation.