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Barbados Calendar of Events 2020

Updated: Jan 18



JANUARY



West Indies v. Ireland

FIRST ODI - 7th

The West Indies will host Ireland for a full white-ball series of three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20 Internationals (T20ls) starting on January 7. 2020 with matches in Barbados, Grenada and St. Kitts. This will be the first time Ireland have played the West Indies and t20ls. Barbados will be hosting two ODI games at the cricket mecca of the Caribbean - Oval.


West Indies v. Ireland

SECOND ODI - 9th

Ireland will be playing the West Indies for their second match in January and will sure be soaking up as much of the sun, sea, sand and cricket in the glorious Caribbean Island.


Barbados Independent Film Festival

14th - 19th

The Barbados Independent Film Festival highlights the work of filmmakers, producers and actors from around the world. The Festival provides a platform for independent films that embrace the power of storytelling to inform, inspire and entertain. The Festival will feature films and shorts that celebrate the power of resilience and humankind's ability to overcome adversity.


Barbados Sailing Week

15th - 23rd

The Caribbean race season's opening regatta, the Barbados Sailing Week, formerly Mount Gay Round Barbados Series attracts top class competition with the headlining 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race giving crews a chance to win their skipper's weight in rum if any of the 20 records are broken. The vibe throughout the island is legendary with crowds flocking to the best vantage points to watch the race as it unfolds down the rugged Atlantic coast.




FEBRUARY


Holetown Festival

9th - 16th

The Holetown Festival takes place in Holetown, Barbados, and celebrates the arrival of the first settlers in Holetown on February 17. 1627. The week-long celebration occurs every year during mind-February and includes several activities which showcase the culture and traditions of Barbados. Events include folk singing and dancing sports and games street parades, markets, and food stalls that offer traditional Barbadian cuisine.


Agrofest

21st - 23rd

This is a unique agricultural exhibition where farmer, craftsmen and agriculturalist display their goods and produce in a safe, family-friendly environment, Held annually in Queens Park, the exhibition usually attracts thousands of visitors, over three days, and is the biggest agriculture-based event in Barbados. The exhibition features over two hundred exhibits ranging from livestock and kitchen gardens, toto renewable energy and craft, with healthy servings of food, bird shows, challenges, for kids and culture non-shop!




MARCH


Sandy Lane Gold Cup

7th

The Sandy Lane Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the Eastern Caribbean hose racing calendar and indeed, the biggest sporting events on the island. Attracting visitors from all over the world, for many years both local and regional jockey have competed here, including some top international hockeys and trainers, with thoroughbred horses from the UK and North America - some owned by the world's leading investor in thoroughbred racing - featured




APRIL


Sandy International Soccer XXXIII Barbados Cup

5th - 10th

The Barbados Cup is the premier invitational soccer tournament of the Caribbean where each year teams from across the globe including the UK participate in this international festival. The participating teams are divided into categories of four; Under 13: Under 15: under 17: and Under 19: and each team will play all the others in its group during the qualifying rounds


Barbados Surf Pro

14th - 19th

The annual WSL Barbados Surf Pro Men and Women's QS3,000 will take place April 16 - 21 on the rugged coasts of Barbados.


Oistins Fish Festival

11th - 13th

The Oistins Fish Festival is on annual event that takes place every Easter weekend in the scenic fishing village of Oistins Barbados in the parish of Christ Church, on the south cost of the island. It is arguably the larges community festival in Barbados with activities for the entire family!


Reggae Festival

19 th - 26 th

The Barbados Reggae Festival is a week-long music fest that has received international acclaim. Top quality local, regional and international Reggae acts, plus the unique venues and the attractiveness of Barbados all contribute to the Festival's ever-increasing popularity with Barbadians and reggae lover from the region, North and Latin America, Australia and middle East.




MAY


Sir Garfield Sobers Gold Festival

1st - 3rd

The sir Garry Sobers Golf Championship continues to be a premier golfing event in the Caribbean, attracting amateur and professional golf players from all over the world. Spanning over four days, the tournament is played over four world-class golf courses in Barbados.


IslandFit Games

8th - 10th

The Barbados IslandFit Games provides an opportunity for athletes in the island and the region to test their fitness against fellow athletes


Ninja Throwdown

9th

Barbados Ninja Throwdown is a local sports entertainment competition that features some obstacles that are seen on the show '' American Ninja Warrior'' with a local twist to them. It encompasses individuals from different disciplines to complete the course in the fastest time possible.


Barbados Gospelfest

8th

This is the Caribbean region's premiere gospel music and arts festival. The Barbados Gospelfest maintains a standard of excellence second to none and has become a vital festival fixture for the region at large. There are several events in the 2019 festival, covering choral music, jazz, comedy, dance, theatre and event cricket.


Celtic Festival

17th - 24th

The Barbados Celtic Festival is a rich cultural exchange of music and food between Bajans with their rich Celtic history, and the current music from around the world. Over the years, the festival has enjoyed a great variety of performers from around the World, talking part in many different events.


SOL Rally Barbados

29th - 31st

Sol Rally Barbados is known as the most dynamic three days of rally driving in Barbados and attracts drivers from all over the world. They go head to head with the local talent in challenging public road and off-raod courses. They event has evolved from small beginnings as the international international All-Stage Rally of 1990 into the Caribbean:s biggest annul motor sport international and a key National Event on the island's sports tourism calendar.


International Masters Football Classic

29th MAY - 1st JUNE

The Barbados International Masters Football Festival is one of the biggest masters football tournaments held in the Caribbean attracting team from the UK North America and neighbouring islands. The festival is held during the Whitsuntide weekend every year with two divisions ( over 40s and over 50s) vying for . bragging rights and the championship trophy.




JUNE


The Choir Experience

26th - 29th

Developed in partnership with the BTMI and Glofest International. The Choir Experience is a day workshop, social and performance event that will take place on the island in the weeks following the popular Barbados Gospelfest with a ' Gold' Brunch talking place to round off events on the fourth day. Delegates will spend3 days under the tutelage of none other than the Godfather of UK Gospel and European Gospel Choir pioneer Bazil Meade MBE up world class choir conductors including Karen Gibson and the Grammy award winning Donald Lawrence.




JULY


Dive Fest

3rd - 12th

Where you can swim, gloat, dive, or prefer to soak up some sun on the beach this festival has something for everyone! Dive Fest Barbados '19 features water awareness program scuba and freediving demonstrations and trial, beach clean ups, conservation tips, lionfish hunting and tasting, as well as scuba dives all over the island including the exhilarating east coast! Don't miss out on your change to discover what lies beneath our beautiful Barbados seas!


Crop Over Festival

Crop Over Festival celebrates a 200 year old tradition that honours the end of the sugar cane season. This summer festival celebrates all that is Bajan with dusk till dawn parties, music, arts and crafts markets and culinary-driven street fares, and culminates on Grand Kadooment Day, the island's most exciting day of the year, as Masquerade Bands make their way to Spring Garden Highway with revellers dressed in sequin costumes and dancing behind music trucks.



AUGUST


We Gatherin St. Andrew

1st 

Bridgetown Market  The Street fair and market is one of the major to-dos of the Cop-Over Summer festival. Bridgetown Market covers a long stretch of highway in the capital city. Bridgetown, offering a range of food, art and craft, jewellry and fine art for sale, along with wonderful entertainment. Admission is free, the atmosphere is perfect for a family outing and even better, the activities are right next to the popular Brandons beach. 

Kadooment Day 

3rd 

Grand Kadooment Day celebrates the end of Crop Over, where Masquerate Bads make their way to the Mighty Gryner Highway with revellers dressed in sequin costumes decorated with colorful feathers, jewels and bright accents, dancing behind music trucks and moving bars.

Barbados International Hockey Festival 

16th - 22nd 

The Barbados International Hockey Festival is the biggest annual field hockey event in which teams from Barbados, the Caribbean the UK, Europe, South America and elsewhere in the world compete. Join us for the 34th Edition of the Barbados International Hockey Festival on our Synthetic Turf in beautiful Barbados.



SEPTEMBER 

We Gatherin St. James 



OCTOBER




We Gatherin Christ Church 

Barbados Jazz Excursion 

8th - 12th 

Festival goers and jazz lovers flock to the annual Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Weekend during the Columbus Day Weekend to be treated to the best line-up of contemporary jazz and R&B artists in Barbados, the homeland of host and soul-jazz saxophonist Elan Trotman.

KC Barbados 2020 Vision Charity Golf Tournament

10th 

To build awareness of the disease for World Sight Day on October 10th. Keratoconus Barbados has collaborated with Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers (OVIG) who will be hosting a blind golf workshop for a group of sight-impaired Barbadian children for the time on the island. Lead by professional blind golfers Andrew Gilford from the UK and Bob Banks from the US, this will be followed by the inaugural KC Barbados 2020 Vision Charity Golf Tournament with the important message "You don't have to see to tee" on October 12th hosted at the Barbados Golf Club. 

Barbados Food & Rum Festival 

22nd 

Barbados is often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. The Barbados Food and Rum Festival has given birth to a series of events, or better yet - culinary and beverage experience - designed to tantalize the taste buds, while offering a variety of other colourful and flavourful experiences to stimulate the other senses as well.


International Junio Netball Festival 

25th -31st 

Join junior netball teams from across the world for Sports Tours Inaugural Barbados Netball Festival in Association with Barbados Tourism, Barbados Netball and Gilbert Netball. The event includes masterclass sessions with professional players from the sport.



NOVEMBER  


NIFCA 

1st -30th

NIFCA encourages artists to look at the innovations in the world but still tell the story of who we are and what makes us unique as Barbadian people. The festival provides a massive platform for persons in different art form to showcase their skills, express themselves and share in a community of like-minded individuals. Work displayed at the festival continues to highlight social economic and environmental issues in a form that can be easily digested.

Open Water Festival 

5th - 8th 

Every year, in early November, the magnificent Carlisle Bay in Barbados comes alive as hundreds of swimmers from all over the world take part in the BarbadosOpen Water Festival, who rave about the ideal open water swimming conditions in the protected Marine Park. There is a wonderful camaraderie among the swimmers at this event with its laidback island-life setting and the highly popular pre-event practices and social sessions leading up to the swim races.




DECEMBER 

We Gatherin Our Nation 

4th - 6th 

Run Barbados  The prestigious Run Barbados Marathon Weekend has evolved into one of the premier sporting attractions on the island with a festive atmosphere and a spirit of camaraderie. The Run Barbados series has distinguishing characteristics that can provide the experience of a lifetime. The friendly local culture, the sheer beauty of the island and the marathon course that is both scenic and historic, epitomise the theme "Come for the Run, Stay for the Fun!".

Rugby Barbados World 7s

11th - 12th  The 2019 Ruby Barbados World 7s will be staged at the Kensington Oval on Friday December 13th and Saturday December 14th form 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. Come and witness top Women's and Men's Club Rugby 7s teams fight it out in the Elite and Open Divisions. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or go to www.rugbybarbadosworld7s.com for more information. Rugby Barbados World 7s - World Class Sevens at the home of World Class Sixes.






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