Fall Festivals Heat Up The Caribbean

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Beach, Caribbean, Christmas Holiday, Fall Getaway, Museums & Culture, Spring Break, Watersports, Winter Getaway
Sail into the music of the Dominican Republic

Put on your dancing shoes to get your groove on, because the Caribbean’s biggest cultural music festivals are heating up during the Fall season between the months of September and November. From Aruba to the Dominican Republic, Anguilla, Dominica or Jamaica to Mexico and all across the islands, prepare to be blown away by the biggest cultural events of the year.

We find that things tend to get steamier in the Fall. Whether it is the spicy food being served or a band heating up the stage, there’s always something surprising about these Caribbean Music Festivals that is guaranteed to leave visitors wanting to coming back every year.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Mexico

Although not technically a Caribbean island, if your family is looking for music with a beach vibe, head to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula during the September for the annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. Dubbed a “fiesta” of sun, ocean and music, the festival is free and takes place on the beach. Upcoming guests include Virgil Donati, Jorge Vercilo and Take 6 with events held on Mamitas Beach Club seafront. Mark your calendars for November 27-29, 2014.

Aruba Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival

The sixth edition of the intimate Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival on Aruba is around the corner. A terrific line-up of local and international bands and artists is going to entertain you on October 3 and 4. Well-known names, upcoming stars, but also budding talent will vie for your attention on the various stages at Cas di Cultura Plaza. And of course there will be dance, poetry and art mixed into the whirlwind of music that hits Aruba.  Prince Royce, Liv Warfield and the NPG Horns, Richard Bona and Grupo Gualao are just some of the performers set to take the stage. Visit the Sea Jazz Festival website for tickets and schedules.

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, held November 6 through the 9th, started as a small local event, and now this annual event has became a sensation attracting guests from all over the world. Recognized for the country’s deep appreciation for music, it features a full line-up of high quality jazz performers. The concert travels around the country, hitting different cities every year, including Santiago, Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata. This year's line-up includes Colin Hunter, Pat Preyra and band, Benny Martinez, Edgar Molina and more. The venue is less than two hours away from Miami and four hours from New York by air, so take the whole family for a weekend getaway or a mini-vacation. For more information on the festival and event hotels visit DR Jazz Festival.

Dominica's World Creole Music Festival

Three nights of pulsating rhythms. A celebration of Creole music held annually in October. Presented as "three nights of puslasting rhythms", the Dominica World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) is scheduled for October 24-26 at the Windsor Park Stadium. This year's talent includes Elvis Crespo, Jah Cure, Flavour Band and Midnight Groovers among others. For schedules or ticket visit WCMF Dominica.

Jamaica Fall Festivals

Although June is Jazz month in Jamaica and host to the Jamaica International Jazz Festival, there are still other music festivals heating up during Fall. Heritage Fest in Kingston celebrates the food, dance and music of Jamaica celebrating their rich diversity of ethnicities in Jamaica. Coffee connoisseurs can look for the Jamaican Coffee Festival in Kingston honoring the island's agricultural tradition. Authentic food, hot beverages and of course coffee are on demand.