Fall Festivals Heat Up The Caribbean

Author: Sandy Ng

Tags : Beach, Caribbean, Christmas Holiday, Fall Getaway, Museums & Culture, Spring Break, Watersports, Winter Getaway

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.  Past performers and possibly present , include George Bensen and Kool and the Gang.  It is to be held on the Mamitas Beach Club seafront this year, and will take place November 28-30, 2013.

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 4 and 5. 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.  Headlining the event is George Bensen, Willt Garcia, The Groovehunters and many more talented artists. Visit the Sea Jazz Festival website for tickets and schedules.

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, usually held in November, 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.  In past years, musical acts included Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and many Cuban and American players. 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.

Anguilla's Tranquility Jazz Festival

Many families overlook the tiny island of Anguilla but its 33 beaches and well-known health spas are worth a visit. Anguilla's Tranquility Jazz Festival is one more reason to come to this great island -- a one-of-a-kind festival that delivers the richest and purest elements of Jazz and the arts. Both Jazz lovers and non-Jazz lovers will be impressed with the entertainers, not to mention the turquoise seas and the family-friendly white sandy beaches that the island has to offer. The Anguilla Tranquility Jazz Festival is usually held the second weekend in November. Past musical acts include Diane Schuur, whom is known around the world as the first lady of Jazz, Dean Fraser, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and many more inspiring Jazz artists. For more information visit Anguilla Jazz.

Dominica's World Creole Music Festival

Three nights of pulsating rhythms. A celebration of Creole music held annually in October. The sixteenth edition of the Dominica World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) is scheduled for October 25-27 at the Windsor Park Stadium. For schedules or ticket visit WCMF Dominica.

The Jamaica International Jazz Festival

Not everyone can travel during the fall so if summer is your time to hit a Caribbean beach, plan a trip around the Jamaica International Jazz Festival. During 2013, it took place in mid June in Ocho Rios and was a gigantic success. The festival showcases popular and up-and-coming Jamaican and Caribbean musicians so you know it's jumping. Check the calendar before you book your trip, because the entire month is celebrated as 'Jazz Month" where special foods, events, and activities are celebrated.