Author: Family Travel Forum Staff
Tags : Beach, Caribbean, Museums & Culture, Watersports
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 this fall 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 have not yet been announced, but it will again be held at Mamitas Beach Club seafront in Playa del Carmen. Mark your calendars for November 30-December 2, 2017.
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 on September 15 and 16, 2017. 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. Oruba, Zuco 103, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles and Ruben Blades 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 October 29 through November 5, 2017, started small and, 21 years later, this annual festival has became a sensation attracting guests from all over the world.
Presented by FEDUJAZZ and the Ministry of Tourism, visitors can tour the island and enjoy six nights of free concerts: in Santo Domingo on October 29, and from November 1-5 on the north shore in Santiago, Sosúa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete. From the first night, when The Paris Conservatory featuring Riccardo del Fra performs, it's truly an international event celebrating how jazz ties together so many world cultures. See musicians from Israel, Italy, Brazil and more; fees for VIP lounges and premium seating go to support the work of Fedujazz which runs a music school for locals in Cabarete. Book hotels early for this one.
Dominica's World Creole Music Festival
Celebrate Creole music this year October 27, 28 and 29 on the small island of Dominica. Presented as "three nights of pulsating rhythms," the Dominica World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) takes place at the Windsor Park Stadium. This year's talent hails from the Caribbean, French Antilles, Africa and North America, and includes Courtney Pine, Michele Henderson, Breve and T-Orkest, plus many others. The organizers' other event, the Jazz Fringe Fest, takes place each year over Memorial Day (late May). For schedules or tickets, visit WCMF Dominica.
Jamaica Fall Festivals
Although June is Jazz month in Jamaica with the Jamaica International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, there are still other music festivals heating up during Fall. NyamJam comes to the posh Goldeneye Resort (the former Ian Fleming estate) from November 13-15, 2017 and celebrates the authentic spirit and culture of Jamaica through food and music. Events take place at the Golden Eye Hotel & Resort and James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St. Mary -- an ideal venue for a family vacation, especially if your little foodies will appreciate the chef-ery of Mario Batali, April Bloomfield, Jose Enrique, Seamus Mullen, Johnny Iuzzini, Oji Jaja, Ravi Ann, Colin Hylton, Brian Lumley and Alicia Woodbine James. Local entertainers Ernest Ranglin and Angelique KidJo round out the three days of fun.
The One World Ska & Rock Steady Festival takes place November 25-26, 2017 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road, Kingston, to celebrate the two musical styles that evolved into reggae. Last, but still a very popular event, the annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash will take place February 1-6, 2018 in Negril, honoring the island's music, food, and arts traditions.