Music in Praia

Atlantic Music Expo

Over four days in April, this big music bash always offers a good time, with a line-up of performers from Cabo Verde, Africa, Europe and beyond. There's also a good street market. It happens just before the big Krio…
Music in Mindelo

Baía das Gatas Festival

The Baía das Gatas Festival attracts musicians of all styles from around the islands and beyond. Held at the Baía das Gatas over the August full moon, it's a three-day extravaganza of singing, dancing and partying.
Parade in São Nicolau


São Nicolau's pre-Lenten bash features wild costumes, dancing, and late-night revelry. It happens on the days preceding Ash Wednesday. Plan ahead if you want to attend, as flights book up weeks in advance.
Carnival in Mindelo

Creole Carnival

Mindelo puts on the sexiest Mardi Gras this side of Río: Creole Carnival, with its colourful street parades. It happens in the build-up to Ash Wednesday – usually February (early March in 2018).
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Gamboa Music Festival

The Gamboa Music Festival features a line-up of up-and-coming bands and DJs on Gamboa Beach, and draws huge crowds. It's usually held on the weekend nearest to 19 May.
Theatre in Mindelo

Mindelact Festival

A festival that brings theatre to the streets, squares and cultural centres of Mindelo.
Cultural in São Filipe

Nhô São Filipe

The town celebrates Nhô São Filipe, its yearly citywide festival.
Carnival in São Filipe

Mardi Gras

São Filipe hosts a lively Mardi Gras celebration.
Music in Praia

Kriol Jazz Festival

A great time to be in town is in April, during this jazz festival spread over two weekends.