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…
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.
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.
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).
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.
A festival that brings theatre to the streets, squares and cultural centres of Mindelo.
The town celebrates Nhô São Filipe, its yearly citywide festival.
São Filipe hosts a lively Mardi Gras celebration.
A great time to be in town is in April, during this jazz festival spread over two weekends.