Street Party in Pilón

Sábado de Rumba

Pilón does host a weekly street party – similar to those in Manzanillo and Bayamo – with whole roast pig, shots of rum and plenty of live music.
Music in Santiago de Cuba

Boleros de Oro

Arrive in mid- to late June for this crooner's extravaganza that is replicated in various cities throughout the country.
Music in Santiago de Cuba

Festival Internacional Matamoros Son

A tribute to one of Santiago de Cuba's musical greats, Miguel Matamoros kicks off in late October with dances, lectures, concerts and workshops. Main venues include the Casa de la Trova and the Teatro Heredia.
Music in Santiago de Cuba

Festival Internacional de Coros

The international choir festival in late November brings in some strong international singing groups for some cultural cross-fertilization and spirit-lifting music.
Cultural in Santiago de Cuba

Fiesta de San Juan

The summer season begins with the Fiesta de San Juan, celebrated with processions and conga dancing by cultural associations called focos culturales.
Carnaval in Nueva Gerona

Fiesta de la Toronja

The Grapefruit Festival is held on La Isla every March. Since a plague killed off most of the grapefruit crop a few years back it's become an excuse for a general carnival.
Music in Matanzas

Festival del Bailador Rumbero

During the 10 days following October 10, Matanzas rediscovers its rumba roots with talented local musicians at this festival. Until the Teatro Sauto is restored, this happens on a small park outside Museo Histórico …
Carnival in Matanzas


Carnaval in Matanzas every August doesn't quite reach the dizzying heights of Santiago but it's still a lively affair.
Cultural in Santiago de Cuba

Fiesta del Fuego

Fire celebration held in early July.
Cultural in Santiago de Cuba

Festival del Caribe

Festival of Caribbean culture held in July.