Top Choice Culture in Santiago de Cuba

Carnaval

One of the largest and most authentic in the Caribbean, Santiago de Cuba's version of Carnaval lets loose with fantastic costumes, food stalls, and music round the clock. The whole city spills out onto the streets t…
Top Choice Music in Holguín

Fiesta de la Cultura Iberoamericana

Musicians from all over Latin America and beyond take over the city for a week of concerts (many free) in venues throughout the city. Some big Cuban acts play, too. Forty countries and diverse genres are represented…
Top Choice Film in Gibara

Festival Internacional de Cine Pobre

Open to independent filmmakers of limited means, this festival in Gibara takes place in April. Despite limited advertising, it attracts up to US$100,000 in prize money.
Top Choice Cultural in Santiago de Cuba

Fiesta del Fuego

The literal firing up for Carnaval, this early-July celebration includes a ceremony where the devil is burned to the glee of huge crowds on the Malecón.
Top Choice Cultural in Baracoa

Semana de la Cultura Baracoesa

Locals hit the streets to celebrate the 1895 landing of Antonio Maceo. There are feasts and fairs featuring genuine traditions: musical styles and dancing influenced by both indigenous and modern rhythms. It ends wi…
Cultural in Habana Vieja

Cañonazo Ceremony

The nightly 9pm cañonazo ceremony held in La Cabaña fort is a theatrical show during which actors dressed in full 18th-century military regalia reenact the firing of a cannon over Havana harbor – a ritual that used …
Sports in Havana

Marabana

As international participants continue to rise every year, Marabana is establishing itself as one of the most popular 10km/half-marathon/marathon courses on the Latin American circuit. With a 7am starting pistol run…
Film in Havana

Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano

Widely lauded celebration of Cuba's massive film culture, with plenty of nods to other Latin American countries. Held each December at various cinemas and theaters across the city.
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.
Fiesta in Las Tunas

Fundación de la Ciudad

Flames, fireworks, torchlight parades and historical reenactments of native son General Vicente García's heroics in 1876 are part of the moving Fundación de la Ciudad festival held every September 26. García famousl…