Events

Music in Santo Domingo

Monastery Sundays

Every Sunday night, the 16th-century ruins of the Monasterio de San Francisco come to life for a raging dance party. Beloved band Grupo Bonye plays a mix of salsa, bachata, merengue and Caribbean rhythms, and hundre…
Carnival in Santo Domingo

Carnival

Carnaval (in Spanish) is celebrated throughout the country every Sunday in February, culminating in a blowout in Santo Domingo during the last weekend of February or first weekend of March. Av George Washington (the…
Film in Santo Domingo

DR Environmental Film Festival

Since 2011, this film festival has been held each September in Santo Domingo to raise awareness about environmental issues. The festival screens high-quality films on the environment and climate change, and also hos…
Music in Santo Domingo

Merengue Festival

The largest in the country, this two-week celebration of merengue, bachata, salsa, Caribbean rhythms, reggaeton and reggae is held yearly. Most of the activity is on the Malecón, but there are related events across …
Literature in Santo Domingo

International Book Festival

Organized by the Culture Ministry, Santo Domingo’s longstanding celebration of literature is the largest and most important book fair in the Caribbean. The event often includes another country as a guest of honor an…
Feria in Santo Domingo

Chinatown street market

Every Sunday, shoppers descend on Avenida Duarte for a thriving Chinatown street market. Enormous fruits and vegetables, live chickens, dim sum and various sea creatures are all on offer, and haggling is compulsory.…