Events

Top Choice Cultural in Accompong

Accompong Maroon Festival

The best time to get a sense of Accompong’s uniqueness is during the traditional Accompong Maroon Festival. The festival celebrates Accompong’s nominal independence and is a riot of traditional dancing, drumming, me…
Top Choice Music in Montego Bay

Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest

The largest reggae festival in Jamaica typically includes over 50 world-class reggae and dancehall artists. Held in July at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Center, it starts with a beach party on Walter Fletcher Be…
Top Choice Music in St Ann’s Bay

Rebel Salute

The biggest roots reggae concert in Jamaica goes down on the second Saturday in January at Plantation Cove outside St Ann's Bay. The two-day festival is a must for any reggae fan.
Carnival in Kingston

Carnival

A week of costumed revelers taking to the streets, two carnival camps – Jamaica Carnival and Bacchanal Jamaica – paint- and rum-throwing, parades, all-night parties and live reggae, calypso, and particularly soca. H…
Music in Kingston

One World Ska & Rocksteady Music Festival

This new one-day festival praises all that's best in some of Jamaica's earliest, yet sometimes overlooked, musical genres, ska and rocksteady. It attracts nationally and internationally famous acts, and the music ru…
Sports in Kingston

Boys & Girls Championships

Jamaica's biggest annual sporting event is a highly charged youth athletics contest, as scouts from around the world arrive to get a glimpse of future champions. A great atmosphere, as locals fill the stands to over…
Music in Oracabessa

Beach J’ouvert

A taste of Trinidad in Jamaica, Beach J'ouvert is a wildly popular soca music festival held at James Bond Beach during the carnival season, with all-night revelry and paint throwing.
Reggae in Jamaica

International Reggae Day

International Reggae Day is a worldwide celebration, but its beating heart is always in Jamaica. This festival shines a spotlight on Jamaica’s finest reggae artists, with shows and workshops all over Jamaica.
Music in Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios Jazz Festival

This five-day event at the end of May/start of June draws some big names in jazz and stages concerts under the stars, showing that Jamaican music is more than just reggae and dancehall.
Literature in Treasure Beach

Calabash International Literary Festival

A daring, acclaimed literary festival at Jake’s Hotel, drawing literary voices both domestically and internationally. Held over several days every other year; the next one is in 2018.