From marathons to live reggae shows, carnival season and much more, this edition of Wha Gwaan is just what you need to fulfil those New Year resolutions.
January to April 2017
The annual Carnival season, which kicks off in January and culminates in Easter, places the spotlight on the capital city Kingston and the resort town of Ocho Rios with special shows featuring local Jamaican and international soca artists. As one of the biggest cultural celebrations of Jamaica, the period features a number of high-energy, fun filled events, from beach parties to breakfast fetes, weekly mas camps to jouvert and finally colourful street parades of costumed revellers and pulsating music. The series kicked off on January 2 and ends with the usual Road March on the April 23. Some of the highlights of the season include: Beach Jouvert (April 15th), Reveller’s Fete (April 19th) and Bacchanal Jouvert & Road March (April 21st). Get the Carnival 2017 Complete Schedule.
The Destination Experience is designed to uplift the image of Jamaica and the wider Caribbean as an attractive investment and luxury destination. We connect wealth with opportunity as we strive to participate in the region’s renaissance, unlocking the full economic potential of our island nations.
Reggae Month is a celebration of Jamaica’s reggae music for the entire month of February. The format of the celebration usually includes live weekly concerts, lectures, a reggae village at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, an awards ceremony and so much more. Find out more at http://www.jariajamaicamusic.com/
PINEAPPLE CUP RACE
This yacht race runs from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Montego Bay, Jamaica. 811 nautical miles, a classic beat, reach and run sail boat race. Some 23 boats entered last year’s event. The event has been hosted by Montego Bay Yacht club since its inception in 1961. Find out more at http://www.visitjamaica.com/pineapple-cup-race
JAMAICA FAT TYRE FESTIVAL
This is a 7 day mountain biking event designed to highlight Jamaica’s vibrant culture, unique geography and great riding! The event, has sparked serious interest on several major biking blogs online and some of the top biking magazines, making Jamaica a potential contender as a great mountain biking destination. It has also featured some of the world’s top mountain bikers – Cam McCaul, Kyle Ebbett, Kathy Strand, and Katie Holden among others. Find out more at http://www.singletrackjamaica.com/
KINGSTON CITY RUN
Kingston City Run 2017 will be the 5th anniversary of the run and will incorporate a 5K race/walk, 10K and a Half Marathon. This event highlights the city of Kingston through the route which will go through and by Kingston’s historic sites. It will incorporate other elements such as a Welcome Party in conjunction with Bacchanal Jamaica, Health & Wellness Fair and Pre-Race Party/Concert. Kingston as a UNESCO Creative City of Music will also be incorporated by having Fun Fan Zones featuring ska, reggae and dancehall.