There’s so much to see and do in the Home of All Right that any trip to Jamaica should include exploration outside the resort. Food festivals, reggae concerts and fashion shows are just a preview of the exciting events taking place in Jamaica this summer. Pack your bags with a sense of adventure and add these upcoming events to your itinerary.
Tmrw.Tday movement in a weeklong cultural gathering along Jamaica’s famously beautiful Seven Mile Beach in Negril. Whether seeking enlightenment or strengthening a commitment to your existing beliefs, the first annual Tmrw.Tday culture fest offers soul-enriching wellness, fitness, gastronomy, conscious music and experiences for all walks of life. Reggae artiste Protoje and wellness instructor David Wolfe are among those taking part in this cultural festival. Find out more at www.tmrwtday.com
May 24-28, Kingston
The 5-day affair has become a major event on the Jamaican entertainment/fashion calendar. The fashion extravaganza features a bevy of supermodels and includes multiple after parties, VIP cocktail receptions, seminars, and glamorous runway shows that appeal to die-hearted fashionistas from around the world.
May 26-29, Kingston
The event will bring together a captive audience of vinyl enthusiasts from across the diaspora for a weekend of exceptional musical family entertainment. The features of the event will include a Meet & Greet Session, an Oldies Party, an Awards Ceremony & Banquet, as well as, a Family Picnic.
June 7-11, Kingston
Jamaica will come alive this June as the city is completely immersed in fashion. Not only will the work of the region’s best designers be on show, but everything from the food we eat, the holistic care of the mind and body, what we wear, how we live and how we rock our style, will be reflected in this year’s CFW, themed ‘The Best of Fashion’.
June 19-28, Kingston
The annual nine-day performing arts event celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with multiple activities throughout the capital city, Kingston. Aimed to develop and harness the incredible artistic potential of Jamaica while showcasing Kingston as the cultural and entertainment capital of the Caribbean.
July 3, Port Antonio
The Portland Jerk Festival is one of the biggest celebrations of jerk cuisine, hosted in Portland, the “home of jerk.” Held at the heritage site at Folly Estate, it is the perfect opportunity for visitors to participate in a delectable feast of jerk lobster, fish, chicken and pork, as well as enjoy performances by local artists and dancers, art exhibits, carnival rides and face painting.
July 8, Kingston
The original Startime was once Jamaica’s foundation concert showcasing ska, rocksteady and reggae. The ‘Startime Concert’ started in 1988 in the defunct Oceana Hotel, downtown Kingston. It was one of the longest concert series spanning some 19 years with some 140 staging of the show.
July 16-23, Montego Bay
Reggae Sumfest is the largest concert festival in Jamaica, taking place each year in mid-July in Montego Bay. This year will be the 25th Anniversary of the staging of Reggae Sumfest and the plans are for the biggest and best reggae festival ever to be held in Jamaica!
Sumfest,started in 1993 and often attracts young crowds, and features a variety of Jamaican reggae artists such as Damian “Junior Gong” Marley and Stephen Marley,The Mighty Diamonds, Toots & the Maytals, Beres Hammond, Tony Rebel,Frankie Paul, and Freddie McGregor, dancehall stars like Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Tommy Lee Sparta, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Capleton, and Lady Saw as well as international artists including 50 Cent, Rihanna and Usher.
July 28- August 1
Dream Weekend is the weeklong annual party series which is held around Jamaica’s independence weekend. The weekend includes up to 10 events taking place during this period in Negril with thousands of patrons participating in themed activities.
Appleton Rum is the main sponsor and the parties for Dream Weekend include Yush, Twisted Spiritz, Igloo, Daydreams, Dream Live and other events.
August 1, Montego Bay
An event for the entire family-On August 1, 2017 it’s a jerk affair filled with excitement at Montego Bay Jerk Festival. The one-day outdoor event takes into account food, children activities and an entertainment package tailored for families. The MoBay Jerk Festival team seeks to further expand this event and engage the public through this activity while offering a platform for sponsors to increase their brand exposure and target new or existing customers.
Come join in the event which includes a presentation of jerk meats and treats, activities for the entire family, celebrity cook off which culminates with a stage show. Experience the highlights of authentic Jamaica culinary delights.
Ocho Rios Seafood Festival
August 1, Ocho Rios
The Ocho Rios Seafood festival, now in its 10th year, will be held on Emancipation Day as part of the Independence celebrations. The festival will feature cooking demonstrations, a cook-off competition, seafood offerings, kiddies village, cultural presentations throughout the day and will end with a stage show in the night. Previous artists have included Shaggy, Chronnix, Tessane Chin and Tarrus Riley.