Ocho Rios Jazz Festival
These events are not organized or sponsored by the United Nations.
Date : 29 May – 05 June 2016
Venue: Ocho Rios, Saint Ann
The annual Jamaica International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival has developed and established itself as a vehicle for showcasing international and Caribbean musicians and artistes. This is the Festival’s 26th staging.
Calabash Literary Festival
Date : 03 – 05 June 2016
Venue: Treasure Beach, Saint Elizabeth
A three-day literary festival of readings, music and storytelling. The festival, which features established and upcoming writers from all over the world, is open to the public and held every two years.
Tru-Juice Cross-Country 5K Race
Date: 05 June 2016
Venue: Bog Walk, Saint Catherine
One of many running events staged across the island every year, this unique event takes you off-the-road and on-the-farm for a day of fun and competition for runners, walkers and mountain bikers. Held on farmlands in Bog Walk, St. Catherine, the 5K Run & Walk plus a 20K race for bikers, features MyLaps® chip timing, country hospitality and post-race activities including tastings, refreshments and a dip in the Farm’s pristine river!
Racers Grand Prix (Track and Field)
Date : 11 June 2016
Venue: National Stadium, Kingston
The first staging of this international track and field event is organized by Usain Bolt’s track club, Racers Track Club Ltd. This athletic link up seeks to bring some of the world’s most compelling athletes to Jamaica and will certainly whet the track and field appetite for the fans during the Diamond League series and leading up to Rio Olympics.
Caribbean Fashion Week
Date : 17 – 19 June 2016
Tel: +1(876) 960-0049
This year marks the 16th staging of the largest and most significant fashion/entertainment event in the Caribbean region. Caribbean Fashion Week celebrates the best of Caribbean fashion with 3 nights of runway shows, a Black Tie Gala and a post-show wrap event. The show will highlight the work of the Caribbean’s best designers and their international counterparts at an international level.
Kingston on the Edge Urban Arts Festival (KOTE)
Date : 17 – 26 June 2016
KOTE celebrates the artists who live, work and/or are inspired by Kingston and exposes the artistic gems and powerful community spirit of Kingston. It features Studio and Performing Arts including painting, sculpture, installation art, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, furniture design, graphic design, photography, film, animation, poetry, dance, theatre, live music and anything else the artist can conceptualize. KOTE allows for opportunities to discover Kingston’s vibrant art and the city itself through various locations from the surrounding city hills to the downtown harbour front.
Date : 21 June 2016
The Portland Bight Green Run 7.5k Run/Walk is the only event of its kind held off Jamaica’s Beaten Path, the South Coast. This event aims to celebrate the earth and Jamaica’s natural resources. It is extremely important to show support for the protected areas as they are vital in the preservation of our fragile natural resources. The Portland Bight Protected Area spans 1,876 sq.km (land and sea) and contains many of Jamaica’s endemic species some of which are endangered. This year will mark the 3rd staging of this exceptional event.
CPL T20 (Regional) Cricket Championships
Date : 01 – 24 July 2016
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston
The regional franchise teams assemble this summer for the biggest party in sports in the Caribbean – the CPLT20 tournament! Catch the excitement, the action and the parties in the stands. Come cheer for your favourite team and players, or meet the stars of the game.
Jamaica International Invitational Masters Tournament
Date : 02 – 03 July 2016
Venue: West Pow Park, Montego Bay Saint James
Tel: +1(876) 866 8557
This event will see twelve (12) teams from Jamaica, the Caribbean and North America, competing for prizes and awards.
Portland Jerk Festival
Date : 03 July 2016
Venue: Folly Oval, Portland
Portland Jerk Festival is the largest annual jerk and food festival in Jamaica which has been a major calendar event for the past 14 years. This food and music juncture is staged at the heritage site at Folly Estate in Portland. The event includes live wholesome family entertainment, jerked food and other tasty delights.
Little Ochi Seafood Carnival
Date : 10 July 2016
Venue: Alligator Pond, Manchester
Tel: +1(876) 610-9692
The annual Little Ochi Seafood Carnival is set for 10 July, 2016. This famous event attracts the entire community, Jamaicans from across the island plus overseas visitors. Choose from a wide array of seafood dishes and end the day with a fun carnival type concert and party on the beach.
Date : 17 - 23 July 2016
Venue: Catherine Hall, Montego Bay
Jamaica's summer music festival Reggae Sumfest has been "Promoting music - the universal force" for the past 20 years. The festival has seen some of the most talented acts in the industry performing for three themed nights to thousands of patrons. Among the reggae icons who have graced the stage of Reggae Sumfest are Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Third World, Gregory Isaacs, Maxi Priest, Dennis Brown, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Gregory Isaacs, Taurus Riley, Protoje, Konshens and others. International artistes have included Dru Hill, Ja Rule, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Titi Jackson, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Fantasia Barino, Usher, LL Cool J, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg
Date : 31 July – 06 August 2016
Tel: Tel: +1(876)926-5726
Celebrate Jamaica’s independence at Jamaica Festival in Kingston or Montego Bay. This period features many exciting events which showcase the talents of Jamaicans. The float parade and grand gala forms the zenith of the celebrations and have helped to strategically revitalize and engender the nostalgic Independence celebrations. Other shows/activities include: Mello-Go-Roun’, Emancipation Vigils, World Reggae Dance Finals, National Thanks giving Church Service, Augus’ Fair and Independence street Dance.
Denbigh Agri-Industrial Show
Date : 01 August 2016
Venue: May Pen, Clarendon
Showcasing the best in Jamaica’s agriculture, including livestock, agricultural and horizontal exhibits. Competitions include the National Champion Farmer and the National Young Farmer.
Breds Treasure Beach T20 Cup (Cricket Tournament)
Date : 13 – 27 September 2016
Venue: Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach, Saint Elizabeth
Tel: +1(876) 965 3000
In order to foster community empowerment and sustainability, Breds carries out a variety of programmes designed to enhance the livelihoods of Treasure Beach community members, and care for the surrounding natural environment. Breds operate on the belief that when the community's education and sport is enriched; and healthcare and cultural heritage is nurtured, the community will thrive on its own strengths and skills.
Port Antonio Marlin Tournament
Date : 01 – 08 October 2016
Venue: Port Antonio, Portland
Tel: +1 (876) 927-0145/ (876) 909-8818
Fax: +1 (876) 977-6995
Fun, social events and competitive angling summarizes this weeklong sport-fishing event in Port Antonio, Portland in north-eastern Jamaica. Approximately 35-40 boats, inclusive of overseas boat entries, will all be attending this tournament with some 300-400 participants daily along with other guests.
Merritone Homecoming and Reunion
Date : 12 – 17 October 2016
Venue: Sea Garden Beach Resort Kent Avenue, Montego Bay, Saint James
The 66th Anniversary of Merritone Music and the 26th Anniversary of Merritone Music Homecoming are great reasons to celebrate this year. Join the musical Blake clan and friends while they bring back memories of yesterday and present great hope for music as a universal force for unity.
One World Ska & Rocksteady Music Festival
Date : 15 – 16 October 2016
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston
Tel: +1 (876) 353-0527
The event is conceptualized to promote Kingston, the birthplace of Jamaica’s popular music industry. This special juncture aims to be an annual festival targeting the vast fan base of Ska and Rocksteady music lovers around the world. Over 1,600 Ska bands are estimated to be operating worldwide and with this event these Ska bands will hopefully seek to visit Jamaica to perform at the birthplace of Ska music. Rocksteady influenced the development of the unique sounds of reggae music.
Hook & Line Canoe Tournament
Date : 18 – 20 October 2016
Venue: Treasure Beach, Saint Elizabeth
Tel: +1(876)965 0635
This tournament is a 3-day competition during which local fishermen vie for prizes by catching the largest fish using only traditional fishing methods of a simple hook and line. No fancy yachts or first world equipment are to be seen at this grass roots event. The week-end also includes other exciting events such as a boat race, local talent show, fish fry and community beach party. The competition will feature environmental exhibits and entertainment.
Date : 13 – 21 November 2016
Eight days of culinary exploration, offering special discounts at over 75 participating restaurants across Jamaica. The annual Restaurant Week is in its 11th year and encourages friends and families to dine out with fixed priced menus at participating establishments. The cuisine options range from Morning Bites, Nyam & Scram, Tasty, Savoury, and Delectable to Epicurean.
Annies Revenge Golf Tournament
Date : 16 – 20 November 2016
Venue: Rose Hall, Saint James
Now in its 11th year, the Jamaica Tourist Board will partner with Cobra Puma Golf, as Presenting Sponsor, to stage what many players have described as the best Pro-Am in the Caribbean region. The five-star Hyatt Ziva/Zilara in Montego Bay is the host hotel for tournament participants, offering players and guests a five-day, luxury all-inclusive experience, with over 11 gourmet specialty restaurants, full service spa and nightly entertainment. Teams will compete over 54 holes, playing both the Cinnamon Hill and White Witch golf courses, as they vie for the Jamaica Pro-Am Championship trophy. In addition to the competitive golf, the five-day event will include a welcome and awards gala, spectacular tee prizes and tee bag. Event sponsors include Cobra Puma Golf as Presenting Sponsor, Delta Air Lines as the official tournament carrier, Hyatt Ziva/Zilara as host resort, and the Jamaica Tourist Board. For more information and to register please visit www.jamaicaproam.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1800-294-7687