St John Festivals: What You Need TO Know

The beauty of the US Virgin Island’s isn’t the only thing that draws holiday makers back time after time. Many people come each year specifically to attend an event or festival. Even if that isn’t why you’ve chosen to visit the islands, you may want to find out if there will be any celebrations going on during your stay. Staying at a bed and breakfast on the island like the one you can book at can be the best decision you may as you would be in easy reach of the events that allow you to experience local culture. You can sample regional fare, view handmade crafts and listening to Caribbean music. In the Virgin Islands, there are three categories of events and festivals that are particularly common: cultural celebrations, music festivals and sporting events.

Cultural celebrations include things like the Mardi Croix Parade which is an annual street parade which takes place in March. It features marching bands and Mocko Jumbies which are mythical African characters on stilts! There’s a huge carnival in St Thomas and it occurs between April and May and in St John is happens in June or July. Featured are street parades, live music, dancing, various competitions and lots of fun for all the family.

Throughout the month of December and into January, St Croix celebrates Christmas carnival-style with a series of events that are fun for the whole family. These include parades, the Miss St Croix competition, boat races, concerts, a culture night, Jouvert, a food and arts festival, and fireworks. The carnival itself has been running for over sixty years and each carnival has a different theme, keeping it alive and fun! In Tillett Gardens, concerts are held throughout the year and performances are usually musical ensembles and classical performers. These Art Alive Concerts are supported by the St John Blues Festival which features in March and has regional artists at Coral Bay Ball Field.

If you’re into music then the March Music Series is a winner as it’s all about promoting arts in the schools. Students take on different musical themes every year, studying music and attending lectures leading up to several public performances. There’s also an annual Love City Country Music Festival which happens in May so if you’re on the island at that time of year, you can attend and boogie the night away.

If sports is your thing, St Croix International Regatta is held in February. There is a series of yacht races and parties held and a lot of people come together to watch. There’s also a St Thomas International Regatta hosted by the St Thomas Yacht Club. This event takes place in March every year. You can also attend the Beach to Beach Power Swim in May. Swimmers get the chance to participate in a race between beaches set in the protected waters of the Virgin Islands National Park around St John. Participants can swim solo or as part of a three-person relay team and have three course options to choose from ranging from one to three and a half miles.