Upcoming Events in the British Virgin Islands


Emancipation Festival 2015 (60th Anniversary)

July 24 - August 9, 2015

Emancipation Festival 2014 (60th Anniversary)

The BVI's biggest bash and cultural event, this Carnival goes by 2 names. Some locals refer to it as the "August Festival," while others call it the "Emancipation Festival." Either name fits since the festival commemorates the proclamation of August 1, 1834, that freed all 5,133 slaves in the British Virgin Islands. The celebration starts with the construction of the Festival Village in Road Town. Over the next week, evening activities feature everything from children's pageants to calypso, reggae and costume competitions. On the Friday morning before the first Monday in August food booths are set up near the waterfront. The festival of tastes is worth the trip itself. The cooks, among the island's best, serve traditional dishes like goat water (goat soup), goat head soup, corned pork, dove pork (stewed pork with brown sauce), crab and rice, pigtail or stewed mutton. The main courses are usually accompanied by ground root vegetables (locally called "provisions"), salad or peas and rice.

BVI Emancipation Festival Moko Jumbies

Sunday's events start with a pre-Emancipation Walk, or "gospel tramp", that ends at the Sunday Morning Well. The governor or a minister reads the Emancipation Proclamation at the Old Well, where it was originally proclaimed in 1834. A new Miss BVI is crowned on Sunday night. Festival Monday starts bright and early at 4 a.m. with the "Rise and Shine Tramp". Bands on huge sound trucks cruise the waterfront until 8 a.m., accompanied by crowds of dancers. Since many people party all night on Sunday, the Emancipation Festival's grand parade on Monday starts around 2 or 3pm. The parade forms near the Prospect Reef Resort and lasts between 2 and 3 hours. The procession winds at tortoise velocity along the waterfront to Pusser's Pub and slightly beyond.

BVI Emancipation Festival Celebrations

Thanks to the snail's pace, anyone with a camera is welcomed to weave in and out of the parade. The best photography is at the beginning of the route because the sun is usually low and blocked by buildings. Decibel-wise, the celebration is fairly quiet compared to many parades. Steel bands on floats do occasionally pass by but the BVI's own traditional form of music known as "Fungi" is ever-present. Following Road Town's grand parade, events shift to other parts of Tortola for 2 more days, ending with another early morning tramp/day parade at East End/Long Bay on Wednesday.

BVI Restaurant Week

November 15, 2015 - November 21, 2015

BVI Restaurant Week

BVI Restaurant Week is positioned as a culinary draw for both the local community and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the local culinary culture and tantalize their taste buds with its flavorful cuisine and artfully prepared dishes that are offered throughout the BVI.

BVI Restaurant Week is in its fourth year and brings great excitement, as restaurants throughout the Territory anticipate this fantastic event by creating their special breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with an alluring twist. The event begins with the Taste of the BVI on Tortola and Taste of the BVI Virgin Gorda. (Date to be announced) Starting November 15th participating restaurants will feature mouth-watering dishes and attractive discounted specials until November 21st.

BVI Spring Regatta

March 28, 2016 - April 3, 2016

BVI Spring Regatta

The BVI Spring Regatta is the one Caribbean Regatta that has something for everyone who attends. Whether you race, cruise, practice or just come to party, we have it all! Race & Cruise your way through the BVI. The weeklong BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival takes you throughout the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Starting at Nanny Cay, the Sailing Festival will kick off with The Round Tortola Race, followed by a relaxed Island Race and Thursday is a Beach Day/ Layday at Nanny Cay.

After the warm up, the BVI Spring Regatta kicks off three days of some of the best racing in the Caribbean. Only the best survive to take home the Gold and the Glory, along with great stories and experiences that keeps sailors coming back year after year. You can participate in all five races of the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, be it part or all of the Festival, or the three-day Regatta. With a huge choice of shore side accommodations and activities there's no need to leave your loved ones at home.

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