There are a variety of Special Events every year in Cuba to plan your trip around. Here is just a selection of the most popular. In some cases our tours will incorporate attendance/ participation at these events (this will be highlighted before booking) – see below for details. If you are unsure whether or not the tour you are considering will incorporate a special event or activity, just ‘Ask Us’ and we will get back to you straight away – that is the Locally Sourced way!
Hemingway International Billfish Tournament: June 9-14, 2015.
Lovers of the adventure at sea will have in Cuba an excellent opportunity to show their skills, with the celebration of the 64th international tournament of the fishing of marlin, Ernest Hemingway, recognized among the oldest in the world.
XXV International Festival Boleros de Oro: June 25-29, 2015
Prestigious event organized by the UNEAC and it is a boleros singing competition. This year edition is dedicated to celebrate two important cultural events: the 95th anniversary of the brilliant singer Benny Moré birth and the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of Aragón Orchest.
Trinidad Carnival: June 23 – 27, 2015
A whole lot of fun! Trinidad explodes into a plethora of local parades, bright costumes and exciting games. The festival concludes with the coronation of the queen of the fair. This festival is a great way to experience and embrace Afro Cuban and Creole traditions.
Camagüey Carnival: June 24 – 29, 2014
Staying faithful to the long-held traditions and providing enjoyment for the locals, as a reward to their determination and their work are the goals of Camagüey carnival, which will begin in June and lasts for six days.
Expect to see burning effigies, congas and floats set across a sea of excitement and general mayhem. This fun-filled festival celebrating the feast day of St Juan will see the people of Camagüey totally immerse themselves in a celebration that rivals Carnival.
June 27- July 1, 2015: XLVII Jornada Cucalambeana
Every year, the capital of the northeastern province of Las Tunas becomes the venue for the Jornada Cucalambeana in memory of Las Tunas born poet Juan Cristóbal Nápoles Fajardo (El Cucalambé), the most important Cuban decimista, country ballad poet, in nineteenth-century Cuba. A trip to the Cucalambeana Country Fair takes you a long way off of the regular tourist trail, but it gives you a unique opportunity to see real Cuban country folk. Whether you like the cockfighting or not, you have to admit that it plays an undeniable role in countryside culture and history of Cuba. And that is what the festival is all about: keeping alive the music and traditions of the Cuban countryside.
June 27- August 31, 2014: Arte en la Rampa Fair
Every year Arte en la Rampa takes place in its usual scenario, the Cuba Pavilion of the capital, this Expo-sale is recognized as fair given the great Cuban culture integration achieved among numerous entities of the system of culture. According to the information provided to the press, during these two months you can appreciate and acquire handicrafts branches of footwear, textiles, furniture, ceramics, jewelry, lamps, works in wood and marble, among others.
Anniversary of the Triumph of Cuban Revolution: January First 2015
Controversial, questioned by many, approved and beloved by others, there is no doubt that Cuban Revolution is a distinctive and unique feature of the Caribbean island. Every year Cuban people celebrates the anniversary in many authentic ways.
For the best part of half a century Cuba has been a global discussion point for its politics dominated by images of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. But those who travel to Cuba soon find out, Cuba is much more than politics, rum, cigars and antiquated cars!