St Lucia Calendar of Events
Geographically, the Island may be one of the smallest in the Caribbean but there is no shortage of entertainment slated on St Lucia's Calendar of Events; indeed it may be one of the biggest in that regard! There is never a dull moment on this paradise Island. Events are scheduled from January to December from North to South, East and West coasts. From weekend street parties, Jazz Festival, Carnival, Creole month festival, Festival of lights, Friday Fish night, Dennery Saturday fish night…….The list goes on and on. Of course no mention has yet been made of the public holiday events. So, where shall we begin?……Weekend Street Parties?
Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party
Get ready to jump up at the Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party! Gros-Islet (pronounced Go-Zee-Lay in creole) is a town that is located at the most northern tip of St Lucia. The town’s hosting of the most popular Friday night street party is continuing to grow from strength to strength. It has become one of the biggest weekend attractions for our tourist as well as for the locals.
Patrons are entertained with a good mix of “ear piercing” music, the sound of which penetrates through the town. Its almost impossible not to shake your legs to the rhythm of reggae, calypso, Cadance and Zouk and Soca. For local cuisine, you will be spoilt for choice.
The many vendors provide menus that are sure to quench your appetite. Yearning for the best boiled fish? You’re surly in the right place! Partying in St Lucia is never complete without our own Piton Beer. Yes, it is in plentiful supply. If you fancy something stronger or you are not a beer drinker, “No Problem Man!” There is no better place and time to sample some of our locally produced spice rum. St Lucia Gros-Islet street party is one to remember.
Saint Lucia Creole Day Celebrations
Among the cultural events celebrated in St Lucia, Creole Day, also called Jounen Kweyol in Patois, is by far the biggest celebration held each year during the last week of October. The highlight of the festival is held on the last Sunday of October in different communities throughout the Island. The venues are selected by the various cultural organizations on the Island and this year 2019, the locations for the main events are yet to be named.
During the celebrations, everyone is encouraged to speak the Kweyol language and believe me, you need not worry because the atmosphere is so electrifying that you just cannot resist joining the party; plenty of hands on deck to teach you a thing or two in Kweyol.
The indigenous foods that include: Crab, Callaloo, roast and fried bakes (dumplings)served with cocoa tea, roasted fish and ground provisions, are dished out in the calabash plates. While you eat you are sure to tap your feet to the tune of the quadrille and polka music. Dress code is casual although various organized groups will wear the traditional Dweyett dress. Your camera and video recorder is a must if you wish to capture the special memories.
Anse-La Raye Fish Friday
The small fishing village of Anse-La Raye is considered one of the smallest in St Lucia. It is located on the west coast of the Island. The locals have proved that they are very capable of hosting a Friday night party. With shrimps, squid, lobster and octopus topping the menu, there is much more to satisfy the taste buds and suit the pockets of everyone. Needless to say the unmistakable sound of St Lucian music will definitely be keeping you awake. The event starts from about 6 pm and continues till late.
Laborie - Friday Night Festival
Laborie Friday night festival takes place in the south western coast village of Laborie. The event was started by the local community development foundation not very long ago. It is scheduled for the last Friday of every month and draws in huge crowds from around the Island. This tiny village is rich in culture. The development of its youth in particular is at the forefront of its overall initiatives. The great party atmosphere filled with culture is just what you need to start off your holiday weekend.
Saint Lucia Carnival
St Lucia Carnival festival starts in June and run through till the climax in the middle part of July; the climax date varies every year.
Although the The Carnival climax is always celebrated in the capital, Castries, the various districts on the Island usually hold their own Jump up party. Vieux-Fort and Soufriere are the next biggest events. Book now to secure your spot at this year's extravaganza.