On Island Festivals and Events
2017 Festivals and Events
20th – 28th January
45th Anniversary of Police Week
A Week of activities and awareness talks throughout the island at the various schools. Concerts, car raffle with dinner & dance to round off the entire week. (Activities start at various times)
Miss Talented Teen Pageant.
ALHCS Valentines Pageant, hosted at the Landsome Bowl Cultural Centre in the Valley. (8:00 -11:30pm)
Feb 23rd – 26th
4th Annual Anguilla Fashion Expo
For those of you who love fashion, design, photography, and beauty, the Anguilla Fashion Expo is a marvelous opportunity to combine all of these aspects in the “Tranquility Wrapped in Blue” of the Caribbean Sea.
Annual Flower and Garden Show
One day of flower displays and competitions on the grounds of Wallblake House. (11:00 am – 6:00 pm)
James Ronald Webster Day
Public Holiday: Speeches and tributes to the Father of the Nation (James Ronald Webster) takes place at Old East End School and Grounds. (8:00am – noon)
34th Annual St. Gerard’s Garden Party
Hosted at a venue to be announced, showcasing cuisine from other islands prepared by members of St. Gerard’s congregation; live music and dancing. (6:30 – until)
March 5th – 12th
Annual Women’s Week
Features radio interviews with 15 women in the Anguillian community discussing their successes, challenges and ability to stay motivated despite obstacles. Events include an International Women’s Day reception sponsored by Her Excellency, the Governor, Ms. Christina Scott and Women’s Empowerment Luncheon hosted by CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa.
March 9th – 12th
27th Annual Moonsplash Music Festival
Takes place at the Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay, normally around the first full moon before Easter. The concerts are hosted by Anguilla’s very own Bankie Banx, featuring internationally-acclaimed and regional recording artiste from around the world
(8:00 pm – until).
Agricultural Open Day
Sale of local agricultural produce, live-stock displays and demonstrations. Local and regional String Band music. On the grounds of the Agriculture Department.
Public Holiday: A day of church services for all denominations throughout the island. (Various times)
April 15th – 16th
10th Annual Festival Del Mar
Celebrating all things of the sea in the beautiful fishing village of Island Harbour. Deep Sea fishing competition, swimming races, crab races and culinary competition, and live string band music are all part of the activities for this two day event. B-Class boatrace on Saturday and A-Class boat race on Sunday (10:00am -6:00pm)
Easter Monday Boat Race
Public Holiday: A-Class Egbert Connor Boatrace at Sandy Ground. (2:00pm)
Taste of Anguilla
The Anguilla Culinary team will host a fundraiser at Arleta’s restaurant at Viceroy Anguilla, from 7-10 pm. This event consists of Anguilla’s most celebrated restaurants with drinks from Rum Punches to Mojito. Come out and support the Anguilla National Culinary Team 2017 (7:00 -10:00pm)
Public Holiday: Fun Sports Day amongst Government Departments and Private sector companies. James Ronald Webster Park.
10:00 am until
National Day of Prayer
Marks the beginning of the month-long Anguilla Day Celebrations to commemorate the revolution of 1967. An entire day of prayer at the House of Assembly, churches and other public places throughout the island.
May 12, 13 & 14 15th
Annual Anguilla Yacht Regatta
Yacht racing between the regional racing fraternity with a Local B class boatrace normally on the last day of regatta.
(Various starting times).
Culinary Team Mother’s Day Brunch
Hosted at Viceroy Anguilla, Coba Restaurant. Come and let the team pamper your Mother. Seating’s from 11:30 am-1 pm and 1:30pm to 3:00 pm.
May 18 -21
6th Annual Anguilla Lit Fest: “A Literary Jollification”
Celebrate the literary heritage of Anguilla and find yourself inspired by three days of informative workshops, stimulating seminars and exciting literary presentations by leading authors from America, Canada, the Caribbean and host nation Anguilla, all against the backdrop of Anguilla’s splendid white sand beaches and tranquil turquoise waters.
Anguilla Day Celebrations
Public Holiday: The most significant holiday on the Anguillian calendar of events, and culmination of the month-long celebrations to commemorate Anguilla Day.
featuring A-Class Boats starts and ends in Sandy Ground (10:00am – 6:00pm).
Public Holiday: Held the ball field in Welches Village, Welches Fest takes place the ball field in Welches Village on the public holiday of Whit Monday each year. Starting at around 5:30 am you can have an old fashioned breakfast of “flour pap” (a type of porridge) to start your day. All things at this fest are of yesteryear, including food, drinks, toys, games and music. 5:30am – 8:00pm.
Whit Monday A Class Boatrace at Sandy Ground.
June 11th -18th
4th Annual Men’s Week
Features radio interviews with 15 men in the Anguillian community discussing their accomplishments, trials and ability to stay encouraged despite hurdles. Events include a Father and Son Prayer Breakfast in recognition of Father’s Day and a Men’s Networking Luncheon hosted by CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa.
Celebration of the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen
Public Holiday: All uniformed organizations parade at James Ronald Webster Park in the morning and cocktails are served in the evening at Government House to invited guests. A Class Boatrace at Crocus Bay
A Village Ting
A cultural Festival held at one of our heritage sites “the ole East End School” Celebrating games and food of yesteryear
June 23rd – 25th
Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa Anguilla Open Golf Tournament
A seven day celebration in the Caribbean Region of Fisheries, in the honor of St. Peter, a fisherman and Apostle of Jesus Christ. The crowning of ‘Fisherman of the Year.’ The activities climax at the Agriculture Ground where fish dishes and fresh fish can be purchased.
18th Annual John T. Memorial Cycling Race
Annual Race held over a two day period with participation from regional and international cyclists. (10:00 am – until)
16th Annual Miss “Tiny Tott” Pageant
Part of the Pre Summer Festival events.
This pageant takes place at LBCC for girls ranging from 8 – 9 years old. A fun evening for children with Cartoon Characters.
Peter Perkins Boatrace
A Class race at Sandy Ground
August 3rd – 13th
Anguilla Summer Festival
Forty three years of carnival activities by night, and traditional Boatracing by day, pageantry, music and street dancing. (various starting times at LBCC, and Anguilla’s spectacular beaches). (5:30pm – until).
South Valley Community Street Fair
Members of the South Valley Community unite and produce a fair with local food, cooking competitions and music. (8:00am-6:00pm)
A & B Class races in Sandy Ground
August Monday J’ouvert Morning, Emancipation Day
Caribbean Beach Party (Sandy Ground)
Taking to the streets in the Valley at 4:30 am and reveling to Sandy Ground accompanied by the leading local bands. Then it’s the A & B Class Boatraces and the hottest Caribbean Beach Party. 4:30am -2:00am
August Tuesday Boatrace
A Class race from Sandy Ground to Island Harbour
A Class race from Sandy Ground to Blowing Point and back.
Public Holiday A day for picnics and family reunions and the ATB-sponsored A & B class Boatraces at Meads Bay, with Live Entertainment. (2:00pm- until).
Grand Parade of Troupes (Constitution Day)
Troupes from villages all over the island come together on the last Friday of Summer Festival to parade through the streets of the Valley. Colourful costumes depicting cultural and fantasy themes and the winner of Road March is announced. (1:00-9:00pm)
Champion of Champion Boatrace
A & B Class races at Sandy Ground
A Class race at Sandy Ground
International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Championships Games.
Hosted at the Anguilla Tennis Academy.
November 24th – 26th
“Livin in the Sun” Presented by Sandy Island
Deejays from all over the world and region are invited to Anguilla to be a part of a 3 day dance music festival that celebrates “living in the sun”. Day time events will be hosted on Sandy Island from 10am to 4pm, and night time events will be hosted at local Hot Spots by local event partners from 10pm to 4:00am.
Nov 25th – Dec 10th
16 Days of Activism
Includes Gender Affairs Unit events in recognition of promoting social justice and human rights in Anguilla; encouraging community service, eliminating poverty and hunger, and ending all forms of violence and discrimination.
December 2nd: Includes Valley Street Festival and Taste of the Islands, Church Service, school and industry-wide awareness and educational activities. Climaxes with the AHTA Grand Gala and Awards banquet.
Valley Street Festival (as part of Tourism Week)
Local vendors, Farmers Association, Scouts and Guides and the Department of Youth & Culture in partnership with the Anguilla Tourist Board bring this event to the area of the Agriculture Grounds with Domino, face painting, live music and games. (10:00am-6:00pm).
Anguilla’s Optimists Race against Aids
Public awareness initiative to raise awareness and funds for AIDS related services.
Anguilla Hotel & Tourism Gala
Gala Event to award industry Partners, Dinner and dancing. (8:00pm until).
5th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament
Event at the CuisinArt Golf Club Resort & Spa. Sponsored by the Anguilla Chamber of Commerce.
Festival De Noel
Competitions and pageants held on the grounds of the Old East End school.
Dec – Jan TBA
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Festival of Lights illuminating the entire Coronation Avenue. Live entertainment fun, games and competitions at the Trough area on in the Valley
December 12th – 19th
4th Annual South Hill Christmas Experience
A celebration of Christmas traditions and culinary treats next to the South Hill Village Community Rock Oven.
National Hero’s and Heroines’ Day
Public Holiday in the honour of our past and present heroes and heroines of the 1967 Anguilla revolution.
New Year’s Day