Your Trip to Barbados: The Complete Guide SEE FULL GUIDE prev next Honeymoon in Barbados Food to Try Best Restaurants Rum Lover's Guide to Barbados Best Time to Visit Weather & Climate Grantley Adams Airport Guide Best Resorts Top Things to Do Things to Do With Kids Best Beaches Annual Events Your Trip to Barbados: The Complete Guide close Overview Caribbean Barbados Top Barbados Events and Festivals By Robert Curley Robert Curley LinkedIn Twitter Robert Curley is a freelance writer and guidebook author specializing in Caribbean Island and Rhode Island travel. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/03/19 Share Pin Email Barbados is known as the cultural capital of the Caribbean, and the island hosts some of the region's most popular and best known events and festivals. World famous musicians perform at the annual Jazz Festival, Gospelfest and during Holder's Season, while Crop Over and the Oistins Fish Festival are don't-miss parties celebrating local culture and cuisine. 01 of 06 The Crop Over Festival Courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority The annual Barbados Crop Over festival runs from May to August and is the highlight of the island's annual social calendar. The festival has its roots in celebrations of sugar-cane harvests dating back to the 18th century, and today includes calypso concerts, carnival parades, marketplaces selling goods and food, and the crowning of a festival king and queen. Crop Over culminates in August with the Grand Kadooment -- a huge carnival parade with spectacular costumes and calypso music that ends at the beach in true Caribbean style. The Kadooment bands also show off their costumes at Cohobbelpot, a festival in its own right with music, food, and lots of dancing! 02 of 06 Barbados Jazz Festival Courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority Established in 1992, the Barbados Jazz Festival is a week-long celebration featuring performers such as Lee Ritenour and Erykah Badu, with performances in diverse venues such as historic plantation homes, a rum factory, and Farley Hill National Park. 03 of 06 Oistins Fish Festival Courtesy of the Barbados Tourism Authority This festival on the south coast of the island honors those who are part of the Barbados’ fishing industry with calypso and reggae music and traditional Bajan fare like fish cakes, fried fish, souse (a kind of pickled pork), and head cheese. 04 of 06 Gospelfest Barbados Gospelfest The Caribbean's leading showcase for international, regional and local gospel talent features bands and singers from around the world. This family oriented festival is held at venues throughout Barbados over a week in mid-May; some events are free, some charge a fee. Continue to 5 of 6 below. 05 of 06 Holder's Season Photo by Shunichi Kouroki/CC by 2.0 Held over two weeks in late February and early March, the Caribbean's top cultural festival features a dizzying array of performances, from Shakespearean drama to gospel and blues music and comedy shows. The 17th-century Holder's House, a historic plantation home, hosts the annual festival. 06 of 06 Holetown Festival Photo via Pixabay Held in the original English settlement on Barbados, the Holetown Festival commemorates the original landing by the colonists with street fairs, parades, military demonstrations, and concerts with music ranging from gospel to calypso. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The Best Time to Visit Barbados The Best Time to Visit Bermuda The Best Time to Visit the Caribbean Top Caribbean Events for Every Month of the Year The 9 Best Barbados All-Inclusive Resorts of 2021 Jamaica's Best Concerts and Festivals May in the Caribbean: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See Your Trip to Barbados: The Complete Guide April in the Caribbean: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See Cultures Combine to Make Carnival in the Caribbean The Best Time to Visit Jamaica Don't Miss These Top Events in Trinidad and Tobago When's the Best Time to Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands? Top Events and Festivals in Anguilla Goa Beyond the Beaches and Bars: 12 Cultural Things to Do When is the Best Time to Visit Martinique?