Caribbean Bahamas Bahamas Guide Things To Do Essentials Where to Stay All Bahamas Top Cultural Events, Festivals and Concerts in the Bahamas Written by Robert Curley Twitter Linkedin Robert Curley is a freelance writer and guidebook author specializing in Caribbean Island and Rhode Island travel. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Robert Curley Updated 06/03/19 Share Pin Email Junkanoo is the most famous annual events in the Bahamas, an annual carnival celebration that takes place in December and January. The Bahamas also plays host to a number of other events, including an international film festival and a quirky celebration of the humble conch. 01 of 04 Junkanoo © Cogdogbog via Flikr Usually held the second Thursday in December, the Junior Junkanoo Parade highlights the talents of the next generation of Bahamian Junkanoo dancers. But this is no simple kid's stuff: children learn Junkanoo in the Bahamas at their parents' elbows from a tender age, and the Junior Junkanoo dancers will astound visitors with their skills. Dec. 26 is the biggest (non-religious) festival day in the Bahamas because that's when the Boxing Day Junkanoo parades take place across the islands of the Bahamas, featuring the best junkanoo groups in their elaborate costumes dancing to a pounding beat. The parades start at 2 a.m., just after midnight Christmas Mass concludes and the celebration of Christ's birth gives way to overtly joyous celebration. 02 of 04 New Year's Junkanoo Parade © Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Bajans welcome the New Year with parades featuring traditional junkanoo dancing and music, on islands from Grand Bahama to Abaco. The parade in Nassau is the biggest and considered the best; it starts at 2 a.m. and runs through 8 a.m. Other parades take place on New Year's morning. 03 of 04 McLean's Town Conch Cracking Festival, Grand Bahama Island © A220Wells via Flickr This wonderfully authentic (and delicious) local event celebrates the flavor of the conch. Filled with great food, traditional games, and of course the contest to determine the title of "Best Conch Cracker." 04 of 04 Bahamas International Film Festival © Sarah Ackerman/CC by 2.0 This isn't your typical island "off-season" event: BIFF is a world-renowned film festival that attracts Hollywood celebs like Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery as well as up-and-coming directors anxious to showcase their films. Runs Dec. 6-13 and includes screenings, panel discussions, and gala events. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The Best Time to Visit the Bahamas The Best Time to Visit Barbados Beyond Pride: 13 Unique LGBTQ+ Events Around The World When Is the Best Time to Visit Turks and Caicos? The Best Time to Visit the Caribbean Your Trip to the Bahamas: The Complete Guide The Best Activities in Nassau, Bahamas The Complete Guide to Turks and Caicos 48 Hours in the Bahamas: The Ultimate Itinerary The Best Time to Visit Goa The Best Time to Visit Belize The Best Time to Visit Japan How to Celebrate New Year's Eve in the Caribbean The Rain in Spain: April Weather & Can't-Miss Events March Festivals and Events in the Southeast U.S. When's the Best Time to Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands?