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ST. MAARTEN EVENTS CALENDER

January

French Carnival & Mardi Gras

French side carnival starts the 2nd Sunday in January. Carnival reaches its peak in February with jump-ups, concerts, and pageants. J’ouvert takes to the streets on the weekend before Mardi Gras. Curtain close as of Ash Wednesday.

Official 2016 dates: January 22nd – February 10th

Harmony Nights In Grand Case

Harmony Nights in Grand Case is every Tuesday evening until April. Local artists and musicians line Grand Case Boulevard for this ongoing street fair from the 3rd week of January.

March

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

St. Maarten Heineken RegaRa is in the first weekend in March. This internaHonal boat races debuted in 1980 and is dubbed �Serious Fun� for its line-up of renowned sailors and top notch concert with famous artists.

Official 2016 dates: March 3rd – 6th

Arrowroot Jollification Festival

Arrowroot Jollification Festival is a cultural experience. The ancient process of harvesHng Arrowroot and making it into flour is carried out by the people of Colombier (Dovecot) Village as they learned it from their ancestors.
Official 2016 dates: March 5th

April

St. Maarten Carnival

St. Maarten Carnival on the Dutch Side takes centre stage mid-April until the 1st week of May. The festivities last about 15 riotous days with everything from beauty pageants, costume and calypso competitions, bands, parades, and assorted revels.
Official 2016 dates: April 14th-May 3rd

St. Maarten Open Golf Tournament

St. Maarten Open Golf Tournament in the 2nd weekend of April. This three-day event brings together resident and visiting golfers at Mullet Bay Golf Resort.

May

Fish Day In Cul De Sac Bay

Fish Day in Cul de Sac Bay on the French side is held on the first Sunday in May. The day celebrates fish in various ways with food stalls selling delicious dishes, musicians and fishermen sharing tales and hike through the nature reserve.

June

Billfish Tournament

Billfish Tournament (first or second week of June) is the Caribbean’s most prestigious fishing competitions lasts nearly the enHre week, attracting anglers from Europe and the Caribbean. Some 30 fishing boats battle it out in Marlin Boulevard, rich fishing grounds about 48km (30 miles) east of St. Maarten.

St. Maarten Book Fair

St. Maarten Book fair welcome writers, mediators, poets, from around the Caribbean and further afield for debates on current affairs and history, book readings and book launches in the first weekend of June.The book fair showcased the many authors of the island.

July

Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day, July 1st, is an official holiday on the Dutch side. It is marked with numerous celebraHons with emphasis on historical awareness.

Bastille Day

Bastille Day, July 14. This French holiday is celebrated with fanfare and fireworks, races and revelry on the French side, a piece of French in the Caribbean.

Schoelcher Day

Schoelcher Day, July 22, is marked, parHcularly in Grand Case, by boat and bike races in honor of Victor Schoelcher, a Frenchman who fought against slavery.

I Love My Ram Contest

I Love My Ram contest (usually first weekend of July) is a family day and Rams Beauty Contest at Colombier Village. If you have a goat, bring it to be judged. If you are goat-less, come out to see the beauties.

November

St. Maarten Day

St. Maarten Day, November 11th. This day of friendship between the Dutch and French sides of the island has been marked for more than three decades. It day was chosen as it is thought to be the day Christopher Columbus sighted the island in 1493. The day is an official holiday on both sides of the island and is marked by celebraHons throughout the island.

December

Christmas Festivities

Christmas festivities all around the island. Indulge in island’s signature drink Guavaberry. See the Christmas houses around the island that blend the Nativity and Santa Claus for a whimsical display of lights and fun.
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