From music and food to sailing and rhum, the St. Barts events calendar is packed with a wide array of diverse celebrations. Enjoy the thrill of Race Week in March for the St. Barths Bucket Regatta; treat your ears to the sounds of opera, classical, and jazz music at the St. Barts Music Festival; indulge your taste buds at the St. Barths Gourmet Festival. Whether you enjoy the quieter months where the water is warm, or the lively months filled with holidays and laughing families, St. Barths always has something going on.
There are no major events during the month of September in St. Barts, as this is typically when island residents go back to visit their family in France after a busy season.
While there are no major events happening in St. Barts during October, the water is still warm from the summer, hotel and villa occupancy is low, and most restaurants open at the middle of the month - it's a lovely, quiet time to visit.
Religious holiday. In St. Barth, the cemeteries, which are normally kept in impeccable condition, are spiffed to a higher degree of beauty and cleanliness. Island residents begin gathering in the five cemeteries at dusk to light candles and socialize in celebration of the lives of loved ones buried there.
Commemoration of the cultural bonds between St. Barths and Sweden, and linkage between sister cities of Gustavia and Pitea, Sweden. Activities include an arts and crafts show on the quai in front of the Wall House in Gustavia, a 5K run, a 10k walk (the Gustavialoppet), and the Children's Race.
Each year, a team of judges from the Caribbean and around the world descends upon St. Barths to judge a coveted selection of the Caribbean’s best rums, including “Uber-Premium” categories of rum and rhum agricole that gather the most expensive rums on the market for an unparalleled competition. Hosted in Gustavia, the heart of St. Barths, the Caribbean Rum awards hosts nightly events ranging from tastings to workshops to exclusive gala events.
Vacation lover and a gourmand? Consider a fall trip to St. Barths to experience the celebrated St. Barth Gourmet Festival (formerly known as the Taste of St. Barths). Celebrated guests chefs from around the world team up with local restaurants for fabulous tasting menus, cook-offs, and friendly competition.
The 13th anniversary of the Cata Cup on St. Barths. The regatta of small catamarans starts and ends on St Jean Beach each day.
A festive area is set up on the dock at the port of Gustavia featuring local artisans' work, food stands showcasing local St. Barths' cuisine, and a special area for children to meet Santa Claus (or affectionately, Pere Noel) on Dec 20th. There is a best Christmas tree contest.
Live music and celebrations across the island. The New Year's Eve Regatta, a sailing race organized for fun around St. Barts. Fireworks at midnight over the harbor in Gustavia. Live entertainment in some restaurants.
Since 1985, musicians from all over come to St. Barts in January to perform live music under the roasting Caribbean sun. Spend a dozen nights with the finest live music and dance performances from some of the world's most prominent classical, opera, ballet, and jazz stars. These performers have the level of artistry that one would normally have to attend Carnegie Hall in New York or the Opera Garnier in Paris to experience.
The musicians are soloists and principals from symphony orchestras and Philharmonia from all over: Montreal, Boston, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London, Paris, the Juilliard and Curtis schools of music, and many others.
Learn more about the St. Barts Music Festival.
3 days of Regattas in Cul de Sac lagoon and St. Jean Bay.
Costume parade through the streets of Gustavia from 3pm to 7pm, and parties in restaurants from lunchtime till midnight. This is preceded earlier in the week by the short but charming "Children's Parade". Ash Wednesday marks the end of Carnaval, and the ceremonial burning of a straw statue of Vaval - King of Carnaval. This happens at sunset on Shell Beach, and is followed by live music and drinks at restaurant Do Brasil.
The St. Barths Bucket Regatta (also known as St. Barts Race Week) is a three-day invitational regatta with 48 of the most impressive mega-yachts in the world. All yachts are at least 100ft long, including many classic wooden racing boats. You can view many of the participating boats in Gustavia harbor after 5 pm most days. Join the race and celebrate after each day with your crew with many sponsored events. Click here to learn the history of The St. Barths Bucket Regatta.
Religious and Public Holiday. Enjoy parades and parties during this celebration of the middle of Lent.
Public and religious holiday.
An important stop on the Caribbean regatta circuit, the "Les Voiles de St. Barth" regatta will include over 70 boats, divided into six classes from classic sloops to mega yachts. The results from each days racing are posted in the events tent on the Quai in Gustavia, where you can also enjoy live music each night.
Three day event held annually over the May Day weekend in St Barth, celebrating traditional sailboats from the West Indies islands. More of a wooden boat festival than a competitive regatta, the purpose of the event is to promote and encourage traditional boat building in the Caribbean.
This annual festival features Caribbean Films and Filmmakers. Films are shown outdoors in the schoolyard in Lorient, and weather permitting, on Flamands beach.
Around the island event for windsurfers and catamarans, St Jean Beach.
For 30 years, skippers, professionals and amateurs alike, have competed on the Atlantic in doubles on equal terms in the Double Transat. The race will start from Concarneau, France on May 9 and sets course for an expected reunion in Saint-Barthélemy.
A number of talented musicians will perform in Gustavia at concerts on the Quai General-De-Gaulle.
Five weeks of wellness on the island, including daily yoga and wellness classes. Many of the events are held right on the beach.
Games, music, sports, shows and a ball all featured during this celebration in the village of Anse des Cayes.
Fireworks and dancing in Gustavia during this Public Holiday.
Flamands - Contests, Regattas, animations, and fireworks.
Taking place in St. Jean, this is the largest tennis tournament in St. Barts for men, women and children.
It's party time with a festival of musical fireworks! Night after night of hot sounds with a tropical club atmosphere, featuring live music at Do Brazil, Le Yacht Club and Le Ti St Barth.
Back for its 8th year, this event brings a talented mix of musicians together for 11 nights of performances across the island. Learn more about St. Barts Summer Sessions here.
The Wind Quarters Festival is games and entertainment on Lorient beach
Patron Saint Feast Day. Church and official ceremonies, regattas, public ball, fireworks in Gustavia.
Village of Corossol - Fishing contests, Regattas, public ball, and fireworks.