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Top 2024 Festivals In The Bahamas

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The Bahamas has an array of festivals that promise to captivate locals and visitors alike.

Guests can celebrate the succulent sweetness of pineapples at the annual Pineapple Festival on Eleuthera, the rhythmic moves of the Rake & Scrape Festival on Cat Island and the iconic Junkanoo Summer Festival across the isles.

Here are the top 2024 festival picks to soak up the Bahamian spirit this year:

Pineapple Festival in Gregory Town, Eleuthera

Kicking off the festivities is the annual Pineapple Festival in Gregory Town, Eleuthera, celebrated on 7th -8th June 2024.

Eleuthera, boasting the title of home to the sweetest pineapples in the world, pays homage to its pineapple farmers through this celebration.

Amidst the backdrop of lush fields, visitors can indulge in native foods, desserts, and beverages while enjoying lively entertainment.

This festival is not just a tribute to the pineapple, but a heartfelt appreciation for the hard work of the farmers who ensure its continued abundance.

All Andros Crab Festival: A Crustacean Celebration

From 19th to 22nd June, Central Andros transforms into a haven for crab enthusiasts during the All Andros Crab Festival.

Known as the land of crabs, Andros celebrates this delicious crustacean through a series of events including a Crab Cultural Show, a Crab Culinary Contest, and live entertainment.

Travellers can savour the best crab dishes in The Bahamas while experiencing the unique culture of Andros.

Bahamas Goombay Summer Festivals: Embracing Bahamian Heritage

Throughout the summer, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation presents the Goombay Summer Festivals across multiple islands.

These festivals showcase the essence of being Bahamian through live music, dance performances, art displays, and authentic Bahamian cuisine.

It’s a time to immerse in the rich heritage and vibrant spirit of the Bahamas.  

Rake & Scrape Festival: Cat Islands’ Celebration of Rhythm

The annual Rake & Scrape musical festival is held every year during the Bahamas Labour Day weekend (5th – 6th June 2024) and is the signature event for Cat Island.

It showcases the sensuous, rhythmic vibe of the island’s premier Rake & Scrape music, performed by local and national artists.

It also features a Gospel concert, Battle of the Rake & Scrape Bands, quadrille dancing, a children’s corner with games and a fishermen and farmers’ market. During the festival, guests can partake in “Down Home” Cat Island cuisine, purchase locally made crafts such as jewellery and straw items.

Entry before 9pm is $10 per adult (approx. £8) and after 9pm is $20 per adult (approx. £16).

Junkanoo: A Symphony of Culture and History

Junkanoo is a vibrant carnival deeply rooted in Bahamian culture and history. From colourful costumes to exuberant dance routines, Junkanoo embodies the spirit of celebration and unity.

Taking place on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Independence Day (5th July), plus a Junkanoo Summer Fest, and various Saturdays throughout the summer.

Whether on Bay Street in downtown Nassau or across the 16 island destinations, Junkanoo is a celebration not to be missed.

The Bahamas

How to visit:

Enjoy a trip to the spectacular British Colonial Nassau in Bahamas with Tropical Sky.

A seven-night stay at British Colonial Nassau, travelling in September 2024, is priced from £1,759pp based on two sharing a Standard King on a B&B basis.

This includes direct flights from London Heathrow and private transfers.

To book: Tropical Sky (01342 310596, www.tropicalsky.co.uk)

To find out more about The Bahamas please visit: www.bahamas.com

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