Aruba Events

Aruba offers many different events throughout the calendar year. Aside from events that often accompany national holidays and traditional celebrations, your Aruba vacation may well coincide with international competitions and tournaments, sailing regattas and other sporting events. Furthermore annual film, music, art, and food festivals are held, along with other weekly cultural events.

schedule_planUse our Aruba Events calendar to find events that coincide with your stay. You can select a specific date, search by a range of dates, or search by name if you know what event you are interested in.

One of Aruba's most famous events is the Aruba Carnival, which includes weeks of events that feature colorful decorated floats of all shapes and sizes, contagiously throbbing music, and parades with luxuriously costumed groups of celebrants of all ages, Carnival Queen elections and musical events such as the famous Tumba Festival and Calypso and Roadmarch competition. See the list Below for the Aruba Carnival Schedule and other helpful event lists.

Below are some notable upcoming events

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September

Title 22nd Annual Aruba Reef Care Project
Located at The Beaches
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Summary Event information not yet available. A clean-up of the island's most popular beaches, dive and snorkel sites helps raise awareness for a clean marine environment. With over 800 participants including local residents and visitors from around the world, it is the island's largest volunteer environmental initiative.
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Title Electric Festival
Located at Harbour Area
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Start Date September 3, 2015
End Date September 6, 2015
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Summary Aruba, with its warm waters and miles of white sand, will host the largest global electronic music conference in the Caribbean. The festival program includes pool parties, pop up parties, industry meetings, master classes, and of course the biggest festival on the island. At this event you can expect only the best!
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Title 36th Turibana Loop 10k Race
Located at MFA (Centro di Barrio) Noord
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Start Date September 6, 2015
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Start Time 06:00 AM
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Summary Have you ever wanted to be a part of a 10K race? Then you can join the Turibana Loop 10K race. It is definitely a great way to enjoy the wonders of the Island. Registration online begins July 30th.
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Title Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival
Located at Renaissance Market Plaza
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Start Date September 25, 2015
End Date September 26, 2015
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Summary The 9th Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in 2015 takes place September 25 - 26. Igniting Aruba's music scene with an impressive lineup of International and local jazz, Latin, soul, and funk musicians at Renaissance Market Place. It is not only about music; the vibrating atmosphere, tasty food, stands, and numerous bars make this an unforgettable, unique experience.
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Title Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week
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Start Date September 28, 2015
End Date October 9, 2015
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Summary The much-anticipated Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week event will showcase the island's diverse flavors by incorporating locally-inspired dishes into the menus of participating restaurants. This event offers food critics, wine connoisseurs, foodies and everyone the opportunity to explore Aruba's culinary heritage.
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October

Title 51st International Classic Billfish Tournament
Located at Balashi next to Varadero Marina
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Summary 2015 information available soon! Aruba Nautical Club is organizing the 51st International Classic Billfish Tournament. This tournament is held annually since 1964 and recent years with "Catch & Release" format.
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Title Halloween
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Summary 2015 event information not yet available. Aruba to celebrate Halloween in a big way, so make sure to pack-in your scariest costume and you can win some prizes while enjoying the Halloween week of parties.
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Title Aruba International Film Festival
Located at Paseo Herencia
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Start Date October 7, 2015
End Date October 11, 2015
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Summary Aruba, "One Happy Island" will host the 5th Annual Aruba International Film Festival between October 7-11, 2015 screening award winning and critically acclaimed films from around the world. AIFF's mission is to connect to the international film community and Aruba while raising public awareness for Aruban culture and showcasing regional filmmakers and productions. The preceding year's Aruba International Film Festival was a true Aruban success story. The professional film community gathers to celebrate the finest in new and independent films along with the incomparable beauty of Aruba. Call for entries is now open for our film program and brand-new film market!! Submit your film today and come join us from October 7-11, 2015 on the One Happy Island!!
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Title The Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup
Located at Varadero Marina
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Start Date October 23, 2015
End Date October 25, 2015
Start Time 05:30 AM
End Time 07:00 PM
Summary The island of Aruba has become one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in the world, and now it's also become one of the hottest fishing venues in the entire Caribbean.
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Title Aruba International Bike Week
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Start Date October 26, 2015
End Date November 1, 2015
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Summary Starting October 26 through November 1 the 5th annual international bike event in Aruba will be a very memorable one with participation of Harley Davidson bikers from several countries. This bike festival is one of a kind
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November

Title Sinterklaas Arrival and Parade
Located at Port in Oranjestad
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Summary Sinterklaas or Saint Nicolas is a traditional figure based on Saint Nicholas. In November, thousands of children welcome Sinterklaas as he arrives by steamboat from Spain at the Ports Authority. As soon as Sinterklaas arrives he then parades through L.G. Smith Boulevard to Havenstraat (behind the Royal Plaza Mall) to finalize at the Census office. At the parade you can expect many events with music and animators.
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Title Thanksgiving Celebration
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Summary 2015 event information not yet available. Bringing your family to Aruba this Thanksgiving doesn't mean you cannot have the traditional Turkey Day. Many restaurants on Aruba offer special Thanksgiving dinners. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Title PPC Aruba
Located at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
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Start Date November 1, 2015
End Date November 8, 2015
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Summary 2015 event information not yet available. Held at the Hilton Aruba Resort & Casino...
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Title 15th National Coastal Clean Up
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Start Date November 8, 2015
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Summary Aruba holds an annual Coastal Clean-Up Day as part of the international event in which 60 nations worldwide participate. Public and private sectors join together in this national activity organized for the past eight years by the Environmental Committee of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association. Island visitors are more than welcome to join this initiative.
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Title Aruba Beach Tennis International Championships
Located at Eagle Beach
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Start Date November 15, 2015
End Date November 22, 2015
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Summary The Beach Tennis Aruba International Championships event is more than beach tennis alone; it's about friendship, ambiance, sportsmanship and of course a lot of FUN. It's a melting pot of cultures from all over the world playing Beach Tennis in a 'festival atmosphere'. This 7 day championship has about 1,200 participants from more than 15 countries that will battle on the white sands of Aruba. Check out the preliminary program for an overview of the match days.
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December

Title Aruba Happy New Year's Celebrations
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Summary 2015 event information not yet available. Almost every hotel hosts a special New Year's Eve dinner or a party. Check with your hotel to see what offers and celebrations they have. Most events and restaurants are booked pretty fast for this day so book any event or dinner ahead of time.
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Title Christmas in Aruba
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Start Date December 25, 2015
End Date December 26, 2015
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Summary Aside from celebrating Sinterklaas and Santa Claus, people in Aruba really enjoy to celebrate the birth of Christ. Many of the locals get into the Christmas spirit by attending church on Christmas Eve for the Christmas Eve mass in order to receive blessings. Then they proceed to go home and have a traditional Christmas dinner.
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Title Aruba Dande Celebration
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Start Date December 27, 2015
End Date January 2, 2016
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Summary In Aruba's biggest end of the year traditional musical event, different musical groups get together to present their original composition as well as the original Dande song. A Dande group is a group composed of traveling musicians that sing the traditional Dande song in prosper for the New Year. The instruments used include the tambu, wiri, and raspa.
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Next Year

Title Aruba New Year's Plunge
Located at Moomba Beach
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Start Date January 1, 2016
End Date January 1, 2016
Start Time 12:00 PM
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Summary Freezing cold water, shivering bodies and shattering teeth hurting from the cold: nothing of the above is expected to happen to you when you join the Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year's plunge).
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Title Aruba Carnival Season
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Start Date January 9, 2016
End Date February 9, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. Carnival events bring you contagiously throbbing music, luxuriously costumed groups, electrifying jump ups and lighting parades that wind their way through the streets of Aruba. This event is one you can't definitely miss!
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Title Betico Croes Memorial Run
Located at Compleho Deportivo Betico Croes
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Start Date January 25, 2016
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Summary Annually organized run and walk in commemoration of Betico Croes. This memorial run takes place annually on January 25th, which is Betico's birthday, and starts from his hometown Santa Cruz. The circular route takes runners through residential neighborhoods and back to the main intersection of Santa Cruz.
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Title Betico Croes Day
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Start Date January 25, 2016
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Summary Betico Croes Day is a holiday filled with cultural, sports and musical activities throughout the island. It is a day to commemorate the islands liberator and his efforts on gaining "Status Aparte" from the Dutch Kingdom.
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Title Aruba Valentine's Day Specials
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Start Date February 14, 2016
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2016 information available soon!
Valentine's Day is a day to express your love and celebrate the spirit of love. Want to enjoy some fun and special events on this day? We will be adding this information soon.

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Title Flip Flop Beach Festival
Located at TBA
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Start Date March 1, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. Flip Flop Festival is yearly organized by Chill Aruba and National Brewery Balashi. This big party on the beach features lots of music and entertainment for a full day.
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Title Aruba's Flag and Anthem Day
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Start Date March 18, 2016
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Summary The Aruba Flag and Anthem day is celebrated with sporting events and activities throughout the day for kids and adults. There is also a folkloric production held at the Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjestad.
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Title 31st Aruba International Half Marathon
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Start Date March 20, 2016
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Summary Local and international participants compete in Aruba's longest road race covering the whole length of the island from San Nicolas to Oranjestad The race begins at 5:30 AM and starts in front of Joe Laveist Sport Park in San Nicolas and ends in front of Alhambra Casino at Eagle.
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Title Earth Hour
Located at Historical Museum (Willem III Tower)
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Start Date March 26, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. Earth Hour is being organized to encourage as many people as possible to switch off their lights in order to save our planet Earth. A celebration is organized at the historical museum with fun attractions such as lighting up candles, live music, face painting and more...
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Title Aruba Easter Celebration
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Start Date March 27, 2016
End Date March 28, 2016
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Summary Easter celebration in Aruba is one of the most important holidays. There are many celebrations taking place such as, Church on Sunday, beach camping, road to Alto Vista and many more...
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Title The Copa Cees Bossers 17th Annual Tournament
Located at Eagle Beach
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Start Date April 1, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. The Cees Bossers Cup is an annual tournament and is dedicated to one of the first beach soccer founders, Cees Bossers. The magnificent arena welcomes local and visitor spectators and players to enjoy!
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Title King's Day Celebration
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Start Date April 27, 2016
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Summary An official government ceremony in honor of King Willem Alexander is followed by numerous sporting events and family-friendly celebrations. Sports competitions, kite flying contests, and fun-filled activities are held at various sites including community centers.
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Title Pole Sitting
Located at Renaissance Marketplace
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Start Date May 1, 2016
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Summary Aruba's most bizarre championship is once again around the corner: the 22nd edition of the Aruban Pole sitting Competition will take place in 2016, and it is going to be great...
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Title Mother's Day Celebration
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Start Date May 8, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. Want to make Mom feel special? Celebrate Mother's Day at one of these fine restaurants offering great deals with delectable menu selections...
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Title Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival
Located at Harbour area
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Start Date May 25, 2016
End Date May 30, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. The annual Soul Beach Music Festival is taking place during Memorial Day weekend. The festival highlights 5 days of events such as beach parties, a comedy night and a big music festival featuring top class artists.
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Title Father's Day Celebration
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Start Date June 19, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. Want to make Dad feel special? Celebrate Father's Day at one of these fine restaurants offering great deals with delectable menu selections...
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Title Dera Gai Celebration
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Start Date June 24, 2016
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Summary Aruba's Dera Gai, translated to "burying of the roaster", is a cultural celebration that features traditional music and dance. This cultural festival has been celebrated for more than 100 years on the island. Enjoy this day with many festivities, local food, and cultural activities.
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Title Aruba Summer Music Festival
Located at Harbour area
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Start Date July 1, 2016
End Date July 2, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. The second edition of the Aruba Summer Music Festival will take place on July 1st and 2nd 2016.
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Title Aruba Hi-Winds Tournament
Located at Hadicurari, Fishermen's Hut
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Start Date July 1, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. The 30th edition of Aruba Hi-Winds more information will come soon. The races expected for next year are Semi-Long Distance race for Kite Juniors, Kite Freestyle, Windsurfing slalom races, Windsurfing Freestyle competition, Kiteboarding and Windsurfing long distance races. Besides the Kite & Windsurfing races there are daily happy hours and live entertainment in the weekend.
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Aruba One Cool Summer Event

Aruba's summers are special - long and cool! There's so much to do and so much to see! You name it, Aruba's got it! We'll try and highlight some of this summer's events. One Cool Summer for everyone Honeymooners, Families. Visit the pages for more information.

Historic Events

Dates of certain events are subject to change