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

January

Title Aruba Carnival Season
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Start Date January 2, 2016
End Date February 8, 2016
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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!

February

Title Aruba Ray's Comedy Show
Located at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
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Start Date February 3, 2016
End Date March 4, 2016
Start Time 8:00 PM
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After rave reviews and packed crowds, some of the finest comedians from the States will return to Aruba to perform at the Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino in the High Rise Area for one month - from February 3rd to March 4th.

Title Aruba Valentine's Day Specials
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Start Date February 14, 2016
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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?

Title Flip Flop Beach Festival
Located at Eagle Beach
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Start Date February 27, 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.

March

Title Aruba's Flag and Anthem Day
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Start Date March 18, 2016
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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.

Title Earth Hour
Located at Historical Museum (Willem III Tower)
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Start Date March 19, 2016
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Summary 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... 2016 event information not yet available.
Title Aruba International Half Marathon
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Start Date March 20, 2016
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Local and international participants compete in Aruba's longest road race covering the whole length of the island from San Nicolas to Oranjestad.

Title The Copa Cees Bossers Annual Tournament
Located at Eagle Beach
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Start Date March 24, 2016
End Date April 3, 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!
Title Aruba Easter Celebration
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Start Date March 27, 2016
End Date March 28, 2016
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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...

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.

May

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...
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...
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.

June

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...
Title Dera Gai Celebration
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Start Date June 24, 2016
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Aruba's Dera Gai, translated to "burying of the rooster", 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.

July

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.
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.

August

Title Aruba Regatta
Located at Surfside Beach (next to the airport)
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Start Date August 19, 2016
End Date August 21, 2016
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Summary The Aruba Regatta 2015 will take place from August 14 till 16, with the actual races taking place on August 15th and 16th. Sailors from all ages and classes come together to compete in yacht races, sunfish races, beach cat races, optimist races, windsurf competition, kite surf competition and kite surf freestyle demonstrations. The beach parties start at 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Title Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Located at Tierra del Sol Golf Course
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Start Date August 20, 2016
End Date August 24, 2016
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Summary Professional and amateur golfers team up for the Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament at the Tierra del Sol Golf Course. The event takes place from August 20th till 24th and features a two-day 36-hole tournament, a welcome reception, BBQ party and a dinner night with awards reception.
Title One Cool Summer
Located at Palo Marga International Raceway Park
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Start Date August 28, 2016
End Date August 30, 2016
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Summary The One Cool Summer event is a fundraiser event that brings local and international drag racers together. This event will feature different categories of drag races, entertainment, and fun. All proceeds will go towards the current repair and maintenance of the Palo Marga racetracks and equipment.

September

Title Electric Festival
Located at Harbour Area
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Start Date September 3, 2016
End Date September 6, 2016
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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!
Title Turibana Loop 10k Race
Located at MFA (Centro di Barrio) Noord
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Start Date September 11, 2016
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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.
Title Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival
Located at Renaissance Market Plaza
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Start Date September 23, 2016
End Date September 24, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. More information will be announced soon. Kool and the Gang and Snarky Puppy will perform on the 10th edition of the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in September 2016. 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.
Title Annual Aruba Reef Care Project
Located at The Beaches
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Start Date September 25, 2016
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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.

Title Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week
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Start Date September 28, 2016
End Date October 9, 2016
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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.

October

Title Aruba International Film Festival
Located at Paseo Herencia
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Start Date October 1, 2016
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Summary 2016 event information not yet available. More information will be announced soon. 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.
Title Aruba International Bike Week
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Start Date October 1, 2016
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2016 event information not yet available. More information will be announced soon. This 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

Title The Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup
Located at Varadero Marina
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Start Date October 22, 2016
End Date October 25, 2016
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.
Title International Classic Billfish Tournament
Located at Aruba Nautical Club
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Start Date October 29, 2016
End Date October 30, 2016
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Aruba Nautical Club is organizing the 52nd International Classic Billfish Tournament. This tournament is held annually since 1964 and recent years with Catch & Release format

Title Halloween Events & Specials in Aruba
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Start Date October 31, 2016
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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.

November

Title Aruba Beach Tennis International Championships
Located at Eagle Beach
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Start Date November 1, 2016
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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.
Title PPC Aruba
Located at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
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Start Date November 1, 2016
End Date November 8, 2016
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Aruba will host the PPC Poker Tour at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino from November 1st to November 8th. This 11 event series will feature over 200 players and a $1,700 buy-in, $250,000 guarantee Main Event.

Title Interpaso 2015
Located at Villa Floralina (former Rancho Monte Blanco)
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Start Date November 4, 2016
End Date November 6, 2016
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Summary Interpaso in Aruba is a showdown of the best paso fino horses from Latin America competing in different categories. Interpaso is organized by OCA, the Aruban Horse Riding Organization. Interpaso takes place at Rancho Villa Floralina, a nice ranch in Moko in the north of Aruba. This is a must see event if you enjoy paso fino show horses, horse riding, horse competitions and a great entertainment with live music by Tsunami and Oreo band. There will also be activities for kids, a flea market, a dog show and more...
Title National Coastal Clean Up
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Start Date November 16, 2016
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Start Time 08:30 AM
End Time 10:30 AM
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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.

Title Thanksgiving Celebration
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Start Date November 24, 2016
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Bringing your family to Aruba this Thanksgiving doesn't mean you can not have the traditional Turkey Day. Many restaurants on Aruba offer special Thanksgiving dinners. The hotels also hosts annually a traditional Thanksgiving with live music and surprises.

December

Title Sinterklaas Arrival and Parade
Located at Port in Oranjestad
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Start Date November 15, 2016
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Start Time 09:00 AM
End Time 02:00 PM
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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.

Title Christmas in Aruba
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Start Date December 24, 2016
End Date December 26, 2016
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Aside from celebrating Sinterklaas, people in Aruba really enjoy celebrating the holidays. Many locals get into the Christmas spirit by attending mass on Christmas Eve in order to receive blessings. Then they proceed to go home and have a traditional Christmas dinner.

Title Aruba Dande Celebration
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Start Date December 27, 2016
End Date January 2, 2017
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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.

Title Aruba Happy New Year's Celebrations
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Start Date December 31, 2016
End Date January 1, 2017
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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.

Next Year

Title Aruba New Year's Plunge
Located at Moomba Beach
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Start Date January 1, 2017
End Date January 1, 2017
Start Time 12:00 PM
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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).

Title Betico Croes Memorial Run
Located at Centro Deportivo Betico Croes
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Start Date January 25, 2017
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Start Time 6:00 AM
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Annually organized run and walk in commemoration of Betico Croes. This memorial run takes place annually on January 25th, which is Betico's birthday.

Title Betico Croes Day
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Start Date January 25, 2017
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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.

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