Sunday, February 7, 2016
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
Local and international participants compete in Aruba's longest road race covering the whole length of the island from San Nicolas to Oranjestad.
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...
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Annually organized run and walk in commemoration of Betico Croes. This memorial run takes place annually on January 25th, which is Betico's birthday.
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.