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Caribbean Carnival Schedule and Calendar

Almost every country in the Caribbean has it’s own Carnival or even Carnival related event. Old Carnivals like in Trinidad, which is also the biggest in the Caribbean, root back to the days of Slavery and the Emancipation Day, mixing with European Carnival traditions. Other Carnivals have been installed later which is one of the reasons that there are festivals almost throughout the whole year.

Berlin Carnival

Carnivals in the Caribbean

  • Anguilla: August (website)
  • Antigua: August
  • Aruba: Lent (Aruba Carnival website)
  • Bahamas (Junkanoo): December-January
  • Barbados (Crop Over): August
  • Bermuda (Bermuda Day/Junkanoo): May
  • Bonaire: October
  • British Virgin Islands (Emancipation Festival): July-August
  • Carriacou, Grenada: Lent
  • Cayman Islands (Batabano): April-May
  • Cuba: Lent
  • Curacao: Lent (Curacao Carnival website)
  • Dominica: Lent (Dominica Carnival website)
  • Dominican Republic: Lent
  • Grenada: August
  • Guadeloupe: Lent
  • Guyana (Mashramani): Lent
  • Haiti: Lent
  • Jamaica: April (Bacchanal website)
  • Martinique: Lent
  • Montserrat: December (website)
  • Panama: Lent
  • Puerto Rico: January-February
  • Saba: July-August
  • St. Barts: Lent
  • St. Croix (US-VIs): December-January
  • St. Eustatius: April-May
  • St. Kitts and Nevis: December-January
  • St. Lucia: July
  • St. Martin: Lent
  • St. Maarten: April
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Vincy Mas): June-July
  • St. Thomas (US-VIs), April
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Lent (Trinidad Carnival website)
  • Turks and Caicos (Junkanoo): December-January

Carnivals in the Diaspora

  • Washington DC, USA: June
  • Houston, USA: June
  • Montreal, Canada (Carifest): July
  • Paris, France (Carnaval Tropical de Paris): early July
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands (Zomer Carnival): July
  • Toronto, Canada (Caribana): July
  • Jersey City, NJ, USA (Jersey City Carnival): last weekend of July
  • Notting Hill London, UK: August (last Monday of Aug)
  • New York, USA (Labor Day): September
  • Miami, USA: October
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA (Phoenix Caribbean Carnival): End of May

other Carnivals & Festivals

Dates for Lent

  • 2013: 11th & 12th February
  • 2014: 3rd & 4th March
  • 2015: 16th & 17th February
  • 2016: 8th & 9th February
  • 2017: 27th & 28th February


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  2. jwig


    Please add Jersey City Carnival to your list…….it takes place the last weekend of July right before Caribana, Toronto. It’s 18 years old and has a 3 mile long parade which culminates in a huge street festival on the beautiful Exchange Place waterfront in downtown Jersey City.

  3. Quentin Caroe


    Might be pointless to ask but do you know if there are any carnival activities in the Caribbean in February 2014Since Lent is late that year all Carnivals are in March…there’s Grenada and St Lucia Independence Day but from researching on google it’s more like a military parade.

    Thank you so much!

  4. Niney Cudjo

    Please add Phoenix Arizona to your list as well. Just had a 3 day Caribbean Carnival this past weekend May 23-25, 2014. Thanks

  5. Careen

    Good Morning:
    Please add the following carnivals:

    Orlando- May
    Atlantic City-July
    Philadelphia- July

    Please double check my months

  6. Seba

    Just a small correction-
    Nevis celebrates Culturama – July/August
    St. Kitts celebrates Carnival December / January

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