Calendar of Events

This calendar contains a sampling of events scheduled across the island. All are open to the public. Most require no reservations. Many are free. You can plan on attending at least one of these events during your visit to Puerto Rico so that you can get a sampling of the culture. You will likely find local food and music at almost all of these events. And where there’s music, there’s bound to be singing and dancing!

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The dates and times in this list are accurate to the best of our knowledge. But dates and times sometimes change at the last minute without any notice. We suggest calling ahead to make sure that the event you plan on attending is actually being held as published.

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We have Lots of Holidays here

We’ve also included a list of holidays observed here in Puerto Rico. On some holidays (Good Friday comes to mind), the island virtually shuts down. If you’re planning on taking a tour or visiting an attraction on one of these holidays, we suggest that you call ahead just to make sure they’re going to be open.

How to Add Your Event to our Calendar

If you represent a group or organization and you would like your event listed (free of charge) in our Event Calendar, contact us with the details about your event and we’ll consider adding it. If you prefer to send us an email, or if you have a flyer you would like to send to us, you can contact us at events@puertoricodaytrips.com. No duden en enviar sus actividades y toda la información de la misma (flyer, lugar, fecha, etc.) a events@puertoricodaytrips.com y serán publicadas lo antes posible.

Jul 2015
July 26 to August 02
International Domino Federation World Championship
12th annual Domino Championship
Where: Sheraton Convention Center Hotel in San Juan
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 30 to August 02
Orchid Festival
Orchid exhibition and sales.
Where: Rubén Zayas Coliseum in Trujillo Alto
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 30 to August 02
Freshwater Festival
Festival dedicated to freshwater and the four rivers that cross through the town. There will be music, food, and a "mud bog" 4x4 event.
Where: Samuel Rosario Recreational Complex in Ciales
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 31 to August 02
Artisan Fair
Music, food, artisans, and the largest sancocho in Puerto Rico.
Where: Cristóbal Colón Plaza in Guayama
Source: Que Pasa magazine
Aug 2015
August 01 to August 04
Patron Saint Festival
Annual patron saint festival, with food, music, and entertainment.
Where: Town Plaza in San German
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
August 01 to August 02
Freshwater Festival
Annual festival, celebrating the freshwater rivers that cross through the town of Ciales, with music, food, entertainment, artisans, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Ciales
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
August 02
Cocolía Crab Festival
Event with shows, artisans, kids' entertainment, music, and food dishes prepared with Cocolía crab.
Where: El Seco Beach in Mayagüez
Source: Que Pasa magazine
August 02
End of Summer Celebration
Final summer blast before school resumes, with food, music, and more.
Where: Tropical Beach in Naguabo
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
August 05 to August 09
Patron Saint Festival
Annual patron saint festival, with music, food, artisans, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Comerio
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
August 09
Crab Festival
Annual event, with music, sporting competitions, artisans, and food dishes prepared with the small Cocolía crab.
Where: Ojo del Buey sector in Dorado
Source: Que Pasa magazine
August 15 to August 16
Bomba & Plena Festival
Annual event, featuring food, music, artisans, and more.
Where: the Boardwalk in Juana Díaz
Source: Que Pasa magazine
August 19 to August 23
SOFO Food Festival
Semi-annual "Gastronomic and Culinary Festival" primarily on Calle Fortaleza and Calle San Francisco. The streets are closed, and restaurants move into the streets with special menus, special prices, and live music.
Where: Old San Juan
Source: Facebook
August 21 @ 7:30am
Ricky Martin Foundation Golf Tournament
7th Annual Ricky Martin Foundation Golf Tournament. Registration begins at 7:30am, Shotgun at 8:30am, and the awards ceremony and luncheon at 3:00pm. The format is a "2 Person Scramble", to sign up contact them through email golf@rm-foundation.org or call them at 787-536-6061.
Where: Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort in Rio Grande
Phone: 787 536 6061
Source: Facebook
August 25
Free Admission to Forts in Old San Juan
Free admission to the San Juan National Historic Site - El Morro and Fort San Cristóbal - in Old San, for National Park Service’s 99th birthday.
Where: Old San Juan
August 29 @ 7pm
Margarita Fest
Enjoy (light) food and drinks in a Mexican environment. Restaurants that will be there include Tijuana's, Ficus, Totopos, Mangos, Frida's, El Rex, Huachinango, La Mala Vida, and Sabor de México. Admission includes all food, drinks, and entertainment.
Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center
Source: Facebook
Sep 2015
September 04 to September 06
Breadfruit Festival
A festival celebrating breadfruit, with music, food, and dishes made from breadfruit (pana).
Where: Loma de la Niña Sector in Humacao
Source: Que Pasa magazine
September 04 to September 06
Land Crab Festival
Annual event, with sporting competitions, food, music, and more.
Where: Municipal Coliseum in Maunabo
Source: Que Pasa magazine
September 04 to September 06
Patron Saint Festival
Annual patron saint festival, with music, food, artisans, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Hormigueros
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
September 05 to September 06
Arepa Festival
Food festival with local dishes, music, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Vieques
Source: Que Pasa magazine
September 05 to September 06
Festival de la Longaniza
Longaniza (a type of sausage) festival, with food, music, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Orocovis
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
September 24 to September 30
Patron Saint Festival
Annual patron saint festival, with music, food, artisans, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Aguada
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
September 25 to September 27
Coconut Festival
Annual event, featuring food dishes and sweets made from coconut. With music, food, entertainment, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Luquillo
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
September 26 to September 27 @ 10am-6pm
Coffee & Chocolate Expo
The Coffee & Chocolate Expo -Puerto Rico- is the biggest exhibition of the coffee and chocolate industry in the Caribbean. The event’s objective is to bring families, foodies and traders together, in enjoying the culture and flavors of these unique industries.
Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan
Source: Facebook
September 26
Free Admission to Forts in Old San Juan
Free admission to the San Juan National Historic Site - El Morro and Fort San Cristóbal - in Old San, for National Public Lands Day.
Where: Old San Juan
September 26
Free Admission to El Portal in El Yunque
Free Admission to El Yunque National Forest "El Portal" Visitor Center for "National Public Lands Day" - the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands.
Where: El Yunque National Forest
Oct 2015
October 01 to October 04
Orchid Show & Sale
Annual orchid show sponsored by the Mayaguez Orchid Society.
Where: Mayaguez Mall
October 01 to October 04
Patron Saint Festival
Annual patron saint festival, with music, food, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Yabucoa
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
October 04 to October 10
Patron Saint Festival
Annual patron saint festival, with music, food, artisans, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Utuado
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
October 11
Antique Auto Show
Antique auto show, with music, food, and more.
Where: Sports Complex in Cidra
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
October 31
Haunted House at Fort San Cristobal
The park service is offering their second “Haunted House at San Cristobal” program at 6:00pm in English and 8:00 pm in Spanish. This is an interpretive program that will begin inside Castillo San Cristobal and end at the infamous Garita del Diablo. This event does not require a fee to enter but visitors need to reserve in advance, since it is limited to only 30 participants per program. The stories of the Garita del Diablo have long provided tales of scary or haunted activities, which subject makes it a perfect opportunity to celebrate Halloween night.
Where: Fort San Cristóbal in Old San Juan
Nov 2015
November 11
Free Admission to Forts in Old San Juan
Free admission to the San Juan National Historic Site - El Morro and Fort San Cristóbal - in Old San, for Veterans Day.
Where: Old San Juan
November 11
Free Admission to El Portal in El Yunque
Free Admission to El Yunque National Forest "El Portal" visitor center for Veterans' Day.
Where: El Yunque National Forest
November 27 to November 29
Pastel Festival
Annual food festival, featuring pasteles.
Where: Orocovis
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
November 27 to November 29
Pastel Festival
Annual "pastel" festival, with food, music, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Orocovis
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
2016
January 14 to January 17
San Sebastian Festival
Annual event in Old San Juan, featuring music, artisans, parades, food, dancing, and TONS of people.
Where: Old San Juan
Web: Visit web site for more info
January 15 to January 18
3rd Legend Surf Classic
An annual event with many of the original surfers that started the sport in Puerto Rico, uniquely organized to give mature surfers & Legends extra divisions to surf and compete. This is on of the first events recognizing the Legends of Surfing with the old timers as the stars. Almost all the contests during the year concentrate on surfers 18-45 years old … This special event is for surfers 40 to 99 years old. This will be a week full of events in Puerto Rico. There will be several surf film screenings a few nights that week with a featured surf film showing on Friday night. This year invitations are going out to even more legends of surf and finalists of the 1968 World Championships held in here Rincon.
Where: Rincon
Source: Web site
March 18 to March 20
Festival de la China
Annual Orange Festival, with music, food, entertainment, artisans, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Las Marias
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
April 06 to April 10 @ 11am to 6pm
Saborea Puerto Rico
A culinary extravaganza: Cooking demonstrations, restaurant samples. Saborea Village Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Where: Escambron Beach
Phone: 787-758-8001
Source: Web site
Year-Round Events
7 days/week @ every hour on the hour
Daily Fort Orientation Talks
A National Park Service ranger provides a short, informational talk everyday, every hour on the hour, in the main plaza of both Castillos San Felipe del Morro and San Cristobal. Duration of the talk is approximately 20 minutes.
Where: Main Plaza of El Morro and Fort San Cristóbal
Phone: 787-729-6777
when cruise ship @ throughout the day
Artisans Market at Plaza Darsenas
Visit the artisans and other vendors in the area around La Casita when there are cruise ships in port.
Where: on the bay, near La Casita, across from the Visitors Center
Phone: 787-722-1709
Mondays @ 8:30pm
Big Band Night
Traditional and Puerto Rican Jazz. $10 cover charge. Presented by Heineken.
Where: Yerba Buena Restaurant 1350 Ashford Ave, Condado
Phone: 787-721-5700
Mondays @ 7pm
Bossa Nova Nights
Live music.
Where: The Parrot Club in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-725-7370
Wednesdays @ 9pm
Live Salsa Music
Free live salsa music. Buffalo Wings Restaurant is located at the Luiz Munoz Marin (SJU) Aiport across from terminal C, adjacent to the parking deck.
Where: Buffalo Wings Restaurant @ the LMM (SJU) airport
Phone: 787-253-2111
first Wednesdays
Salsa Afternoons with a Coffee Aroma
Enjoy a lovely afternoon listening to music of Orquesta Kandel.
Where: Santiago Palmer Square, Caguas
Phone: 787-744-8833
Thursdays @ 7pm
Latin Jazz
Live Jazz music.
Where: The Parrot Club in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-725-7370
Thursdays @ 8pm
Bohemia Night
Live music.
Where: El Toro Salao in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-722-3330
Fridays @ morning
Agricultural Market
Farmers gather every Friday in the plaza with their products - ornamental plants, fruits, vegatables, and small farm animals.
Where: Agropecuaria Plaza, San Sebastian
Phone: 787-896-1670
Fridays @ 9am-noon
Discover Nature of OSJ
A guided walk through the streets of OSJ to learn about the different ecological components of the historic city. Reservations required. Call for reservations. Offered by the Conservation Trust of PR.
Where: Old San Juan
Phone: 787-722-5834
Fridays @ 8pm
Flamenco Dance Show
Flamenco music & dance show, free with dinner.
Where: Barrachina, Fortaleza St, Old San Juan
Phone: 787-725-7912
last Friday
Coamo Culinary Fest
Music and culinary event.
Where: Town Plaza in Coamo
last Friday
Al Fresco
Music and culinary event.
Where: Paseo de las Artes Abelardo Díaz Alfaro in Caguas
Phone: 787-744-8833 ext 1833
weekends @ 10am-8pm
Artisan Exhibits
Artisans, food vendor, and music most weekends.
Where: Plaza Darsena and Paseo de la Princesa in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-722-1709
Saturdays @ 10am-noon
Aguadilla Farmers Market
Farmers Market, with produce, food, artisans, and special events throughout the year.
Where: parking lot of One Ten Thai on Road 110 in Aguadilla
Saturdays @ 7pm-10pm
Live Jazz Music
In the bar on the first floor.
Where: Sheraton Hotel in Old San Juan
Saturdays @ 2:30pm
Lighthouse @ El Morro
Discover the lighthouse at El Morro with a park guide.
Where: El Morro Fort
Phone: 787-729-6754
Saturdays @ 8:00pm
Flamenco Dance Show
Flamenco music & dance show, free with dinner.
Where: Barrachina, Fortaleza St, Old San Juan
Phone: 787-725-7912
Saturdays @ 8am-1pm
Farmers' Market
Agricultural market.
Where: San Juan Museum courtyard
first Saturday @ 9am
Bazar Urbano / Urban Bazaar
The Bazaar showcases numerous creations by young designers and features products such as clothes, shoes, accessories, and pet clothing, as well as other items.
Where: Ventana al Mar, Ashford Ave in Condado
second & fou @ 7pm
Cine de Estuario
Free outdoor movies at the Condado Lagoon.
Where: Jaime Benitez Park at the Condado Lagoon
Phone: 787-725-8165
Sundays @ 10:30am
San Cristóbal Tunnel Tour
Explore the legendary tunnels of Castillo San Cristóbal and discover the essential role they had as a hidden defense for the fortification system. Duration of tour is approx 45 minutes.
Where: Main Plaza in Fort San Cristóbal
Phone: 787-729-6777
Sundays @ 8pm
Dinner & Magic Show
Manuel Velasco performs his magic show every Sunday night.
Where: Koko Restaurant in El San Juan Hotel
Phone: 787-725-7370
first & thir @ 9am-6pm
Rincon Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market.
Where: Town Square in Rincon
Phone: 787-823-2180
first Sunday @ noon-5pm
Artisan's Sunday
Artisans Market
Where: Museo del las Americas in the Ballaja Building in Old San Juan
first Sunday @ 9am
Mercado Urbano / Urban Market
Farmers market and craft sales.
Where: Ventana al Mar, Ashford Ave in Condado
first Sunday
Mercado Artesanal Criollo
Artisans Market
Where: Caguas Botanical Garden
Phone: 787-744-8833 ext 1833
third Sunday @ throughout the day
Life Inside the Fortification
A Living History demonstration — A soldier's life inside the fortifications of San Juan during the 18th century included practice, drills, work, and recreation. Join a interpreter and living history demonstrators in period dress for black powder firing demonstrations, and get a colorful glimpse of life inside these Spanish citadels that guarded the entrance to the New World.
Where: El Morro Fort
third Sunday @ 4pm
Heineken Ventana al Jazz
Free live jazz, the third Sunday of each month, presented free at el Paseo del Litoral in Mayaguez. Personal coolers are NOT permitted.
Where: Paseo del Litoral in Mayaguez
last Sunday
I Love Puerto Rico Cultural Fest
Gastronomic and cultural event held the last Sunday of every month. Featuring live music, food, artisans, and kiosks.
Where: Paseo La Princesa in Old San Juan
last Sunday @ 5:30pm-8pm
Romantic Sunset Concerts
Enjoy local music and dancing on the waterfront while the sun sets.
Where: Plaza Darsena, on the waterfront next to La Casita in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-721-2400 ext 2215
last Sunday @ 5pm
Heineken Ventana al Jazz
Free live jazz, the last Sunday of each month, presented free at Ventana al Mar in the Condado.
Where: Ventana al Mar, Ashford Ave in Condado
Major Holidays in 2015
Jan 1 New Year's Day Forts are closed. El Yunque is open.
Jan 6 Three King's Day (Día de Reyes) Most everything closed. Forts are open. El Yunque is open.
Jan 19 Martin Luther King Day
Feb 16 Presidents Day
Feb 16 Puerto Rico Patriiots Day in honor of Eugenio María de Hostos, José de Diego, Luis Muñoz Rivera, José Celso Barbosa, Ramón Emeterio Betances, Román Baldorioty de Castro, Luis Muñoz Marín, Ernesto Ramos Antonini, Luis A. Ferré
Mar 22 Emancipation Day
Apr 3 Good Friday (Viernes Santo) Most everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
Apr 5 Easter Sunday Most everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
May 10 Mother's Day Stores are closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
May 25 Memorial Day
Jun 21 Father's Day Stores are closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
Jun 24 Saint John's Day (Día de San Juan Bautista)
Jul 4 US Independence Day
Jul 25 Puerto Rico's Constitution Day
Sep 7 Labor Day
Oct 12 Columbus Day
Nov 3 Election Day Most everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
Nov 11 Veterans' Day
Nov 19 Puerto Rico Discovery & Culture Day
Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day (Acción de Gracias) Stores are closed. Forts are closed. El Yunque open.
Dec 24 Christmas Eve (Noche Buena)
Dec 25 Christmas Day (Navidad) Stores are closed. Forts are closed. El Yunque facilities are closed, but trails are open.

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We use multiple sources for our event calendar, including local newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, the Que Pasa magazine, and info provided directly to us by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. Updated 02-Aug-2015 10:20am AST.
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