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Fajardo/Culebra/Vieques Ferry Update (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 @ 8am AST/EDT) The PR DTOP ATM ferry situation between Fajardo, Culebra, and Vieques is improving. At this moment, the Cayo Blanco passenger ferry (capacity 600 people), and a cargo ferry, are servicing the Fajardo ↔ Culebra route. There is a combo cargo/passenger ferry servicing the Fajardo ↔ Vieques route. They seem to have implemented a better-organized passenger-loading procedure, which gets people into seats quicker. Expect long lines at the ferry terminal during Semana Santa (Holy Week), during which lots of people head to the beaches in Culebra. If not being able to get onto the ferry between Fajardo and Culebra/Vieques will ruin your day, consider flying instead.

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!

Double-check before going

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.

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.

    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 ships are in port @ 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Fridays @ 8pm
    Flamenco Dance Show
    Flamenco music & dance show, free with dinner.
    Where: Barrachina, Fortaleza St., Old San Juan
    Phone: 787-725-7912
    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 & fourth Saturday @ 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
    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
    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 & third Sunday @ 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: Musel 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 Gardens
    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 @ 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

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    Major Holidays in 2014
    Jan 1New Year's DayForts are closed. El Yunque is open.
    Jan 6Three King's Day (Día de Reyes)Most everything closed. Forts are open. El Yunque is open.
    Jan 13Eugenio Maria de Hostos Day
    Jan 20Martin Luther King Day
    Feb 17Presidents Day
    Feb 17Luis Muñoz Marín Day
    Mar 22Emancipation Day
    Apr 18Good Friday (Viernes Santo)Most everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
    Apr 20Easter SundayMost everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
    Apr 21Jose de Diego Day
    May 18Mother's DayStores are closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
    May 26Memorial Day
    Jun 15Father's DayStores are closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
    Jun 24Saint John's Day (Día de San Juan Bautista)
    Jul 4US Independence Day
    Jul 21Luis Muñoz Rivera Day
    Jul 25Puerto Rico's Constitution Day
    Jul 27Jose Celso Barbosa Day
    Sep 1Labor Day
    Oct 13Columbus Day
    Nov 4Election DayMost everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
    Nov 11Veterans' Day
    Nov 19Discovery of Puerto Rico Day
    Nov 27Thanksgiving Day (Acción de Gracias)Stores are closed. Forts are closed. El Yunque open.
    Dec 24Christmas Eve (Noche Buena)
    Dec 25Christmas Day (Navidad)Stores are closed. Forts are closed. El Yunque "facilities" are closed, but trails are open.

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    Apr 2014
    Apr 3-6 @ 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
    Apr 3-6
    2nd Puerto Rico West Coast Salsa Festival
    Annual salsa festival.
    Where: Marriott Courtyard in Aguadilla.
    Phone: 787-566-2907
    Source: Facebook
    Apr 5
    Tinglar Festival
    Annual sea turtle festival, featuring artisans, music, entertainment, food, and a parade.
    Where: Town Plaza in Luquillo
    Apr 5-6
    PR Outdoor Sports Show
    PROSS is the first event in Puerto Rico, which will bring together more than 80 exhibitors related to the outdoor sports that are practiced in the island. This event is aimed at young professionals with good purchasing power. PROSS is an integral event consisting of exhibitions and live demonstrations, which will give guests the opportunity and the experience of interacting with products and services of their interest.
    Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan
    Source: Web site
    Apr 6
    Color Run 5k
    The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow: (1) Wear white at the starting line, (2) Finish plastered in color!
    Where: Old San Juan
    Source: Web site
    Apr 7-13
    Rincon International Film Festival
    Festival events take place in and around the city, where patrons are able to see great films and also enjoy the beautiful nearby beaches. Come see films playing outdoors under the stars at beautiful beachfront resorts. Dinners, movies, parties and beaches to explore and enjoy. This is truly a filmmakers and film lovers vaction festival.
    Where: various locations in Rincon
    Source: Web site
    Apr 11-13
    Vieques Cultural Festival
    Festival featuring music, food, artisans, and more.
    Where: Conde de Mirasol Fort in Vieques
    Apr 12-13
    Artisan and Agrocultural Festival
    Annual agro-fest
    Where: Coliseo Jesús "Tito" Colon Collazo in Orocovis
    Apr 13 @ 9am
    Copa de Minin Kuilan de Paso Fino
    Annual Paso Fino (horse) competition.
    Where: Gran Parque El Dorado in Dorado
    Apr 19-20
    Free Admission to Forts
    Admission to El Morro and Fort San Cristobal is free.
    Where: Old San Juan
    Apr 20 @ 10am
    Kite Festival
    Kite exhibition and competition with awards, food, music, and more.
    Where: Colón Park in Aguadilla
    Phone: 787-891-1005
    Apr 24-26
    El Yunque Clean-up Days
    Come out an help clean-up El Yunque, and the surrounding towns of Luquillo, Fajardo, and Naguabo.
    Where: Luquillo, Fajardo, Naguabo
    Apr 25-27
    Battle of 1797 Reenactment
    Annual battle reenactment, with uniformed soliders, parades, artillery demonstrations.
    Where: Old San Juan
    Web: Visit web site for more info
    Apr 26 @ 9am to 4pm
    Eco Fair
    Eco/Agro fair featuring workshops, music, artisans, entertainment for the kids, and more.
    Where: Luis Muñoz Rivera Park in San Juan
    Apr 26
    Porta del Sol Food Festival
    Food festival in Mayaguez.
    Where: Paseo del Litoral in Mayagüez
    Apr 26-27
    Rio Camuy Rafting Fest
    A family-oriented event featuring non-motorized rafts. Prizes will be awarded for orginality. There will be music, artisans, food.
    Where: Road 4491 in Camuy
    Phone: 787-898-1556
    Apr 27
    2nd San Juan Photomarathon
    Participants will be assigned six topics to photograph on the streets of Old San Juan over a period of six hours. The best photos from each topic will be selected, and from those the first, second and third place winners will be awarded cash prizes as well as exhibition prints of their images.
    Where: Old San Juan
    Source: Web site

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    May 2014
    May 8-10
    Dorado Orchid Show & Sale
    Annual orchid show, featuring displays and sales.
    Where: Angel "Musico" Hernandez ampitheater in Dorado
    May 14-20
    Puerto Rico Restaurant Week
    Restaurants throughout the island will offer prix-fixe dinner menus. No tickets or coupons are needed to participate. See website for list of participating restaurants.
    Where: restaurants throughout the island
    Source: Web site
    May 23-25
    Puerto Rico Comic Con 2014
    Annual fan convention dedicated to comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.
    Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan
    May 30 - Jun 1
    Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta
    Sailors from throughout Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the World participate in this annual exciting event .
    Where: Palmas del Mar Yacht Club in Humacao
    Phone: 787.277.5936
    Source: Web site

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    Jun 2014
    thru Jun 1
    Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta
    Sailors from throughout Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the World participate in this annual exciting event .
    Where: Palmas del Mar Yacht Club in Humacao
    Phone: 787.277.5936
    Source: Web site
    Jun 1
    Gay Pride Parade
    Annual gay pride festival.
    Where: Ashford Ave in Condado
    Jun 8
    Gay Pride Parade
    Annual gay pride festival.
    Where: Boquerón
    Jun 14
    Free Admission to El Portal
    Admission to El Portal visitor center is free for Get Outdoors Day.
    Where: El Yunque National Forest
    Jun 14-16
    Crab Festival
    Annual crab festival.
    Where: at the Malecon in Guanica
    Jun 27-29 @ 8pm
    Isabela Tango Festival
    Annual tango festival.
    Where: Coliseo José Buga Abreu in Isabela
    Jun 27 to Jul 6
    Aibonito Flower Festival
    Annual flower festival, with displays and sales.
    Where: Aibonito
    Phone: 787-929-0847
    Source: Web site

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    Jul 2014
    thru Jul 6
    Aibonito Flower Festival
    Annual flower festival, with displays and sales.
    Where: Aibonito
    Phone: 787-929-0847
    Source: Web site
    Jul 16-20
    Patron Saint Festival
    Annual festival.
    Where: town plaza in Vieques
    Jul 22-26
    Puerto Rico Salsa Congress
    Annual Salsa Event
    Where: Sheraton Convention District
    Phone: 787-303-0334
    Source: Web site

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    Later in 2014
    Aug 25
    Free Admission to Forts
    Admission to El Morro and Fort San Cristobal is free.
    Where: Old San Juan
    Sep 20-21
    Coffee & Chocolate Expo
    The event will feature over 100 exhibition spaces, workshops, lectures and demonstrations by professionals in the coffee and chocolate industries,
    Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center
    Sep 27
    Free Admission to El Portal
    Admission to El Portal visitor center is free for Public Lands Day.
    Where: El Yunque National Forest
    Apr 19-20
    Free Admission to Forts
    Admission to El Morro and Fort San Cristobal is free for Public Lands Day.
    Where: Old San Juan
    Nov 8-11
    Free Admission to El Portal
    Admission to El Portal visitor center is free for Veterans' Day weekend.
    Where: El Yunque National Forest
    Nov 11
    Free Admission to Forts
    Admission to El Morro and Fort San Cristobal is free for Veterans' Day.
    Where: Old San Juan

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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 18-Apr-2014 06:35am AST.

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