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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.

    Jan 2015
    January 27 @ 7pm-10pm
    Poetry and Music Under the Stars
    Presentation of various types of poetry and music, in an outdoor, town-plaza setting.
    Where: Plaza de Armas
    Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
    January 29 to February 01
    Guajataca Downhill 2015
    Downhill MTB event, with over 200 local and international competitors in the Downhill, Sliding and Slalom categories. In addition, there will be food kiosks, music, etc.
    Where: Road 113 in Quebradillas
    Source: Facebook
    January 31 @ 7am-5:30pm
    Puerto Rico Dragon Boat Festival
    Third Annual Dragon Boat Festival, featuring 10 Paddler Dragon Boats. No experience necessary, training will be provided. Highlights of the event: 10 Paddler Dragon Boats, Club Teams will race 500m in the Mixed Division (max of 6 men), Women Division, BCS Division. Corporate/Community Teams will race 200m in the Mixed Division (max of 6 men).
    Where: Olympic Venue - Lago Cerrillos in Ponce
    Source: Web site

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    Feb 2015
    February 01
    Guajataca Downhill 2015
    Downhill MTB event, with over 200 local and international competitors in the Downhill, Sliding and Slalom categories. In addition, there will be food kiosks, music, etc.
    Where: Road 113 in Quebradillas
    Source: Facebook
    February 02 to February 08
    La Serie del Caribe
    La Serie del Caribe, the Caribbean World Series, returns to Puerto Rico in 2015. The Series will be held in Estadio Hiram Bithorn in San Juan from February 2-8. With the Cuban Serie Nacional champions again participating, the five-team tournament will follow the same schedule of competition that was established in 2014. That is: the first phase - Feb. 2-6, will be a five-day, single round-robin competition. From those results, the bottom (fifth-place) team will be eliminated and the remaining four teams will play a semi-final round on Feb. 7, with the two winners then playing for the championship on Feb. 8.
    Where: Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan
    Source: Web site
    February 06 to February 08
    Juan Boria Carnival
    Annual event featuring music, food, artisans, kiosks, and more.
    Where: Town Plaza in Dorado
    Phone: 787-796-5740
    Source: Que Pasa magazine
    February 07 to February 08
    Circo Fest 2015
    Street festival with circus acts and street performers. International performers from Germany, Spain, Italy, Peru, Brazil, and Argentina will be in attendance.
    Where: Calle San Francisco in Old San Juan
    Source: Web site
    February 08
    San Blas Half Marathon
    Annual half-marathon. See web site for details.
    Where: throughout Coamo
    Source: Web site
    February 11 to February 15
    Freefall Fest
    Annual skydiving festival, with workshops, instruction, and tandem skydiving. Also, music, food, etc.
    Where: Arecibo Regional Airport
    Phone: (787) 852-5757
    Source: Web site
    February 11 to February 17
    Ponce Carnival
    Annual Carnival, with a huge parade, food, music, entertainment, and more.
    Where: Town Plaza in Ponce
    Web: Visit web site for more info
    February 13 to February 15
    Maricao Coffee Festival
    Annual festival to mark the end of the coffee harvest season. Featuring food, music, artisans, and more.
    Where: Town Plaza in Maricao
    Source: Que Pasa magazine
    February 13 to February 15
    Arroyano Carnival
    Annual event with live music every night, food kiosks, artisans, and more.
    Where: Town Plaza in Arroyo
    Source: Que Pasa magazine
    February 14 to February 16
    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 Presidents' Day weekend.
    Where: Old San Juan
    February 21 to February 22
    8th Annual Smokin' Hot Cattlemen's BBQ
    Annual BBQ competition sponsored by the Caribbean BBQ Association. Sunday (Feb 22) is "slow smoking BBQ" day. Lots of food, people, and music.
    Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan
    Source: Web site
    February 22 to February 22
    Vegalteño Carnival
    Annual event with food kiosks, music, artisans, and more.
    Where: Town Plaza in Vega Alta
    Source: Que Pasa magazine
    February 26 to February 28
    Mabó Carnival
    Annual event, featuring music, dance, artisans, food, and shows.
    Where: the Boardwalk in Guaynabo
    Source: Que Pasa magazine
    February 27 to February 28
    Festival del Frio de Adjuntas
    Festival with music, food kiosks, artisans, and more.
    Where: Parador Villa de Sotomayor in Adjuntas
    Source: Que Pasa magazine
    February 28 @ 3pm - 9pm
    Taste of Rum
    Event featuring live music, a wide variety of local and international rums, food sampling, seminars on the rum-distilling process, bomba/plena shows and a bartender competition.
    Where: Old San Juan
    February 28
    El Morro Kite Festival
    Join 100s of people flying kites on the lawn at El Morro fort.
    Where: grounds of El Morro in Old San Juan

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    Mar 2015
    March 01 to March 31
    Whale Watching
    Look to the ocean to try to spot migrating humpback whales. The Rincon Lighthouse (El Faro) provides an excellent vantage point, and you can watch the surfers in the water below.
    Where: Rincon
    Source: Que Pasa magazine
    March 01
    Mabó Carnival
    Annual event, featuring music, dance, artisans, food, and shows.
    Where: the Boardwalk in Guaynabo
    Source: Que Pasa magazine
    March 01
    Festival del Frio de Adjuntas
    Festival with music, food kiosks, artisans, and more.
    Where: Parador Villa de Sotomayor in Adjuntas
    Source: Que Pasa magazine
    March 01
    World's Best 10K
    Annual 10K race over the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge - run or walk.
    Where: Teodoro Moscoso Bridge in San Juan
    Phone: 787 767 2000
    Source: Web site
    March 01
    El Morro Pet Festival
    Annual pet festival, featuring artisans, cat adoptions (with Save A Gato), exhibitors, face-painting, and more
    Where: grounds of El Morro in Old San Juan
    Source: Facebook
    March 06 to March 09
    Puerto Rico Open
    Annual Golf Event
    Where: Trump International Golf Resort, Rio Grande
    March 14
    Aguada Wine & Food Fest
    Food and wine festival, aiming to promote the western part of the island as a gastronomic destination for tourism.
    Where: Convention Center in Aguada
    Source: Web site
    March 15
    2015 Ironman 70.3
    Professional athletes will race alongside age group competitors on a breathtaking course that showcases the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. The 1.2-mile swim course will take place in the Condado Lagoon next to the Caribe Hilton and Condado Plaza Hilton and the bike course leads athletes towards five different municipalities en route to the inner-loop next to the City of Dorado. The two-loop run course utilizes the City of Old San Juan enchantment and Spanish Forts of "El Castillo San Felipe del Morro and San Cristobal." The race finishes at the beautiful "Parque del Tercer Milenio" next to breathtaking ocean reef views and amazing crowds!
    Where: San Juan
    Source: Web site
    March 15
    Día Nacional de la Zalsa
    Annual Salsa festival, featuring live music, dancing, and workshops.
    Where: Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan
    March 26 to March 29
    Orchid Festival
    Annual orchid show/sale sponsored by the Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Orquidistas.
    Where: UPR Jardín Botánico in Río Piedras
    March 26 to March 29 @ 8pm (Sunday @ 5pm)
    Heineken Jazz Fest
    Annual event, featuring 4 nights of Jazz bands.
    Where: Tito Puente Amphitheater in San Juan
    Source: Web site

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    Apr 2015
    April 10 to April 12 @ 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
    April 11 @ 10am-10pm
    Tinglar Festival
    Annual festival in honor of the Leatherback sea turtles (tinglars) that build their nests along the beach that runs from Luquillo to Fajardo (Northeastern Ecological Corridor). There will be food, music, artisans, and a children's parade (usually around noon).
    Where: Town Plaza in Luquillo
    April 18 to April 19
    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 Week's opening weekend.
    Where: Old San Juan
    April 24 to April 26
    Battle of 1797 Reenactment
    Annual battle reenactment, with uniformed soldiers, parades, artillery demonstrations.
    Where: Old San Juan
    Source: Web site
    April 30 to May 03
    Festival de Orquídeas de Fajardo
    Annual orchid show/sale sponsored by the Sociedad de Orquidistas del Este.
    Where: Coliseo Municipal Fito Ramos in Fajardo

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    2015
    May 01 to May 03
    Festival de Orquídeas de Fajardo
    Annual orchid show/sale sponsored by the Sociedad de Orquidistas del Este.
    Where: Coliseo Municipal Fito Ramos in Fajardo
    May 22 to May 24
    Puerto Rico Comic Con 2015
    The Biggest Entertainment event in the Caribbean … Comics, Movies, Video Games and more. Local and international exhibitors and artists. Video games, Tournaments, Cosplay, Conferences, Movie previews, special guests and more surprises.
    Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan
    July 25 to July 26
    El Morro Artisan Fair
    Annual artisan fair on the grounds of El Morro.
    Where: grounds of El Morro in Old San Juan
    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
    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
    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
    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

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    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

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    Major Holidays in 2015
    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 19Martin Luther King Day
    Feb 16Presidents Day
    Feb 16Puerto Rico Patriiots Dayin 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 22Emancipation Day
    Apr 3Good Friday (Viernes Santo)Most everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
    Apr 5Easter SundayMost everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
    May 10Mother's DayStores are closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
    May 25Memorial Day
    Jun 21Father'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 25Puerto Rico's Constitution Day
    Sep 7Labor Day
    Oct 12Columbus Day
    Nov 3Election DayMost everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
    Nov 11Veterans' Day
    Nov 19Puerto Rico Discovery & Culture Day
    Nov 26Thanksgiving 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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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 26-Jan-2015 04:16pm AST.

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