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.

Jun 2016
June 22 to June 26
Carnival in Río Grande
The town of Río Grande is the “city of El Yunque”, and each year they celebrate the Carnaval Ciudad de El Yunque — a 5-day festival with food, music, parades, carnival rides, and fireworks.
Where: downtown Río Grande
More Info: Read More About This Event
June 24 to July 04
Aibonito Flower Festival
Annual flower festival, loads of plants for sale, flower shows and seminars and also live music, food and artisans.
Where: Aibonito
Source: Facebook
June 24 to June 26
St. Peter's Festival
A religious procession along the coast in honor of St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen. Flowers from the flamboyant tree are used to decorate boats. Expect music, food, and more.
Where: San Pedro Plaza in La Parguera, Lajas
Source: Que Pasa magazine
June 24 to June 26
Tango Festival
Tango Festival with performances, conferences, workshops, competition, and a Tango Gala.
Where: José Buga Abreu Coliseum in Isabela
Source: Facebook
June 25 to June 26
Fishermen's Festival
Event featuring music, food, entertainment, and more.
Where: Puerto Real Beach in Fajardo
Source: Que Pasa magazine
June 26
LGBT PR Pride Parade
The 26th Annual Puerto Rican LGBTTIQ Pride March will be held this year on Sunday, June 26th 2016 due to the Puerto Rican primaries being held on the traditional date, the 1st Sunday of the month of June. The celebration starts at 10:00 AM at “Parque del Indio” in the Condado area, where the parade will march proudly towards “Parque del Tercer Milenio” at the entrance of Old San Juan. There, the best local and international entertainment will enchant at the legendary “Pride Fest”.
Where: Condado to Old San Juan
Source: Facebook
Jul 2016
July 01 to July 04
Lajas Valley Agricultural Fair
Agro event featuring farm and exotic animals, birds, agricultural equipment, and more.
Where: Western Hay Farm in Lajas
Source: Facebook
July 01 to July 03
Hammock Festival
Artisan fair, featuring artisans from all over the island. With food, music, and more.
Where: Juan José Titi Beníquez parking area in San Sebastián
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 01 to July 04
Yellow Mombin Festival
A family-oriented event to honor and relive island traditions and culture. With food, music, and more.
Where: El Higüero Sector in Comerio
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 10
Neighborhood Festival
A town event, featuring artisans, food, music, and exhibitions.
Where: Town Plaza in Hatillo
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 15 to July 17
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Celebration in honor of the Virgin, with entertainment, food, music, artisans, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Aguadilla
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 15 to July 17
National Artisan Fair
Event with music, food, artisans, kids' entertainment, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Barranquitas
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 22 to July 30
Saint James Festival
Annual patron saint festival, with religious processions, and parade.
Where: Loiza
More Info: Read More About This Event
July 22 to July 24
Island Mojo Festival
This festival highlights recipes made with island mojo sauce. There will be 120 artisans, traditional music, and more.
Where: Paseo Ladis in Salinas
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 23
El Gigante Marathon
Event featuring a 12-km race in the downtown area.
Where: Guarionex Sports Complex in Adjuntas
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 24 to July 30
World Congress of Salsa
Annual salsa event, featuring exhibitions, competitions, workshops, and more. The "World Salsa Open" will be July 24-27 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. From July 28-30, concerts, shows, and classes will be held at the Hilton Condado Plaza.
Where: San Juan
Source: Web site
July 28 to July 31
Freshwater Festival
Festival dedicated to freshwater and the four rivers that cross through the town. There will be music, food, and more.
Where: Samuel Rosario Recreational Complex in Ciales
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 28 to July 31
Orchid Festival
Annual orchid show and sale.
Where: Rubén Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto
Source: Que Pasa magazine
July 28
Guinness World Record Scuba Dive
A Guinness World Record Attempt for the "Oldest Married Couple to Scuba Dive" will be made for Puerto Rico on the morning of Thursday, 28 July 2016, with Paradise Divers in La Parguera, Puerto Rico and the support of the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and Sea Grant of Puerto Rico. The couple making the attempt, Drs. Lucy Bunkley-Williams and Ernest H.(Bert) Williams, are retired marine biologists (67 and 69 years old). They will make the dive in one of the best diving sites in Puerto Rico, off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico.
Where: La Parguera in Lajas
July 29 to July 31
Artisan Fair
This event will feature the largest sancocho (a type of soup) in the island, and will include 80 artisans, music, food, and more.
Where: Cristóbal Colón Plaza in Guayama
Source: Que Pasa magazine
Aug 2016
August 03 to August 07
Air Race 1 World Cup
The Air Race 1 World Cup is considered the top international title in the sport known as Formula 1 air racing. The sport is true air racing, in which eight custom hand-built airplanes race directly against each other, at the same time, on a tight circuit at speeds of 250 miles per hour, 30 feet above the ground, vying to cross the finish line first.
Where: José Aponte de la Torre Airport in Ceiba
Source: Web site
August 13 to August 14
Bomba & Plena Festival
Event featuring artisans, food, music, and exhibitions.
Where: Boardwalk in Juana Díaz
Source: Que Pasa magazine
August 14
Las 100 de la Parguera
Mountain bike (MTB) competition with international participants.
Where: La Parguera in Lajas
Source: Web site
August 14
Festival de la Cocolía
Event with music, sports, artisans, and local dishes made with this small crab.
Where: Ojo del Buey Sector in Dorado
Source: Que Pasa magazine
August 25 to August 28
Free Admission to Forts
Free admission to El Morro and Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan for National Park Service Birthday.
Where: Old San Juan
Source: Web site
Later in 2016
September 10 to September 11
Coffee and Chocolate Expo
A Festival all about chocolate and coffee, with lots of samples, education and brands to enjoy.
Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center
Source: Facebook
September 24
Free Admission to Forts
Free admission to El Morro and Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan for National Public Lands Day.
Where: Old San Juan
Source: Web site
October 15 to October 16
Caribbean Aero Expo
Indoor and outdoor aviation expo, with an air show, parade of planes, helicopter rides, and more.
Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan
Source: Web site
November 11
Free Admission to Forts
Free admission to El Morro and Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan for Veterans Day.
Where: Old San Juan
Source: Web site
2017
April 06 to April 09
Saborea Puerto Rico
A culinary extravaganza featuring cooking demonstrations in the Demo Kitchen, Tasting Pavilion, Libation Station, and entertainment at Playa Escambron on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Where: Escambron Beach
Source: Facebook
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 Bahia Urbana, on the bay in Old San Juan.
Where: Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan
Major Holidays in 2016
Jan 01 New Year's Day Forts are closed. El Yunque is open.
Jan 06 Three King's Day (Día de Reyes) Most everything closed. Forts are open. El Yunque is open.
Jan 18 Martin Luther King Day
Feb 15 Presidents Day
Feb 15 Puerto Rico Patriots 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
Mar 25 Good Friday (Viernes Santo) Most everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
Mar 27 Easter Sunday Most everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
May 08 Mother's Day Stores are closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
May 30 Memorial Day
Jun 19 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 04 US Independence Day
Jul 25 Puerto Rico's Constitution Day
Sep 05 Labor Day
Oct 10 Columbus Day
Nov 08 Election Day Most everything closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
Nov 11 Veterans' Day
Nov 19 Puerto Rico Discovery & Culture Day
Nov 24 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 26-Jun-2016 12:28am AST.
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