What’s Happening? February 2016
February is prime tourist season here in Puerto Rico … the days are warm, the nights are cool, and it’s freezing up in the Great White North. From carnivals to coffee festivals to marathons to food, drink and music events there are lots of things going on this time of year. While there is almost always something interesting happening somewhere in Puerto Rico, there are a few special events each month that deserve a mention. Here are a few of those events for February 2016.
February 3 to 9 – Ponce Carnival
The annual Carnaval Ponceño is the last big blow-out before Lent, with week-long festivities and a huge parade on Sunday.
Coffee Festivals in Jayuya & Maricao
These annual festivals mark the end of the coffee-harvest season. February 6 to 7 is the 3rd Coffee Festival in Jayuya, held at the Complejo Deportivo Filiberto García, and February 12 to 14 is the Fiesta del Acabe del Cafe in Maricao, held in the parking lot of the Johnny Quinones Stadium. Expect Barista competitions, sales of coffee plants, dancing, food and animal exhibits, artisans and shows, and, of course, coffee and coffee-related items.
Marathons in Coamo and San Juan
The San Blas Marathon is on February 7 in Coamo, and the World’s Best 10K is on February 28 in San Juan on the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge. These annual marathons attract runners (and walkers) from across Puerto Rico and the globe. Come out out to participate, or just to spectate.
February 20 – Taste of Rum
Taste of Rum is the annual rum festival sponsored by the Rums of Puerto Rico. It’s held from 3pm to 9pm in the courtyard of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company building on La Paseo de la Princesa. There is a flair-tending competition, seminars, music, food … and rum!
February 20 to 21 – Smokin’ Hot BBQ Competition
The Smokin’ Hot BBQ Competition is an annual BBQ competition sponsored by the Caribbean BBQ Association. This year, it will be held at Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan. Expect (lots of) food, drink, and entertainment at this bay-side venue.
February 20 to March 12 – Casals Festival
The annual Casals Festival is a classical music event celebrated in honor of classical musician Pablo Casals. Performances are held a various venues around the San Juan area. You can view the schedule and buy tickets on the TicketPop web site.
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