What’s Happening? January 2017

Even though Christmas is over, the Holiday Season is still in full swing here. The big highlights in January are Three Kings’ Day and the San Sebastián Street Festival.

While there is almost always something interesting happening somewhere in Puerto Rico, there are a few special events each month that deserve special mention. Here are a few of those events for January 2017.

January Events

January 2 until January 26 – Winter Baseball

Feed your baseball habit by catching a winter league game. The local Puerto Rican winter season is over, but they are having baseball round robins and playoffs.

January 6 – Three Kings Day

Here in Puerto Rico, Christmas is celebrated as a subdued and religious holiday. But the BIG holiday is Three Kings Day.

The town of Juana Díaz boasts the original celebration, with biggest celebration on the island. The official Kings start a caravan around Puerto Rico on January 2, and end up in Juana Díaz on the night of January 5, ready for the big events/parade in Juana Díaz on January 6.

Until January 8 – Navitown at Bahia Urbana

Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan comes to life with Christmas lights, rides for kids, and live music at night. There will be special events, artisans, and food kiosks.

January Events

Until January 8 – La Feria

La Feria Amusement Park is an annual carnival set up in the Hiram Birthorn Stadium parking lot in San Juan. There are rides, live music, food and games.

January 12 to 15 – Festival de la Novilla de las Fiestas

The 39th Festival de la Novilla de las Fiestas in San Sebastian honors the heifer (female cow) who is the patron of the town. Bands, kids, floats, and decorated cows parade down the street. The parade starts at 1pm at corner of Route 111 and Route 445, and follows along Route 111 for a while until Route 119. See their Facebook page for more info.

January Events

January 19 to 22 – San Sebastian Street Festival

The Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián is a big street (or now multi-street) party. Hundreds of thousands of people pour into Old San Juan for the celebration. It is sort of like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Lots of artisans, live music, food, and drinking! There is an opening parade, usually about 6pm, on Thursday with the cabezudos (big heads)!

January 20 to 22 – Legend Surf Classic

This special event is for surfers 40 to 99 years old, and features many of the original surfers that started the sport in Puerto Rico. This year invitations are going out to even more legends of surf and finalists of the 1968 World Championships held in here Rincon. See their Facebook page for more info.

January 27 to 29 – La Vuelta Puerto Rico

La Vuelta Puerto Rico is the ultimate cycling adventure for serious endurance athletes interested in a unique pro-like experience. Circumnavigate the entire island as part of a fast-paced international peloton on this fully supported, three-day, 375-mile event. Choose your peloton and ride at 15-22 mph (avg 16mph), 17-25 mph (avg 18mph), or 28 mph+! See their web site for more info.

Other Events

As always, you can check our events calendar, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for other events happening throughout the year across the island.

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I assume you will be here on a cruise. Escambron Beach on the east end of OSJ is good, there is a small beach Playita in Condado that is safe. The Isla Verde beaches are generally safe. The best beaches in PR are not right by the cruise ship and in winter, we get northern swells, which can cause serious rip currents.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Dec 2016

I enjoyed your site. I will be there for a day on Feb. 1, 2017. One thing I always look for is a place to swim, and I just wanted to mention that swimming is a water sport. There were some beaches featured which helped, but it might be nice to have more specific stuff re: swimming. Thanks.

Comment by Judith Hazlett on 17 Dec 2016

Dear Gwen, Thank you very much for the heads up on 3 Kings Day. My boyfriend and I are vacationing in San Juan this week. My Mother lives in Juana Diaz so this information came just in time. Thank you! Jacqueline

Comment by Jacqueline Donaldson on 05 Jan 2016

I remember when the Winter Baseball League's All-Star Game used to be held on Three Kings Day. The original opposing teams were the "nativos" (The Puerto Rican-born players) against the "importados" (the non-Puerto Rican players), and later changed to the "metros" (players from the teams around the San Juan Metropolitan Area) versus the "islas" (players from the teams outside the San Juan area). An old-timers' game was also played.

Comment by Robert on 04 Jan 2016

Maricao Coffee Fest is Feb 13-15th 2015. You can check what else is happening in February or other months on our event calendar page: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/calendar-of-events/

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Jan 2015

WE'll be in Rincon for February. Please send dates of the Maricao Coffee Festival

Comment by Jay Levy on 17 Jan 2015

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