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 2 until January 26 – Winter Baseball
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.
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 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.
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