What’s Happening? July 2016
The month of July is probably the busiest month here in Puerto Rico. We have lots of holidays this month, so locals take vacation in July. Combine that with the tourists spending their summer vacation on the island, and you can expect lots crowds and lots of activities happening, especially on the weekends and holidays.
While there is always something fun happening somewhere in Puerto Rico, there are a few special events each month that deserve a mention. Here are some highlights for July 2016.
Through July 4: Aibonito Flower Festival
This is the biggest annual flower and plant festival on the island. There are plant sales, exhibitions, music, entertainment, and food. Stop by for a couple hours, or bring a folding chair and spend the whole day. Expect crowds on the weekends. Check this other article about the Aibonito Flower Festival for more details.
July 15 to 17: National Artisan Fair
Barranquitas Town Plaza is the site of one of the largest artisan fairs in the island. Featuring food, music, games, artisans, and more.
July 22 to 24: Island Mojo Festival
This festival (at the Paseo Ladis in Salinas) highlights recipes made with island mojo sauce. There will be 120 artisans, traditional music, and more.
July 22 to 30: Fiesta de Santiago Apóstol
One of the most colorful examples of the melding of Puerto Rico’s Spanish and African cultural heritage would be the annual Fiestas Tradicionales en Honor a Santiago Apóstol (traditional festivities to honor Saint James) in Loíza. It is a multi-day event that occurs around July 25, the feast day of Saint James. Expect lots of colorful parades, dance shows, music (traditional bomba along with newer stuff), and tables/kiosks selling crafts and traditional food.
July 24 to 30: World Salsa Congress
Annual Salsa event, with competitions, exhibitions, workshops, and more. Held at the Puerto Rico Sheraton Convention Center. Details on their web site.
July 29 to 30: Guayama 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. Held at the Cristóbal Colón Plaza in Guayama.
all of July: “Traffic Operations” in El Yunque
July is a very busy month in El Yunque National Forest. Because of that, and due to the fact that there is limited parking within the forest, the US Forest Service implements what they call “Traffic Operations” in the forest. Basically, once all available parking spots are filled, the forest will be closed to cars until some of the parking spots are vacated. You can read more about that, and options that you might have if you are can’t get into El Yunque, in this article that we wrote a couple years ago.
This is just a small subset of activities occurring this month. As always, be sure to check our events calendar, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for other events happening this month and throughout the year all across the island.
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