What’s Happening? July 2018

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. Big town festival month.

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 2018.

Every Sunday of July- Family Beach Festival

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is having family fun days at local beaches around the island, one spot every Sunday. The event is called “Voy Turisteando”, and it includes music, games, and artisans. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July 7: Family Celebration of Independence Day

Fort Buchanan National Guard base is opening its doors to the community, for a celebration of Independence Day. There will be live music, food, and fireworks! Plus activities for the kids. ID is needed to get in. Check their Facebook page for more info.

Through July 8: 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, including driving directions.

July 4 to 8: Feria Agricola National (Agricultural Fair)

Lajas is having an agricultural fair – with food, music, animals, rides, fresh agricultural products for purchase, artisans, and more. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July 13 to 15: 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. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July 13 to 16: Fiestas Patronales de Hatillo

Hatillo will celebrate in honor of the town patron saint. It’s a 4-day party, featuring food, music, games, artisans, and more. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July 13 to 15: World Salsa Congress

Annual Salsa event, with competitions, exhibitions, workshops, and more. Held at the Teatro Tapia and Latin Roots in Old San Juan. Details on their Facebook page.

July 20 to 22: 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. Check their Facebook page for more info.

Saint James Festival in Loiza

July 21 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. On July 29, at the El Batey De Los Hermanos Ayala, the Ayala family hosts a bomba “show” with music and dancing.

Other Events

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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It has been referenced as being introduced to PR many places. Perhaps the books have pictures of Tainos playing with other indigenous lizards...just not the green iguana.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Jul 2016

Who said that the iguanas of Puerto,Rico are not native. I've seen books of the Tainos playing with them in books Peter Q.

Comment by Peter Quinones on 04 Jul 2016

The Loiza Festival is a must. The Hermanos Ayala Bomba Fiesta will be July 26, at 12 noon-7pm at the Hermanos Ayala’s property. Bomba music and dancing, vijigante mask carving and a general street party! http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/loiza-festival/ Keep an eye on our Facebook page for other things/festivals and event.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Jul 2015

We are planning to be in Puerto Rico July 25-31. What's recommended to get a true taste of Puerto Rican dance, food and culture during that week (e.g. festivals, workshops, etc.)?

Comment by Horace on 11 Jul 2015

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