What’s Happening? July 2017

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 2017.

Through July 9: 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 14 to 16: 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 21 to 23: 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.

July 23 to 29: World Salsa Congress

Annual Salsa event, with competitions, exhibitions, workshops, and more. Held at the Puerto Rico Sheraton Convention Center. Details on their Facebook page.

El Yunque in July

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.

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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