Calendar of Events

This calendar contains a sampling of events scheduled across the island. All are open to the public. Most require no reservations. Many are free. You can plan on attending at least one of these events during your visit to Puerto Rico so that you can get a sampling of the culture. You will likely find local food and music at almost all of these events. And where there’s music, there’s bound to be singing and dancing!

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The dates and times in this list are accurate to the best of our knowledge. But dates and times sometimes change at the last minute without any notice. We suggest calling ahead to make sure that the event you plan on attending is actually being held as published.

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We have Lots of Holidays here

We’ve also included a list of holidays observed here in Puerto Rico. On some holidays (Good Friday comes to mind), the island virtually shuts down. If you’re planning on taking a tour or visiting an attraction on one of these holidays, we suggest that you call ahead just to make sure they’re going to be open.

How to Add Your Event to our Calendar

If you represent a group or organization and you would like your event listed (free of charge) in our Event Calendar, contact us with the details about your event and we’ll consider adding it. If you prefer to send us an email, or if you have a flyer you would like to send to us, you can contact us at events@puertoricodaytrips.com. No duden en enviar sus actividades y toda la información de la misma (flyer, lugar, fecha, etc.) a events@puertoricodaytrips.com y serán publicadas lo antes posible.

Nov 2019
November 21 to November 24
MECA International Art Fair
MECA (Mercado Caribeño) is the meeting point par excellence for the art markets of Latin America, the United States and the Caribbean, convening national and international galleries that will be meticulously chosen to achieve a fair of diverse art and outstanding works. MECA consists of 30+ exhibitors between 23 international galleries; 4 local galleries; 3 special projects; and 10 proposals for emerging artists and independent curators (MECANISMOS) selected through an open call that was evaluated by curator Carla Acevedo-Yates, all within the main building of the Arsenal de la Marina Española in Old San Juan.
Where: Arsenal de la Puntilla in Old San Juan
Source: Web site
November 29
Christmas Parade, Caroling, and Tree Lighting - Peñuelas
Holiday celebration, featuring a parade with floats, music, food, and more.
Where: Town Plaza in Peñuelas
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
November 30
Pastel Festival
Pasteles are one of the traditional holiday dishes here in Puerto Rico. This annual festival features pasteles of all kinds.
Where: Town Plaza in Orocovis
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
Dec 2019
December 06 to December 08
International Puerto Rico Tattoo Convention
The International Puerto Rico Tattoo Convention is an event that reunites many of the world’s best tattooers from every style focused on the passionate side of tattooing. Contests have also been taken into consideration to be a serious, non-bias, non-politic event but also a different approach for the serious collector who have been collecting from a well thought small piece to the commitment of a full bodysuit.
Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan
Source: Facebook
December 06 to December 08
Lighting of Holiday Decorations - Yauco
Holiday event featuring music, food, and more.
Where: Plaza Fernando Pacheco y Matos in Yauco
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
December 14 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
San Juan Christmas Boat Parade
Choose your best viewing spot along the waterfront in Old San Juan (Bahia Urbana) to watch this annual parade of decorated and illuminated boats. Music, food, and more. Hosted by Club Náutico de San Juan.
Where: San Juan Bay
Source: Facebook
December 15 @ 7:30am
5K de ESCAPE - Por la Niñez
Enjoy Christmas music along the route of this 5K, where you can run or walk with your family, friends or colleagues. All proceeds will benefit ESCAPE and its services for the prevention of child abuse. The "asopao" can not be missed after this Christmas 5K, so participants will enjoy a tasty "asopao" on arrival, in addition to raffle gifts and surprises. There will be a cash prize ($100) for the first male and female (overall).
Where: Paseo de las Artes in Caguas
Phone: 787 287 6161
Source: Facebook
December 27
Hatillo Masks Festival
Annual event to remember the Holy Innocents. There are parades, music, food, and people in costume from head to toe. And LOTS of people in attendance.
Where: Town Plaza in Hatillo
Source: Puerto Rico Tourism Company
2020
January 11
Puerto Rico Burger Festival
Enjoy over 30 of the best hamburger restaurants in one place. Participants will compete for the best burger in the People's Choice Award. With live music.
Where: Eco's Sports Park in San Juan
Source: Facebook
January 15 to January 19
Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián (San Sebastian Festival)
An annual celebration featuring tons of live music, parades, dancing, and lots of libations, food and local artisan crafts for sale — and it all adds up to one crazy, super crowded multi-day event! Held around the birthday of Saint Sebastian, it is meant as a fund raiser for the area. Come join the fun.
Where: Old San Juan
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February 02 @ 7am
San Blas Half Marathon
Annual half-marathon. See Facebook page for details.
Where: throughout Coamo
Source: Facebook
February 17 to February 23
Puerto Rico Open 2020
PGATour’s most fun tournament
Where: Coco Beach Resort and Golf Club, Rio Grande
Source: Facebook
March 07 to March 07 @ 5p-11p
Taste Of Rum
A gathering of the Puerto Rican rum makers, with open bars for you to sample all the types of rums made in PR! Rum seminars and other great fun included in ticket price. Food will be available for purchase.
Where: Bahia Urbana Muelle 6
Source: Facebook
March 13 to March 15
2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico: The 10th Anniversary Race
IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico triathlon where you race on a breathtaking course that showcases the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. The 1.2-mile swim course in the Condado Lagoon then the bike course through five different municipalities then the two-loop run course through Old San Juan.
Where: San Juan
April 02 to April 05
Saborea Puerto Rico
A delicious day of food and drinks, prepared by masters from a variety of local chefs/restaurants and bars.
Where: San Juan
Source: Facebook
Year-Round Events
7 days/week @ every hour on the hour
Daily Fort Orientation Talks
A National Park Service ranger provides a short, informational talk everyday, every hour on the hour, in the main plaza of both Castillos San Felipe del Morro and San Cristobal. Duration of the talk is approximately 20 minutes.
Where: Main Plaza of El Morro and Fort San Cristóbal
Phone: 787-729-6777
when cruise ship @ throughout the day
Artisans Market at Plaza Darsenas
Visit the artisans and other vendors in the area around La Casita when there are cruise ships in port.
Where: on the bay, near La Casita, across from the Visitors Center
Phone: 787-722-1709
Mondays @ 8:30pm
Big Band Night
Traditional and Puerto Rican Jazz. $10 cover charge. Presented by Heineken.
Where: Yerba Buena Restaurant 1350 Ashford Ave, Condado
Phone: 787-721-5700
Mondays @ 7pm
Bossa Nova Nights
Live music.
Where: The Parrot Club in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-725-7370
first Wednesdays
Salsa Afternoons with a Coffee Aroma
Enjoy a lovely afternoon listening to music of Orquesta Kandel.
Where: Santiago Palmer Square, Caguas
Phone: 787-744-8833
Thursdays @ 7pm
Latin Jazz
Live Jazz music.
Where: The Parrot Club in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-725-7370
Thursdays @ 8pm
Bohemia Night
Live music.
Where: El Toro Salao in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-722-3330
Fridays @ morning
Agricultural Market
Farmers gather every Friday in the plaza with their products - ornamental plants, fruits, vegatables, and small farm animals.
Where: Agropecuaria Plaza, San Sebastian
Phone: 787-896-1670
Fridays @ 9am-noon
Discover Nature of OSJ
A guided walk through the streets of OSJ to learn about the different ecological components of the historic city. Reservations required. Call for reservations. Offered by the Conservation Trust of PR.
Where: Old San Juan
Phone: 787-722-5834
Fridays @ 8pm
Flamenco Dance Show
Flamenco music & dance show, free with dinner.
Where: Barrachina, Fortaleza St, Old San Juan
Phone: 787-725-7912
last Friday
Coamo Culinary Fest
Music and culinary event.
Where: Town Plaza in Coamo
last Friday
Al Fresco
Music and culinary event.
Where: Paseo de las Artes Abelardo Díaz Alfaro in Caguas
Phone: 787-744-8833 ext 1833
weekends @ 10am-8pm
Artisan Exhibits
Artisans, food vendor, and music most weekends.
Where: Plaza Darsena and Paseo de la Princesa in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-722-1709
Saturdays @ 10am-noon
Aguadilla Farmers Market
Farmers Market, with produce, food, artisans, and special events throughout the year.
Where: parking lot of One Ten Thai on Road 110 in Aguadilla
Saturdays @ 7pm-10pm
Live Jazz Music
In the bar on the first floor.
Where: Sheraton Hotel in Old San Juan
Saturdays @ 2:30pm
Lighthouse @ El Morro
Discover the lighthouse at El Morro with a park guide.
Where: El Morro Fort
Phone: 787-729-6754
Saturdays @ 8:00pm
Flamenco Dance Show
Flamenco music & dance show, free with dinner.
Where: Barrachina, Fortaleza St, Old San Juan
Phone: 787-725-7912
Saturdays @ 8am-1pm
Farmers' Market
Agricultural market.
Where: San Juan Museum courtyard
first Saturday @ 9am
Bazar Urbano / Urban Bazaar
The Bazaar showcases numerous creations by young designers and features products such as clothes, shoes, accessories, and pet clothing, as well as other items.
Where: Ventana al Mar, Ashford Ave in Condado
second & fou @ 7pm
Cine de Estuario
Free outdoor movies at the Condado Lagoon.
Where: Jaime Benitez Park at the Condado Lagoon
Phone: 787-725-8165
Sundays @ 10:30am
San Cristóbal Tunnel Tour
Explore the legendary tunnels of Castillo San Cristóbal and discover the essential role they had as a hidden defense for the fortification system. Duration of tour is approx 45 minutes.
Where: Main Plaza in Fort San Cristóbal
Phone: 787-729-6777
Sundays @ 8pm
Dinner & Magic Show
Manuel Velasco performs his magic show every Sunday night.
Where: Koko Restaurant in El San Juan Hotel
Phone: 787-725-7370
first & thir @ 9am-6pm
Rincon Farmers' Market
Farmers' Market.
Where: Town Square in Rincon
Phone: 787-823-2180
first Sunday @ noon-5pm
Artisan's Sunday
Artisans Market
Where: Museo del las Americas in the Ballaja Building in Old San Juan
first Sunday @ 9am
Mercado Urbano / Urban Market
Farmers market and craft sales.
Where: Ventana al Mar, Ashford Ave in Condado
first Sunday
Mercado Artesanal Criollo
Artisans Market
Where: Caguas Botanical Garden
Phone: 787-744-8833 ext 1833
third Sunday @ throughout the day
Life Inside the Fortification
A Living History demonstration — A soldier's life inside the fortifications of San Juan during the 18th century included practice, drills, work, and recreation. Join a interpreter and living history demonstrators in period dress for black powder firing demonstrations, and get a colorful glimpse of life inside these Spanish citadels that guarded the entrance to the New World.
Where: El Morro Fort
third Sunday @ 4pm
Heineken Ventana al Jazz
Free live jazz, the third Sunday of each month, presented free at el Paseo del Litoral in Mayaguez. Personal coolers are NOT permitted.
Where: Paseo del Litoral in Mayaguez
last Sunday
I Love Puerto Rico Cultural Fest
Gastronomic and cultural event held the last Sunday of every month. Featuring live music, food, artisans, and kiosks.
Where: Paseo La Princesa in Old San Juan
last Sunday @ 5:30pm-8pm
Romantic Sunset Concerts
Enjoy local music and dancing on the waterfront while the sun sets.
Where: Plaza Darsena, on the waterfront next to La Casita in Old San Juan
Phone: 787-721-2400 ext 2215
last Sunday @ 5pm
Heineken Ventana al Jazz
Free live jazz, the last Sunday of each month, presented free at Bahia Urbana, on the bay in Old San Juan.
Where: Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan
Major Holidays in 2019
Jan 01 New Year's Day Forts are closed. El Yunque is open.
Jan 06 Three King's Day (Día de Reyes) Stores may be closed. Forts are open. El Yunque is open.
Jan 21 Martin Luther King Day
Feb 18 Puerto Rico Patriots Day in honor of Eugenio María de Hostos, José de Diego, Luis Muñoz Rivera, José Celso Barbosa, Ramón Emeterio Betances, Román Baldorioty de Castro, Luis Muñoz Marín, Ernesto Ramos Antonini, Luis A. Ferré
Feb 18 Presidents Day
Mar 22 Emancipation Day
Apr 19 Good Friday (Viernes Santo) Most everything closed (by law). Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
Apr 21 Easter Sunday Most everything closed (by law). Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
May 12 Mother's Day Most things open. Some smaller businesses may be closed.
May 27 Memorial Day
Jun 16 Father's Day Most things open. Some smaller businesses may be closed.
Jun 24 Saint John's Day (Día de San Juan Bautista)
Jul 04 US Independence Day
Jul 25 Puerto Rico's Constitution Day
Sep 02 Labor Day
Oct 14 Columbus Day
Nov 05 Election Day Stores may be closed. Beaches open. Forts open. El Yunque open.
Nov 11 Veterans' Day
Nov 19 Puerto Rico Discovery & Culture Day
Nov 28 Thanksgiving Day (Acción de Gracias) Stores may be closed. Forts are closed. El Yunque open.
Dec 24 Christmas Eve (Noche Buena)
Dec 25 Christmas Day (Navidad) Stores may be closed. Forts are closed. El Yunque facilities are closed, but trails are open.

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We use multiple sources for our event calendar, including local newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, the Que Pasa magazine, and info provided directly to us by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. Updated 21-Nov-2019 02:19pm AST.
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