What’s Happening? July 2022
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. July is a big month for town festivals.
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 2022.
July 1 to 4: Aibonito Flower Festival
The largest flower event of the year – this yearly event has loads of vendors selling all sorts of plants and plant-related things. Also plant displays gardens, artisans, food, and loads of live music. A lively event. Check this Facebook page for more info.
July 2: Family Celebration of Independence Day
Fort Buchanan US Army base is opening its doors to the community for a celebration of Independence Day. Come enjoy music, artisans and fireworks! There will be food and beverages available for purchase. There will also be fun stuff available for the kids for an additional cost. $10 per person for people 12 and over. Make sure to check their page for information for getting onto the base and more. For tickets, call 787-246-6264 or 787-707-3974/4391. ID is required to gain entry to the base. Check their Facebook page for more info.
July 2 to 4: Festival Nacional De La Hamaca (Hammock Festival)
A festival celebrating the hammock! Of course there will be hammocks for sale, but also Artisan Market and loads of kiosks selling food and other things, and live music. Held at the Centro Agropecuario de San Sebastián, RT 111. Check their Facebook page for more info.
July 8 to 10: Piña Colada Festival
Come celebrate National Piña Colada Day on the island where it was born! Over 50 participating bars and restaurants will be serving a variety of Piña Coladas and specialty cocktails in Old San Juan. Walk around to different bars and sample their Piña Coladas (some places will offer other types of drinks during this special event) at $4 each. At various bars and restaurants around Old San Juan. Check their Facebook page for more info.
July 14 to 17: Fiestas Patronales de Hatillo
Hatillo will celebrate in honor of the town patron saint. It’s a 5-day party, featuring food, music, games, artisans, and more. There is a 5K race on Saturday 7/16 at 6am too. Check their Facebook page for more info.
July 14 to 17: Fiestas Patronales de Cidra
Cidra will celebrate in honor of the town patron saint. It’s a 4-day party, featuring food, music, games, artisans, and more. It will be held at their Public Plaza. Check their Facebook page for more info.
July 24 to 28: 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. Besides the traditional religious activities/processions, there is usually the town Carnaval around this time. Expect lots of colorful parades, dance shows, music (traditional bomba, along with newer stuff), and tables/kiosks selling crafts and traditional food. I have not heard for sure yet, but I expect that on July 30 at the El Batey De Los Hermanos Ayala, the Ayala family usually hosts a bomba “fiesta” with music and dancing.
July 31: El Picnic
The Picnic returns this summer to the Caguas Botanical Garden. From 12 noon to 10pm. A nice family garden party (including your dog!). Featuring lots of live music, food, fun activities for the kids and pets, live plant sales, artisans, and more. Check their Facebook page for more info.
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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