Six great festivals in Dominica

Every year there are festivals in Dominica to celebrate what makes our island special. These are six of the biggest and most spectacular events taking place in 2015 that visitors shouldn’t miss.


Taking place usually in late February or early march, this is one of the most vibrant times to visit Dominica. As well as the calypso and steel pan music that you can experience all around the Caribbean, we still celebrate our traditional music and dances with masquerad songs called Chanté mas and Lapo kabrit, which is our own form of Carnival music, performed by masequerading partygoers in a two-day parade.

Dive Fest

Dominica is known to have some of the best diving in the Caribbean, and our annual Dive Fest in early July is the oldest diving festival in the region too. Join us for special The event whale watching trips and dive packages, snorkeling picnics, canoe racing, and marine educational tours.

Dominica Festival of Arts

This is a long running festival that stretches from April to June. It’s a showcase of our rich cultural heritage, with theatre and dance, along with theatrical and dance performances, concerts, and artistic workshops geared at developing local artistic expressions.

Hike Fest

Dominica is home to the Waitakubuli trail, the longest walking route in the Caribbean. In May each year locals and international visitors take to the trails – both long and short – to enjoy our rainforests and waterfalls, birdlife and beautiful views.

Jazz ‘n Creole

Held in the unique atmosphere of the Cabrits National Park, Jazz ‘n Creole is a celebration of some of music by local and international artists. As well as the main events in the park, there are always lots of fringe events, some of which take place here at the Fort Young each year.

World Creole Music Festival

For many this is the highlight of the festival year, taking place at the end of October. It’s the largest event in the world dedicated to all forms of creole music, from zouk to zydeco, and reggae to calypso, it attracts thousands of people each time, and the stars that turn out to wow the crowds are some of the biggest names in Creole music.

The Fort Young is involved in all these events, and each year we run promotions to help you celebrate each festival in style. Check our promotions page for more information.