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5 Unique Dominica Events Not to Miss This Year

International travel should take you out of your comfort zone and broaden your worldview—whether you’re a retired jet-setter or taking your kids on their first trip outside of the country. Because geography isn’t the only thing that makes a place unique. To truly do this, we recommend immersing yourself in the culture of the place you’re visiting whenever possible. What are the locals eating, listening to, playing, creating? While visiting Dominica, we hope you have the opportunity to experience the island like a local. These are just some of the annual events that will let you do just that.

1. Dominica Carnival

February 24–25, 2020

Known as “Mas Domnik” or “The Real Mas,” Dominica’s Carnival is held annually on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday—marking the beginning of Lent. Though activities typically start a month prior, the highlight of Carnival is this two-day festival of street dancing and performances and much more.

2. DOMFESTA

May 2020

The Dominica Festival of the Arts (DOMFESTA) is a month-long celebration of creative artistic disciplines—including theatrical and dance performances, concerts and artistic workshops. Get a taste of both longstanding traditions and new flavors during this showcase.

3. Dive Fest 

July 5–14, 2020

Led by the Dominica Watersports Association, this annual event is centered on scuba diving and marine life. Visitors can participate in Dive Fest through a variety of activities, including discounted whale watching tours, swimming and kayaking races, and marine educational tours. Family-friendly events include kids snorkel treasure hunts, beach Bar-B-Qs, and more. Don’t miss the famous Kubali Canoe Race!

4. Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair

Early August 2020

The annual Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair has been showcasing recognized talent as well as new and upcoming writers since 2008. The festival is typically aligned with Dominica’s Emancipation Day celebrations and aims to promote reading as well as careers within the literary arts.

5. World Creole Music Festival 

October 23–25, 2020

Concluding Creole heritage month, the annual World Creole Music Festival is a three-day event presented by the Dominica Festivals Committee. It’s been called “The Festival That Never Sleeps” because the celebrations start in the evenings and last well into the mornings.

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