St Barths Calendar of Events


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St Barths Calendar of Events

Few islands the size of Saint Barthélemy can boast a cultural and social calendar as rich and varied: festivals, nautical gatherings, and traditional fêtes accent the entire year.  

From season to season, every year has its series of quality artistic and cultural events, such as the incredible St Barth Music Festival, St. Barth Film Festival, and the traditional Carnival with its parades and dancing in the streets.  

As for sports, sailing takes top honors with three big events each year attracting some of the most beautiful sailboats in the world: The New Year’s Eve Regatta; The St Barth Bucket; and Les  Voiles de Saint Barth. Every two years, the island also hosts the arrival of the now-classic Transat  AG2R transatlantic race.  

An original initiative is a Swedish-themed marathon, or Gustavialoppet, which pays homage to the  Swedish presence on the island.  

And finally, many hotels and restaurants add to the activities on the island by organizing various musical or festive events that help create a fun atmosphere.  

St Barth Music Festival  

January – Jazz and classical music concerts in the churches of Gustavia and Lorient with artists of international renown.  

Literary Festival and Book Exchange  

March / April 

St Barth Festival of Caribbean Cinema  

April – Six days of film screenings based on the themes of the Caribbean region and Caribbean culture.  

St Barth Theatre Festival  

May – This weeklong festival features theatrical performances by the local troupe, SB Artists, as well as performers from other islands and from France.  

SBJAM Music Festival

August- A series of Caribbean music concerts presented by the association, SBJAM  

St Barth Bucket Regatta 

March- Three days of great racing around Saint Barthélemy, featuring some of the largest and  most prestigious sailboats in the world  

Les Voiles de St Barth Regatta  

April- A three-day sailing event open to boats of all sizes  

Tour of St Barth 

May- A great event for windsurfing and catamarans, based on the beach in St Jean  

St Barth Cata Cup  


– One of the Caribbean’s leading events for sport catamaran racing  

New Year’s Eve Regatta  

December 31 – A just-for-fun regatta around the island, open to sailing yachts visiting for the  New Year’s festivities and local sailboats  

Carnival (Mardi Gras)  

March – Carnival in St Barth begins the first Sunday in January after Epiphany, with a parade in  the streets of Gustavia every Sunday afternoon until Mardi Gras  

French National Holiday-Bastille Day  

July 14 – Fireworks and dancing on the Quai Général de Gaulle, Gustavia  

Fête in Anse des Cayes  

July – Games, tournaments and various activities organized in the neighborhood of Anse des  Cayes  

Northern Neighborhood  

July – Tournaments, various games, activities, theatre and dance performances, raffle, live music  on the beach in Flamands  

Windward Island Fête  

August – Fishing tournament, regattas, various games, music, volleyball on the beach in Lorient;  dance performance, raffle, and live bands at AJOE in Lorient  

Fête of Public  

August – Religious holiday. Games, tournaments, activities on the beach.  

Fête of Gustavia  


Fête of St Barthélemy  

August 24 – Commemoration of the island’s patron saint. Official ceremonies, regattas, various  games, dancing, fireworks, and live music on the Quai Général de Gaulle, Gustavia  

Fête of St Louis  

August 25 – Activities and tournaments, regattas, games, raffle,dances and live music on the  beach and in the streets of Corossol  

Heritage Day in Corossol  

October 31  

Piteå Day  

November – Commemoration of the twin cities of St Barth and Piteå (in Sweden),  activities on the beach in Public  


November – Annual Swedish Marathon in St Barthélemy (between 10 and 20km)  



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