St Barths Calendar of Events



St Barths Calendar of Events

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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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