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
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
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)