Nobel Laureate Week | January
St. Lucia has more Nobel laureates per capita than any other country in the world. The late Sir Arthur Lewis won the Economics prize in 1979, Derek Walcott the literature prize in 1992. Both were born on January 23rd. To honour their achievements a week of events is organised by the offices of the Governor General. Expect discussions on the economic development of the Caribbean, poetry and musical presentations, literary lectures, concerts and drama productions.
Independence Day | February
Celebrating the day when St Lucia achieved full independence from the United Kingdom, this national holiday hosts a number of events across the island, particularly in the capital, Castries. Held in February, concerts and other special activities are held to mark the occasion.
Taste the World International Food Fair | March
The Taste the World International Food Fair is an annual event held at the Pigeon Island National Landmark. Since the first Food Fair in 2010, the cuisine and culture of 16 countries have been featured including: Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, France, Italy, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and the Philippines.
St. Lucia Golf Open | April
This two-day golf tournament is held at the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club. It is open to all amateurs. Players come from all over the Caribbean to participate. The OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States) team will be selected at this match. This team goes on to play at the Caribbean championships. This is a handicap event with prizes for gross and net scores. The event takes place around the middle of April.
Jazz Festival | May
Revamped, redesigned and with a broadened artistic direction, the Caribbean’s premier cultural event — the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival — will attract thousands to Simply Beautiful Saint Lucia. Cultural enthusiasts, festival lovers and music aficionados will be wooed by over 50 world-acclaimed entertainers and artisans over the 11-day festival, which runs from the end of April into May. stluciajazz.org
St Lucia Carnival | June/July
St Lucia carnival is a very extravagant affair, which runs throughout June and July. The Carnival is widely lauded as one of the Caribbean’s most exciting festivals. There are parades, music and a variety of costumes, as well as Beauty Queen and steel band competitions. stluciancarnival.com
Emancipation Day and National Heroes Day | August
Internationally August 1st, is Labour Day. However, in St. Lucia it is celebrated as Emancipation and National Heroes Day in remembrance of the abolition of slavery in 1834, and in recognition of notable St. Lucians who have helped to shape the country’s development.
St. Lucia Bill Fishing Tournament | September
A three day competition that is open to anglers from all over the Caribbean. The Blue Marlin is the most sought-after catch and everyone is out trying to hook the biggest fish. Marlin weighing less than 250 pounds are tagged and returned to the sea. The weighing station is at Rodney Bay and all are invited to see the catches at the end of each fishing day.
Creole Heritage Month | October
Held annually on the Sunday closest to 28th October, International Creole Day celebrates the island’s rich cultural identity with a varied programme of performance. Typically held in rural communities where the Creole identity is strongest, visitors can experience storytelling and music in the lyrical kweyol (Creole) language, along with tasty Creole dishes such as fishcakes, bwapain woti (roasted breadfruit), and the national dish, greenfig and saltfish.
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers | December
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) is an annual transatlantic sailing competition for racer and cruiser yachts that formed in 1986. ARC starts at the end of November in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and ends before Christmas in the Caribbean destination of Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia. The ARC is the largest transocean sailing event in the world and regularly attracts over 200 boats of many different shapes and sizes. The route takes between 14 and 21 days aided by trade winds, and covers over 2,700 nautical miles.
Heineken Kalalu Festival | December
Held in December, this is the Caribbean’s most diverse musical event featuring international artists and sponsored by Heineken Beer. A four-day festival of fun, food, and fantastic music, ranging from the traditional to the popular, it celebrates St. Lucia’s Creole and Anglo-French links to Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Festival of Lights and Renewal | December
In mid December, the Christmas lights are turned on and there is a lantern making competition.