Jamaica News and Events

Jamaica Events 

The 16th staging of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Expo takes place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, from October 9 to 11, 2015.  

Jamaica News and Events -May 2015

  • 9th  May – Food for the Poor 5k run/walk Emancipation Park Kingston Jamaica
  • 9th  May - Jamaica Intl Invitational Meet – National Stadium Kingston Jamaica
  • 9th  May - Jamnesia Surf Camp 8 Miles Bull Bay St Andrew  Starts 8.00 pm.  Live music, food and drinks on sale.
  • 10th May  - Mother’s Day Jazz at Red Bones Café –  Argyle Road Kingston  2.00 pm to 9.00 pm. 
  • 10th May - Lime Golf Academy New Kingston  Mothers’ Day event - 5.00-7.00 pm.
  • 10th May -  Club Kokonutz Reading Montego Bay St James – Mother’s Day Event 
  • 19-24 May -  Style Week Jamaica Fashion Block - Saint Intl Ja Kingston.  Fashion Show
  • 21-24 May - Speed Race Meet Dover Race Way St Ann – 4 day Speed Race event starts 8am.
  • 23 May  – Another Jamnesia Session Jamnesia Surf Camp Bull Bay St Andrew
  • 23 May -   Fundraiser at Great Bay Treasure Beach in support of the Skate boarding Park at Treasure Beach Sports Club.  Admittance fee J$500. 
  • 23-24 May -  Annual Rose Hall Roast Festival at Long Beach Montego Bay -  Great food and live performances.  10.00 am to 2.00 am.
  • 25th May -   Manchester Flower Show Mandeville  Manchester – 9.00 am to 3.00 pm – 
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  • 25th  May -  National Labour Day Concert on the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston Jamaica.  - Live music 8.00 pm till late.
  • 31 May -  Monthly exhibits  including special films and performances held at National Gallery of Jamaica 12 Ocean Boulevard Kingston.  11.00 am to 6.00 pm. 

Jamaica News and Events -April 2015

  • 3-6th  April - Montego Bay Yacht Club St James -   Easter Regatta 
  • 4th April  - Bird Watching Walking Tour Hope Gardens Kingston/ All day event from 6.45am to 8.30am .  18 and over.
  • 4th April - Smirnoff Bacchanal James Bond Beach, Oracabessa All inclusive with food and sale  1-10pm 
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  • 5th April - St Elizabeth Jerk and Seafood  Festival  Manley Horne Park, Ballard’s Valley Junction  St Eliz.   – family based event with great foods.   Music by local artists Gates open 1- am presold adults J$500 –J$700 gate.  Adults 800 after 6.00pm.  Children under 12 J$200.
  • 5th  Apr - Marbana Port Antonio, Frenchman’s cove Portland  Carnival celebrations  with music by  well known musicians  11 to 7pm.
  • 5th April - NDTC, Little Theatre presents celebrates the life of Eddy Thomas with dance.
  • 5th April - Fantasy Beach Prior St  Ann Intl Soca  artist and others - promises a fun filled day.  J$4000 pre-sold 4500 at the gate.

  • 6th April Easter Mon – St Eliz horticultural society annual flower show Held at Independence Park Black River St Elizabeth
  • 6th April -  Carnival Breakfast celebration at Trident Castle Portland Must be 18 and over – 4 – 11pm
  • 5-6 Apr  - Dover Raceway  in St Ann Annual Easter Monday racing competition at Dover .  8am to 6pm
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  • 6th April - Bourbon Beach Party Negril with Romain Virgo in concert 1200 pre-sold $1500 at gate.
  • 6th April - Annual Easter Monday kite festival at Richmond Priory St Ann
  • 6 April - Hope Botanical Gardens Easter Sunday family fun day 1- to 7pm in Kingston

  • 6 April - St Mary Agri Expo – farmers market and family fun day adults J$600 children J$100
  • 6 April - Agricultural show case. Montpelier Show Ground St James.  Start as at 9.00 am and dedicated to the memory of the late Roger Clarke, former Agricultural and Fisheries Minister of Jamaica.
  • 6 April - Another kite festival and family full day scheduled to start 10 am at Seville Heritage Park, Priory St Ann.
  • 6th  April -  Appleton Bacchanal Carnival at Mass Camp Stadium Kingston start 10.00 pm till late
  • 11th April - Jamnesia Surf Camp Bull Bay St Andrew 11 apr – live music, free entry and food and drink on sale. 

  • 12th April -  Annual Carnival festivities in the streets of Kingston.  See the array of colours of parade bands and choose a winner while having a great fun day
  • 18 April – James Treasure Beach Off Road Triathlon,. So get ready for a 500 meter swim , 25k mountain bike ride and 7k country run or like me, just be spectator! 
  • 23-26 April  - Half Moon Bay Resort Montego Bay  Jamaica ITF Senor Tennis Championships.
  • Poem Words and Agro Festival, Hope Bay Beach Portland Listen the words and relax to the roots reggae performances -  10am to 6pm

4th October 2014 – Octoberfest – Alhambra Inn Kingston An annual German festival organised by Jamaica’s German society and in its 32nd year in Ja  featuring German foods beers and wines.

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18th October 2014 – Intl Reggae Wine Festival – MoBay – Wine displays and music by  well known Jamaican reggae artist, fair including fashion show, arts and crafts etc.  This events attracts wine enthusiasts worldwide

20th October 2014 Annual Port Morant Banana Festival – Held at Cotton Tree Port Morant St Thomas.

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20th Oct - Nanny Day Celebrations – More Town Portland – Family fund day food and entertainment festival.  Entertainment includes live bands, drumming traditional dancing and singing. 

Clean up Jamaica Beaches - Sept 20, 2014

Thousands of Jamaicans are expected to participate in the removal of garbage and other debris from the nation’s beaches, as Jamaica observes International Coastal Clean-Up Day on Saturday, September 20.

The main project will be the cleaning of Fort Rocky on the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston, while the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), and National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) are collaborating to remove garbage from the Hellshire Beach in St. Catherine.

Volunteers wishing to participate in International Coastal Clean-Up Day can visit JET’s website at www.jamentrust.org to register.

Jamaica Product Exchange 2014 Trade Show - Sept 21-23

Over eighty local suppliers of goods and services, including manufacturers, will participate in the upcoming Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2014 trade show, through the coordinated efforts of the Tourism Linkages Hub and other partner entities. 

The annual event is staged by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) in association with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). The three-day trade show will be held from September 21 – 23, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.

Courtesy of Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

Jamaica News and Events - July 2014

The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show 2014 is scheduled for August 1st to 3rd at its usual venue of Denbigh Show Ground, Clarendon St Catherine Jamaica.

Theme of the Show this year is:

Grow What We Eat ... Eat What We Grow: Agriculture ... Going for Growth.'

The show will be opened by the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen and promises many new offerings this year.  Nine days to go so don't miss it.

Courtesy of Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

Jamaica news and events - 6th July 2014 - Portland Jerk Festival Port Antonio Portland, Jamaica

Try some Jerk chicken, fish, pork and sea foods at this annual Jamaican Jerk Festival,

Lots to do for the kids and music by local bands with some cultural entertainment thrown in. A great experience for the whole family – don’t miss it.


6  July 2014 - Little Ochie's Seafood Carnival, Alligator Pond - 6am to 5pm

Contact: #8766109692

A day of fun and great seafood to satisfy your cravings with music to get your toes tapping on Jamaica's south coast. 

Little Ochie Seafood Restaurant on the beach

All Jamaica Grill – Sunday 6th July 2014.  11am to 6pm  

Email: alljamaicagrilloff@gmail.com  Contact: #8767964008

Jamaican cuisine at its tastiest at this all Jamaican grill event where patrons compete for first prize in their various Jamaican food preparations.  This is a family event so bring the kids and have a wonderful family fun day. 

Best food for the prize will be decided by crowd favourite.

12 July 2014  - The Best Dressed Chicken Fun In The Son: Saturday, July 12, 2014 10:00am to 10.pm.  Website:  http://funinthesonjam.com/

A gospel music festival for the whole family.  

13-19 July 2014 - Reggae Sumfest 2014 Catherine Hall Mo Bay

Contact 8769538350: http://www.reggaesumfest.com/

Enjoy Summer in Jamaica - Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay St James.  Check  their website for line-up.  Tickets also available on line.

Jamaica News and Events 

Jamaica news and events - April 18-21, 2014 (weekend) - Easter Regatta Montego Bay Yacht Club, Montego Bay, St James -  Easter Regatta cruises and yacht races.  

Contact: Phone:(876) 979-8038 or Fax: (876) 979-8262 

Apr 21, 2014  (Monday) Jamaica Intl Kite Festival  at Chucka Cove, Priory Park St Ann, (near Ocho Rios).

Family fun day with entertainment for all.

April 24-27 2014  (Thur to Sunday) ITF Senior Tennis Championships Tryall Tennis Centre, Tryall Club, Montego Bay, St. James.

Watch Jim Courier v Karl Hale participate in this Jamaican Charity fund raising event.  

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April 27, 2014 - (Sunday) Westmoreland Curry Festival at Mannings School, Savanna-la-Mar.   

Adm: J$700.00 Pre-sold, J$1000.00 at the gate, J$500.00 children under 12.

Jamaica News and Events - May 2014

23 May 2014  - Manchester Horticultural Society Flower Show at

Showgrounds, Ward Avenue, Mandeville, Manchester

Annual Jamaica labour day horticultural flower show

23 May 2014 - 4th Annual Margaritaville Rose Hall Roast Festival

Lilliput Playing Field (next to Iberostar Hotel), Montego Bay, St. James

Annual Jamaica Labour Day food festival with live music by local musicians.

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23-25 May 2014 - Jamaica Epicurean Escape 

Grizzlyls Plantation Cove, Priory St Ann

Intl food, wine and music festival where first class chefs, celebrity chefs and others create mouthwatering mix of foods,drink and music to liven up your tastebuds and have some fun on this three day event.


Jamaica News and Events - June 2014

30 May to 1 June  2014 - Calabash Literary Festival Treasure Beach St Elizabeth

A three day festival of the written word presented by renoun author, poets and story tellers of all spheres. This bi-annual inspirational event is one of its kind in the English Speaking Caribbean. 

Literary luminaries and musicians far and wide are expected to be part of Calabash 2014. 

Look forward to seeing you there. no entrance fee. 


1 June 2014 Liguanea Art Festival - 10.00am start -  all day event

Venue: Chinese Benevolent Association 176 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica.

Outdoor exhibition featuring displays of sculptures, Paintings, drawings etc

Food and drinks on sale - free admission - free parking.  They are on facebook.

June 8-15 2014 - 23rd annual Jamaica Ocho Rios Jazz Festival presents

A Jazz packed week with 30 spectacular events throughout Jamaica

June 11-16,  2014 - Caribbean Fashion Week 2014

Venue: National Indoor Sports Centre, Kingston Jamaica

Doors open 5.00pm.  Showtime 7.00pm


Jamaica News and Events - travel tax

Change in long haul travel tax to Caribbean 

Jamaica news and events - If travel between the United Kingdom and Caribbean is part of your life, you no doubt would have been affected the increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD) (travel tax) levied on long haul airline travel from the UK to the Caribbean region, introduced in 1994.

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Since the inception of this tax, the tourism organisations such as the World Tourism Organization; World Travel & Tourism, Caribbean Tourism Organisation and others have relentlessly rallied the British Government against this tax which they considered to be unfair on Caribbean destinations.

The unwavering efforts of these organizations over the past 20 years have finally paid off, with an announcement made on March 19, 2014 by the Mr George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget Speech that long haul air travel to the Caribbean will be taxed the same as to the USA. This comes into effect April 2015.

The Jamaican Tourism Minister, Mr Wyckham McNeil welcomed the move and  no doubt Jamaicans in the UK and others travelling long haul flights to the Caribbean region will be breathing a sigh of relief.  

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Jamaica News and Events - Spring Break 2014 Looks Bigger 

Jamaica News and Events - Spring Break has an estimated patronage of 1.5 million students flocking to Florida, Texas, Las Vegas, Mexico and Caribbean destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas and Jamaica each March.

According to spring break companies STS Travel & Sunsplash Tours, the upcoming staging of the month-and-a-half-long event is set to explode on Jamaica's North Coast.

The companies are reporting a sharp increase in advance bookings for the same period when compared to last year.

In fact, the official spring break Jamaica Twitter page @springbreakja calls Jamaica 'the tropical island paradise of sun, sand, sea, booze and babes'.

"We haven't seen this much buzz for Jamaica in a very long while," said Jake Jacobsen, vice-president of Sales for Maryland-based STS Travel.

Jamaica News and Events - Dec 2013 - April 2014

Carnival in Jamaica, Kingston - March 7 - April 27, 2014

Jamaica Carnival is  a lot of fun in the city of Kignston.  So if you have the energy for nonstop partying over a period of several weeks, note Jamaica Carnival in your list of things to do in 2014. Bacchanal Jamaica has a full schedule planned for 2014 which is a combination of soca music and dance exercises – dubbed Socacise.

So, join in where you can and get fit while you have fun.  All this kicks off with Bacchanal Opening Night on Friday March 7 2014 and culminates with the road march on Sunday April 27th with lots of fun during the weeks leading up to road march. For more visit www.bacchanaljamaica.com

Jamaica news and events - Negril Reggae Marathon – Dec 7, 2013

Have you ever taken part in the Jamaica Reggae Marathon?  If not this is your chance to join in the fun.  You can choose to do the full marathon, half marathon or 10K.

Start out in Negril’s coastal resort and run along the north coast of.

It’s famous for its early start – 5-15am torch lit pre-dawn start – walk or run and have a great experience!

The course is IAAF certified and the venue is Negril’s famous coastline. Interested?

For more go to www.reggaemarathon.com

Jamaica News and Events 

Accompong Maroon Festival, St. Elizabeth - January 6, 2014

Jamaica news and events - The Maroons of Accompong Town St Elizabeth are now preparing for their annual Maroon Festival to be held on January 6th 2014.  January 6th is celebrated as the birthday of Cudjoe forefather and leader of the Leeward Maroon of the past.

This is a worldwide event with people from many countries travelling to Jamaica to attend this annual event.  If you would like to read more about this festival go to www.jamaicanmaroons.com 

Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, Falmouth - January 30 - February 1, 2014

The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival is an Air Jamaica sponsored event. Here you will find the who is who on Jamaica’s society, visitors from overseas, wannabees and a diverse mix of Jamaicans all having fun together.  

Big names in local and international artistes make up the bill with usually one big name to draw the crowd.  So if you want to be where it’s all happening in Jamaica between 30th Jan and 1 Feb 2014; the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium is the place to be.Visit www.jamaicajazzandblues.com for more.

Reggae Month, Kingston - February 2014

Jamaica news and events - February is Reggae month in Jamaica – look out for live music shows in honour of past and present reggae musicians who have contributed to the development of Jamaica’s music.  

Salute for Reggae Month brings out some unforgettable performances recorded and live of the icons of Jamaica Reggae Music for the Month of February.  Visit www.jariajamaica.com for more

Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival, St. Mary and Ocho Rios - February 15-22, 2014

The St. Mary off-Road Bicycling Association (SMORBA) is a non profit organization that hosts biking events such as Jamaica Fat Tyre Mountain biking Festival; Jamaica Bicycle Bash and Jamaica BMX Racing.  

The Fat Tyre Festival is a week-long event (15-22 February 2014).  Places for 2014 Fat Tyre Festival are already sold out, so if this is your kind of thing, you can get on their mailing list for next year.  visit www.smorba.com for more.

Air Canada Rouge comes to Kingston 

Kingston Jamaica has been selected as the lead destination for the new Air Canada Airline, Air Canada Rouge.   The service commences July 1st 2013, for weekday flights from Toronto to Kingston Jamaica.  The flights are scheduled to arrive daily at Norman Manley International Airport Kingston at 1.05pm and depart at 2pm local times.  

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham Mcneil welcomed passengers on the inaugural flight from Toronto on July 1st 2013.

Source Jamaica Tourist Board 1 July 2013.

Jamaica News and Events - August 2013

Jamaica News and Events - Mobay Jerk Festival, Catherine Hall, Montego Bay - August 1 2013

This is a one day outdoor event of food and entertainment suitable for the whole family.  This event will be held at the Catherine Hall complex in Montego Bay on 1st August 2013. If you plan to be in Montego Bay around 1st August 2013, stop by and give your taste buds a treat with some authentic Jamaican cuisines.  See the line up on www.montegobayjerkfestival.com

Jamaica Intl Reggae Film & Music Festival, Ocho Rios,

Montego Bay & Port Antonio - August 1-5

This event features short documentaries/animation  and music videos celebrating Jamaica’s music culture and local based film makers.  Women in film will be celebrated with special recognition given to the late Madge Sinclair who was of Jamaican origin.  www.reggaefilmfestival.com

 International Reggae Wine Festival, Montego Bay - August 2-3

Montego Bay hosts the Intl Reggae Wine Festival over two days on 2nd and 3rd August.   This event will be held at the Secret Sea Wind Club in Montego Bay, 7pm to 2 am, and you can expect some of the best intl wines and Jamaican spirits. 

A fashion show featuring the latest trends in Caribbean fashion will be part of the entertainment. www.internationalreggaewinefestival.com

Summer Playground Fantasy- SPF Weekend, St Ann- August 2-5

St Ann once again hosts its Summer Playground Fantasy between 2nd and 5th August.  This event attracts the more mature minded (over 21) patrons who will enjoy the long weekend partying at different locations. See www.spfweekend.com. for details on costs etc

Jamaica Independence Day - August 6

The Jamaica Cultural Development Committee (JCDC) plans to celebrate Jamaica’s Independence Day in the streets of Kingston on Tuesday August 6 2013.  Floats decked in the Jamaican colours will line the streets of Kingston.  Groups in their various costumes will celebrate together with music trucks, marching bands and a lot more.  For more info the website is www.jcdc.gov.jm

Jamaica News and Events  - July 2013

Makka Pro Surf Contest, Makka Beach, St. Thomas, Jamaica- July 20-21

The Makka Pro Surf Contest held in St Thomas Jamaica is the largest surfing contest in the English speaking Caribbean and helps to promote Jamaica as a surfing destination and is part of the Caribbean Challenge Cup.  If this sounds like fun to you, be sure to be there on the weekend of July 20-21.   Check out the website for their calendar of events. www.jamsurfas.webs.com 

Caribbean Shrimp Festival July 14th 2013, Rose Hall Montego Bay

Jamaica News and Events - Look out for this year’s Caribbean Shrimp Festival which is due to be held at the Whitter Village, Rose Hall,  Montego Bay Jamaica on July 14th 2013.  The organisers are much advanced with their preparations and have already held a tasting evening which was scrumptiously successful.

Music and fashion show will be part of the evening's entertainment. Dance Hall artistes KipRich, Javinchi, Shane I, Francheno and Lij Tafari are expected to rock the house and fashion designers Kokobeenz and Earl will be showing their latest designs.

If the tasting party was anything to go by, the food will be fabulous, so tantalise your taste buds and  and share your experience.

President of Air Canada Leisure Group, Michel Friisdahl has recently announced that commencing July, 2013, Air Canada’s Leisure Airline, Air Canada Rouge, will make its maiden flight to Jamaica.  

The announcement was made May 2013 at a meeting between Jamaica’s tourism officials and representatives from Air Canada, during a business lunch at Iberostar Grande.  

Source Jamaica Tourist Board June 2013

Hurricane Season

Jamaica News and Events - The Caribbean hurricane season officially starts today 1st June and goes through to 30th November.  It is currently windy and rainy in several parishes of Jamaica but now that May is behind us, the daily heavy rains have subsided.  

We will have rain in June, but by mid June/July the rains comes mainly in afternoon showers  and bearing in mind we are approaching the hottest period of the year, it may  not be such a bad thing.

If you are thinking of visiting Jamaica during the summer, July is the middle of summer in Jamaica so is generally hot (30/32 degree during the daytime) and drops at nights.  

There may be a shower or two  in the afternoons but not necessarily everyday and it dries up as quickly as it comes.

Hurricane season hots-up around August/September time, so if you are planning to travel between August and October, ensure that you check the weather forecasts regularly to be on top of things.

Whatever you do have wonderful time and be safe.

Source: own experience.

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Source: Jamaica Gleaner.

Jamaica - Favourite Worldwide Destination


Jamaica has been named ‘Favourite Worldwide Destination’ by the British Travel Awards (BTA). The prestigious BTA is the largest awards programme in the UK, created to recognise the most successful travel companies and destinations.

Elizabeth Fox, Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in the UK and Northern Europe, remarked, “We are incredibly proud that Jamaica was voted ‘Favourite Worldwide Destination. As the only award voted for by the public, this accolade is especially significant. ” The winners were announced at a ceremony in London, on 1 November 2012.

(Source: Jamaica Tourist Board)


Expedia has announced that demand for travel to Jamaica during the first half of 2012 increased nearly 10 per cent compared to the previous year. Its network of online travel booking sites includes more than 100 branded sites and more than 10,000 affiliate sites.

Expedia said that demand was coming from consumers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Over the past year, Expedia has worked closely with Jamaican tourism officials and the local hospitality community to generate incremental travel demand to the Caribbean destination.

(Source: Jamaica Gleaner)


The Caribbean World Magazine has announced that Jamaica has been voted the Best Island for Family Vacations for 2012. This prestigious award is voted for by the Caribbean World Travel and Living Magazine and its readers. This is the first time that Jamaica is copping this category award.

Recognition by our visitors is especially rewarding as they are at the heart of what we do, said John Lynch, Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board. Each day we strive to satisfy our customers by ensuring that their vacation experience is unforgettable. Their opinions matter and we are always seeking ways to anticipate their needs. We are very encouraged by this award as it says to us that we are doing something right.‟

(Source: Jamaica Tourist Board)

Jamaica Tourist Board- Meet the People Program

Would you like to meet the people of Jamaica on your visit to Jamaica? The Jamaica Tourist Board has a wonderful Meet-the-People program where you can meet and spend a day with a Jamaican person or family. The program also includes children meeting Jamaican children where can interact and get to know each other for a day or maybe they may become pen pals and develop lasting friendships.

You will have a chance to increase your knowledge of Jamaica and its people. Share a day of your vacation visiting with a Jamaican family who will host, entertain you and fill you with some nice Jamaican cooking.

If you are interested in the Jamaica tourist Board Meet-the-People program, you can sign up on the JTB website.

Source: Jamaica Tourist Board

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