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The Sweetest Summer Festival

The Barbados Crop Over Festival

This summer Barbados invites travelers to live like a local and experience the island's lively Crop Over Festival, celebrating a 200 year-old tradition that honors the end of the sugar cane season. The six-week festival celebrates all that is Bajan with dusk till dawn parties, arts and crafts markets and a culinary-driven street fares.

Grand Kadooment Day celebrates the end of Crop Over, where Masquerade Bands make their way to Spring Garden highway with revelers dressed in sequin costumes decorated with colorful feathers, jewels and bright accents; dancing behind music trucks and moving bars. The finale of Crop Over's events makes this the island's most exciting day of the year. As you will hear Bajans say: "Crop Over it sweet fuh days!"

21Jul
Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-Finals
Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-Finals
The island's top contenders for the Calypso monarch title will battle to make it into the final line up.
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St. Michael
29Jul
Junior Kadooment
Junior Kadooment
The Junior Kadooment is a smaller version of the Grand Kadooment - without the street parade.
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St. Michael
30Jul
Soca Royale
Soca Royale
Soca stars of Barbados vie for some of the major music titles of the Crop-Over festival season.
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St. Philip
04Aug - 06Aug
Bridgetown Market
Bridgetown Market
This Street fair and market is one of the major to-dos of the Crop-Over Summer festival. It covers a long stretch of highway in capital city Bridgetow...
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St. Michael
05Aug
Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso Music Finals
Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso Music Finals
This is the highly anticipated finale to the Calypso music flagship event of the Crop Over season. Top calypso singers and successful challengers perf...
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St. Michael
07Aug
Grand Kadooment
Grand Kadooment
Marking the end of the Crop Over Festival, this is a stunning visual and aural music and masquerade spectacle that attracts people from all over the w...
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St. Michael
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CROP OVER BLOGS

The Crop Over celebration recalls our colonial past when sugar cane was king, and creativity abounds with indigenous art, craft, calypso, flower festivals, folk concerts and revelry at Foreday Morning. But it is Grand Kadooment - the climax of the festival - which generates the most heat, energy and colour! The event is great fun for everyone, even if you're watching the masqueraders from the sidelines and not "jumping" in a costumed band.

Revellers, among whom are countless international celebrities, including our very own mega star, Rihanna, make their way through the streets in a kaleidoscope of colour to the Spring Garden Highway, where the party continues well into the night with more revelry, music, food and fireworks, set against the picturesque backdrop of Brighton beach.

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Best street food in Barbados
The proliferation of eateries, which run the gamut from fine dining restaurants and fast food establishments to assorted “holes in the wall,” and street food vendors, testify to the variety of edible offerings to be had on the island.  
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When you are in Barbados, you can be as busy as you want to be with the myriad of activities here cater to your appetite for structure, spontaneity, and everything in between. That’s where our festivals come in – and we’ve got plenty of those! Our festivals...
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Bajan Culture 101
Bajan Culture 101
We are immensely proud of our way of life which comes from our African/British heritage.  We celebrate this heritage every day in the way we think, speak and embrace life. 
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