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Puerto Rican events and festivals are unlike any you'll find elsewhere in the world. They are lively, boisterous, and filled with much good food and dance. Really get to know the island you are visiting by attending one such event.
Whether you choose a cultural celebration, an annual sporting event, or a music festival, you are sure to experience a party like nothing you've ever witnessed before.
Each January the San Sebastian Street Festival takes place in Old San Juan. Vendors line the streets, providing attendees with food, crafts, and rides, while music fills the air. During the day, people wear traditional red, yellow, and blue vejigantes; at night the celebration becomes a dance party. Ponce celebrates similarly in March.
The first PGA event in Puerto Rico takes place in March of each year at the Trump International Golf Club.
Also held in March is the Corona Pro Surf Tournament in Rincon. This competition is a 2 Star professional surf competition where many local and international surfers compete for the top title.
Deep sea fishermen from around the world compete for top prizes in August or September – at the height of the deep sea fishing season.
The Casals Festival offers guests the opportunity to listen to live classical and chamber music at Centro de Bellas Artes and the theater at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. The event takes place through February and into March.
Dance the day away on National Salsa Day. The music and dance festival takes place at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in March.
At the end of March, beginning of April, some of the biggest names in Latin Jazz join together at the Tito Puente Amphitheater in San Juan to present a cool jazz concert.
Live jazz music, food, and craft booths take over the Isla Verde Municipal Services Centre in Carolina each August.
In August the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music hosts workshops for and concerts by percussionists from around the world.
The Festival of Puerto Rican Music is a celebration of traditional music such as plena and bomba. The event takes place in November.
The first Tuesday of each month, 30 plus art galleries open their doors to the public between the hours of 7 and 10 p.m. in Old San Juan.
For two weeks each year (once in the spring and once in the fall) South Forteleza's top restaurants offer free samples of their best dishes.
The Maricao Coffee Festival celebrates the end of the coffee harvest season each February. Parades, music, coffee stalls, and arts and crafts booths typify this event.
Sample a variety of rums and Caribbean fare while listening to live music. The Taste of Rum takes place in March, and there is a charge to drink.
More than 85 films are screened over the course of five days in April of each year at the Rincón International Film Festival. Attendees are treated to feature films, shorts, documentaries, animated features, and music videos in both Spanish and English. Awards are given to the best in each category.
...chefs offer up the best food and beverages...
Saborea Puerto Rico is the island's annual food festival. It happens in April, and chefs offer up the best food and beverages of the year.
Local artists in various mediums set up booths at the Bacardi plant in Cataño. The highlight of the fair is the Troubadour Competition.
And there are more events that take place each year that are not listed here. Of significant note are the celebrations each town and village hold for their patron saints at least once a year, and the observance of national holidays that do not necessarily indicate that there will be a gathering of some sort (Labor Day for example).
The memories of your Puerto Rican vacation will last you a lifetime. Include in those memories the joyous faces of locals as they celebrate those things that they hold dear, and the thrill you feel at getting to be a part of that. There is no better way to enjoy Puerto Rico than by attending an event of festival.
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