Ocho Rios is always buzzing with excitement. Here are the latest month by month events in and around Ocho Rios:

 

 

Month and Date Location, Name of Event and Description Contact
JANUARY
6th Accompong Maroon Festival, St. Elizabeth. Annual   celebration of Maroons of Western Jamaica, with traditional singing and   dancing, feasts, ceremonies, blowing of the abeng (cow’s horn), and playing   of Maroon drums. Tel. 876/952-4546
Late January Jamaica Sprint Triathlon, Negril. Hundreds participate in   a three-part competition joining swimming, cycling, and running in one   sweat-inducing endurance test. Contact the Jamaica Tourist Board
Late January Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Montego Bay. Series   of concerts at Rose Hall Great House. Tel. 876/620-7618. www.airjamaicajazzandblues.com
FEBRUARY
Early February. Bob Marley Week, Kingston. From reggae concerts to movies,   this weeklong celebration honors the king of reggae. Activities also include   arts and crafts booths and food festivals. For more information, contact The Robert Marley Foundation   at 56 Hope Rd., Kingston (tel. 876/978-2991 or 876/978-2929;   www.bobmarley.com)
Bob Marley Birthday Bash, Montego Bay. An annual concert   that celebrates a local star. tel. 876/978-2991. February 6. 
Reggae Summerfest, Ocho Rios. Annual reggae bash,   featuring top reggae stars. Call tel. 876/960-1904 for dates.
Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival –   mid-February, a popular bicycle bash including a race through Oracabessa and   lots of fun cycle-based contests
MARCH
SKAZZ – featuring a   combination of ska and jazz music via performers from around Jamaica. The   event is also big in Jamaican foods and lifestyle 
Easter – late March / early   April – religious celebrations take place all over Jamaica, particularly on   Good Friday, Easter Sunday and also Easter Monday 
APRIL
Montego Bay Yacht Club’s Easter Regatta. Annual sailing   event of several races staged along the North Coast over a 4-day period   around Easter. tel. 876/979-8038. Easter weekend.
Carnival in Jamaica, Kingston, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay.   Weeklong series of fetes, concerts, and street parades. Contact local tourist   offices. First week of April.
Trelawny Yam Festival – mid-April, a week-long   celebration in Albert town, Montego Bay, with a street festival celebrating yam   country
Annual Red Stripe International Tournament and Horse   Show – with lots of high profile horse races at Chukka Cove, to the west of   Ocho Rios 
MAY
May 22 Asante Adonai Literary Lyme - 
JUNE
Second week in June Jamaica International Jazz   Festival, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. International performers play   alongside Jamaican jazz artists; big event in the   town is without question this week-long jazz event that is touted as the most   important in the Caribbean. It takes in various venues and includes big names   like the Jimmy Smith Trio. There are always lots of barbecues and plenty of   street food during this jazz fest  Tel. 866/649-2137 in the U.S., or 876/927-3544.   www.ochoriosjazz.com.
Calabash International Literary Festival – taking place   at Jakes Resort in St. Elizabeth is this special literary event that attendees   often find most inspirational
Labour Day – May 23rd, a public holiday in Ocho Rios,   not that it makes any difference here, being a full-on holiday destination   year-round!
Jamaica Jam Music Festival – mid-May, staged at the   James Bond Beach, with lots of open-air concerts for everyone to enjoy
JULY
Little Ochi Seafood Carnival – a fun annual event in   southern Jamaica, seeing lots of seafood consumption and soca (calypso music   with soulful elements) bands
July through August. National Dance Theatre Company’s Season of Dance,   Kingston. Traditional and modern dance, as well as notable singers.  tel. 876/926-6129
Late July Reggae Sumfest, Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. Annual 5-day   music festival. tel. 876/953-2933.. www.reggaesumfest.com
AUGUST
1-6th Emancipation Day – August 1st, a national Jamaican   holiday commemorating this day in 1838, when all slaves within the British   Empire were decreed free individuals by Queen Victoria. Expect plenty of   parties and activitiesIndependence Day – August 6th, the green, black and   gold Jamaica flag is flown all over Ocho Rios, marking the country’s   independence from Britain

 

6th Ocho Rios Seafood Festival
Jamaican leg of the Caribbean   Sunsplash Beach Volleyball
SEPTEMBER 
Caribbean Music Expo – throughout September, with live   music on the beach and a trade show suiting those with an interest in   Caribbean musicJamaica Horse Association Combined Show – held at   Chukka Cove, with all things equestrian

Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament – late   September / early October, a big fishing event with anglers from far and   wide, with trophies for the biggest and best catches

 

Late September Falmouth Blue Marlin Tournament, Montego Bay. A big deal   locally. tel. 876/927-0145
OCTOBER
Mid-October Port Antonio International Fishing Tournament. One of the   oldest and most prestigious sportfishing events in the Caribbean, with   participants from Europe and North America.  tel. 876/927-0145
Africa Jamfest – a unique festival in Montego Bay   showcasing traditional African culture in music, fashion, and arts and   crafts. Many events are held all over Jamaica, including a big fashion show   in KingstonNational Heroes’ Day – late October, a celebration of   Jamaica’s national heroes – Sam Sharpe, Nanny (Maroons), Paul Bogle, Marcus   Garvey, George Gordon, Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamante. The day   includes many side activities

 

NOVEMBER
The Harmony Hall Anniversary   Crafts Fair when the works of local Jamaican artisans are displayed and sold
Reggae Marathon and Half Marathon – with jogging and   walking events, together with reggae music, along the coast in Negril
DECEMBER
Early December Motor Sports Championship Series, Dover Raceway, St. Ann.   Prestigious championship event. Tel. 876/960-3860
Tastee Talent Contest – mid-December, the culmination   of a long contest takes place at the Tastee Outdoor Theatre in Kingston, with   a host of talented performers
Christmas – December 25th, celebrated by the masses in   Ocho Rios, with most shopping centres and resorts putting on a variety of   events 
 

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