The Cayman Islands's Events and Festivals

Learn what is important to the people of the Cayman Islands when you attend any one of their annual events and festivals

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Festivals in the Cayman Islands

The people of the Cayman Islands are always looking for something to celebrate.  Whether it be a cultural celebration that is a time honored tradition, an art festival that showcases the talents of the islands' people, or a sporting event where competition is at its best, you won't want to miss any of the island happenings during your Cayman Vacation.

Cultural Celebrations

Carnival is the most prevalent event throughout the whole of the Caribbean, so it makes sense that the Cayman Islands would have their own Carnival celebration: the Batabano Carnival in Georgetown.  This Carnival takes place at the end of April, and features parades of islanders marching in colorful masquerade style costumes, lots of island music and dance, and street festivals with booths run by locals.

Arts Festivals

In February cultural events take place throughout the islands as a part of the Cayman Arts Festival.  Events include educational work shops, art exhibits, classical music concerts, and more.

If you are a photographer visiting the Cayman Islands in June, you won't want to miss the annual photography seminar at the Little Cayman Beach Resort.  The Digital Shootout, as it is called, offers classes and lectures on underwater photography, shooting techniques, and photo editing.

If you're interested in films, don't miss the Cayfilm Festival. This annual event takes place over several days, promoting Cayman Island as a great filming location. Q&A sessions with filmmakers, exclusive screenings, and panel discussions not only bring many outsiders to the island, but enrich the lives of locals. A celebrity gala event also brings much attention to the festival. There are many categories that filmmakers submit to. There is the Cayman Underwater Film Festival, showcasing international films shot mainly underwater. Animation, Environmental films, Documentaries, and even Extreme Sports films are shown, providing a diverse selection for guests.

Sporting Events

Each June the waves of Seven Mile Beach are dotted with colorful swim caps bobbing in and out of the water at the Flowers Sea Swim.  The event is a one-mile swim that everyone from young children to Olympic grade athletes can participate in.

Jet skiing is a popular watersport in the Cayman Islands as well.  So much so that there is an event each July called the Hydrocross Jet Ski Competition.  Over 20 competitors participate in three different events for cash and prizes. 

If you're a marathon runner, you'll notice something a little different about the Cayman Islands Marathon.  Live steel drum music is played along the route the snakes through Georgetown as runners challenge themselves in December.  There is also a half-marathon, and a children's fun run.

Other Events and Festivals

...Cayman Islands were overrun with pirates.

KAABOO Cayman is a multidisciplinary festival. Showcasing several types of art, such as visual,music, culinary, and even comedy, this festival has something for everyone. Famous musicians come to perform, such as Blondie, Duran Duran, and Jason Derulo. Famous comedians have performed as well. Characterized as a "high-energy beach party", every sense is tended to, with delicious food, great music, and a beautiful atmosphere.

Foodies of the islands unite in January at the Cayman Cookout, where top chefs prepare food, put on demonstrations, offer wine samples, and host discussions on culinary techniques.  There is also a kids brunch.

Avast maitees, the annual Pirates Week Festival be upon ye when ye visit the Cayman Islands in November.  The week-long event takes place in Georgetown, and commemorates the days when the Cayman Islands were overrun with pirates.  Events include fireworks, parades, and a pirate raid. 

Fill up on local chef's numerous different renderings of chili in March at the Caybrew International Chili Cook-Off.  For $20, attendees get a band that allows them to sample five different chilis and cast their vote.  Throughout the day there are a number of events to keep guests entertained including live music and raffles. 

Another great November event is the Cayman Culinary Society Competition.  Here, top chefs compete on Seven Mile Beach to become the chef of the year.  This is also a bartending competition and ice carving competition. 

New events are always popping up, so make sure to check the newspaper while you're on the island, or ask the concierge desk at your hotel.  Attending one of the annual events or festivals held in the Cayman Islands could just be one of your greatest memories of the islands.


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