There is always some sort of celebration going on in Turks and Caicos, be it a cultural or sporting event. This makes it easy for vacationers who would like to attend an event or festival during their stay to do so.
- Junkanoo Jump Up: As the clock strikes midnight on January 1 of each year, islanders take to the streets in bejeweled masks and handmade costumes, banging away on their instruments and dancing until dawn. Junkanoo has been celebrated in Turks and Caicos since the sixteenth century when slaves were given one day off around Christmas time to celebrate with their families. Traditional African music and dance were part of the festivities then, as they are today. Other Junkanoo-style events are held throughout the year on most public holidays.
Traditional African music and dance...
- Cinco de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo in Turks and Caicos is the celebration of Mexican heritage through food, drinks, music, dance, and more. The party starts at 7 p.m. at Turtle Cove on Providenciales.
- Emancipation Day: An island wide celebration of the day that slaves on the islands were declared free people. This occured in August from the Oddfellows Lodge on Grand Turk in 1834.
- National Youth Day: In honor of the youth of the island, a day of fun and games is held throughout the islands every September.
- Columbus Day: Just as it is celebrated in the United States, Turk and Caicos celebrates the day Christopher Columbus first visited their island. It is believed this happened in October, though the public holiday is held in September.
- Museum Day: Museum Day at the Turks and Caicos National Museum is held each December in honor of the museum's opening in November of 1991. Guests are invited to attend demonstrations of activities important to the heritage of Turks and Caicos.
- Turks and Caicos Music and Cultural Festival: For a week at the end of July and beginning of August, the Turks and Caicos Music and Cultural Festival brings live soul, hip hop, r&b, and soul music to the islands. Other events include a beauty pageant and a festival of booths set up to honor cultural entities such as food and dress.
- Who Cares Wahoo Tournament: The Who Cares Wahoo Tournament is an all day fishing tournament that takes place at the Turtle Cove Marina each January. Prizes include cash, airline tickets, and more.
- Valetine's Day Cup: Model sailboat race each February on the Saturday closest to this holiday at Bambarra Beach. The boats are constructed from the branches of the gum-elemi tree. Trophies, medals, and cash prizes are awarded, plus there is live music, dancing, and food to follow the competition.
- Annual Wine Cellar Golf and Fishing Tournament: The Wine Cellar hosts this annual event each March at the Blue Haven Resort in order to raise funding for local charities.
- Turks and Caicos Kite Flying Competition: The Monday after Easter Sunday sees the skies of Providenciales decorated with kites of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Easter egg hunts and family-friendly games are also a part of the event, which takes place both on Governor's Beach and Horse Stable Beach.
- South Caicos Regatta: The South Caicos Regatta got its start in 1966 when the Queen of England made her first official visit to Turks and Caicos. Since that time, a regatta has been held each year during the last weekend of May. Events include boat races, maypole dances, a beauty pageant, and a parade.
- Windvibes Kiteboarding Tournament: Check out the unique sport that is kiteboarding at the Windvibes Kiteboarding Tournament each May. Spectators can enter raffles to win lots of prizes, including free kiteboarding lessons and a kiteboard. Food and drinks are available.
- Women's International Festival of Football: This three game women's football series takes place each May against an international team invited for the competition.
- Big South Regatta: Boat races, live music, a beauty pageant, food, and a culture festival are all a part of the Big South Regatta. The event takes place on South Caicos each May.
- Caicos Classic Annual Release Tournament: Typically held at either the end of May or begining of June, this off-shore fishing tournament has teams line fish for Marlin, seeing who can come up with the biggest catch. After the fishing is done, a big party is held.
- Fishermen's Tournament: A two day tournament which takes place in June is all about raising money for charity.
- Jadot Cup: The Jadot Cup is an annual golf event that takes place each June. It is a great day of golf and fund raising at the Provo Golf Club, with lots of door prizes.
- North Caicos Extravaganza: The North Caicos Extravaganza is an annual street festival each June featuring sail boat races, live music, beauty pageants, and local food.
- Heineken Game Fishing Tournament: Fishing tournament with a $100,000 prize for record setting catches. The event also features volleyball courts, live music, and a barbecue on Governor's Beach.
- Fools Regata: Fools Regatta is a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities each June at Children's Park on Provdienciales. Games include conch blowing, boat races, tug-of-war, and more.
- Race for the Conch: A sea swim that allows participants to compete in a half mile, mile, and 2.4 mile race, or kids to participare in a 100 meter race, this event is a fun, family-friendly one for the active sort.
- TCI Red Cross Charity Cup: Typically held during the second Saturday of July, there is food, water slides, bounce houses, games, ad much more for the family. The event does cost a small amount of money, but it is all in the name of charity.
- TCI Amateur Open: The TCI Amateur Open is a golf championship tournament hosted by the Provo Golf and Country Club. The event takes place on Providenciales over three days. Both men and women are permitted to enter.
Other Events and Festivals
- Caribbean Food and Wine Festival: Local chefs compete for the honor of winning several events held throughout the course of one of the island's newer culinary events. Guests can sample Caribbean food paired with wine from around the world and give their opinion on the outcome.
- Chocolate Lovers Showcase: A fundraising event featuring a silent auction, the Chocolate Lovers Showcase is typically held at the Regent Palms Courtyard in February.
- TCRF Cocktail Reception: Another event held at the Regent Palms Courtyard is an annual cocktail reception which includes champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and a one-years TCRF membership for paying guests.
- St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl: Each St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl participants on Providenciales receive discounted prices at bars such as Tiki Hut, Shark Bit, Bonnies, and Danny Bouys. There are numerous give-aways and lots of Irish fun to be had.
- Salt Cay Splashdown Days: Salt Cay Splashdown Days is a three day event in April. The weekend is filled with family friendly events such as maypole dancing, bicycle racing, a beauty pageant, food, drinks, live music, and more.
- Crabfest: Enjoy authentic local culture including island cuisine, live music, and more at Middle Caicos Beach every June.
- Middle Caicos Day: Each August, Middle Caicos hosts a beach party known as Middle Caicos Day. Activities include boat races, a beauty pageant, a straw weaving competition, live entertainment, and a bon fire on the beach.
- Summer Bash: End the summer on a high ote with food, entertainment, games, and prizes for all at the Edward Gartland Youth Centre.
- Turks and Caicos Restaurant Week: On Providenciales you can participate in a week-long foodie evet that allows local restaurants to promote their businesses by offering three-course prix-fixe menus. This event usually takes place during the month of September.
- Boo Bash at Tiki Hut: Spend your Halloween at the TikiHut where there is fun and games for all from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- Turks and Caicos Conch Festival: The Blue Hills area of Providenciales celebrates the conch each November with an all-day event called the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival. Festivities include a sloop sailing race, conch tasting contest, conch blowing contest, live music, food, and fun.
- Miss TCI Gospel Pageant: The Miss TCI Gospel Pageant is an annual pageant that is focused on the inner beauty of its contestants, rather than what is on the outside. The pageant is held each November.
- Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony: If you're on Providenciales during the first week of December you can join the Povo Kiwanis Club in their annual tree-lighting event at Downtown Ball Park. Santa is on-hand and there is a choir singing holiday music.
- Island Thyme Annual Xmas Tree Ornament Competition: Island Thyme, a restaurant on Salt Cay, hosts an annual Christmas celebration in which local artists enter their handmade Christmas ornaments in the tree ornament competition.
- Christmas Beach Barbecue: Early in December you can celebrate Christmas on the beach with some delicious food and great company.
- Art and Craft Expo: Held at the Blue Have Resort and Marina, you can sort through the works of local artists to pick up some great holiday crafts.
- Maskanoo: The day after Christmas is a lively street parade in the tourist area of Providnciales along Grace Bay between the Regent Village and Salt Mills Plaza. Live music, great food, arts, and entertainment abound.
- Old Year's Night: Churches throughout the country hold New Year's Eve services in order to in the new year.
Check the country's events calendar before heading out on your Turks and Caicos vacation, chances are there is an event going on that you're interested in attending. Turks and Caicos has such a diverse selection of festivals and events that every traveler can find something to suite their tastes.