Aruba’s Calendar of Events
See also Aruba’s Recurring & Multi-Month Events.
5th Annual Bartender’s Brawl
Renaissance Festival Plaza
Nine local bartenders will compete for top honors at this unique outdoor event. Entrance is just $55 and includes a sample of all nine cocktails, gourmet festival noshes, and live music. This interactive event draws a fun, hip local crowd, as well as visitors that love food-and-drink festivals. For more information, visit https://wheninaruba.com/blog/bartenders-brawl-2019-tickets-now-available/.
Putts for Paws
Divi Links Aruba
This charity golf tournament will benefit the animal rescue Sgt. Pepper’s Friends. Time: 8:30 am shotgun start. Green fee: $150 per person. Awards & auction lunch at Windows on Aruba included. Format: Two-man scramble. Reservations: [email protected] or [email protected] For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1175671845958947/.
Trick or Treating at Paseo Herencia
Paseo Herencia, Palm Beach
Bring your family and friends to celebrate Paseo’s annual Halloween event on Sunday, October 27, from 5 pm – 8 pm! Go trick or treating around the mall with Paseo’s Halloween bags, enjoy great performances, entertainment, and kids activities, and take fun pictures. Lots of prizes will be given for best costumes, best dancers, best entertainer, and much more!
October 30 – November 3
Island Takeover Aruba 2019
This 5-day festival celebrates music, tech, food, and art. See the full schedule below. For more information and tickets, visit https://islandtakeover.com/.
About the Island Takeover Events:
ATECH Conference: This is the Caribbean’s hottest tech conference for startups, taking place in Aruba. It brings together creative founders, visionary investors, and change-makers from all over the globe to share new and exciting ideas and technologies. ATECH will again feature its yearly Startup Pitch Competition, which aims to find the most promising technology startups that will drive the future of economic development, travel, education, finance, health, sustainability, and more. For more information, visit the ATECH website.
Island Fest Aruba: Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Aruba and the Caribbean in San Nicolas, the island’s cultural hub and the birthplace of Aruba’s carnival. Feast on local and regional cuisine, enjoy live entertainment, and peruse local art and crafts at Island Fest Aruba. Entrance is free. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/islandfestivalaruba/about/?ref=page_internal.
Walking Tour: To book the special Island Takeover walking tour, visit https://arubawalkingtours.com/.
Aruba Island Takeover Concert: Enjoy performances by UB40, Sech, Lunay, Jeon, Alex Sensation, and more! Visit https://islandtakeover.com/ for tickets.
Electric Festival: Electric Festival will present a pool party at Renaissance in downtown Oranjestad as well as a closing party at Pelican Pier.
Chefs’ Takeover Pop-Up: Top chefs Ever de Peña (Venezuela), Romeo Penacino (Argentina), Teddy Bouroncle (Peru), and guest chef Urvin Croes (Aruba) will present a night of flavors, great music, and enticing cocktails. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1778256655651611/.
Exclusive Breakfast at National Arikok Park: A special banquet in the theme of Alonso de Ojeda, the Spaniard who discovered Aruba in 1499. Breakfast includes buffet, unlimited mimosas, and more! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/713734232466167/.
Trick or Treating at Palm Beach Plaza
Palm Beach Plaza, Palm Beach
The kids can enjoy trick or treating, pumpkin carving, face painting, a magic show, and a Halloween dance show. The mall will have a “best costume” prize for the kids, so get creative!
Caha di Orgel Grand Festival
Historical Museum of Aruba/Fort Zoutman
The caha di orgel (music grinder) is a musical instrument that represents an important part of Aruba culture. A festival will take place at the Historical Museum of Aruba and Fort Zoutman to pay homage to the caha di orgel, with lots of music and dancing to the waltz, polka, and tumba. Bring the kids! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/754039641723494/.
November 8 – 17
Aruba Beach Tennis Open 2019
This tournament is the most anticipated beach tennis event held in the world, attracting over 1,000 professional and amateur players from around the globe who come to Aruba to enjoy several days of beach tennis competition, pumping music, and other exciting events. This year, the event will be held at a newly built complex at Bushiri. Visit the website for more information and a preliminary program.
Marco Antonio Solís Concert
Aruba Entertainment Center
Mexican musician, singer, composer, actor, and record producer Marco Antonio Solís will perform all his greatest hits live at the outdoor venue Aruba Entertainment Center. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/485910912152801/.
November 14 – 24
World Series of Poker Circuit Event Aruba
The World Series of Poker Circuit Events Tour is coming to Aruba! The main event will guarantee $250,000, with a $1,700 buy-in. Enjoy the Caribbean island of Aruba along with one of the most anticipated poker events of the year! Click here for our event schedule: https://bit.ly/2E7nZs1. For reservations, please contact Bridget Stein at +1-561- 883- 3523 or at [email protected]
Breaking the Silence Fashion Show
The 4th edition of ART FASHION sees local designers joining forces with artists & artisans with the theme of BREAKING THE SILENCE. Local and international designers alike will showcase their latest fashion in clothing and accessories during a one-day fashion event right in the streets of San Nicolas. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/792900174496469/.
November 22 – 24
Aruba Art Fair
In the heart of San Nicolas, the Aruba Art Fair offers collectors, arts professionals, and the public the opportunity to engage with a selection of modern and contemporary artworks at affordable prices. Artists from different countries are flying over to exhibit their art on our “One Happy island.” Visit the website for more information.
Island Fest Aruba
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Aruba and the Caribbean in San Nicolas, the island’s cultural hub and the birthplace of Aruba’s carnival. Feast on local and regional cuisine, enjoy live entertainment, and peruse local art and crafts at Island Fest Aruba. Entrance is free. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/islandfestivalaruba/about/?ref=page_internal.
Thanksgiving Day Celebration
A number of island restaurants celebrate Thanksgiving with incredible feasts for you, your family, and friends.
November 29 – 30
Aruba Fashion Week
The Aruba Fashion Week is one of the most impressive fashion events in the Caribbean. Incredibly talented designers, celebrities, models, fashion icons, musicians, artists, international media, and guests gather during this event to enjoy stellar fashion shows as well as a wide variety of other activities. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/ArubaFW/.
December 1 – 23
Discover all the magic that this season has to offer during the Winter Wonderland days at Renaissance Marketplace with daily live musical entertainment, an ice skating court, meet & greet with Santa and his elves, Christmas cottages offering seasonal delights, and more. 6 pm to 10 pm every night.
This charming Christmas market promotes creativity, community, environment, and mindfulness while encouraging people to “slow down, buy local.” Many locally produced arts and crafts, food and beverage offerings, and even unique performances can be enjoyed at this can’t-miss annual festival. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/cadushifestival/.
Centro di Bario Tanki Leendert
The Dande Festival is a musical event on Aruba that highlights Dande, the traditional music played and sung at the New Year to spread goodwill. Taking place during the last week of December, the festival features over 50 singers performing their original music along with traditional Dande songs for the New Year.
December 31, 2019 – January 1, 2020
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Aruba hosts an incredible islandwide fireworks display that occurs organically as locals and hotels set off thousands of fireworks that light up the sky. It’s a magical experience you will never forget!
New Year’s Plunge
The New Year’s Plunge at Moomba Beach is a super-fun community event that invites everyone to mark the new year by plunging into the sea. The plunge takes place at noon sharp, and participation is free of charge.
January – February
Aruba Carnaval Season
Aruba’s Carnaval season is the biggest and longest celebration of the year, spanning two whole months. The season is marked by day and night parades, music contests, queen elections, and jump-ups, all powered by beloved Carnaval tunes and featuring extravagant costumes. Locals encourage island guests to share in the Carnaval spirit.
Aruba’s Torch Parade
This parade, held in the cooler evening hours, is the official opening parade of Aruba’s Carnival season. Once upon a time, revelers carried torches throughout the downtown streets for this parade, but today an amazing sound and light show emanates from the various bands slowly rolling down the street, flanked by Carnival group members wearing themed, creative tee shirts enhanced with lights. Starts at 8 pm.
January 19 – 26
International Bike Week
Aruba’s annual International Bike Week invites Harley bikers from around the world to tour the island in style. Participate on your own hog, rent one here on the island, or just watch as hundreds of bikers cruise by. A special ride will be held on Betico Croes Day, January 25. For details, contact Rudy Croes at +297-593-5344 or [email protected], or Mr. Nahar at +297-593-0014 or [email protected]
Betico Croes Day Events
On this day, Arubans celebrate the birthday of the late Betico Croes, a charismatic political activist who helped Aruba to become an autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which eventually took place in 1986. This official national holiday features various sporting events, an island-wide Harley Davidson bike tour, culinary festivals, and folkloric shows.
The Betico Croes Memorial Run is a very popular event on the 25th. It takes place in Santa Cruz from 6 am to 10 am. Contact IBISA Aruba for more information.
Jouvert Morning & Oranjestad Lighting Parade
Starting at 3 am in the morning and going until 8 am, Jouvert Morning is a festive party that takes place in the streets of San Nicolas. Lots of music, lots of dancing, lots of fun!
Then everyone takes a nap in preparation for the Grand Lighting Parade in Oranjestad, which starts at 8 pm at the Aruba Entertainment Center. Paraders deck their costumes out with lights for an extra special effect.
Lighting Parade San Nicolas
Starting at 8 pm, the San Nicolas Lighting Parade lights up the streets on the southern end of the island. As always, pumping sound trucks and amazing Carnaval costumes make for a truly memorable Carnaval experience.
February 22 – 23
San Nicolas Grand Parade & Aruba’s Grand Parade in Oranjestad
Starting at 10 am, the San Nicolas Grand Parade (March 2) heats up the streets of San Nicolas for one last time. The following day, everyone reconvenes for the final parade of the Aruba Carnaval season, Aruba’s Grand Parade, starting at 10 am in Oranjestad at the Aruba Entertainment Center.
Flag & Anthem Day
On March 18, 1948, the Aruban politician Shon A. Eman presented the first formal proposal for the self-determination of the Aruban people to Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. On March 18, 1976, political leader Betico Croes declared Aruba’s first Flag & Anthem Day. This patriotic holiday is celebrated with a scout parade, a classic-car parade, sporting events, a folkloric performance at Plaza Betico Croes, and special cultural activities at museums in downtown Oranjestad. Island visitors are encouraged to partake in the festivities.
Aruba International Half Marathon
Both locals and international competitors look forward to this annual half marathon covering the length of the island from San Nicolas (Joe Laveist Sport Park) to Oranjestad (Alhambra Casino). The race begins at 5 am.