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Aruba’s Calendar of Events

See also Aruba’s Recurring & Multi-Month Events.

 

2019

July 28

Legacy Breakfast Celebration

Hilton’s Laguna Restaurant

The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort was Aruba’s first resort property, and during the month of July, the 60-year milestone is being celebrated.  Join in the celebrations during an extravagant all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with unlimited champagne and mimosas at Laguna Restaurant.  The price is a very affordable $27.95 per person (plus service charge and local tax).  Call +297-526-6612 for reservations.

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August 9

Master Series at La Vista

Marriott’s La Vista Restaurant

Chef Taka Kondo and his wife Chef Karime López present an Author’s Cuisine during this exclusive two-night event at Marriott’s La Vista restaurant. These top chefs are curating a memorable 5-course dinner/wine pairing event! Limited seating available. Reserve your seat at https://bit.ly/2LB6KDT.

Aruba Marriott Master Series

 

August 10

Rosé All Day

Renaissance Island

Fabulous cuisine, live music, and of course, plenty of rosé and rosé champagne can be enjoyed at this annual event held on stunning Renaissance Island. There will be plenty of wine but there certainly aren’t many tickets! Tickets are available at the price of $40 per person. Price includes boat ride to Renaissance Island, admission to the event, $10 wine credit to be redeemed on wine bottles, and goody bag.  For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/393759128021183/

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August 16 – 18

Aruba International Regatta

Eagle Beach

The 11th annual edition of the Aruba International Regatta features several categories of sailing competitions—including yacht, sunfish, and beach cat—as well as festive beach parties.

For more information, visit the website.

Aruba Regatta

 

August 23 – 25

Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Tierra del Sol Golf Course

This two-day, 36-hole tournament is comprised of teams of four amateurs and one golf professional. The international roster of teams typically includes players representing the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Bermuda, Curacao, Aruba, Canada, and beyond.

For more information, please contact James Kiley at +297-586-7800 ext 222 or [email protected].

Tierra del Sol Golf Course greens

 

August 28

Island Fest Aruba

San Nicolas

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.

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September 8

Turibana to Santa Cruz Race

Run with the sunrise during this annual running event that starts at dawn.

 

September 13 – 15

Aruba Art Fair

San Nicolas

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.

 

September 22

Aruba Reef Care Project

Every year more than 800 volunteers comb Aruba’s beaches and snorkel and dive around the reefs to gather trash in an effort to promote awareness about keeping our beaches and sea clean. It’s the island’s largest volunteer initiative and a great way for visitors to meet locals and positively impact the environment. Contact Mr. Castro Perez at +297-740-0797 or [email protected] for additional information.

 

September 25

Island Fest Aruba

San Nicolas

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.

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September 27 – 29

Fitville Aruba

Surprise Arena

Athletes and teams from around the Caribbean will compete in this three-day functional fitness competition. The main goal is to celebrate fitness, healthy eating, and spending quality time with friends and family. For more information, visit the Fitville website.

 

September 29

Aruba Fire Prevention 10K & 5K Runs

Tanki Flip

Both locals and island visitors are invited to run (or walk) for a good cause by participating in the annual Fire Prevention 10K & 5K Runs. The route is circular, starting and ending at the Fire House in Tanki Flip. Visit IBISA ARUBA for more information.

 

September 29

Fiesta di Cunucu

This charming event celebrates Aruba’s culture, placing the traditional Aruban cunucu (homestead farm) front and center. The farmhouse will be furnished with museum pieces to give visitors an idea of how the Arubans once lived. The event will also feature a farmers’ market with local products, traditional Aruban music, and folkloric dances.

 

October 1 – 31

Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Month

This month-long event puts authentic Aruban cuisine front and center for island visitors as well as locals to enjoy. More than 65 participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus highlighting local flavors, with lunches at $15 and dinners between $30 and $40. Visit the website for more information.

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October 30

Island Fest Aruba

San Nicolas

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.

 

November 3

National Coastal Cleanup 2019

This event, which welcomes both locals and island guests, is sponsored by the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association. Teams work together to clean areas near and along the coastline, including many beaches outside the tourist area.  Please contact AHATA for more information.

 

November 10

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/.

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November 12 – 17

Aruba Beach Tennis Open 2019

Eagle Beach

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 enjoy 8 days of beach tennis competition, pumping music, and exciting events on the powdery sands of Eagle Beach. Visit the website for more information and a preliminary program.

 

November 27

Island Fest Aruba

San Nicolas

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.

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November 28

Thanksgiving Day Celebration

A number of island restaurants celebrate Thanksgiving with incredible feasts for you, your family, and friends.

 

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 in Aruba
Image provided by Aruba Tourism Authority

2020

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 Carnival dancers

 

January 1

New Year’s Plunge

Moomba Beach

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 25

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.

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