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Aruba’s Calendar of Events

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

 

2019

 

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.

island Festival Aruba

September 6

Blues, Brews, Bourbon & BBQ

Oranjestad

Hollywood Smokehouse is back for a special pop-up event, teaming up with the mixologists from Apotheek, Abita Craft Beer, High West Bourbon, and Divino.  Heart Music Bar is hosting the event, which will include live blues and rock from Blackberry Jam; beef brisket, pulled pork, and vegan tacos, as well as Tex-Mex bowls; bourbon craft cocktails, and plenty of Abita craft beer.  Event time: 6pm to 11pm.

Food and music festivals Aruba

 

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.

island Festival Aruba

 

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.

fresh seafood Aruba

October 25

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.

craft cocktails on aruba

 

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/.

live music in aruba

 

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.

island Festival Aruba

 

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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