Bermuda's Events and Festivals

Sample local food, listen to live music, and watch sports when you attend an event in Bermuda

Festivals in Bermuda

The great thing about visiting another country is that it affords you the opportunity to learn about a culture different than your own. One of the best ways to explore Bermuda's culture is by attending one of the many annual festivals the country hosts.

Events and festivals in Bermuda often showcase regional cuisine, customs, entertainment, and crafts; not to mention the fact that locals come out in high numbers to participate in the festivities. This gives visitors the chance to see how people in Bermuda interact, and maybe even hear a few stories of what life is like on the island.

Cultural Celebrations

Bermuda Day

Bermuda Day is a national holiday that marks the beginning of summer. Different events take place throughout the country, but most notable is the Bermuda Day Parade. The Parade takes place on Front Street and features music, dancing, and floats.

Sporting Events

PGA Grand Slam of Golf of the world's premier golf events.


The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, held each October at the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, is one of the world's premier golf events. The winner of that year's Masters, US Open, British Open, and PGA Championship compete for the title of Champion of Champions.


World Rugby Classic

The World Rugby Classic is a weeklong event each November that is just as much about partying as it is about rugby. Eight teams of former international rugby players compete at the National Sports Centre. Meanwhile, fans attend the kick-off party on Bermudian Road, an event called On the Waterfront Party at Barrs Bay Park, and numerous other celebrations throughout the week.

Yachting Events

Bermuda is one of the hottest spots for yachting in the world, and the huge number of events surrounding the sport.  Most of them take place between the months of March and November, including the following as some of the most popular:

Bermuda International Invitational Race Week

Bermuda International Invitational Race Week takes place each year in April and/or May.  It is organized by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and sailors from around the world, but especially Europe, America, and Canada sail in for the event.  It usually takes place at Great Sound, and top competitors are awarded trophies.

Non Mariners Race

The Non Mariners Race is an ironic boating event that takes place the first Sunday in August. Over thirty years ago, several drunken buddies attempted to sail baby buggies in Hamilton Harbour, and so the Non Mariners Race was born. Today, entrants can sail whatever objects they choose to enter (as long as they will stay afloat) in Mangrove Bay. The race has grown into a charity event, centered around drinking and having a good time.

King Edward VII Gold Cup

October is also when the King Edward VII Gold Cup yacht races take place. This is a man-to-man event in Hamilton Harbour, in which all competitors sail vessels of the same design and under the same conditions. The Gold Cup is hosted by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and admission is free.

Other yachting events in Bermuda are:

  • Bermuda Cruising Rally
  • Bermuda Ocean Race
  • Charleston to Bermuda Race
  • Daytona to Bermuda Race
  • Fitted Dinghy Race
  • Marion Bermuda Yacht Race
  • Newport Bermuda Race
  • North American Optimist Dinghy Championship
  • One Two Single Handed Race
  • Sir John Cox Yacht Race
  • Sunfish Sailing World Championships
  • Women's Match Race Championship

Music Festivals

Summer Sundays in the Park

Each year between May and September the Corporation of Hamilton hosts family friendly concerts at Victoria Park.

Flatt's Village Festival

Live entertainment in Flatt's Village every Thursday, June through September from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

Bermuda Jazz Festival

September brings the smooth sounds of legendary jazz musicians to the Royal Naval Dockyard.  Performances take place out in the water on a specially built stage, and guests pay for entrance upon arrival.

Bermuda Music Festival

As September turns into October, another music festival takes over the Dockyard: the Bermuda Music Festival.  It is a weekend long event at which local and international stars perform varying genres of music.

Other Events and Festivals

Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts

The Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts has been taking place every January and February since 1976.  Local performers display their talents in the mediums of dance, music, and theater through a series of scheduled performances.

Bermuda International Film Festival

Features, short films, animation, and documentaries are screened at the Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) each March.  BIFF is a qualifying event for short films being considered for the Academy Awards.

St. George's Market Nights

Every Tuesday, May through September in King's Square, 50 or so vendors sell their wares while local musicians play, dancers dance, and other entertainers entertain.

Harbour Nights

There are two Harbour Nights events each week throughout the summer.  Tuesday nights at the Royal Naval Dockyard and Wednesday nights in Hamilton through roads shut down for lively street parties between the hours of 7 and 10:00 p.m. Food, live entertainment, and shopping are the focal point of this event.

Dockyard Sundays

Every Sunday throughout the summer, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., the lawn outside Clocktower Mall at the Royal Navy Dockyard becomes a relative street party.  Live music, arts and crafts, face painting, food, and activities for the kids are featured.

Destination Dockyard

Live music, dancers, theater performances, vendors, arts and crafts, food, and family activities take over the Royal Navy Dockyard every Monday night, between June and August.  Happy Hour at the Frog & Onion Pub precludes Destination Dockyard, from 6 to 8 pm, when the main event begins. Shops at the Clocktower Mall stay open late, and the after hours party is at Bone Fish Bar & Grill.

Bermuda Culinary Arts Festival

Four days in October, locals, tourists, and culinary experts alike gather in Bermuda for the best of Bermuda fare, international delicacies, and more.  The event is hosted at a different hotel each year, and includes cooking demonstrations, seminars, and exhibitions.

It isn't always feasible to plan a vacation around Bermuda's events and festivals, but if you are going to be on the island when one is taking place, make a point to plan a trip to check it out. You won't be sorry you did.