The annual Holetown Festival commemorates the arrival of the first British settlers in Barbados, who landed on February 17, 1627, in the area that is now known as Holetown, in the parish of St. James.
What initially started as a weekend-long celebration in 1977, has grown to an eight-day festival due its great popularity with visitors and locals alike. Designated as one of the Seven Magnificent Festivals of Barbados, this showcase of Barbadian culture and traditions has something for everyone. Its lineup includes: street parades, markets, folk singing and dancing as well as sports and games.
The 2020 Holetown Festival runs from Sunday, February 16 to Sunday, February 23, and starts with the Opening Ceremony at the Holetown Monument, featuring various musical, dance and drama presentations by well-known local performers.
Other feature events for the week-long festival include:
- Nightly variety concerts at the Seaside Theatre
- The 43rd Annual Street Fair
- The Courtesy Garage Street Parade
- Holetown Dooflicky and Bajan Carnival
- Grand Floodlit Tattoo and Night March
- Holetown bus tours
- Alfred Pragnell Memorial talks
- The Queen of the Festival Pageant
- 5K road walk and run
- Nightly after-Concert Limes and Karaoke competition
So if you are looking for things to do in Barbados and are going to be on island between February 16 and 23, 2020, Lickrish Food Tours encourages you to check out the Holetown Festival. You are sure to find something you’ll enjoy! For the full Festival schedule visit: https://www.holetownfestivalbarbados.org/festival-schedule
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