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The Big Apple has the ball drop to ring in the New Year. Bermuda has the onion drop. On New Year's Eve, head to St. George's for an only-in-Bermuda tradition, which celebrates the island's longtime association with onions. The Big Onion comes down at midnight to ring in 2018 and is preceded by parties.
The Gombey troupes also make their ways around various parts of the island and perform. Want to know where the dance party is in Bermuda? Just listen. The colorfully attired Gombey dancers are the pulse and rhythm of Bermudian culture and are usually the finale at any event. When you hear that snare drum and whistle, you know it's time to party! At many street festivals, Bermudians follow behind their favorite Gombey troupe and cheer them on as the dancer's "clash" against other troupes. Fans show a little love by throwing money into a circle of the dancers.
The wonderful thing about Bermuda Marathon Weekend is that it can easily turn into an excuse for a long weekend jaunt or a once in- a-lifetime extended vacation. The entire weekend is loaded with races, including the Bermuda 10k, Half Marathon, and the Bermuda Triangle Challenge-three days of events, each with a truly spectacular backdrop. Out here, a jog is never just a jog. Visit www.bermudaraceweekend.com to register.
Celebrate the island's unique food culture with Bermudian-inspired menus and great deals at dozens of restaurants during Restaurant Weeks. Explore a world of diverse culinary offerings and take advantage of fixed price menus.
With dates scheduled from January through March, the Bermuda Performing Arts Festival returns with world-renowned performers who will thrill audiences with the diversity of acts in this year's line-up. See a complete performance schedule and ticket information for this year's Bermuda Festival or visit bermudafestival.org.
A month long program runs hosting series of events and activities meant for couples who are looking for a romantic getaway. Special fly-in packages are offered for couples that includes flight tickets, romantic resort accommodations, and a number of romantic activities for a few nights.
Dinner for two, romantic getaways
The 2018 Bermuda International 7s host the very best in high school and college rugby at the National Sports Centre, Bermuda's premier sporting event venue. The tournament will take place on March 16th and 17th, featuring mini teams (ages 9-12), high school teams, collegiate men's and women's sides.
The Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) is an annual spring event which highlights the best in world cinema. The festival features top films from the world's leading filmmakers as well as introduces new, talent from around the world. Soak up some culture, lie in the sun and watch groundbreaking cinema at night - sounds just about perfect, doesn't it? The Bermuda International Film Festival will bring some of the world's leading filmmakers (and some megawatt star power) to the island for the 18th straight year.
Bermuda's wild beauty comes to life in springtime when majestic whales make their annual arrival. With the deep blue waters of the Sargasso Sea to the east and the warm currents of the Gulf Stream just to the west, Bermuda is perfectly situated along the migration routes of 10,000 whales as they travel to their northern feeding grounds each spring.
Kite flying, hot cross buns, fish cakes, Easter Lilies, Scavenger Hunts
Let's go fly a kite! An annual Good Friday tradition, the Bermuda Kite Festival sees the skies over Horseshoe Bay Beach filled with colourful, often handmade kites. A typical Bermuda kite is made of tissue paper, sticks, and glue… a tedious process but well worth the reward. Participants vie to win prizes in categories such as most innovative kite, best looking kite and even ugliest kite. There's also a hotly contested fish cake competition, along with tasty hot cross buns.
The Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship is one of the most exciting events in Bermuda's golf calendar. The tournament attracts qualified Bermudian golfers, world-class professional golfers and golf enthusiasts, all prepared to take on the challenging course at Turtle Hill. Over 120 golfers from more than 10 countries will take part in the 36 hole stroke play individual competition, with both professional, amateur men's and ladies' divisions.
The Bermuda Triple Challenge is a 3-day obstacle course series, showcasing three of Bermuda's beautiful, historical and cultural venues. Each day's challenge offers a 3 - 10K challenge with varying obstacles suitable for all levels of fitness, challenging both strength and stamina for ages 13 and up. Celebrate the end of each day with a post event party. The Bermuda Triple Challenge is now certified as an OCR World Championship qualifying event. Register as an individual or with your team.
Come experience Bermuda's only eco art festival! Local and international artists create stunning beach art right in the sand on Bermuda's beautiful beaches island-wide. See and snap photos of these creations before the high tide washes them away. Entry is FREE. Artists of all levels are invited to participate and compete for cash prizes in five categories: Adult, Teen, Family, Tourist and Best Design Overall.
Bermuda is home to one of the world's perfect sailing arenas: the Great Sound. Fantastic winds, blue water and little to no current. Recently the host country for the 35th edition of the America's Cup, it's the perfect place to host the 2018 International Moth World Championship, which will feature high-octane sailing action from March 21-April 1.
Let's go fly a kite! An annual Eastertime tradition, the Bermuda Kite Festival sees the skies over Horseshoe Bay Beach filled with colourful, often handmade kites. A typical Bermuda kite is made of tissue paper, sticks, and glue…a tedious process but well worth the reward. Participants vie to win prizes in categories such as most innovative kite, best looking kite - even ugliest kite! There's also a hotly contested Fish Cake competition, along with tasty hot cross buns.
Bermudians celebrate Easter with colourful, spring-inspired events, foods and worship. Flying kites, eating hot cross buns and attending sunrise services are just a few ways you can join in the festivities. On Easter Sunday, Bermudians attend sunrise services, many held on the water's edge in spots like Horseshoe Bay. In the Town of St. George, historic St. Peter's Church, the oldest Anglican church outside of the British Isles, is especially popular on Easter mornings. Bermuda Easter lilies and passion flowers decorate spaces around the island. After church, many locals and visitors will spend time with family and friends over Easter brunch. There's fun for everyone, from authentic Bermudian dishes, egg hunts for the children and even some appearances by the Easter Bunny.
The City Food Festival is an experience you won't want to miss. Marking the festival's fifth year are some tempting new additions, including wine tastings, walking tours, a three-day Chef Competition and the all-day Food Festival featuring many Hamilton restaurants. The City of Hamilton is also planning to feature an international chef who will host live demonstrations throughout the event. Whether you're a visitor or local, don't miss this chance to enjoy diverse, delicious Bermudian cuisines and sample multicultural delicacies.
The Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition is an annual 3-day event held at the beautiful Botanical Gardens National Park, in Paget Parish. The exhibition includes school displays, floral shows, animal exhibits, and equestrian programs, all related to Bermuda's agricultural heritage. All are welcome at this fun, family-oriented event.
Two hundred years of exchanging a single peppercorn as rent! The Peppercorn Ceremony is one of those events that makes you feel as though you've traveled back in time, with a parade full of officials and dignitaries in full-period garb, horse-drawn carriages, military music and a classic Town Crier narrating the festivities. The 200th anniversary promises to be even more festive than usual.
Join Bermuda's own ITU World Champion Flora Duffy out here on her beautiful island home to race World Triathlon Bermuda on April 28, 2018. Don't miss this bucket-list World Triathlon Series event. Participate in sprint and standard distance events-swim in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, bike beautiful winding roads, and run a colourful course in the centre of Bermuda's capital, Hamilton. Visit www.tribermuda.com to register.
Comprises of yoga, chants and meditation. The 3-day event where several international and eminent yoga and meditation specialists deliver speeches and yoga lessons over 3-days of packed schedule which also includes guided walks. There are several sessions with duration of 2 hours each, some of them are meant for beginners as well. If yoga is of interest to you, then start planning a visit to Bermuda during this time. For further info, contact (email): email@example.com
With the glorious Bermuda sun setting on Hamilton Harbour as a backdrop, Harbour Nights provides locals and visitors with a uniquely Bermudian retail, dining and entertaining experience. Local craftsmen and artisans intermingle alongside culinary delights as diverse as the local population. The night gives way to live performances and cultural expositions. Harbour Nights is the place to be on Wednesday nights - come and celebrate all that Bermuda has to offer.
The Catlin End to End is an annual event in Bermuda where the participants walk, run, cycle, swim, row, ride and even wheelchair across the island from one end (St. George) to the other (Dockyard). The huge funds raised in this event go to the local charities.
The "Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres" [Festival of the Christ of Miracles], sees a solemn procession through Hamilton with participants walking on a carpet of flowers set down beforehand. Some 400 years old, the Festival is one of the largest religious celebrations in the Azores, and is also celebrated by the Portuguese diaspora across the globe. Everyone gathers at BAA after the procession for Portuguese music, food, and traditional dancing.
In the second edition of the Antigua Bermuda Race, a competing fleet of luxury yachts sets sail from Charlotte, Antigua to Bermuda and her alluring crystal blue waters.
The 41st Oyster Regatta offers four days of Corinthian racing around three different parts of the island. Starting in the capital city of Hamilton with racing in the Great Sound, the event will include private parties in art galleries, amazing forts, the landmark Commissioner's House and the historic Naval Dockyard. Sunshine and ideal sailing winds make Bermuda one of the best sailing venues on the planet.
The Bermuda Day Half-Marathon Derby challenges runners on a 13-mile course from Somerset to Hamilton that starts at 9 am. Sorry, visiting marathon runners, your feet are going to have to take a holiday for this one. Participation in the half marathon is for locals only, but visitors are welcome to join the crowds and cheer on the racers.
Break out the swimsuits and Bermuda shorts - summer in Bermuda begins with the Bermuda Day Long Weekend! Thousands of people crowd the streets of Hamilton to celebrate Bermuda's rich heritage with a parade, music, dancing and other festivities that stretch long into the night. Don't miss the annual Bermuda Day Parade in Hamilton. The bands, floats and dancers start marching around 1 pm from Bernard Park down Front Street to City Hall, but we recommend arriving a little early. It's common for onlookers to reserve parade real estate the night before.
Canada Day is celebrated as a grand beach party in Bermuda. The Association of Canada organizes this in the island.
Music & Parade of bands also known as Carnival Weekend
Experience the best carnival-style celebration to ever grace the pink sands of Bermuda. Daily events include food, music, a parade of bands, boat rides, breakfast parties, and "Pan In The Park" with international Steel Pan artists.
Honors local heroes and heroines, pioneering men and women who were committed to selfless acts of public service and whose lives were spent devoted to improving the circumstances of our people.
The "Thrash to the Onion Patch!" The 635 nautical miles between Newport, Rhode Island and Bermuda offer high winds and big waves - just the kinds of elements an adventurous sailor loves. 2016 marks the 50th Newport Bermuda Race, with more than 150 boats vying for glory in the Gulf Stream. Make plans to cheer on these hardy sailors as they cross the finish line at St. David's Lighthouse.
The Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race is an event like none other! The 753 mile race provides a unique combination of inshore and offshore racing through its route down the Chesapeake Bay, across the Gulf Stream, and onto Bermuda.
One of the island's most anticipated party weekends, LIV attracts locals as well as overseas guests. Every July 4th weekend, partygoers from around the world come together to experience this intimate, all-inclusive event that's all about honoring the exceptional in all of us.
Bermuda struts its stuff during this week-long celebration of the island's eclectic and ever-evolving fashion scene. Inspirational runway shows, exciting fashion events and vibrant nightlife tease out the best of Bermuda, from the formal and first-class to the edgy and effortlessly fun.
Catch 'em if you can! During the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship, teams of anglers catch and weigh as many fish as they can in three days in the first leg of the Bermuda Triple Crown series.
The most common Portuguese festival in Bermuda. The idea was to make the poor royalty for a day where they could eat and dance escaping from the drudgery of being poor. This celebration has been continued annually and was brought by the Azores in which a crown is placed on an emperor or empress, and he or she is escorted through the streets followed by a parade to the local church where Mass is held. The entourage goes to a designated area where there is a feast and a dance. Anyone is invited to eat as it is free following the tradition of feeding the poor or the masses. The food is soup and sweet bread called "sopas" and "massa sovada" or "pao doce" respectively. At Bermuda's Festa a meal of the same is served to the public attending the Festa on the Square of St George's. Soup is made with meat, kale, potatoes or very small pasta. This is served after a church ceremony at Stella Morris Catholic Church where a child is crowned emperor or empress of the festa.
USA Independence Day National Holiday. Also celebrated in Bermuda among its 2400 or so Bermuda-resident American citizens. Fireworks at Elbow Beach - Head on over to Elbow Beach Bermuda to see a spectacular firework display while relaxing on the sandy beach. Be sure to arrive before 9pm so you can pick your ideal spot. We also recommend bringing a beach chair or towels to sit on as there are no public beach rentals available. After you've enjoyed the fireworks take a quick dip in the water or head to the Lido Cafe complex for dinner.
Emancipation Day coincides with the first day of Cup Match (Cricket match between Somerset and St. George's) giving locals and visitors a chance to recognize one of the most significant moments in Bermuda's history: the abolition of slavery on the island in 1834.
Held the first day of Cup Match.
Somers Day coincides with the second day of Cup Match (annual cricket match between Somerset and St. George's). Somers Day, commemorates the Admiral Sir George Somers, whose shipwreck in Bermuda in 1609 led to the island's English settlement.
A two-day cricket game between St. Georges (blue & blue) and Somerset (red & blue) in the celebration of emancipation day in Bermuda. There's a lot more going on during Summer Splash: concerts,
dance parties and lots of food and drink.
An island-wide summer celebration, Cup Match includes cricket, beach parties, live music and Crown and Anchor. Cup Match and county games are the only time you can legally gamble on the island, and Crown and Anchor, which is played at the cricket field, is Bermudians' game-of-chance choice.
Once the parties from Cup Match die down, be ready to catch a party boat on Sunday morning to the Non-Mariners raft-up. Every boat registered in Bermuda is on the water and most likely anchored in Mangrove Bay to witness a non-race of barely seaworthy vessels slapped together with all types of building materials, including the kitchen sink!
Celebrate the end of summer by taking part in the 21st Sand Sculpture at the magnificent, award-winning Horseshoe Bay. The sand sculpture competition categories are children 12 and under, teenagers, families, adults, companies and tourists.
All different gombey tribes come together to compete.
The Labour Day holiday activities are organized by the Joint Labour Day Organizing Committee that comprise all of Bermuda's trade unions and the corporate sector. The day's activities include a march, road races, entertainment, cultural food and exhibition. Monday, 3rd September 2018.
From September through March, you'll find spiny lobsters in nearly every restaurant and grocery store on the island. This delicacy is smaller than its Maine counterpart and doesn't have claws, so most of the tender, flavorful meat is found in the tail. Bermuda chefs mix spiny lobster into chowder, tacos, pasta sauces and even sushi, but purists will tell you it's fine with just a brushing of butter.
The historic Town of St. George's transforms into a rollicking, interactive street fair during Art Walk Bermuda. It's a great way to discover some of the island's most creative people, from performers to visual artists.
Like the America's Cup, this regatta is a one-on-one duel of classic sailing strategy and tactics. The winner takes home a prestigious prize: The King Edward VII Gold Cup, the oldest match-racing trophy in the world for competition involving one-design yachts.
Food and wine lovers won't want to miss the City Food Festival, which features wine tastings, walking tours, a three-day chef competition and the all-day food festival featuring many City of Hamilton restaurants. Hamilton is also planning to feature an international chef who will host live demonstrations throughout the event. Whether you're a visitor or local, don't miss this chance to enjoy diverse, delicious Bermudian cuisines and sample multicultural delicacies.
Some of the world's greatest rugby athletes converge on Bermuda for an event that draws the sport's most passionate fans. Beyond the thrill of the matches, there are parties and concerts where fans and players can mix and mingle. Visit www.worldrugby.bm.
Life is too short to sail slow boats! A high-performance one-design sport boat, the Viper 640 is a fun and fast catamaran. "Fun" and "fast" are also words that will apply to the Viper North American Championship in Bermuda, as teams battle it out on those legendary turquoise waters.
Ceremony Parade -A parade is held at the Front Street of Hamilton City. The surviving war veterans are invited to join this parade along with the descendants of those who are not alive. Bermuda Regiment Band also participates in the parade.
The City of Hamilton becomes a luminous spectacle filled with Christmas cheer and delight for all ages when the lights are turned on by the Town Mayor as local school children perform an array of Christmas carols.
The holiday season doesn't commence until olde St. Nick and the Gombeys make an appearance on the streets of Hamilton. The parade will feature an array of live bands, dance performances, festive lights and lots of cheer to celebrate the start of the Holiday Season.
Every December, the island's best courses host the Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament, the oldest Pro-Am tournament in the world, with teams from the U.S., Canada and England all participating against gorgeous coastal backdrops.
The Bermuda National Trust's yearly Christmas Walkabout in St. George's sees one of the oldest established towns in the new world get in the holiday spirit. Lavishly decorated historic homes (some dating all the way back to the 17th century) open their doors to the public. Re-enactors in period garb roam the candlelit streets, and classic carols add to the magical atmosphere.
The holidays get a whole lot brighter when dozens of boats decorated with brilliant lights cruise into Hamilton Harbour during the biennial Christmas Boat Parade. Boats will begin their parade at 6:30 pm and the night will end with a spectacular firework display at 8 pm from White's Island.
Bermuda is home to many historic churches, so you'll have your pick if you want to celebrate the holiday in a sacred space. For an especially atmospheric Christmas Eve, visit St. Peter's Church in the Town of St. George's. Christmas Day in Bermuda - Beaches, Good food, Church, Christmas Trees, Lights, Gifts, Cassava Pie, Ferine Pie.
While your friends are shoveling their sidewalks on Christmas morning, you can send them a selfie from one of Bermuda's most beautiful spots, Elbow Beach. Every December 25, hundreds of residents and visitors gather here for a festive Bermuda holiday celebration complete with champagne, food, music and good vibes. A traditional Christmas dish in Bermuda is Cassava Pie. Tree decorating is a part of the local tradition.
The holidays in Bermuda are big for the Gombey's, the traditional troupes of colorfully attired dancers that have been a tradition on the island since the 1800s. On Christmas Day, Boxing Day (the UK's public holiday on December 26) and New Year's Day, the streets transform into a stage with people dancing to the infectious sound of drums, beer bottle fifes and tin whistles. On these days, gombey dancers can be found on most of Bermuda's main streets—just listen for the music.
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