01 NEW Year’s Day – official holiday Celebrate your New Year surrounded by loved ones at the Brion Square, where you can enjoy good music and a spectacular firework display.
06 Carnival OFFICIAL OPENING Carnival season officially starts, so let the biggest party of the island begin!
22,23,24 & 26 Carnival “TUMBA” FESTIVAL Thousands gather for four nights to support the most popular bands, composers and singers during the largest song festival on the island. Here they elect the ‘Rei/Reina di Tumba’, with its winning song, which the carnival groups dance to during the Carnival parade.
Horse Parade – TBA Stunning horses and carriages will prance in the streets of Otrobanda with their riders dressed up to match the occasion, showing off their animals and their skills.
05 Children’s Carnival Parade During this parade, the local children, from toddlers to preteens, march through the streets of Otrobanda during their own colorful parade.
09 Teen Carnival Parade High School students and teenagers also get to enjoy their own Carnival Parade that also goes through the streets of Otrobanda.
10 Carnival Parade at Banda’bou A full day of partying takes place in the streets of Banda’bou.
11 the ‘Gran Marcha’ or the Grand Parade Thousands of participants, accompanied by musical trailers and colorful floats, show off their fantastic costumes and strut to the music of the road march. Along the 10 km route, spectators dance and enjoy the pageantry.
13 The Farewell Parade The Carnival season gets its last hurrah with one final parade. During the nighttime procession, the floats are decorated with lights and at midnight, the King Momo idol is burned to please the gods.
Do note that all dates are tentative and are subjected to changes, so check out curacaocarnival.info for more updated information.
03 and 04 – Open Atelier Route 2018 – Bándariba
The art studios in Bándariba offer a variety of art disciplines like painting, sculpting, ceramics, bronze statues, jewelry, and photography. Visitors really get a closer look into the domain of the artists. There is also an organized bus tour available as a shuttle bus.
10 &11 – Open Atelier Route 2018 – Banda’bou
The following week it’s the turn of the art studios in Band’abou. Check out www.facebook.com/openatelierroutecuracao for more information.
PURO Run Bike Run – TBA
Every March, Team Endurance Curaçao organizes the Puro Run Bike Run at Koral Tabak. Both individuals and teams (ie: parent and child)can participate and earn points for the CTA Ranking of the Curaçao Triathlon Association. Participants can run the 3.6 km or 1.8 km distances or bike 15 km. Visit triathlon-curacao.com for exact dates.
30 – Good Friday – official holiday
Christians observe this official holiday and marks the beginning of a week-long spring break.
01 & 02 Easter – official holiday
The Seú or Harvest Parade – TBA
This Parade is the second largest parade of the island, where the streets of Otrobanda are again transformed into a euphoric display of folklore and groups dance through the streets to celebrate the harvest.
11 to 15 The Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam The sixth edition will again showcase the movies and short films of international and regional independent filmmakers, while giving the local filmmakers an opportunity to exhibit their work. Visit www.curacaoiffr.com for more information.
MCB Curacao MasterS Pro-Am Golf Tournament – TBA The 2018 edition of the MCB Curacao Master is one of the largest golf tournaments of the Caribbean and will be held at the luxurious Blue Bay Resort. Again, some of the world’s best players flock to Curaçao to measure their dominance on these elaborate grounds. Visit curacaomasters.com for more information.
27 King’s Birthday – official holiday All through the Dutch kingdom, King Willem Alexander celebrates his birthday in a festive atmosphere, and in Curaçao, the locals organize the largest flea market in downtown Punda, accompanied with live performances.
International Drag Fest – TBA
Every year, the International Drag Fest hosts drivers from the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, who compete during ten automobile and five motorcycle categories. It is organized at the Curacao International Raceway, located at Ronde Klip, Curacao. Visit curacaodrag.com for further details.
01 Labor Day – Official Holiday
10 Ascension Day – Official Holiday
Curaçao International OLYMPIC Triathlon – TBA
During the 8th edition, held on the scenic premises of the Santa Barbara Golf & Beach Resort, the ultimate athlete can test its physical endurance by swimming 1.5 kilometers, bike 40 kilometers, to finalize with a 10 kilometers run. Visit triathlon-curacao.com/olympic
Visit www.curacao.com for TBA events this month
02 Curaçao Flag Day – OFFICIAL HOLIDAY During this official holiday, the Curaçao Flag is commemorated with official ceremonies and cultural events at Plaza Brion and the village of Barber, in addition to many food festivals and neighborhood get-togethers.
17 Commemoration of Slave Uprising The 1795 slave uprising, led by local hero Tula is commemorated with music and cultural presentations at the waterfront at Rif and the popular ‘Ruta di Tula’ that ends at Landhuis Kenepa, Banda’bou. For more information call Fundashon Parke Nashonal at +5999-5630358.
27 to 30 – Curaçao Pride
During this weekend, the Curaçao LGBTQIA community and locals come together to celebrate the gay community, highlighted by a colorful parade in the streets of Willemstad. In 2013, a group of gay professionals and volunteers came together to create awareness and advocate gay rights and equality as bestowed upon other groups in society. Check out www.curacaopride.com for more information.
Curaçao Clean Up – TBA For the seventh edition of the Curaçao Clean Up, over 2000 citizens go out in teams to clean our island, in order to make a positive impact on the environment and educate the population about the importance of preservation. Visit curacaocleanup.com for more information.
Siman di Kultura & TURISMO – TBA Every year, the government, schools, local businesses and the tourism sector celebrate Culture Week with lots of festivities, music, good food and traditional sweets, to educate the tourists and upcoming generations about our cultural heritage. Visit facebook.com/Siman-di-Kultura for more information.
10 Curaçao Day – official holiday During the public holiday, the fact that Curaçao obtained its autonomous status within the Dutch Kingdom is commemorated.
25 KLM Curaçao Marathon During the fifth edition, runners from over thirty countries will start at the Lions Dive & Beach Resort, cross through Willemstad and conclude the race on the beach with an awards ceremony and star-studded after party. Visit curacaomarathon.com for more information.
The Curaçao Baseball Week – TBA The sixth edition of the Curaçao Baseball Week aims to promote baseball on Curaçao. It promises to be as memorable as its previous years. Here, the youth, and coaches, interact with both local and international baseball legends, and participate in instructive clinics. Fans also get an opportunity to collect signatures and take pictures with their favorite heroes.
25–26 Christmas – official holiday