This series of two summer festivals is organized by the Abaco Tourist Office to showcase the vibrant and exciting Bahamian culture. Both locals and tourist have the opportunity to enjoy delicious local foods, great entertainment, Junkanoo rush-outs, beautiful local crafts, and a host of other cultural presentations.
Festivals & Culture
Over the past few years, the Island Roots Heritage Festival has become quite a hit throughout the historic New Plymouth settlement on Green Turtle Cay. The festival showcases and celebrates the relationship between New Plymouth and its sister settlement Key West, Florida, in the USA. The event is very well organized and features lots of educational facts about the relationship between the two cities, great Bahamian food and entertainment, and beautiful straw pieces and other unique craft items for sale.
This exciting cultural event, held annually, attracts many visitors and locals alike to the streets of Marsh Harbour. Senior and Junior Junkanoo groups compete to win the attention of spectators and most importantly the judges, through their elaborate costumes, dance moves and soul touching music, with hopes of being named the best group on the island. It is held over a two-night period, with the junior competition being held on the first night and the senior on the last night.
This event is an exciting time for the whole family. The Thursday evening gospel explosion launches the weekend of activities. Renowned local and visiting artists and other gospel artists will be performing. The festival also features an awesome lineup of The Bahamas’ most popular and talented musicians and local musicians. Arts and crafts, such as wood and conchshell carvings, will be on sale, along with Bahamian dishes. There will be lots of activities for kids as well as adults, including storytelling, singing, how-to exhibitions, an early dinner show, and lots more.
This homecoming brings the descendants of Upper Bogue back home to enjoy a weekend of fun with family and friends. Entertainment include live band performances, Bahamian music,food and drinks.
This festival attracts local people and visitors for a fun filled weekend. Activities include Junkanoo, live band performances, native dishes and games.
Every Friday Night the Governor's Harbour Development Association holds a Fish Fry at Anchor Bay in Governor's Harbour. This event attracts many tourists and locals every week. Proceeds from the event benefit the annual Homecoming and various projects within the community.
Class B and C sailing sloops will compete in a series of races.
This annual event is designed to spotlight Spanish Well's fishing industry and enhance the visitor experience. It features fishing tournaments, cycling race, live entertainment, games, delicious seafood dishes and drinks. Vendours will be selling locally made shell jewelry.
Local residents of John Millars, Bannerman Town and visitors from other islands come together to interact and enjoy cultural activities, Bahamian music, food, drinks and games.