Calendar of Events
TASTE OF CAYMAN
February 6th – 12th CAYMAN ARTS FESTIVAL EXTRA
Held on the off years of the Cayman Arts Festival, the Cayman Arts Festival eXtra is a smaller version of the hugely popular festival and was created to bridge the gap. Festival eXtra is perfect for all lovers, students and teachers of the performing arts with musical performances by both local and international artists and workshops.
February 17th LEGENDS AT CAMANA BAY
Every year the Festival Green at Camana Bay plays host to Tennis Hall of Fame legends, former #1 players and Grand Slam Champions for a night of incredible exhibition tennis. It’s a great event that lets you watch some of the best players in the game under the stars; past appearances include Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, and Anna Kournikova.
February 23rd – 25th CAYFEST
Cayfest is Cayman’s greatest showcase of homegrown talent. The Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts features a diverse combination of film, fashion design, visual arts, music, and culture. Included is the Red Sky at Night, a garden festival held under the stars with live performances by storytellers, dancers, and actors, local crafts and food, and astronomers.
February 27th – March 3rd CAYMAN MARDI GRAS
Now into its 3rd year, Cayman Mardi Gras attracts thousands of people and boasts an international lineup of performers and musicians. Mardi Gras 2017 coincides with the 10th anniversary of CayBrew, the local beer, and will be celebrated for a full week starting on February 27 with the Monday Food Festival and EDM Ash Wednesday, plus plenty of concerts, street fetes, and parties.
March 1st AGRICULTURAL SHOW (GRAND CAYMAN)
The Grand Cayman Agricultural Show is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Ash Wednesday. Learn more about the rich agricultural history of the island while sampling dishes from each of the island’s five districts. There will also be entertainment, a rodeo, a craft market with locally made items, and the popular Children’s Cook-off, where junior chefs compete for scholarship assistance.
March 8th – 12th POINCIANA FESTIVAL
The Poinciana Festival celebrates and showcases local filmmakers, musicians, and artists; both established and emerging. Now into its 2nd year, the festival includes film screenings, art and music displays, documentaries, and an awards gala.
April 27th – 30th CAYMAN ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT
This four-day tournament takes place at the end of April with hundreds of professional and novice anglers from around the world competing for the Heaviest Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. The tournament is in its 20th year, and the jackpot is estimated to be over $100,000 USD.
April 29th CARNIVAL JUNIOR BATABANO
Watch the kids get into the Carnival spirit at the Junior Batabano. Held the weekend before the main Carnival Batabano, there’s a Family Fun Day with face painting, mask decorations, games, music, and food. Then the kids hit the street with their very own Carnival Batabano Road Parade. It’s a great, safe way for kids to enjoy and learn more about Carnival.
May 7th CARNIVAL BATABANO
Join in the celebration as Cayman celebrates Carnival Batabano. There will be street fetes and concerts with many local and international artists and DJ’s, and the signature costumed road parade when thousands of residents and visitors dress up in vibrant costumes to jump along West Bay Road into George Town replete with floats and live music.
June 10th – 12th FLOWERS SEA SWIM
Now into its 25th year, the Flowers Sea Swim is considered one of the world’s top open water swims with distances of 1 mile, 5K and 10K. Held in the crystal-clear waters of Seven Mile Beach, the race attracts swimmers from all over the world including Olympian and amateur swimmers. All registration proceeds go to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
June 30th – July 3rd CAYFILM FESTIVAL
The Cayman Islands International Film Festival CayFilm is an annual multi-day event with daily film screenings, Q & A sessions with industry professionals, workshops, exclusive premieres, awards, and a celebrity gala. CayFilm is held in conjunction with the Cayman Underwater Film Festival, an international festival showcasing the underwater film industry.
SEPTEMBER 29TH INTERNATIONAL SCUBA HALL OF FAME
The annual International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner showcases and pays tribute to the pioneers of the sport. Divers, entrepreneurs, and artists that have contributed to dive travel, education, development, equipment design, and adventure are recognised for their efforts. Past recipients include Philippe Cousteau Sr and Stuart Cove.
October 1st – 31st CAYMAN RESTAURANT MONTH
During the entire month of October, you can enjoy delicious 2-course and 3-course lunches and dinners at some of Cayman’s top restaurant. Specially crafted Prix fixe meals with pricing starting at just $10 for lunch and $25 for dinner means you can afford to revisit your favourite restaurants or discover new ones more often.
October 27th – November 3rd CAYMAN COCKTAIL WEEK
Celebrate the art of mixology with Cayman Cocktail Week. There will be 7 days of cocktail events, dinners, and classes with some of the island’s best bartenders, bars, and restaurants. Learn how to master the martini, sample a flight of sake or try some of the finest rums the Caribbean has to offer. If you enjoy libations, this is the event you’ve been waiting for.
November 5th CAYMAN ISLANDS TRIATHLON
With flat roads, calm seas, and year-round sunshine, Cayman is the perfect spot for a triathlon. It will be the event’s 20th anniversary in 2017, and its popularity has grown to almost 200 athletes taking part in both the individual and team races. It’s a real test of skill as athletes bike, swim and run on and around Grand Cayman.
November 9th – 19th PIRATES WEEK
Every November the country celebrates its heritage and pays homage to its pirate connections with Pirates Week Festival. This annual 10-day festival in November features a mock pirate invasion in Grand Cayman and Heritage Days across Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. It’s a great time to be a pirate with spectacular fireworks, live music, costume competitions, street games, food festivals, and a Children’s Fun Fair Day.
November 25th – December 3rd GIMISTORY
The annual Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, also known as Gimistory, celebrates the national pastime of storytelling. Since 1998 the festival has been bringing storytellers from across North America to entertain young and old alike. The festival takes place across the island on beaches, in parks and even in private homes, and admission is free.