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Bermuda's Top Events

Discover the island's most notable (and memorable) events and festivals all year round. 

  • Beyond the Beach,
  • People & Culture

Bermuda's events and festivals bring out the best of the island. Experience prestigious sporting competitions, exciting celebrations of culture and cuisine, beloved holiday festivities and more. Browse the months below for details on major annual events and festivals taking place across the island, or see upcoming events.

January

Bermuda Restaurant Weeks

Enjoy the island’s unique food culture with Bermudian-inspired menus and great deals at dozens of restaurants. Explore a world of diverse culinary offerings and take advantage of a variety of prix-fixe menus at different price points. This year marks the 11th Anniversary for Bermuda Restaurant Weeks, be sure to join in the celebration.

 

A Rum Swizzle Cocktail

Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge Marathon Weekend

The annual Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge Weekend is just right for the active-minded traveller – three days of runs (mile, 10K, half-marathon, marathon), each with a truly spectacular backdrop. The weekend event, includes festivals, awards ceremonies and more.

March

Bermuda International Film Festival 

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 attracts some of the world’s leading filmmakers (and some megawatt star power) to the island year after year. 

Dark ‘N Stormy World Par 3 Championship

The Dark 'n Stormy 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 take part in the 36-hole stroke play individual competition, with both professional, amateur men's and ladies divisions. 

Turtle Hill Golf Club – Turtle Hill

Bermuda Triple Challenge

The Triple Challenge is three days, three races, more than 75 obstacles and one week of fun. The three-day obstacle course series showcases 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 event is now certified as an OCR World Championship qualifying event. Register as an individual or with your team. 

Good Friday

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 fishcake competition, along with tasty hot-cross buns.

April

Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition

The Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition is an annual three-day event held at the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Paget Parish. The exhibition includes school displays, floral shows, animal exhibits and equestrian programmes, all related to Bermuda’s agricultural heritage. All are welcome at this fun, family-oriented event.

Peppercorn Ceremony

This unconventional ceremony celebrates the time (hundreds of years ago) that a single peppercorn was exchanged for a rent payment. The Peppercorn Ceremony is one of those events that makes you feel as though you’ve travelled 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.  

 

May

Antigua Bermuda Race

In the Antigua Bermuda Race, a competing fleet of luxury yachts sets sail from Fort Charlotte, Antigua to Bermuda and its alluring crystal blue waters.

Bermuda Sail Grand Prix Presented by Hamilton Princess

high-speed sailing event like no other. Rival teams from Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United States battle it out at speeds reaching up to 50 knots (about 60 mph) in F50 catamarans. Prior to the season start, all eight national teams will take to Bermuda’s Great Sound to hone their skills in a pre-season training camp lasting several weeks through the race weekend.

Bermuda Day

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. 

June

The Clipper Round the World Race

The Clipper Round The World Race is a record-breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht, divided into eight legs and between 13 and 16 individual races. Bermuda is making its debut on the Clipper Race circuit as a Host Port and competing yacht named GoToBermuda. It’s Bermuda Ambassadors are Chanara Smith-Rookes and Matthew Stephens joining race legs 7 and 8 to the finale. This is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of eleven identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper and first mate to safely guide the crew.

Harbour Nights

Harbour Nights is the place to be on Wednesday nights in the City of Hamilton from April through early September. With the glorious Bermuda sun setting on Hamilton Harbour as a backdrop, local crafters and artisans intermingle alongside culinary delights as diverse as Bermuda's culture. The night gives way to live performances and cultural expositions.

A crowded street in Bermuda during Harbour Nights summer street party

Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race

The Annapolis Bermuda Ocean Race covers 753 miles, making it the longest ocean race on the east coast of the U.S. The distance isn’t the only difficulty, however. Setting sail from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay – known for its unpredictable winds and heavy shipping traffic – and traversing the swirling currents and wild weather of the Gulf Stream will test any crew’s mettle.

Bermuda Carnival

Experience the best carnival-style celebration to ever grace the pink sands of Bermuda. Daily events during Bermuda Carnival include food, live music, a parade of bands, boat rides, breakfast parties and more.

Newport Bermuda Race

Known as the “Thrash to the Onion Patch,” the Newport Bermuda Race is one of Bermuda's most famous sailing races. The 635 nautical miles between Newport, Rhode Island and Bermuda offer high winds and big waves – elements an adventurous sailor loves.

Newport to Bermuda sailboat race

July

Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship

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.

Cup Match

It’s centered around the cricket match between two island rivals – St. George’s and Somerset – but there’s a lot more going on during Cup Match time: concerts, dance parties and lots of food and drink, to name a few.

View of the stands from the pitch at Cup Match

August

Harbour Nights

Continuing through August, Harbour Nights is the place to be on Wednesday nights in the City of Hamilton. With the glorious Bermuda sun setting on Hamilton Harbour as a backdrop, local crafters and artisans intermingle alongside culinary delights as diverse as Bermuda's culture. The night gives way to live performances and cultural expositions. 

Non-mariners Water Raft-Up

Once the parties from Cup Match die down, be ready to catch a party boat on Sunday morning. Practically every boat registered in Bermuda will be on the water and most likely anchored in Mangrove Bay for the Non-Mariners Water Raft-Up, the grand finale to the legendary Cup Match holiday.

September

Sandcastle Competition

Celebrate the end of summer by taking part in the annual Sandcastle Competition at the award-winning Horseshoe Bay. The competition categories are children 12 and under, teenagers, families, adults, companies and tourists, and prizes are awarded.

October

City Food Festival

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.

The Butterfield Bermuda Championship

This official PGA TOUR event at Bermuda’s famed Port Royal Golf Course offers a backdrop of clear, blue waters and stunning greens. With two-hour flights from the U.S. East Coast, experiencing the Bermuda Championship in person is easy.

November

World Rugby Classic

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, the World Rugby Classic involves parties and concerts where fans and players can mix and mingle. 

Viper North American Race

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 apply to the Viper North American Championship in Bermuda, as teams battle it out on those legendary turquoise waters.

December

Goodwill Golf Tournament

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.

Port Royal Golf Course – Port Royal

Christmas Walkabout

The Bermuda National Trust’s yearly Christmas Walkabout in the Town of St. George sees one of the oldest established towns in the New World catch the holiday spirit. Lavishly decorated historic homes (some dating back to the 17th century) open their doors to the public. Re-enactors in period garb roam candlelit streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site town, and classic carols add to the magical atmosphere. 

 

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