5 amazing Dominican Republic festivals

Every year, visitors can uncover culture, excitement and fun through welcoming Dominican Republic festivals and events. If you’re looking for an unforgettable Dominican vacation experience, book your stay at the all inclusive Barceló Bavaro Grand Resort when one of these great Dominican Republic festivals is taking place.

Guloya Festival Dominican Republic

When: January

Where: San Pedro de Macorís (January)

The New Year in the Dominican Republic kicks off in lively fashion in the southeastern city of San Pedro de Macorís’ Miramar neighborhood, thanks to the Guloya Festival, which draws massive crowds. One of the most vibrant Dominican Republic festivals sees colorfully costumed Guloya dance troupes dancing through the streets to the sounds of drums and flutes, celebrating the Afro-Dominican heritage of many islanders. The Guloyas’ dance is amazing and intricate – and it’s been classified by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Patrimony of Humanity.

 

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Carnival Dominican Republic

When: February

Where: Throughout the Dominican Republic

Dominican Carnival (carnaval dominicano) is one of the best Dominican Republic festivals. Taking place every Sunday during the month of February, Carnival is a vibrant celebration – and one of the most fun places to experience it is in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Take part in colorful parades filled with incredible sights, dine on authentic Dominican cuisine and party with friendly locals. Year after year, the parties and parades are legendary, with Dominicans donning intricate costumes and masks that symbolize characters from the country’s past.

  • Good to know: Carnaval often comes to a grand close on the first Sunday in March with a huge parade in Santo Domingo which features winning troupes from all over the country competing for a grand prize.

Isle of Light

When: April

Where: Santo Domingo

Coachella in the DR? The cutting edge comes to the Dominican Republic every spring, thanks to the innovative Isle of Light festival. This unique annual event is designed to bring new music, art and people to the island. Over the course of two action-packed days and nights, Isle of Light attendees enjoy a lineup of international artists in an experience at the level of major world festivals. For music lovers with adventurous taste and a love of new experiences, Isle of Light is an unforgettable Dominican Republic weekend.

Merengue Festival

When: July/August

Where: Santo Domingo

Merengue is one of the most popular forms of Dominican music – even if you’re not familiar with it, give it about 10 seconds and you’ll be hooked for life, thanks to its infectious rhythms, catchy melodies and magnetic performers. To immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Merengue, make plans to attend Merengue Festival, held every summer in the historic city of Santo Domingo. The event has been taking place since the 1960s and it’s one of the most fun things to do in the Dominican Republic, offering several days of Merengue music, food and fun.

Festival Presidente

When: October

Where: Olympic Stadium, Santo Domingo

Every two years, Santo Domingo’s Olympic Stadium transforms into the Dominican Republic’s biggest festival venue. Festival Presidente is a joyous three-night celebration featuring the country’s greatest performers, fireworks, dancing, and a whole lot more. You may have been to concerts before, but you’ve never been to one quite like Festival Presidente.

Whichever Dominican Republic festival you choose, one thing’s for sure: an unforgettable experience awaits.