August is eventful in the Caribbean year on year, with the Anguilla Summer Festival (also known as the Anguilla Carnival) giving a delightful start to a great month on the exotic land!
From the Bahamas’ Native Fishing Tournament, to Deer Dance Day in Belize and Tobago’s Heritage Festival, there is a LOT going on at this time in the Caribbean.
One of the most looked forward events of all, however – and a yearly celebration that has become a tradition on the island – is the much anticipated Anguilla Summer Festival. In 2015 it happens between the 30th July and 9th August – you can find our recommendations of what to do in this article.
Anguilla Summer Festival 2015
The festival commenced on Thursday July 30th, starting with a grand opening at the Landsome Bowl Cultural Center. A fireworks display kicked off the summer celebration.
The festival will continue until Sunday August 9th, with about 10 days of fun, sun, and partying throughout the day and night.
From the kick-off in the Valley, to street dancing, parties at Meads Bay, and performances at Sandy Ground beach (pictured below), the whole island of Anguilla gets into the festival mood.
Anguilla Carnival: 2015 Schedule Highlights
After the grand opening ceremony and fireworks, the highlight of the festival was, like every year, August Monday (August 3rd), also known as the Caribbean’s best and biggest beach party.
The date commemorates Anguilla’s Emancipation Day, and features musical and dance performances, boat racing, and many more exotic activities at the island’s most famous beach – Sandy Ground.
With several beauty and talent pageants throughout the week, the most anticipated is the Miss Anguilla Pageant at the Landsome Bowl Center on August 6th. On the same day tourists will also enjoy the August Thursday Boat & Beach Party at Meads Bay.
While boat races are scheduled almost every day throughout the festival, the most important race that you also don’t want to miss takes place on Sunday, August 9th.
It’s called the “Champion of Champions” race, and is the Carnival Grand Finale celebrating the 75th year of the island’s national sport of boat racing in 2015.
You can check out recent videos and photos, stay up to date with what’s happening at the Festival, and make sure to be reminded of it next year by liking the Anguilla Summer Festival facebook page.
If You Missed Anguilla’s Summer Festival
If you can’t make it to the Anguilla Summer Festival but still want to join in on the festive summer celebrations this August, there are many other options in the Caribbean to pick from. Here are the most fun Caribbean events in August 2015 that you should check out:
- Crop Over Festival of Barbados
- Caribbean Chess Carnival on Trinidad and Tobago
- Yole Boat Race on Martinique
- Middle Caicos Day in Turks and Caicos
- Emancipation Celebration on Trinidad and Tobago
- Carib Great Race on Trinidad and Tobago
- Non Mariners Race on Bermuda
- St. Thomas Open in U.S.V.I.
- Emancipation Festival in B.V.I.
If you want to beat the crowds but still soak up the last of your summer, then we highly recommend checking out St. Barths. If you’ve been to St. Barths already or would like more suggestions, you should also check out this article for some excellent Caribbean alternatives in August.
Planning Your Summer Celebration
Plan your summer celebration with us this year and arrive in style. Whether you’d like to make a late entrance in Anguilla (which, festivals or not, is simply amazing year round) or if you’d like to learn more about the other Caribbean alternatives, we’re here to help you every second of the journey.
Moreover, we would be more than glad to help you plan your stay and make recommendations moulded to your picture of the ideal vacation.
For any questions or queries you may have, or if you’d like a travel expert’s suggestion, please feel free to contact our team at any time – we always respond promptly.