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Puerto Rico Events

Saborea Culinary Festival

One of several annual festivals for foodies, Saborea features demonstrations by famous chefs from the island and abroad, as well as tasting menus and other food-related activities.


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Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian

Just when you thought the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Three Kings Day) were over, Puerto Rico offers one last holiday party bash. The Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian, a three-day, three-night street party held on Calle San Sebastian in Old San Juan, is a tradition more than four decades old. Partly a celebration of the saint, Sebastian, the street party is characterised by lots of music, lots of dancing, and lots of drinking. Often, the event is ‘dedicated’ to a popular, living Puerto Rican musician, who leads the festivities.


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Puerto Rico Open

The premiere event for golf players, the Puerto Rico Open attracts top talent for this annual event, which offers a purse that’s nothing to sneeze at: more than US$3.5 million.


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Taste of Rum

This international rum and food festival celebrates Puerto Rico’s most famous libation. Tastings, bartender competitions, rum seminars, and live music are fixtures of this event.


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International Salsa Congress

Salsa lovers from all over the world flock to the island for this annual event, which typically lasts two weeks and features numerous opportunities to dance to live music and watch hot dance competitions.


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Heineken JazzFest

Now more than 20 years old, the Heineken JazzFest is an annual event for jazz aficionados that attracts local and international talent alike. Of course, special focus is on Latin jazz artists, and past participants and honourees have included Tito Pueto, Eddie Palmieri, Gato Barbieri, and Chucho Valdes, among others.


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Noche de San Juan

Though named for the same saint who lends his name to Puerto Rico’s capital, this celebration of Puerto Rico’s patron saint actually takes place in many other countries around the world. Tradition calls believers to local beaches, where they walk backwards into the water at midnight three times for good luck. Many families and groups stick around after the midnight dunking for food and fiesta.


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Carnival

Though Puerto Rico’s Carnival celebrations may not be as flamboyant or world-renowned as those in Brazil, they still impress visitors looking for authentic expressions of Puerto Rican culture. And after 200 years of celebrating this pre-Lenten ritual, Puerto Ricans have the Carnival down to a science. Expect masked revelry and lots of bomba and plena music.


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Festival Casals

For more than 50 years, Puerto Rico has honoured the life and work of its adopted son, world-renowned cellist Pablo Casals, during this annual music festival that presents almost a month’s worth of events. Casals, who was born in Catalonia, Spain, lived in Puerto Rico for almost 20 years. Festival Casals is highly regarded worldwide, and attracts the world’s best-known musicians, including Midori and Yo-Yo Ma.


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Carnival

Though Puerto Rico’s Carnival celebrations may not be as flamboyant or world-renowned as those in Brazil, they still impress visitors looking for authentic expressions of Puerto Rican culture. And after 200 years of celebrating this pre-Lenten ritual, Puerto Ricans have the Carnival down to a science. Expect masked revelry and lots of bomba and plena music.


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