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Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament

Home to a large community of French descendents who came to St Thomas from the French Caribbean island of St Barthelemy, the island marks Bastille Day with a series of celebrations including the popular Kingfish Tournament. Between 50 and 100 boats take to the waters from Hull Bay with anglers competing to catch the biggest fish of the day and win themselves a cash prize. Back on dry land, there are usually parties with live music in many of the bars in and around Hull Bay after the event.


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Taste of St Croix

Conceived as a way for local restaurateurs to showcase their menus, the annual Taste of St Croix is one of the most popular culinary events on the island. During the three-hour event, chefs from the island’s many restaurants compete to win top honours in seven categories. This fun event draws a large crowd of locals and visitors who come to witness the masters at work and to try out some of the delectable dishes. St Croix’s three main wine and spirit distributors are also on hand to provide liquid refreshments and tasting sessions. The winners, as judged by a panel of food critics and experts, are announced in the evening at a prize ceremony. Be warned, tickets are popular and sell out fast.


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St Croix Ironman Triathlon

This gruelling event sees athletes compete in a multi-disciplinary race which includes a 2km (1.24 miles) swim, a 90km (56 miles) biking course, topped off with a 21km (13.1 miles) run. A leisurely run in the park this is not; the event attracts top athletes from around the world who train for months to be able to compete is this demanding race. The course has been dubbed ‘beauty and the beast’ due to the outstanding natural beauty of the island and the tough, physical nature of the competition. Athletes are competing for one of 30 places up for grabs in the international Ironman World Championships as well as for spots on the US Ironman 70.3 World Championships which are held in Florida later in the year.


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Candlelight Concert Series at the Whim

Locals and visitors crowd the Whim Museum for this popular classical music series. Built in 1794, the candlelit venue at Whim Great House on the Whim Plantation is the perfect setting to listen to the works of the old masters. Identical concerts are performed on consecutive Friday and Saturday nights once a month from November through to April.


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Art Thursdays

Art Thursdays is usually held on the first Thursday each month from November to May. Many of the businesses and art galleries in Christiansted stay open late for the event, which includes a series of gallery walks and informative events. Art Thursdays are aimed at encouraging locals and visitors to discover and enjoy the region’s many artistic establishments and galleries. Several shops also take part in the initiative, which provides visitors with a chance to shop later than usual as well.


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