Island Events Calendar
St Lucia has two Noble Laureates, more per capita than any other country in the world. Professor Sir
Arthur Lewis won the Economicalprize in 1979; Derek Walcott the Literature prize in 1992. To
honour their achievements, a week of events is organized around their birth date (they were born on
23rd January but in different years).
St Lucia became independent on the 22nd February 1979. Official parades and special activities
mark the occasion. Former colonial powers, Great Britain and France, send military contingents to
participate in the celebration. Independence Day is a national holiday.
Earth day begins with the Soleil Lévé (sunrise) ceremony and ends with the Soleil Couché (sunset)
ceremony. These festivals are held in St Lucia’s beauty spots. A day of activities is planned. The St
Lucian National Trust organizes Earth Day. In the Soufriéré, celebrations include a “dive into earth
Day’ where dive enthusiast join the Soufriére Marine Management Association. (SMMA) in cleaning
up Soufriére’s popular dive sites.
With big names like Wynton Marsalis and Santana, John Legend, George Benson, and Stanley
Jordan, the St Lucian Jazz festival maintains its popularity with international music fans. Spread over
a ten day period, concerts are held day and night around the island. The St Lucian Jazz Festival
culminates with open air, centre stage performances at Pigeon Island National Landmark; Home of
St Lucia Jazz, pigeon Islands is one of the Caribbean’s most historic landmarks and serves as the
ideal venue for the Saint Lucia Jazz main stage event dubbed “Amidst the Ruins”. In Soufriere,
Sulphur Jazz is held within the Sulphur Springs Park , the world’s only drive in volcano.
This two day gold tournament is held at the St Lucian Golf and Country Club. It is open to all
amateurs and is popular with Caribbean golfers. The OECS (organization of Eastern Caribbean
State) team is selected at this event. This tea goes on to play at the Caribbean championships. This
is the handicap match with prizes for gross and net scores. This event takes place on the first
weekend after Easter.
This 18-hole charity tournament is held during the Jazz Festival week. After the competition, golfers
can enjoy Jazz on the Green, a special reception set to jazz music. Open to all, participants
purchase an entry ticket. All proceeds are donated to charity. The Desmond Skeete memorial
tournament is held in honour of the late Desmond Skeete, former Chairman of the St Lucia Tourist
board.
Carnival is the biggest show on the islands calendar. St Lucia’s main festivals undergo constant
metamorphosis to attract new fans and keep devotees enthralled. Activities span a whole month and
culminate into early July with calypso and soca monarch competitions, a carnival queen show,
Panorama and steel pan competition and two days of ‘jump up’ Costumed bands take to the streets
for the carnival pageant.
The junior tennis competition is part of the ITF annual calendar of events. It attracts nearly 200 young
players from all over the world. Tournament winners receive up to 25 world-ranking points. The
competition is held at the St Lucia Racquet Club at Cap Estate.
Traditionally August 1st is celebrated as labour day. In St Lucia, in remembrance of the abolition of
slavery in 1834, the day is known as Emancipation and National Heroes Day.
Held at the Castries market, the produce vendors celebrate their special day. There is musical
entertainment and plenty of food and drinks.
A four day competition that attracts anglers from all over the Caribbean. The Blue Marlin is the most
sought-after catch and everyone is out trying to hook the biggest one. Marlin weighing less than 350
pounds are released. The weigh station is at Rodney Bay and all are invited to see the catch at the
end of each fishing day.
The Folk Research Centre, responsible for the preservation and promotion of St Lucia’s cultural
heritage, organizes a serious of events throughout the month to celebrate the Creole culture. Several
communities are chosen to host events. The La Marguerite flower society festival is also held in
October. The roots of this festival date back to the colonial era. Named after St Marguerite Alacoque,
celebrations include national songs and dances. Creole Heritage month culminates with International
Creole Day or Jounen Kweyol, a worldwide celebration by all countries that speak the Creole
language.
A one day tournament held to raise money for Rotary Club Projects. It is held in the first week of
November.
On December 13th the Christmas lights are turned on there is a lantern making competition.
St Lucia welcomes the world’s largest transoceanic race, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, better
known as the ARC. Over 200 boats leave Gran Canaria the first week in November, cross the
Atlantic and finish in Rodney Bay, St Lucia. The first yacht usually completes the crossing by the
first week of December. Boats fill the Marina and there are concerts and special events to welcome
the participants.
This annual event is hosted by St Lucia’s premier Diamond Jeweler’s, Diamond International at the
flagship stores in Duty Free Pointe Seraphine. Normally scheduled the week after the American
Thanksgiving holiday, the management and staff host the evening in honour of their best patrons and
friends. Guests enjoy an advance viewing of the season’s new collection of jewelry and fine
timepieces while socializing over cocktails. The event is by invitation only, however guests are
welcome to bring a friend.
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