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Holidays & Special Events
Holidays & Special Events Aruba
Holidays & Special Events Aruba
Holidays & Special Events Aruba
There’s no better time to visit Aruba than during the Holidays, especially during Carnival, Christmas or New Years. Start your own new family tradition by visiting Aruba to experience our one-of-a-kind cultural celebrations, like our National Flag & Anthem Day, King’s Day, Dera Gai and Saint Nicholas Day, or during our incredible festivals like the Soul Beach or Summer Music Festivals, the Aruba Hi-Winds windsurfing competition, or the Aruba International Pro-Am Golf tournament. Visit our Holidays & Special Events calendar to look for the best times to visit the One Happy Island.

Visit Aruba during the holidays to make them extra happy, start a new family tradition or experience one of our one-of-a-kind events or festivals, like Carnival, that bring people to Aruba from all over the world.

Below are just a few of the events that keep us entertained all year round, but for more ideas, see our complete Calender of Events or visit the Top 10 Aruba Culture and Music Events!

CARNIVAL

January & February

Aruba’s biggest party of the year is a month-long celebration in January and February, consisting of festive “jump-ups” (street parties), spectacular parades and creative contests.

NATIONAL FLAG AND ANTHEM DAY

March 18th

A strong sense of pride is displayed each year as Arubans celebrate their “Status Aparte” and the Flag and Anthem Day. An impressive folkloric production marking the holiday is held each year at Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjestad. This official holiday also features many cultural events showcasing the local gastronomy of Aruba, as well as sporting events and organized games for both adults and kids around the island.

KING'S DAY 

April 27th

An official government ceremony in honor of King Willem Alexander is followed by numerous sporting events and family-friendly celebrations. Sports competitions, kite flying contests, and fun-filled activities are held at various sites including community centers.

SOUL BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

May

Held on Memorial Day weekend, the Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival is a star-studded, two-night concert and comedy series, which has featured such artists as LL Cool J and Chaka Khan.

DERA GAI

June

On the night of June 23rd, the Festival of San Juan Dera Gai begins. Folk groups dance, special tunes are chanted and bonfires are lit, as men are blindfolded and try to strike a gourd that represents the head of a buried rooster.

ARUBA SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL 

June

This second edition of a two-day festival features exciting artists never before seen live in Aruba. Last year’s edition featured artists like Nicky Jam, Jerry Rivera, Elvis Crespo, Carlos Vives, and Pitbull

ARUBA HI-WINDS

July

Aruba’s trade winds provide the perfect conditions for the largest amateur windsurfing event in the Caribbean. In early July, enjoy five days of nonstop entertainment, as over 100 international windsurfers hit the waters surrounding Aruba.

ARUBA INTERNATIONAL PRO-AM GOLF

August 

Professional and amateur golfers team up in a two-day, 36-hole tournament featuring gifts, prizes, and special events.

CARIBBEAN SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL ARUBA 

This annual festival ignites Aruba’s music scene with an impressive lineup of international and local jazz, Latin, soul, and funk musicians at Renaissance Marketplace.

THE HOLIDAYS & NEW YEAR’S

December

While it may be 82 degrees year round in Aruba, the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season remain strong. With over 90 nationalities represented on our island, you’ll see a mixture of traditions from all over the world.

The festivities kick off with Saint Nicholas day on December 5th, when Aruba’s children line Oranjestad harbor for the ceremonious arrival of “Sinterklaas” (Saint Nicolas), dressed in bishop’s robes and accompanied by his “Zwarte Pieten” (helpers), followed by the Dande Festival on December 27th, when troupes of traveling musicians perform their original music and lyrics.

As the New Year approaches, there is a nonstop calendar of events, including fireworks displays, Dande music performances and parties at restaurants and nightclubs.