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Packed Diary of Events for 2019

Aruba has unveiled a packed diary of events for 2019 with fun, cultural, sporting and entertainment dates for every member of the family.

Aruba has unveiled a packed diary of events for 2019 with fun, cultural, sporting and entertainment dates for every member of the family.


The year kicks off with the biggest event of the year and everyone’s favourite, Aruba’s spectacular annual Carnival . Following the opening Torch Parade and Carnival Queen elections, there is a Children’s Grand Carnival Parade in capital Oranjestad on February 17, when hundreds of youngsters come together to show off their dancing skills and colourful costumes.


Aruba's 64th Carnival Celebration


The island’s second city of San Nicolas witnesses a Lighting Parade on February 28, also featuring dance, music and carnival spirit. A few days later, on March 2, the city hosts its Grand Carnival Parade, prelude to the 65th Grand Carnival Parade in Oranjestad on March 3 This is the largest of Carnival events combining unforgettable music, spectacular floats and original costumes decorated with eye-catching stones, sequins ad feathers, creating a unique display. The fun begins at 10am and continues into the early evening.


For sport enthusiasts, the Aruba International Half Marathon is on March 24, and the 10k International Boulevard Race, which attracts hundreds of runners from all over the world, is scheduled for April 27 followed by the KLM Marathon on June 2.


KLM International Marathon 2018


The first of Aruba’s major music extravaganzas is on the calendar for May 22-28. The Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival is a star-studded two-night concert series, featuring top names from the world of entertainment, headline acts this year include the incredible John Legend and Ella Mai.


Yachtsmen descend on the island on August 16-18 for the 2019 Aruba International Regatta while those who care for the marina environment can help during the annual Aruba Reef Care Project on September 22. More than 800 volunteers traditionally help with a clean-up of the island’s most popular beaches and dive and snorkel sites.


Music fans enjoy a treat again over the September 20 and 21 weekend when the Annual Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival is hosted on the island, again bringing together stars for an impressive entertainment line-up, adding to an unforgettable atmosphere with food stands, bars and parties.


Foodies have their time from October with Eat Local when more than 60 restaurants offer everyone the chance to experience Aruba’s extraordinary culinary diversity.


Influencer event in Pikoteo, the Netherlands with Frank Kelly


Aruba’s International Beach Tennis Tournament, November 11-18 is the premier tournament in the Caribbean, attracting pros and amateurs from around the globe.


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