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Arts & Culture in Aruba

Aruba’s culture comes alive in the spirited rhythms, art, and dance that fill our streets, homes, galleries, and hearts.

Venture off Palm Beach to San Nicolas, Aruba’s “Sunrise City” – a charming coastal town home to galleries, colorful street art, and the soul of our thriving art scene.

Or, follow the spirited sounds of steel drums and calypso to our weekly Bon bini Festival. Around every corner, you’ll find Arubans dancing, celebrating, and happy to share our rich culture with you.

Authentic Aruba

Aloe plantation worker in Aruba

Arubans are a mix of over 90 nationalities from more than 130 countries living in happy harmony.…

Arts & Culture in Aruba

Local Arts & Culture

Music & Music Scene in Aruba

Add some harmony to your vacation and immerse yourself in the distinct music of Aruba, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Artist Trudy Lampe showcasing her art workshop

Art Schools

Aruba has three dedicated art schools to nourish the creative talents of our local community and students from abroad.

Local artist and photographer

Local Artist

We have a culturally rich, diverse population; the artistic payoff is one of the Caribbean's most vibrant art scenes.

Art display at the Cosecha art gallery in Oranjestad.

Art Galleries

Expand your art collection or simply browse the vibrant Caribbean and local art that colors our cultural landscape.

Shot of the outside of the Archeological Museum


Explore our fascinating and diverse heritage with a visit to one of Aruba's many museums.

The Aruba art scene is a prominent element of Aruba culture. More and more travelers are appreciating the presence of art in Aruba. Aside from our cultural celebrations like Carnival, local art and crafts are being brought to the forefront too. Events like “Korteweg” and the Aruba Art Fair are well attended and purveyors of Caribbean art are eager to share a piece of our culture with the rest of the world!

Discover the culture of Aruba! Learn about the fascinating history & traditions - as well as cuisine, music & art - behind this celebrated Caribbean island.

Traditional Aruban music, a mix of waltz, danza, mazurka and tumba, is typically performed during festivals and holidays, including Dia di Betico, Flag & Anthem Day, Dera Gai and the weekly Bon Bini Festival.

The local community and island visitors mark their calendars for three of the hottest annual Aruba music festivals - the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, the Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival, and the Aruba Summer Music Festival. All three festivals feature celebrated international and local artists.

We’re just getting started with the amazing things The Aruba Effect has to offer. Dig into your trip details below to unlock a Caribbean experience that will leave you sunnier, happier, and (of course) a little more tan.

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