Cuba Events Calendar

There is always so much to see an do in Cuba. If you're planning a trip to Cuba and want to know the best must-see events and celebrations, use our handy Cuba calendar below. Simply click on the month to find out what is happening and where. Get inspired for your Cuba holiday by the numerous festivals and events all around Cuba.

Our top recommendations

  • April 2018: Cuidad en Movimiento in Havana. Combine this with a dance holiday in Cuba for the perfect trip. You can combine it with our Dance holiday in Cuba.
  • May 2018: 11th Bienal de La Habana – If you are a photographer, this is a great opportunity to meet with fellow creatives and practice your craft. Combine with a Cuba photography tour.
  • July 2018: Fiesta de Fuego in Santiago de Cuba. This annual celebration brings Santiago de Cuba to life for a festival like no other.
  • October 2018: Festival de Teatro de La Habana (Havana Theatre Festival) Theatre buffs from around the world flock to this festival for a taste of contemporary Cuban theatre.
  • December 2018: International Jazz Festival.

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Feria de Arte en La Rampa (Art at La Rampa Craft Fair)

Pabellón Cuba, Havana

1 July – 31 August 2018

As is customary every summer since the year 2000, the Art at La Rampa Crafts Fair opens its door at the Pabellón Cuba, emblematic building of the architecture of the 1960s, with an attractive offer that includes the sale of serigraphs, engravings, handicrafts, household goods, furniture, footwear, clothing, ornaments… all made by national handicraft artists. Fashion shows, concerts and activities for the kiddies will also take place during the Fair.

Festival Nacional del Humor Aquelarre

Early July 2018

Nacional, Karl Marx, Mella and Fausto Theatres, Havana

The National Humour Festival takes place once again during one of the hottest months of the year to ease the hot summer days with the refreshing performance of the best comedians in the country.

Festival del Caribe: “Fiesta del Fuego”

Santiago de Cuba

3 – 9 July 2018

This annual popular festivity of Caribbean cultures, initiated in 1980, aims at harmonizing the identities of the peoples of the region beyond geographic and linguistic diversity. Considered Cuba´s most Caribbean city, Santiago de Cuba is the natural venue for this colourful and joyful celebration—dedicated to fire and its genesis symbolism—which combines dances, rhythms and rituals of strong African centuries—old presence syncretized into the national identity. The “El Caribe que nos une” (The Caribbean which Unites Us All) international colloquium focuses on issues related to the preservation, development and dissemination of Caribbean cultural diversity, as well as actions which could contribute to the unity of the region and promote a cultural exchange with the rest of America and the world

Carnaval de Santiago de Cuba

End of July, 2018

Santiago de Cuba

Carnival festivities in Santiago de Cuba go back to the late 17th century with the annual procession on the feast of Santiago Apóstol, the patron saint of the town. During colonial times, slaves were granted permission by the Spanish authorities to celebrate the Epiphany with their own music and dance. By the end of the 19th century, these festivities were also held in June and July in celebration of various patron saints days. At the beginning of the 20th century, comparsas (neighbourhood dance groups) and processions of decorated floats began to parade down the streets—a tradition that is still observed. Although many Cuban towns hold their own carnival festivities, none attracts a greater crowd than the Santiago carnival: the whole city seems to move to the rhythm of conga lines, the sound of the Chinese trumpet and dozens of percussion instruments, both traditional and unconventional — bass drums, congas, pots and pans, and spoons — which lead dancing crowds down the steep roads of the city.

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