The festival commemorates the landing of the first settlers to Barbados at Holetown, St. James in February 1627.
It's now in its 43rd year. Highlights of the festival include a street fair, the beating of the Retreat by the colourful Barbados Defence Band Zouave Band, a Floodlit Tattoo parade by the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Mounted Police, many music concerts, lectures on and tours of Holetown, exhibitions, and a street parade that features among other things vintage and classic cars.
Below are the dates for the major events. Please check the official event website at https://www.holetownfestivalbarbados.org/festival-schedule for a detailed list of events.
Feb 16, 2019
All Day Street Fair - Come and enjoy the arts and crafts at the Festival Art Gallery, classic cars, parades, food and much more.
11:00 AM - The Courtesy Garage Ltd. Street Parade Featuring Vintage and Classic Cars, Bikers, The Barbados Cadet Corp, Dancin' Africa and more.
5:00 PM - The BTMI Holetown Dooflicky
7:30 PM - Festival Sunset Concert - Free Concert at the Holetown Monument
Feb 17, 2019
9:00 AM - Thanksgiving Service at the St. James Parish Church To mark the Anniversary of the First Settlement in 1627
7:30 PM - The closing of the Festival: A Tribute to the Golden Voices by the Youth of Barbados and The Royal Barbados Police Band in Concert.
Time: TBA The Queen of the Festival Pageant in the Auditorium of the Frederick Smith Secondary School Come out and see seven beautiful contestants vie for the title. Admission: TBA
Mark the dates! Venue: Holetown, St. James
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