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January

Jan 01

New Year's Day 2017 - Maskarada

New Year's Day 2017 - Legal Holiday

Maskarada, on New Year’s Day, originates from Bonaire’s Spanish founding. Completely disguised, including speech, locals from each village dress and arrive early in groups at the Lt. Governor’s home to dance and play outside wishing the family a Happy New Year (“Bon Aña”). The Lt. Governor thanks them with a bottle of rum, held and dispensed by a designated member.

Jan 10

STINAPA Public Lecture

Next public lecture at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).

We will be having STINAPA give a talk about Shark Surveys and Coral Bleaching Monitoring in the Bonaire Marine Park. The lecture will be hosted at CIEE RSB on Tuesday January 10th starting at 7pm. If you would like to join in at our upcoming lecture, please mark the lecture time on your calendar and we will be waiting for you at our station!

Jan 14

The Bonaire Maritime Film Festival

The Bonaire Maritime Film Festival will be held January 14, 2017, 5:00-7:30 pm at the Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire.  Would you be able to list this on Bonaire Tourism's Calendar of Events?

This event is organized by the Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation as a fundraiser for the restoration of Stormvogel, the last of the sailing cargo ships of the ABC Islands. Films include Stormvogel Rising, a short about the boat’s rebirth and Vanishing Sail, an award-winning documentary that focuses on traditional boatbuilding on Carriacou.  Local donors include Budget Marine, Harbour Village Marina, Boto Blanku, Plaza Beach Resort and ABC Marine. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved at projectstormvogel@gmail.com

Jan 26

Bonaire International Fishing Tournament 2017

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to our “29th Bonaire International Fishing Tournament” taking place between January 26-28, 2017. Next to fishing there will be sufficient food and drinks and of course our fabulous atmosphere at the event.

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Jan 28

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea'

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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Jan 28

Dive Friends Clean Up Dive 1 - 2017

Saturday, January 28th, we're hosting another quarterly Clean Up Dive. We'd like to invite you all to come by and help keep Bonaire blue and beautiful! Please help us get the word out to your friends and guests.

Check in for volunteers will begin at 9:45am at our Yellow Sub location, with a briefing for all volunteers at 10:00am. Please don't forget your certification cards (if we don't already have yours on file). We'll be cleaning up at KAREL’S PIER. Please make sure to have your BMP tags along with you, as is required.

We’ll be collecting as much fishing line as possible, so please bring along your dive knife or shears. You can contact Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire for more information about their turtle shaped line collectors. sue@bonaireturtles.org

Non-divers are also needed to help with counting and logging the items removed from the water for PADI Project AWARE Dive Against Debris. The counting and logging will be conducted at Yellow Submarine after the dive.

At 6:00pm, we'll be hosting a potluck BBQ for our volunteers at our Hamlet Oasis location. It’s a potluck, so please bring a snack, side-dish or dessert to share and we'll provide the main course and one beverage.

Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please call 717-2929.

If you can’t make it on Saturday, but are interested in helping with another clean-up project for the eastern coastline, please visit www.debrisfreebonaire.com for more information.     

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February

Feb 04

Taste of Bonaire Carnival Edition

Saturday February 4th, 2017 TCB will be organizing the first Taste of Bonaire for 2017 with the theme Carnival. For the first time TCB will introduce this, where there will be a lot of joy with a Carnival atmosphere. The event will take place at the Wilhemina Park from 6pm to 11pm.

The program will be filled with music and shows. There will be food stands selling local/international food and also arts & crafts.

Grupo ESO, Projekto 2000, Steelband Silver Bullets and Bonazamba will be performing.

Also a presentation of the Queen of Carnival 2017 and Prins & Pancho which will be giving their Carnival show.

Feb 14

Great Backyard Bird Count

The lecture will be held on Tuesday February 14th at 7pm by STINAPA on the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Every year, nature lovers all over the Caribbean count birds in their very own backyards during one weekend in February. This year's count is scheduled for February 17-20th. To find out more on how you may participate in the count (or if you just want to improve your backyard bird ID skills), join our biologist, Caren Eckrich, on the 14th at 7pm at CIEE. Everyone is welcome and it's free of charge. If you're unable to attend, but would still like to participate or learn more, you may visit gbbc.birdcount.org

Feb 18

Bird watching with STINAPA Feb

Great Backyard Bird Count. Taking place on February 18th, 2017 from 4.30pm to 6pm. For more information call 717-8444

Feb 18

Carnival Youth Parade Rincon 2017

The district of Rincon demonstrates its Carnival spirit with the presentation of its own children parade.

Feb 19

Carnival Youth Parade Kralendijk 2017

Youth Grand Parade in Kralendijk includes all of the island’s different carnival groups. Hundreds of children enjoy the opportunity to show off their dancing skills and colorful costumes.

Feb 25

Carnival Grand Parade 2017

This is a prelude to the Grand Carnival Parade. Local musicians create an exceptional ambiance in Rincon  by playing their latest carnival hits to the delight of hundreds of marchers dressed in resplendent costumes.

Feb 26

Carnival Grand Parade Kralendijk 2017

The largest carnival parade is the Grand Parade through Kralendijk held on Sunday before Ash Wednesday. This parade is filled with unforgettable music, spectacular floats and original costumes decorated with colorful stones, sequins and feathers, creating a unique display.

Feb 27

Carnival Monday 2017

Carnival Monday 2017 - Legal holiday
The end of the carnival season is marked with a parade ending in Kralendijk followed by the symbolic burning of "King Momito" which takes place on the parking lot of the stadium.

Feb 28

Carnival Farewell 2017

The end of the carnival season is marked with a parade ending in Kralendijk.

March

Mar 04

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea'

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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Mar 06

First 50 fish (novice level 2)

That's a lot of fish (FREE)! Sessions are led by visiting REEF expert fish id'er Kim White, and are for anyone who wants to understand more about what they are seeing when diving and snorkeling, or anyone who just wants to look at some nice underwater pictures and video clips. Attend any or all sessions to learn what's really going on underwater; it will enrich your diving experience. 

7:00- 8:30 pm at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).

Mar 06

Reef Fish Identification - 1

6:30-7:00 pm at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).
Introduction to REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation), basic fish id techniques, tools and terminology.

Mar 10

Bon Doet 2017 Day 1

BON DOET is the Bonairean version of the NL DOET organized annually in the Netherlands by Oranje Fonds to bring volunteers and organizations together to earn and benefit from each other, helping our community to grow.

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Mar 10

Coral Reef Monitoring Research Presentation

On Friday March 10th at 7pm Dr. Robert Steneck from the University of Maine will present some highlights from his 2017 coral reef monitoring research here in Bonaire. He has visited Bonaire every 2 years since 2003 to monitor the reef. Come listen to the latest findings about coral reef challenges and changes here in Bonaire!

Mar 11

Bon Doet 2017 Day 2

BON DOET is the Bonairean version of the NL DOET organized annually in the Netherlands by Oranje Fonds to bring volunteers and organizations together to earn and benefit from each other, helping our community to grow.

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Mar 11

Taste of Bonaire March 2017

March 11, 2017 18:30- 23:00

Experience great food, music, handcrafts and much more! Join us and participate in our Tourism questionnaire with the chance to win different prizes. 

Mucisal Performances By: 
Jeon (Biggy Boy) from Aruba
Grupo Kariño 
Senmi Marten- Dance Show from curaçao
Grupo Formashon Musical Krioyo (MFK)  

Mar 13

Reef Fish Identification - 2

6:30-7:00 pm at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).
Introduction to REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation), basic fish id techniques, tools and terminology.

Mar 13

Second 50 fish (novice level 3, part 1)

That's a lot of fish (FREE)! Sessions are led by visiting REEF expert fish id'er Kim White, and are for anyone who wants to understand more about what they are seeing when diving and snorkeling, or anyone who just wants to look at some nice underwater pictures and video clips. Attend any or all sessions to learn what's really going on underwater; it will enrich your diving experience. 

7:00- 8:30 pm at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).

Mar 20

Reef Fish Identification - 3

6:30-7:00 pm at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).
Introduction to REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation), basic fish id techniques, tools and terminology.

Mar 20

Third 50 fish (novice level 3, part 2)

That's a lot of fish (FREE)! Sessions are led by visiting REEF expert fish id'er Kim White, and are for anyone who wants to understand more about what they are seeing when diving and snorkeling, or anyone who just wants to look at some nice underwater pictures and video clips. Attend any or all sessions to learn what's really going on underwater; it will enrich your diving experience. 

7:00- 8:30 pm at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).

Mar 25

Earth Hour 2017

Earth Hour 2017 will take place on Saturday, March 25th at 8:30pm (local time).

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Mar 25

Birdwatching with STINAPA at Sorobon

On Saturday March 25th from 5:00-6:30pm STINAPA is offering a guided birding activity at Sorobon.

March and April are exciting months for birders in Bonaire because many birds are stopping over during their seasonal migrations. Join STINAPA this Saturday, March 25th at the fishermen’s pier at Sorobon to learn more about Bonaire’s birds as part of our Connecting People With Nature series. Our staff will meet you there with binoculars and bird id guides (if you have your own binoculars, please bring them). This activity is free-of-charge, but donations are always welcome. Group size is limited 15 people, so you must RSVP at 717-8444.

Mar 27

Special Bonaire Fish

That's a lot of fish (FREE)! Sessions are led by visiting REEF expert fish id'er Kim White, and are for anyone who wants to understand more about what they are seeing when diving and snorkeling, or anyone who just wants to look at some nice underwater pictures and video clips. Attend any or all sessions to learn what's really going on underwater; it will enrich your diving experience. 

7:00- 8:30 pm at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).

Mar 27

Reef Fish Identification - 4

6:30-7:00 pm at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).
Introduction to REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation), basic fish id techniques, tools and terminology.

Mar 30

Magnificent Sea Anemone

Upcoming public lecture at CIEE research station Bonaire (Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26, Kralendijk).
The lecture will be held on Thursday March 30th at 7pm by our CIEE Intern Maddie Emms.

Maddie will speak about "Population Genetics of the 'Magnificent Sea Anemone'" based on her Master's research at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. We hope you will be able to join us to learn more about this project.

April

Apr 01

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' April

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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Apr 08

Dive Friends Clean Up Dive 2 - 2017

Dive Friends Bonaire organizes the quarterly Bonaire Underwater Clean Up Dive. On each Clean Up Dive, a different area of Bonaire's coastal reefs or beaches is selected and any trash which has not become part of the reef is collected. We invite and welcome any participants who want to combine vacation with doing the right thing for their reefs! Quarterly cleanups give us the opportunity to focus on the removal of new trash rather than disturbing the flora and fauna that have taken up residence in older trash.

Apr 14

Good Friday 2017

Good Friday 2017 - Legal holiday

Apr 16

Easter Sunday 2017

Easter Sunday 2017 - Legal Holiday

Apr 17

Easter Monday 2017 - SIMADAN (HARVEST) FESTIVAL RINCON

Easter Monday 2017 - Legal holiday

Simadan stems from Bonaire's slave days and celebrates the growing season's harvest (typically March/April). The festive harvest celebration in Bonaire varies from other places, perhaps, as a direct result of the way slaves on Bonaire were treated.

Bonaire's slaves grew crops for owners and some were permitted personal crops as well, a "liberty" not usually afforded to slaves elsewhere. Personal gains gave Bonairean slaves reason to celebrate at Simadan, while slaves in Curacao, for example, witnessed harvest going only to the owners and lamented instead.

After Bonaire's slavery abolition in 1863, most slaves received land. Together, families took turns helping to harvest and celebrating the crops throughout Simadan. Similarly today, familes and friends gather to help harvest sorghum and maize, while the farmer supplies food and drink (rum) for the party.

Apr 27

King's Day 2017

King's Day 2017 - Legal Holiday

An official government ceremony in honor of King Willem Alexander Is followed by numerous events and celebrations.

Apr 29

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' April 2

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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Apr 30

Rincon Day 2017

Rincon Day is a special day on the island of Bonaire, where the focus is in the oldest town of Bonaire and the Dutch Caribbean. Visitors can enjoy an array of local cuisines and listen to local music and traditional dances.  All of these activities take place in the center of Rincon where locals and visitors meet and enjoy several cultural festivities.

May

May 01

Labor Day 2017

Labor Day 2017 - Legal holiday

May 01

Bonaire Blond Restaurant Week

After a successful event in November 2016, the biggest culinary event of Bonaire is being organized again in May: a new edition of the Bonaire Blond Restaurant Week! The last edition more than 3,500 customers enjoyed the menu and this edition even more are expected. The Bonaire Blond Restaurant week will take place from Monday May 1st to Monday May 7th, 2017, where more than 20 restaurants will delight you with a composite culinary Restaurant Week menu. For only $25, you will enjoy a special 3-course menu. Bonaire Blond is the most local beer brand on Bonaire and want to support this event by helping the local restaurateurs and get that guests will get to know new companies on the island. During this week the people of Bonaire discover new restaurants that they formerly had never visited. Make sure you are there! Eat. Drink. Enjoy.

May 27

Kitemanera Bonaire 2017

The Kitemanera started in 2014 by a small group of friends from the Caribbean island of ” BONAIRE”  to gather Local and International Kitersurfers with their family and friends in one crazy & unforgettable weekend where everything is possible as long as you’re enjoying yourself responsibly. The event will take place on May 27th and May 28th. For more information visit the website.

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May 27

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' May

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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June

Jun 03

Taste of Bonaire 2017 - Culture

At the Taste of Bonaire, visitors will have the opportunity to experience food, culture, local handicrafts and all things offered on Bonaire. 

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Jun 04

Coralpalooza

In celebration of World Oceans Day, Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire will once again be participating in Coralpalooza, an international event dedicated to raising awareness for ocean conservation through coral restoration. We will have dives all day, both in the morning and in the afternoon. Any certified diver is welcome to join!

Contact/more information: info@crfbonaire.org

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Jun 16

Sorobon Masters 2017

This Sorobon Masters 2017 (freestyle and slalom) taking place on June 16th to June 26th 2017.

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July

Jul 01

Taste of Bonaire 2017 - Young Talents

At the Taste of Bonaire, visitors will have the opportunity to experience food, culture, local handicrafts and all things offered on Bonaire. 

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Jul 01

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' July

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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Jul 08

Dive Friends Clean Up Dive 3 - 2017

Dive Friends Bonaire organizes the quarterly Bonaire Underwater Clean Up Dive. On each Clean Up Dive, a different area of Bonaire's coastal reefs or beaches is selected and any trash which has not become part of the reef is collected. We invite and welcome any participants who want to combine vacation with doing the right thing for their reefs! Quarterly cleanups give us the opportunity to focus on the removal of new trash rather than disturbing the flora and fauna that have taken up residence in older trash.

Jul 29

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' July 2

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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August

Aug 05

Taste of Bonaire 2017 - Summer Edition

At the Taste of Bonaire, visitors will have the opportunity to experience food, culture, local handicrafts and all things offered on Bonaire. 

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September

Sep 02

Taste of Bonaire 2017 - Dance Festival

At the Taste of Bonaire, visitors will have the opportunity to experience food, culture, local handicrafts and all things offered on Bonaire. 

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Sep 02

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' September

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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Sep 06

Bonaire Day 2017

Bonaire Day - Legal Holiday

On this day, all of Bonaire celebrates the existence of the island. Most of the time it is held within a chosen town on Bonaire where locals and visitors dance, eat, drink on the streets with several entertainment bands. The Motorcycle event is also one of the major highlights of this day where over 400 participants with their motorcycles are flown in from around the world and take a tour of the island as part of the national flag day ceremony.

Sep 30

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' Sept.

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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October

Oct 11

Annual Bonaire Regatta 2017

The 50th edition of the Bonaire Regatta will take place from October 11th to October 14th 2017. During this event the bay will be filled with sails from all kinds of sailing divisions, all competing for their class championship. 

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Oct 28

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' October

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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November

Nov 04

Taste of Bonaire Wellness

At the Taste of Bonaire Wellness, visitors will have the opportunity to experience Healthy Food, Local grown products and all things wellness related offered on Bonaire. On top of that, visitors will have the opportunity to participate interactive activities such as Zumba, Yoga, Etc.  

@ Wilhelmina Park Start at 5pm till 10pm.

December

Dec 02

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' Dec.

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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Dec 05

SINTERKLAAS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 2017

Originated in Holland and celebrated only in the Dutch Caribbean and the Netherlands, Sinterklaas (or St. Nicholas) is a day children look forward to. Sinterklaas is a tall elderly man dressed in red that rides a white horse and is accompanied by zwarte pieten (servants). As tradition has it, Sinterklaas visits only once a year, bringing presents to all the children who have been well behaved. In order to receive a present, children on December 4th fill one of their shoes with grass for Sinterklaas' white horse; the next morning they awake to find an empty shoe and a present.

Dec 15

Kingdom Day 2017

Kingdom Day - Legal Holiday

Dec 16

Bonaire Christmas Shopping Night 2017

At the Bonaire Christmas Shopping Night, visitors will have the opportunity to experience amazing shopping with discount in most of the stores in Kaya Grandi and Kaya Grandi adjacent. On top of that, visitors will have the opportunity to see the elderly Christmas themed parade.

And also local Christmas dishes will be available downtown.    

@ Kaya Grandi and kaya grandi adjacent. Start at 6pm till 10pm.

Dec 23

Cultural Event 'Nos Zjilea' December

Cultural Event ‘Nos Zjilea’

This event has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon.

The event is from 8am till 2pm. Entrance only $1,-. 

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Dec 25

Christmas Day 2017

Christmas Day 2017 - Legal holiday

Dec 26

Boxing Day 2017

Boxing Day 2017 (Day after Christmas) - Legal Holiday