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2020 Events

January

Jan 01

January 1, 2020 New Year's Day - Maskarada

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 18

January 18, 2020 Dive Friends Bonaire - Quarterly Clean Up Dive Q1 2020

Check in for volunteers will begin at 9:30 am at Bonaire Sailing School, with a briefing for all volunteers at 10:00 am. Please don't forget your certification cards (if we don't already have yours on file). We'll be cleaning up from the Fisherman’s pier South, along the harbor front. It is a hot spot for fishing line and rubbish! Please make sure to have your BMP tickets along with you, as is required.

Removing fishing line can be a tricky process, 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. cepa@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 6:00 pm, 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.

For any questions, please call 717-2929.

Jan 25

January 25, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' January 2020

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.

February

Feb 15

February 15, 2020 Children Carnival Parade In Rincon

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

Feb 16

February 16, 2020 Children Carnival Parade In Kralendijk

Children 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 21

February 21, 2020 Teener Carnival Parade In Kralendijk

Teener Parade in Kralendijk includes different carnival groups of the Bonaire high school. Teenagers have the opportunity to show off their dancing skills and colorful costumes during this evening.

Feb 22

February 22, 2020 Gran Carnival parade In Rincon

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 hundreds of marchers dressed in beautiful costumes.

Feb 23

February 23, 2020 Gran Carnival Parade in Playa

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 24

February 24, 2020 Carnival Monday

Children Parade and burning of King Momito. 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. Starts at 5pm.

Feb 25

February 25, 2020 Grand Parade and Burning of King Momito

Carnival comes to an official end on the eve of Ash Wednesday with the burning of "King Momo”. This event takes place in Kralendijk. Starts at 7pm.


Feb 29

February 29, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' February 2020

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.

March

Mar 07

March 7, 2020 Taste of Bonaire Event (Ban Topa Edition)

At the Taste of Bonaire, visitors will have the opportunity to experience food, culture, local handcrafts and all things offered on Bonaire. On top of that, visitors will have the opportunity to taste signature dishes of well-known vendors offered at special prices @ Wilhelmina Park. Starts at 6pm.

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Mar 28

March 28, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' March 2020

Cancelled

April

Apr 03

April 3, 2020 Taste of Bonaire Event (Culture Edition)

Cancelled

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Apr 10

April 10, 2020 Good Friday 2020

Legal Holiday

Apr 13

April 13, 2020 Easter Monday Simadan (Harvest) Festival Rincon

Cancelled

Apr 25

April 25, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' April 2020

Cancelled

Apr 27

April 27, 2020 King's Birthday (Official Holiday)

Festivities Cancelled

Apr 30

April 30, 2020 Dia di Rincon

Festivities Cancelled

May

May 01

May 1, 2020 Labor Day (Official Holiday)

Labor Day (Official Holiday) No Event. Businesses are Closed.

May 10

May 10, 2020 Open Day Washington Park

Open day Washington Slagbaai National Park.

May 21

May 21, 2020 Ascension Holiday

Legal holiday.

May 30

May 30, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' May 2020

Cancelled

June

Jun 06

June 6, 2020 Taste of Bonaire Event (Talent Edition)

Cancelled

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Jun 27

June 27, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' June 2020

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.

July

Jul 04

July 4, 2020 Taste of Bonaire Event (Summer Edition)

Cancelled.

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Jul 25

July 25, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' July 2020

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.

August

Aug 01

August 1, 2020 Taste of Bonaire Event (Summer & Talent Edition)

At the Taste of Bonaire, visitors will have the opportunity to experience food, culture, local handicrafts and all things offered on Bonaire. On top of that, visitors will have the opportunity to taste signature dishes of well-known vendors offered at special prices @ Wilhelmina Park. Start at 6pm.

Aug 29

August 29, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' August 2020

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.

September

Sep 05

September 5, 2020 Real taste of Bonaire

Real taste of Bonaire; Festival di Kabritu @ Washington Slagbaai National Park.

Sep 06

September 6, 2020 Bonaire Flag Day (Official Holiday)

A local holiday where the entire island 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 26

September 26, 2020 Taste of Bonaire Event (Tourism Day)

Cancelled

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Sep 26

September 26, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' September 2020

Cancelled

Sep 27

September 27, 2020 World Tourism Day 2020

On this special day, to make our youth more aware of what is really important for Bonaire, provides the Tourism Corporation Bonaire a booklet to all the elementary schools. Topics in this books every year again varies, as the tourism industry has a great variety. Tourism Corporation Bonaire hopes in this way to get locals growing up interested in the industry.

October

Oct 04

October 4, 2020 Swim to Klein Bonaire 2020

Cancelled

Oct 14

October 14-17, 2020 Bonaire Sailing Regatta

Cancelled

Oct 31

October 31, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' October 2020

Cancelled

November

Nov 07

November 7, 2020 Taste of Bonaire Healthy

Cancelled

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Nov 18

November 18-19, 2020 Adopt a Dive Site Clean Up

Dive Friends Bonaire has adopted all 6 house reefs. We clean all adopted sites at least once a month. Divers are welcome to help out and leave the ocean a little cleaner.

 Monthly schedule

1st Wednesday of the month       Hamlet Oasis                | The Cliff

1st Thursday of the month          Dive Inn                        | Chacha Beach

2nd Wednesday of the month      Delfins Beach                | Delfins Reef

2nd Thursday of the month          Gooddive                     | Something Special

3rd Wednesday of the month      Yellow Submarine          | Yellow Submarine

4th Wednesday of the month      Sand Dollar                   | Bari Reef

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Nov 20

November 20 - December 4, 2020 Instructor Development Course

Dive Friends Bonaire has a PADI Course Director on site. For everyone who would like to upgrade their skills to the next professional level, this is the course! The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification. Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification.

For more information: https://www.divefriendsbonaire.com/

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Nov 28

November 28, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' November 2020

Cancelled

December

Dec 19

December 19, 2020 Bonaire Christmas Shopping Night/ Fiesta di Bari

Cancelled

Dec 25

December 25, 2020 Christmas Day 2020

Goverment office and businesses are closed.

Dec 26

December 26, 2020 Boxing Day 2020

Government offices and most businesses are closed.

Dec 26

December 26, 2020 CULTURAL EVENT 'NOS ZJILEA' December 2020

Cancelled