Abaco Events
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As linked to Sandy Estabrook's Guide to the Abacos

The Height of the Abaco's tourist season of activities begins in mid April through mid August. The exception being Christmas and thanksgiving. Events are pretty much scheduled at the same time each year give or take a day or two. Some are posted a year in advance others only months. We have found it hard to keep up with things going on so we are posting approximate dates, however included are links to our primary sources in this regard for precise dates. The BahamaWeekly and the Abaco office of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Lastly, The Abaconian also as a listing of events in their paper but not too far in advance.

January 1st - New Year's Junkanoo Parade
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

Abaco begins the New Year with an explosion of colors, sounds, movements and rhythm through the historic streets of New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay. The event blends the traditional Junkanoo music with local variants of this community to provide a truly unique experience for residents and locals alike. The celebration kicks off at 12 noon with Green Turtle Ferry providing transfers from Treasure Cay over to the festivities.   Abaco Tourist Office  (242) 367-3067 www.bahamas.com/islands/abaco 

January, Late - - Arts for the Parks
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Embrace the opportunity to view and purchase a wide selection of fine and unusual Bahamian creations at the well organized and attended Arts for the Parks fundraising event that is held at the Abaco Beach Resort Grand Marquee. This year's event will feature more than 30 Bahamian Artists and Artisans, a Silent Auction, a Bahamian Heritage Lecture Series and Live Entertainment.  The event will support Abaco's six (6) Land and Sea National Parks. Bahamas National Trust (242) 367-6310 www.bnt.bs

February, Late - Abaco "Love Rush" Junkanoo Weekend
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

This competitive event evokes excitement and passion amongst Bahamians and visitors through the traditional music, costumes and dance that are displayed and paraded by local Junior and Senior Junkanoo groups.  The two day event will begin with the school groups and will end with the community groups that are all competing for supremacy on this uniquely Bahamian stage in downtown Marsh Harbour. Abaco Tourist Office  (242) 367-3067 www.bahamas.com/islands/abaco

February, Late - People to People Winter Residents' Reception
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

This event presents an opportunity for local People to People Ambassadors, facilitated by the Ministry of Tourism, Abaco Office, to meet and interact with visitors and winter residents in an annual 'get together'. This year's reception will take place in Marsh Harbour at Mangoes Restaurant from 6:00pm-8:00pm and will highlight Bahamian music, food and other cultural expressions.   Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067 www.bahamas.com/islands/abaco

March, 1st Weekend - FRIENDS of the Reef Ball
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

The Annual Reef Ball recognizes individuals in an awards ceremony who have played a significant role in the protection and sustainability of their environment. The event also serves as one of the major fundraising event for Friends of the Environment. The funds are raised through a silent and live auction and raffle sales. The event offers a wonderful time with live music, great company and good food. Friends of the Environment  (242) 367-2721 www.friendsoftheenvironment.org

March, 1st Weekend - Hope Town Heritage Day
Elbow Cay, Abaco

History, art, food and interactive displays are among the highlights at this annual event that is coordinated through the Wyannie Malone Museum as a fundraiser.  The event is supported and attended by residents, second home-owners and visitors who all enjoy everything that has been planned for this one day event. Wyannie Malone Museum (242) 366-0293 www.hopetownmuseum.com

March, Late - Barefoot Man Concert
Great Guana Cay,  Abaco

Hundreds of visitors and locals alike gather on Guana Cay every year to party and hear the famous musician perform live in a free outdoor concert at Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill.  In addition to great music, one can also enjoy delicious drinks, tasty food and an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean.   Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill (242) 365-5111 http://www.nippersbar.com

March, Late - 3rd Annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend
Treasure Cay, Abaco
A range of organized sporting activities are included in this weekend of fun that will encourage participation by all family members.  Participants can chose to compete individually or on relay teams where awards will be presented to the top performers. Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067   www.bahamas.com/islands/abaco

April, Mid - Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament
Elbow Cay, Abaco

This Deep Sea and Bottom Fishing Tournament has been a part of this landscape for more than thirty years. It is family oriented and caters primarily to local fishing enthusiasts and to visitors wishing to visit the Abacos to participate. All levels of fishing abilities, including children are encouraged in this tournament. When not fishing, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the settlement of Hope Town on Elbow Cay that offers a great selection of dining and shopping opportunities. Lighthouse Marina (242) 366-0154  http://www.htlighthousemarina.com

May, Early - Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

Green Turtle Cay's Island Roots Heritage Festival is a fantastic celebration in New Plymouth. It which celebrates their sister-city relationship with Key West, Florida. It's a fun-filled festival that is well organized and well rounded featuring delicious Bahamian dishes, informative speakers and displays, a great selection of Bahamian entertainment, a Genealogy Research Center, a variety of straw work items and one of a kind art pieces. Mrs. Annabelle Cross (242) 365-4336 www.islandrootsheritagefestival.com

May, Early - Bahamas Billfish Champion-ship Series (BBC)
Great Guana Cay, Abaco

The Bahamas Billfish Championship sponsored by Rolex, is considered to be the premier fishing series in the Bahamas, attracting dozens of seasoned and crafty deep-sea fishermen. The first leg of the tournament will begin in Great Guana Cay.  Orchid Bay Marina (242) 365 - 5175 http://bahamasbillfish.com

May, Mid - Custom Shootout
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

An exclusive invitation-only billfish tournament, The Custom Shootoutis limited to custom-built inboard sport-fishing boats. The tournament contributes more than $500,000 to Breast Cancer Research, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9/11 fallen heroes and other charities.  Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour (242) 367-2158 www.abacobeachresort.com

May, Late - Bahamas Billfish Champion-ship Series (BBC)
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

Anglers will be docking and fishing off the shores of Green Turtle Cay to compete in the much anticipated second leg of the BBC tournament.  The new tournament venue will not only provide excellent fishing grounds, but will also provide participants with much to do and see during their time on the Cay. Green Turtle Club & Marina  (242) 365-4271 www.bahamasbillfish.com

May, Late - June - Goombay Summer Festival
Sea Spray Resort Elbow Cay, Abaco

This begins a series of festivals that will take place over a six week period at Spray Resort & Marina on Elbow Cay.  The festival is organized by the managing team of the resort who features various Bahamian musicians, Junkanoo groups, fire & limbo dancers and a variety of tasty dishes from their Bahamian style buffet.  Albury's Ferry will be providing water taxi service from the mainland of Abaco to Elbow Cay. Sea Spray Resort & Marina  (242) 366-0065  www.seasprayresort.com

June, Early - Bahamas Billfish Champion-ship Series (BBC)
Treasure Cay, Abaco

Bragging rights are the order of the day as reputations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and cash are up for grabs in the third leg of the tournament.  With this leg of the tournament being held in Treasure Cay, participants, along with their family and friends will have the choice of relaxing on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean or playing a round of golf on an 18 Hole Championship Course.    Treasure Cay Resort & Marina (242) 365-8801 www.bahamasbillfish.com

Public Holidays June 6th - Labour Day, June 9th Whitt Monday

June, Early- Sandy Point Home-Coming
Sandy Point, Great Abaco

These annual events serve to bring local residents and other domestic visitors from neighboring Islands together to share in the many cultural activities that have been planned for this three day event.  Some of those activities include: a fishing tournament, boat racing, conch cracking contest, beach volleyball and live entertainment.    Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067 www.bahamas.com/islands/abaco  

June, Mid to July 4th - Bahamas Goombay Summer Festival Continues
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism coordinates a series of festivals during the summer months to celebrate our Bahamian culture.  Both visitors and locals folk to the festival grounds to experience live entertainment, native dishes, local craft items, a Junkanoo rush-out and other cultural expressions in an outdoor setting.   Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067   www.bahamas.com/islands/abaco  

June, Mid - Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Invitational
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

The Bahamas richest fishing tournament has arrived bringing with it $100,000 in cash prizes (based on 40 boats). Only 50 invitations will go out for this inaugural tournament placing anglers in the center of one of the top Marlin fishing spots in the world. Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour   (242) 367-2158  www.abacobeachresort.com

June, Mid/Late - Bahamas Billfish Champion-ship Series (BBC)
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

The final leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championships sponsored by Rolex normally attract scores of seasoned and crafty deep-sea fishermen all vying for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and cash.  Participants and spouses in this leg of the championship will have the opportunity to experience the nightlife scene, excellent shopping and many dining options. Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour (242) 367-2158   www.bahamasbillfish.com 

June, Late - Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Championship
Treasure Cay, Abaco

The Treasure Cay Billfish Championship is a "Mainstay" among the Abaco fishing events with consistency the order of the day. It caters to a cross section of fishermen and is a major promotional event for Northern Abaco. The event also features an awards ceremony and fun outdoor activities during lay day. Treasure Cay Beach Resort (242) 365-8801 www.treasurecay.com

June, Late - 6th Annual Lionfish Derby
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

Sign up to compete in this fun and educational derby that is making apositive difference in our community by controlling the invasive lionfish population.   Participants will have a chance to taste the delicious lionfish that will be cooked right at the event site and have the opportunity to win wonderful cash prizes. Green Turtle Club & Marina (242) 365-4271 www.greenturtleclub.com

July, Early/Mid - 39th Annual Five Towns Regatta Time in Abaco

The Regatta Time sailing event is hoisted between the American and Bahamian Independence celebrations linking both important commemorations. This event that involves primarily American sloops brings dozens of sailing enthusiasts to the Abacos for a fun-filled and exciting racing series that begins in Green Turtle Cay and ends in Marsh Harbour. Opening this sailing event is famous Fiddle Cay Beach Party that is hosted by "Stranded Naked" Sports Wear. Dave & Kathy Ralph    (242) 367-2677  www.regattatimeinabaco.com

July 9th - Bahamas Independence Celebration
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

The Bahamas will celebrate their independence in 1973. Events are planned across the Abacos in commemoration of this significant event in the life of our nation Administrator's Office (242) 699-0000  

Public Holiday July 10th - Independance Day,

July, Early - Annual Fire Road Fishing Tournament & Festival
Fire Road, Abaco

Local and visiting fishermen show off their skills by competing in this tournament that is both amusing and competitive. The event also features live entertainment, native games, an awards presentation and other cultural activities in a down home setting. Carolee Russell (242) 475-1865  

July, TBA  - Barefoot Man Concert (repeat)
Great Guana Cay, Abaco

Free summer outdoor concert at Nipper's Beach Bar & Grill featuring the distinctive and enjoyable sounds of the Barefoot Man.  The concert is known to pull a huge crowd of devoted fans and concert goers who are seeking a good time under the sun. Nippers Beach Bar & Grill  (242) 365-5111  www.nippersbar.com

July,  TBA - Sands ‘Man in the Boat' Sculling Championships
Treasure Cay, Abaco

Abaconians will once again be vying for the ‘Man in the Boat' title, when Sands host their Abaco round of the championship on Treasure Cay Public Beach.  In addition to witnessing the art of sculling and other water-based activities, attendees will also be able to enjoy live entertainment and a variety of Bahamian dishes.  Mr. Lynden Johnson (242) 367-2936  

August, Early - Annual Schooner Bay E-Class Invitational
Schooner Bay, South Abaco

The E-Class sailing invitational takes place in the harbor village of Schooner Bay.  This competitive, friendly and fun weekend will not only highlight our rich sailing tradition, but will also show-off the craft of sculling, Bahamian music and many native dishes.  The event is sponsored by Bahamian Brewery and Sands Beer.   (242) 366-2048 www.schoonerbaybahamas.com

October, Mid - Abaco Open Water Swim
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Professional and non-professional swimmers of all ages are invited to compete in Abaco's Annual Open Water Swim Race.   The race course is located in the waterway of Marsh Harbour near Albury's Ferry and is 5K in length. Persons can also sign up to compete in the paddle board and kayak challenge.  The post race celebration will include great music, food, drinks and awards.  Abaco Tourist Office  (242) 367-3067 www.bahamas.com/islands/abaco

November, Early - Annual Guy Fawkes & Bone-Fire Celebrations
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

Featuring the historical Guy Fawkes Competition, where judging of the Best Guy and Dancing of the Guy will be the highlight of the night. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to feast on delicious Bahamian food & drinks and gather around a huge bone-fire with family and friends.  Funds raised from this event will assist the Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival that is held the first weekend in May.    Mrs. Annabelle Cross (242) 365-4336  www.islandrootsheritagefestival.com

November, Early - Annual Kayak Challenge
Little Harbour, Abaco

Paddlers can choose from three courses - 5 miles, 8 miles or 13 miles that will take them through a wild and scenic creek.  After racing their course, the competitors are welcome back with a beach party at Pete's Pub. Funds raised from the Kayak Challenge will support the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment. Friends of the Environment (242) 367-2721 www.friendsoftheenvironment.org

November, Mid - Annual Abaco Open Golf Tournament & Family Weekend Festival Treasure Cay

Golfers will be able to compete and demonstrate their skill level on Treasure Cay's 18th Hole Championship Golf Course, while enjoying a fun-packed weekend with their family and friends in a beautiful location.    Treasure Cay Beach Resort (242) 365-8801 www.treasurecay.com

November, Late- Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Elbow Cay, Abaco

This annual celebration of arts & crafts is held at the lovely Hope Town Harbour Lodge, where local and international artists display their paintings, jewelry, carvings and other unique creations. While shopping and enjoying the beautiful scenery, one can also satisfy the appetite by sampling an assortment of tasty hor dourves and sparkling drinks. Hope Town Harbour Lodge (242) 366-0095 www.hopetownlodge.com

November, Late - Hope Town Box Cart Derby
Elbow Cay, Abaco

Box carts of all description are designed and constructed by local Elbow Cay contenders and other patrons, in time to participate in the annual ‘Big Hill Box Cart' challenge and family fun day. Participants can compete in the junior or senior category, which officially begins at 12 noon at the Hope Town race site.  Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067 www.bahamas.com/islands/abaco

December, Early / Mid - Annual Abaco Christmas Festival
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

The very popular Christmas Festival is known to kick off the holiday season here in the Abacos by bringing together family and friends from near and far. General holiday activities at the festival will include:  early Christmas shopping in the Arts & Crafts Bazaar, a Food Court filled with Bahamian Dishes, performances from Choirs, Quartets, Soloists, Marching and Calypso Bands, a Junkanoo Parade, a Dog Show and other Festive Activities. Abaco Tourist Office (242) 367-3067 www.bahamas.com/islands/abaco

Public Holidays December 25th - Christmas, December 26th - Boxing Day,

December, Late - 4th Annual Christmas Junkanoo Competition
Elbow Cay, Abaco

Sea Spray Resort & Marina brings Junkanoo to Abaco during the yuletide season, featuring a number of local groups who compete for top honor and bragging rights. Residents of Elbow Cay are joined by locals and visitors who travel from the mainland to enjoy the elaborate costumes, music and lively performances that are paraded during this night time event.  Sea Spray Resort & Marina  (242) -366-0095  www.seasprayresort.com


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