With tropical weather all year round, every day is a good day to visit beautiful St.Maarten. Join us for our cultural festivals unique to St.Maarten, compete with the best in our annual sporting competitions, or dance till you drop at one of the island’s epic beach parties. Whether you are planning a trip soon or currently visiting, here is a guide to the island’s most popular events.
February: St. Martin Carnival
On St. Maarten, you can experience not one, but TWO Caribbean Carnivals. In February, join our French neighbors to the North as they celebrate their annual Carnival festival. These celebrations showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Caribbean culture and taste.
March: St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
Since the 1980s, St. Maarten has hosted the annual Heineken Regatta boat race. This event draws over 200+ vessels from across the globe. This 3-day event starts off each day with a variety of boat races and toasts the sunset with grand beach concerts all night. Learn about event details, how to get tickets, and more at heinekenregatta.com.
March: SXM Music Festival
Looking for the most epic beach parties in the Caribbean? Check out the SXM Music Festival. Five days and five nights of pure party bliss at stunning venues across the island, this is an event you do not want to miss. Tickets to this event sell quickly, so be sure to get yours for the next festival.
April/May: St. Maarten Carnival
St.Maarten Carnival is the event of the year! From April to May, the Dutch side erupts to the beat of calypso, soca, reggae, and dancehall. Local troops fill the streets in their colorful costumes in local parades. Fete with the locals all month long at various cultural events and bacchanals at the Carnival Village on Pond Island. The Village has the best local food you will ever have, guaranteed. Ask the locals for their favorite booth number and make sure to get a photo with the Carnival Icon, Pork Chop.
June: St. Martin Book Fair
Get consumed in the words of St. Maarten’s great writers at the annual St.Maarten book fair. The fair runs from June 1 – 2 and offers you the opportunity to dive deeper into the lives of many local great leaders, political figures, and youth. The event is hosted by the Conscious Literary Foundation and the local publishing house, House of Nehesi.
November: St. Maarten’s Day
St.Maarten was discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 11th, 1493. On this day, the island hosts multiple cultural events throughout the Dutch and French sides to celebrate the island’s history. Many dine on local dishes like johnnycake, chicken leg, and salt fish, listen to folk steel pan music and share in the theatrics of young school kids dancing the ponum in local dress.
The party never ends on St.Maarten. For more details on upcoming events, new venues, and cultural exhibitions, check out our events calendar.