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  • 1. Jamaica Jazz & Blues

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    Held in a stadium 25 minutes east of Montego Bay on the last Thursday–Saturday of January, the music festival attracts followers from around...

    Held in a stadium 25 minutes east of Montego Bay on the last Thursday–Saturday of January, the music festival attracts followers from around the world. Previous headliners include Mary J. Blige, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Kenny Rogers, and Alicia Keys. Tickets usually go on sale online in late November or early December.

    Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, Trelawny, Jamaica
  • 2. Rebel Salute

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    Over the years, this has grown to be one of Jamaica's biggest reggae festivals. As a family-oriented, roots-reggae event, no meat or alcohol...

    Over the years, this has grown to be one of Jamaica's biggest reggae festivals. As a family-oriented, roots-reggae event, no meat or alcohol is served at the two-day celebration, held in January.

    Richmond Estate, St. Ann's Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica
  • 3. Reggae Sumfest

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    Those who know and love reggae should visit Montego Bay between mid-July and August for this weeklong concert, which attracts big names. Tickets...

    Those who know and love reggae should visit Montego Bay between mid-July and August for this weeklong concert, which attracts big names. Tickets are sold for each night's performances or by multievent passes.

    Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
    876-953–8360
  • 4. Bacchanal Jamaica

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    Kingston is said to be the heartbeat of Jamaica, and at no time does that heart beat louder than during the annual Carnival. This colorful festival...

    Kingston is said to be the heartbeat of Jamaica, and at no time does that heart beat louder than during the annual Carnival. This colorful festival begins in February and culminates in a big parade with wonderful costumes the Sunday after Easter. Other events are held around the island.

    Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
    876-922–3840
  • 5. Calabash International Literary Festival

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    Three days and nights of both literary and musical talent are featured at this festival, held in May of even-numbered years. Fans come from...

    Three days and nights of both literary and musical talent are featured at this festival, held in May of even-numbered years. Fans come from all over Jamaica and beyond. Past authors have included Rachel Manley, Andrea Levy, and Sonia Sanchez.

    Jakes, Calabash Bay, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
    876-965–3000
  • 6. Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival

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    The biggest event in Ocho Rios, June's jazz festival has been running since 1991, when it was one day. Now nine days, it draws top names. ...

    The biggest event in Ocho Rios, June's jazz festival has been running since 1991, when it was one day. Now nine days, it draws top names.

    Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
    876-927–3544
  • 7. Jamaican Epicurean Escape

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    This two-day festival showcases Jamaica's best culinary offerings. Restaurants from around the island set up food stations with dishes that...

    This two-day festival showcases Jamaica's best culinary offerings. Restaurants from around the island set up food stations with dishes that are hard to resist. There are also chefs' demonstrations, cultural craft booths, and other events and entertainment, such as traditional drumming.

    Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, St. Ann's Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica
    876-815–8500
  • 8. Little Ochie Seafood Carnival

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    The second Sunday in July is sure to be hot, as several thousand people enjoy some of the South Coast's best Jamaican cooking. ...

    The second Sunday in July is sure to be hot, as several thousand people enjoy some of the South Coast's best Jamaican cooking.

    7 miles (12 km) south of A2, Alligator Pond, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
    876-852–6430
  • 9. Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament

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    For five decades, this tournament has attracted anglers vying to catch the biggest blue marlin. The late-fall date varies with the moon to appease...

    For five decades, this tournament has attracted anglers vying to catch the biggest blue marlin. The late-fall date varies with the moon to appease superstitious sea captains. A canoe race and parties provide action for nonfishers.

    Errol Flynn Marina, Ken Wright Dr., Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica
    876-927–0145
  • 10. Portland Jerk Festival

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    Fiery jerk barbecue is what Port Antonio's known for. This day-long festival, usually the first Sunday in July, includes jerk cook-offs (with...

    Fiery jerk barbecue is what Port Antonio's known for. This day-long festival, usually the first Sunday in July, includes jerk cook-offs (with lots of taste-testing), live music, and dominoes.

    Folly Estate, Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica
    876-850–5828
  • 11. Reggae Marathon

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    Runners can test themselves on a 26.2-mile (42.1-km), 13.1-mile (21.1-km), or 6.2-mile (10-km) run along the road by the beach. This event,...

    Runners can test themselves on a 26.2-mile (42.1-km), 13.1-mile (21.1-km), or 6.2-mile (10-km) run along the road by the beach. This event, held the first Saturday of December, draws competitors from around the world and gets bigger every year.

    Long Bay Beach, Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica
    876-922–8677
  • 12. Treasure Beach Hook n' Line Fishing Tournament

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    This three-day tournament, held each October, pairs local fishermen with visitors. The teams compete using traditional fishing techniques. ...

    This three-day tournament, held each October, pairs local fishermen with visitors. The teams compete using traditional fishing techniques.

    Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
    876-965–3000
  • 13. Treasure Beach Off-Road Triathlon

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    The region's biggest annual event, this April race features a 500-meter ocean swim, a 13.7-mile (25-km) mountain-bike trek, and a 4.3-mile ...

    The region's biggest annual event, this April race features a 500-meter ocean swim, a 13.7-mile (25-km) mountain-bike trek, and a 4.3-mile (7-km) country run.

    Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
    876-965–3000

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