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From cuisine, sports and fashion to arts and entertainment,

Jamaica has a festival that will match a range of interests
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – July 11, 2013The Jamaica Tourist Board has unveiled an assortment of festivals and celebrations designed for visitors to experience the diverse offerings of the destination during the summer. Visitors will sample authentic jerk and fresh seafood at culinary festivals and party until dawn at popular reggae concerts across island.
The following is a list of Jamaica’s sizzling summer events:
Makka Pro Surf Contest, Makka Beach, St. Thomas, Jamaica

July 19-21

This surfing event brings together regional and professional surfers. One of the largest events to be held in the eastern end of the island, the contest helps in the promotion of Jamaica as a surfing destination. The Makka Pro Surf Contest is part of the Caribbean Challenge Cup.
Reggae Sumfest, Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

July 21-27

Dubbed the “world’s greatest showcase of reggae music,” Reggae Sumfest is Jamaica’s premier music event showcasing top local and international artistes. The event offers patrons an electrifying mix of performances from a range of genres. Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Miguel and rapper Flo Rida will headline the festival, while Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and Tarrus Riley are among the local artistes set to perform.

Seville Emancipation Jubilee, Seville Heritage Park, St Ann

July31-August 1

Under the theme Forever Free, the jubilee will be held on the eve of the 175th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. Known as the island’s premier Emancipation celebration, the event pays tribute to Jamaica’s African ancestry and features cultural performances and live entertainment.

Mobay Jerk Festival, Catherine Hall, Montego Bay

August 1

Held at the Catherine Hall Complex in the tourism capital of Montego Bay, this festival allows visitors to enjoy jerk cuisine and live entertainment in a fun-filled setting.

Jamaica International Reggae Film & Music Festival, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay & Port Antonio

August 1-5

This five-night affair will celebrate Jamaica’s music culture and Jamaican-based film makers. Recognition will also be given to women in film with a tribute to the late Jamaican actress Madge Sinclair.

Dream Weekend, Negril

August 1-6

Dream Weekend is an inclusive event complete with a series of themed parties during Jamaica’s Independence weekend celebrations. Over the course of the last seven years, this event has grown to become a staple on the Jamaican entertainment calendar for party lovers.
Summer Playground Fantasy- SPF Weekend, St Ann

August 2-6

SPF Weekend is Jamaica’s annual weekend of parties for the mature-minded and sophisticated. Patrons will celebrate Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence holiday weekend in style at seaside-chic venues, interact with locals and dance the days away to the beats played by popular international and local DJs.

International Reggae Wine Festival, Montego Bay

August 2 &3

The event, dubbed “the ultimate wine experience” will be held at Secret Sea Wind Club, featuring some of the world's best wines and spirits from Jamaican and international wine purveyors. The festival will also showcase the latest trends in island fashion and arts and craft.
National Independence Float Parade and Grand Gala, Streets of Kingston

August 6

This stands as one of the most significant celebratory events on the Jamaican cultural calendar. The event unfolds in the streets of Kingston and will represent the achievements of the Jamaican people in various areas of life. Colorful floats, costumed groups, music trucks, classic cars and marching bands will adorn the streets of Kingston for this spectacular cultural affair.

For more information or to book a vacation to Jamaica, visit or speak to your local travel specialist.
About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2012. Also in 2012, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the sixth consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World's Leading Tourism Development Project for the second year, while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port, Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport and Montego Bay Convention Centre named Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre. The destination also received recognition as the World's Most Romantic Destination and Caribbean's Leading Sports Tourism Destination.      
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo. 
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at, on Twitter at or on YouTube at

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