The festival commemorates the landing of the first settlers to Barbados at Holetown, St. James in February 1627.
It's now in its 42nd year.
Highlights of the festival include a street fair, the beating of the Retreat by the colourful Barbados Defence Band Zouave Band, a Floodlit Tattoo parade by the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Mounted Police, many music concerts, lectures on and tours of Holetown, exhibitions, and a street parade that features among other things vintage and classic cars.
Below are the dates for the major events. See attached flyer for schedule.
Please check the official event website at https://www.holetownfestivalbarbados.org/festival-schedule for a detailed list of events.
Feb 11, 2018
Holetown Festival Opening at the Holetown Monument
Ceremony of Beating Retreat by the Zouave Band of the Barbados Defence Force
Featuring Paula Hinds, Dancin' Africa, Donella Weekes, Janine White, The Band of the Barbados Defence Force, Red Plastic Bag and Gryner.
Feb 12, 2018
Inter-School Mix - Free Concert at the Seaside Theatre
Featuring St. Silas Primary School, The Alexandra Beacons, Alexandra School Choir, Hillaby/Turner's Hall Primary School Steel Orchestra, Dayrell Jordan Secondary School Steel Orchestra and The Alleyne Band.
Feb 13, 2018
Rhythm and Vibes - Free Concert at the Seaside Theatre
Featuring Mylon Clarke Saxophone Group, Kareem Agard, Jamal Slocombe, Agape Henry, Brandon Byer, Haynesville Youth Group Dancers, Stringed Brotherhood and The BCC Caribbean Ensemble.
Feb 14, 2018
Walk Holy Gospel Night - Free Concert at the Seaside Theatre
Featuring Nica Jones, Sharivon Alleyne, Fitness Line Dancers, Shanice Lashley, Praise Academy of Dance, Kenneth Armstrong and Ricardo & The KFL Band
Feb 15, 2018
Bajan Fiesta - Free Concert sponsored by Surfside Restaurant at the Seaside Theatre
Featuring a Bajan Floor Show, Eric Lewis, Adrian Clarke, Shaquille and Fuhnominon, The Fire King
Feb 16, 2018
Grand Floodlit Tattoo and Night Parade at the Trents Playing Field
Reserved seating by Ticket (Bds $5.00) available at The Holetown Festival Information Booth.
Feb 17, 2018
Come and enjoy the arts and crafts at the Festival Art Gallery, classic cars, parades, food and much more.
The BTMI Holetown Dooflicky
Festival Sunset Concert - Free Concert at the Seaside Theatre
Featuring the Royal Barbados Police Force Band
DJ Sound Clash at the Seaside Theatre
Featuring DJ Scrappy and DJ Da Vinchi with performances by Hypa Soundz, Verseewild, Marzville and Gryner.
Feb 18, 2018
Thanksgiving Service at the St. James Parish Church
To mark the Anniversary of the First Settlement in 1627
The Queen of the Festival Pageant in the Auditorium of the Frederick Smith Secondary School
Come out and see seven beautiful contestants vie for the title.
Admission: Bds $30.00 - At the door
Venue: Holetown, St. James