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Crop Over

the Barbados Festival
More than a Carnival

The highlight of the summer (and, some think, of the whole year) is the Crop Over Festival, an all-island jubilation from end June to early August that celebrates the completion of the sugar cane harvest.

"Tents" ring with the fierce battle of calypsonians for the coveted Calypso Monarch Award, and the air is redolent with the smells of Bajan cooking during the massive "Bridgetown Market" street fair.

Rich with the spirit of local culture, "The Cohobblopot" blends drama, dance, and music with the crowning of the King and Queen of costume bands. An exciting evening is the "Pic-O-de-Crop Show", when the King of Calypso is crowned.

The climax of the festival is "Kadooment Day" - a national holiday - when costume bands fill the streets with pulsating Barbadian rhythms and fireworks fill the evening sky.

The best way of course to enjoy the festivities is by staying in one of our luxury private villas! There are still some villas open for Crop Over.

Calendar of Events

We don't have the latest schedule yet, but below a typical Calendar

Crop Over Fine Art & Photography Exhibition
Sunday: 7.00pm - Grande Salle; Central Bank Complex, Bridgetown

Gala Opening of Crop Over
Saturday: 2.00pm - Portvale Sugar Factory, St.James

Youth Fest (youth-focused variety concert)
Saturday: 2.00pm - Barbados Community College, St.Michael

Crop Over Fine Craft Exhibition
Saturday: 6.30pm - Queen's Park, Bridgetown

Crop Over Promenade (cultural extravaganza showcasing local talent: fashion, craft, entertainment)
Sunday: 2.00pm - Queen's Park, Bridgetown

Junior Calypso Monarch Competition
Sunday: 7.00pm - Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Wildey, St.Michael

Party Monarch Calypso Semi-Finals
Thursday: 8.00pm - Festival Village, Bridgetown

Junior Kadooment
Saturday: 2.00pm - National Stadium, St.Michael

Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso Semi-Finals
Sunday: 10.00am - East Coast Road, St.Andrew

Party Monarch Calypso Finals
Sunday: 10.00am - East Coast Road, St.Andrew

Folk Concert
Tuesday: 7.30pm - Sherbourne Conference Centre, Bridgetown

Folk Concert
Wednesday: 7.30pm - Sherbourne Conference Centre, Bridgetown

Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso Finals
Friday: 8.00pm - National Stadium, St.Michael

Fore-Day Morning Jump-Up
Saturday: 2.00am - Princess Alice Car Park to Spring Garden, St.Michael

Bridgetown Market
Saturday, August 1: 9.00am - Spring Garden, St.Michael

Cohobblopot (potpourri of Barbadian entertainment)
Sunday: 7.00pm - National Stadium, St.Michael

Grand Kadooment & Costume Parade
Monday: 9.00am - National Stadium to Spring Garden, St.Michael

Last Lap Arts and Craft Fair
Wednesday: 10:00am - Spring Garden, St.Michael

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