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    Posted: 16 Apr 2008 at 4:37pm

LeLoLai Festivals
This year-round program that has become a tradition offers visitors a fascinating glimpse of popular and folkloric Puerto Rican music and dance. The exciting showcase of the island's saucy blend of Spanish, Indian and African traditions is usually presented in five different weekly shows performed at various locations throughout the island. The weekly itinerary for the festival is available by visiting the entertainment section of www.gotopuertorico.com. Make reservations for these popular and stunning performances by calling 787-721-2400 or e-mailing lelolai@prtourism.com.

La Casita Festival
This year-round activity includes an array of Puerto Rican musicians that showcase typical music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at La Casita in Plaza de la Dársena. Meanwhile, the plaza's outdoor crafts market bustles with activity, especially on Saturdays when artisans display their work.

Romantic Sunsets
Every Sunday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., prominent Puerto Rican musicians and artists show off their talent on the picturesque Paseo La Princesa in Old San Juan.

Patron Saint Festivals
Every one of the island's 78 municipalities has an annual patron saint festival, which usually includes live music, games, rides, crafts, and lots of typical Puerto Rican food. Some towns host costume parades, sporting events and folkloric shows to observe the centuries-old tradition of communities coming together to celebrate a religious icon. Visit the Event Calendar section of www.gotopuertorico.com for a month-by-month listing.

Bacardi Artisan's Fair
Every December, one of the most anticipated artisan's fair on the island presents over 100 of the most talented local craftspersons, contests, musical and dance performances. The fair, which takes place at Bacardi Rum's sprawling grounds in Cataño, also includes rides for the kids and plenty of food.

San Juan Bautista Day
The most famous of the patron saint festivals, San Juan's tribute to St. John the Baptist, usually draws big crowds—especially for Noche de San Juan, held every June 24. At the stroke of midnight, throngs of people converge on the beaches of the capital city to jump backwards into the ocean three times to wash away bad luck for the coming year. It's a sight to behold.

Ponce Carnival
During the month of February, Ponce turns into a mini Mardi Gras complete with colorful costumes and masks. This carnival is famous for its parades of vejigantes, masqueraders wearing bright red, blue and yellow masks.

Hatillo Mask Festival
In late December, the northwestern town of Hatillo celebrates one of the island's major mask festivals. Performers reenact the biblical story of King Herod, with masked devils in colorful costume prowling the streets while the sound of folk music fills the air.

San Sebastián Street Festival
By day it's an artsy fair, by night a party animal's paradise. The giant block party is named after the Old San Juan street where most of the action takes place. For an extended weekend during late January, the neighborhood surrounding the northernmost section of the Old City is transformed into a fairground with live music, crafts and local foods for sale. During the day, the streets are filled with processions of oversized masks, or cabezudos, that are enjoyed by families and people of all ages. At night, revelers of all ages make their own parades and weave their way through the sea of bodies singing and gyrating to blaring salsa and merengue music.

Gallery Nights
On the first Tuesday evening of the month, from February through May and then again from September through December, people stroll and mingle in the streets of Old San Juan between 6 and 9 p.m. for Gallery Nights. Nearly two-dozen art galleries stay open late and host special exhibitions. Usually after strolling between galleries, visitors fill the Old City's restaurants and nightspots and practice the art of staying out late.

International Billfish Tournament
In late August or early September, anglers from around the globe strike it rich in the blue marlin capital of the world. Puerto Rico hosts one of the most highly revered billfish tournaments—the annual Club Náutico de San Juan International Billfish Tournament, the longest consecutively run event of its kind.

Heineken Jazz Festival
The annual Heineken Jazz Festival, usually held in May or June, is a showcase of international Latin and traditional jazz greats that draws more than 15,000 jazz enthusiasts to San Juan. Some past performances have included the late Tito Puente, David Sánchez, George Benson, Diane Schuur, Earl Klugh, Spyro Gyra, and many other well-known artists.

Casals Festival
Puerto Rico is host to one of the premier classical musical events in the Caribbean. The annual Casals Festival, which takes place in February and March, is a tribute to the late great cellist Pablo Casals, who began the tradition. For more than 40 years, the music festival has featured world-class conductors and musicians from around the globe, as well as the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and some of the most talented local artists.

The Aibonito Flower Festival
This colorful and exciting event, which takes place in late June and runs into early July, features acres of roses, lilies, begonias and countless tropical plants. The charming central mountain town plays host to thousands of visitors who come not only to smell and buy the flowers at the weeklong festival, but also to enjoy the live music, crafts and typical Puerto Rican food for sale.

and lots more. Have funSmile


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Quote beachlover Replybullet Posted: 22 Oct 2008 at 5:53pm
great breakdown on events on the Island. i will try to schedule my trip around these events.

thanks for sharing!
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Quote Abdiel Replybullet Posted: 27 Oct 2008 at 2:41pm
you welcome
theres a lot more activities not listed there...
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