The British Virgin Islands are rich in history and culture. Check out some of the events that are held for them to celebrate. You might just want to schedule your trip so you can join in the festivities!
The BVI Summer Festival is the islands own version of Carnival and is held in August, to observe the 1834 slavery emancipation. The Festival becomes the islands' highlight for three weeks - with lots of dances, parties, parades, J'Ouvert (street revelers dance behind live bands in the early morning), pageants crowning festival queens, nightly events and live shows.
The Summer Festival is a highly visual experience complete with the fabulous aromas of Caribbean delicacies with lots of laughter and music. Another highlight of the festivities is the Horse Race that is held on August at the Little A Race Track on Tortola. Local and visitors alike partake in the competition and activities. Most of the festivities take place in RoadTown, the capital of the BVI located on Tortola.
In April, the Annual Spring Regatta is held in Road Town and what a sight it is for both the sailors involved and the attendees! It has become one of the Caribbean's premier yacht races, developing a reputation for serious competition and partying. The Regatta is three days of non-stop racing action, three days and nights of pure fun.
Windsurfers also congregate on the islands for the Highland Springs HIHO Races held late June or early July. This event is known as the World's Greatest Windsurfing and Sailing Adventure and takes both windsurfers and sailors on a 7-day journey through the British Virgin Islands.