Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, the lush tropical country has nearly 1,000 miles of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options.Whether you dance the night away with costumed characters at Carnival celebrations in Santiago and La Vega or dance to pulse-pounding merengue at festivals in the New World’s first city, Dominican Republic has it all.
November 2016: – Dominican Jazz Festival: Annual event held in Cabarete and Santiago that attracts large audiences who come to hear the best from international and national jazz musicians. The 20th annual Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 2016 will be held in Santiago, the country’s second largest city, and the north coast towns of Sosua, Puerto Plata and Cabarete. World-famous jazz musicians from the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Israel, Italy, France and the Dominican Republic are scheduled to perform in this popular festival, where jazz lovers will enjoy five straight nights of free concerts.www.DRjazzfestival.com
December 2016: Circuito de Galerías
It is organized by The Arts Gallery Association. It is held every third Thursday of the month beginning August 15th through December 19th from 7pm to 10.30p.m. There is a free bus tour to visit different galleries in Santo Domingo runs from 7pm to 10:30 pm.(For more information call 809-563-7860)
January – December: – Santo Domingo de Fiesta: The free outdoor show begins at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at the Plaza de España in the Colonial Zone
January – December: – Arts & Crafts Fair in Colonial City: The craft fair is held at Plazoleta Fray Bartolome de las Casas every Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Shoppers can view and purchase a selection of Dominican-made fine arts and crafts.
January: – Laser Midwinter Regatta: The annual Regatta is held in Cabarete, the Kite-boarding Capital of the World, and marks the start of the world’s Laser Regatta calendar.
January – Professional Baseball Championships Semi-finals: Fans can take in the post-season and watch Dominican baseball greats in the annual winter playoffs. www.lidom.com/calendario.htm
January: – The Parade of the Three Kings: Celebrates the epiphany twelve days after Christmas on Calle El Conde in the historic Colonial Zone, located in Santo Domingo.
January 15 to March 25:- Humpback Whales Observation Season: View the 3,000 to 5,000 whales that migrate to the waters of the Bay of Samaná on a guided boat tour or at the land observatory. Thousands of humpback whales of the North Atlantic population migrate to the Samana Bay region, located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. Tour operators provide boat excursions deep into the bay so visitors may witness these large, warm blooded mammals as they play in the sea. Many tour operators also provide educational commentary about the whales during each excursion.
February 19 to 24: Procigar Festival – -The Procigar Festival is a truly unique and memorable experience unmatched in the cigar industry that beautifully combines educational opportunities, entertainment, leisure activities, loads of premium cigar smoking and a lifetime of memories. One of the Festival’s most compelling attractions is that it allows guests to have one-on-one dialogues with the industry’s biggest cigar makers all the while smoking their cigars and fraternizing with an international community of like-minded enthusiasts in an unprecedented way – cigar manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
The Procigar Festival starts in Punta Cana, where guests will be able relax at the beach under the tropical sunshine, compete in fun beach activities, practice snorkelling and take horse rides by the ocean. The participants will also have the opportunity to visit Tabacalera de García in La Romana. www.Procigar.org
February – March: – Dominican Carnival: This has origins dating back to 1520, Dominican Carnival is a tradition inherited from Spanish forefathers and each city has a unique celebration with parades every Sunday of the month. Cities for the festivities include: Puerto Plata, Rio San Juan, Constanza, La Vega, Montecristi, Samaná; Higuey, La Romana, La Vega, Santiago and Santo Domingo.
February: Master of the Ocean: Playa Cabarete, Puerto Plata. Known as the triathlon of wave riding, because it combines surfing, windsurfing, kite-surfing and Stand Up Paddle (SUP). It brings together professionals from the Dominican Republic and international athletes, specialized in these four disciplines.
February 27 – Dominican Independence Day of 1844 Parade: The parade begins at 4 p.m. along the Avenue of the Malecón resting alongside the Caribbean Sea in the capital city, Santo Domingo.
March: – Punta Cana Carnival: Visitors and locals alike celebrate Punta Cana Carnival in Punta Cana Village every March. The annual parade features carnival troops from throughout the country, costumed characters and live performances. www.puntacana.com
April – Master of the Ocean: An annual kite-boarding and surfing competition held in beautiful Cabarete Bay on Dominican Republic’s North Coast. www.MasteroftheOcean.com
May – International Book Fair: The fair is held at the Plaza de la Cultura in Santo Domingo and commemorates the anniversary of the constitution of the Dioceses of Santo Domingo. Catholic editors, speakers and experts participate in the fair. http://www.ferilibro.com
May: Dominican Republic Golf Open – The Dominican Republic Professional Golf Open will take place at Teeth of the Dog in La Romana this year.. The tournament is operated under the PGA Tour Latin America (Nec Series Tour). The PGA has been backing the Dominican Republic Open for the past two years
June – Puerto Plata Cultural Festival: Normally held the third week of June, the Puerto Plata Cultural Festival offers an insight into Dominican culture with Folk Music, traditional African tribal dances, salsa and merengue. There are also many exhibits of crafts from local artists.
June – Kiteboarding World Cup: Cabarete, the Kite-boarding Capital of the World, is known for hosting the most spectacular kite-boarding events. The region ensures the perfect wind and water conditions for competitors. www.cabareteevents.com
July – August – Merengue Festival in Santo Domingo: Every year top bands at Santo Domingo’s seaside promenade, El Malecón, pump out the infectious music that is much loved by Dominicans at the Merengue Festival. Both locals and tourists dance on the beach, in hotels and throughout the capital with amateur DJs on every block.