Read our blog on exciting events in Barbados for August 2018! We’ve put together a comprehensive list of fun events for the family including dining, sporting, entertainment and so much more. Let our Concierge team help you to book your car rentals, baby gear and in house needs.
Barbados Open Invitational Water Polo Tournament Festival
Dates: 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 August 2018
Venue: Aquatic Centre, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Wildey, St. Michael
The Barbados Open Invitational Water Polo Tournament (BOIWT) Festival is organised by the Barbados Water Polo Club.
Teams from the U.S.A and Italy as well as two local Bajan teams will compete in the 4th annual Festival.
Look out for enticing Water Polo.
Here’s the Schedule: TBA
Motor Sport- Autocross No 3
Date: 11th August 2018
Admission: Not Available
Venue: Vaucluse Raceway, Rock Hall, St Thomas
This event is promoted by the Barbados Rally Club.
An autocross is a timed event generally held on a paved, flat surface, usually consisting of straight sections and connecting turns or corners, resembling a miniaturized road course.
The course layout emphasizes car handling, driver skill, and maneuverability rather than performance.
Barbados Turf Club Horse Racing Season 2 – Day 7 – Massy United Derby Race Day
Date: 1st, 11th, 25th August
Admission: Entrance fee to the various stands ranges from Bds $10.00 to $100.00 for the day. Special (higher) prices apply to Gold Cup Day in early March. Admission is free to the grounds.
Venue: Garrison Savannah, St. Michael
Thoroughbred Horse Racing in Barbados has taken place at the Garrison Savannah for over 150 years. The Barbados Turf Club organizes three seasons of racing per year. These meetings run from January to April; May to August and from October to December, normally every other Saturday. There are usually nine races per day, starting around 1:00 pm and finishing around 5:45 pm.
Today is the Massy United Insurance Derby Race Day
This is the Third Jewel in the Barbados Triple Crown.
Brighton Plantation – 5 August 2018
Skeetes Bay – 12 August 2018
Cove Bay – 19 August 2018
Admission – Free
Entertainment & Festivals
Elevate & Booze Live: Lifted- Crop Over Levels
Date: August 2nd 2018
Tickets: $90 BDS
Start time: 5:00 PM End time: 11:00 PM
Venue: Bushy Park, St. Philip
Elevate, Jus-Jay Events and Booze Cruise present LIFTED – Crop Over Levels
The Ultimate Vibes and Drinks Inclusive Cooler Experience
At LIFTED the Rum is FREE, the Beer is FREE and the Absolut Vodka absolutely FREE.
Coolers Welcomed (No Glass Allowed)
With Bunji Garlin The Viking of Soca
VERY SPECIAL HEADLINE ACT: Hype Set: Jus-Jay vs. Patrick D Hypeman (TriniBajan)
Plus the Lifted Local & International DJ Line-up:
Dj Mad Russian (Russia/New York)
Shep Beats & Konata (London)
Andwele & Reko Chase (Barbados)
Dj Payou (Martinique)
Bubbles & Evo (Barbados)
Iz A Vibe Riddim Section (Barbados)
Crop Over Festival- Bridgetown Market
Date: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th August 2018
Venue: Spring Garden Highway, Bridgetown
This is a huge four-day street fair with vendors of all kinds selling their wares. The latest calypso music fills the air while patrons dance and fill their stomachs.
On Kadooment Day, Aug 06, it’s where the bands end their jump.
It will by exciting, noisy, and colourful as all the costumed players fill the streets.
A Cultural Extravagaza for the whole family.
Fri Aug 3 – 6:00 pm
Sat Aug 4 – 12:00 pm
Sun Aug 5 – 2:00 pm
Mon Aug 6 – 8:30 am
Mark the dates!
Crop Over Festival- Grand Kadooment
Date: 6th August
Start time: 8:30 AM
Admission: Bds $20.00
Venue: The National Stadium to Spring Garden Highway
This carnival parade features large bands with members dressed in elaborate costumes to depict various themes.
Designers compete for the coveted Designer of the Year prize while the revelers are intent on having a good time!
The revelers make their way from the National Stadium to Spring Garden accompanied by the pulsating rhythm of calypso music. People line the route to watch and photograph the bands go by, joining in the merriment where they can. When the revelers reach Spring Garden, the party continues with more fantastic music, lots of food and drink and, for some, a quick swim at the nearby beach. A grand end to a grand festival.
The bands parade across in front of the stands at the National Stadium before proceeding to Spring Garden.
Bands are judged in the following categories:
Portrayal: 40 points
Depiction of a theme
Craftsmanship: 20 points
Skill in costume making
Presentation: 10 points
Impact made on the stage
Originality: 15 points
Inventiveness in use of materials and portrayal of the concept
Visual Impact: 15 points
FLOW AnimeKon IX: World of Wonder
Date: 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th August 2018
Start time: 12:00 PM End time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael
Join the FLOW AnimeKon IX: World of Wonder, the Caribbean’s #1 Comic-Con and entertainment expo!
Don’t miss the chance to meet pop-culture stars in person PLUS take in the epic sights and sounds of the 9th show, including:
– The Laurie Dash Cosplay Tournament
– The Cosplay Catamaran Cruise
– Villains + Vixens Afterparty 2018
… and even more insane action!
There will be 4 Special Guests in Barbados for this event:
Brit Bliss – Cosplayer, Gamer, Model
Kay Bear – Cosplayer, Artist, Model and Gamer
Olivia Olson – American actress and singer-songwriter
Manu Bennett – New Zealand-born actor (Spartacus, Arrow, The Hobbit, The Shannara Chronicles)
Visit http://animekonexpo.com/schedule/ for full schedule.
Early Bird Tickets:
Cosplay Catamaran Cruise Bds $100 (Thu ONLY)
Students: Bds $20 (Sat OR Sun ONLY – Applies to persons between the ages of 12 and 18 who are purchasing a daily pass)
Adult’s Day Pass: Bds $25 (Sat OR Sun ONLY)
Weekend Pass: Bds $45 (Fri, Sat and Sun)
Priority Access: Bds $150 (Fri, Sat and Sun – Only available through ONLINE purchase – includes Villains + Vixens After-party)
KIDS 11 Y.O. AND UNDER ARE FREE!
Each ticket allows you FULL access to AnimeKon programming occurring on the specific day/days you choose to attend. That means there’s no extra cost to check out all of the panel discussions, workshops and stage competitions.
Get your tickets from https://secure.ticketpal.com/event/AnimeKon-2018, or from the following locations:
CS Pharmacy, Bridgetown; Aeon Bar & Grill, Sheraton Mall; Ticket Centre, Warrens; Kensington Oval, Bridgetown; A&B Music, Sheraton Mall; Lucky Horseshoe, Worthing; Lucky Horseshoe, Warrens; NU Look,Bridgetown; Emerald City, Six Roads; Sol, Redmans; Sundek, Limegrove; Carlton; Supermarket, Black Rock; Rubis Service Station, Wildey; BCSL, Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael
See http://animekonexpo.com/tickets/ for full details on ticket prices.
For more information, email [email protected]
Live Entertainment in August
Tabitha Johnson ‘Live’ at the Mews Restaurant
Date: Every Friday
Time: 8:30pm- 10:30pm
The Mews Restaurant presents Tabitha ‘Gerbadian’ Johnson Live at The Mews.
During dinner, enjoy the smooth sounds of Tabitha, accompanied on guitar by Russell Padmore from 8:30 pm. – 10:30 p.m.
The Rishan Duo Live at The Tides Restaurant
Date: Every Friday
On Friday Nights, The Tides Restaurant present Live Music.
Enjoy Jazz and R&B by The Rishan Duo.
Lynn and Kyle Live at Nishi Restaurant
When: Every Friday
Venue: Nishi Restaurant
Every Friday, local artists Lynette Lynch and Kyle will be preforming live at Nishi Restaurant.
Sit back and relax as the duo perform a set list of Classic, R&B, Motown, as well as current tracks.
Entertainment begins at 8:30pm in the courtyard.
Nishi Restaurant is open 7 days a week and offers Sushi & Bistro Dining indoors with A/C or under the stars.
Reservations: call 432-2112/432-8287 or email [email protected]
The Central Bank of Barbados Crop Over Visual Arts Festival
Date: Starts July 8th and Ends August 4th
Time: 10:00 AM End Time: 6:00 PM
The Central Bank of Barbados Crop Over Visual Arts Festival will be exhibiting the works of art reflecting the mirror image of some of our island’s best visual artists. The exhibition will feature three (3) core components comprising of works in two dimension, works in three-dimension and craft. This exhibition will seek to bring new marketability, exposure, presentation, sales and educational opportunities as they relate to the various disciplines contained within the visual and aesthetic culture of Barbados.
The exhibitions will take place at:
– The Courtney Blackman Grande Salle, Central Bank of Barbados, which will feature two-dimensional works; and
– The Queen’s Park Gallery, which will be showcasing three-dimensional works & craft.
Some of these works will be up for sale.
Tour George Washington House
George Washington House: Bds $20.00
Tunnels: Bds $20.00
Both: Bds $30.00
Start time: 9:00 AM End time: 4:30 PM
Venue: George Washington House, The Garrison, St. Michael
Tour George Washington House and the Garrison Tunnels. You can take this tour on any week day, not just on Mondays and Wednesdays.
See the very home where a 19-year-old George Washington laid his head for 6 weeks in 1751. Also see, walk and learn all about the intriguing and mysterious Garrison Tunnels. George Washington never went abroad, except to Barbados in 1751. It was a turning point for him, and in this beautifully restored house where he stayed, you learn how. Its upstairs museum uses artifacts and interactive displays to showcase 18th and 19th century Barbados, and gives eloquent witness to the experience of slavery. A short distance away is the Military Cemetery, a place of haunting beauty that few people ever see.
Dress nicely casual.
No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions – look for the signs.
Call the George Washington House at 228-5461 to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised.
Brighton Farmer’s Market
Location: Brighton Plantation, St. George
Dates: Every Saturday
Time: 6:15am – 10:00am
Set in the picturesque grounds of Brighton Plantation, it is a farm gate produce market, coupled with sales of prepared food, clothing & local craft.
Hastings Farmers Market
Location: Art Splash Centre, Hastings, Ch Ch
Dates: Every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday
Time: 8:00am – 2:00pm
An arts & food market packed with local vendors. Homemade, home grown & home created! Bring the children and let them have fun in Arty’s Play Park.
Holders Organic Farmer’s Market
Location: Holders House, Holders Hill, St. James
Dates: Every Sunday
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
This market specializes in organic, locally grown produce, food & beverages, art & craft, health care products & ore. All of them made in Barbados.
Live entertainment each week.
Restaurants & Dining
Re-Discover Barbados Restaurant Program: Offers a 10% discount off lunches or a fixed price special 3 course dinner including wine at over 60 leading restaurants across the island.
Lunch – The re-Discover Lunch voucher offers a 10% discount off lunches at many restaurants across the island. Vouchers can be collected from the Barbados Tourism office in the airport arrivals hall or online.
Dinner – The offer is mostly for a 3-course dinner including a bottle of wine per couple for BBD$99.00 per person – VAT & service charge included. Be sure to request the re-Discover Menu when making your reservations.
For a list of restaurants with menus and contact details, go to: http://www.re-discover.com.