Last updated on November 30th, 2023 at 11:22 pm
The Turks and Caicos offer several unique annual events and holidays, which can be a great reason to book a vacation in this spectacular archipelago.
October 2023- 2024 Turks and Caicos Events
Caribbean Food and Wine Festival:October 11-15th 2023
The annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival brings together an exclusive and diverse team of gourmands to combine their passion for the Turks and Caicos Islands with their love for dynamic cuisine. A 3-day culinary event with gourmet experiences hosted at Grace Bay Club, Blue Blue Haven, West Bay Club, and Gansevort that offer delicious food, wine, and tasting experiences that include a Gourmet Safari with each course at a different award-winning restaurant on Providenciales. Be sure to book early, tickets sell out fast!
Thanksgiving: November 28, 2023
Public holidays celebrated by Turks and Caicos.
Conch Festival, Providenciales: November 23-24 2023
Every November, the island of Providenciales hosts the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival – a celebration of the islands’ national symbol and No. 1 export, a marine snail that for years has played an integral role in local cuisine. The Turks and Caicos Islands celebrate its annual Conch Festival along with local restaurants who serve up their best conch dishes in every form imaginable in Blue Hills, one of the original settlements on Provo.
The traditional conch salad, fritters, and stew are a must during this event.
It’s part food festival, part talent show: restaurants vie for the honor of Best Conch Chowder, Best Conch Salad, and Best Speciality Conch Dish, while contestants show off their talents at conch blowing and conch cracking. The day-long event also includes food stands, junkanoo dancing and live music, and fireworks.
December 2023 Turks and Caicos Events
Christmas in Turks and Caicos: December 25, 2023
Celebrated in Turks and Caicos is the time for family and friends to celebrate this religious and national holiday. It is common to spend this day on the beach and relaxing.
Maskanoo: December 26, 2023
It’s an annual cultural event.
Maskanoo has its roots in the ‘Masses’, a masquerade tradition that fuses traditional African culture with costumed balls held in the colonial era. On Provo, Maskanoo originated with enslaved people brought by the Bermudian salt farmers to work the salt ponds of nearby Salt Cay and South Caicos two hundred years ago, and the event is observed by the residents of Provo today. The event attracts record crowds to the Grace Bay area to enjoy local music, fireworks, food and fun for all ages. The event is held near Grace Bay where there are fireworks, vendors, music, and food.
At midnight on January 1 of each year, islanders take to the streets in bejeweled masks and handmade costumes, banging away on their instruments and dancing until dawn. Junkanoo has been celebrated in Turks and Caicos since the sixteenth century when slaves were given one day off around Christmas time to celebrate with their families. Traditional African music and dance were part of the festivities then, as they are today.
February 2024 Turks and Caicos Events
Valentines Day Cup: February 10, 2024
Great for family and kids, the annual event features a regatta with model Caicos Sloop sailboats. The event takes place on the island of Middle Caicos on the Saturday nearest Valentine’s Day. A fun beach day with local food and music at the beautiful Bambara Beach which offers calm and shallow water, white sand, and the picturesque Pelican Cay.
March 2024 Turks and Caicos Events
Wine Cellar Fishing and Golf Tournament: Thursday 7th March, 2024
This annual event hosted by the Wine Cellar, a local alcohol importer, is an island favorite that offers a two-day deep-sea fishing competition, and a one-day golf challenge, with prizes totaling nearly $100,000. Golfing takes place at the Provo Golf Club in Grace Bay and sees four-person teams compete for the title. The event raises money for local youth centers and sporting organizations. All proceeds go to charity.