Event Calendar Curacao 2024

On Curaçao, there’s always something new to explore – check out what’s coming up in 2024!

1 January – New Year’s Dive

Start your year with a splash! In the Netherlands, they dive into icy seas, but on Curaçao, it’s not as cold—still, just as fun! Do your New Year’s Dive at Zanzibar, Jan Thiel.

7 January – Fuik Day

On the first Sunday of the year, everything that floats comes to Fuik Bay for one big party on the water. Dive into the vibrant Fuik Bay, where locals and visitors gather for Fuik Day, a lively celebration filled with music, boats, and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Bring your inflatables and lots of friends because this is one big party!

22 January – 26 January – Tumba Festival

Love music? The Tumba Festival is a huge musical event on Curaçao during the Carnival. Artists compete to become Tumba King/Queen with the winning song as the official Carnival anthem. The final round is on Friday!

28 January – 13 February – Carnival

Get ready for the biggest party! Curaçao Carnival is known for public parties, street parades, and competitions like Tumba music, Calypso festivals, and beauty contests. The highlight is the weekend and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

19 March – March Equinox (season)

March 19, 20, or 21 marks the March equinox when the sun crosses the celestial equator. It’s the official start of a new season!

29 March – Good Friday

On Good Friday, Christians remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death. It comes before Easter, following Maundy Thursday and preceding Holy Saturday.

31 March – Easter Sunday

Celebrate joy and hope on Easter Sunday with family gatherings and festive meals. Most offices, banks, and stores will be closed.

1 April  – Easter Monday

Continue the Easter fun on Monday with family activities. It’s an official holiday, so offices, banks, and stores will be closed.

10 April – Curaçao International Film Festival

Save the dates! We are delighted to announce the confirmed dates for the 2nd-anniversary edition of the Curacao International Film Festival (CIFF) in 2024. Please mark your calendars for April 10th to April 14th, 2024.

27 April – Kingsday

Join the celebration on April 27 for King’s Day! Expect street fairs, games, and entertainment in downtown Willemstad. Wear orange—the color of the Dutch Royal Family—to join the fun!

1 May – Labor Day / May Day

May 1 is Labor Day, a public holiday in many countries. It honors workers, and most businesses and schools are closed.

9 May – Asscension Day

Ascension Day, 40 days after Easter, commemorates Jesus’ ascension into heaven. It’s a public holiday, so most businesses and schools are closed.

20 June – June Solstice (season)

Experience the June solstice, the northernmost point the Sun reaches in the Northern Hemisphere. Afterward, it starts moving south again.

2 July – Flag Day (Dia di Bandera)

Celebrate Dia di Bandera on July 2 to honor the flag, national anthem, and heritage. The day includes rituals and events, ending with a musical event on Brionplein with ERA Outentiko Reforsa.

27 Augustus – Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

The Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival has been a prominent event on the island’s entertainment calendar for years. This vibrant celebration welcomes some of the jazz industry’s most prominent international stars every year, turning the island into a musical paradise for the final weekend of August.

22 September – September Equinox (season)

The September equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator, usually on September 22, 23, or 24. It’s the official start of a new season!

10 October – Curaçao Day (Dia di Pais)

Celebrate Curaçao’s independence on October 10! It became an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 10-10-10.

21 December – December Solstice (season)

Experience the December solstice, the southernmost point the Sun reaches in the Southern Hemisphere. Afterward, it starts moving north again.

25 December – First Christmas Day

Celebrate Christmas on December 25 with festive traditions, family gatherings, and the spirit of giving. Most offices, banks, and stores will be closed.

26 December – Second Christmas Day (Boxing Day)

Continue the Christmas festivities on the second day with more fun, delicious leftovers, and perhaps more gift-giving. It’s a public holiday, so most businesses and schools are closed.

31 December – New Year’s Eve

End the year with a bang on New Year’s Eve! Join the countdown, watch fireworks light up the sky, and welcome the new year with hope and excitement. Celebrate at different locations on the island!

 

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