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Barbados Crop Over Festival

August 7, 2023 - August 14, 2023

Prepare to immerse yourself in the rhythms, colors, and cultural delights of the Barbados Crop Over Festival, the island’s most anticipated and vibrant celebration of the year. Rooted in centuries of tradition, this annual festival brings together locals and visitors from around the world for a month-long extravaganza of music, dance, food, and folklore. From June to August, the island of Barbados comes alive with a contagious energy, as communities unite to honor their heritage and revel in the spirit of togetherness.

A Celebration of Heritage:

The Crop Over Festival has deep historical significance for Barbadians, dating back to the colonial era when the sugar cane harvest marked a time of jubilation and rest for workers. Today, the festival has evolved into a joyous expression of the island’s cultural identity, with various events and activities paying homage to the resilience and creativity of its people.

The Opening Gala:

The festivities kick off in June with the Crop Over Opening Gala, a glamorous event that sets the stage for the upcoming month of revelry. Attendees dress to the nines and gather at stunning venues to enjoy live performances by local artists, sample delectable Bajan cuisine, and witness the unveiling of the festival’s colorful theme.

Pic-O-De-Crop Finals:

At the heart of the Crop Over Festival is the Pic-O-De-Crop competition, a fiercely contested calypso competition featuring the island’s most talented calypsonians. The calypso music is an essential aspect of Barbadian culture, and this event brings both seasoned and up-and-coming artists together to entertain the audience with witty and socially relevant lyrics.

Cohobblopot – The Party of the Year:

In the lead-up to the Grand Kadooment parade, Cohobblopot serves as a prelude to the main event. This energetic party showcases the best in Soca and Calypso music, with live performances that ignite the crowd and keep everyone dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Grand Kadooment – The Spectacular Finale:

The pinnacle of the Crop Over Festival is Grand Kadooment, a dazzling spectacle that takes place on the first Monday of August. This colorful street parade is a vibrant showcase of creative costumes, pulsating music, and spirited dancing as revelers march through the streets of Bridgetown and beyond. Bands and groups compete for the coveted title of “Band of the Year,” with each ensemble portraying a unique theme that captivates the imagination.

Delights of Bajan Cuisine:

Throughout the festival, food plays a central role, with local vendors serving up traditional Bajan dishes that tantalize the taste buds. From flying fish and cou-cou to mouthwatering barbecues and sweet treats like tamarind balls and coconut turnovers, the diverse flavors of Barbadian cuisine are readily available for all to enjoy.


The Barbados Crop Over Festival is an unparalleled celebration of culture, heritage, and unity. As the island comes alive with the infectious spirit of camaraderie, music, and dance, visitors are invited to join in the festivities and experience the warmth of Bajan hospitality. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or returning to relive the magic, the Crop Over Festival promises an unforgettable journey through the heart and soul of Barbados.

  • Location: Barbados, Bridgetown
  • Date: August 7 to August 14 2023
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August 7, 2023
August 14, 2023
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