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As the New Year has rolled over Curacao is all set to host its Tumba Festival from January 23 – 27, 2023 at the Curaçao Festival Center, Willemstad, Curacao.

About Tumba Festival

The Tumba Festival is one of the largest musical events in Curaçao and the main highlight event of the Curaçao Carnival which will be held in February. During the Tumba Festival, numerous artists compete to win the coveted title of Rei di Tumba (Tumba King/Queen) and make their Tumba (song) the official anthem of this year’s Carnival.

Curaçao Carnival History

Curaçao’s Carnival is one of the largest and longest-lasting Carnival spectacles in the Caribbean. The Curaçao Carnival celebration was an initiative of several Venezuelan citizens who lived here temporarily. The festivities took place in a private elite club, according to “De Curaçaosche Courant” in 1901.

Oral History Sources indicate that “The Jolly Fellows Society” was considered the driving force behind the development of celebrating carnival on the streets for the first time in 1947.

Getting to Curaçao for the Tumba Festival

Looking for Flights to Curacao for the Tumba Festival?  Search on Expedia for round trips from JFK or Miami International. You can also book your hotel stay as a package deal!

Today’s Deal: 

Book with Expedia for a 5 nights stay from January 21 – 26, 2023 at City Suites & Beach Hotel for just US$1077 per person. This includes return airfare from Miami, accommodation, taxes and fees.

Other Caribbean Events in January 2023

Can’t make it to Curaçao for this year’s Tumba Festival? Here are some other events being held in the Caribbean this month to help you get away:

  • St. Barths Music Festival, St. Barths from January 6 to 18, 2023
  • Cinévision Sud Film Festival, Guadeloupe from January 13 to 20, 2023
  • Novilla Festiva, Puerto Rico on January 15, 2023
  • Rebel Salute Reggae Festival, Jamaica from January 20 to 21, 2023
  • 38th International Jazz Plaza Festival, Cuba from January 22 to 29, 2023
  • Bequia Music Festival, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines from January 25 to 29, 2023
  • Mustique Blues Festival, Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines from January 25 to February 8, 2023
  • Puerto Rico Jazz Jam, Puerto Rico from January 27 to 28, 2023

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