Excitement is building in the Cayman Islands for the 40th Anniversary of the “Cayman Islands Pirates Week Festival” taking place Nov. 9-13. The national festival is one of many events that take place annually in the destination. Adding to the allure of the Cayman Islands, the festival and other events may be just what agents need to influence some bookings and close incremental sales.
A Pirate Invasion
A highlight of Pirates Week is when the “pirates” invade from the sea in Hog Sty Bay in George Town harbor on Grand Cayman. The five-day event also includes music, street dances, competitions, games, traditional dishes and drinks, a Pirate Pooch Parade, a children’s fun day, teen dance, two parades, sporting events for all ages, and fireworks displays. The 40th celebration marks a change to the annual event from an 11-day to a five-day festival. It also combines with
the annual district Heritage Days, with all five of Grand Cayman’s district representatives in one place with their own booths. Cayman Brac celebrates Pirates Week on Nov. 3 to 5 with its own dance, parade and farewell lunch. The festivities continue on Little Cayman on Nov. 17 to 19 with a pirate’s welcome party, the annual parade, fireworks and farewell barbeque.
After the Pirates
If clients can’t make Pirates Week in November there are other opportunities for special events that can be experienced during a visit to the Cayman Islands. Clients seeking to challenge themselves can participate in the Cayman Islands Intertrust Marathon on Dec. 3, where they can run through George Town, along the water and flora and fauna of the island. Registration in the event includes the Runners Carb Loading Pasta Party as well as the Finishers Party after the marathon.
Foodies can head to Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for the annual Cayman Cookout on Jan. 11 to 14, 2018 for tastings, demonstrations, tours, and dinners. Host Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and Jose Andrés are among
the invited chefs. The Taste of Cayman at Caymana Bay takes place on Jan. 27, 2018 and features samplings from Grand Cayman’s many restaurants, with live music and fireworks.
Spring festivals include the Caribbean tradition of Batabano on May 2 to 6, 2018 with music, dance, street parades for adults and children, and costumes. Both international and local films are shown during the annual Cayman International Film Festival, CayFilm, taking place June 29 to July 2, 2018. It also includes panel discussions on the film industry.
For more information on these and other events, visit the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism Calendar page.