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The main annual event in the British Virgin Islands is a two-week festival in August commemorating the 1834 Emancipation Act, which abolished slavery. You will find many dances, parades performances and Caribbean food stalls on the streets at this time of year. Also during the same month is a horse race held on Tortola, which is well attended by locals and foreigners alike.
Due to the beautiful beaches and calm waters surrounding the Islands, there are many regattas and boating competitions throughout the year. Most of them are yacht club-sponsored events held on Tortola and accompanied by various forms of entertainment such as barbeques and musical performances.
In August, there is the Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta, which celebrates the different cultures of the Islands with a county fair sort of atmosphere, with plenty of food and drink.
The best place to spend New Year’s Eve is on the island of Jost van Dyke, particularly at Foxy’s Bar. The place hosts an Old Year’s Party to ring in the New Year like no other place in the Islands can do. Local and guests entertainers provide live music until sunrise; a Caribbean-style barbeque is served on the beach while a swankier sit-down dinner with open bar is available upstairs, but make reservations early as spots fill up quickly.
Full Moon Parties at Trellis Bay. If you are lucky to be in BVI during when the Full Moon rises, don't miss Trellis Bay's Full Moon Party with the fire sculptures by Aragorn's Studio. Stunning!
For nightlife and festival information, check out www.bvimusic.com