It’s a new year and the Bahamas is starting the year off right with quite a few events in the month of January.
As the world is trying to navigate how best to move forward throughout Covid 19, the Bahamas is doing everything possible to keep their guests and residence safe throughout all events.
The islands bring in the New Year in style with their annual Junkanoo parade.
The Junkanoo parade is one that is unique to only the Bahamas. It is a festival filled with music and beautifully colored costumes.
Comparatively, the only thing that could be somewhat of a close resemblance, would be Carnival in South America and Mardi Gras in the United States.
The origin of this unique festival is unknown, although there is a legend that it started when a West African Prince, John Canoe, demanded to be able to celebrate with his people when he was forced into slavery and brought to the West Indies.
(You can learn more about the history of Junkanoo from the Bahamas official government website.)
You can find the parade on the following islands: Nassau & Paradise Island, the Abacos, the Exumas, the Berry Islands, Andros, Acklins & Crooked Island, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera & Harbour Island, Grand Bahama Island, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador.
Doja Cat Live
Doja Cat is a three-time Grammy-nominated American singer, songwriter, and producer that is very well known for her songs via social media platforms such as TikTok.
She will be performing live at Atlantis in their Royal Deck overlooking Paradise Beach.
Event details can be found here.
Nassau’s Finest Sunday Brunch
For all the foodies out there, this one is for you!
Every Sunday, Dune hosts brunch for both locals and resort guests.
This French-Asian five-star restaurant is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Bahamas. Led by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges, you will enjoy “an imaginative blend of French-Asian cuisine with a seafood twist and a dash of Bahamian spice.” -Fourseasons.com
Dune is located at The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort. For more info, visit their site here.
Island Boyz Grill Out
Island Boyz is a catering company that serves a variety of local Bahamian foods throughout different parts of the island.
According to Bahamas.com, “Serving lunch and dinner, meals include jerk chicken and pork, grilled fish, shrimp, and steak with side dishes such as fried dumplings and macaroni. You can also get local delicacies like conch fritters and conch salad, plus beer and wine and a variety of fruit daiquiris and soft drinks.”
This event is held weekly every Friday. However, as their location is always changing, you will have to contact Island Boyz Catering directly:
Mr. Lavando Storr
Shaken, Not Stirred At The Martini Bar
Calling all James Bond fans!
A little James Bond trivia for you: In the 2006 film Casino Royal, where was he drinking his world-famous Vesper Martini? If you guessed The Martini Bar at The Ocean Club, you’d be correct!
As the name suggests, The Martini Bar is THE spot to get your martini fix. But that’s not all. With unique culinary pairings to enhance your martini experience, you too can feel like the mysterious suave James Bond.
More details can be found on their official website.
Fish Fry At Anchor Bay
Who doesn’t love donating to a good cause, especially when those donations involve Fried Fish!
Every Friday night at Anchor Bay in Governor’s Harbor, the Governor’s Harbour Development Association holds a fish fry for locals and tourists alike.
The best part? All of the proceeds go towards various projects within the community.
For more info, please call (242) 332-2467.
Runners of all levels! Are you ready to lace up your running shoes and hit the track again!?
Lead sponsors of Marathon Bahamas, Sunshine Insurance, is proud to host Nassau’s 13th annual running of the marathon, half marathon, and relay event in its 10th partnership with The Susan B. Kolman Bahama’s Race For A Cure 5K.
However, as the world has changed in the past 2 years, this year’s event will be held VIRTUALLY.
Yes, this will be the marathon’s 2nd virtual event. You will be able to participate as both a spectator and racer in the comfort of your own home (or your local running space of choice)!
Check out the details on Marathon Bahamas Official Website.
Majority Rule Day
Majority Rule Day is considered one of the most important events in the history of the Bahamas.
This holiday signifies “the promise of equality, a level playing field, and fair play for all Bahamians.” -Bahamas.com
Great Exuma Classic
First up at the Kron Ferry Golf Tour: The Great Exuma Classic.
This golf tournament will be played at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course.
More details can be found here.
Great Abaco Classic
Next up after the Great Exuma Classic comes the Great Abaco Classic on the same Korn Ferry Golf Tour.
Located at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, this event is sure to be as promising as the week before.
Event details can be found here.
People-To-People Tea Party
People-to-People is a free program that the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism offers to all of their guests (if they so choose).
This program pairs locals with tourists in order to help deepen outsider’s experience with the rich history of the Bahamas and Bahamian culture.
That being said, this sponsored event will be held on the last Friday of each month (January-May, October, and November) at the historic Government House in Nassau.
Hosted by many prominent Bahamian women, the tea party will feature live music, fashion shows, locally made sandwiches and pastries, and more.
For more information on this event, please contact [email protected] or call (242) 302-2000.
For more info on the People-to-People program, please visit the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism website.