There are none!
After researching this topic, there is one thing I know for sure. Most Jamaica events calendars are woefully inaccurate.
Many popular websites still list events that have long been abandoned or happened in the distant past. Outdated websites and inactive Facebook pages are not uncommon.
Additionally, except for the large shows that draw an international crowd, most of the events are not well publicized and neither are they advertised far enough in advance.
It takes some serious sleuthing to find out about those hidden local gems. The good news is that we have done the hard work for you!
That said, If you are planning your vacation around a specific event, make sure you double-check the dates, ideally with the organizers, before confirming your travel plans. Also, realize that sometimes events are canceled if ticket sales are poor.
The almost week-long event is held in various places around Jamaica – Runaway Bay, Ocho Rios, Portland, and Kingston. What all events have in common is jazz, and lots of it, featuring both local and international bands.
Date: May 28 – June 4, 2017. The 2018 dates have not yet been announced.
Location: multiple locations in Jamaica
The event promotes established and emerging designers from the Caribbean and the rest of the world. There is a gala, runway shows, and after-parties to tickle the fancy of fashionistas. Grammy Award-winning R&B star, Ashanti, will be a special guest at Caribbean Fashion Week 2017. Past performers include Brian Mc Knight, Nia Long, Beenie Man, Maxi Priest, Mavado, and Kelly Rowland.
Athletes from all over the world gather in June to compete in various sports – triple and high jump, 400 meters, shot put, hurdles, as well as track and field. The theme for 2017, “Salute a Legend” is in honor of Usain Bolt as he runs his last competitive race in Jamaica.
The GATFFEST Film Festival, formerly the Greater August Town Film Festival, emerged from an effort to create an outlet for graduates of the Community Film Project of the University of the West Indies to showcase their work. Since the inaugural event in 2013, the festival has grown to include both local and international submissions.
This is 10 nights of films from all around the world as well as workshops for aspiring filmmakers.
This annual event is hosted by the Jamaica Cancer Society to both raise awareness for cancer and cancer survivors and to raise funds. Highlights of the event include the opening ceremony, usually held at 6 pm on the first day of the event. There is a very moving candlelight ceremony that occurs at 10 pm when luminaria light the night and the names of cancer victims and survivors are read out loud. The Kingston Relay for Life event is usually held in June.
Date: June 17 – 18, 2017 (postponed to July 1-2, 2017 due to weather) Dates for 2018 have not yet been announced.
Location: Police Officer’s Club, 34 Hope Road, Kingston
There is always some fruit in season in Jamaica. Betcha never heard of some of these! Go should try some of these exotic goodies while you are in Jamaica. They will certainly taste better there than if you try to source them overseas.
May is the beginning of Mango Season. We do not have Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. We have mango season. Every Jamaican looks forward to mango season.
This fruit softens as it ripens at which point it is easily broken to reveal white flesh covering black seeds. This fruit can be relied on to the sweet. It has a custard-like texture but is not as grainy as custard apples. Fruits bear in April to July. To enjoy this delicacy, you have to suck the flesh off the seeds. Don’t even bother trying to be elegant about it.
Did you know that in 1886, 1000 pineapple plants were sent to Hawaii to help improve the quality of their stock? Surprisingly, Jamaica’s pineapple industry never really got off the ground. The local sugar pine is incredibly sweet but is equally expensive.
This fruit (or vegetable) was responsible for all that commotion with Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty.
This very versatile fruit is a staple in the Jamaican diet. Many believe that this high protein plant has the potential to end world hunger.
It is most abundant during June through August. It is eaten roasted, boiled or fried in the manner of rice or potatoes. There are even drink recipes using breadfruit.
Roasted or fried breadfruit is a great accompaniment to ackee and saltfish for breakfast or with jerk anything for lunch.
We all want perfect weather conditions on our vacations. The reality is that nature has its own agenda. Here is a guide as to historical weather conditions in the Discovery Bay – Braco area during June in Jamaica.
On average, there are 3002 hours of sunshine per year in Jamaica out of a possible 4383 hours. The sunniest months are January through April, as well as July and August.
Average amount of bright sunshine per day in June: 7hrs
Average amount of daylight per day in June: ~13hrs
Sunrise: between 5:33 and 5:37 am
Sunset: between 6:43 and 6:50 pm
Northeasterly trade winds keep the coastal areas cool with island temperatures averaging around 71-88°F year round. Nevertheless, there aren’t wide variations in temperature across the island.
Temperatures do tend to be lower in the mountainous areas such as in the Blue Mountains. Temperatures decrease by about 1°F for every 300ft increase in elevation. The plains such as in Kingston and the more flat and arid southern areas of the island, such as Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth, are hotter.
The warmest months in Jamaica are July and August with average maximum temperature of about 89-90°F. The coolest months are December through February with maximum temperatures of about 84.
Average maximum daytime temperature in Discovery Bay – Braco area in Jamaica in June is about 84°F/29°C.
Average minimum temperature is around 70°F/21°C.
How much rain can you expect? It varies.
Traditionally, the rainy periods are April and May/June and again October to November/December. June and July are generally the driest months. February and March are also traditionally dry months too. This pattern does vary from year to year with much more variability noted in recent years.
The amount of rainfall and the frequency of showers or days of rain can vary quite a bit in Jamaica, even in nearby towns. For example, there could be significant rainfall in the town of Discovery Bay with hardly a rain drop in our area, five minutes drive away. In general, the more north-eastern sections of Jamaica gets the most rain. These areas would represent areas east of Ocho Rios and on into Portland, where rainfall averages can be significant.
Rain in Jamaica often is at night or early mornings. Sometimes, rain comes on during the daytime in short quick spurts only to disappear just as quickly as it came. In the rainy period, there can be several consecutive days of rain.
On average, there are about 12 days with some rainfall during the month of June.
Average monthly rainfall in June is about 4.3 inches for the month. Discovery Bay area gets less rain than Ocho Rios.
If there are heavy rains, on-river activities, such as river rafting, might be canceled due to high water levels or rapid rivers. Water clarity could also be affected depending on how much rain occurred in the mountains.
The sea is warmest during July through October. Average sea water temperature in Discovery Bay in May is about 82°F/28°C.
May is not in hurricane season.
Hurricane season is June 1 – November 30.
Tropical storm risk is historically less than 1% of the month of June.
June is low season. Hotel rates go down in low season.
June is a fairly busy time for arrivals in Jamaica. The five busiest months for arrivals at Montego Bay’s airport are March, June, July, August, and December, with July being especially busy. This makes sense as it coincides with many holidays, including school holidays. September, October, and November see the fewest number of arrivals every year. Hint, those are great months to snag deals!
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
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