13 Things to do in the Month of July

In the month of July, the Crop Over fes­tiv­i­ties and events will be in full swing in Bar­ba­dos. Con­certs, Fetes, Tent nights as well as the much antic­i­pated Calypso com­pe­ti­tions are all events to look for­ward to this month.

Crop Over Events

Here are the biggest Crop Over Events in July in chrono­log­i­cal order:

Fri­day July 1st

Phe­nom­e­nal Friday
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The first day in July kicks off with the semi-​finals of the Party Monarch and Sweet Soca Com­pe­ti­tions, and for the first time, the inau­gural Bash­ment Soca Com­pe­ti­tion Finals. See Barbados’s best soca and calypso artistes vie for a spot in the final of the festival’s two pre­mier com­pe­ti­tions, as well as for the cov­eted titled of first ever win­ner of the Bash­ment Soca Com­pe­ti­tion. Start time: 9:30 pm at Kens­ing­ton Oval.

Fri­day July 8th

Pan Fusion

Fri­day July 8th at the Ilaro Court will fea­ture Pan Fusion, a jazz and steel pan con­cert hosted by the NCF as part of the Crop Over Fes­ti­val Sea­son. Start time is 8pm with pan being such an inte­gral aspect of crop over cel­e­bra­tions over the past few years, this is a “do not miss” event.

Sat­ur­day July 9th

Speight­stown Mar­ket & Pan Around De Town

Speight­stown is the place to be on July 9th for those who want to expe­ri­ence and entire day of fun, enter­tain­ment, and a show­case of arts and craft in Bar­ba­dos. This event will fea­ture a Farm­ers Mar­ket, an Art Fair on the Jetty and cul­mi­nate with a steel pan con­cert. Start time: 10am.

Sun­day July 10th

Pan Pun De Sand
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The biggest Steel Pan event dur­ing the Crop Over Sea­son is Pan Pun de Sand, held every year on Bran­dons Beach, Spring Gar­den. This year, Pan Pun De Sand will be held on July 10th from 3pm, with a vari­ety of Bar­ba­dian and Trinida­dian pan groups set to per­form. The event promises to be “4 times the steel, 4 times the soca and 4 times the sweetness”.

Sun­day July 17th

Soca on De Hill
One of the most antic­i­pated Crop Over con­certs is Soca on de Hill, held every July at Far­ley Hill National Park in St. Peter. This year’s per­form­ers include: Ted­dyson John, Lyrikal (from Trinidad), Ricardo Drue, Red Plas­tic Bag, Patrice Roberts, Skinny Fab­u­lous and Lil Rick. Patrons have the choice of spend­ing the day in the Gen­eral Park Arena, with easy access to food and refresh­ments, or, spend the day get­ting the VIP treat­ment in the Pre­mium All Inclu­sive Zone, where world renowned chefs will pre­pare spe­cial meals and pre­mium drinks. In addi­tion to this, per­sons in this zone will be treated to spe­cial cock­tails, give­aways, desserts and other freebies.

Sat­ur­day July 23rd

Junior Kadoo­ment

Junior Kadoo­ment pro­vides the kids the oppor­tu­nity to shine as it is the smaller (lit­er­ally) ver­sion of Grand Kadoo­ment, minus the street parade. Start time: 9am. Venue: National Sta­dium, Waterford.

Junior Monarch Finals

Like Junior Kadoo­ment, the Junior Monarch gives the younger gen­er­a­tion the oppor­tu­nity to shine. This com­pe­ti­tion pro­vides a glimpse into the soca and calypso future of Bar­ba­dos. This year, there will be 8 con­tes­tants each in the 812 and 1318 cat­e­gory. Start time: 7 pm Venue: 3Ws Amphithe­atre, Kens­ing­ton Oval.

Sun­day July 24th

Bat­tle Soca Royale

Hav­ing had Phe­nom­e­nal Fri­day to whet your appetite for some sweet Soca and calypso, the Bat­tle Soca Royale is the grand finale of the Sweet Soca Monarch and the Party Monarch com­pe­ti­tions. This year, the pre-​show will begin at 3pm on July 24th, but the main com­pe­ti­tion will com­mence at 6:30pm. Venue: Bushy Park St. Phillip.

Fri­day July 29th

Fore­day Morn­ing Jam
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This street party com­mences at 11pm and con­tin­ues right into the wee hours of the morn­ing, with thou­sands of rev­ellers jam­ming behind large music trucks. Rev­ellers paint and mud them­selves and their friends in com­plete rev­elry as they enjoy par­ty­ing in the cool atmos­phere of the early morn­ing hours. It begins from three start points: The BTI Car Park, Lower Bay Street, The Carlisle Car Park, by the old heli­pad and The BIDC, Trevor’s Way, before cul­mi­nat­ing at Spring Garden.

Fri­day July 29th – August 2nd

Bridgetown Mar­ket

The last three days in July fea­ture the pop­u­lar Bridgetown Mar­ket, Bar­ba­dos’ biggest Street Fair. Bridgetown mar­ket is the ideal place to lime amidst the sweet sounds of soca and calypso, and ven­dors will have a myr­iad of items on sale includ­ing food and drinks, toys, arts and crafts. It is a cul­tural extrav­a­ganza for the entire fam­ily. Start time: 12pm Venue: Spring Gar­den Highway.

Sat­ur­day July 30th

Pic O De Crop Finals
One of the biggest calypso com­pe­ti­tions in Bar­ba­dos is Pic-​O-​De Crop, were many sea­soned and new Calyp­so­ni­ans vie for the cov­eted Calypso Monarch crown. Start time: 8pm Venue: Kens­ing­ton Oval.

Gen­eral Events

For those look­ing for events and acti­vates to attend out­side of the Crop Over Fes­tiv­i­ties, here are a few choices:

Char­ity Extrav­a­ganza & Cos­tume Fanfare

This fam­ily fun day will be held at the Deighton Grif­fith School from 10am to 8pm. There will be lots of enter­tain­ment for the entire fam­ily to enjoy and games and other attrac­tions for the chil­dren. The Cos­tume Fan­fare will take the form of a cos­tume parade around the school grounds, and is expected to take place from 3pm. Chil­dren will dress in cos­tumers pro­mot­ing the 4 wish cat­e­gories of the Pre­cious Touch Foun­da­tion (the spon­sors of the event): I wish to go, I wish to have, I wish to be and I wish to meet.

Miss Plus Size Diva Barbados

On Sun­day July 3rd, the inau­gural Miss Plus Size Diva will be held at the Lloyd Ersk­ine San­di­ford Cen­tre from 6pm. Sup­port seven big, beau­ti­ful and curvy women of Bar­ba­dos, who will com­pete in 5 seg­ments: tal­ent, swimwear, lin­gerie, for­mal wear and ques­tion and answer.

Spe­cial Mention

2020 Cricket Match in Hon­our of the RT Excel­lent Sir Garfield Sobers
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As part of the 50th anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, there will be a T20 cricket match in hon­our of Bar­ba­dos sole liv­ing national hero, The Right Excel­lent Sir Garfield Sobers.

July is one of the most antic­i­pated months in the year, and there­fore, there is no short­age of events to attend to be a part of one of the Caribbean’s biggest festival!

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