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
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
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
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 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 8 – 12 and 13 – 18 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
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
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.
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.
20⁄20 Cricket Match in Honour of the RT Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers
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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