Barbados is known as the cultural capital of the Caribbean, and the island hosts some of the region's most popular and best known events and festivals. World famous musicians perform at the annual Barbados Jazz Festival, Gospelfest and during Holder's Season, while the Crop Over Festival and the Oistins Fish Festival are cultural events not to be missed.
Barbados didn’t choose us, we chose Barbados. Some of our most cherished memories are enjoying informal and comfortable summers at Tanglewood, digging into picnics at Wolf Trap and The Mann, dancing at The Proms in Hyde Park, and breaking open container laws by uncorking champagne at the New York Philharmonic in Central Park. These experiences not only fostered a love for classical music, but their pops seasons indulged our appreciation for pop-star collaborations, crossover classical music, jazz, opera, and film composers that formed our modern musical influences. The fall and spring seasons in symphony halls are phenomenal, of course, but the “feel” is not the same. We longed for the summer seasons and didn’t want to wait nine months to satisfy that longing. So we decided to create a winter home. After three years of exhaustive searching, we found it.
Held in the original English settlement on Barbados, the Holetown Festival commemorates the original landing by the colonists with street fairs, parades, military demonstrations and concerts, with music ranging from gospel to calypso.
Held over two weeks in late February and early March, the Caribbean's top cultural festival features a dizzying array of performances, from Shakespearean drama to gospel and blues music and comedy shows. The 17th-century Holder's House, a historic plantation home, hosts the annual festival.
Oistins Fish Festival
This festival on the south coast of the island honors those who are part of the Barbados’ fishing industry with calypso and reggae music and traditional Bajan fare like fish cakes, fried fish and souse (a kind of pickled pork).
The Caribbean's leading showcase for international, regional and local gospel talent features bands and singers from around the world. This family-oriented festival is held at venues throughout Barbados over a week in mid-May with a mixture of free and paid events.
Crop Over Festival
The annual Barbados Crop Over Festival runs from May to August and is the highlight of the island's annual social calendar. The festival has its roots in celebrations of sugar-cane harvests dating back to the 18th century, and today includes calypso concerts, carnival parades, marketplaces selling goods and food, and the crowning of a festival king and queen. The Crop Over Festival culminates in August with the Grand Kadooment -- a huge carnival parade with spectacular costumes and calypso music that ends at the beach in true Caribbean style.
Information about festivals in Barbados was taken from, http://gocaribbean.about.com/od/attractions/tp/Barbadostopevents.htm