Anguilla News

Calendar For Anguilla   Site Map   Click to enlarge pictures

[Click for larger view of Carnival 97] Here is what's happening in Anguilla, month by month, with scheduled events and those that happened at the same time last year. And there are web links to more information about the events. Most of the fun festivals and events are locally generated and organized - they are part of the culture of the island, not staged just for tourists. If you are fortunate enough to be here when an event is on, by all means attend--you will be welcome and have a fun and unique experience.

Local shows and fund raisers are often announced at the last minute and do not make it onto this web page. Most such activities are announced on Radio Anguilla (1505 AM, 95.5 FM). Many public events such as boat races occur on public holidays.

To add an event to this calendar, send email to [email protected], fax to 264-497-3295, or snail-mail to Box 931, Anguilla.

Year 2004

Carnival: July 29-August 8 - Click for schedule

Year 2003 Scheduled Events

Moonsplash 2003: March 14-16th

5th Annual Optimist Triathlon: April 6th

Carnival 2003: August 2nd-10th

Tranquility Jazz Festival: November 14 - 16, 2003

Year 2002 Scheduled Events

Community Foundation Fund Raiser, January 31, Johnnos.

Pottery Course, February 25-March 1. 497-2949.

St Gerards West Indian Garden Party, Feb 9.

Cultural Festival: Feb 17-24

Festival Del Mar - February 22-24.

Flower and Garden Show - March 2-3.

Busta Cup Cricket. Barbados vs Leeward Islands. March 1-4, 2002

Moonsplash 2002. March 22-24, For details, visit

Year 2001 Scheduled Events

Thursday August 2 to Sunday August 12. Carnival and Boat Racing: Summer Festival. New web site has information:

Year 2000 Scheduled Events

Aug 4-Aug 13. Summer Festival: carnival and boat racing. (Note: the Art Festival is every other year, so look for it in 2001.)

Sun July 30. Miss Anguilla Swimsuit Competition, 6:30 pm, Carnival Village.

Queen's Birthday.Monday, June 19, 2000. Public Holiday.

Caricom Day. Monday, July 3, 2000. Public Holiday.

Whit Monday. June 12, 2000. Public Holiday.

Anguilla Day. Tuesday, May 30, 2000. Public Holiday.

Labour Day Dance. May 1, 2000. One minute after midnite. 1-264-497-5297.

Flower and Garden Show. April 29-30, 2000. Read about last year's show..

Easter Monday Boat Race. April 24, 2000. View the 1998 race.

Annual Optimist Triathlon. April 9, 2000.

Moonsplash March 17-18, 2000. The 10th annual Moonsplash music festival and all-around beach party has been announced. According to recording artist Bankie Banx, festival founder and host performer, Moonsplash 2000, will coincide with the first full moon in March, and again be held at Banx's legendary Dune Preserve.

St Gerards Garden Party. This fabulous night of dining, drinking and dancing, with music by Sprocka, is March 11, 2000. Read about last year's party: Click Here.

4th International Financial Cryptography Conference. February 21-24, 2000. Web site.

Le St-Clair, Anguilla: Wahoo Fishing Tournament. Sunday February 20, 2000.

A wahoo

Tournament Registration: In Anguilla, phone Normand, at (264) 497-5579. In St-Martin, phone Maurice, Au Bouchon restaurant, at 590-29 20 90. Tournament fee: US$100 per boat. The three PRIZES for this friendly tournament are:
  1. Biggest weight in Wahoo. $200 + Trophy
  2. Biggest Wahoo. $200 + Trophy
  3. Second biggest weight in Wahoo. $100
Lunch and Music: Starting at 1:00 pm a buffet lunch with Ribs and Chicken will be served for tournament participants, their guests and the general public. Price US$20 include food and drinks (Rum Punch and Beer). Music by local band (Dumpa), from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
Le St-Clair location is just east of the commercial dock at Sandy Grounds. Boats intending to fish in Anguilla waters should have their fishing licenses.

Silent Auction to Benefit Wallblake House.

When: Saturday February 19, 2000, 6pm until 10pm
Where: Paradise Cove Resort
Who: Everyone
Other Details: hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, no admittance fee, over 100 items up for bid (pieces of art, boat trips, hotel stays, villa rentals, restaurant visits); all for a good cause;
Contact: Matt or Monica Trimble at 497-4511 or at [email protected] with items to donate to auction or questions.
Read about last year's fabulous auction: Click Here.

Soroptomist Valentine Fair: Feb 12 Noon until 5pm. Grounds of the Governor's house, Old Ta.

Winners of Art Competition, Feb 8. Three international judges will be here for the occasion and the winners are to be announced at a cocktail party at Malliouhana Hotel, starting at 5.30 p.m. price US $10.00.

Classical Music Jan 23rd. Talented musicians in Anguilla for special performance, sponsored by the Anguilla Community Foundation: Two young professional musicians will be in Anguilla on January 23 to present a concert at the Bethel Methodist Church. The classical concert is being organized by the Anguilla Community Foundation and funds raised will be for the work of the Foundation in Anguilla.

American violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn will be performing, along with Estela Kersenbaum-Olevsky, Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts, on the piano. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Bach and Tchaikovsky as well as three Cuban dances and two tangos for piano solo by the talented Argentinean pianist.

Elizabeth began to play the violin at the age of three in 1976. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Southern California and she worked extensively with the renowned Robert Lipsett. She has won acclaim as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician both in the United States and abroad. She made her solo orchestra debut at the age of fourteen and has since performed with orchestra concertos by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mozart and others.

The Community Foundation Board members are hoping that Anguillians, residents and tourists will take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear these professional musicians and attend the concert on the evening of January 23. Tickets are available at Keene Enterprises, the Anguilla Drug Store, Devonish Art Gallery and from members of the Board.

Further information from Brenda Carty. Telephone: 1-264-497 3138 or Leroy Martinez, Tel: 497 4293

Police Week, Jan 22-29. Tickets for the Annual Police Week Supper and Dance, scheduled for Saturday, 29th January, 2000, are US$20 (EC$53). Dress is Formal (suit and tie). Place: House of Chandeliers. This culminates a week of activities, which in past years has included a fashion show, a performance of the police choir, a block party, and more. This year there is even a beauty contest featuring police offers from many islands.

Pastels Art Class. If you are coming to Anguilla for the winter, or you live here, you might be interested in this note from Paula Walden (email: [email protected]):

Pastels art class beginning Thursday, Jan 20 at 10 am. The classes will run once a week for 10 weeks and cost $100 US. Experienced artist and teacher will be teaching this class. If you are interested please call me at 1-264-497 3838

Lynne Bernbaum Showing of new art works is scheduled for January 1,2000 at the new Devonish Gallery in West End (across the street from Cheddie's Carving Studio).

Events from Previous Years

1999 Activities:

Jan 1.. 10 KM Run with runners from USVI, BVI and Eastern Caribbean. Starts at noon.
Jan 7-30. African Beadwork Exhibition at the Devonish Gallery,by Joyce Griffiths and Carrolle Fair Perry.
Jan 18-28: Anguilla Stamp Expo at the Post Office. Mon-Sat, 8am - 3:30pm.
Jan 22-25. Busta Cup International Cricket Match. Barbados vs Leedwards. Ronald Webster Park.
Jan 24-30. Police Week, including Fashion Show/bbq on Mon, Song Festival at St Marys on Tue, Culural Programme on Wed, Fun Day and Dominos on Thurs, Block-A-Rama on Fri, Dinner and Dance on Sat.
Jan 28-30. Agricultural Fair in The Valley on road to Koal Keel.
Jan 30-Feb 19. Virginia Hobart show at Devonish Gallery.

1998 Activities:

Jan 1. New Year's Day: public holiday. The final day of the Christmas Season. Family gatherings and beach picnics. Boat race at Sandy Ground.
Jan 9. Red Stripe Cricket Match.
Jan 9-10. Arts Festival climax at Sonesta. Judging contest. Cocktail party. Art show. Auction.
Jan 9,10,11. Play at Ruthwill auditorium. 8pm. US$8.
Jan 9-29. Suzy Doyle Webster, show at Savannah Gallery.
Jan 17-Feb 5. Jane Walker, show at Devonish Gallery.
Jan 26. Police Week Fashion Show, 8pm at Police Recreation Hall.
Jan 27. Police Choir Concert, 7:30pm at St. Mary's Anglican Church.
Jan 28. Cultural Programme, 8pm at Police Recreation Hall.
Jan 29. Police Week Sports Meet, 1pm at Coronation Ball Park.
Jan 29. Police Musical Fete, 8pm at Police Recr. Hall.
Jan 30-31. Agriculture Fair.
Jan 30. Block-o-Rama Dance, 8pm in front of Police Recr. Hall.
Jan 31. Police Dinner and Dance, 7:30pm at Chandeliers.

1999 Activities:

Feb 4. Savannah Gallery opening: Janet Cook Rutnik, "Island Scenes Then and Now.
Feb 6-7. First Annual Anguilla Flower and Garden Show. Ruthwill Auditorium.
Feb 5. Wallblake House Cocktail Buffet to raise funds and auction the artist's screen. 6-9pm. House of Chandeliers, Inter-Island Hotel.
Feb 6. Theatre Arts Awards Banquet at the Anguilla Great House. 497-4358.
Feb 7-20. Cultural Festival:

  • Sun Feb 7. 11am. Church Service. Church of God of Prophecy. West End.
  • Mon Feb 8. Noon-1pm. Concert at National Museum (AXA and Leeward Calypso King Mighty Springer, and Bankie Banx).
  • Tue Feb 9. Symposium on Anguillian Culture. Library Auditorium.
  • WedFeb 10. Noon-1pm. Concert at National Museum (High School Steel Pan Orchestra and Boys Choir).
  • Fri Feb 12. Noon-1pm. Concert (Hot Shot and Kingsley).
    8pm. National Trust Fund-raisng Dinner at Old Ta. Tickets are US$25. Telephone: 1-264-497-5297.
  • Sat Feb 13. 6:30am. Jollification at National Farmer's Plot, Wallblake.
    8pm. Ole Time Valentine Concert, Stoney Ground Primary School.
  • Sun Feb 14. Boat race at Sandy Ground.
  • Mon Feb 15. Noon-1pm. Concert (Cool Breeze).
  • Tue Feb 16. Noon-1pm. Concert (Dumpa and Anvibes).
  • Wed Feb 17. Noon-1pm. Drum Concert (Malcolm Melville).
    7:30pm. Primary School Choral Speaking and Cultural Evening. Stoney Groud Primary School.
  • Thu Feb 18 and Fri Feb 19. Lecture/Discusson and Workshops by Malcolm Melville, National Museum, The Valley. 10-Noon, Drums of Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow. 2-4pm and 4:30-6:30pm Drums Workshops.
  • Sat Feb 20. 10am-5pm. National Art and Craft Production Day. National Museum.
    1:30-4pm. Traditional Children's Toys and Games. Museum.

Feb 13. Sunshine Theatre Company production at Ruthwill Auditorium.
Feb 20-Mar 5. Peg Gregory show at Devonish Gallery.
Feb 22-25. Financial Cryptography 99.
Feb 25. Sunshine Theatre Company presents "Do Lord Remember Me", story-theatre in song, dance and dialogue. Ruthwill Auditorium.
Feb 27. St. Gerard's West Indian Garden Party. Drinks, music, buffet dinner, and dancing under the stars. All on the Church Grounds across from the Tourism Dept in The Valley.

1998 Activities:

Feb 5-26. Marjorie Morani show, Savannah Gallery
Feb 6. Bob Marley's Birthday Party.
Feb 7-28. Lynne Bernbaum and Courtney Devonish show, Devonish Gallery.
Feb 14. Valentines Day. Rotary draws winner of jeep.
Feb 14. Cultural Festival starts with minifair of arts and crafts at the post office.
Feb 15. Sacred Dance Choir performs.
Feb 21. St. Gerards West Indian Garden Party. Wallblake house. 7pm.
Feb 23-27. Financial Cryptopgraphy 98.
Feb 26. Eclipse blocks 85% of Anguilla sun.
Feb 28. Arts and Craft Show at Governer's House. 12-4pm.

1997 Activities:

Valentines Day String Band Concert
Anguilla Cultural Festival
St. Gerard's Garden Party.
Arts and Craft Fair.
Financial Cryptography 97

1999 Acitivities:

Mar 4. Election Day in Anguilla. many businesses close at noon so employees can vote. Mar 5 (Fri) and Mar 8 (Mon) are spontaneous political holidays!
Mar 6-19. Weme Caster show at the Devonish Gallery.
Mar 13. Craft Fair. Annual garden party and craft sale in aid of local charities. 2pm to 5pm on the grounds of Government House, Old Ta.
Mar 20-Apr 9. Doug & Shari Erickson show at the Devonish Gallery.
Mar 21. 11am. Triathalon Relay Extravaganze. Call 497-2369 to enter a 3-person team.
Mar 22-26. Advanced MS Word Class. The Computer Club is offering a professional class entitled "Microsoft Word 97 Comprehensive", taught by an Information Technology Expert from Canada. 497-3551
Mar 25-28. Moonsplash 99. The Bacon Brothers headline The Dune. Rendezvous Bay. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate for each night, or $30 in advance for both Friday and Saturday. Sunday admission is free for everyone. For more information, email [email protected] or telephone 616-785-8383.
Mar 31. Deadline to register for Summer Art Festival Competition and Workshops. Web Site.

1998 Activities: Mar 2-6. Financial Cryptopgraphy Workshop.
Mar 4. Soroptomists Variety Show. Ruthwill Auditorium.
Mar 5. Richie Havens performs at Koal Keel.
Mar 5-8. Cricket match.
Mar 6-8. Moonsplash 98!
This annual Music Festival was conceived by Anguilla's own Bankie Banx, enabling gifted musicians in the Caribbean to showcase their talents.
Mar 28. Old-time Jollification at West End Village. Part of the Cultural Festival.
Mar 29. Team Triathalon. Fun and Serious Categories. 264-497-2369.

1997 Activities:

Devonish Gallery Pam Gregory Show.
Bankie Banx Moonsplash 97.
"Norman Is That You" Play.
Amabile Boys Choir Concerts.

1999 Activities:

Apr 2. Good Friday, public holiday.
Apr 5. Easter Monday, boat race.
Apr 16. The Brownies and Girl Guides of Anguilla and Nevis present a musical at Ruthwill Auditorium, 7pm.
Apr 17. Evan Webster, the Gospel Harmonies, and special friends in concert at Landsome Bowl.
Apr 21-May 21. Michel Rouanez Haitian art show, Savannah Gallery

1998 Activities:

April 3. Old-Time Variety Concert and Laughtercise. Part of the Cultural Festival.
Apr 10-30. Carolyn Caldwell show at the Devonish Gallery.
April 10. Good Friday. Public Holiday. Special Church Services.
Easter Monday Boat races at Sandy Ground.

1997 Activities:

Easter Monday Boat Race.
Easter Talent Show with children of the Island Harbour Primary School.

1999 Activites:

May 1-3. Masters Cricket at Ronald Webster Park.
May 3. Labour Day, public holiday.
May 7-9. The Sias-Williams 3-day Wedding, arranged by Carol Webster.
May 9. Mother's Day. Purple Rose Florist 264-497-2107.
May 15, Reggae concert at Landsome Bowl.
May 17. National Culinary Team Dinner. Pimms. 7pm $40 pp. 497-2944, 497-6061.

May 24. Whit Monday, public holiday.
May 28. DeBrodah's Gospel concert at Landsome Bowl.
May 30. National Service of Thanksgiving. St. Mary's Anglican Church, The Valley.
May 31. Anguilla Day, public holiday.

1998 Activities:

1st. Labour Day, Public Holiday. Government departments Fun Day, Rallies, Sports Meets.
All Month. Dance and Theatre Workshops, culminating in the production of a play.
29th. Anguilla Day. Public Holiday-commemorates the beginning of Anguilla's bloodless Revolution . Round the Island Boat Race starting in Sandy Ground. Sports meets, bicycle races, tennis.

1997 Activities:

Music festival at Mariners, Vaudeville show, Spelling bee of primary schools,Anguilla Day boat race, parade, concerts.
UVI Concert Band performs.

1999 Activites:

June 14. Queen's Birthday.

1998 Activities:

Jun 1. Whit Monday. Public Holiday. Beach picnics, fairs.
Jun 8. Celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday. Public Holiday. Gather in Ronald Webster park for parades of all uniformed groups. His Excellency, The Governer, who is the Queen's representative on the island, takes the salute as the groups march past.
Jun 12. Big, Better, Best Show.
"When The Cat's Away" play.

1997 Activities:

University of Vermont Prehistory Field Trip.

1999 Activities:

July 8. Sunshine Theatre Company presents "The Hand That Cradles the Rock" at Ruthwill Auditorium.

July 26-Aug 1. Second International Art Festival and Competition.

1998 Activities:

July 2. Caribbean Bonfire Pottery. Professor Patricia Fay on Caribbean Bonfire Pottery at the Library.
July 4. Rotary Handover Dinner at Koal Keel. Contact any Rotarian or call 497-3575 for tickets.
July 4. Children's Fun Day in the Valley.
July 6. Computer Boot Camp starts, Monday through Friday. Children (9-noon) and adults (5-7pm) at the Computer Club.
July 6. Free Tennis Camp starts at Ronald Webster Park.
July 20-25. Tennis clinics and nightly exhibition play at Malliouhana and other hotels.
July 27-29. Anne of Green Gables presented by the High School Drama Club at Ruthwill Auditorium. Telephone Eleanor Stacey 497-8981 for more information or to help out.
July 30. Start of Carnival celebrations.

1997 Activities:

International Arts festival, next one is 1999.
Childrens Fun Day, Tennis Camp, Computer Camp, Miss Ecstasy beauty contest and invasion of the models. UFO Wins Boat Race.

1999 Activities:

Art Festival continues until Aug 1.

Aug 2. August Monday, public holiday.
Aug 5. August Thursday, public holiday.
Aug 6. Constitution Day, public holiday.

Summer Festival 99: Carnival and Boat racing.

1998 Activities:

Aug 1-9. Carnival and Boat Racing:

Boat races
Street dancing
Parade of Troupes
Aug 3. August Monday. Public Holiday. Commemorates the emancipation of slaves. J'ouvert jumpup at dawn, then boat racing at Sandy Ground, music and beach bbq, and Carnival show at night.
Aug 4. Boat races at Island Harbour.
Aug 5. Boat races at Blowing Point.
Aug 6. August Thursday. Public Holiday. Boat races, Carnival Queen pageant.
Aug 7. Constitution Day. Public Holiday. Parade of Carnival Troupes.

1997 Activities:

Special report on Carnival 97 with pictures of J'ouvert dancing, boat races, parade of troupes, kids'n'karnival, shows, calypso, music, dance, much more...

1999 Activities:

1998 Activities:

Sep 21. Close call from Hurricane Georges.

1997 Activities:

Sep 25. Courtney Devonish opens show in USA.

1999 Activities:

Oct 27-Nov 2. Red Stripe Cricket Bowl 1999. 1st Class Regional One Day Cricket. Ronald Webster Park, featuring Trinidad & Tobago vs. Canada (Wednesday Oct 27), Leeward Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago (Saturday Oct 30), Leeward Islands vs Canada (Monday Nov 1), and Trinidad & Tobago vs Barbados (Tuesday Nov 2).

1998 Activities:

Oct 3-8. Culinary Competition in Puerto Rico, cancelled due to Hurricane Georges. Anguilla chefs did very well in 1997.
Oct 14. High school graduation.
Oct 19-21 and 26-28. 5:00pm-7:00pm. PC Hardware Training Class at the Computer Club. 12 hours instruction, reference book and toolkit. US$150. Learn to fix your own PC! 497-4079 to reserve a seat. Limited to 10 people.
Oct 22 � 25. OECS Male Volleyball Tournament at the Ronald Webster Park.
Oct 26 to Dec 14. 5:00pm-6:30pm Introductory French for Adults at Gl'Omolulu Institute. $100. 497-6891
Oct 31, noon to 6pm. Road Relay showcasing runners from Anguilla and St. Martin. Ronald Webster Park.

1997 Activities:

Chefs Triumph At Competition.
Read what else happened in October 1997.

1999 Activities:

Nov 1. Beaches of Anguilla" video released.
Nov 17-18. Hurricane Lenny.
Nov 25. Thanksgiving turkey dinners at Roys and elsewhere.

1998 Activities:

November 20-22 and November 27-29, "Natalie Needs a Nighty". Sunshine Theatre Group. Ruthwill Auditorium. Across from the Anguilla Drug Store in The Valley.
Nov 28-Dec 7. Anguilla Art Show in Barbados; work by six artists from Anguilla: Cheddie Richardson, Louise Brooks, Courtney Devonish, Melsadis Fleming, Michelle Lavellette, and Lynne Bernbaum.

1997 Activities:

Three on Three Basketball Tournament. West End court.
Benefit concert, Landsome Bowl.
Annual party of the Dominicans in Anguilla.
Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner, Fund raiser for the Church of God Prophecy, at Road Primary School, 7pm to 10 pm. $25US per couple. phone 497-6750, 6610, for tickets.
New exhibit at the National Museum in The Valley, runs through February.
Tourism Awards at the Library, 4:30-7:30pm.
Claudia Post show at Devonish Gallery, George Hill Landing. 5-9pm. Runs til end of year.
Tourism Week Church Service, Zion Methodist Church, North Hill, 7:30-9:30am.
Cricket match. NAGICO team here from St. Martin to challenge the Anguilla National Team to a 50 overs match. Ronald Webster Park, The Valley.

1996 Activities:

Traditional Food and Craft Fair, Gospel Explosion for Thanksgiving, Sacred Dance Choir, and "Run For Your Wife" play production.
Read about it all in the Anguilla Local News.

1999 Activities:

Dec 17. Separation Day.
Dec 27. Public Holiday for Christmas.
Dec 28. Public Holiday for Boxing Day.

1998 Activities:

Dec 4-12 is Tourism Week:

Dec 4. Opening ceremony
Dec 5. Story telling with Auntie Judith and the Christmas Fair
Dec 6. Special Church service Meads Bay beach extravaganza
Dec 8. Optimists radio program
Dec 9. Youth to youth tourism symposium
Dec 10. Art gallery crawl
Dec 11. Tourism gala
Dec 12. A taste of Anguilla street fair
Throughout the week: primary school hotel visits, best village competition, and tourism workshops.
Dec 13. Second Tae Kwon Do Tournament, Landsome Bowl.
Dec 26. Boxing Day is a public holiday.
Dec 26. "Starfest" at Bankie Banx place, The Dune Preserve, 4pm until ???

1997 Activities:

Tourism Week Careers Fair at high school, 8:30am-3pm.
Tourism Gala Dinner at Cinammon Reef. 7pm-midnite.
Colossal Culinary Cook-Off at Anguilla Great House, noon-6pm.
Soropotomists Annual Christmas Fair. $1US/2EC. Governor's House grounds, Old Ta (turn up hill at the light by the Cable TV). Noon to 5pm. Crafts, games, food.
Youth Talent Explosion Show at Landsome Bowl. Optimists Club.
Christmas Fair, Fund raising lunch by the teachers and students of the West End Primary School. 11:30 AM to 2PM. EC$15.
Christmas school break is 3 weeks.
Separation Day. Public Holiday. Some stores are open. Fair Play closes at 2pm.
National Trust Cultural Cocktail Evening at The Heritage Collection. Traditional food, sweet Caribbean christmas music, 6-9pm US$20.
Christmas Extravaganza. Read about it in The Light. The Trough under the Mahogony trees on Coronation Blvd.
Sat. 10 AM. Special 2-hour Childrens Story Time at the Trough.
Christmas Day. Most stores closed.
Boxing Day. Most stores closed. If you arrive in Anguilla on the 24-26th, have someone else stock your refrigerator for you! Boat race. Sandy Ground.
New Year's Eve. Midnite services.

1996 Activities:

Youth Talent Explosion.
String Band Concert.
Choral Concerts.
Leeward Islands Cricket Match.
High school softball tournament.
Read about it all in the Anguilla Local News.

 Revised: 2004/5/28

Anguilla Internet Yellow Pages

Anguilla Beaches 
Anguilla Restaurants
Anguilla Hotels
Anguilla Villas
Anguilla Tips for New Visitiors.

mary ann

© 2004

Enter some keywords to find in

Subscribe to the Anguilla News: Click Here.

Anguilla News