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St John events calendar - there is always something happenin'

Music or arts festivals, Carnival, road and swim races - St John is becoming THE destination spot

Lots of people come to St John for our spectacular beaches and pristine waters. However, St John has also become a destination spot for great music, art, challenging road races, and, of course sailing.  

While we don't always keep on a 'schedule' (so be sure to double check actual dates and times), below is a sampling of some of the activities around our island:

BVI Carnival/Festival

Friends of National Park Seminar Series

St John Carnival/Festival

St Thomas Carnival/Festival

JANUARY:

New Years Day - January 1 Although on St John it is not unusual to have folks celebrate New Year's throughout January!

Three Kings' Day January 6 - Epiphany, commonly known as Three Kings’ Day in the United States, is on January 6. It celebrates the three wise men’s visit to baby Jesus and also remembers his baptism, according to the Christian Bible’s events. The United States (US) Virgin Islands observe the day as a public holiday.

FEBRUARY:

Valentine's Day - February 14 (2015) - Valentine's Day is a HUGE day on St John as it should be since the nickname for St John is Love City! To encourage couples to renew their marriage vows Anne Marie offers a free marriage vow renewal ceremony every Valentine's Day, 5pm on Trunk Bay beach. In the past 9 years 810 couples have renewed their marriage vows on Valentine's Day with Anne Marie!  2014 will mark the 12th 'anniversary' for this wonderful event. Join in and celebrate your love!

St. John Arts & Music Festival - Usually mid-February. St John has become a magnet for artists of all sorts. This week long celebration highlights their talents. Numerous free lunch and dinner time concerts in Cruz Bay park and special presentations at St. John School of the Arts. Also daily food fairs and craft displays. The varied island music includes scratch bands, reggae, school marching bands and church choirs. The Artists' Association of St. John holds an exhibit in tandem, and local artists display their works around town at the various galleries. The Epiphany players, St. John's community theater group put on special presentations. This 11 day art-fest raises funds for art scholarships for the community youth. For further information contact: Frank Langley: (340) 779-4038, president of the all volunteer not for profit organization, the St. John Arts Festival Inc.

Friends of the VI National Park -February 7, 2015 - Help celebrate the Friends 27th anniversary! This year's event will be held at the magnificent villa Presidio del Mar which itself is attending.  Space is always limited at this popular event so plan early.

8 Tuff Mile Road Race - February 28, 2015 (Saturday) - This one is for you if you are up for a challenge.  Whether you are a walker or runner lots of people turn out for this race which starts in Cruz Bay and ends in Coral Bay. This year's event is part of a week long '8 Tuff Miles Festival Week' which starts with a 'Light Up the Night' event filled with music, lights, food, fun all benefiting the St John Cancer Fund'.

MARCH:

St John Blues 'Blow-out' Festival - March 29, 2014 brings a different spin on the 'Blue's Festival' that was hosted in Coral Bay for several year's by St John lover Steve Simon who unfortunately has moved off island and placed his attention elsewhere. However, St Johnians love their music and their island so Ronnie Klingsberg, owner of Ronnie’s Pizza, and friend Ian Samuel are organizing this reinvention of St. John’s formerly long-running Blues Festival – this time called the St. John Blues Blowout. This year’s Blues Blowout, at the Winston Wells ball field, will be a fundraiser for St. John Rescue (one of our great volunteer organizations!).

St Patrick's Day Parade - March 17 - Claims to be the shortest St Paddie's Day parade anywhere (short but great)!

International Rolex Regatta - Usually late March; in 2014 will be March 26 - 30. 2014 marks the 40th anniversery of this fun regatta.

Yacht Club Flotilla - Usually the last weekend in March -  The Flotilla benefits the Guy Benjamin Elementary School in Coral Bay and is a great day of sailing and cookouts.

Transfer Day - March 31st marks an event that occurred over eight decades ago, when the Danish West Indies were formally ceded to the United States by Denmark; thus, becoming the U.S. Virgin Islands, in exchange for twenty-five million dollars (which today is the cost of one or two Peter Bay villas!)

APRIL: 

St Thomas Carnival (OK, not a 'St John' event but have to support our sister island) during 2015 the buik of the festivities will be the final week of Carnival: April 22 - 27, 2015

Easter holidays - Sunday, April 5, 2015. Another very popular period on St John. Many celebrate starting on Thursday through Easter Monday. 

Love City Live! April 15 - 19, 2015 - Raggae music will be all around St John for several days. From Oppenheimer beach to Miss Lucy's to a concert at the ball park, St John will be hopping! It all kicks off at Motu Bar on April 15th.

MAY:

Commodore's Cup Regatta benefitting Kids and the Sea (KATS), a great organization

Wagapalooza is a super fun dog show benefiting the St John Animal Center (SJAC) - May 10, 2014 

Beach to Beach Power Swim - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - the Friends of the VINP sponsor this annual event.  The race consists of three courses: a 'short' course from Maho to Cinnamon, about 1 mile; an intermediate course from Maho to Trunk Bay, about 2-1/4 miles; and a long course from Maho to Hawksnest, about 3-1/2 miles. Swimmers compete as individuals or as part of a 3-person team. Swimmers also compete in the "assisted" category using snorkel and/or fins. Introduced in 2010, the Race for a Reason participant fundraising challenge is back again and better than ever in 2014! Race for a Reason will be online again this year, making it even easier for participants to fundraise for a great cause, the Friends of VI National Park enabling them to support conservation, protection and education programs and projects in the VI National Park. 

Love City Country Music Festival - May 14 - 16, 2015 - stay tuned about this new fun event featuring crystal blue Caribbean waters, toes in the sand, country music and cold beer! Nope, you ain't dreamin'... it's the Love City Country Music Festival on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 3 days, 4 stages, 14 bands & 22 beaches.

JUNE:

st john festivalSt John Festival "Carnival" begins month long activities including lots of music, parades, and caribbean food! Carnival season is a time for celebrations joined in by the young and old.  

JULY:

St John Carnival continues into July (3 and 4) includes the opening of the Festival Village & Cultural Day (Emancipation Day) and concludes with J'ouvert, one of the most popular events of Carnival. It is an early morning party July 4th as people dance through the streets behind their favorite bands; followed by a parade full of lots of moko jumbies and floats and music; and then an evening fireworks over Cruz Bay harbor.

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER:

Love City Triathlon This triathlon consists of a half-mile swim, 14-mile bike ride and a four-mile run. The event begins in Maho Bay, then circles St. John and ends at the Annaberg Ruins. Award divisions for the triathlon are top five male, top five female, top three relays, and the Inter-Island Award. Each team must consist of at least one female, and all three of its members must be individually entered in the triathlon. The top three combined times are declared winners, and each of these teams has its island’s name mounted on a trophy, which will be displayed the sponsor’s establishment. For more information visit www.8tuffmiles.com/landssharks.htm

USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament This is one of the most prestigious fishing events in the world! It takes place annually late August or September (2013 fishing dates: August 18, 19, 20, and 22) 

OCTOBER:

No Fleas Please - October 11 and 18, 2014 - Another fundraising activity for the St John Animal Center (SJAC) usually held at the Ball Field in Cruz Bay.  This flea market is a fun day for bargain hunters and good for a good cause.

NOVEMBER:

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta - Typically held around Thanksgiving. Peter Muilenberg who built his cowhorn, Breath, on the beach in Coral Bay, founded both the regatta and Coral Bay Yacht Club.The first day of sailing is the single-handed and gaffers race. The regatta's second day features a pursuit-style race, where each boat has an individual start time calculated on handicap and performance the year prior. The 17-nautical mile course wines around the uninhabited islands of Pelican, Flanagan and Le Duck east of Coral Bay. The Regatta is a fundraiser for the Kids and the Sea (KATS) Program. a non-profit marine organization which promotes kids safely having fun on the water through an educational program taught by volunteers.  Fun for both islanders and vacationers.

Flavors of St John - will be in November 22, 2014 - A wonderful event highlighting the very talent chefs of St John. Flavors bills itself as an evening on the beach with music, dancing and St John's best food. Dozens of local restaurants and bars prepare samples of their best fare while attendees vote for their favorites. This is the St John Rotary's annual fundraiser that attracts lots of locals and visitors alike. Usually held at the Westin. 

On November 22, 2014, hundreds of runners and walkers dressed in white will line up atop the UVI campus in anticipation of the most colorful event of 2014: VI 'Til I DYE 2! As they laugh their way through the un-timed 5K adventure, they'll be blasted with five colors of powder at each kilometer along the way. When runners and walkers begin crossing the finish line at beautiful Lindbergh Bay, it'll look like a rainbow tsunami is flooding the beach! Crossing the finish line certainly doesn't mean this event is over. Celebrate with a complimentary Absolut cocktail or Miller Lite at the Emerald Beach Resort beach bar while you enjoy the live music and color explosions. Sign up now for the most colorful event in the Virgin Islands!

DECEMBER:

Coral Bay Bazaar - December 13, 2014 for all things fun and local - food and art. Will be a day filled with music and water activities. Pickles of Coral Bay is the host for this Coral Bay Community Council fundraiser

St John Singers - Usually mid-December with one concert in Cruz Bay (usually at either St Ursula's Church or Nazareth Lutheran Church) and one in Coral Bay (Moravian Church).  Their Christmas concerts are not to be missed!  The long-standing conductor, John Cahill, presents wonderful guest artists to complement the talents of our very special St John Singers. The Choral group is partially funded through the VI Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mongoose Junction All-Island Holiday Party - usually early December, but in 2014 it is actually happening early on November 28 ...This is a 'not to be missed event for locals and visitors alike...An 'open invitation' island fancy party hosted by Mongoose Junction.  Lots of great music, food, and spirits flow and flow and ...

'Regular' events*: 

St Johnians helping St Johnians Fight Cancer - If you love St John and hate cancer these events are for you! St Johnians have come together to help eachother. Check out some of the events being held around the island to help St John residents fighting cancer and needing assistance with their mounting bills.  Support any and all events and you will be giving back to St John.

Film night on St John - The St John Film Society comprises a group of local filmmakers and film enthusiasts, all volunteers, who have joined together for the purpose of exposing St John audiences of all ages to film and filmmakers from throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Their focus is on independent films that feature Caribbean-related cultures and issues. The society is not-for-profit and operates under the financial umbrella of the St John Community Foundation.

Wine Club - Wine club is held on the last Wednesday of each month, except September, and begins promptly at 6:30pm. Wine Club is a fabulous evening steered by a representative from West Indies Distributors, often accompanied by featured winery owners or managers. Enjoy four or five glasses of wine which are paired perfectly with appetizers by chef Ribelto de Leon Cordero and team. Tickets are required to attend Wine Club. Call 340-693-3304 or stop by to pick up your tickets. Ticket prices: $30 plus $6 gratuity; total $36 per ticket.  Come meet other St Johnians or folks just in for the week, either way it should be a fun evening!

Want to stay fit while in paradise? No problem 'mon as long as you sign up for some of Active Island VI's stay fit events which include yoga on the beach, running or walking tours of St Thomas's East End (a short ferry ride from St John) or some of their other fun events. 

 

*'regular' on St John is defined as 'usual, unless we don't', in other words 'island time' so please check to make sure that the particular event you are interested in attending is still scheduled.

rest of the year.......soon come!

 


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