Events

Welcome to the St. Eustatius events section of this official tourism website. Explore more about the events throughout the year on this Caribbean island. The most well-known events are Emancipation Day, The Senior Citizens Show, World Food Day, Golden Rock Regatta, Statia Day, Christmas and Motor Racing.

St. Eustatius invites you to visit these events!

January 1st. New Year’s Day

September 26 – 27, 2016 – Statia Sustainable Conference
World Tourism Day Sept. 27

November 13 – 17, 2016 – Golden Rock regatta

Tis event offers sailing enthusiasts, four days of thrilling race action between St. Maarten, St. Barths and St. Eustatius, an event which continues to grow in population.

November 13 – 16, 2016 – Statia Day Week Celebration

Statia Day activities align the streets in Oranjestad nightly, a national holiday which takes place annually.

November 16, 2016 – Statia Day

Statia Day is a national holiday which takes place annually on November 16th. It is known as a day of pump and frill. A day to reflect on Statia’s role in America’s history. But for most it is a day to celebrate the culture and heritage of Statia. The week leading up to Statia Day is a week full of celebrations and parties. Sing along, enjoy the island and commemorate the year 1776, in which St. Eustatius was the first country which recognized the independence of America. Uniformed groups parade through the streets. Sports and games are organized for children. And nightly performances are colourful, humorous and dynamic. Ceremonies are performed, a parade is walking by, children will be busy with playing sports activities. Everybody is welcome and no newspaper will leave this event unwritten. Be part of it and experience the day yourself!

December 15, 2016 – Kingdom Day

National Holiday!

December 15, 2016 – Christmas Red and White Parade

As traditional, the red and white parade is a local’s favorite. The dress code is typically red and white. This event includes various dance groups, some wearing Santa costumes and designed outfits suiting the theme.

December 25, 2016 – Christmas Day

National Holidays!

December 26, 2016 – Boxing Day

National Holidays!

January 1, 2017 – New Year’s 2017

Time to recover from the previous year’s excitement, a perfect time to relax on the beach or recover in your accommodation!

April 14, 2017 – Good Friday

National Holidays!

April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday

Easter-Val edition 3 (Ask about this event)

April 17, 2017 – Easter Monday

National Holidays!

April 27, 2017 – Kings Day

Celebrations of former Dutch King Willem-Alexander. Cultural events, sports activities, picnics and music. Don’t forget to wear something Orange to blend in to the throng!

May 1, 2017 – Labour Day

National Holidays!

May 25, 2017 – Ascension Day

National Holidays!

July 1, 2017 – Emancipation Day

Ceremonies and celebrations of the abolition of slavery. Emancipation Day is generally celebrated on the first of July. During this day, the inhabitants of St. Eustatius, as well as tourists, commemorate the abolition of slavery, with ceremonies and celebrations. It is the coming together of the community. Local food and drinks of Statia and other nationalities, including the Dominican Republic, Suriname, St. Kitts & Nevis, Guyana are showcased. The wearing of traditional clothing makes this event even more special. Come early and experience the beginning of the day at 6 am with an early morning Statian breakfast at the auxiliary home. Music is playing all day long and do not be afraid to dance a little.

July 19 – 31, 2017 – Statia Carnival

For two electrifying weeks carnival wakes up. The line-up offers a wide array of gifted artists. If you are a “Carnivalist”, a real “Bacchanalist” you can join in the fun on parade day or go to the shows and many festivals.

Every last Thursday – Statia Taste of the Cultures

A cross-cultural event, exhibiting multiple nationalities residing on the island. This is an event where ethnic groups are granted the opportunity to showcase what each destination has to offer, traditions, arts and crafts, food and drinks, music and entertainment.