Traveling to Jamaica in March offers plenty of captivating events to attend. March is home to the spring break holidays, the hottest athletic events on the local school scene, a crescendo of Carnival parties that warm up the soca crowd for the big parade, and of course a food festival or two. If you’re looking for things to do in Jamaica in March, one of these events will surely fit the bill.
Jamaica Rum Festival
This is the final day of the popular festival celebrating Jamaican rums, food, and music. Expect riveting performances led by reggae legends Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea, and Kymani Marley. In the daytime, walk the exhibitions to learn about the history of Jamaican rums, sample the finest spirits, and attend fun and informative workshops at the beautiful Hope Botanical Gardens.
Jamaica Kennel Club Dog Show
Canine lovers will enjoy the festivities put on by the Jamaica Kennel Club which sees Jamaica’s finest breeds strutting in an adorable display for fans young and old. There will be lots of fun activities for the entire family, so take the little ones out for a good time.
Jamaica comes alive for spring break with multiple party weekends happening across the shores. BritJam is a concept that celebrates the fusion of British, American, and Jamaican cultures and happens in Montego Bay over five days.
BRT Weekend, or Beach Road Trip Weekend, lights up Ocho Rios with another spring break party weekend designed around day parties, inspiring patrons to take a road trip to party with friends. This all-inclusive music festival is fun and flirty with most events happening by an enchanting river or along the gleaming beaches of the Caribbean Sea.
Kingston City Run
Race through Kingston with historic sights whizzing by during the Kingston City Marathon. This race features a half-marathon, 5K, and 10K and meanders through some of Kingston’s cultural highlights making it a favorite for runners everywhere.
Venus Invitational Volleyball Tournament
This volleyball invitational sees international teams going up against our nation’s top male and female volleyball teams while supporting the development of the sport in Jamaica.
Stepping High Festival
This annual festival celebrates marijuana and music in the beautiful beach town of Negril. Meet the farmers, learn about the different strains, enjoy the wide array of organically produced items made from the marijuana plant, and rock steady to the performances closing out each day.
Blue Mountain Coffee Festival
If you’re anywhere near the Blue Mountains, head to the hills for the Blue Mountain Coffee Festival at the source of our famous locally produced brew. Enjoy the eclectic coffee marketplace and performances each day.
ISSA Boys and Girls Championships
This highlight of local athletic championships in Jamaica features the best athletes on the high school circuit competing for acclaim. Fans of athletics all over the world flock to this event to see who will be the next Usain Bolt and enjoy the high energy in the stands.
Earth Hour Concert
Earth Hour is celebrated around the world and is Jamaica’s way of acknowledging this important annual activity during which the entire globe is encouraged to turn off lights in support of nature. In Jamaica, the lights are dimmed while acoustic performances infiltrate the air in Kingston.
International Reggae & World Music Awards
This is reggae music’s biggest night as the best of the best are recognized for their contributions to the genre. Lovingly dubbed IRAWMA, rub shoulders with the stars as they walk the red carpet and perform their hits at this glitzy affair held in the capital city of Kingston.
March 31-April 5
House music fans won’t want to miss this six-day festival featuring the very best in house and electronic music in the capital of casual, Negril. Jam out to world-famous DJs on Jamaica’s dazzling Seven Mile Beach.