Typically, Antigua’s Carnival runs from the last weekend in July until the first Tuesday in August.
Antigua’s Carnival lasts for 12 consecutive days.
From , all events for the season are held at the Antigua Recreation Grounds, which for many years is known as "Carnival City".
Before Antigua’s Carnival, visitors can expect a series of excitement including many Pre-Carnival Fetes, and the newly rebranded Miss Antigua Barbuda Pageant, formerly hosted as the Queen of Carnival Pageant that take place in June. This Pageant showcases the talent, culture, and intelligence of the beautiful women in Antigua and Barbuda, and also creates an international ambassador for representation in pageants, namely Miss World and Miss Universe.
Antigua’s Carnival is a spectacle of colour, fun, and excitement waiting to unfold. Melodic music with infectious beats and pretty, creative costumes are just a taste of what you can expect. If you are looking for a combined taste of Antigua’s traditional and modern culture, including lots of feting and the biggest street parties for all of the hardcore party goers, as well as a ANTIGUAN festive environment, then Antigua’s Carnival is definitely the festival for you.
Yes, although some events are for ages 18 and over, in our Carnival lineup we have designated days that are geared specifically to the juniors, and they can also take part in the parades if standing on the sidelines isn’t exciting enough.
Tickets can be purchased prior to the show at the various ticket booths across the island, and of course, from the ticket box office at Carnival City. With the emergence of e-commerce, plans are currently underway to facilitate online ticket purchases.
Mas is an important part of Antigua’s Carnival, and we provide interested masqueraders with contact information for all Mas troupes on our Carnival website and social media pages.
During the months of July and August when Antigua’s Carnival is held, based on arrival figures, most visitors come from US, UK and neigbouring Caribbean islands.
The T-shirt Mas parade has evolved to one of the most anticipated parades for the Carnival Season. With over 15,000 revelers jumping through the streets of St. John’s for this energetic parade, this year will be no different from any other of our successful years. In fact, over twenty T-shirt Mas Bands tend to participate in this parade with mas players showcasing their creativity by wearing original and decorative T-shirt designs.
By hosting the Teen Splash, Junior Carnival, Junior Calypso Monarch and Junior Party Monarch Competitions, this is our way of showcasing the future of Antigua & Barbuda. We are delighted with the record numbers reached with the level of participation by the youths. We are extremely delighted to celebrate and enjoy Carnival with our future stars.
The Calypso Classic and Caribbean Melting Pot Concerts definitely add extra flare to our Summer Festival. For many years, we have extended invitations to our Local, Regional, and International artistes to join us in the celebration and give our patrons the ultimate feeling of GREATNESS!
Panorama, Party Monarch, and Beer Calypso Monarch, wrap up the weekend of excitement. From Friday to Sunday, it's nonstop action and nonstop fun. Pan enthusiasts will flood the gates of Carnival City to witness Steel Orchestras battle for the Panorama Title and of course, bragging rights.
Groovy and Jumpy Soca enthusiasts will be up front and center for the biggest show, Party Monarch Competition, also known as “Bachannal Saturday”. With record numbers as high as 14,000 spectators,each year artistes dance, prance, and cause a “Scene” across the stage as they work to dethrone the reigning monarchs.
The Calypso Monarch is a clear visual that Calypso, or rather, “Kaiso” is still alive! The artistes sing their way in an attempt to snatch the crown and be the MONARCH of them all.
From on Monday, we celebrate emancipation the “Antiguan Style”. Jamming through the streets of St. John’s from dusk, dressed in crazy attires, mud, paint, water, powder, or anything that you can find is the modern way or rather the evolution of what our forefathers did to celebrate the abolition of slavery.
Carnival Monday and Tuesday are both continuing parades of freedom. On both days, revelers are dressed in costumes both traditional and modern style party mas. Feathers, Beads, Gems, Glitter, and all the other attractive components make up the colourful troupes that parade through the city.
The least anticipated event for Carnival begins at on Carnival Tuesday and at the stroke of , we turn off the lights on Antigua’s Carnival. Last Lap is the last few hours that true Carnival fanatics have to really give it their all and get one last “Jump Up” before they wait another 365 days to have some summer fun.