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January & February
Bermuda Festival. Throughout January and February, island-wide events abound. They include golf and tennis invitationals; an international marathon; a dog show; open house and garden tours; and the Bermuda Festival, a 6-week international festival of the performing arts, held in the City of Hamilton. It features drama, dance, jazz, classical, and popular music, as well as other entertainment by the best international artists. Some tickets for the festival are reserved until 48 hours before curtain time for visitors. For details and a schedule for the 2011 festival, contact Bermuda Festival, P.O. Box HM 297, Hamilton HM AX, Bermuda (tel. 441/295-1291; www.bermudafestival.org).
The Bermuda International Race Weekend, with international and local runners, takes place the third weekend in January. For further information and entry forms, contact the International Race Weekend Committee, Bermuda Track and Field Association, P.O. Box DV 397, Devonshire DV BX, Bermuda (tel. 441/296-0951; www.btfa.bm).
Bermuda Heart & Soul. Travelers 50 years of age or older can enjoy specially designed cultural activities throughout the month of February during this Golden Rendezvous month. Many hotels offer reduced rates to mature travelers, and discount coupons are also available at the Visitors Information Centre in Hamilton. For more information, call the Department of Tourism at tel. 441/292-0023.
Bermuda International Film Festival. Film buffs and filmmakers (mainly independent ones) descend on Bermuda for the annual festival that combines screenings of independent works with movies from personal workshops. Participants get to meet and speak with industry leaders. After each film there is a Q & A session. During the festival, three daily screenings are held. For more information, log on to www.biff.bm or contact Duncan Hall at tel. 441/293-3456. Mid-March.
Home & Garden Tours. Each spring, the Garden Club of Bermuda lays out the welcome mat at a number of private homes and gardens. A different set of houses, all conveniently located in the same parish, is open every Wednesday during this event. The program usually includes a total of 20 homes, many of them dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Bermuda Department of Tourism Office provides a complete listing of homes and viewing schedules. The tours run from the end of March to mid-May.
Beating Retreat Ceremony. The Bermuda Regiment and massed pipes and drums (a military band and a drum corps) create an event that combines a marching band concert and a parade. The ceremony's roots are in the 17th century, when British soldiers were stationed on the island and a roll of the drums called them back to their garrisons at nightfall. It's presented once or twice per month, rotating among the City of Hamilton, St. George, and the Royal Naval Dockyard. The ceremony usually takes place from April to July, and in September and October. The Bermuda Department of Tourism Office supplies exact times and schedules.
Peppercorn Ceremony. His Excellency the governor collects the annual rent of one peppercorn for use of the island's Old State House in St. George. Mid- to late April. For information and the exact date, call tel. 800/223-6106 or 441/297-1532.
Agriculture Exhibit. Held over 3 days in late April at the Botanical Gardens in Paget, this event is a celebration of Bermuda's agrarian and horticultural bounty. In addition to prize-winning produce, the Agriculture Exhibit provides a showcase for local arts and crafts. For more information, contact the Department of Environmental Protection, P.O. Box HM 834, Hamilton HM CX, Bermuda (tel. 441/236-4201), or the Bermuda Department of Tourism.
International Race Week. Every year, during late April and early May, this yachting event pits equivalent vessels from seven classes of sailing craft against one another. Yachting enthusiasts around the world follow the knockout elimination-style event with avid interest. The Marion-to-Bermuda Race and Newport-Bermuda Race take place in June.
Unfortunately for spectators, the finish lines for the island's sailing races usually lie several miles offshore. Afterward, boats are often moored in Hamilton Harbour; any vantage point on the harbor is good for watching the boats come in. Even better: Head for any of the City of Hamilton's harborfront pubs, where racing crowds celebrate their wins (or justify their losses) over pints of ale.
For information on all sailing events held off the coast of Bermuda, contact the Sailing Secretary, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, P.O. Box HM 894, Hamilton HM DX, Bermuda (tel. 441/295-2214; www.rbyc.bm), or (for races originating off the U.S. coast) the New York Yacht Club, 37 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036 (tel. 212/382-1000; www.nyyc.org).
Bermuda Heritage Day and Month. Bermuda Heritage Month culminates on Bermuda Day, May 24, a public holiday that's Bermuda's equivalent of Independence Day. Bermuda Day is punctuated with parades through downtown Hamilton, dinghy and cycling races, and the Bermuda Half-Day Marathon (open only to island residents). For the rest of the month, a program of cultural and sporting events is presented (the schedule will be available at the tourist office). Any hotel in town can fill you in on the events planned for the year's biggest political celebration, or contact the Bermuda Department of Tourism Office.
Queen's Birthday. The Queen's birthday is celebrated with a parade down Front Street in the City of Hamilton. First or second Monday in June; contact the Bermuda Department of Tourism Office at tel. 800/BERMUDA [237-6832] or www.bermudatourism.com for exact schedules.
Marion-to-Bermuda Race. This 1,038km (645-mile) sailboat race from Marion, Massachusetts, to Bermuda is held in mid-June. For more information, call tel. 441/295-2214, or visit www.marionbermuda.com.
Newport-Bermuda Race. The world's most famous wind-driven contest is held each June. The record to date, which starts in Newport, Rhode Island, is a 56-hour transit.
Cup Match and Somers Days. Also known as the Cup Match Cricket Festival, this annual event celebrates the year's bounty with Bermuda's most illustrious cricket match. It's often compared to American Thanksgiving. Cricketers from the East End (St. George's Cricket Club) play off against those from the West End (Somerset Cricket Club), with lots of attendant British-derived protocol and hoopla. Tickets cost about $10; they're available at the gate on match day. The event is held on Thursday and Friday before the first Monday in August. For more information, call tel. 441/297-0374.
Labour Day. This public holiday, held on the first Monday in September, features a host of activities; it's also the ideal time for a picnic. The high point is a parade from Union Square in the City of Hamilton's Bernard Park.
Marine Science Day. Lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and displays for adults and children mark this day devoted to the study of the sea. It is hosted by the BBSR (Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc.). Call tel. 441/297-1880 or visit www.bios.edu for more information. End of September.
Match Racing. For Match Racing, pairs of identical sailing vessels, staffed by a rotating roster of teams from throughout the world, compete in elimination-style contests throughout the month. For details on international sailing events, see the entry for "International Race Week," under April, above.
Guy Fawkes Day. A small annual celebration with a minifair marks this day. The celebration starts with the traditional burning of 17th-century British traitor Guy Fawkes's effigy at the Keepyard of the Bermuda Maritime Museum, Royal Naval Dockyard, at 4:30pm. November 5.
The Opening of Parliament. A traditional ceremony, with a military guard of honor, celebrates the opening of Parliament by His Excellency the governor, as the Queen's personal representative. In anticipation of the entry of the members of Parliament (MPs) at 11am, crowds begin gathering outside the Cabinet Building around 9:30 or 10am. Spectators traditionally include lots of schoolchildren being trained in civic protocol, as well as nostalgia buffs out for a whiff of British-style pomp. For more information, call tel. 800/223-6106. November 6.
Invitation Tennis Weeks. More than 100 visiting players vie with Bermudians during 2 weeks of matches. Unlike Wimbledon -- this event's role model -- virtually everyone buys tickets at the gate. For information, contact the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association, P.O. Box HM 341, Hamilton HM BX, Bermuda (tel. 441/296-0834; www.blta.bm). Early November.
Remembrance Day. Bermudian police, British and U.S. military units, Bermudians, and veterans' organizations participate in a small parade in remembrance of all who have given their lives in battle. November 11.
World Rugby Classic. Former international rugby players, who have recently retired from the international stage, compete with Bermudians at the Bermuda National Sports Club (tel. 441/295-6574; www.worldrugby.bm). Mid-November.
Bermuda Goodwill Tournament. Pro-amateur foursomes from international golf clubs play more than 72 holes on four of Bermuda's eight courses. Anyone who wants to compete must pass the sponsors' stringent requirements and may appear only by invitation. Spectators are welcome to watch from the sidelines for free. For more information, contact the Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament, P.O. Box WK 127, Warwick WK BX, Bermuda (tel. 441/295-4640; www.bermudagoodwill.org). Early December.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.