Junkanoo, island-wide. Junkanoo is held throughout the year for public holidays and local events, but the biggest Junkanoo celebrations are on Emancipation Day, Boxing Day, and the early morning of New Year's Day. Groups compete against each other for the most outrageous costumes, the best drummers, the best rhythm section, and more. Midnight to sunrise, New Year's Day morning.
Valentine's Day Cup, Bambarra Beach, Middle Caicos. Traditional Model Sailboat Race, with trophies and other prizes, is followed by music, dancing, food, and other festivities on the beach. The model sailboats are built in Bambarra from branches of the gum-elemi tree, constructed to scale with the actual rigging found on a full-size sloop. For more information, contact tel. 649/941-7639 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday closest to Valentine's Day.
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl, Providenciales. Now in its 20th year, the crawl generally starts at the Tiki Hut and ends up at Danny Buoy's, with lots of suds along the way. Contact tel. 649/231-1645. March 17.
Annual Kite-Flying Competition, the Children's Park, Lower Bight Road, Providenciales. The 20th Annual Kite-Flying Competition in 2010 featured awards for best homemade kites, a beach party, an Easter egg hunt, and food and music. Contact tel. 649/946-4970. Easter Monday.
Big South Regatta, South Caicos. The Big South Regatta, a tradition since 1967, features boat races, concerts, food, and entertainers. Contact tel. 649/946-4970. Last weekend in May.
Fools' Regatta, Providenciales. This beach party celebrating all things maritime features native sloops in sailing races and a sand-castle competition. The regatta is held to raise funds for local causes. Held at the Children's Park in the Bight. For details, go to http://maritimeheritage.tc. Mid-June.
Grand Turk Heineken Game Fishing Tournament, Grand Turk. Fish tourney at Governor's Beach features big cash prizes, music, barbecue, volleyball, and, of course, dominoes. For more information, call the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board at tel. 649/946-2321. June 23 through June 25.
Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival, Providenciales. This 8-day affair attracts big-name talent; the 2008 festival featured Lionel Ritchie and LL Cool J, among other musicians, and performances were aired on BET. It also features pageants, parades, and regattas. For more information, go to www.musicfestival.tc or call tel. 649/946-4970. July 31 through August 7.
Emancipation Day, island-wide. Celebrating the freeing of the slaves, declared from Oddfellows Lodge in Grand Turk in 1834. August 1.
Middle Caicos Day, Middle Caicos. Parades, beauty pageants, music, food, bonfires, straw-weaving competitions, and an all-day beach party at Bambarra Beach. Contact tel. 649/941-7639 or email@example.com. Last weekend in August.
National Youth Day, island-wide. This public holiday celebrates the youth of the island. September 29.
TCI Amateur Open, Providenciales. PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited sponsors this 3-day, 36-hole championship for both men and women, now in its 14th year, at the Provo Golf & Country Club. For more information, go to www.provogolfclub.com. Early October.
Columbus Day, island-wide. This public holiday celebrates Columbus's "discovery" of the New World. Some historians believe that the explorer first came ashore at Grand Turk. October 9.
Museum Day, Grand Turk. The Turks & Caicos National Museum celebrates the anniversary of its opening with loads of activities, including song and dance performances by local schoolchildren. For more information, go to www.tcmuseum.org or call tel. 649/946-2160. Saturday closest to November 21 (the day the museum opened in 1991).
Turks & Caicos Restaurant Week, Providenciales. This newly launched event will see participating restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe menus. For details, contact the Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) at tel. 649/941-5787 or www.turksandcaicoshta.com. First week in November.
Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, Providenciales. This is becoming the islands' premier event, and the conch-etition gets fiercer every year as local restaurants vie to win top honors for best conch concoctions, including conch chowder, conch curry, and conch salad. Now in its sixth year, the conch festival is a popular celebration, with music, food, conch-blowing, and a great seaside Blue Hills location. For more information, call tel. 649/331-6832 or go to www.conchfestival.com. Last Saturday in November.
Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony, Providenciales. The Providenciales Kiwanis Club invites the public to the Downtown Ball Park for Christmas festivities, including a choir and a visit from Santa Claus. Mid-December.
Island Thyme Annual Xmas Tree Ornament Competition, Salt Cay. The best handmade ornaments are judged (and prizes given) at this popular and always festive restaurant. For more information, call tel. 649/946-6977. Call for exact date.
Old Year's Night, island-wide. Services at churches all over the country ring out the old and ring in the new. December 31.