CUBA TRIP THINGS TO DO!
THINGS TO DO ON YOUR CUBA TRIP WINTER 2019/2020
OCTOBER 24-OCTOBER 30, 2019
*FIESTA DE LA CULTURA IBEROAMERICANA, the Iberoamerican Culture Festival takes place in provincial capital Holguin in Eastern Cuba. The festival includes public performances on the streets and in the town squares of Holguin. It also offers workshops, concerts, and a closing night farewell party.
OCTOBER 27-December 23, 2019
*CUBA BASEBALL NATIONAL SERIES kicks-off its second phase with the six best teams playing for the championship after having eliminated the other ten teams. The playoffs and final championship series take place in January, and there is baseball scheduled in Havana and Matanzas through at least the end of December.
OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 3, 2019
*CUBA’S INTERNATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL is a biennial choral celebration that is held in Santiago de Cuba.
NOVEMBER 8-NOVEMBER 10, 2019
*MARHABANA MARATHON Havana’s marathon takes place over the second weekend in November, and includes a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon.
NOVEMBER 13-NOVEMBER 20, 2019
*JO JAZZ FESTIVAL/COMPETITION in Havana brings together some of Cuba’s best young jazz musicians.
NOVEMBER 17-NOVEMBER 22, 2019
*BAILA EN CUBA is one of Havana’s salsa dancing festivals, and great addition to the any Jo Jazz itinerary.
DECEMBER 5-DECEMBER 15, 2019
*FESTIVAL DEL NUEVO CINE LATINOAMERICANO is Havana’s New Latina American Film Festival showcasing the works of young directors and artists from the region, this is the 41st edition.
JANUARY 8-JANUARY 12, 2020
*FESTIVAL DE LA TROVA LONGINA in Santa Clara and is dedicated to the trova genre of Cuban music.
JANUARY 14-January 20, 2020
*HAVANA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL takes place from January 14th through January 19th, and brings together Cuba’s best jazz musicians, as well as some of the best jazz musicians in the world. Multiple events every night held at various venues throughout Havana.
FEBRUARY 6-FEBRUARY 16, 2020
*HAVANA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR is held yearly at on the grounds of the colonial era fortifications at the entrance to Havana Harbor, el Morro y la Cabana, and while you may not find any American best sellers, it’s a great place to people watch.
FEBRUARY 24-FEBRUARY 28, 2020
*HAVANA CIGAR FESTIVAL/FESTIVAL DEL HABANO is one of the world’s premiere events for cigar aficionados, this is the 22nd edition of this festival.
I feel February is the end of “winter” in Cuba, but just in case I’m wrong here are a couple of March 2020 events.
MARCH 6-MARCH 12, 2020
*SANTIAGO ALVAREZ MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL includes a judged competition of the best documentaries from Latin America presented at this festival that is held in Santiago de Cuba and presented by Cuba’s ICAIC.
*MARCH 19-MARCH 24, 2020
PEPE SANCHEZ TROVA FESTIVAL is dedicated to the romantic trova style of Cuban music and is held in Santiago de Cuba.
The end of March has to be the end of Cuba’s short “winter,” right?