Press Kit Martinique

Martinique Major Events

January

Transat Classique Panarai Arrival – Transatlantic race with only wooden sailboats

Martinique Cata Raid – A five-stage regatta of catamarans around Martinique.

February

Schœlcher International Sailing Week
Schœlcher

Carnival, a 4 day Celebrations
Shrovetide: burlesque weddings, Devils day, masks, marching groups and more. Over the duration of a few days, Martinique is transformed into a swirl of colours

  • Fat Sunday
  • Fat Monday
  • Fat Tuesday – Red Devils
  • Ash Wednesday

April

Martinique Surf Pro – International Surfing Competition in the Northern part of Martinique
Basse-Pointe

May

Tchimbé Raid -91 km Trail (56 miles) – One of the major international trail to be run
A 80 km race and 4,500 metres of vertical gain, going through Mount Pelée and discovering the thick forest
From Prêcheur to Schoelcher

Sainte Marie Gastronomic Week – A must-attend culinary event
Sainte Marie

Martinique Yole Festival – A Yawl boat race festival in the South of Martinique
Event focused on the round skiff, a traditional Martinican boat, with round skiff races, concerts, crafts village, performances and more.
Sainte-Anne

July

Cultural Festival of Fort-de-France
Every year there are best picks to enable you enjoy great times with this festival created by Aimé Césaire in 1972, which blends its colours with world cultures for the satisfaction of the eyes and ears. There will be music, dance, theatre, painting, exhibitions and much more.
Fort-de-France

International Cycling Tour of Martinique
A cycling competition around the island organised every year in July.

Martinique Yole Boat Race – A spectators’ race which used to be only in Martinique and followed by all Martinicains and tourists around.
An event organised during the long holidays in Martinique. The regatta, which is unique in the world, brings together nearly 600 couriers over a week. It is a real sailing festival that draws in its wake hundreds of boaters, with thousands of passionate supporters on land.

August

Biguine Jazz Festival – A music Festival
A festival that promotes a type of music derived from a blend between biguine, a traditional Martinican rhythm and jazz. The blend of genres gives rise to an interesting cultural mix to be discovered.

La Ronde des Caps” – Half Marathon 21 km (13 miles)
Sainte-Anne

December

La Transmartinique – The major International trail of Martinique
For fans of trails, a 130 km ultra trail with 5,200 m of vertical gain, linking the far north and the southernmost part of the island (from Grand-Rivière to Sainte-Anne), through hills and plains. Reserved for the most experienced.

Rum Festival – Sainte-Marie
In Sainte-Marie, the Saint-James distillery has created a craft village, train rides to the heart of plantations, concerts, Christmas songs and more.

Les Boucans de la Baie (Annual Fireworks Event)
Fort-de-France