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13 Carnival-Related Things to Do in Bermuda in June

Written by Brian Madeiros

17 | 04 | 19

Lifestyle in Bermuda  |  
5 minute read

Bermuda Heroes Weekend, one of the island’s biggest and most extravagant summer celebrations takes place in June every year. It’s a carnival-style party which features local cuisine, soca music, a parade of bands, boat rides, some of the world’s best steel pan musicians and so much more.

From the all-night J’Ouvert Celebration to the Race Day Raft Up, here are 13 carnival-related things to do in Bermuda in June.

  1. Kiddie Carnival
  2. Five Star Friday
  3. Evolve
  4. Mimosa Sunrise
  5. Sick Leave
  6. BHW Raft Up
  7. Euphoria
  8. Wetta
  9. Glow
  10. Pure Bermuda
  11. BHW Isle of Devil’s J’Ouvert Celebration
  12. The Parade of Bands
  13. Pan in the Park

1. Kiddie Carnival

Think of this as the perfect precursor to the main event involving the entire family. Typically held at Victoria Park in the city of Hamilton, the weekend kicks off with a mini-parade of bands, delicious food and plenty of entertainment for the little ones to enjoy.

2. Five Star Friday

Kicking off Bermuda Heroes Weekend with a lively start, this is an open-air concert where you can dance the night away to the sounds of some of the greatest soca musicians on the planet.

Taking place at City Hall Car Park from 7PM until midnight (or later!), this year you’ll be treated to soca artists like Teddyson John, Lyrikal, Voice and Kerwin Du Bois.

five star fridayImage Credit: RG Magazines Bermuda

3. Evolve

With a different theme each year, Evolve is another event that signals the start of the carnival weekend in Bermuda in June.

Following on from the black and white theme in 2018, 2019 will be a vibrant colors edition. You’ll need a ticket to take part in the dressed-up, sunset fête at Fort Hamilton.

4. Mimosa Sunrise

We wish we could tell you the exact location of this activity, but we can’t as it takes place at a secret location.

Mimosa Sunrise is a drinks-exclusive activity in June during the carnival weekend featuring local and international talent - as well as some surprises in store each year. You’ll be enjoying a VIP-style cruise before dawn to a private island to toast the sunshine.

5. Sick Leave

Sick Leave is the ultimate ditch day fête during the carnival weekend as soca takes to the high seas aboard the MV Longtail with drinks, carnival vibes and international DJs. You’ll be seeing plenty of Bermudians ducking their bosses all over the island - hence the name.

6. BHW Raft Up

Now it wouldn’t be a Bermuda celebration without a little time spent on the beautiful turquoise water, would it? The BHW Raft Up event is a soca-fuelled party that floats. Everyone heads to the Great Sound near Morgan’s Point on the flotation device of their choice - ready to soak up the sun.

Plus, there are DJs spinning from a floating platform at Shelly Bay. What’s not to love?

7. Euphoria

If you’re after late-night drinking, dancing and generally having a good time, then look no further than Euphoria. Living up to its namesake, this is the ultimate concert. The after-dark soca beach party is guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

8. Wetta

Make sure you’ve packed your best swimwear for the Wetta Bermuda event during the BHW carnival weekend. Held at Tobacco Bay, get ready for plenty of soca, water, liquor and unlimited vibes. Just a heads up, Wetta Bermuda is a wet event so be prepared!

9. Glow

Adding a touch of sophistication, Glow Bermuda is an all-white sunset enchanted garden party.

You’ll be treated to amazing food stations full of variety and speciality drinks. Be quick, though, as a private cabana is the perfect way to experience Glow so reserve your spot beforehand.

10. Pure Bermuda

Taking place at Bermuda National Sports Centre, Pure Bermuda is a white party and concert featuring top international reggae artists, Shenseea and Destra.

You’ll also experience some of Bermuda’s best supporting music acts - the perfect evening fête ahead of National Heroes Day.

11. BHW Isle of Devil’s J’Ouvert Celebration

Join fellow revelers and party at this dawn-breaking, paint-slinging party ‘til the sun comes up at Moresby Plain, Dockyard. The J’Ouvert Celebration is packed full of sweet soca music, amazing cuisine and legendary drinks.

You’ll have everything you need to fuel you until dawn.

12. The Parade of Bands

Join the Parade of Bands as they dance through the picturesque Hamilton. Starting at noon on a Saturday, the beautiful streets are filled with thousands of people all dancing to the beat of several bands who travel along in trucks.

Either watch the festivities from the sidewalk or join in and have a blast.

bermuda parade of bandsImage Credit: RG Magazines Bermuda

13. Pan in the Park

Enjoy the light and happy sounds of satisfying steel pan drums in Hamilton’s Victoria Park. Pan in the Park always features local and international pan artists and bands spreading the good vibes. This will leave you wanting to experience it every June.

It’s remarkable as to how many carnival-related activities have been crammed in over the four-day festival period in June. While you’re busy enjoying them, just think about all of the other amazing things you can do in Bermuda all year round.

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