Calle Loíza Culinary Fest
San Juan | November 18, 2018
Loíza Street, in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan, is a culinary Mecca spanning several blocks. Young entrepreneurs have opened up dozens of bars and restaurants serving classic Puerto Rican and Dominican food, authentic Mexican tacos, Argentine pizza, brunch (so much brunch), craft beers and cocktails. This annual festival brings all these gastronomic gems out into the street for a unique block party celebrating food, art, and music.
Hatillo Festival of Masks
Hatillo | December 27-28
One of the island's most popular festivals, the municipality of Hatillo, well-known for its dairy industry, celebrates the Day of the Holy Innocents on December 28th with a colorful festival that takes over the center of the town. During the festival, which was inaugurated in 1978, there is a parade and residents of the town wear elaborate masks and costumes, flanking large floats, as they make their way through the streets.
Fiesta de Reyes Isabelinos
Isabela | January 5-6, 2019
Founded as a Spanish colony more than 500 years ago, Puerto Rico has kept many traditions from the Old World and particularly beloved is the celebration of Three Kings Day. The town of Isabela hosts a popular festival honoring the Three Magi that visited baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Actors recreate the arrival of the Wisemen, and the celebration includes folk music competitions, local Christmas music, puppet shows, craft markets and seasonal food and drinks.
Festival de la Novilla
San Sebastián | January 20, 2019
The Festival de la Novilla is a very traditional and lively event held in the town of San Sebastián, where a parade weaves through the town featuring floats depicting scenes of Puerto Rican country life throughout history. At the center of the celebration is a cow dressed in flowered wreaths that is raffled at the end of the festival, and the money raised is donated to a local charity.