8 Events in New York City, Massachusetts and Connecticut to Explore Caribbean Culture This Month


June, the month designated as Caribbean Heritage Month is finally here. If you are curious about Caribbean culture and all that it offers then here are 8 events in New York City, Massachusetts and Connecticut to Explore Caribbean Culture during Caribbean Heritage month.

Sat June 3rd

Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival; 160th Street (between Jamaica and 90th Avenues) in Jamaica, Queens 12 noon FREE

The Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival features traditional authentic folk forms, and experiences from different territories. This event is dedicated to Folk forms and Folk culture, it will stimulate nostalgia for those who grew up with it, provide learning opportunities for others who had no knowledge of it, and will help reestablish the importance, and relevance of Folk as a viable, vibrant contributor to the Caribbean brand.

Sun June 4th

New Haven Caribbean Heritage Festival; Goffe Street Park, New Haven 1 pm –  7 pm FREE

The family friendly event will feature beautiful and colorful Caribbean costumes, Caribbean food vendors as well as vendors who will have cultural apparel and accessories for sale. The Hamden Academy of Dance and the St. Luke Steel Band, will also perform at Goffe Street Park following the parade. Author Vangella Hazle Buchanan who is a professor at Central Connecticut State University will read excerpts from her published books and will have some of her published books available for sale.

Sun Jun 11th

Farm Up Jamaica Caribbean Farmers Market Queens NYC Jerk Roots & Yam Fundraiser; Roy Wilkins Park Queens, NY $10 – $40

Here is where you will be able to buy all the Caribbean produce you haven’t seen in ages, “FRESH” from the farm! BRING YOUR SHOPPING BAGS!!! Some of the all-stars include:-Jackfruit -Nesberry -Coconut- Sugarloaf Pineapple -Yam -Banana -Ginger -Sour Sop -Breadfruit -Custard Apple -June Plum -Sugar Cane -Cassava -Dasheen -Yampi -Star apple -Pear – Tinkin Toe -Guinep -Jimbilin and much much more!-ALL THE JERK EVERYTHING YOU CAN EAT
-YAM (jerk, roast, stew and more)THE, “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN COOK” COOK-OFF We will have prizes up to $1000 for the Best Chef! Who can make the best JERK CHICKEN, ROAST FISH OR ROAST YAM AND SALTFISH? The public will decide!!!
HISTORICAL SPEECH BY DR. JULIUS GARVEY, SON OF MARCUS GARVEY!PERFORMANCES BY: KY MANI MARLEY and PROTOJE, MUTABARUKA, LIEUTENANT STICHIE, GLEN WASHINGTON, LIKKLE JOHN and More to be announced!!! Music By: Rory Stone LoveAll proceeds will go to the Farm Up Jamaica, Farmer Assistance Fund to help distressed Jamaican farmers and Youth to Learn Organic Agriculture and become Agri Entrepreneurs. Help Us Reduce the amount of food being imported into Jamaica.
Simply Buy Your Ticket Below and HELP JAMAICA RECOVER

Sun Jun 17th

Jouvert In June and Cooler Fete; West Indian Social Club, Hartford, CT 10 am – 3 pm $25
This is the second annual Jouvert Cooler Party in Connecticut…… PAINT, POWDER, MUD and your coolers filled with drinks …. First year was a huge success this year is gonna be more insane.  Check out the Soca Sentors Facebook page for pictures from last years event.

Fri Jun 23rd

Boston Jerk Fest Rum & Brew Tasting  Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm $50
At this in-door/out-door event, you will enjoy unlimited tastings of rum, craft beer, hard cider, mead and other spirits and other artisan brews. Event includes live music, DJ, cocktail demos, and Boston JerkFest Cocktail Throwdown competition. This event is for 21+ year old attendees only and you get the following included with your admission ticket:

Sat Jun 24th

Boston JerkFest Food Festival; Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology 11am – 3pm and 4 pm – 8 pm $20 
Boston JerkFest™ is a family-friendly Caribbean style food festival that features Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things jerk hot!

Waterbury Jerk Festival Library Park 12 pm – 10 pm FREE
The third annual Waterbury Jerk Festival will take place at Library Park 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT.  The event is presented by the West Indian Social Club of Greater Waterbury.

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One Reply to “8 Events in New York City, Massachusetts and Connecticut to Explore Caribbean Culture This Month”

  1. Shermaine says:

    Wonderful line up!

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