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Events and Festivals

Varadero Carnival – Once a year (dates varies)

This festive event was first held in the 1980’s until the early 1990’s, and then after a gap of several years the Carnival returns to Varadero in 2007. This festival celebrates the purest Cuban essence and includes lots of activities, music, dancing and parades.

Golf Tournament – Dates for 2014: April 10 to 12

A large number of the professional and amateur golfers are attracted each year to this challenge and spectacular setting of the Varadero Golf Club. Participants must over 18 years old and have a certified handicap of 24 or under for gentlemen, and 30 or under for ladies

Tourism Convention FIT-Cuba (Fiera Internacional de Turismo) – In May

This is the largest trade show for the tourism industry in Cuba; it takes place at the Plaza America Convention Center. This convention is not always being help in Varadero, it's in Havana every other year, and sometimes in another tourist pole.

Varadero Jam Session (a.k.a Jazz Festival) – September

First held in 2007 and under the direction of jazz maestro and Grammy winner Chucho Valdes, this event features local and foreign jazz musicians in a spectacular festival of improvisation, but this festival doesn't seem to have come back to Varadero since 2007.

National Rock Atenas Festival - first half of June

It is the biggest rock music event in Cuba; this festival is attended by the best professional bands in the country and some amateur musicians. This festival is not held every year.

Varadero Gourmet Festival - Dates for 2014: April 23 to 25 (6th edition)

The main goal of this international culinary event is to promote the advancement of gastronomy and oenology in Cuba. Visitors can sample international and Cuban cuisine from famous chefs. Venue: Convention Center Plaza America.

Varadero World Music Festival - In June

Musicians from all over the world come to Varadero to join the local talent and perform concerts and open-air shows in more than 10 places in Varadero. All kinds of music are played, modern and traditional.