Jamaican Events in April
Things To do In April
| Trade Shows and Festivals

The best Jamaican events in April consist of JAPEX Trade Show, Bacchanal Parties, International Kite Festival, Horticultural Show, Trelawny Yam Festival, and Westmoreland Curry Festival.

Other things to do in April include CAIFTA Swimming championships, UTECH Track & Field Invitational, and Jamaica Praise Fest.

Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX)

Date:  April 28th to 30th

Venue:  Montego Bay Convention Centre, Montego Bay

Registration: Call 926-3635/6 or send an email to Email info@jhta.org

Staged by the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) tradeshow is perhaps the single biggest tourism event in Jamaica.

This three-day event is the best place for Jamaican tourism businesses to develop relationships with tour operators and tourism suppliers from all over the world.

Every year, many new relationships are created and facilitated by a group setting or private appointment based meetings between the different groups.

This is where key relationships are built, and Jamaican tourism businesses are transformed.

The primary focus of this three-day event is to allow tourism interests to get the opportunity to meet and possibly do business with large-scale tour operators and key players in the tourism sector worldwide.

Now more than ever (with the recession), Jamaica needs this type of intervention to boost tourist arrivals and increase revenue.

Jamaica International Kite Festival

When: April 1st

Where: Seville Heritage Park Priority, St. Ann

Cost:  Children (J$300) Adults (J$1,000)

The largest and leading kite festival in Jamaica held yearly. Every year, thousands of adults and children pack the Seville Heritage Park to witness various kite designs and sizes, a few over six feet.

This is a family event with a supervised kiddie’s village that will keep the children entertained.

After the kite-flying competition, there will be evening entertainment by local dancehall and reggae artistes.

Horticultural Show

When: April 1st

Where: Black River, South Coast

A wide variety of flowers on display and for sale at this annual flower show that is held on the west coast of the island.

Persons travel from as far as Port Antonio to attend this event.

Trelawny Yam Festival

When: April 1st

Where: Trelawny

Usain Bolt is responsible for making Jamaican Yam popular, and now you have the opportunity to learn why.

The Trelawny Yam Festival is a well-known food event that is guaranteed to bring out a large crowd.

You will learn everything about this special food that Jamaicans have been eating for years.

Westmoreland Curry Festival

When: April 28th

Where: Manning's School, Westmoreland

The 13th staging of the curry festival promises to be the best one yet.  Curry foods is a staple in Jamaican culture that was made popular by the Indians.

At the Westmoreland curry festival you can feast on just about anything curried such as chicken, fish, pork, soup, and beef.

Please support the cause that started out as a fundraiser for Mannings High School has grown to sponsor basic schools, special needs schools and an infirmary.

Road March (Bacchanal Jamaica)

When: April 7th

Starting Point:  Mas Camp, Kingston

Sadly, for many soca lovers, April signifies the end of the Carnival season in Jamaica. The Jamaica road March is the grand finale event and there is no better way to close out carnival.

The Road March begins at 10:30am at Mas Camp in Kingston. The highlight of this event is the costumes by different groups.

Costume or not, you can join the Road March at any point of the journey. You can expect a lot of drinks, dancing and excitement.

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