Maroon & String Band Music Festival


The Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival is a 3-day celebration from April 26 - 28, 2024 of traditional songs, dance, drumming, food, and other cultural performances. The festival highlights the African roots of Carriacou’s people with three days of activities.

Originally established in 2001 as the Carriacou Maroon Music Festival, this was later merged in 2010 with a string band competition to create a single event focusing on preserving the rich cultural expressions of Carriacou. This is a unique local event celebrating the rich history and culture of Carriacou.

The term “Maroon” is traced to the Spanish word cimarrón, meaning "fugitive" or "runaway", and applied to escaped slaves who took to living in the mountains. Enslaved people often ran away within the first generation of their arrival from Africa.

The Maroons are lauded for preserving their African languages, culture and religion while hiding out. They also retained the knowledge of medicinal herbs and practiced drumming and dancing when administering herbs.


The three-day Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival begins on Friday night April 26th featuring a menu of smoked foods, along with local staples, followed by drumming and big drum dancing. 

On Saturday night April 27th, the venue for day 2 of the festival changes. Hillsborough will serve as the venue for Saturday's activities, split between Hillsborough Square and the Botanical Gardens.   In the past, the venue used to be the historical 3-acre lush Belair Heritage Park, transformed into an authentic festival village with a maroon centre and a dedicated stage for cultural presentations. But alas no longer. 

On Sunday April 28th, the third and final day of the festival, sometimes known as Family Day, takes place on Paradise Beach with string band performances, children’s events, and swimming races. But don’t worry string band music concerts and a variety of local dishes, including fresh seafood, continue to be on hand too.

Day 1: Friday 27 April (Belmont)

  • 6:00 am - Early morning libation wetting of the ground
  • 3:00 pm - Sharing of the Maroon food ("Saraca")
  • 7:00 pm - Official opening and cultural performances

 Day 2: Saturday 28 April (Hillsborough)

  • 10:00 am - Hillsborough Square - "Strings in the City" 
  • 8:00 pm - Botanical Gardens - "Cultural Explosion" - local and regional performances - xcd$60 admission 

Day 3: Sunday 29 April (Paradise Beach)

  • noon - Cultural performances / Live band music  
  • 4:00 pm - Beach Fete - xcd$60 admission

General Information

  • Dates: Friday 27 April 2024 to Sunday 29 April 2024
  • Telephone: +1 (473) 443-7948
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