Tobago has an impressive calendar of events, which you can read more about on our Festivals & events page. Most notable for music are, of course, Carnival
– though much calmer than its Trinidadian cousin, it’s a wonderful immersion in the island’s folklore, with parades of masquerade bands, floats, some ear-splitting percussion and dancing.
The annual Tobago jazz Experience takes place for a week at the end of April. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of jazz – there is plenty of Trinbagonian music showcased here, and over the years, headline acts have included Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Randy Crawford and Erykah Badu
. One or two of the days will have an entry fee, with the rest being free – making this wonderfully inclusive, for locals and visitors.
The Tobago Heritage Festival
, held in July and August, has several steelpan performances as well as a calypso competition held in Plymouth. Though humour plays a big role in many of the songs, the event is taken surprisingly seriously – and entrants are judged on originality, performance, storytelling and lyrics.