Things To Do

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Three Kings Day

In Puerto Rico, as in much of the Latin world, the Three Kings rule the Christmas season. Puerto Ricans celebrate December 25, but the most important day of the season falls on January 6. Known as El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos, or Three Kings Day, this island tradition calls for children to gather grass and place it in a box at the foot of their beds so that the camels of the Three Kings will have something to eat when they come to visit. While it is a revered holiday throughout Puerto Rico, nobody does Three Kings Day quite like the small, southern town of Juana Diaz, whose Three Kings tour the island before making the voyage home.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Sebastián Festival

Held in the third week of January, this festival is one enormous outdoor party, and one of the biggest celebrations in San Juan. San Sebastián Street in Old San Juan gets absolutely stuffed with stalls, crowds, food, alcohol, music, arts and crafts shows, and general revelry.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Casals Festival

This homage to the cellist Pablo Casals is widely considered to be the premier classical music event in the Caribbean. While Maestro Casals was not Puerto Rican, he moved to the island in 1957, organized the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and began this annual tribute to classical music. Over the years, it has drawn some of the biggest names in the industry to Puerto Rico. Held in the San Juan Performing Arts Center, the festival takes place over several weeks.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Saborea

Puerto Rico's grandest food festival takes place in April each year. This tremendously fun event brings internationally renowned chefs and TV personalities from around the world to "compete" with local culinary stars. It's a weekend of food tastings from chefs at the top of their game, plenty of rum from ​Rums of Puerto Rico, and generally a very fun experience for the foodie in all of us.​ Past Saborea! fests have brought chefs like Iron Chef Cat Cora, Anne Burrell, Claire Robinson, and Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacques Torres.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Ponce Carnival

During the week leading up to Ash Wednesday, Ponce celebrates Puerto Rico's version of Mardi Gras. The Ponce Carnival is the most celebrated and colorful festival on the island. It's also one of the oldest, dating back to the 1700s. Locals and tourists alike descend on the island for the occasion, and the main draw are the vejigantes, which are costumed characters donning wildly vivid demon masks. It's a fun, raucous event marked by thumping bomba y plena music, massive crowds, and hordes of masked revelers. The festival concludes on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with the Entierro de la Sardina, or Burial of the Sardine. This is a nutty, mock funeral procession (complete with a dummy in a coffin) led by drag queens and fake mourners.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan International Billfish Tournament

Few game-fishing events in the Caribbean carry the clout of this annual tournament, held each August/September. The San Juan International draws deep-sea fishing anglers and game fishing enthusiasts from around the globe. It's a week-long tag-and-release competition known primarily for the abundance of blue marlin fishing during the day and parties at night. Held at the Club Náutico in Miramar, San Juan.