Carnival in Mindelo


Festivals in Cape Verde are held on each of the islands. They can be joyful, colourful events and consequently fun to watch and in which to participate. The type of festival varies from island to island. Here, we give you a summary of the festivals you might discover when visiting Cape Verde. Many are centred on saints days consequently some villages have their own, relating to their churches dedication. Some events, such as the Gamboa Festival attract musicians from other countries.

Boa Vista

Cruz D’Nho Lôl in May

Santa Cruz in May

Festas de S. João Batista in June

Santo António in June

Santa Isabel in July

Festival of Music of Praia d’Cruz in August


Festa de Santa Cruz in May

Festas Juninas including Festa de São João Baptista on 24 June

Dia de São Paulinho in July

Sete Sóis Sete Luas Festival varies each year


Festa de Bandeira de São Felípe at end of April

São João Baptista in June


Festa de S. João in June

Festa do Município in September

Festival de Bitxa Rotxa in September


Carnival on starts three days before Ash Wednesday (often February)

Festa de Santa Cruz in May

Nossa Senhora da Piedade in August

Santa Maria Music Festival in September

Festividades do Município do Sal in September


Atlantic Music Expo in April

Kriol Jazz Festival in April

Festa do Município (Praia) in May

Gamboa in May

Tabanca in June

Festa da Nossa Sra. da Graça in August

Festa de Nha Santa Catarina in November

Santo Antão

Festa de Santo António das Pombas in June

Violin Festival in June

Festa de São João Baptista in June

Sete Sóis e Sete Luas time of yeah varies

São Nicolau

Carnival on starts three days before Ash Wednesday

Sodad Festival d’Morna in April

Festa de São João in June

Festival Praia de Tedja in August

Feira Gastronomica Gostos e Sabores do Parque in August

São Vicente

Carnival on starts three days before Ash Wednesday

Festival de Música da Laginha in May

Festas Joaninas “Kolá San Jon” in June

Kavala Fresk Festival “Diplomacia gastronómica” in July

Festival Internacional de Musica da Baía das Gatas in August

Morna Jazz Festival in September

Mindelact Festival Internacional da Teatro in November (time of year may vary)