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Five Events to Check Out in Nevis in 2017

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 14, 2017

Nevis has released a rundown of activities that visitors will find on the island in 2017.

The calendar offers something for travelers seeking active vacations and relaxing getaways alike.

First among the festivities is the 16th Bente Weber Memorial Swim on March 26.

Swimmers of all skill levels can join in a 2.4-mile, cross channel swim across the “narrows” to finish at Cockleshell Beach in St. Kitts.

This year, the event is partnering with the Special Olympics organization of St. Kitts and Nevis to raise awareness and funds for the organization.

Next up, in April, the island will welcome internationally known blues artists to Oualie Beach for a two-night music festival on April 7 and 8.

The Nevis Music Festival lineup will feature soul blues funk artist AJ Ghent, multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart and boogie-woogie pianist Ben Waters.

They will be joined by several other performers back by popular demand, including Nevis’ own blues to gospel diva, Denise Gordon; Britain’s award-decorated bluesman, Ian Siegal; and uber blues rock guitarist Simon McBride.

In July, the island will pay tribute to tropical fruit with the Nevis Mango & Food Festival.

The festival promises to bring together well known chefs from around the world, who in conjunction with local chefs craft unique mango-inspired dishes.

At the end of July, the island will begin its even known as Culturama– an annual celebration which marks the emancipation of enslaved people in the 1830s in Nevis.

From July 26 – August 8, the festival of Nevis arts and culture will include numerous costumed pageants and parades, various competitions, a street fair and jump-up, music, dancing, authentic food and more.

Families and individuals looking for a challenge will find one in September in the Nevis Marathon and Running Festival.

Held on September 9, the competitions are ideal for beginners and seasoned runners alike, with distances of 5K, 10K, half-marathon and full marathon.

Finally, in November, the island will host the Nevis Triathlon, which draws competitors from all over the world.

The scenic course includes a swim in the crystal Caribbean waters, a cycle circumventing the entire island, and a run on a course that includes road, trail and beach.

This year the race takes place November 11.

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