National Holidays and Festivals
In this section you will find the dates and information on Cape Verde national holidays, festivals and what takes place on these special days. If you are visiting during one of the dates it is a perfect way to see some real Cape Verde life and get involved.
1st January - New Year
13th January - Liberty and Democracy Day
20th January - National Heroes Day
1st May - Labour Day
5th July - National Independence Day
15th August - Day of our Lady Grace
1st November - All Saints' Day
25th December - Christmas Day
Festival Baía das Gatas on Sao Vicente - August
This festival is full of music, dancing, great food and fun.
The music comes from Cape Verdean, European and Brazilian artists who live on the island or visit for the festival, to perform. There are many styles of music performed like classic Cape Verdean (morna, coladeira and funann), rock, hip hop, samba and many many more.
The food is varied but with lots of fresh fish and seafood being eaten, due to the closeness of the sea to the festival. A Cape Verde speciality is also made which is Cachupa. Cachupa is a local dish made of corn and meat or fish and is stewed over a flame for many hours. Visit our food page for more information on Cape Verdean Food.
More festival information coming soon.