June 2011 Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebrations Listing For The United States


What:  Carifest After Party

When: June 11, 2011

Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Where:   Theatre Junction Lounge, 608 – 1st Street SW, Calgary AB

Admission: $44.25

About:  Wine down and Whine down after the  Charleston Carifest Carnival

Information: http://www.primeboxoffice.com/concert/tickets.aspx/official-carifest-2011-afterparty/Calgary/404


Event: Caribbean Heritage Salute Hollywood and the Arts

About: The proceeds to benefit Jimmy Jean-Louis’- Hollywood Unites for Haiti

Honoring: Roger Bob, Tatanya Ali, Nichol Whiteman, Ian Gooding

Time: TBA

When: June 25, 2011

Location: Woman’s Club of Hollywood, 1740 No. La Brea St., Hollywood, CA 90046

Website: www.caribbeanheritage.org/ www.icsdc.org

Contact:  310-462-4425 – Signature Events, Beverly Speights or email: [email protected]


What: Goombay Festival Coconut Grove

When: June 2-5, 2011

Admission: Free

Where: CHILI’S at Coco Walk in Coconut Grove, Coconut Grove Cemetery (12 NOON) Douglas Road,  in Coconut Grove, St. Albans Child Enrichment Center, Christ Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove, City of Miami Fire College Court, Grand Ave/ Douglas Rd SW 37th Ave. – 32nd Ave. /McDonald Road,  Douglas

Information:  305-448-9501 or www.goombayfestivalcoconutgrove.com , http://www.goombayfestivalcoconutgrove.com/SponsorBookletWeb.pdf
About: Event Details: One of the largest Black heritage festivals in the United States.  Enjoy colorful costumed junkanoo groups dancing to Caribbean rhythms. Featuring entertainment on three stages and more than 300 vendors selling a variety of arts, crafts and food.

When:  Friday, June 10 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Admission: Free
Where: Nova Southeastern University,Morris Auditorium, Health Professions Division, Assembly Building, 1st Floor, 3200 South University Dr., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Description: Panelists who will bring their various “raspectives” are: Nana Farika Berhane, journalist, teacher, RasTafari Queen Mother; Mama Iyaddis, multi-media producer, community activist; Prof. Michael Barnett, Department of Sociology, Psychology & Social Work; Dr. K’admawe K’nIfe, Lecturer, Department of Management Studies, UWI; Dr. Jahlani Bongo Niah, Lecturer, Institute of Caribbean Studies, UWI; Robin “Bongo Jerry” Small, Historian, radio host, commentator, and social activist.Ras Don Rico Ricketts will moderate the reasoning.
Live Streaming: The discussion will be broadcast live via video stream over the internet at www.irieevents.com
Info: For more information call 305-405-2712 or visit www.jamaware.org.

What: The Anancy Festival
When: June 11, 2011
Where: South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Time: 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Admission: Free
About: The Anancy Festival is a celebration of Caribbean cultural heritage and designed with particular appeal to children and teenagers curious about the Caribbean. Anancy (or Anansi) is the West African trickster hero of numerous folk tales that are popular across the Caribbean, indeed popular throughout the African Diaspora. This clever and conniving character is familiar to millions of people around the world and an appropriate icon for the festival’s blend of Caribbean culture on a platform geared for children and adolescents.
Information: 954-201-8825 or visit http://www.anancyfestival.com

What: 22nd Anniversary Miss Jamaica Florida 2011 Presented by Partners For You Foundation In Association with ABI Startime
When: June 26th, 2011
Where: Coral Springs Center For The Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs
Time: 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults $30; $35 at the door Children Under 12: $15
Information: 954-600-0334 or 561-317-4479

What: “Evening Time… Jamaica”
Where: 111 Southeast 8th Avenue – Suite One, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Contact: (954) 709-7447
When: Friday, June 3 – (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM)
Description: Vibrant Facets of the Caribbean Culture”
Featuring Karl Jerry Craig (Jamaica) and Philippe Dodard (Haiti), Turgo Bastien and Genevieve “Iris” Lahens, (Haiti), and Ana Delgado (Cuba), along with artists of the Caribbean, including LIVE Island music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and specialty “wines of the islands” by Chef of Distinction, Judith Able (Jamaica).

Caribbean American Heritage Month Reception

Saturday, June 04, 2011 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM (ET)

Circa 1926 Restaurant

358 N. Park Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789



Event: Caribbean Film Festival 2011

Location: Fulton County Public Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta GA 30303

When: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011 (All Wednesday)

Time: 6:00 pm

About: Feature showcasing Caribbean films

Contact: 404-730-1700 – To get additional details

Website: www.afpls.org

Event: Opening Reception

When: June 5, 2011

Honoring: Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools – DR. Beverly Hall,

Time: 4 pm – 8 pm

About: Outstanding Contribution to Education – GCAHC Award

Location: Atlanta City Hall Atrium, Downtown 55 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Website: http://gacaribbeanamericanheritage.org/


Event: Symposium And Health Fair

When: June 11

Time: 1 pm – 5 pm

About: Observance of Men’s Health Awareness and Caribbean American Heritage month

Location: Fulton County-Public Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta GA 30303

Contact:  Dr. Jennifer Rooke: 404-769-3928 or email:[email protected];

Website: www.afpls.org

Event: Caribbean Cultural Variety Concert

About: Caribbean talent showcase

When: June 12, 2011

Time: 4 – 8 pm

Location: Hillside Presbyterian Church; 1879 Columbia Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30032

Contact:  404-879-9667

Event: Caribbean Cook Off

About: Caribbean culinary delights

When: June 18, 2011

Time: 12 – 7 pm

Location: Lithonia Southeast Athletic Complex, Hillvale Road, Georgia 30058

Website: www.caribbeancookoff.com

South Carolina

Event: Carifest Symposium

About: Dominican Republic Identity with presenters Dr Kimberly Eison Simmons and Monika Ponton-Arrington.           

When: June 16, 2011

Time: 6 – 9 pm

Location: Avery Institute, College of Charleston, 125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Website: http://www.charlestoncarifest.com/

Event: Charleston Carifest Masquerade Fete

About: The King of Carnival Coronation Parade, a special evening of dinner, dancing and music. Proceeds to the Children’s Steel Band Project

When: June 17, 2011

Time: 7 pm – 12:00 Midnight

Location: International Longshoremen’s Association Hall, 1142 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403

Website: http://www.charlestoncarifest.com/

Event: Carnival Street Parade

About: Showcasing Caribbean splendor with colorful Revelers in dancing in beautiful costumes to Soca and Reggae music throughout the streets to Brittle Bank Park.

When: June 18, 2011

Time: 3 pm

Location: Route for parade – Visitor’s Center, Ann Street – King Street – Sumter Street – Congress – Hagood – Fishburne into the Brittle Bank Park.

Website: http://www.charlestoncarifest.com

Event:  Caribbean Carnival Finale Celebration in the Park

About: A cultural festival to be held in the park with Steel Bands, Caribbean Dancers, Soca and Reggae Music, Indian Dancers, Children’s tent, Caribbean Drinks, Food and Crafts.            

When: June 18, 2011

Time: 2 – 9 pm

Location: Brittle Bank Park, Lockwood Blvd., Charleston, SC 29403

Website: http://www.charlestoncarifest.com/


Event: Caribbean Americans in Baltimore, Maryland.

About: Happenings in the Caribbean American community, Baltimore. Join the discussions with Caribbean people living and working in this area. Find out more the about Caribbean local businesses, events and organizations in Baltimore.

When: June 13, 2011

Time: 5 pm – 7:45 pm.

Location: Waverly Branch Library; 400 E. 33rd Street Baltimore; MD 21218

Website: [email protected];

Contact: 410-396-6053

Event: Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration

About: The Anancy stories from the different islands with special animation presentation from: www.storycove.com/

When: Jun 21, 2011

Time: 1 pm – 2 pm.

Location: Waverly Branch Library; 400 E. 33rd Street Baltimore; MD 21218

Website: [email protected]

Contact: 410-396-6053

Event: Evening of sweet sounds from Reggae music featuring Strykers’ Posse from Baltimore.

About: Performance from Strykers’ Posse featuring Yvonne Deane-Hibbert and Ichelle Cole. This band opened for Burning Spear, The Wailers, Culture, Maxi Priest, Yellow Man, Toots and the Maytals and others.

When: Jun 22, 2011

Time: 6 – 8 pm.

Location: Waverly Branch Library; 400 E. 33rd Street Baltimore; MD 21218

Website: http://strykersposse.com/

Contact: 410-396-6053.


What : The Fourth Annual Chicago Caribbean JerkFest

When  : Saturday, June 1, 2011

Admission:  Suggested donation – $10.00 in advance  Children 10 and under are free with an adult over 21 *Seniors 65 and over also free

Where: Stateway Garden Park, 3658 S. State Street, Chicago, IL

Time: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m

Why: To Promote, To Educate and To Raise Awareness of the HIV/AIDs epidemic among people of Color in the Midwest and the Caribbean

About: A culturally rich celebration of 34 Caribbean islands will treat you to a day of wholesome family fun in a beautiful atmosphere with a line up of authentic island sounds of reggae, roots, reggaeton, punta, and gospel, poetry, island skits and creative dances on stage, the pulsating sound of the steel band; all that’s complimented by a marketplace of Caribbean fashions, souvenirs, arts and craft, a “tings” Caribbean village, a children’s corner, and domino tournament. Join us as we celebrate the wonderful culture of the Caribbean during Caribbean-American Heritage Month – JUNE. It’s all about the culture: arts, music, food and fashion!!! A potpourri of people and a wonderful Caribbean time! The theme this year is “divided by water…connected by culture!!!”

Information: [email protected] or http://www.chitownjerkfest.com 

What: Networking Events

When:  Thursday, June 23,2011

Where: Mr. Brown’s Lounge, 2301 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


 ”Happy Hour” style networking event held at a Chicago’s newest Caribbean Lounge & Bar. This networking opportunity is open for all to attend, and we
encourage everyone attending to bring business cards to exchange.

What: Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Town Hall Meeting

When: Tuesday, June 8, 2011

Where: Truman College – Novar Hall Room 3426 1145 W. Wilson Avenue 9-10 am Continental Breakfast 10am-Noon Panel Discussion 12 noon Lunch


The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is to lead the effort to eliminate HIV/AIDS with ethnic and racial health disparities, also building capacity and bridges to care in communities of color. There will be Health & HIV/AIDS prevention presentations, refreshments, displays, giveaways, and entertainment.

What: Fiesta Puertorriquenas

When: June 14-19, 2011

Where: Humboldt Park

Time: Tues: 4PM-11PM Wed: 4PM-11PM Thurs:4-11PM Sat & Sun: 12N-11PM

Cost: Free No parking

Come summer, the party in Humboldt Park never seems to end. The neighborhood’s fiesta season begins with one of the largest and lengthiest fests in Chicago. Originating in
1964, this Puerto Rican heritage celebration includes performances by local and well known entertainers, carnival rides, food and arts and crafts vendors.

What: Friends & Family Picnic

 When: June 5, 2011 12:00 PM

Where: Oak Hill East Park, 2600 W. 171st Street Hazel Crest, IL

Time: Noon – until 12 Noon


 Celebrating 20 years of Friends and Family getting together in the south suburbs to eat, drink, share a laugh or two, listen to some good reggae, soca, calyso, punta, and listen to the beat of the irons. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, insectrepellant and umbrellas. Meet old friends, break bread with new ones and remember those who have passed on.

What: Closing Ceremony – June 5, 2011

Time: Ceremony Begins at 3:00PM.

Where: Soldier Field 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive Chicago, IL 60616. Parking is available at Soldier Field.


 This closing ceremony celebrates the ending of the month and all the programs
done in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month. Courtesy of Tech‐Global Enterprise in association with Caribbean Cuts, a cultural stage play “Bashment Granny 2.”
Bashment Granny 2 (The Saga Continues) is a story that explores friendship, loyalty and trust. It looks at the influence of money as a social divider and as a tool of corrupt


What: Puerto Rican Day Parade – Saturday, June 12, 2011

Time: 11AM – 6PM Parade Route

Where: Fifth Avenue from 44th to 86th Streets


Get ready for one of New York’s most colorful and festive parades — as New Yoricans celebrate the 54th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, June 12, 2011. If last year was any indication, expect to see more than 80,000 people marching, and close to 3 million revelers lining the parade route for a major Puerto Rican love-fest.

What: New York Film Showcase at Caribbean Week

When: June 11th 2011

Where: Barbados Tourism Authority at 820 Second Avenue (5th Floor), between 43rd and 44th Streets in New York.


 Please join us for our “Rum and Fishcakes” VIP Reception, followed by a speclal one-off screening of the breath-taking new movie that is setting the world on fire! A Fire in Babylon tells the inspiring story of the West Indies triumphant domination of world cricket in the 70’s and 80’s.
We will also be screening hot new shorts by the best Caribbean filmmakers!

Link: http://repeatingislands.com/2011/05/02/caribbeantales-showcase-and-caribbean-week/


What: Caribbean American Legislative Conference Week

When: June 3-6, 2011

Where: See the following website for locations & time

 information: http://www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org/legislative_conference_week

About: The Organization of American States (OAS) and  the World Bank/IMF Caribbean Staff Association (CAWI) are among the organizations partnering with ICS to organize events in Washington DC.


When: Saturday June 25th 2011
Hosted/Presented: DC Caribbean Carnival Inc
Parade: Kicks off @ 11am From Georgia Ave & Kansas Ave NW
Festival Concert: Kicks off @ 12noon at Howard Center Festival Site * Georgia Ave & Bryant St NW
Who’s Playing/Performing: Iwer George * Pumpa * Diamond * Tankee Boy * Leonce * Rayzor * Shiloh Int’l * Bing * Assasin HD and many more
Admission/Ticket Pricing: Gen Adm $10
Doors Open: 11am – 8pm
Contact Information: 202-726-2204 * 202-670-4835