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No matter the time of the year, your visit to Dominican Republic will be memorable

At Billini Hotel, the opportunities to experience the vibrant spirit of Santo Domingo are nearly endless. Catch a free outdoor concert or Dominican Winter League baseball game. Chat and celebrate with friendly locals at one of many seasonal festivals or culinary events. Join in the revelry of a holiday celebration. Check out our event calendar below to learn more about what’s on during your visit to the Dominican Republic. 

BEING OSCAR DE LA RENTA – TRIBUTE EXHIBITION

The Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation, Centro León and Grupo Puntacana invite you to the exhibition “Ser Oscar de la Renta”, in homage to the admired Dominican designer. A multisensory journey through his 60 years in the fashion industry, different facets in artistic creation and generous humanitarian work. Life and work of a universal Dominican. The exhibition will be open to the public until April 2020 and is part of the Great Masters program of the León Center. Fifty original dresses designed by him, documents, videos, photographs, book and magazine covers, accessories, works of art and an essences laboratory with similar aromas in the production of his perfumes will be exhibited. It has the collaboration of The MET, KSUM, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, Bellapart Museum, Fernando Peña Defilló Museum and Archive General of the Nation

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SANTO DOMINGO DE FIESTA

A free outdoor show with Dominican folk music and dancers that begins at 7:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at the Plaza de España in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, all year long.

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BONYÉ AT THE COLONIAL CITY

Free musical performances of son and merengue held every Sunday in the Ruinas de San Francisco, Santo Domingo Colonial City, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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WHALE WATCHING SEASON

Watch the 1,500 to 2,000 whales that migrate to the waters of the Samaná Bay on a guided boat tour or from the land at the observatory in Punta Balandra. The official whale-watching season runs from mid-January to March, but tours are available as long as whales are in the bay.

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL BAZZAR IN PUNTA CANA

Cirque du Soleil BAZZAR is an eclectic lab of infinite creativity where a joyful troupe of acrobats, dancers and musicians craft an awe-inspiring spectacle. Lead by their maestro, they band together to invent a whimsical one-of-a-kind universe. In a place where the unexpected is expected, the colorful group reimagines, rebuilds and reinvents vibrant scenes in an artistic, acrobatic game of order and disorder. Come and claim your place amidst this marketplace of merriment and creative camaraderie. You just might find that the end of the story is only the beginning! Featured shows: Bike, Fire, Indian Pole, Maestro, Rope and Trapeze. BAZZAR is the 43rd original Cirque du Soleil production since 1984. The show has toured in India, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. Now Punta Cana will be its first site in the Americas.

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LA VEGA CARNIVAL 2020

On February 2, 9, 23 and 27 and March 1, La Vega becomes a carnival for more than a million visitors, under the slogan “Tradition that does not stop.” On February 16, there will be no activity due to municipal elections throughout the country. Its 2,000 Diablos Cojuelos (Limping Devils), troupes, floats and the most prominent artists will complement the cultural offer. Bachata will be honored every Saturday of the event with its best performers, after being declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. On Sundays, there will be urban music concerts. You can enjoy the outstanding characters Los Africanos, Los Indios, Roba la Gallina, Se Me Muere Rebeca, Diablos Cojuelos, Califé y La Muerte en Jeep, among others.

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PUERTO PLATA CARNIVAL 2020

On February 2, 9 and 23 Puerto Plata is full of carnival. On February 16, there will be no activity due to municipal elections throughout the country. The final parade will be held on March 7 at the Malecón and in the city streets. The spectators will enjoy the parade of the colorful floats and troupes with costumes, music, popular dances, different manifestations of art and culture, which reflect our cultural identity. Each year the carnival organizers choose King Momo, who represents the person in the city who has fought to maintain their traditions the most and concerts take place. You can enjoy Los Taimáscaros, characters from the Carnival of Puerto Plata, whose name is the union of the words Taíno and Mask. Their costumes combine maritime, Afro-American, European and Taíno elements.

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SANTIAGO CARNIVAL 2020

The carnival parade along Las Carreras Avenue towards the Monument, will be held on February 2, 9, 23 and 27 and the 1st. March with showy floats and troupes to the rhythm of merengue. On February 16, there will be no activity due to municipal elections throughout the country. To parade, the locals wear diablos cojuelos masks and costumes with mirrors, bells and balloons to make way through the crowds. Local artisans conduct a mask contest that becomes a healthy but fierce competition that ends with the creation of a masterpiece. You can enjoy the characters Los Lechones, Karamanche and Nicolás Den Den, among others. Dedicated to the artist Maridalia Hernández. King Lechón will be the folklorist and cultural manager Rafael Almánzar.

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PROCIGAR FESTIVAL 2020 – LA ROMANA & SANTIAGO

Procigar Festival will be held from February 16 – 18 in La Romana (Casa de Campo Resorts & Villas) and February 18 – 21 in Santiago (Hodelpa Hotels). It showcases products like a truly unique and memorable experience unmatched in the cigar industry that beautifully combines educational opportunities, entertainment, leisure activities, premium new and unreleased cigar smoking and a lifetime of memories. It includes a visit to Tabacalera de García in La Romana, adventurous tours, interesting seminars and workshops, spectacular gala dinners, lunch with the gurus of the cigar industry, premium drinks, delicious local cuisine and cheerful dance.

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CARNAVAL DESDE EL CENTRO

Los Alí Babá en el Carnaval Dominicano
19, 20 y 21 de febrero, 7 pm
Coordina: Soraya Aracena

Miércoles 19 febrero 7 p.m.

Los Alí Babá de la ciudad de Santo Domingo.
A cargo de Roberto Torres Chachón.

Evolución de los Alí Babá.
A cargo de Ramón Rivas

Jueves 20 febrero7 p.m.

Las Danzas de los Ali Babá.
A cargo de Manuela Feliz

La rítmica de los Alí Babá.
A cargo de Edis Sánchez

Viernes 21 febrero 7 p.m.

Fiesta Carnaval grupo Alí Baba

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MASTER OF THE OCEAN 2020

Master of the Ocean is a unique extreme championship for true water sports athletes, where they have to showcase their skills and battle over wind and waves, in the disciplines of surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and SUP. Fly high and surf while showing versatility, flow, style and power in the amazing setting that is Cabarete, on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. Join us at the beach for the world’s best watermen and waterwomen in action. At night, you can find us in Cabarete town for the IndepenDance music festival. Four watersports, one champion!

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LONG NIGHT OF BARS – CARNIVAL FESTIVITIES EDITION

The Association of Bars of the Colonial Zone (Abzocol), invites you to the “Long Night of Bars, Carnival Festivities Edition”. Over ten participating establishments await you, such as bars and restaurants, with special activities and surprises, to entice you with the carnival wave in the Colonial City. You can enjoy the atmosphere, offers, troupes, live music, DJs and karaoke from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. Adult-only event, plastic and foam free.

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UB40 “40TH ANNIVERSARY” TOUR

In 1978, British reggae pop band UB40 formed with delivering infectious grooves in mind. Their smash hit “Red, Red Wine,” garnered the band success worldwide. Currently, their band members still tour consistently, and they are celebrating their 40 year anniversary on a special tour. The legendary band UB40, featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, are coming to Santo Domingo for an unprecedented memorable concert you cannot miss.

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ISLE OF LIGHT FEST 2020

Isle of Light Fest is an experience in a beautiful multicultural environment with the best of rock, indie, pop and electronic music worldwide mixed with artisanal vendors, art installations, gourmet food and good vibes. With unsurpassed production, it seeks to provide an unforgettable experience for all ages. The main artist of the event will be the singer, songwriter and fashion designer Gwen Stefani, who is also the vocalist of No Doubt. Other international artist presentations include Nick Murphy, FKA Chet Faker, C. Tangana, The Rapture, Clubz, Ms Nina, Mistress Barbara, Tora, Pororó, Adobo, Kuomori, Chez Tropics, Ray Rose, Haru, Daniela Andrade, Dabeull, Brian Cid, DJ Tennis, Lindstrøm, Cimafunk and many more.

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DOMINICAN ANNUAL TOURISM EXCHANGE (DATE) 2020

The National Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), invites you to the most important event of the country’s tourism industry: DATE. This iconic event provides a professional and organized business exchange environment where over 600 delegates from international wholesalers, tour operators, incentive groups, airlines, and charters operators can meet and conduct business with more than 100 leading tourism suppliers from the Dominican Republic, such as the mayor national and international hotel chains as well as local tour operators.

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2020 CASA DE CAMPO INTERNATIONAL BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC

Come join us at the Casa de Campo International Blue Marlin Classic Tournament for a fun competition full of adventure at one of the DR’s hottest blue marlin spots at the Casa de Campo Marina in La Romana from April 1 – 5, 2020.

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