1. Celebrate Reggae Month in Kingston
The Reggae Industry Association of Jamaica, better known as JARIA, established February as “Reggae Month” largely because it coincides with Bob Marley’s earthstrong—as well as that of other reggae luminaries such as Dennis Brown. Now in its fifth year, Reggae Month includes 28 days of programs across Kingston and the surrounds. Of course, Feb. 6 is the busiest day, with three separate events: a night of Nyabinghi in Trenchtown, a Merritone dance at “oldies” spot Waterfalls, and a “Bob Marley Media Event” at Tuff Gong. The weekend brings the Trenchtown Festival to the Kingston neighborhood where Marley grew up, including the “Miss Mini Trenchtown” competition, a road race, and a special edition of Trench Town Rock concert, (held weekly on Friday nights during February). Visit JARIA’s website for more info on these and other events, and check out highlights from last year’s edition here.