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Four Ways To Enjoy Jamaican Culture Without Leaving The US


A jerk vendor at the annual South Carolina Reggae Jerk Festival.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 30, 2017:   If you can’t afford those pricey airline ticket prices to Jamaica right now, don’t be too disappointed. There are still ways to enjoy the Jamaican culture this summer without leaving  the US. Here are four cultural events that are definitively Jamaican, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board.  

Coney Island Reggae on the Boardwalk  

Get your dancing shoes on and head over to Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY this weekend. The first of a three part series of ‘Coney Island Reggae on the Boardwalk,’ is set for Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. The free, summer sound system series founded by DJ Carter Van Pelt in 2010, will be held on the iconic boardwalk at Coney Island, Brooklyn, West 20th Street and will feature sounds by New York area vinyl-only reggae artists. The other two events will be held on August 6, and September 3, 2017. See more here.

Music on the Main Reggae Night

Reggae Night returns to the Music on the Main festival in downtown West Bend, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 20 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Fans will be able to enjoy the rhythms of Jamaica for free from DJ Koja. For more on the festival’s line-up see here.

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

The 7th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival returns on July 23rd to the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY. Here you will be able to satisfy your taste buds as well as dance to reggae music. The event will feature various jerk delights as well as music from Morgan Heritage and Konshens and a cook-off competition for the Dutch Pot Trophy. For more, see here.

South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival

The 4th annual South Carolina Reggae Jerk Festival celebrates Jamaican Reggae music, jerk spices and wine parings on Sunday, August 27 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. Guests will be able to enjoy wine tastings, jerk samples, games, and reggae music from Coolieg and Lion Soul Reggae band as they browse the craft items on display. The festival is from noon to 7 p.m. Get more information here.

“We are always looking for ways to share Jamaica’s culture through food, music and entertainment, no matter where they take place,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “These summer events proudly feature legendary and up and coming talent, flavors and cultural experiences from Jamaica, and encourage people to make Jamaica their next travel destination.”

For more on Jamaica and Jamaican events, check out www.visitjamaica.com.