Pietermaai is Curaçao’s new urban heart, and guarantees quality entertainment year-round. On top of this, annual special events make the area sparkle even more.
Curacao International BlueSeas Festival (May): A free blues festival that premiered in 2015 and became an immediate success. On different stages, some of the planet’s finest blues artists play their hearts out.
Jazz Week (augustus/september): An annual celebration of music coinciding with the Curaçao North Sea Jazz festival. The action centers around Miles Jazz Café, where musicians from all corners of the world deliver breathtaking performances, sometimes with spontaneous contributions from the greats who are in town for the CNSJF.
King’s Day: Experience how downtown Willemstad erupts into orange-colored revelry. During the last few years, Pietermaai has become the epicenter of the festivities for young and old. From old Dutch children’s games to culinary and musical delights, this party should not be missed.
Pietermaai Christmas Market: The spirit of Christmas comes to life under tropical skies, complete with Christmas carols and festive lights and decorations. Tourists and locals alike flock to the entertainment, quaint market and delicious drinks and bites.
XXL Pagara Party: It’s one of Curaçao’s most beloved traditions to say goodbye to the year with ‘pagaras’ – rolls of firecrackers the length of entire streets. Everyone on the island comes together to toast to the New Year, a deafening noise fills the air and evil spirits flee. Thanks to excellent teamwork between the many business in Pietermaai, different pagaras are tied together. Every December 31st, this leads to an unforgettable street event.
Pietermaai Proeft (‘Pietermaai Tastes’): A tasty event for the entire family. Come and savor the finest culinary treats from the area’s restaurants and cafés, plus equally delicious live music and local art.