St. Croix culture is rich with traditions and events to celebrate them. Today's culture is deeply rooted in the history of the islands. It reflects the wide array of different cultures who have called St. Croix home that have melded and transformed into what we know as St. Croix culture today. Crucian culture is heavily influenced by African traditions which were carried over by the enslaved Africans who were imported to work in the cane fields from the 17th to 19th centuries. Other influences on St. Croix culture stem from the many countries who once ruled including Denmark, France, England and the US; and immigrants who have brought influences from their native countries including India, the Arab world, and other Caribbean islands.
St. Croix is known for it's cultural events and festivals. Mocko Jumbie stilt dancers, Quadrille dancers, Quelbe music, and bamboula are all cultural traditions on St. Croix and can be seen prominently during festivals and events. The Crucian Christmas Festival
is the biggest event on St. Croix. Several days of street parades, Festival Village, good food, live music and time spent with family and friends.
Location : Christiansted
Local Tel : 340-713-8012
Only 4 Jump Ups / year – check event calendar for dates!
A Christiansted Block Party That’s Fun For The Whole Family! Many inbound island visitors plan their vacations to coincide with a Jump Up – family oriented, safe, fun block party style events. The streets are closed off to traffic so that the mocko jumbies can roam through the streets. St. Croix social service organizations, youth groups and calypso bands sprinkle the town. Restaurants and businesses stay open late offering great specials, and local food and drink vendors offer up a taste of local flavor. Visitors can enter drawings to win prizes. The event is from 6-10pm, but the party continues long after that!
Location : North Shore
Local Tel : 340-778-3800
Website : www.RenaissanceStCroix.com
Experience the famous “Pirate Buffet & Mocko Jumbie Show!” Celebrated as a part of the cultural heritage of the Caribbean, the Mocko Jumbie is a guardian that wards off evil. Experience the spectacular show of Mocko Jumbies, in their colorful costumes and tall stilts. Dance under the starry Caribbean sky and indulge in the local St. Croix cuisine. The bountiful buffet includes fresh roasted prime rib carving, chilled succulent crab and claws, a myriad of Crucian entrees, salads, appetizers, desserts and a mesmerizing chocolate fountain. 6:30 – 9:30 pm every Friday night. Reservations required.
Weekly Event (Every Monday 6PM)
Location: The Palms at Pelican Cove, Mid-Island
Local Tel: 340-718-8920
Caribbean Night at The Palms at Pelican Cove is a time to experience St. Croix’s Caribbean culture with live music and an exciting performance by Mocko Jumbies. This is a family friendly event and the entertainment will thrill everyone. You’ll want to join in the dancing (but do not have to)! Every Monday the fun begins at 6 pm. Come hungry for the all-you-can-eat buffet, including lip smackin’ ribs. $30 for Adults and $15 for Kids under 12. Come join The Palms for Caribbean Night!
Location : Frederiksted
Local Tel : 340-772-4000
Website : www.facebook.com/pages/Sun-Set-Jazz-in-Frederiksted/171486982935441
Local Live Music and that Famous Frederiksted Sunset! Scheduled for the third Friday evening each month, businesses and volunteers in Frederiksted host an impressive roster of musicians from around the world. Sit outside, enjoy the sunset and breeze coming off the water, and relax to some great music. The event is free to everyone, but seating is first-come first-serve along the newly re-done Frederiksted waterfront. Music begins at 5:30. See our Event Calendar for dates.