Harbour Nights is the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce’s signature community event aimed at showcasing Bermuda’s Culture, and in 2012 it celebrates its 20th anniversary. This event is an essential part of Bermuda’s community calendar and provides fantastic summer entertainment in a safe venue. Locals and visitors can meet and mingle whilst sharing in Bermuda’s unique culture. The scenic harbour front in Hamilton is closed to traffic and offers fun for the entire family every Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. between May and September. Admission is free and gives you access to more than 120 street vendors who actively participate in this weekly event in various categories, such as arts and crafts, food, entertainment, promotions and charities. You’ll find the best in local handcrafts — sculptures, paintings, hand-blown glass, Bermuda cedar woodcarvings, jewellery, gombey dolls and other one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Harbour Nights helps these artisans and organisations to increase community awareness of their craft or organisation’s mandate. Children can choose from a wide range of activities, including fun castles in all sizes, a mini Ferris wheel, face painting, tattoos and hair braiding. At the end of the month, revellers can enjoy the Beating of the Retreat with the Bermuda Regiment band, which marches down Front Street in full regimental apparel with pipes and drums. Bermuda is a melting pot of cultures, and the extended food court at Harbour Nights emphasises this aspect. Follow the tantalising smells and you’ll find Bermudian and international specialities, including the popular fried fish, jerk chicken, Indian food as well as a range of snacks like mini doughnuts, refreshing drinks and cool treats. On Wednesday nights in Bermuda, when the sun goes down, the evening comes alive. Give in to the call of the gombey drums and dance to the lively beat in the street. Harbour Nights offers locals and visitors alike a chance to shop, dance and enjoy Bermuda’s vibrant atmosphere. Make new friends or rekindle old friendships as you soak up Bermuda’s unique, colourful culture. If you are wondering how you are going to get to the event, Bermuda offers many choices for transportation, all of which run regularly for your convenience. You can take a ferry ride, catch the bus or hire a taxi. If you would like more information on Harbour Nights, check the local newspapers, inquire at the front desk of your hotel or call the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce. (295-4201)
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