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Bahia Beach Calendar

Upcoming Events

Discover some of the best things to do and see in Puerto Rico this winter.

At The St. Regis Bahia Beach

Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 24; St. Regis Lobby

Ring in the start of the holiday season with an elegant and festive tree-lighting ceremony in the St. Regis lobby starting at 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Celebrations

Dec. 24 – 25; Throughout the resort

The St. Regis ensures that this holiday is one for the books with exclusive celebrations at the resort. Guests of all ages can delight in live holiday music, while children enjoy a meet and greet with Santa Claus and his elf at the Plantation House. Contact the concierge for more details about the festivities. (787-809-8000)

New Year’s Festivities

Dec. 31; Plantation house and
fern restaurant

Ring in the new year with a festive celebration at the Plantation House. Enjoy a decadent special menu at Fern restaurant, featuring creations from newly appointed chef Juan Peña.

Festivals and Activities

San Sebastian Street Festival

Jan. 17 – 20, 2013; Throughout Old
San Juan

Celebrated annually on the third weekend of January, the “Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian” marks the end of the Christmas season with a four-day street festival of extravagant proportions. It all begins Thursday night with a boisterous parade along Calle San Sebastian, featuring festival mainstays “vegigantes y cabezudos” (figures from Puerto Rican history, depicted with oversized papier-mâché heads). Days are calmer and more focused on live music and local craftsmen; nights belong to the youngsters and adventerous. (sansepr.com)

Festival Casals de Puerto Rico

Feb. 23 – March 16, 2013; venues throughout San Juan

Returning for its 57th season, the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico brings some of the world’s most talented musicians to San Juan each spring. Originally founded by world-renowned cellist and conductor Pablo Casals, the 2013 edition welcomes the Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra as well as the Grammy Award-winning Takács Quartet, esteemed Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and the stunningly inventive Stockholm 59° North dance troupe, among many others. (787-721-7727; festcasalspr.gobierno.pr)

PGA Puerto Rico Open

March 4 – 10, 2013;

One of PGA Tour’s most fan-friendly events, the Puerto Rico Open celebrates its sixth year. The tournament attracts some of the world’s best professional golfers, including 2012 champ George McNeill and two-time winner Michael Bradley. (787-993-0880; gotopuertoricoopen.com)

 

Exhibits

“Nocturno de Museo”

Third Thursday of every month; Museum of the Americas

Enjoy extended hours from 6 to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Museum of the Americas in Old San Juan. Stop by to see the museum’s extensive collection of folk art, African art and ephemera from European conquest. (787-724-5052; museolasamericas.org)

“Interconnections: Curatorial Readings from the Permanent Collection”

Through Dec. 31; Museum of Art of Puerto Rico

Get to know the definitive collection of Puerto Rican art in this exhibition, with works in media ranging from paintings, drawings and sculpture to photography and installation. The comprehensive exhibition features work from more than 180 artist, with works arranged thematically, from portraiture to landscape to depictions of utopia. (787-977-6277; mapr.org)

“Emilio Sanchez: Light, Line, and Shadow”

Through April 15, 2013; Museo de Art
de Ponce

The Museum of Art of Ponce owns the largest collection of Cuban artist Emilio Sanchez’s works, which include lithographs and paintings that depict the architecture of the Caribbean. Visit the museum and take a journey through Sanchez’s works, which reflect his passion for capturing the effects of light and shadow on structures and landscapes. (787-848-0505; museoarteponce.org)

Entertainment

Great Ballets of the 20th Century

Dec. 15; Luis A. Ferré Performing
Arts Center
The Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Guillermo Figueroa and solo percussionist Lisa Pegher in a modern reiteration of 20th century illustrious ballet scores. The program includes an opus from Edward Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings” in E minor and Béla Bartók’s “The Miraculous Mandarin.” (787-620-4444; sinfonicapr.gobierno.pr)

Traditional Three Kings Day Concert

Jan. 5, 2013; Luis A. Ferré Performing
Arts Center

Celebrate “Día de los Reyes Magos” in the traditional Puerto Rican manner, with a special event from the Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra beginning at 4 p.m. (787-620-4444; sinfonicapr.gobierno.pr)

Homage to Richard Wagner

Feb. 9, 2013; Luis A. Ferré Performing
Arts Center

The Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra presents a musical homage to the great German composer, Richard Wagner. The program includes the overture from the opera “Rienzi,” the “Death and Love” prelude from “Tristan and Isolde” and selections from “Das Rheingold.” (787-620-4444; sinfonicapr.gobierno.pr)