Harbour Nights in Hamilton Bermuda
So what is Harbor Nights? Basically, Bermuda at its best. The front street in Hamilton gets closed to all vehicles after sunset.
The shops and the restaurants remain open till late at night. And the street comes alive with sparkling lights and music.
Large number of vendors wearing colorful dresses sell various kinds of local arts and crafts. Many of them will be the local artists themselves who are generally willing to chat with you and explain their artwork.
There will also be a number of food sellers selling different kinds of food - both Bermudian and ethnic. And then comes the Gombey dancers with their lively music and rhythmic drumming. They are huge crowd pullers.
Harbor Nights at Hamilton
It's a great experience even if you just take a stroll along Front Street and enjoy the ambience of the Harbor nights. People mix freely and talk to each other. This is a great family event and gives a wonderful insight into Bermudian culture.
If you plan to take your dinner at a Front Street restaurant on Harbor Night, make reservations and come early. Take one of the open balcony seats facing the road. We just love it. Check out Restaurants in Hamilton and find your choice of restaurant on Front Street.
So Harbor Nights at Hamilton Bermuda essentially features:
1) On-street celebrations from 7 to 10 p.m.
2) Shops are generally open until 9:00 p.m.
3) You get to see Bermuda's local Arts and Crafts
4) Live Music and Entertainment
5) Food Court
6) Lots of activities for Children in the Children's Court, including fun castles in all sizes, the ever-popular train, face painting, tattoos and hair braiding.
7) You can see the Bermuda Regiment band, which marches down Front Street in full regimental apparel with pipes and drums.
Update April 2012: This is the 20th anniversary of Harbor Nights in Bermuda and the organizers plan to hold the event this year for 20 consecutive weeks starting from April 25th and plan to make it larger than ever. So the last Harbor Night this year takes place on September 9, 2012as per schedule unless the organizers extend it based (which has happened in the past).
How to reach Harbor Nights venue & get back
From the dockyard (Kings Wharf), you can take the ferry to Hamilton at 6pm or 7pm (takes about 20 minutes). While returning, the last direct (Blue Route) ferry from Hamilton to Dockyard is at 9:30pm. But often additional ferries are provided on Wednesdays for Harbor Nights. You can get the additional ferry timings from the Visitors Information Center at Kings Wharf. You can also get buses from the Central Bus Terminal at Hamilton (near City Hall) to get back to Dockyard (takes about an hour). The last bus (#8) for dockyard leaves Hamilton at 10:45pm.
From St George, you can take a bus (#10, 11) to reach Hamilton in about an hour. You will get a bus back to St George well after the event is over. Ample taxis are also available.
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