Tahiti Festivals and Events


Tahiti Tere Faati
Jan. 28, 2017
The Tahiti Tourism office organizes this out-of-the-ordinary circle island tour aboard "le truck" (traditional Tahitian bus) for a day filled with live music and stops at various points of interest. A great day of fun! For more information, please call GIE Tahiti Tourisme at 011 (689) 40 50 40 30 or email: info@tahiti-tourisme.pf
January Tahiti
Chinese New Year
Jan. 28, 2017
Location: Papeete, Tahiti. The local Chinese community celebrate the year of the "Rooster" through a variety of events: parade, dances, etc… For more information, please contact Association Si Ni Tong at 011 (689) 40 42 74 18 or email: sinitong@mail.pf
January Tahiti
Flowers and Handicrafts Festival
January 30 to February 14, 2017
In the Gardens of the City Hall in Papeete, flowers and jewelry will be showcased for the celebration of St. Valentine.  For more information, please contact Associations des quartiers de Papeete at +(689) 87 77 54 37 or email: adams.myrna@yahoo.fr
January Tahiti
14th Annual FIFO - Pacific International Documentary Film Festival
Feb. 4 to 12, 2017
Location: Cultural Center "Fare Tahiti Nui" in Papeete, Tahiti. A festival that brings together the region's film and television industry and promotes projects to world-renowned documentary buyers. The Pacific International Documentary Film Festival selects the best documentaries. For more information, please contact Maison de la Culture -Te Fare Tauhiti Nui- at 011 (689) 40 54 45 44 or email: organisation@filmfestivaloceanie.org
February Tahiti
St. Valentine Exhibition
Feb. 9 to 14, 2017
This exhibition will highlight the creativity of the jewelry made with local materials.  For more information, please contact Association Bijouterie d'Art Polynesien at +(689) 40 58 42 38 or email: fauuracreations@yahoo.fr
February Tahiti
Tahiti Guitar Festival
February 23 to 25, 2017
Contest for the best young guitarists in the "Tahiti Espoirs Guitare" with international artists entertaining the evenings. For more information, please contact Collectif Tahiti Rock at 011 (689) 87 73 50 55 or email: leomarais@mail.pf
February Tahiti
Arrival of The Evangelists
March 5, 2017
Commemoration of the arrival of the first British protestant missionaries in Matavai - Tahiti. This year marks the 220th anniversary of the establishment of the Gospel.
Maohi Protestant Church
Contact: choiore@epm.pf
March Tahiti
Pro Rangiroa Junior Surf
Mar. 6 to 10, 2017
A competition for surfers in the Junior category in Rangiroa with the cooperation of the Rangiroa Community Council and tourism sector. For more information, please contact Rangiroa at: rangiroa-tourisme@mail.pf
March Rangiroa
International Women's Day
March 8, 2017
A number of actions to highlight, value and support Polynesian women's issues and status.
Delegation to Family and Women's Legal Status.
March All islands
Papara Pro Surf Festival
Mar. 12 to 17, 2017
Location: Taharuu, Papara. Surf competition with the participation of international junior surfers competing in the WQS (World Qualify Series) professional circuit on the Taharuu - Papara beach site in Junior, Open and Ondines categories. For more information, please contact Tahitian Surf Federation at 011 (689) 40 43 86 93 or email: fedesurf@live.fr 
March Tahiti
Tahiti Moorea Marathon
Mar. 25, 2017
International Marathon set up on the island of Moorea with 3 races scheduled: marathon, semi-marathon and fenua run (4 km).  For more information, please contact Te Moorea Club at 011 (689) 40 56 25 79 or email: contact@mooreamarathon.com
March Tahiti
Earth Hour - Tahiti (5th Edition)
March 25, 2017
Event about environmental issues to promote energy conservation through symbolical actions on the theme of return to sources by replacing electric lighting with old-fashioned lighting techniques on the island of Tahiti, its Peninsula and the island of Moorea. 
For more information, please contact Earth Hour Representative at jerry.biret@gmail.com
March All islands
Vanira Race, 8th edition
Apr. 1, 2017
Location: Taha'a (Leeward Islands).  This 15km route race runs through the lush green landscape of the interior of Taha'a, in the Leeward Islands.  Music, artisan displays, fresh fruit tasting, and various other food and vanilla stands add to the fun ambiance of this event for runners and spectators alike. For more information, please contact Taha'a Vanira, Jack Bennett Sport Association at 011 (689) 87 78 23 41 or email: bennett.jack@mail.pf
April Tahaa
X Terra - Tahiti, 9th edition
May 6 to 7, 2017
The Tahiti Cycling Club and VSOP associations are setting up a race around the island of Tahiti, a competition focusing on the respect of sport and environment.  Over the course of two days, the race will pass several iconic sites in Tahiti: the gardens of Papeete City Hall, the lagoon and a valley in Mataiea, Vaihiria Lake, the Maroto site, the hydroelectric dams as well as the Papeno'o valley on the inner side of the island of Tahiti, with its lush vegetation. For more information, please contact VSOP Sports Accosiation at 011 (689) 87 77 24 99 or email: vsop@mail.pf
www.xterratahiti.com
May Tahiti
The Rising of The Pleiads
Starting May 20, 2017
"Matari'i i raro", where the food shortage season starts.  The transition from one season to the other was a major moment in ancient society, where people would practice important rites and rituals. 
For more information, please contact: Association Haururu - Vetea Avaemai at: 011 (689) 40 42 87 27 or email: haururu.farefenua@mail.pf
May Tahiti
La Ronde Tahitienne
May 21, 2017
Location: Tahiti.  From the velodrome of Fautau'a in Pirae to the Tour of the island of Tahiti, the Tahiti Cycling Club and VSOP are staging their 8th edition with 3 sportcycling and one mass ecocycling circuits of 15 km, 55 km and 110 km, in the commune of Pirae and the east coast of Tahiti. This trial is registered on the national calendar of the French and International Cycling Federation of the International Cyclist Union. For more information, please contact Tahiti Cycling Club at 011 (689) 87 73 36 17 or email: benito@mail.pf
May Tahiti
Tahiti Pearl Regatta (TPR)
May 23 to 27, 2017
Location: Raiatea, Taha'a and Bora Bora. A colourful regatta between Raiatea, Taha'a and Bora Bora is open to all classes of boats, of any nationality, combining offshore stages and lagoon stages, all of them complemented with festive and friendly evening parties.  For more information, please contact Archipelagoes at 011 (689) 87 79 54 44 or email tpr@mail.pf
www.tahitipearlregatta.org.pf
May Raiatea/Tahaa
Pareu Day
May 26, 2017
The "Pareu Day" has been celebrated everywhere in the world since it was launched in 2013 by a small group of Polynesian enthusiasts with the support of social networks. It takes place in the capital city of Papeete in Tahiti based on a special theme and open to residents and visitors alike, all of whom are dressed in typical local clothing and enjoy various shows and activities. For more information, please contact GIE Tahiti Tourisme at  011 (689) 40 50 40 30 or email: info@tahiti-tourisme.pf
www.tahiti-tourisme.pf
May Tahiti
International Golf Open
June 5 to 11, 2017
Location: Atimaono Golf Course, Papara, Tahiti. Professional golfers from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States compete in the stunning setting of the Olivier Breaud Golf Course, about 50 km from Papeete. This annual tournament is organized by the Australian PGA and supported by the Polynesian Golf Federation.
For more information, please contact the Polynesian Golf Federation at 011 (689) 87 77 17 41 or email: louis.lesourd@gmail.com
June Tahiti
Taapuna Master Surfing 23rd edition
June 8 to 25, 2017
Location: Punaauia, Tahiti. Major amateur on-reef surf open competitions, staged over 6 days in the Taapuna Pass in Punaauia (including 2 for the junior category on the 7th and 8th of May), with a waiting period in the expectation of the best waves. Surfers, bodyboarders, drop knee and stand up paddle racers will ride in front of the visitors thanks to special sea shuttle boat transfers. For more information, please contact Taapuna Surf Club at 011 (689) 87 78 60 87 or email: taapunamastertahiti@mail.pf
June Tahiti
Stand Up Paddle Surfing World Tour
Early June
Location: Punaauia, Tahiti. Stand Up World Tour is the Official World Championship Tour for the sport of Stand up Paddle Surfing.  This event of 4 days competition attracts the top names in the sport, held at the Sapinus reef pass in Punaauia. For more information, please contact Tahitian Surf Federation at 011 (689) 87 79 26 27 or email: fedesurf@live.fr
www.surf.pf
June Tahiti
Tahiti Vanilla Week
June 13 to 17, 2017
Several days dedicated to Tahitian Vanilla in Tahiti with the participation of Polynesian vanilla farms showcasing their culinary use, cosmetics, arts and crafts, etc. For more information, please contact Etablissement de la Vanille at +(689)d 40 50 89 50 or email: vanilla@vanilledetahiti.pf
June Tahiti
Tahiti Fashion Week
June 7 to 9, 2017
Event for creation and fashion where the talents of craftmen and local designers stand out during fashion shows, modeling contests and meetings with the world of beauty and fashion.  For more information, please contact: Alberto Vivian at 011 (689) 87 78 85 90 or email: albertov@mail.pf
June Tahiti
Heiva i Bora Bora
June 17 to July 24, 2017
Location: Vaitape, Bora Bora. Annual singing, dance and traditional sports competitions as well as handicrafts demonstrations, to be held at Moto'i Place in Vaitape, Bora Bora. For more information, please contact Bora Bora Tourism Board at 011 (689) 40 67 76 36 or 011 (689) 87 73 54 22 or email: info-bora-bora@mail.pf
June Bora Bora
Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Festival
June 23 to 25, 2017
Location: Tahiti and Moorea. Made to welcome and create a meeting place for tourists, boaters and the local population, the TMS is taking place over the course of three days: a day in Tahiti with welcoming celebrations, a sailing rally and a Polynesian day in Moorea with traditional sports competitions (outrigger canoe race, fruit lifters race, stone lifting, grated coconut contest, etc..). For more information, please contact Archipelagos at 011 (689) 87 28 08 44 or email: archipelagoes@mail.pf
June Tahiti
Miss Tahiti Pageant
June 23, 2017
On that evening, the beauty queen of The Islands of Tahiti is elected among many contenders and wins her ticket to the Miss France pageant at the end of the year. Miss Tahiti shall remain available to the public for the various events she will support.
For more information, please contact Miss Tahiti Committee at 011 (689) 40 45 45 45 or email: leiana.faugerat@misstahiti.pf
June Tahiti
5th Annual Australia-Tahiti Event
June 23, 2017
Following the morning meeting between luxury yachting professionals near Marina Taina in Punaauia, the crews chill out with fun games and sports and fine food offered to sample the tastes of the region.
For more information, please contact Tahiti Crew at 011 (689) 87 21 59 80 or email: tahiticrew@mail.com
 
June Tahiti
Internal Self Government Day
June 29, 2016
This special day marking its 33rd anniversary is celebrated with sports and cultural associations' parade and march -Hivavaevae- in the city of Papeete.
For more information, please contact Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui at 011 (689) 40 54 45 44 or email: communication@maisondelaculture.pf
www.heiva.pf
June Tahiti
The Orange Festival in Punaauia
June 24, 2017
The city of Punaauia celebrates the orange fruits form the Tamanu plateau.
For more information, please contact Service des Sports et de la Jeunesse de la Ville de Punaauia at 011 (689) 86 56 56 68.
www.punaauia.pf
June Tahiti
Heiva Rima'i (handicrafts)
Late June to Mid-July
The Heiva Rima'i, focused on arts and crafts, is centered around a local theme, and brings together over 150 artisans from the country's 5 archipelagoes.  The event offers a richness and diversity of local products and Polynesian skill, showcasing various goods genuinely "Made in Tahiti", and featuring bone, stone, wood, pearl, tifaifai, tiki, pareu, etc...  For more information, please contact Handicraft Service at 011 (689) 40 54 54 00 or email: secretariat@artisanat.gov.pf
www.artisanat.pf
June Tahiti
US Independence Day Celebrations
July 1 to 4, 2017
The commune of Mahina celebrates US Independence Day at Venus Point with associations who boat the Made in USA: Harley Davidson riders, football, baseball...
For more information, please contact Ville de Mahina - Xavier Etaeta at 011 (689) 40 48 11 35 or email: xavieretaeta@yahoo.fr
July Tahiti
Heiva Mapuru A Paraita I Papeete
Mid-July
Traditional dance groups who run for the Heiva i Tahiti perform around the Papeete Market.
Direction du Marche de Papeete
For more information, please contact Direction du Marche de Papeete at 011 (689) 40 43 67 15 or email: jeannot.loshing@villedepapeete.pf
July Tahiti
Heiva Va'a I Tahiti
July 1st, 2017
Great outrigger canoe racing in Papeete Harbor and its channel between Tahiti and Moorea, featuring men and women paddlers in category V1, V3, V6, and V16 in Mataiea, Tahiti. For more information, please contact Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui at 011 (689) 45 54 45 44 or email: communication@maisondelaculture.pf
July Tahiti
Walk on Fire Umu ti
Jul. 5, 2017
Big oven dug into the ground to traditionally cook the "ti" plant thanks to heated rocks on which the Walk on Fire is practiced with the blessings of the Great Priest of this annual ceremony.  For more information, please contact Raymond Graffe at 011 (689) 87 78 54 75
www.heiva.pf
July Tahiti
Heiva i Tahiti 136th edition
July 7to July 23, 2017
Location: Place Toata, Papeete, Tahiti. The annual Heiva, started in 1881, is an iconic event for Polynesian culture. Dance competitions, which are some of the most important events in Heiva, are prepared for months in advance by dancers. Music, choreography and costumes, while based on historical or legendary themes, are uniquely created for each Heiva.
For more information, please contact Maison de la Culture -Te Fare Tauhiti Nui- at 011 (689) 40 54 45 44 or email: communication@maisondelaculture.pf  /  www.heiva.pf
July Tahiti
Shows at Marae Arahurahu
July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 2017
Shows on cultural history with "Te Aroha Mamaia" staged by professional dance group Toakura with the support of the Arts Conservatory of French Polynesia.
For more information, please contact Conservatoire Artistique de Polynesie Francaise - Te Fare Upa Rau at 011 (689) 40 50 14 18 or email: frederic@conservatoire.pf
July Tahiti
Traditional Sports Competitions
July 11, 2017
Fruit carriers race at the Paofai Gardens.
Traditional Sports and Games.
For more information, please contact Federation des Sports et Jeux Traditionnels at 011 (689) 40 50 31 13 or email: lei@mail.pf
 
July Tahiti
Bastille Day
July 14, 2017
Bastille Day celebration is organized in the same way as in all French Territories, with a military march to which all the authorities are invited.  The Islands of Tahiti also celebrates this event of the French Republic.
For more information, please contact Communication du Haut-Commissariat at 011 (689) 40 46 87 51 
www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr
July Tahiti
Te Aito Va'a (30th edition)
July 21 to 22, 2017
One day canoe individual race over a distance of about 10 km (6 miles).  The best 100 paddlers will be selected for the "Super Aito" race.  For more information, please contact the Ruahatu Association at 011 (689) 87 73 16 19 or email: charley@mail.pf
 
July Tahiti
Arearearaa i te fenua aihere
July 29, 2017
Half tour of the island of Tahiti up to the Peninsula in combined transportation: the traditional "truck" by land and boat by sea to the sound of "ukulele", including stops on public sites. The traditional meal "maa Tahiti" will be served beyond PK0 of the famous Hava'e wave - Teahupoo.  For more information, please contact Tahiti Tourisme at 011 (689) 40 50 40 30 or email: info@tahiti-tourisme.pf
www.tahiti-tourisme.pf
July Tahiti
Ukulele Festival
Aug. 11 to 17, 2017
Promotion of the musical art through "Ukulele". For more information, please contact: Maison de la Culture, Te Fare Tauhiti Nui at 011 (689) 40 54 45 44 or email: communication@maisondelaculture.pf
August Tahiti
Air Tahiti Nui Von Zipper Surfing Trials / Billabong Pro Tahiti
August 12 to 26, 2017
Location: Teahupo'o, Tahiti. Local and international surfers will face some of the most powerful waves on the planet in Teahupo'o, Tahiti's mythical wave.  A show worth seeing for all surf fans! The outcome of this trial determines who will enter the renowned Billabong Pro competition, which follows shortly after. For more information, please contact the Tahitian Surf Federation at 011 (689) 40 43 86 93 or email: fedesurf@live.fr / www.surf.pf
August Tahiti
Super Aito Va'a, 26th edition
August 19, 2017
Individual outrigger canoe races featuring the top hundred rowers qualified from the Aito Va'a race.  For more information, please contact the Association Ruahatu at 011 (689) 87 73 16 19 or email: charley@mail.pf
 
August Tahiti
ONO'U International Graffiti Art Festival
Sep. 1st, 2017
This festival is becoming a major international rendez-vous for urban contemporary art located in the South Pacific Ocean. For more information, please contact Tahiti New Generation Company at 011 (689) 87 70 41 42 or email: sarah.roopinia@gmail.com
September Tahiti
Painapo Raid in Moorea, 16th edition
September 16, 2017
Location: Moorea. Mountain running in teams of 2 that takes place on the island of Moorea with 3 races scheduled: Toa race (18 km), Arearea race (7 km) and Family Walk (4 km).  For more information, please contact te Moorea Club at 011 (689) 40 56 25 79 or (689) 87 78 50 83
September Moorea
Fareireihaga-Rangiroa
Sep. 18 to 23, 2017
In Rangiroa, the tourism industry celebrates tourism by dedicating a few days to promote cultural, fishing and handicraft related activities where local people take part in various contests.  All visitors are more than welcome to experience the Fareireihaga event.  For more information, please contact Comite de Tourisme de Rangiroa at 011 (689) 40 93 11 30 or email: philcabral@usa.net
September Rangiroa
World Tourism Day
September 27, 2017
Many people around the world celebrate the United Nations' (UN) World Tourism Day, which is on September 27 each year.  The day aims to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.  Celebrations are held in all 5 of the country's archipelagoes, where residents and visitors alike partake in traditional song, dance and music.  For more information, please contact GIE Tahiti Tourisme at 011 (689) 40 50 40 30 or email: info@tahiti-tourisme.pf / www.tahiti-tourisme.pf
September All islands
Vaiparaoa Sapinus Surfing and Body-Boarding
October 11 to 29, 2017
Over a 3-week waiting period, with 4 to 5 days of competition, the city of Punaauia shows their 2nd surf spot: the coral barrier at Sapinus, where surf and body-board sessions go live.
For more information, please contact Taapuna Surf Club at: taapunamastertahiti@mail.pf
www.taapunamaster.blogspot.com
October Tahiti
Hawaiki Nui Va'a 26th edition
Early Nov. 2017
Location: Leeward Islands. The Hawaiki Nui race has become a prominent event in the outrigger canoe world and will celebrate its 24th edition. Over 3 days, teams from all over the world will compete in one of the toughest outrigger canoe race. The race starts in Huahine to Raiatea (Day 1), then Raiatea to Taha'a (Day 2), and lastly the most difficult and longest segment of the race, Taha'a to Bora Bora (Day 3). The Hawaiki Nui race is absolutely spectacular! For more information, please contact the Tahitian Va'a Federation at 011 (689) 40 45 05 44, email at ftvtutu@mail.pf
http://www.hawaikinuivaa.pf
November Raiatea/Tahaa
The Rising of The Pleiads
From November 19, 2017
"Matari'i i ni'a", when the season of abundance begins (tau 'auhune).  The transition from one season to the other was a major moment in ancient society, where people would practice important rites and rituals.
Association Haururu - Vetea Avaemai
Contact: haururu.farefenua@mail.pf
November Tahiti
Ironmana Bora Bora Liquid Festival
TBC
Location: Bora Bora. The event, which was established in 1999, is held each year in December on the island of Bora Bora.  Over a period of four days, amateur and professional athletes gather on Bora Bora stunning beaches to take part in a unique liquid festival.
The Bora Bora Liquid Festival is not a typical sporting event.  In fact, it is much more than a sporting event.  With long-distance races in va'a hoe (Polynesian single-man outrigger canoe) surf-ski, stand-up paddling and swimming, as well as family relays, evening entertainment with movies, concerts and social gatherings, this festival appeals to anyone fond of water.
For more information, please contact Stephane Lambert at +689 87 70 71 14 or email: kainaluxt@gmail.com

Some of the world's best water-based athletes make the journey to put their physical and mental endurance to the test.

For more information, please contact Stephane Lambert at +(689) 87 70 71 14 or email: kainaluxt@gmail.com
November Bora Bora
Hura Tapairu, 13th edition
Week from November 22, 2017
The Maison de la Culture, located in the Tahitan capital, has created this dance competition which is different from the famous "Heiva i Tahiti", as the "Hura Tapairu" is a traditional dancing competition dedicated to small dance groups.  This competition was created 10 years ago to allow small groups of dancers to compete and compare their skill levels.  It promotes traditional dancing not only for some of the best known Tahitian dance groups, but also for groups from around the world.  For more information, please contact Maison de la Culture at 011 (689) 40 54 45 44 or email: communication@maisondelaculture.pf
www.maisondelaculture.pf
November Tahiti
Tiare Tahiti day, 55th edition
December 8, 2017
This event is a special tribute to Tahiti's national flower, the "tiare tahiti".
There will be various events related to the tiare flower, such as competitive decorations in businesses and public places in Papeete. For more information, please contact Groupememt de Solidarite des Femmes de Tahiti at 011 (689) 40 43 20 66 or Tahiti Tourisme at 011 (689) 40 50 40 30 or email: gsft@mail.pf or info@tahiti-tourisme.pf
www.gsft.pf
www.tahiti-tourisme.pf
December Tahiti
Raid Apetahi - Raiatea
December 1st, 2017
Location: Raiatea. This marvelous race amidst nature on the island of Raiatea pays tribute to this legendary flower named -tiare apetahi-, that becomes increasingly scarce and is strictly protected. The organizers, great supporters of the environmental protection, wish with this event promote awareness among the athletes and media about the necessity to protect this endangered species. For more information, please contact Association Fenua Loisirs at 011 (689) 87 75 47 36 or 011 (689) 87 79 37 12 or email: u_upa@hotmail.com
December Raiatea
Polynesian Art Jewelry for Christmas
December 18 to 24, 2017
the Polynesian Art Jewelry Association presents, in Papeete, an extraordinary panel of know-how and handicraft diversity in the hall of the Assembly of French Polynesia.  For more information, please contact Polynesian Art Jewelry Association at 011 (689) 40 58 42 38 or email: fauuracreations@yahoo.fr
December Tahiti
Christmas in the City
December 22 to 23, 2017
The city of Papeete shimmers with lights on Boulevard Pomare on the waterfront and at the City Hall as the nights come in.  Shops contribute to the magic as they decorate their store fronts for Christmas, much to the excitement of kids and adults.
Papeete Centre Ville - CCISM - Maire de Papeete
Contact: marie@ccism.pf, pcv@mail.pf
www.ccism.pf/pcv
December Tahiti



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