America’s Cup ‘Street Party’ Set For Next Month

September 12, 2015

Bermuda pride will be on full display next month during the Bermuda Festival within the Event Village at the Louis Vuitton America’s World Cup Series, the America’s Cup Event Authority [ACEA] said.

“The free event will take place from October 16 -18 with Front Street being transformed into a street party from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening,” the ACEA said.

“The festival will be distinctly Bermudian featuring dozens of food vendors, exhibitors, sailing, live commentary, fireworks, Dock Out and Dock In shows, a concert, kid activities, entertainers and more, showcasing the best the Island has to offer.

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“Our Bermuda Festival is an event the whole family will enjoy. Daylight screens will be available to watch the races on land in the Fan Zone at Number One Parking Lot and the Food Court at Number Five Parking Lot. The Event Village is the best location on land to watch the finish of the final race on each day.

“The Fan Zone is the best venue for on shore viewing, as there will be live commentary and televised racing on the screen at the main stage. The Dock Out Show in the Fan Zone will give attendees access to the sailors and boats before the races. Following the races, there will be a Post-Race Talk Show where the sailors will be interviewed.

“Local entertainment for the weekend includes live music, dance groups, DJs and more to be released at a later date. Glenn Jones will be the Fan Zone MC for the weekend.”

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“There will also be a happy hour event to kick off the Event Village on Friday, October 16 followed by the Opening Ceremonies and DJs spinning tunes.

“As part of the kids’ activities, the Endeavour Community Sailing Program will offer a sailing experience for children aged nine and up. There will also be fun castles, face painting and much more.

“Dozens of food concessions will be on hand offering the best of Bermudian street cuisine from chicken wings and fried fish to baked goods and snowballs. Multiple vendors will also sell uniquely Bermudian items including jewelry, spices, artwork and more.”

“Hosting the Our Bermuda Festival during the Louis Vuitton America’s World Cup Series is a great way to showcase Bermudian culture and customs on a world stage. More than that, it will provide fun for all”, says Mike Winfield, CEO, ACBDA. “We encourage the community to come out and experience the event village while supporting their team of choice.”

“The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series will be a fun, family friendly event that also provides a true America’s Cup experience”, says Michelle Halpin, Events Manager, ACEA. “We’re very excited about the line-up of local and international entertainment and are looking forward to whole of Bermuda enjoying this one-of-a-kind celebration.”

The festivities will begin on Friday, October 16 at 5pm and will close on October 18 at 6pm. Front Street will be closed from Court Street to Par-la-Ville during the two-and-a-half day event.

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  1. Commodore JB of BBIRYC says:

    As Commodore of BBIRYC, I will be hosting an exclusive event for all members of BBIRYC. Of course it will be out on my own private island so the commoners cannot attend. Yachting by day, caviar and champagne by night to celebrate.

    • Triangle Drifter says:


    • Actually.... says:

      I’ve found the Yacht club to be very welcoming….

    • Onion Juice says:

      And you wonder why we cant come together with subliminal racist comments like that, but I endorse it because it makes me look like a boy scout.
      But I will take full advantage of this event because when the real deal kicks in I wont be allowed in the circle.

      • Earth watch police says:

        Why because you weren’t allowed in the plp circle?

  2. Well... says:

    “The free event will take place from October 16 -18 with Front Street being transformed into a street party from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening,” the ACEA said.

    This needs to be clarified, as I understand the concert on the 17 th is a pay event $100 per ticket.

    • Hey... says:

      Read the program.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      The Front Street Bermuda Festival zone will be open to all, but I believe the #1 parking lot Fan Zone will have an admission, and this is where the concert will be taking place. I can only speculate at how these will be separated but my thoughts are that the Fan Zone may be closed after the Dock Show to prep for the concert, and that the Fan Zone will be tented so they could close off viewing from the Front Street Zone during the concert.

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Close the area all they want, you can’t stop the sound from traveling. There will be one giant tailgate party Bermuda style on the water if the weather is good.

        • Build a Better Bermuda says:

          Right on that account, however the schedule shows they will be closing the Front Street Festival area down an hour before the concert finishes, so you will have to move to a bar if you want to have a drink while you listen to the music. It will really come down to whether you want to listen to the concert for a little bit, or watch the concert

        • No says:

          Boats cannot watch the concert. The AC45 catamarans will be moored in Hamilton harbour off the number 1 car park so police boats will be keeping people away. You can listen for free I guess but you just won’t be close enough to see anything.

  3. keep it real says:

    Lol funny! Free as in your tax money already has footed the bill.

    • Eve says:

      Funny is right…tax money pays most of the bills for everything in Bermuda. Soon BTA will be claiming their sponsorship will bring in tourists and so on. The higher the debit the more Government wants residents to think they are getting something for free.

      • Raymond Ray says:

        Wrong! Eve, are you happy with Bermuda’s situations prior to the A/C events? We are now getting far-more international exposure and investors willing to come spend their monies and time with us.
        Why is it that the “Opposition” e.g. the Unions and the P.L.P want the Government to fail? Bermuda needs the money! We can blatantly see the biasness, it’s being projected in their comments posted :-( Please, stop the rhetoric.

        • Onion Juice says:

          Hey Stormin Norman, that’s like when you and your imps were criticizing the PGA.

          • Not exactly says:

            In fairness, PGA cost approx $26M and brought in est. $30M. AC35 will cost $50-$74M depending on how much sponsorship in found and is est. to bring in $250M. The multiplier for the PGA is poor and the Auditor General’s Port Royal Report did not cover the island with glory.

        • Eve says:

          Ray, all I said was the Party is not free! The Party is for residents to feel good about the money the Government is risking on AC. Most residents pay taxes in one form or another to the Government. The Party is not free and residents need to support AC in hopes those monies you refer too do come into Bermuda. All Bermuda taxpayers have an investment in AC.

    • Earth watch police says:

      Do you mean the missing 800million taxpayer money

      • Coffee says:

        Are you talking about the 800million Bob Richards borrowed to last for 36 months but didn’t last 20 months ! You need to start asking your finance minister some serious questions . Oh! As an aside he borrowed the money when the interests rates was sky high compared to today .

        • Build a Better Bermuda says:

          Actually, they haven’t run out of that $800m yet, they got the $200m credit facility open for when they need it, as they are expecting to come up short of the original mark.

        • Moojun says:

          Please remind us how much the annual interest payments are on the inherited PLP debt balance per annum? The majority of what Bob HAD to borrow was to pay that expense after all.

        • Onion Juice says:

          Oh boy, you just stepped on their sacred cow.

        • Earth watch police says:

          Yes exactly Bermuda is gonna be paying plp!s note for many generations thank you plp by the way your patented math formula stinks like s..t.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Compare what visitor spending was last October with what it will be after this October. Tourism, sporting and cultural events funding has never been about bringing in revenues to Government, it has been about bringing revenues in to the economy as a whole. It’s the taxpayers that will benefit from this as people come here to spend on our services, that in turn spend those monies on other services and payroll, that in turn spend those monies on other services and payroll… and so on and so on.

  4. just wondering says:

    Was wondering when the advertising was or is going to start. We have never seen an event in Bermuda like this before. And as far as the advertising and promoting goes been very quite.
    Pothetic acually

  5. smh says:

    Lol typical Bermuda catering to everyone else around the world except for Bermudians.

  6. DONALD says:

    Now is the chance to see if a city buss service will work with some parking at the Botanical Gardens

    U B E R