Zambales Festivals and Events
Zambales Mango Festival
Date: Month of April
The event is a celebration of a bountiful harvest of mangoes and other agricultural products which the province is so known for. It is aimed to highlight the must-see attractions and places of interest in all its towns. Among the activities during the event include Hataw Saya Street Dancing Competition, trade fair and exhibit, Lakbay Zamables Cycling Competition, PINAKA Product Display, Mango Fruit Stand Competition, Agri-Karera ng Kalabaw, Huli Mo, Biik Mo, Alaga ko si Bantay Competition, Sand Sculpting Competition, Mango Mixing Bar-tending Competition, Mango Ultimate Dance Showdown, Mango Jam and Pie Making and much more.
Sibit-Sibit Summer Festival
Date: 4th Week of April
Venue: Olongapo City (Brgy. Barreto)
The name Sibit-Sibit was derived from the name of small paddle-driven bancas used for fishing during the early days when Brgy. Barreto was yet called Sitio Maquinaya. During fiestas, fisherfolk hold banca race using pure human strength to win the competition. Today, the festival competition includes motorized banca race and sail boat competition to add fun and excitement to the activity. In the summer of 1996, the idea came to mind when then barangay Kagawad Carlito A. Baloy set sail to stage the 1st Sibit-Sibit Festival at Driftwood Beach. It was held yearly but later was shelved for various reasons.
Paynauen 'Duyan' Festival
Date: April 25 - May 1
Paynauen Festival in Iba, Zambales which commemorates the provincial capital's founding anniversary (founded in 1611) traces its origin from a Zambal word which means rest or pahingahan - the ancient name of Iba before the Spanish conquistadores founded the village on the shore of the Bancal River in 1611. The festival is the brainchild of Vice Mayor Benjamin Farin, Jr. It features photo competition and exhibit, sand sculpture competition, skate boarding, 2-cock derby, carabao race, beauty pageant, kite flying, banca race, boxing tournament, street dancing / Duyan Parade, among other activities.
Date: May 3 - 4
This Festival is fast becoming one of the most popular in Zambales, also incorporating “Miss Botolan” and “Miss Botolan Tourism” beauty quests, this is a 2 day spectacular of Street Dancing, Bands, Beauty contests all culminating in the competition of the “Best and most colorful Street Dancing group” in the Municipality.
Olongapo Grand Mardi Gras
Date: October 27 - 29
Venue: Olongapo City (Central Business District)
A festival featuring street-dancing along Magsaysay Ave. with acoustic bands and stand-up comedians playing to the merriment of residents. Highlight of the event is the Halloween parade participated in by SBMA officials and employees, locators and school students garbed in the scariest costumes on board Halloween-themed floats.
Subic Karakoa Festival
Date: Month of November
Venue: Subic Bay Freeport
In honor of the warship Karakoa, a warship built by the Pintados tribe, SBMA sets the stage for a unique festival filled with colorful floats, parade and motorcade called Subic Karakoa Festival. It is meant to complement the annual Philippine Motorsports Festival and the Karakoa Food Festival.