Many of Guam’s festivals and holidays are similar to those in on the mainland US, such as Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving Day and Independence Day. However, there are many unique religious, sports and cultural events throughout the year, too.
Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival
Micronesia’s longest-running and biggest volleyball event features more than just a tournament, but prize drawings, raffles and many other fun activities. The world’s top volleyball players come to Guam each February to compete for the large purse and glory.
Guam Discovery Day
A national public holiday that is celebrated the first Monday of March, Discovery Day marks the finding of Guam in 1521.
Malojloj Fiesta is one of the most popular festivals on the island. It is held in May, particularly in Inarajan. This three-day long event commemorates San Isidro, the patron saint, through traditional events, water buffalo racing and eating contests. There is usually a street party near the church where visitors are welcome to join in and try Chamorro beer and food.
Guam celebrates Liberation Day on July 21 which commemorates their independence from Japanese occupation. Memorials and ceremonies are held the week before, while a parade on the day starts from Hagatna’s Marine Corps Drive. The Liberation Day Queen Pageant is a much-awaited highlight.
Gupot Y Peskadot
Also known as Fishermen’s Festival, this event on August 12 is organized by the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association and features educational and interactive displays about the fishing methods and the coastal environment of the island. Entertainment and fresh seafood are offered.
Pastries in Paradise
This annual event celebrates the desserts and confections made by top chefs of Guam. Pastries in Paradise takes place in October and is organized by the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association with sweets prepared on the spot.