Tahiti Festivals and Events


Tahiti Tere Faati
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, as well as "ahima'a" a sumptuous Tahitian meal. A great day of fun! Tickets on sale at the Tahiti Tourism office in Papeete.
January Tahiti
Chinese New Year
January 31, 9 & 15 February, 2014
Location: Papeete, Tahiti. The local Chinese community celebrate the year of the "wood horse" through a variety of events: parade, dances, etc… For more information, please contact Association Si Ni Tong at +(689) 40 42 74 18 Christophe Chin or email: sinitong@mail.pf
January Tahiti
Moorea Marathon
February 22, 2014
Location: Temae, Moorea. Ranked amongst the Top 40 Finest Exotic Marathons, The Moorea Marathon is a not-to-be missed event. A great challenge to take in a heavenly vacation destination! For more information, please contact Te Moorea Club Association at +(689) 40 56 25 79 or email: contact@mooreamarathon.com
February Moorea
11th Annual FIFO - Pacific International Documentary Film Festival
February 3-9, 2014
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 +(689) 40 54 45 44 or email: organization@filmfestivaloceanie.org
February Tahiti
Tahiti Guitar Festival
February 20-22, 2014
Location: Le Meridien Tahiti. Guitar fans and professionals gather at the Le Meridien Tahiti for 3 evenings of great music. For more information, please contact Collectif Tahiti Rock at +(689) 87 73 50 55 or email: leomarais@mail.pf
February Tahiti
Tu'aro Ma'ohi Tahiti Championship
March 15, 2014
Location: on the site of Mahana Park in Pa'ea, Tahiti. This contest allows the athletes from the 5 archipelagoes of French Polynesia, and the whole Pacific region to display their know-how in traditional sports. For more information, please contact Federation of Traditional Sports and Games at +(689) 87 77 09 05 or email: enoch@mail.pf
March Tahiti
Polynesia Tatau - 2014 Tattoo Convention
The first week of April
Location: Radisson Plaza Resort Hotel in Arue, Tahiti. Tattoo artists from Polynesia, the Pacific basin and the overseas continents will meet at this event for the many tattoo enthusiasts. For more information, please contact Porinetia Tatau Association at +(689) 87 79 79 21 or email: pirate@mail.pf
April Tahiti
Tu'aro Ma'ohi Tahiti Championship
April 26, 2014
Location: on the site of Mahana Park in Pa'ea, Tahiti. This contest allows the athletes from the 5 archipelagoes of French Polynesia, and the whole Pacific region to display their know-how in traditional sports. For more information, please contact Federation of Traditional Sports and Games at +(689) 87 77 09 05 or email: enoch@mail.pf
April Tahiti
Tifaifai Exhibition
April 2014
Location: Papeete's City Hall, Tahiti. In Tahitian, "tifaifai" means "to mend" or "to match". Tifaifai are beautiful bedspreads that originated from the patchwork style and technique. The fabric and technique were brought to the islands by the first European missionaries. The designs and "appliqué" are all hand made and usually represent nature: flowers, leaves, fruits. The "tifaifai' exhibition is a tribute to the mamas for the long hours and months of work needed to create the most original "tifaifai".
April Tahiti
Tahiti Pearl Regatta, 11th edition
April 30 thru May 4, 2014
Location: Raiatea, Taha'a and Bora Bora. The most important regatta in the South Pacific, the Tahiti Pearl Regatta celebrates its 11th anniversary. In a fun and festive atmosphere, mono-hulls or multi-hulls boats will race between Raiatea, Taha'a and Bora Bora. The race is held during the day and festivities each night! The Tahiti Pearl Regatta village will be set in the small town of Uturoa prior to the start of the regatta. More information: http://www.tahitipearlregatta.org.pf or contact Raiatea Regatta at +(689) 87 79 54 44 or email: tar@mail.pf
April Raiatea/Tahaa
Rangiroa Channel Race 4th Edition
May 5-9, 2014
Location: Rangiroa, Tuamotu Atoll. 6-paddler canoe races: for the women's and juniors' series, the race will take place in the Rangiroa lagoon. For the men, the race will be 100km with the shifting of 3 paddlers between Rangiroa and Tikehau. For more information, please contact Tepaetia Va'a Association at +(3689) 49 96 82 67 or email: range@mail.pf
May Rangiroa
Taps Junior Surfing 11th Edition
May 3-4, 2014
Location: Punaauia,Tahiti. Junior (16 to 18 years old) surf competition during two days in the Ta'apuna pass at Punaauia, Tahiti. For more information, please contact Taapuna Surf Club at +(689) 87 78 60 87 or email: taapunamastertahiti@mail.pf
May Tahiti
Ariimatatini Race 12th edition
May 5-9, 2014
Location: Rangiroa, Tuamotu Atoll. Individual canoe race taking place in Rangiroa. At the same time, other activities are staged over these four days with a village exhibition of handicraft products, traditional sports contests (fruit carrying races, coconut palm weaving contest and local cuisine contest). For more information, please contact Tepaetia Va'a Association at +(689) 49 96 82 67 or email: range@mail.pf
May Rangiroa
Tu'aro Ma'ohi Tahiti Championship
May 17, 2014
Location: at the Museum of Tahiti and her Islands. This contest allows the athletes from the 5 archipelagoes of French Polynesia, and the whole Pacific region to display their know-how in traditional sports. For more information, please contact Federation of Traditional Sports and Games at +(689) 87 77 09 05 or email: enoch@mail.pf
May Tahiti
Dancing School Heiva - Ori Tahiti
May 29 thru June 7, 2014
Location: Toata Square, Papeete, Tahiti. "Ori Tahiti" (or Tahitian dance) is in the genes! From the moment kids can walk, they are introduced to Tahitian dance. Each year, the "Heiva" festival is a celebration of life through music and dance. The schools' Heiva sets the start of the Heiva festivities. Dance schools prepare their students for this competition that will reward the best Tahitian dance school. For more information, please contact Maison de la Culture - Te Fare Tauhiti Nui at +(689) 40 54 45 44 or email: communication@maisondelaculture.pf
May Tahiti
Taapuna Master Surfing 20th edition
May 2014
Location: Punaauia, Tahiti. Amateur open surf competitions at the Taapuna coral reef pass in Punauuia, Tahiti. Competition in the categories of surfing, body-boarding, drop knee and stand-up paddle. For more information, please contact Taapuna Surf Club at +689 87 78 60 87 or email: taapunamastertahiti@mail.pf
May Tahiti
Heiva i Bora Bora
June 20 to July 13, 2014
Location: Vaitape, Bora Bora. The annual singing, dance and traditional sports competition as well as crafts demonstrations, to be held at Moto'i Place in Vaitape, Bora Bora. For more information, please email: info-bora-bora@mail.pf
June Bora Bora
Tahiti Vanilla Week
June 5-8, 2014
Location: Papeete, Tahiti. Tahitian vanilla is considered as one of the most fragrant one in the world. While it is mainly used in cuisine, it can also be found in some interesting jewelry pieces! Of course vanilla fragrant "monoi" (Tahitian oil) is a popular buy, also available in body lotion version, not to forget about liquors. For more information, please contact Tahiti Vanilla Establishment at +(689) 40 50 89 50 or email: vanilla@vanilledetahiti.pf
June Tahiti
Ukulele Festival 6th edition
June 21, 2014
Location: Hitia'a, Tahiti. The ukulele contest takes place in the district of Hitia'a on the east coast of Tahiti and is open to musicians of all level. For more information, please contact Hitiaa Ia Ora Association at +(689) 87 74 26 49 or email: aimee.tomsingvien@sefi.pf
June Tahiti
Raiatea Aitoman
June 7, 2014
Location: Uturoa, Raiatea. Race of 2km swimming, 98km cycling and 20km running. For more information, please contact Carlos Schmidt at +(689) 40 60 24 85 or email: haurait@gmail.com
June Raiatea/Tahaa
International Golf Open
June 4-8, 2014
Location: Atimaono Golf Course, Papara, Tahiti. Professional golfers from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the United States compete in the stunning setting of the Atimaono Golf Course, about 50km from Papeete, Tahiti. The Tahitian Federation of Golf has developed partnerships with the Australian "Professional Golf Association" to register this open in the "South Pacific Tour". For more information, please email: louis.lesourd@mail.pf
June Tahiti
Tahiti Nui Pro SUP
June 1-9, 2014
Location: Tahiti. The Stand Up Paddle races will take place in the lagoon of Punaauia, Tahiti. For more information, please contact Tahitian Surf Federation at +(689) 40 43 86 93 or email: fedesurf@live.fr
June Tahiti
Heiva i Huahine
June 29 to July 8, 2014
Location: Place Toa Mo'a, Huahine The annual singing, dance and traditional sports competition as well as arts and crafts to be held at Place Toa Mo'a, Huahine.
June Huahine
Heiva Tahiti 133rd edition
July 3-19, 2014
Location: Place Toata, Papeete, Tahiti. After having been prohibited for many years by the missionaries, Tahitian dance made its big come back in the 1960's thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of teacher Madeleine Moua. "Heiva i Tahiti" is to be seen at least once when traveling to Tahiti! The entire population of the islands of Tahiti gather for weeks to pay homage and to celebrate traditional Tahitian dance, music, and song. Dance troops from the islands will compete for many coveted titles. Competition evenings: July 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12. Awards ceremony: July 17. Prize-winners' night: July 19. For more information, please contact Maison de la Culture -Te Fare Tauhiti Nui- at +(689) 40 54 45 44 or email: communication@maisondelaculture.pf
July Tahiti
Papeete International Festival
July 28 thru August 7, 2014
Location: Papeete, Tahiti. World music and dancing, cultural exchanges and know-how shown by the various participating countries for the safeguarding, the maintaining and development of arts and traditions. In the gardens of Papeete City Hall, Tahiti. For more information, please contact Mikaela Malia at +(689) 87 73 56 12 or email: femmes.oceaniennes@mail.pf
July Tahiti
Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Festival
July 4-6, 2014
Location: Tahiti and Moorea. A sailing event to promote the nautical world and the beauty of sailing in the Islands of Tahiti. Races, demonstrations, parades, handicrafts booths, folkloric shows will make each day very special. For more information, please contact Stephanie Betz at +(689) 87 28 08 44 or email: archipelagoes@mail.pf
July Tahiti
Heiva Va'a Races
July 4-5, 2014
Location: Papeete, Tahiti. The "Heiva Va'a" (outrigger race) brings together paddlers of all ages dressed in colorful pareos and traditional "heis" and leis for races and demonstrations in the Papeete Harbor. For more information, please contact Tahitian Va'a Federation at +(689) 40 45 05 44 or email: ftvtutu@mail.pf
July Tahiti
Heiva Tu'aro Ma'ohi
July 12-13-14-26, 2014
Location: Paofai Gardens, July 12th. Location: Gardens of the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands, Tahiti - July 13 & 14. Part of the "Heiva" festivities is the "Tu'aro Ma'ohi" traditional sports which is a strong part of the islands' cultural and heritage. Athletes from the five archipelagoes will demonstrate their skills and strength by competing in javelin throwing, coconut peeling, stone lifting, coconut tree climbing. Spectators can also enjoy the gardens of the museum, which boasts great views on the lagoon and the gorgeous sunsets. Location: Venus Point, July 26 - traditional sailing outrigger regattas. For more information, please contact Federation of Traditional Sports and Games at +(689) 40 50 31 11 or email: enoch@mail.pf
July Tahiti
Te Vai Ari'i Marathon: The Super Aito Va'a 24 edition
August 29-30, 2014
Three-days individual outrigger canoe races featuring the top hundred rowers qualified from the Aito Va'a race. For more införmation, please contact Charles Maitere at +(689) 87 73 16 99 or email: cmaitere@cps.pf or charley@mail.pf
August Tahiti
Air Tahiti Nui Von Zipper Surfing Trial
August 9-26, 2014
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. For more information, please contact Tahitian Surf Federation at +(689) 40 43 86 93 or email: fedesurf@live.fr
August Tahiti
BillabongTahiti Pro Surfing Tournament
August 9-26, 2014
Location: Teahupo'o, Tahiti. Part of the World Championship Tour, the competition brings together the 48 best surfers in the world. For more information, please contact Tahitian Surf Federation at +(689) 40 43 86 93 or email: fedesurf@live.fr
August Tahiti
World Tourism Day
Each year, the Tahiti Tourism office organizes a series of events and activities to commemorate the World Tourism Day.
September All islands
Tahiti-Sapinus SUP Surfing and Body board
2nd and 3rd week of October 2014
Location: Punaauia, Tahiti. The stand up paddle and body board battle will take place at the Sapinus coral barrier reef in Punaauia, on the west coast of Tahiti. For more information, please contact Taapuna Surf Club at +(689) 87 78 60 87 or email: taapunamastertahiti@mail.pf
October Tahiti
Te Ahi Nui
1st week in November 2014
Location: Le Meridien Tahiti. Great fire dancing contest. The winner will be given the opportunity to take part in the year world championship in Hawaii. For more information, please contact Hotel Le Meridien Tahiti at +(689) 40 47 07 07 or email: restaurant@lemeridien-tahiti.pf
November Tahiti
Hura Tapairu 10th edition
November 26 thru December 6, 2014
Location: Papeete, Tahiti. The House of Culture is celebrating the 10th anniversary of this contest that attracts a very large number of traditional dancing groups. For more information, please contact Maison de la Culture -Te Fare Tauhiti Nui- at +(689) 40 54 45 44 or email: communication@maisondelaculture.pf
November Tahiti
Hawaiki Nui Va'a 23rd edition
November 5-7, 2014
Location: Leeward Islands. The Hawaiki Nui race has become a prominent event in the outrigger canoe world and will celebrate its 22nd 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! More information, http://www.hawaikinuivaa.pf
November Raiatea/Tahaa
Tiare Tahiti day, 52nd edition
December 5, 2014
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 Angeline Sabre at +(689) 87 78 87 42 or email: gsft@mail.pf
December Tahiti
Marquesas Art Festival
December 2014
The Marquesas Art Festival is a cultural event organized every four years, alternatively on the three most populated islands of the archipelago: Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa. The purpose of the festival is to maintain and celebrate marquesan culture and welcomes delegations from Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, Tahiti and Easter Island… For more information, please contact: comtourismehiva@mail.pf/www.marquises-hivaoa.org.pf
December Marquesas
Ironmana Bora Bora Liquid Festival
Late November thru early December 2014
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 the liquid element.

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
December Bora Bora
Apetahi Raid
1st weekend in December 2014
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 Philippe Duberne at +(689) 87 75 47 36 or Romy Tavaearai at +(689) 87 79 37 12 or email: u_upa@hotmail.com
December Raiatea/Tahaa
Christmas and New Year's Eve (St Sylvester) Celebrations
Hotels and restaurants offer special menus and entertainment both days. Merry Christmas!
December All islands



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