With all the rush of New Year festivities and the back-to-work (or school) grind of January, making enough time to relax and unwind can slip down the list of priorities. If you’re able to find the time though, then the best way to shrug off the New Year blues for good is to pack your weekends with plans for fun things to do. If you’re unsure about events in Accra this weekend and beyond, here’s our guide to some of the best happenings around town in the weeks ahead.
Celebrate Independence Day
You won’t want to miss this one! March 6, of course, marks the day Ghana became independent from the United Kingdom in 1957. While last year, being the sixtieth anniversary, was extra special, 2019’s celebration still promises to be one of the most unmissable events in Accra this year.
Held between 3 and 4 pm on March 6 in Black Star Square, the event consists of a parade featuring children, civil servants and the armed forces. There’s also a key speech from the president, all beneath the Ghanaian national flag. To add to the festive atmosphere, the event is also a national holiday, so make sure you enjoy it!
Brave new festival
Edge of the World Productions presents the JaGha Reggae Fest, embracing and bringing together the peoples of Ghana and Jamaica through the power of music. The event uses reggae to unify African culture with that of Jamaica, making for one of the most exciting events in Accra during the early part of the year.
The two days of music kick off in Accra’s Independence Square from 5 pm until midnight on March 9, before transferring to Elmina Castle, Cape Coast, on the following day. Acts already booked for the festival include Charly Black and Freddie McGregor, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks. If you’re looking to transfer between Cape Coast and Accra for the JaGha Reggae Fest, remember we can get you there and back with ease. Use the multiple destinations feature so that travel is sorted for both you and your friends, freeing you up to focus on having fun.
Strut your stuff, Carnival-style
Held over five days 40 nights before Easter, Rio Carnival is known for its extravagant celebrations. Being in Africa rather than Brazil, however, doesn’t mean missing out! The eighth Rio-style carnival comes to Accra on March 2, kicking off at 9 pm, a few days before Shrove Tuesday and the start of Lent.
The location in Accra’s bustling Osu neighbourhood will be confirmed nearer the time, so check back for details. But prepare to party outdoors under trees especially decorated and lit up for the occasion! If you’re in Accra, knowing what to do has never been easier. Need a ride home afterwards? We are here to help.
Back to basics
The Back2Africa Festival kicks off on February 25 and lasts until March 11. It takes place in both Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast, with exact scheduling and show dates to follow – acts already booked include The CrossRhodes, Black Alley Band and Farafina Kan. This event is a joint project between the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Adinkra Group. It takes in both Black History Month and Independence Day, giving even more reason to celebrate!
With so much going on, there’s no excuse to stay home. Get organised and get out and about, starting with events in Accra this weekend!