Revealing how to make the most of your stay in a Havana casa particular this month is the aim of this post and we’ll start by introducing you to the first two hottest events of August 2019 in Havana’s calendar.

Whether you’re staying in a casa particular in Havana next week or spending some time in the Cuban capital with friends and family you’re sure to want to get out and about and make the most of the experience. It doesn’t matter whether you’ll be enjoying a well-deserved Cuba holiday, business trip or short weekend break in Havana, the following events are sure to add a touch of colour to your visit.

International Timba Festival – the biggest Cuban salsa under a starry sky (2nd to 5th August)

OK, so we’ll kick things off with a bit of music. This August Havana moves to the sounds of timba (that’s Cuban salsa to you and me) and their paying special homage to the memory of Juan Formell, the founder of Cuba’s biggest, most legendary salsa band ever, Los Van Van. The mega concert is a one-night-only gig on 3rd August and the band is also

Havana casa particular in Vedado
Havana casa particular in Vedado

celebrating its 50th birthday. Expect a massive party where the crowds go wild at the band’s biggest hits and most popular classics and get our dancing shoes ready for an unforgettable night. And it’s not just Los Van Van who’ll take to the stage as their act will be followed by seven international DJs and other invited salsa bands. We can’t promise you’ll return to your casa particular standing on your own two legs (more like crawling with burned-out feet from all the dancing) but we do promise a night you won’t forget!

The perfect place to hone your salsa skills, learn a new move or two, it’s on at 23 y Malecon, Havana, right at the heart of Vedado. Great news is, we’ve got some awesome casas particulares in Vedado so you can stay close to all the action!

Acosta Danza puts on special seasonal performances (2nd, 3rd ,4th August)

The young Cuban dance company founded by OBE Carlos Acosta, Cuba’s most international star and prime figure of the British Royal ballet, is giving special seasonal performances this summer at Havana’s Teatro Nacional with the international debut of “Llamada” (Call) with choreography by Goyo Montero and with a theme that explores sexual gratification against the concept of genre in a culture that

“To what extent are we being ourselves?” is one of the questions explored by the Spanish choreographer, who is also director of Germany’s Nuremberg Theatre Balllet. Tickets can be bought from Teatro Nacional’s ticket office and the programme also include other dance pieces by other choreographers, including “Imponderable” also by Montero and “Twelve” by George Crecis, a dance number that mixes maths and sports with dancing. Surely, a date to firmly mark on the calendar of your Cuba holiday!

“Habana Titiritera” – puppets invade Havana’s cobblestone streets (5th 10 11th August)

The most colourful of the two events taking place in Havana during the first week of August, “Habana Titiritera” – figuras entre adoquines” (Havana Puppetry – puppets on the cobblestones) is now in its second edition and it promises to add character and flavour to any Cuba holiday, whether you’re staying in a Havana casa particular or a hotel.

Live puppets on stilts take over Old Havana's cobblestone streets
Live puppets on stilts take over Old Havana’s cobblestone streets

Dedicated to Havana’s 500th anniversary (a milestone the city is marking in many other ways leading up to its official birthday in November 2019) this year’s edition will see a total of 33 shows with 80 performances programmed for the course of 7 days. Some puppet shows will be staged across Havana’s theatres (namely Teatro Martí,  Teatro La Proa, Teatro El Arca, Teatro de la Orden III, Teatro Aldaba del Museo de Arte Colonial, Factoría Habana, , Patio del Centro de Teatro de La Habana, Casa de México, Casa Oswaldo Guayasamín, Casa de la Poesía and Casa de África) while others will take to the streets for performances (as the festival’s name rightly indicates) right on the cobblestone streets of Old Havana.

In the end it doesn’t matter what Havana casa particular you go for, whether you choose one in Vedado to be close to the mega salsa concert mentioned above, or you opt for an Old Havana casa particular to be closer to the puppetry action, at the end of the day, whichever location you choose you’ll never be far away from the best of Havana’s culture and nightlife.

Timbalaye “Ruta de la Rumba” in Havana (second week in August)

The second week in August brings AfroCuban music to the table with the beats of African drums, hypnotic traditional AfroCuban dancing and a whole lot of cultural splendour and folklore.

Every August Cubans (and visitors from all around the world, it could be you this year if you book a casa particular in Havana with us!) have a date with AfroCuban rhythms and customs with Timbalaye’s “Ruta de la Rumba” (Rumba Route). This international festival is one of the biggest in Cuba’s cultural calendar, paying homage to a style of music and dancing that was recently declared “Intangible Heritage” by UNESCO.

As the date nears we’ll reveal more details of what’s to come with this year’s edition and when and where it will all happen, check back here in a few days for all the info!

Beyond Havana, what to look forward to this August

It doesn’t matter if you’re not staying in a Havana casa particular this month, there’s still plenty of action elsewhere in Cuba. To find out what and where scroll down and keep checking back this space as we update it throughout the month.

Varadero Josone Music Festival (22nd to 25th August)

The Varadero Josone – Rumba, Jazz & Son Music Festival kicks off later in the month to give those enjoying a beachside stay in a Varadero casa particular plenty of reasons to party, celebrate and dance!

Following on from the previous year’s edition the festival promises four nights of non-stop singing and dancing right on Cuba’s most famous beach. For more details of concert line-ups and events check back this space in a few days as organisers reveal more.