Festival de los Cabrerenos 2015 – Homecoming In Cabrera

Festival De Los CabrerenosI think the Festival de los Caberenos says a lot about this little coastal village of Cabrera, on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.  One weekend each year many of the people that were born and raised in Cabrera return to the little village from wherever they are working and living to reunite with family and friends still living in Cabrera.  This little festival is a real testament to the strength of family ties here in Cabrera.  It is common to see people returning from all over the world and from the larger cities in the Dominican Republic to be with their friends and family once again in a festive village atmosphere.

Concert At Festival de los Cabrerenos

Concert At Festival de los Cabrerenos

Somehow I think that if more hometowns in America, Canada and Europe did something similar the world would be a better place.   During the afternoon hours the families and friends meet in the Cabrera central park to share their experiences and to get reacquainted.  The park quickly fills with adults and kids and the spirits are high.

Check out the video below for a little of the atmosphere.  Later in the evening until the wee hours of the morning, various concerts with live performers can be found both at the central park and at the Monarka car wash just down the street.  That’s right… the car wash… which also serves as the most popular outdoor concert venue, a popular dominoes gathering spot, a beer and rum bar and a tasty local restaurant.  Down here in Cabrera we take our car wash lots pretty seriously… 🙂


In this short video I take a stroll around town as the families start to arrive and check out some of the preparations for the events.  I also manage to capture a few clips of the nighttime activities at one of the concerts.


Even though we live in a quiet little seaside village, there always seems to be something going on around us to keep us from getting bored.  Worse case there is always the 6 or 7 world class beaches within a couple miles of Cabrera.

For now, it is back on the road with some more families participating in one of our free North Coast Discovery Tours.  Even though the summer months in Cabrera tend to be some of the slower months, I sure haven’t experienced that this year.  It has been pretty much non-stop all summer.  Maybe we will see you down here one of these days.


Juan J. M. August 29, 2015 at 3:10 am

Greetings Barry.
Trust all is well. Just wanted to say hello and to enquire as to when your next article would be posted. I’ve noticed that its been a while since your last post and I am always looking forward to hearing about all the goings on in Cabrera. It’s my way of staying focused and somewhat connected. Hopefully ” ERYKA” will be gentle with you’all in Cabrera and the DR. Though I understand that you could definitely water.
Good luck and Godspeed.
Apopka, fl.

Barry August 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Hi Juan, will be releasing another post soon. Been nonstop for the last 5 weeks. Will be releasing a whole new series of videos of the SE region soon as Larry the tech guy has his Internet back up and running. Been down for over a week and he lives in the states if you can believe it. As things progress seems that more and more folks are coming down looking for those options I keep mentioning about. Hang in there it’s coming.

Juan J. M. August 29, 2015 at 3:19 am

I meant to say that you “could definitely use the water” as it regards to ERYKA and the drought. Sorry about that. Just got a little ahead of myself.
Juan J. M.
Apopka, fl.

Barry August 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm

I know. It’s cool. Yes we received some much needed rain. Still need more though.

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