Events in Bocas del Toro, Panama

events in bocas del toro panama 2023

This page is dedicated to events in Bocas del Toro (and specials, too!). Here you will find weekly events, regular promotions, live music, DJs, markets, community events, and upcoming special activities like the 2023 Bocas Invitational January 28 – February 5, 2023 – A Tropical Dream!

Bocas Invitational 2023

Bocas Invitational 2023 – Panama’s one and only body-boarding festival returns. People from all over the world will descend on Bocas for a week of sport, music and good times. The competitions are held at Bluff Beach, with electronic parties around the archipelago’s hottest venues. A Tropical Dream.  $15,000 prize purse for winners. Registrations are open until January 15, 2023.  Limited spaces available in each division.  Register here!

Upcoming Special Events

January 16 –  Music Monday 4-6pm at The Floating Bar ft. traveling music sensation from Boquete El Duo Ese

January 16 – Welcome Back Party for the 1st place winners Cayuco Paunch cayuco paddling team. Live music, pool tournament and DJ. The house drink will be donated 100% to the team. 5pm -12am midnight at Space Bar & Food Trucks

January 16-21 – 20th Annual Panama Jazz Festival in Panama City. Catherine Russell will be performing! A Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist and daughter of Bocas del Toro legendary pioneer of jazz, Luis Russell (the subject of the mural on the gymnasium wall on 1st street).

January 18 – 1 year anniversary at Space Bar & Food Trucks! 5pm to 12am. Dress code: black. Live music, karaoke, prizes, “hora loca,” DJ Kenny West and DJ Momo

January 20Filthy Friday #198 – Get your tickets here. Do it now! They will sell out…(and so will the VIP tables). Filthy Friday is Central America’s First & Only Island Party Crawl, every Friday in Bocas  del Toro, Panama, 1pm to 9pm

January 21 – “Sensation White” Aqua Lounge 2nd anniversary party ft. DJ acts Angata, Rüben and Nahuel Masman. Tickets are available here. WhatsApp contact +507 6924-9402

January 22Vivero Deliciosa presents Bocas Plant Swap, from 2pm-5pm. Share plants and hang out with other plant lovers. Delicious and healthy plant based snacks from Habitat Bocas. Vivero Deliciosa on Google Maps.

January 28-February 5 – 2nd Annual Bocas Invitational. A bodyboarding tournament held on Bluff Beach with $15,000 worth of prizes for competitors coming from all over the world. A week of sport, music and culture, with competitions by day and music events by night.  A Tropical Dream!

February 4 –Full Moon Neon Party at Rush Bocas ft. the Bloodbeats, an all-star DJ line up and a fully decked out neon night club with neon paints.

February 11 – 4th Annual Bocas del Toro Regatta.  Cruisers are flocking to Bocas del Toro to participate in a fun sailing regatta.  Prizes will be offered by local businesses and it will be a great day of fun on the water.  This event is organized by Bocas Marina & Yacht Club.  There are sponsorship opportunities.  Check the official website to register and for more information. 


Music Monday at The Floating Bar – Different local bands rock the barge from 4-6pm. Check on Instagram and Facebook for details on the music.

Non-Stop Mondays at Rush Bocas 10pm-3am: 2 x 1 house cocktail and $3 rum (or similar drink specials – check @rushbocas on Instagram for the latest)

All day happy hour at Merén Pool Club & Restaurant: 2×1 on selected cocktails, local beer and house wines. Free use of the pool with any amount spent at the bar and restaurant

Local’s Monday Beer Pong Tournament at Aqua Lounge with prizes.


Market Tuesday at Super Gourmet – 10am arrivals of organic fruits & vegetables, artisan breads and specialty products

Taco Tuesday at The Floating Bar – Choose any 2 tacos for $6

Los Que La Forman band every Tuesday 7:30pm at Palmar Beach Lodge on Red Frog Beach, Bastimentos Island

Salsa Night at Bambuda Bocas Town 6:30-9pm – Live band and salsa dancing class

Afro Club at Barco Hundido 5pm-late. Free entry. Mad Family resident DJ: Afrobeats, Amapiano, Afrohouse and Soca music. $1 Miller Lite


Chinese Night at Calypso Cantina in the Bocas Marina. Authentic Chinese food from Chef Mo. 4:30pm-9pm

Corriente Latina at La Neta Caribe – Free salsa lessons with a live salsa band, 9pm

Bambuda Sundowners (DJ set) 6pm – 8pm at Bambuda Bocas Town

Bingo Night at Skully’s 5pm.  Cash prizes and more. Free shots during the game


Reggae Night Bocas at Aqua Lounge – Doors open 10pm, free entrance until 11pm and free for girls until 12am midnight. The best of reggae and dancehall; a classic Bocas del Toro party night.

Jazz sessions. 6-8pm at Bambuda Bocas Town

Open mic at Paki Point – and shish kebab specials.  Music and shish kebabs start at 4pm

Dollar Dinghy Thursday at The Floating Bar. $1 off all drinks if you arrive on a dinghy. And its Taco Thursday, because Taco Tuesday just isn’t enough. 2 tacos for $6. 12pm-sunset

Karaoke Night 8pm at La Neta Caribe

Poker games 12pm JJs at Bocas Blended (located at Bocas Docks)

Random Art Cafe Wine and Paint every other Thursday. Included in the price: all materials ,some instruction and dinner.
Bring your own wine or buy from us. A fun creative evening in good company and you get to take home your painting.
All levels welcome. Cost $40.00 (group rates available)



Fancy Friday at Om Cafe (pictured) –  It’s the weekend; dress fancy, feel fancy, just be your version of fancy and enjoy authentic Indian and Asian cuisine on the water in Bocas Town. Happy hour is 4:30-6pm.

Live music BBQ, 6pm at Calypso Cantina in the Bocas Marina

Skully’s ,6pm Pool Tournament every Friday. $10 entry and cash prizes (1st place $100 on December 2). All skill levels are welcome.



Saturday Pool Party & Brunch at Meren Pool Club & Restaurant –  Brunch by the pool and DJ set until 4pm

Salsa night with live band every Saturday from 7-9pm at La Casa Corazón

Live music at El Ultimo Refugio 7:30pm. Surrounded by art, over the water and featuring quality live music acts every Saturday

Float and Flow Yoga at The Floating Bar (10:30am start) Contact The Floating Bar to reserve your space and get a discounted water taxi.  Stay after class to enjoy breakfast quesadillas and Spicy Fire Coral Cesars

Sunset Jams at Bambuda Bocas Town live music 6-8pm


At Playa Boca del Drago you can enjoy a sunbed from Sunset Drago and order the famous Caribbean coconut fish stew Rondon for only $6 every Sunday at Restaurante Yarisnori

Domingo Paraiso Electronic Pool Party at Aqua Lounge 2pm – A Modern Illegal production

Sunday Funday live music and DJ party at Bibi’s on the Beach. 4pm (reggae, rock, salsa, different groups every week), followed by a DJ. 4-7pm happy hour

bocas dive center - dive against debris

Dive Against Debris! Every final Sunday of the month there is a donated based PADI Aware underwater clean-up led and sponsored by Bocas Dive Center. Certified divers receive a free dive tank to participate.