New Year’s Eve is a blast on the Malecón. You and about 200,000 of your closest Dominican friends will party and dance in the street together to dozens of different bandstands. This party goes until dawn. Plan your transportation to this festivity wisely. Craziness with taxis is a given. If you really want to be authentic, go and have a sancocho after your long night; you’ve earned it!
Carnaval is celebrated throughout the country during the month of February, having its swan song on the last weekend of February or first weekend in March in Santo Domingo . Representatives come from all the other towns with their town-specific costumes to take part in a long parade and street party along the Malecón with the Carnival King and professional dance groups.
In some years the apex of Carnaval coincides with February 27, which is Independence Day in the Dominican Republic . The Malecón (Av. George Washington) is closed to traffic; stages, booths, and vendors set up camp for entertainment, and the party doesn’t stop until well into the morning. Elaborately decorated floats and expertly designed costumes that won contests in their respective towns all come to be seen in the festivities. The scene along the waterfront explodes with color and jubilation.
Every June the Guillen brothers of Yamasá  throw a huge bash for San Antonio. The Fiesta San Antonio attracts locals and tourists alike and is a wonderful opportunity to experience the musical traditions of gagá, gajumbe, and bambulá. The event is a generous one. Traditional comida crilloa and drinks are free. Look for it on the first Sunday before June 13.
The Merengue Festival of Santo Domingo  is the largest one of its kind in the whole country, held for two weeks every year at the end of July and beginning of August. Events highlighting the country’s signature music take place all over the city but center on the Malecón. The festival starts with a parade of dancers and musicians along the Malecón and includes food, drink, and arts.
The Día de San Miguel is the September festival of the patron saint of Villa Mella and Ciudad Colonial , celebrated by a procession and traditional music.
The Chicharron and Folklore Fair takes place at the end of November in Villa Mella Municipal Park. Visitors can enjoy the music and rhythms of congos, palos, and priprí and dance the son.
The annual Feria Internacional del Libro Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo International Book Fair) takes place from April to May at the Plaza de la Cultura  and is a treat for bookworms.
Avenida Caracas, near Avenida Duarte, also called La Plaza del Libro (“The Reader’s Walkway”), hosted La Feria del Libro Nuevo y Viejo (New and Used Book Fair) (last week of November), which was held for the first time in 2008 and rode on the success of La Feria Internacional del Libro (International Book Fair), one of the nation’s most successful festivals. Expect to see close to 70 vendors along the avenue, where you are sure to find bargains.