Events in Colombia : Festivals & Carnivals

In this article you will learn ALL you need to know about the major events in ColombiaDiscover the best events not to be missed and schedule your trip so that you can enjoy the authentic feel of the countrySo if you plan to travel to Colombia you will love this new article.

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The diversity of cultures is what strikes most people when they travel to Colombia

All this mix of Indian, African and Spanish influences has given life to a multitude of festivals where ancestral traditions are highlighted.

This does not prevent the country from offering many festivals with more contemporary themes.

The Barranquilla Carnival

In Colombia, if there is one event not to be missed, it is the Carnival of Barranquilla, the most important folk festival in the country, but also the oldest.

About 50 villages take part in the preparations and parades that take place the last four days before Lent.

One event has been named Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

 

Events in colombia festivals carnivals
Carnaval de Barranquilla

Semana Santa

To celebrate the “Semana Santa” which takes place at Easter, Popayan is the place where the events are the most important.

Faithfuls and tourists attend the processions and other religious events such as a festival of holy music.

The town of Mompox, near the Caribbean coast, also organizes very beautiful celebrations for Holy Week.

Hermandad de la Borriquita, semana santa de Sevilla

  • Dates : From the 14th to the 20th of April 2019
semana santa popayan © Miguel Varona
Semana Santa in Popayan - Photo © Miguel Varona

Medellín Flower Festival

In August Medellín‘s Flower Festival features huge parades of floats and companies, the highlight of which is the appearance of the “silleteros”, men carrying monumental flower arrangements on their backs.

A magnificent festival that lasts a week and attracts the local population as well as many tourists.

feria de las flores medellin © feriadelasfloresmedellin
feria de las flores medellin © FeriadelaFloresMedellin

World Salsa Festival

If you are in the Cali region in September, the World Salsa Festival is an event not to be missed.

A festival with a great atmosphere and where you can admire some of the best salsa dancers in the world.

Take the opportunity to attend one of the many free shows.

ferias de cali
Ferias de Cali

Cali Music Festival

Also in August, in Cali, the Festival de Musica del Pacifico Petronio Alvarez celebrates the music and especially the rhythms of the Pacific coast, influenced by the African music that the slaves imported when they arrived in the region.

festival petronio alvarez cali

Christmas Illuminations of Medellín

In December, it is absolutely necessary to attend the Christmas illuminations! Opt for Medellín, repeated winner of the Alumbrado Navideno competition.

During this event, Colombia’s largest cities compete to decorate the banks of their rivers with exceptional illuminations.

A festive and euphoric atmosphere is guaranteed!

Colombia is a country where celebrations, whether traditional or not, are an important part of people’s lives.

Living these moments of sharing and joy with them is the best way to immerse oneself in the atmosphere of these different festivities.

Real moments of joy in perspective.

alumbrados medellin

El Carnaval del Diablo

The Riosucio Carnival, also known as the Devil’s Carnival, is a carnival that takes place every two years, in odd years, in Riosucio, Colombia, in January for five days.

It celebrates the union of two villages through the symbol of the devil.

The Carnival has its origins in the 19th century when Riosucio was founded, after a territorial dispute between the towns of Quiebralomo and La Montaña.

This devil has no biblical connotation and represents the cultural idiosyncrasies of the indigenous people, the slaves and the white Europeans who colonized these lands.

carnaval del diablo © joaquin sar
Carnaval del Diablo - Photo © Joaquin Sar

Other Important Events and Carnivals

  • The Barranquilla Carnival in February-March (the 2nd most important after Rio): From 02 to 05 March 2019

 

Other events take place depending on the region:

  • Armenia: Coffee Festival in October
  • Bogota: Al Parque Rock Festival in July / Independence Day on July 20 / Anniversary of the foundation of Bogota on August 6 / Jazz Festival in September.
  • Barichara and Bucaramanga: September is the month of festivals (piano, fair, sculpture, cinema…).
  • Cali: Week of the Calidiversidad in June / Salsa Fair in December.
  • Cartagena: Summer Festival in June (concerts) / Independence Day on November 12th / Jazz Festival in December
  • Leticia: Jungle Triathlon in July / Scarecrow Parade in November
  • Manizales: Fair in January (election of Miss Café, street shows) / Theatre Festival in October
  • Medellin: Tango Festival in June / Festival of Troubadours in September
  • Naked: Bay Festival from August 1st to 7th (Bahia Solano)
  • San Agustin: Film Festival at the Archaeological Park Auditorium in November
  • Uribia: 3 days of festivities (May-June) to discover the local gastronomy, dances and crafts.
  • Villa de Leyva: Festival of Lights on December 7th.

Other interesting Facts

  • Colombians are passionate about Cumbia and are at the origin of the Vallenato.
  • The city of Cali has been named the world capital of salsa!
  • Zumba was born in the 90’s thanks to Alberto Beto Perez.
  • Today it is very popular in all the trendy gyms.
  • Music: Listen to the local Colombian Radio live on “Cheverisima”.
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Events in Colombia : Festivals & Carnivals

In this article you will learn ALL you need to know about the major events in ColombiaDiscover the best events not to be missed and schedule your trip so that you can enjoy the authentic feel of the countrySo if you plan to travel to Colombia you will love this new article.

The diversity of cultures is what strikes most people when they travel to Colombia

All this mix of Indian, African and Spanish influences has given life to a multitude of festivals where ancestral traditions are highlighted.

This does not prevent the country from offering many festivals with more contemporary themes.

The Barranquilla Carnival

In Colombia, if there is one event not to be missed, it is the Carnival of Barranquilla, the most important folk festival in the country, but also the oldest.

About 50 villages take part in the preparations and parades that take place the last four days before Lent.

One event has been named Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

 

Events in colombia festivals carnivals
Carnaval de Barranquilla

Semana Santa

To celebrate the “Semana Santa” which takes place at Easter, Popayan is the place where the events are the most important.

Faithfuls and tourists attend the processions and other religious events such as a festival of holy music.

The town of Mompox, near the Caribbean coast, also organizes very beautiful celebrations for Holy Week.

Hermandad de la Borriquita, semana santa de Sevilla

  • Dates : From the 14th to the 20th of April 2019
semana santa popayan © Miguel Varona
Semana Santa in Popayan – Photo © Miguel Varona

Medellín Flower Festival

In August Medellín‘s Flower Festival features huge parades of floats and companies, the highlight of which is the appearance of the “silleteros”, men carrying monumental flower arrangements on their backs.

A magnificent festival that lasts a week and attracts the local population as well as many tourists.

feria de las flores medellin © feriadelasfloresmedellin
feria de las flores medellin © FeriadelaFloresMedellin

World Salsa Festival

If you are in the Cali region in September, the World Salsa Festival is an event not to be missed.

A festival with a great atmosphere and where you can admire some of the best salsa dancers in the world.

Take the opportunity to attend one of the many free shows.

ferias de cali
Ferias de Cali

Cali Music Festival

Also in August, in Cali, the Festival de Musica del Pacifico Petronio Alvarez celebrates the music and especially the rhythms of the Pacific coast, influenced by the African music that the slaves imported when they arrived in the region.

festival petronio alvarez cali

Christmas Illuminations of Medellín

In December, it is absolutely necessary to attend the Christmas illuminations! Opt for Medellín, repeated winner of the Alumbrado Navideno competition.

During this event, Colombia’s largest cities compete to decorate the banks of their rivers with exceptional illuminations.

A festive and euphoric atmosphere is guaranteed!

Colombia is a country where celebrations, whether traditional or not, are an important part of people’s lives.

Living these moments of sharing and joy with them is the best way to immerse oneself in the atmosphere of these different festivities.

Real moments of joy in perspective.

alumbrados medellin

El Carnaval del Diablo

The Riosucio Carnival, also known as the Devil’s Carnival, is a carnival that takes place every two years, in odd years, in Riosucio, Colombia, in January for five days.

It celebrates the union of two villages through the symbol of the devil.

The Carnival has its origins in the 19th century when Riosucio was founded, after a territorial dispute between the towns of Quiebralomo and La Montaña.

This devil has no biblical connotation and represents the cultural idiosyncrasies of the indigenous people, the slaves and the white Europeans who colonized these lands.

carnaval del diablo © joaquin sar
Carnaval del Diablo – Photo © Joaquin Sar

Other Important Events and Carnivals

  • The Barranquilla Carnival in February-March (the 2nd most important after Rio): From 02 to 05 March 2019

 

Other events take place depending on the region:

  • Armenia: Coffee Festival in October
  • Bogota: Al Parque Rock Festival in July / Independence Day on July 20 / Anniversary of the foundation of Bogota on August 6 / Jazz Festival in September.
  • Barichara and Bucaramanga: September is the month of festivals (piano, fair, sculpture, cinema…).
  • Cali: Week of the Calidiversidad in June / Salsa Fair in December.
  • Cartagena: Summer Festival in June (concerts) / Independence Day on November 12th / Jazz Festival in December
  • Leticia: Jungle Triathlon in July / Scarecrow Parade in November
  • Manizales: Fair in January (election of Miss Café, street shows) / Theatre Festival in October
  • Medellin: Tango Festival in June / Festival of Troubadours in September
  • Naked: Bay Festival from August 1st to 7th (Bahia Solano)
  • San Agustin: Film Festival at the Archaeological Park Auditorium in November
  • Uribia: 3 days of festivities (May-June) to discover the local gastronomy, dances and crafts.
  • Villa de Leyva: Festival of Lights on December 7th.

Other interesting Facts

  • Colombians are passionate about Cumbia and are at the origin of the Vallenato.
  • The city of Cali has been named the world capital of salsa!
  • Zumba was born in the 90’s thanks to Alberto Beto Perez.
  • Today it is very popular in all the trendy gyms.
  • Music: Listen to the local Colombian Radio live on “Cheverisima”.

Renowned for their lively spirit, Colombians punctuate their festive calendar with numerous events taking place throughout the country.

Culture holds an important place in the hearts of Colombians.

Cinema, painting, literature, bullfighting are all centres of interest that punctuate the calendar of Colombian festivities and testify to the great cultural and ethnic diversity of the country.

Learn more about the country’s traditions!

If you want to live to the rhythm of Colombia, here are some key dates that may be useful in planning your trip:

  • At the beginning of January the Carnival of Manizales is held in the city of the same name.

On the program: Corridors, dances, music, parades and extreme sports.

  • From the 2nd to the 7th of January you will celebrate the Blancos y Negros Carnival in Pasto.
  • At the end of January, the Hay Festival is held in Cathagène des Indes.

You will attend numerous readings, theatre works, lectures, workshops and conferences during these beautiful festival days.

  • At the beginning of March, the famous Barranquilla Carnival is held in Barranquilla.

On the program of these lively days: parades, street dances, musical parades.

  • In mid-March, you will attend the International Film Festival in Cathagène des Indes.

This international film festival highlights the 7th Art by showing many Hispanic-American films.

  • From 20 to 27 March, the Semena Santa (Holy Week) takes place in the towns of Popayan and Mompox.

This great celebration gives rise to many religious ceremonies and processions during these few days.

  • At the end of April, the Bogotá International Book Fair is held in Bogotá.

A literary event not to be missed on the continent, numerous cultural activities and conferences bringing together authors, poets, journalists, illustrators, artists, national and international, bring the capital to life for 15 days.

  • At the end of April, in Valledupar, you will attend the Vallenato Festival.

This vallenato music festival promotes folk music and popular speech around concerts and music competitions.

  • From 22 June to 2 July, the Festival Folclórico, Reinado Nacional del Bambuco is held all over the country.

On the programme of festivities: music, dances, parades and gastronomy.

This festival is particularly celebrated in the department of Neiva and contributes greatly to its development.

  • From 27 to 29 June, in Ibagué, it is time for the Folkloric Festival.

Traditional Colombian music (Pasillo, Bunde, Bambuco and Sanjuanero), dance competitions, election of the queen of folklore will enliven your wild evenings.

  • From July 11th to 18th, Medellin is the place to be.

With its International Poetry Festival bringing together nearly 80 poets from all over the world, this major event mobilizes against violence and social injustice by restoring poetry to its former glory.

On the program: readings and events related to poetry.

  • On July 20, all over the country, Independence Day is celebrated.

This national day is a public holiday as it is the Commemoration of the Declaration of Independence from Spain.

  • On 24 July, all Andean countries celebrate the Birthday of Simon Bolivar.

The “liberator of Colombia” holds a special place in the hearts of Colombians celebrating the anniversary of his birth.

On the programme: concerts, exhibitions, theatre performances, symposia and conferences.

  • From 31 July to 9 August, the Flower Festival is held in Medellin.

Concerts, horse fairs, car parades and dog parades bring their share of unusual things to the country.

  • From 15 to 17 August, in Bogotá, it’s time to rock with the Rock al parque festival.

In the heart of the Simon Bolivar Park is held this huge open-air rock music festival which welcomes 3 days of concerts and spectators to the rhythm of this legendary music.

  • In mid-August, in Uribia, you will make way for the Wayuu Culture Festival.

This festival rewards the knowledge of the Wayuu culture, Amerindian people occupying the Guajira Peninsula around dance, cooking, games, medicine, music and Wayuu handicrafts competitions.

  • From September 5 to 13, you will attend the International Theatre Festival in Manizales.

Many indoor and street theatre performances are on the program for this local event.

  • From mid-September to the end of September, a new music festival is in the spotlight in Bogotá, the Festival Jazz al parque.

It celebrates this musical style with numerous jazz concerts.

On November 11th, in San Martin, Cuadrillas is held, commemorating the clashes between African, Indian, Christian and Arab slaves in the heart of the Los Llanos plain.

Numerous equestrian choreographies, rodeos and music competitions are organized.

  • From 25 to 30 December, in Cali, place at the Feria.

Musical concerts, cavalcades, bullfights, beauty and orchestra competitions will bring to life the streets of the 3rd largest city in Colombia.

Festival Cultura Wayuu

Blancos y Negros

Yipao Salento

Vallenato Valledupar

Fiestas del Mar Santa Marta

Candelas

Miss Cumbia El Banco

Miss Colombia

Colombia is a very festive country that hosts many events in every city and every season!

 

Conclusion Now Your Turn

Now I’d like to hear what you have to say:

Do you have any questions about the Events in Colombia ?

Or maybe I didn’t mention one of your favorite carnivals?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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