List of festivals in Costa Rica
- 1 January
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- 3 March
- 4 April
- 5 May
- 6 June
- 7 July
- 8 August
- 9 September
- 10 October
- 11 November
- 12 December
- 13 References
Fiestas de Palmares
This is celebrated in the first two weeks of January in Palmares de Alajuela. Concerts with music, rodeos and firework displays are held. There is also a fairground and sporting competition.
Fiesta Patronal de Santo Cristo
This is a religious fiesta held in mid January in Santa Cruz, Costa Rica. Rodeos, folk dancing and street festivities are held for two days to honor Santo Cristo de Esquipulas. A parade of ox-carts is also part of the tradition, as is a large feast.
Festival de las Kobe
This is held in late January at Playas Esterillos, near Jacó. Mule races are held on the beach, with bullfights, music and a crafts fair.
Expo Pérez Zeledón
This is held in early February. Cattle and horse displays, rodeos, orchid and agricultural displays and beauty contests are held
Good Neighbors Jazz Festival
Día del Boyero
This takes places the second Sunday of March. El Dia del Boyero means Oxcart Driver’s Day. This celebration’s main festivity of the parade is the painted and decorated oxcarts. Also, the priest comes to bless all of the crops and animals that are in the parade. The carts are beautifully decorated by very skilled artist.The designs on these oxcarts are mostly patterns of stars, flowers, and the sun with a variation of colors. Over one hundred oxcarts are decorated for this festival many more ox’s are pulling these carts A boyero, or oxcart driver, guides the ox’s and hope that they will win the competition.
International Festival of the Arts
This is held on the second Sunday in San José when the theatres are jam packed with people watching live theatre, music and dance performances.
Southern Caribbean Music Festival
Día de Juan Santamaría
Feria del Ganado
Commonly named Semana U, the event is held in the last week of April in San José at the Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio, main campus of the University of Costa Rica with open air arts shows, sporting events, and concerts.
Día de los Trabajadores
This is held in early May in Cañas with cowboy traditions such as bullfights and horse displays (topes) and street fairs.
Sac anoi festival
Día de San Pedro y San Pablo
Compañía de Lírica Nacional
Festival de la Virgin del Mary
Día de la Anexión de Guanacaste
Chorotega Tourist Fair
International Festival of Music
Día de Nuestra Señora de la Virgen de los Ángeles
Liberia Blanca Culture Week
Día de las Madres
National Adventure Tourism Festival
Día de San Ramón
Correo de la Candela de Independencia
Día de la Independencia
Orosi Colonial Tourist Fair
Día de Las Culturas
Fiesta del Maíz
Día del Sabanero
Días de Los Santos
La Ruta de los Conquistadores
Fiesta de las Carretas
Costa Rica International Film Festival
Fiesta de los Negritos
This is a Boruca festival held on December 8. The indigenous Boruca peoples celebrate traditions with traditional dress, dancing, and music with flutes and drums.
Fiesta de la Yegüita
This is held on December 12 by the Nicoya. A Chorotega legend is recalled and villagers carry an image of La Virgen de Guadalupe in procession. The festival is a mixture of native Indian and Roman Catholicism.
This is held on December 15 as part of the Christmas season when carolers visit houses and receive refreshments.
Tope Nacional de Caballos
Fiesta de la Luz
This is also held on the 26th in San José with a Christmas tree parade at night and fireworks.
This is held on December 27 in San José when people don costumes and dance in the streets in accompaniment to live music. A procession of decorated floats is also held.
Fiesta de Zapote
This is held in the suburb of Zapote in late December for the fairground, fireworks, and rodeo performances
Fiesta de los Diablitos
This is held from December 31 to January 2 over the New Year by the Boruca when the men dress as devils and run through Boruca villages to re-enact battles with the Spanish. It is simply a reenactment of the Spanish invasion.