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Costa Rican Festivals and Events

January 1: Año Nuevo (New Year's Day)


Early January: Palmares Civic Fiestas - This festival includes music, dance, a carnival with rides, and more.

January 15: Alajuelita Fiestas - Honors the Black Christ of Esquipulas, Alajuelita's patron saint. Enjoy the parades and processions.

January 15: Santa Cruz Festival - This includes the usual fun: music, dance food, and more!
Early February: San Isidro de General Festival - This agriculture themed festival comes complete with a cattle exhibit, fairs, and flower exhibits.

Late February: Fiesta de los Diablitos - In Rey Curre (south of Isidro de General) this festival honors the fight between the Indians and the Spanish and includes colorful costumes and masks, dancing, and fireworks.

Late February: Puntarenas Carnival - This week long festival includes music, dance, food, and some quality beach time.

March: Día de los Boyeros - In San José there is a colorful parade of oxcarts with competitions and the blessing of animals and crops.
Mid March: National Orchid Show - This is an exhibition of more than 500 local, international, and hybrid species of orchid.

March 19: San José Day - This is a religious celebrations that includes fairs and special religious services.

March/April: Semana Santa (Holy Week, Easter) - Holy Week is characterized by parades and processions all over the country.

April 11: Juan Santamaría Day - This day celebrates the national Costa Rican hero with marching bands, parades, concerts, dancing, and food.

May 1: Día del Trabajo (Labor Day)

May 1: Puerto Limón Fiesta - This festival includes picnics and food, music, dance, and cricket matches.

May 15: San Isidro Labrador's Day - Festivals all over the country honor the patron saint of farmers and animals with parades and fairs.

May 17: Carrera de San Juan - This is an annual long distance running event celebrating San Juan Day.

May 29: Corpus Christi Day - This is a religious celebration in Costa Rica.

June 29: Saint Peter and Paul Day - This is another religious celebration in Costa Rica.

July 16: Virgin of the Sea - Celebrated in Puntarenas, this festival includes fishing boats decorated in colorful lights. There are special religious services, parades, sporting events, concerts, dancing, and fireworks.

July 25: Guanacaste Day - This celebrates the annexation of Guanacaste and includes parties, dancing, cattle shows, and concerts. 

July: Los Mangos Festival - Celebrated in Alajuela, this festival includes parades, music and dance, and crafts fairs.

August 2: Virgen de los Angeles - Honors Costa Rica's patron saint and includes a nationwide pilgrimage to the Basilica Church in Cartago

August 30: San Ramón Day - This event includes an exciting procession and parades, music, and fun.

September 15: Día de la Independencia (Independence Day) - This important event includes the carrying of the Freedom Torch from Nicaragua by students. At 6PM students partake in local parades with young marching bands through their respective neighborhoods carrying faroles or lit globes hanging from poles.

October 12: Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) - One celebration takes place in Limón with parades, street dances, and concerts.

October 12: Virgen del Pilar's Day - This is a fair in Tres Ríos celebrating their patron saint with parades and lavish homemade costumes.

November 2: All Souls Day - This day celebrates the dead. Families commonly visit cemeteries to visit loved ones.

November: San José International Arts Festival - This includes street theater and plays as well as other live entertainment in Costa Rica's capital.

December 8: Fiesta de Los Negritos - Celebrated nationwide, one festival takes place in the Indian village of Boruca to honor the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception and includes music, dance, and lavish costumes.

December 12: Fiesta de la Yeguito - Celebrated in Nicoya, this festival includes processions, music, dance, and fireworks.

December 25: Navidad (Christmas)

December 25-31: Festejos Populares - This festival celebrates the year's end with a carnival with rides, foods, and fireworks.

December 26: Tope - This event is celebrated in San José and includes an extravagant horse parade.

December 27 Carnival - San José has yet another parade through the streets with music and dance.

December 31: Fin del Año (New Year's Eve)