Colombian Events

Carnival of Barranquilla

Colombians work hard but party even harder! Every opportunity is good to gather family and friends, turn up the radio and share shots of Guaro (Aguardiente, the local alcohol). Public events are very popular, many related to the Colombian Culture, Colombian history and religion.

In January and February is the carnival season with the biggest ones being the Carnival de Barranquilla and the Blacks and Whites Carnival (Carnaval de Negros y Blancos) in Pasto, both listed by Unesco as world heritage culture.

Main religious celebrations take place for Christmas and Easter and include: Medellín Christmas lights, Bogota Christmas Lights, the day of the Candles, Holy Week in Popayán and Holy Week in Bogota.

Main cities like Bogota, Medellin and Cali have events and festivals all year long but the most important ones are: the feria de Flores in Medellin, the Feria de Cali or Rock al Parque).

January
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- Carnival of Blacks and Whites in Pasto
- The Manizales Fair/ Feria de Manizales

February
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- The Barranquilla Carnival

March
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- International Film Festival of Cartagena
- Holy Week Bogota, Holy Week Pamplona, Holy Week in PopayánHoly Week Mompox

April
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- Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogotá (every 2 years) 
- Festival of the Vallenato Legend in Valledupar

June
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- Wayúu Culture Festival
- The Ibagué Folk Festival
- Bambuco National Folk Festival and Beauty Pageant
- Yipao Parade and Contest in Calarcá
- The Joropo International Tournament

July
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- The Mono Núñez Festival
- Medellín’s Colombiamoda
- The Riosucio Carnival
- Rock in the Park Festival in Bogotá

August
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- Bogotá International Book Fair
- The Medellín Flower Fair / Feria de las Flores
- Wind and Kite Festival in Villa de Leyva
- The Bandola de Sevilla Festival
- Petronio Álvarez Festival

September
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- Jazz in the Park Festival in Bogotá
- San Pacho Feasts in Quibdó
- Manizales Theater Festival

October
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- World Coleo Encounter in Villavicencio

November
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- Independence of Cartagena and National Beauty Pageant
- International Amazonian Folk Music Festival in Leticia: El Pirarucú de Oro

December
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- The Cali Fair/ Feria de Cali
- Festival of the Lights in Villa de Leyva
- Medellin Christmas Lights, Bogota Christmas Lights

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