List of Festivals in Costa Rica

March Bonanza Cattle Show - Bonanza Fairgrounds, San Jose, Traditional rodeos, bullfights and horse races with various exhibitions on cattle and livestock  Dia de los Boyeros (Oxcart Driver's Day) - San Antonio de Escazu, Second Sunday of March,  Vibrantly painted oxcarts parade through San Antonio de Escazu while local priests bless the animals and crops for the farming season National Orchid Show - San Jose, one weekend Mid-March,  Growers from all over the world feature over 300 orchid species Orotina Fruit Festival - Orotina, mid to late March (usually 3rd week of March), A huge open air market and traditional Costa Rican style fiesta, all with a fruit-inspired theme. Enjoy seasonal tropical fruits, traditional music and horse parades. Saint Joseph's (San Jose) Day - Nationwide March 19, Religious celebration in all the neighborhoods with that name, with fairs and masses, local food, rides, topes and bullfights Ujarras - Cartago, middle of March, A religious procession from Cartago to the ruins of Costa Rica's first church International Arts Festival - Calle 21, Avenida 2, San Jose, second week of March only on even-numbered years, showcases local and international theater, art and music.April Holy Week- Semana Santa - Nationwide, (week before Easter) in March or April. Plan ahead if you're coming during this week to Costa Rica, it's the busiest season since the majority of Ticos flock to the beaches. And the ones that stay home join religious celebrations and processions that take place on the streets and in churches Juan Santamaria Day - Nationwide, April 11.  Ticos commemorate the death of their national hero, Juan Santamaria, who heroically died in a battle against William Walker's troops in 1856. It's a week long celebration with parades, concerts, typical food and dancing.May Puerto Limon - Limon, May 1, Family picnics, cricket matches, dances and games. San Isidro Labrador's Day - Escazu, May 15.  Celebrated countrywide in towns named San Isidro, honoring the Patron Saint of farmers and farm animals with blessings of future crops and livestock, fiestas and parades San Juan Day, Carrera de San Juan - Cross-country Marathon, May 17. The biggest marathon of the year from the outskirts of Cartago to San Jose Corpus Christi Day - Nationwide, May 29. Religious celebrationJune Saints Peter & Paul Day - Nationwide June 29, Religious celebrationJuly Virgin of The Sea - Puntarenas, Saturday closest to July 16. Featuring a colorful fishing-boat regatta where fishermen honor the Virgin in hopes of another safe year at sea. Tasty regional delicacies, dancing and a parade Guanacaste Day, Annexation of Guanacaste Day - Liberia, July 25. Commemorating the annexation of the "Partido de Nicoya" in 1824 (known today as Guanacaste province). Folk dances, topes, cattle shows, bullfights, and concerts Los Mangos Festival - Alajuela. Local arts and crafts, parades and musicAugust Fiesta of the Virgin of Los Angeles - Cartago, August 2. Honors Costa Rica's Patron Saint, "La Negrita". A nationwide pilgrimage and religious procession to the Basilica in Cartago San Ramon Day - San Ramon, August 30. Religious processions with 30 Saints from nearby towns visiting the Patron Saint in San Ramon with parades, dancing and musicSeptember Costa Rica's Independence Day - (also celebrated by most of Central America), Sept. 15. Costa Rica's Independence Day: parades, lantern making and a light parade. International Beach Clean-Up Day - Nationwide, third Saturday in September. Locals and visitors work together to clean up their favorite beachesOctober San Isidro del General - San Isidro, October 9. Anniversary of the founding of San Isidro Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) - Paseo Colon, San Jose, October 12. Celebrating Columbus's discovery of the Americas Limon Carnival - Puerto Limon, October 12 (Part of the Columbus Day celebration). Lively dances, music concerts and parades Virgen del Pilar's Day - Tres Rios, October 12. A Patron Saint celebration: parade and interesting costumes fashioned out of corn husks and silks Corn Festival, Fiesta del Maíz - Upala, October 12. Exhibiting Costa Rica's corn crops: Typical foods, arts and craftsNovember All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos - Nationwide, November 2. Not as celebrated as in Mexico, however, most Costa Ricans remember the dead with flowers and trips to the cemeteries. In the Cemeterio Central of San Jose mourners hold vigils and decorate grave sites to commemorate their ancestors. El Desfile de Carretas (The Parade of Carts) - end of November. Parade for oxcart owners from all over Costa Rica in San Jose toDecember Fiesta de los Negritos - Boruca, week of December 8. Boruca Indians honor the feast day of the Patron Saint, the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception with traditional music, costumes and dances Immaculate Conception - Nationwide, December 8. Firework displays Festival de la Luz (The Festival of Lights) - San Jose, first week of December.  A local party after dark on the streets of San Jose: fireworks, and live music performed by local bands Fiesta de la Yeguita (Little Mare) - Nicoya, December 12. The statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe is paraded through the streets of Nicoya with music and dancing Dia de la Polvora - San Antonio de Belén and Jesus María de San Mateo, December 8. Fireworks to honor Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Las Posadas - Nationwide, Begins December 15. Christmas carolers travel from home to home re-enacting Joseph and Mary's search for a place to stay El Tope and Carnival - San Jose, Dec. 26. The largest and most popular traditional Tope Nacional (horse parade). Horses and riders are elaborately decorated in the parade along Paseo Colon to Avenida 2, followed by music, food, costume contests and dancing. Carnival - San Jose, Dec 27.  A huge parade with music, dancing and floats

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March

  • Bonanza Cattle Show - Bonanza Fairgrounds, San Jose, Traditional rodeos, bullfights and horse races with various exhibitions on cattle and livestock
  •  Dia de los Boyeros (Oxcart Driver's Day) - San Antonio de Escazu, Second Sunday of March,  Vibrantly painted oxcarts parade through San Antonio de Escazu while local priests bless the animals and crops for the farming season
  • National Orchid Show - San Jose, one weekend Mid-March,  Growers from all over the world feature over 300 orchid species
  • Orotina Fruit Festival - Orotina, mid to late March (usually 3rd week of March), A huge open air market and traditional Costa Rican style fiesta, all with a fruit-inspired theme. Enjoy seasonal tropical fruits, traditional music and horse parades.
  • Saint Joseph's (San Jose) Day - Nationwide March 19, Religious celebration in all the neighborhoods with that name, with fairs and masses, local food, rides, topes and bullfights
  • Ujarras - Cartago, middle of March, A religious procession from Cartago to the ruins of Costa Rica's first church
  • International Arts Festival - Calle 21, Avenida 2, San Jose, second week of March only on even-numbered years, showcases local and international theater, art and music.

April

  • Holy Week- Semana Santa - Nationwide, (week before Easter) in March or April. Plan ahead if you're coming during this week to Costa Rica, it's the busiest season since the majority of Ticos flock to the beaches. And the ones that stay home join religious celebrations and processions that take place on the streets and in churches
  • Juan Santamaria Day - Nationwide, April 11.  Ticos commemorate the death of their national hero, Juan Santamaria, who heroically died in a battle against William Walker's troops in 1856. It's a week long celebration with parades, concerts, typical food and dancing.

May

  • Puerto Limon - Limon, May 1, Family picnics, cricket matches, dances and games.
  • San Isidro Labrador's Day - Escazu, May 15.  Celebrated countrywide in towns named San Isidro, honoring the Patron Saint of farmers and farm animals with blessings of future crops and livestock, fiestas and parades
  • San Juan Day, Carrera de San Juan - Cross-country Marathon, May 17. The biggest marathon of the year from the outskirts of Cartago to San Jose
  • Corpus Christi Day - Nationwide, May 29. Religious celebration

June

  • Saints Peter & Paul Day - Nationwide June 29, Religious celebration

July

  • Virgin of The Sea - Puntarenas, Saturday closest to July 16. Featuring a colorful fishing-boat regatta where fishermen honor the Virgin in hopes of another safe year at sea. Tasty regional delicacies, dancing and a parade
  • Guanacaste Day, Annexation of Guanacaste Day - Liberia, July 25. Commemorating the annexation of the "Partido de Nicoya" in 1824 (known today as Guanacaste province). Folk dances, topes, cattle shows, bullfights, and concerts
  • Los Mangos Festival - Alajuela. Local arts and crafts, parades and music

August

  • Fiesta of the Virgin of Los Angeles - Cartago, August 2. Honors Costa Rica's Patron Saint, "La Negrita". A nationwide pilgrimage and religious procession to the Basilica in Cartago
  • San Ramon Day - San Ramon, August 30. Religious processions with 30 Saints from nearby towns visiting the Patron Saint in San Ramon with parades, dancing and music

September

  • Costa Rica's Independence Day - (also celebrated by most of Central America), Sept. 15. Costa Rica's Independence Day: parades, lantern making and a light parade.
  • International Beach Clean-Up Day - Nationwide, third Saturday in September. Locals and visitors work together to clean up their favorite beaches

October

  • San Isidro del General - San Isidro, October 9. Anniversary of the founding of San Isidro
  • Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) - Paseo Colon, San Jose, October 12. Celebrating Columbus's discovery of the Americas
  • Limon Carnival - Puerto Limon, October 12 (Part of the Columbus Day celebration). Lively dances, music concerts and parades
  • Virgen del Pilar's Day - Tres Rios, October 12. A Patron Saint celebration: parade and interesting costumes fashioned out of corn husks and silks
  • Corn Festival, Fiesta del Maíz - Upala, October 12. Exhibiting Costa Rica's corn crops: Typical foods, arts and crafts

November

  • All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos - Nationwide, November 2. Not as celebrated as in Mexico, however, most Costa Ricans remember the dead with flowers and trips to the cemeteries. In the Cemeterio Central of San Jose mourners hold vigils and decorate grave sites to commemorate their ancestors.
  • El Desfile de Carretas (The Parade of Carts) - end of November. Parade for oxcart owners from all over Costa Rica in San Jose to

December

  • Fiesta de los Negritos - Boruca, week of December 8. Boruca Indians honor the feast day of the Patron Saint, the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception with traditional music, costumes and dances
  • Immaculate Conception - Nationwide, December 8. Firework displays
  • Festival de la Luz (The Festival of Lights) - San Jose, first week of December.  A local party after dark on the streets of San Jose: fireworks, and live music performed by local bands
  • Fiesta de la Yeguita (Little Mare) - Nicoya, December 12. The statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe is paraded through the streets of Nicoya with music and dancing
  • Dia de la Polvora - San Antonio de Belén and Jesus María de San Mateo, December 8. Fireworks to honor Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  • Las Posadas - Nationwide, Begins December 15. Christmas carolers travel from home to home re-enacting Joseph and Mary's search for a place to stay
  • El Tope and Carnival - San Jose, Dec. 26. The largest and most popular traditional Tope Nacional (horse parade). Horses and riders are elaborately decorated in the parade along Paseo Colon to Avenida 2, followed by music, food, costume contests and dancing.
  • Carnival - San Jose, Dec 27.  A huge parade with music, dancing and floats
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