Cosquín is known throughout the country for its Festival Nacional del Folklore, a nine-day national folk-music festival that's been held in the last week of January since 1961. The town gets packed for the festival, stays busy all summer and goes pleasantly dead the rest of the year. The slightly more hardcore Cosquín Rock Festival used to be held here but it relocated a few years ago to the banks of the nearby Lago San Roque.
East of town, Cerro Pan de Azúcar (1260m) offers good views of the Sierras and, on a clear day, the city of Córdoba. Across the river from the center of town (turn left after the bridge), Av Belgrano forms 4km of waterfront promenade – a great place for a stroll on a summer’s day, dotted with swimming holes that pack out with rising temperatures.