Music in Cali

Festival Petronio Álvarez

A festival of Pacific music, heavily influenced by the African rhythms brought by the many slaves that originally populated the Pacific coast. Caleños turn up en masse for nonstop dancing, competitive outdoor gigs a…
Cultural in Pasto

Carnaval de Blancos y Negros

Pasto’s major event is held on January 5 and 6. Its origins go back to the times of Spanish rule, when slaves were allowed to celebrate on January 5 and their masters showed approval by painting their faces black. O…
Mardi Gras in Barranquilla

Carnaval de Barranquilla

This is one of the continent's biggest street parties. It's held in February on the four days before Ash Wednesday, so the date changes each year. Much like the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, there are street bands, ma…
Cultural in Medellín

Feria de las Flores

This weeklong festival is Medellín's most spectacular event, with numerous parades and concerts. The highlight is the Desfile de Silleteros, when up to 400 campesinos (peasants) come from the mountains to parade alo…
Dance in Cali

Festival Mundial de Salsa

Amazing dancers of all ages from Cali and around the world take to the stage in colorful costumes during this hugely competitive salsa event. Finals take place in the Plaza de Toros.
Fireworks in Villa de Leyva

Festival de Luces

This fireworks festival is usually held on the first or second weekend of December.
Cultural in Villa de Leyva

Festival de las Cometas

Locals and foreign kite fans compete in this colorful kite festival.
Nature in Providencia

Crab Migration

This event takes place twice a year for a week or two between April and July. First, the adult black crabs descend to the beaches and lay their eggs, before returning to the mountainside. Then, several weeks later, …
Theater in Bogotá

Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá

Biannual 17-day festival that counts itself as the largest performing-arts festival in the world – the world's most important theater companies from five continents participate. Events, at various venues around the …
Music in Mompós

Mompox Jazz Festival

Despite only beginning in 2012, this very popular jazz festival brings national musical celebrities to Mompós for days and nights of hedonism and revelry set to a wonderful soundtrack. Originally held in October, it…