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…
Cultural in Armenia

Fiestas Cuyabras

Charge your camera batteries – this is one photo op you don't want to miss. An important part of Armenia's annual birthday celebration, the Yipao is a fantastic parade in which local working Willys jeeps are loaded …
Cultural in Santa Fe de Antioquia

Fiesta de los Diablitos

The town's most popular festival runs annually over the last week of the year and has been held continuously since 1653. It includes musical performances, bullfights, dance, parades and – like almost every party in …
Theater in Manizales

Festival Internacional de Teatro

Held annually since 1968, this is one of two important theater festivals in Colombia (the other is in Bogotá). The festival lasts about a week and includes free street performances. Check the website for the schedul…
Film in Santa Fe de Antioquia

Festival de Cine de Antioquia

Taking place over four days in early December, this popular film festival involves some free outdoor screenings, and an international actor or director is usually invited as a guest of honor.
Religious in Santa Fe de Antioquia

Semana Santa

Like most traditional towns dating from the early days of the Spanish Conquest, Santa Fe celebrates Semana Santa with pomp and solemnity. Book accommodations in advance.
Music in Medellín

Festival Internacional de Jazz

Many North American bands come for this festival. There are usually a couple of free concerts.
Dance in Medellín

Festival Internacional de Tango

The city celebrates its love for tango with competitions, concerts and workshops.
Cultural in Pereira

Fiestas de Cosecha

In August the town switches into super-party mode to celebrate the city's founding, with live music, dance shows, exhibits, a half marathon and the obligatory beauty pageant.
Religious in Medellín

Alumbrado Navideño

A colorful Christmas illumination of the city, with thousands of lights strung across streets and alongside the Río Medellín.