Cultural in Armenia

Desfile de Yipao

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 jeeps are loaded down wi…
Cultural in Medellín

Feria de las Flores

This weeklong festival is Medellín's most spectacular event. The highlight is the Desfile de Silleteros, when up to 400 campesinos (peasants) come from the mountains to parade along the streets with flowers on their…
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…
Cultural in Santa Fe de Antioquia

Fiesta de los Diablitos

The town's most popular festival is held annually over the last four days of the year. It includes music, dance, parades and – like almost every party in the country – a beauty contest.
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.
Cultural in Manizales

Feria de Manizales

At Manizales' annual festival you'll find the usual assortment of parades, crafts fairs and, of course, a beauty pageant.