Medellín has the liveliest theater scene outside of Bogotá, with venues concentrated in the center and the Boston neighborhood. Dance fans will want to attend a performance at one of the city's tango centers. Once the preferred dance of the we're-not-really-Colombian paisas, it now lingers on in the memories of the older generation, and those with a taste for nostalgia.


Medellín has two football (soccer) teams: Independiente Medellín (, who wear red and are known as 'El Poderoso,' and Atlético Nacional (, Medellín's biggest football team and one of the most successful in Colombia, who have a green kit. Both play at Estadio Atanasio Girardot near the aptly named Estadio metro station.

The greater metropolitan area is also home to Envigado Fútbol Club, which plays in the southern municipality of Envigado.

What's On in Medellín?

Opción Hoy ( Comprehensive activity and entertainment listings with a cultural focus. Look out for the printed version.

Medellín en Escena ( For theater event listings.