Cultural in San José

Día del Boyero

On the second Sunday of March, Escazú holds this popular event honoring Costa Rica's boyeros (oxcart drivers). Dozens of attendees from all over the country decorate traditional, brightly painted carts and form a co…
Cultural in San José

Las Fiestas de Zapote

Between Christmas and New Year, this week-long celebration of all things Costa Rican draws tens of thousands of Ticos to the bullring in the suburb of Zapote, just southeast of San José.
Performing Arts in San José

Festival de las Artes

About every other year, San José becomes host to this biennial citywide arts showcase that features theater, music, dance and film. It’s usually held for two weeks in March or April, but the month can vary. Keep an …
Religious in San José

Festival de la Luz

December brings San José's big Christmas parade, marked by elaborate costumes and floats, and an absurd amount of plastic ‘snow.’
Cultural in San José

Desfile de los Boyeros

This parade of oxcarts down Paseo Colón is a celebration of the country’s agricultural heritage.
Literature in San José

International Book Fair

Thousands descend on Costa Rica's capital for this massive, multiday literary event, which includes readings, book sales and presentations from internationally renowned authors.
Religious in San José

Día de San José

San José marks the day of its patron saint with Mass in some churches.