Matanzas has one of Cuba's finest theaters, sporadic (but brilliant) street rumba and it's own out-of-town cabaret extravaganza.

Street Rumba

Rumba is as emblematic of Cuba as rum is, and it's equally as potent. To see the music in its gritty authenticity, come to Matanzas where the highly spiritual drumming and chanting was born. The best place for live alfresco rumba performances is in Plaza de la Vigía, outside the Museo Histórico Provincial, at 4pm on the third Friday of every month (check the museum’s noticeboard for more details).