Events

Festival in Portobelo

Festival de Diablos y Congos

The most intriguing local tradition is Festival de Diablos y Congos, a festival of rebellion and ridicule that mocks the colonial Spaniards. During the festivity, participants assume the role of escaped slaves and t…
Festival in Portobelo

Festival de Cristo Negro

Every October 21, pilgrims from all over Panama arrive in Portobelo to partake in this festival, which honors a miracle-giving 1.5m-high statue of the Black Christ housed in the Iglesia de San Félipe. After the sun …
Festival in Isla Grande

Isla Grande Carnaval

Isla Grande celebrates Carnaval in rare form: women wear traditional polleras (festive dresses), while men wear ragged pants tied at the waist with old sea rope, and everyone dances to African-influenced Conga drums…
Festival in Isla Grande

Festival de San Juan Bautista

Isla Grande celebrates the Festival of San Juan Bautista with swimming and canoe races on June 24.
Festival in Isla Grande

La Virgen del Carmen

The Virgen del Carmen is honored with a land and sea procession, baptisms and masses on July 16.