Cultural in Las Tablas


Held over the four days preceding Ash Wednesday, Panama's best Carnaval celebration sees floats and musicians parading parallel streets at dusk, and fireworks at night. The queens appear on Saturday night and their …
Fiesta in Guararé

Festival de la Mejorana

Dance groups from all over Panama – and even from other Latin American countries – attend this important annual event in late September. Festivities include a colorful procession in which decorated floats parade thr…
Cultural in Chitré


Chitré’s Carnaval festivities, held each year on the four days before Ash Wednesday, are second only to the famed celebrations at Las Tablas and feature parades, folkloric dancing, water fights and lots of drinking.
Cultural in Chitré

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista

Chitré’s patron-saint festival starts with a Mass followed by a pair of traditions that could be considered barbaric to some: bullfights, which don't end in the death of the animal, and cockfighting in which rooster…
Fiesta in Pedasí

Desfile de Carretas

This rather unusual festival in late October sees bullock carts and young women dressed in polleras parading up and down Av Central. There's lots of merrymaking, with the highlight being the inevitable coronation of…
Cultural in Las Tablas

Fiestas Patronales de Santa Librada

Held for four days from July 19 and incorporating the Festival Nacional de La Pollera. Church services are accompanied by street celebrations that recall a medieval fair, combined with gambling, dancing, singing, an…
Cultural in Las Tablas

Festival Nacional de La Pollera

This festival features a parade of young women modeling the national costume, while being judged on their grace and on the artisanship, design and authenticity of their costumes.
Feria in La Villa de Los Santos

Fiesta de Corpus Christi

Los Santos’ biggest festival, the Fiesta de Corpus Christi plays out over four days some 40 days after Easter in May or June.
Cultural in La Villa de Los Santos

El Grito de La Villa

Also known as El Primer Grito de la Independencia, the anniversary of the historic grito (cry) of independence is celebrated in Los Santos on November 10. This patriotic occasion is usually overseen by the president…
Cultural in Macaracas

Fiesta de los Reyes Magos

An annual festival more than two centuries old that celebrates the Epiphany (January 6) with a two-hour dramatization of the story of the Three Kings.