Fiestas de Palmares:
Early Jan-food, carnival, rides, Bingo, parades, concerts and more.
Fiestas de Alajuelita:
Week of Jan 15, honor Blach Christ of Esquipulas, Alajuelita's Patron Saint, with oxcart parade, procession to huge
illuminated cross on the mountain.
Fiestas de Santa Cruz:
Week of Jan 15, honor Black Christ of Esquipulas with folk danceing, marimbas and more.
Copa del Café:week long, international tennis tourney for under 18 year olds at Costa Rica Country Club.
Cattle Exhibit:First week, San Isidro de El General, Livestock shows, agricultural and industrial fair, bull-teasing and more.
Fiesta of the Diablos:South of San Isidro de El General in Boruca Indian village of Rey Curré. Re-cration of the fight between Indians(diablitos) and
the Spanish(a bull), in which colorful wooden mask and costumes create the scene. Sale of crafts, dances and fireworks.
Sun festival:Annual gathering to promote the use of solar energy with exhibit of solar energy devices. Food cooked in solar ovens, fire ceremony to celebrate
Maya New Year, Feb 25. Last week of the month.
Puntarenas Carnival:Last week of the month. Fun in the sun.
Día del Boyero(Oxcart Drivers Day):Second Sunday of March, in San Antonio de Escazú. Colorful parade of oxcarts, blessing of animals
and crops by local priests.
International Arts Festival:Second week of March, in Valle Central. International theater, dance, concerts, exhibits.
National Orchid Show:Over 1500 local and foreing species and hybrids on display in San José.
Pilgrimage to Ujarrás: Mid-month. Religious procession from Cartago to ruins of Costa Rica's first church in Ujarrás.
Day of San José: 19th, religious celebrations in all towns and neighborhoods with that name. Traditional day to visit Poás Volcano.
Tierra Blanca:March 15. Farmer's Day
San José: Cattle Show with bullfights, rodeo and horse races.
San José:Book Fair
Holy Week:March to April. Dramatic processions depicting the crucifixion. San José virtually shuts down Thurs-Sun.
Juan Santamaría Day:11th, commemorates Costa Rica's national hero, a barefoot soldier who heroically died in the battle
with William Walker's troops in 1856. Week long celebrations, bands parades, concerts, dances.
University Week:Last week of April. University of Costa Rica. Concerts, exhibits, parades.
Labor Day:May 1. Marches. President gives annual "state of the nation" address. Congress elects new leaders. In Limón, people
party with picnics, dances, dominoes.
San Isidro Labrador's Day:15th. All namesake towns honor this patron saint of farmers and farm animals with a blessing of
animals and crops. Parades and fairs.
Escazú, San Isidro:May 15. Oxcart parades.
Carrera de San Juan:17th.One of the biggest cross-country races, with runners covering a tough 22.5 km course.
Father's Day:Third Sunday. Dads get ties in Costa Rica, too.
Virgin of the Sea:Sat. Closest to July 16, in Puntarenas. Colorful regatta of decorated fishing boats and yachts in the Nicoya
Gulf salute Puntarena's Patron Saint, the Virgin of Mt. Carmel. Masses, parades, concerts, dances, sports events, fireworks.
Annexation of Guanacaste:25th. Celebrates Guanacaste's decision to join Costa Rica instead of Nicaragua in 1824. Fiestas in Liberia,
folk dances, parades, cattle shows, bull teasing, concerts.
Mango Festival:Alajuela. Parades, music and craft fairs.
Virgin of Los Angeles:2th. Honors Costa Rica's Patron Saint. La Negrita, with nationwide pilgrimage to the Basilica in Cartago.
Mother's Day:15th. Flowers, candy, special meals for moms.
San Ramón's Day:30th. Neighborhood processions carry 30 saints rom neighboring towns to the San Ramón church.
"Saint Ramón" goes dancing through the streets. Parades, fun.
Semana Cultural Afrocostarricense:International Afro-Costa Rica celebration, lectures, discussions, culture exhibits.
Independence Day:15th. Gigantic relay race encompasses the entire Central America isthmus. Student runners carry th "Freedom Torch"
from Guatemala to Costa Rica. The torch arrives at the colonial capital of Cartago precisely at 6:00 pm on 14th, and everyone, nationwide,
sings the National Anthem. Kids have nocturnal homemade-lantern parades. Uniformed school children parade the next day.
San Isidro de El General:9th. Celebration of the city's founding.
Limón Carnival:Week long street dances, parades, concerts. It's "Mardi Gras" to a caribbean beat.
Virgen del Pilar's Day:12th. Fair in San José district of Tres Ríos celebrating their Patron Saint.
Fiesta del Maíz:12th in Upala. Corn is hailed with parade and costumes made entirely of corn husk, grains, silks.
National Artisan Fair:Dates change. Organized by the Culture Ministry and the San José Municipality, the fair displays
some of the country's finest craftsmanship. Smaller fairs are infrequently organized in other parts of the country.
All soul's Day: 2nd. "Day of the Dead"is observed with family visits to cemetery remember loved ones.
Coffee picking contest:Music and dancing.
Lights Festival:Parades, concerts, fireworks at night, San José is dressed up whith lights in early December
through year end.
Fiesta de los Negritos:Week of the 8th in the Indian village of Boruca. Ancient Indian rituals combine with Catholicism
to honor Virgin of the Immaculate Conception with costumes, drum and flute music, dance.
Fiesta de la Yeguita(Little Mare):Week of December 12 in Nicoya, blendsancient Indian ritual in honoring the Virgin o Guadalupe
with processions, cocerts, fireworks, special foods.
Chistmas:Homes and businesses set up Nativity scenes. Competition for best scene runs through the 22th. season's foods include
coconut melcochas(candy), chicha(corn liquor), tamales, rompope(eggnog), imported apples and grapes. Las Posadas begin December 15,
caroles go from house to house and are treated to refreshments. At midnight December 24, catholic churches celebrate the Misa del Gallo(midnight mass).
Festejos Populares:(Year-End Festival). 25-31, in south San José fairgrounds at Zapote. Amusement park with rides, food, bullteasing,
music, fireworks. The country's biggest!
Tope:26th, a horse parade to end all horse parades in downtown San José.
Carnival:27th, downtown San José is the scene os a huge parade with floats and music.
Fiesta de los Diablitos:December 31 - January 2, Indians of the southern, Bruca regionen act a fight/dance between the Indians(diablitos) and
Spaniards(bulls) amid flute and drum music.