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July 21 - August 21, 2019

Jul
25

Annexation of Guanacaste Day

Costa Ricans celebrate the day that Guanacaste province chose their nation over neighboring Nicaragua in 1824. The biggest celebrations – bullfighting, parades and plenty of drinking – are centered in ...

Thursday, July 25, 2019
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Aug
02

Virgin of Los Angeles Day

Costa Rica’s largest religious holiday – pilgrims march on foot or on their knees from around Costa Rica toward Cartago’s Los Angeles Basilica to pay honor to La Negrita, Costa Rica’s black ...

Friday, August 2, 2019
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Aug
15

Mother's Day

National day to honor the nation's mothers. This is an official, required holiday from work. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Aug
24

University Week

Exhibits, parades, live music and more at the University of Costa Rica.

9AM | Saturday, August 24, 2019
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Aug
30

San Ramon Patron Saint Day

Parades, dancing and music help celebrate the arrival of 30 patron saints of nearby towns, come to honor San Ramon’s own patron saint.

Friday, August 30, 2019
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Sep
15

Costa Rica Independence Day

National holiday celebrating Costa Rica's independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. Patriotic Costa Ricans gather to sing the national anthem and light traditional candle lanterns. In Cartago, the ...

Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Sep
17

International Beach Clean-Up Day

During the month of September, businesses and residents will help clean up Costa Rica’s beaches, oceans and rivers. Communities around the country pitch in to help keep Costa Rica free of litter and trash.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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Oct
09

San Isidro Anniversary

All day festivities to commemorate the founding of this important agricultural town, San Isidro del General.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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Oct
11

Puerto Viejo Carnival

Seven days of Caribbean parties, complete with dancers, parades, live music and Mardi Gras-style decadence.

8AM | Friday, October 11, 2019
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Oct
12

Virgin of Pilar Day

Colorful fair in Tres Rios celebrating their Patron Saint with costumes made entirely from corn husks and silks, a parade and music.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
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Oct
12

Columbus Day

Known as Dia de la Raza in Costa Rica, this day celebrates Columbus’ discovery of the New World, and the many cultural influences that helped form modern-day Latin America.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
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Nov
02

All Soul's Day

Costa Rica’s version of Mexico’s famous Day of the Dead has people paying their respects to lost loved ones. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019
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Nov
15

Coffee Picking Contest

Music and dancing to accompany this Central Valley coffee-picking contest.

6AM | Friday, November 15, 2019
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Nov
23

Oxcart Parade

This San Jose parade honors Costa Rica’s oxcart and driver and the country's agricultural traditions. Hundreds of colorful ox-drawn carts begin in La Sabana Park and continue along Paseo Colon and Avenida ...

Saturday, November 23, 2019
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Dec
08

Fireworks Day

Also known as Gunpowder Day, this annual celebration honors the Lady of the Immaculate Conception with fireworks. Though this is technically a religious holiday, celebrations are largely secular. San Antonio de Belen ...

Sunday, December 8, 2019
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Dec
12

La Yeguita Fiesta

A parade to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe. Celebrations include dancing, food and fireworks.

Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Dec
24

Christmas Eve

Traditionally, families attend a large mass on Christmas Eve and eat their holiday dinner at midnight. Presents are usually opened on December 24th.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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Dec
25

Christmas Day

Christmas day in Costa Rica! Traditionally, families attend a large mass on Christmas Eve and eat their holiday dinner at midnight. Presents are usually opened on December 24th. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2019
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Dec
25

Zapote Fiestas

The Zapote Fairgrounds transform from tranquil farmers' market to a free-for-all party, offering amusement park rides, fair and street food, inflatable megabars, bullfighting and plenty of libations.

9AM | Wednesday, December 25, 2019
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Dec
26

National Horse Parade

Known as El Tope Nacional, this famous horse parade strolls through the center of San Jose, and the well-trained animals perform amazing footwork. 

Thursday, December 26, 2019
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Dec
27

San Jose Carnival

A huge carnival with large floats, live music and a very happy atmosphere.

Friday, December 27, 2019
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Jan
09

Palmares Fiestas

Each year, the Palmares fiestas begin the second week of January and continue through the month with a series of events. These include concerts, fireworks, sports activities, tents with alcohol and food, Costa Rican-...

1PM | Thursday, January 9, 2020
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Oct
13

Upala Corn Festival

The Fiestas de Maiz are an annual event in Upala; festivities center around the corn crop and include the crowing of a Corn Queen and a corn-product costume parade.

4PM | Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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