Colombian carnivals, fairs, and events during the second half of the year

Colombia is a land of constant celebrations and festivities. Today, we want to tell you about some of the events and celebrations that occur in Colombia during the latter part of the year from July to December.

Colombia’s Independence Day

Colombia celebrates her independence from Spain on July 20th. If you are in Colombia for this holiday, you will find the entire country decked out in yellow, red, and blue and will encounter a host of both free and ticketed concerts (many by famous Colombian artists), parades, and other public activities to celebrate this special occasion, especially if you are in Bogotá.

Colombiamoda

The biggest and most important fashion event in Colombia, Colombiamoda gives designers and models the chance to come together to exhibit the best and newest clothing lines, textiles, and fashion products Colombia has to offer. The entire event lasts for three days at the end of July in the city of Medellín and brings together spectators and buyers from all over the world. If you’re interested in knowing more details, check out the events official website here: http://colombiamoda.inexmoda.org.co/en/

Fería de las Flores

A celebration of the importance of flowers in the Antioquía region of Colombia and the Colombians who grow and cultivate them, the Fería de las Flores (Flower Festival) is another nationally famous festival that takes place in Medellín during the beginning of August every year. During the festival, the entire city is filled with expositions, competitions, and parades that explain and showcase the incredible flowers that are cultivated in the area and the culture that has developed with that cultivation. You can check out the official dates and schedule of events for this year’s Fería de las Flores at the official event website here: http://www.feriadelasfloresmedellin.gov.co/

Festival Internacional de Teatro

The Festival Internacional de Teatro (International Theatre Festival) occurs in the Colombian coffee region in the city of Manizales every year at the end of August-beginning of September. The festival has been going on for 45 years and is the oldest theatre festival in South America, according to the event’s website. Every year the event extends a special invitation to a different country, celebrating its theatrical history and productions, and at the same time hosts an extensive number of theatrical groups and productions from all over the world.

You can see the full line-up for this year’s festival on the official event website here: http://www.festivaldemanizales.com/

Independencia de Cartagena & the Reinado Nacional de Belleza

The Independencia de Cartagena (Cartagena’s Independence) is celebrated on November 11th, the date on which the Caribbean city of Cartagena de Indias officially declared its independence from Spain. Nowadays, Cartagena’s Independence has become a celebration spanning several days during which the city comes alive with a carnival like atmosphere with parades, street parties, concerts, and folkloric decorations invading every corner of the city.

Occuring during the independence celebrations in Cartagena is another popular event—the Reinado Nacional de Belleza, i.e. the Miss Colombia beauty pageant. While Cartagena’s Independence celebrations are only celebrated in Cartagena, the entire country of Colombia is involved in the Miss Colombia beauty pageant, either as spectators or participants.

Get more detailed information about both events on the official webpage here: http://www.ipcc.gov.co/fiestasi/

Happy celebrating and exploring,

The Uncover Colombia Team

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