Costa Rica Carnival, Festivals & Special Events
Costa Rica special events throughout the year
The cultural diversity in the country is shown in the high number of Costa Rica carnival festivals the country holds, some of the major ones of which are listed below.
Carnivals in the Caribbean are renowned for their vibrant music and colour. As most, but not all, of the Caribbean major festivals are of a religious nature they take place prior to Lent and finish Ash Wednesday. Costumes made for carnivals are spectacular, taking months of work. Work often begins on the following year’s costumes as soon as the current year’s carnival is over, especially in Trinidad & Tobago – the biggest carnival in the Caribbean.
There are a number of special events, not of a carnival nature, which also take place throughout the year. Below is a list of the major and most popular Costa Rica carnival and festivals as well as the major special events.
Costa Rica Carnival & Festivals
- Palmares Festival (January)
- Carnival of Puntarenas (February)
- Dia de San Isidro Labrador, countrywide (March)
- Carnival of Limon (October)
- Carnival of Desamparados, San José (December)
Special Events in Costa Rica
- Oxcarts Parade, San Antonio de Escazu (March)
- International Festival of Arts, different locations (March)
- San José-Zapote Fair, Zapote (December)
Carnivals and events in other Caribbean countries
As well as Costa Rica carnival and festivals do check out what’s going on in other destinations, country by country, on the Caribbean Carnivals page in the Discover section.
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