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  • Date 12/6/2810
  • Hour 5:00
Carnaval Nacional is an annual street festival with live music, costumes, food, fanfare and much more. Costumes, decorations and a parade are just a portion of this exciting event that takes place in Desamparados, which is in the San José province.

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  • Date December
  • Hour All Day
Considered part of Costa Rican folklore this horse parade, or tope, celebrates the Day of the Costa Rican Horse Rider, and takes place in the heart of San José. The event showcases a wide variety of different horse breeds donning their best saddles and is widely regarded as the pinnacle…

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  • Date December 27
  • Hour All Day
The year-end festival guarantees that the old year goes out with a bang. Attendees enjoy festivities held the last week of every year in Zapote, a suburb east of San José. The celebration includes carnival rides, food stands, games, music and dancing.

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  • Date December 25 – January 1, 2015
  • Hour All Day
This top-notch marathon is organized by La Asociación Marathón Internacional Costa Rica with a goal of providing athletes national and international certifications and endorsements. www.marathoncostarica.com

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  • Date December
  • Hour All Day
Festival de la Luz is a popular festival that takes place in the city of San José. It includes an evening parade with beautifully lit floats (in which the Costa Rica Tourism Board also provides a signature float) and fireworks. This celebration is typically associated with the year-end holidays. www.festivaldelaluz.cr

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  • Date December
  • Hour 17:00
The city of San José, with the support of Asociación Boyera Nacional, plays host to this parade and celebration which honors the traditional oxcart and cattle. This event brings together hundreds of cattlemen from all over the country showcasing their wagons and oxen. During the parade, families enjoy typical music…

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  • Date November
  • Hour All Day
This gathering of the Costa Rican tourism industry aims to strengthen the promotion of domestic tourism. Among the participants are tour operators, national parks, hosting companies, car rental agencies and rural tourism representatives.

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  • Date November
  • Hour All Day
All Soul’s Day is observed across Latin America. Costa Ricans visit the cemeteries of their loved ones and decorate their graves with flowers. Catholic masses are also held.

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  • Date November 2
  • Hour All Day
La Ruta de Los Conquistadores is Costa Rica’s premier mountain bike race and one of the most difficult athletic events on the planet. The world’s original multi-day fat-tire stage race, La Ruta, is the “Grandfather” that created and inspired this now-worldwide genre. www.adventurerace.com

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  • Date November
  • Hour All Day
This Caribbean street party takes place the week of Columbus Day and is one of the most famous Costa Rican festivals. Described as a smaller-scale version of Mardi Gras, the celebration includes floats, dancing and extravagant street celebrations commemorating Columbus’s first arrival to Costa Rica.

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  • Date October
  • Hour All Day
Celebrated on October 12th, Día de las Culturas is Columbus Day in Costa Rica. This holiday celebrates the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity.

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  • Date Octuber 12
  • Hour All Day
Independence Day commemorates Costa Rica’s independence from Spanish rule in 1821. This national holiday is marked by students in schools across the country hoisting the national flag, completing parades and putting on performances for the community. Parades also take place all across Costa Rica the night of the 14th, and…

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  • Date September 15
  • Hour All Day
This Caribbean celebration includes a gala parade in Limon, a range of cultural activities, jazz concerts, conferences and educational forums, traditional games for kids, cultural performances, food and more. The event also includes a number of symbolic activities and civic ceremonies paying tribute to honorees.

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  • Date August 31
  • Hour All Day
More than two dozen statues of saints from various towns are brought to San Ramon, where they are paraded through the streets. This celebration features live music, a variety of entertainment activities and traditional festival food.

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  • Date August 30
  • Hour All Day
This is the annual pilgrimage day of the patron virgin of Costa Rica. Nearly a million people gather to walk from San José to the Basílica in Cartago (approximately 15 miles or 24 km).

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  • Date August 2
  • Hour All Day
Also known as Guanacaste Day, this is a celebration of Guanacaste’s annexation from Nicaragua in 1824. Everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities which include traditional music, typically played by a quartet and xylophone. Many people also wear their traditional costumes and dance to marimba music. Costumed couples perform “Punto…

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  • Date July 25
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Celebrated on the Puntarenas Beach, Fiesta de la Virgen del Mar (Festival of the Virgin of the Sea) is a colorful festival with parades and ornate boats with lights and flags paying homage to the Virgen del Carmen. This celebration always takes place during the day on the weekend closest…

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  • Date July 16
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Advertised as “the biggest cultural, artistic and danceable" event in the history of Costa Rica, Limón Roots magazine hosts festivities around the country. Scheduled events have included jams, an awards ceremony and an African-themed fashion show.

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  • Date July - August
  • Hour All Day
EXPOTUR brings together more than 300 representatives from the tourism sector. This event, organized by the Costa Rican Association of Tourism Professionals (ACOPROT), highlights a wide variety of tourism products ranging from major attractions to products and services. Additionally, EXPOTUR aims to familiarize the industry with Costa Rica’s tourism offerings…

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  • Date May
  • Hour All Day
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