Holidays in Costa Rica
- 1 January – New Year’s Day (Aňo Nuevo)
- 19 March – Saint Joseph (Dia de San José)
- Maundy Thursday / Good Friday – (Jueves y Viernes Santo)
- 11 April – Juan Santamaria Day (commemoration of the Battle of Rivas 1856)
- 1 May – Labour Day (Dia del Trabajo)
- 25 July – Guanacaste Day (Anexión de Guanacaste)
- 2 August – Day of the Patron Saint of Costa Rica Our Lady of the Angels (Virgen de los Ángeles)
- 15 August – Mother’s Day (Dia de la Madre)
- 15 September – Independence Day (Dia de la Independencia)
- 12 October – Columbus Day (Dia de la Raza)
- 25 December – Christmas (Navidad)
Festivals in Costa Rica
|January||Fiesta de Palmares. During the first two weeks of January, in Palmares, music, carnival, rodeo and fireworks.|
Fiesta Patronale de Santo Cristo. Two days of rodeos, dances, street parties and a parade of ox carts (carretas) in Santa Cruz.
Festival de las Mulas. Donkey races on the beaches of Esterillos (in Jacó). Bullfighting, dancing and music.
|February||Perez Zeledón Exhibition. Livestock market and orchid exhibition in San Isidro de El General. Together with an agricultural exhibition.|
Good Neighbours Jazz Festival. Jazz in Manuel Antonio.
Carnival in Puntarenas. Flotilla and markets in the last week of February in Puntarenas.
|March||Dia del Boyero. On the second Sunday in March, San Antonio de Escazú hosts a parade of decorated ox carts, with music and dancing.|
Festival Internacional de Arte. Theatre and dance performances, concerts and conferences in San José.
Semana Santa. Processions take place throughout the country during Easter. The crucifixion of Christ is depicted in Cartago and in San Joaguin de Flores, for example.
|April||Dia de Juan Santamaria on 11 April in Alajuela. The fight against William Walker is celebrated with horse shows and drum bands. There is also a beauty contest.|
Feria del Ganada. The largest cattle market in the country is held in Ciudad Quesada in mid-April. Horse parade and bullfight.
Feria de Orquideas. Orchid festival at the Museo Nacional de San José.
Romeria Virgen de la Candelaria. A 6 km pilgrimage route from Paraiso to Ujarrás, commemorating a miracle that took place here in the 17th century. Third Sunday in April.
Semana Universidad. Last week in April. Exhibitions, concerts and the coronation of the University Queen on the campus of the University of San José.
|May||Dia de los Trabajadores. Labour Day is celebrated in the big cities on 1 May.|
Fiesta Civica. Bullfights and horse shows are held in Cañas at the beginning of May.
Dia de San Isidro Labrador. On 15 May a parade of ox carts takes place in San Isidro de el General in honour of the patron saint of farmers.
Corpus Christi. Religious processions in Cartago and Pacayas on 29 May.
|June||Dia de San Pedro y San Pablo. Festival in honour of Peter and Paul in San José. 29 June.|
Compañia de Lirica Nacional. A two-month opera festival at the Teatro Melico in San José. From mid-June.
|July||Feast of the Virgen del Mar. Festival in Puntarenas in honour of Carmen, the Virgin of the Sea, including a regatta. Mid-July.|
Dia de la Anexión de Guanacaste. 25 July is celebrated throughout the country where Guanacaste was annexed in 1824, with music and folkloric dances.
Chorotega Tourist Fair. Demonstrations of handicrafts, indigenous cuisine and educational activities in Nicoya. End of July.
Festival Internacional de Música. Classical music performed by an international group of musicians throughout the country.
|August||Dia de Nuestra Señora de la Virgen de los Ángeles. On 2 August, religious processions take place in Cartago in honour of La Negrita, the patron saint of Cartago.|
Liberia Blanca. A week of traditional local festivals are celebrated in Liberia. Early August.
Dia de las Madres. 15 August. Mother’s Day the Costa Rican way. A singer is often hired to serenade the mother.
National Festival of Adventure Tourism. End of August in Turrialba, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking competitions.
Dia de San Ramón. Celebration in honour of the local patron saint, San Ramón, on 31 August. Marimba music.
Semana Afro-Costarricense. A week-long festival celebrated by Afro-Costa Ricans in Puerto Limón at the end of August, beginning of September.
|September||Correo de la Candela de Independencia. 14 September. A torch of freedom is carried by runners from Guatemala to Cartago. Children parade through the streets with lanterns.|
Dia de la Independencia. 15 September. Independence Day with street festivals throughout the country.
|October||Carnival. In the second week of October, Puerto Limón hosts the Caribbean Carnival with floats, reggae and calypso music.|
Dia de las Culturas. On 12 October, the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus is commemorated with cultural events throughout the country.
Fiesta del Maiz. Maize festival in Upala. Mid-October.
Dia del Sabanero. 18 October is the day of celebration of the cowboy. Celebrations all over the country, especially in Liberia.
|November||Dias de todos Santos. 2 November. All Souls’ Day is celebrated throughout the country with processions and the laying of flowers on graves.|
La Ruta de los Conquistadores. A coast-to-coast mountain bike race along the Conquistadors’ Route takes place in mid-November.
Feria Agroecoturistica. Lumberjack competition and tractor race in Atenas. Mid-November.
Fiesta de las Carretas. A parade of ox carts from Parque Sabana to Paseo Colón takes place in San José at the end of November.
|December||Fiesta de los Negritos. Dances in Boruca on 8 December, accompanied by traditional drums and flutes.|
Fiesta de la Yegüita. On 12 December, a procession in honour of the Virgin of Guadalupe takes place in Nicoya. Bullfighting, concerts and fireworks.