If you are looking to enjoy some entertainment this week Costa Rica style you are in luck, the city of Palmares in Alajuela will kick off its traditional yearly festival this Thursday, January 16, this year they continue to make efforts to make this activity more family oriented and therefore some changes have taken place.
“In reality, by making a change to a more familiar concept the number of people attending has decreased in the past few years, but the ACP (organizing Association) took on a commitment with the county of Palmares to make this change. We are happy with the attendance last year, we received close to 400,000 people (in the two weeks of activities), and we had the opportunity to gather the Costa Rican families with their children in the fair area even through midnight in a safe and healthy environment. The Fiestas de Palmares are now starting to be seen as a family activity”, commented Manuel Rojas, president of ACP.
This traditional festivity includes two weeks of music, food, drinks, parades, dancing, sporting events, kids fair and games, among other entertainment. In this edition, Palmares will not have the international concerts or the country festival (Festival Ranchero).
Rojas explained that they want to switch the focus from the international concerts to the fair and sporting events which this time will include “Summer Games” (CrossFit, Weightlifting and Strongman) as well as an MMA tournament. They are also including more parking facilities.
If Palmares doesn’t call your attention, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste is a great alternative, the activities kick off on Tuesday, January 14 and continue through January 19.
The Santa Cruz festivities include traditional “Tope” (horse parade), national and international concerts, Costa Rican style bullfighting, carnival and much more. Don’t miss out!