Published on Friday, July 16, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Taking into account the sanitary guidelines to avoid getting infected by covid-19 (such as wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, constant hand-washing, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces), as well as the driving restrictions, here are some ideas on how to spend the weekend:

Outdoor activities

Today, the yearly boat parade in honor of the Virgen del Mar will take place in downtown Puntarenas.

The 108-year-old tradition began when the miraculous rescue of some fishermen occurred after the sinking of their boat. According to legend, the sailors survived because an unknown woman arrived at the wreck and gave them food and water until they were rescued. When the sailors went to the church in Puntarenas to give thanks for being saved, they recognized the face of the woman who helped them as the statue of the Virgen del Carmen. Since then, the tradition of giving thanks to the virgin protector of sailors has been celebrated.

The activity begins at 9 a.m. when dozens of boats and boats will take a maritime tour along the coast. Local vendors and restaurants will be selling their traditional meals. The activity is free.

Also today, the Tour de France in Costa Rica begins. The nightly promenade is organized by the French Alliance with the support of the French Embassy in Costa Rica. This is a. Evening walk through historic places in downtown San José. The cost per person is $8. For more information, call 8849-8316.

On Saturday is the Jaco Beach Tour. It is a bike route from San José to Jaco Beach organized by the group of cyclists, The Cleteros. The tour starts at 7 a.m. in downtown San José. The cost per person is $50, which includes return transportation to the city, access to a beachfront private property, swimming pool, lunch, tour guide, photos and videos of the event among others. Reserve a spot by calling 6006-0209.

On Sunday, the Vegan Fair organized by Vgreen will take place in Tierra Blanca in Heredia. The activity includes the sale of vegan products by local entrepreneurs, music, dance, yoga, hiking, and even cooking classes. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 8964-9171.

The whole weekend, The Simón Bolívar Zoo in downtown San José opens at 9 a.m. The place is home to more than 70 species of animals and a large number of tropical plants. Entrance costs about $7 at the zoo box office.

The Santa Ana Conservation Center, located in the city of the same name in San José Province, will open this weekend at 9 a.m. The place has animal farms, trails and tropical gardens. The entry is about $7 and can be purchased at the zoo's box office.

The Lankester Botanical Gardens, a set of gardens located in Dulce Nombre Canton, Cartago Province, is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The entry price is about $10 at the box office. Reserve a spot by calling the number 2511-7949.

Live Music

Today, there is a Cabaret Show at AC Hotel located in Avenida Escazu Mall. The event starts at 6 p.m. and includes music and dancers. For groups of 4 people, the cover charge of  $130, includes cheese tapas and a bottle of liquor. There is also the option of reservations for couples at $80. Make a reservation by calling 2588-4500.

On Saturday, a Back to 80's Concert will take place at Containers Gastro Park located in San Blas in Cartago. The place has an open area where there are small restaurant stalls located all over the place. The concert will take place with a live band and DJs. The entrance is free. For more information call 7012-8538.

Concert on Saturday and Sunday with the Philharmonic Orchestra dedicated to the Dominican musician of tropical music Juan Luis Guerra. The show will take place at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José. On Saturday, the concert starts at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets cost between $30 and $60, depending on the seat. Purchase tickets on the E Ticket website.


The National Museum, located in downtown San José, will continue with the exhibition “Blanco, Azul y Rojo” celebrating the 200th anniversary of independence. The museum hours on Friday and Saturday are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, the hours change from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $11 and must be reserved ahead of time by calling 2211-5700.


The Espressivo Theater, located in the Momentum Shopping Center in Curridabat, continues presenting the special show for kids "Manos a la Obra!" (Let's do it ! in the English language). The show is presented by the theater groups Maromero and La Polea. The showtime is on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets cost about $7 and can be purchased on the theater's box office.


The International Film Festival continues this weekend. With a program of independent films from 34 countries in 18 different languages.
This year, the tickets are free.

People can enjoy watching films in person rather than at home. A total of 20 movie theaters will be screening the selected films all across the country. Some of the more popular ones are: Magaly Cinema, Art Museum Cinema, San Ramon Cinema Center, San Carlos Cinema Center, Jaco Beach Cinema Center, Citi Cinema in Grecia, Citi Cinema in Limón, Citi Cinema in Paso Canoas, Multicines in Liberia among others. Visit the festival's website to acquire tickets to watch the film and reserve a seat.

Local movie theaters. This weekend, the new film playing at theaters is “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” starring LeBron James. The movie is about a rogue artificial intelligence kidnapping the son of famed basketball player, James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.

More films in theaters are “Black Widow,” “F9: The Fast Saga,” “Cruella,” and “Conjuring.” 
Most of the movie theaters are requesting the ticket to be purchased online, such as CCM Cinemas, Cinepolis and CineMark

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