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On Sunday, the Smokefree Family Sunday Fest will be held in downtown San José,  includes food trucks, DJ music, skate games, inflatable bouncy games, dances, aerobics,  children's playground, among many other activities.


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Published on Friday, February 16, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff





Numerous outdoor activities are happening this weekend, including concerts, plays, festivals and shows, among many others. Kindly inform us of any weekend events taking place in your community by sending an email to news@amcostarica.com.





On Friday


The Stone Dive Rock Band Concert at Mundoloco Pub in San Pedro, San José. The band will pay tribute to top American rock bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots among others. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 and are available at the venue box office.



The Mustang 65 Rock Band is performing rock music from the 60s and 70s at 
The Eugene O'Neill Theater in Dent District, San José. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free.




On Friday and Sunday



The Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra will perform two concerts, Led by Ernesto Gallardo. The orchestra will incorporate Éditus acoustic music ensemble. They won a Grammy in 2000 for their work on the album "Times" by Panamanian musician, actor and politician Rubén Blades. On Friday, the show begins at 8 p.m. at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José. Tickets cost $4 to $10 and are available at the theater box office. On Sunday, the event will take place at the San Rafael Catholic Church in Oreamuno Canton, Cartago Province. This concert is free and begins at 11 a.m.



The Cartago Municipal Band will perform two free concerts. Friday's event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Cartago Municipal Amphitheater. The second concert will take place on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Cartago's Paseo Metrópoli Mall.




On Saturday


The Glorious Bastards Rock Band will perform at the Whiskey Pub in San José's Santa Ana Canton. The bands pay homage to iconic rock bands such as Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi and Foreigner among many others. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the venue box office.



The Eugene O'Neill Theater in Dent District, San José, presents DREAMS Musical, directed by Katalina Vargas and featuring a cast of singers from the Yeancarlo Zamora vocal academy. The performance begins at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The $10 tickets are available at the theater's box office.



The Picnic Festival features more than 50 national and international singers including the Offspring band, J Balvin, Alejandro Fernández and Myke Towers among many others. During the 12-hour party, there will be food trucks and souvenir stores. The festival begins at noon at the Pedregal Show Center in Heredia. The Eticket website offers tickets ranging from $150 to $200.








On Sunday




The Howlers Rock Band will give a show at Ronny's place  Restaurant in Manuel Antonio Beach in Puntarenas. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $20 are available at the venue box office. For more information contact Ben Orton by emailing benjaminorton@gmail.com.


The Municipality of San José hosts the Smokefree Family Sunday Fest in 
Paseo Colón Ave. in downtown San José, which includes food trucks, DJ music, skate games, inflatable bouncy games, dances, aerobics, a children's playground, among many other activities. The free event is pet-friendly and begins at 9 a.m.



The San José Municipal Band will perform a classical music concert at San Bruno Catholic Church in Tibas Canton, San José. The free concert begins at 11 a.m.



The Alajuela Municipal Band will give a classical music concert at the Alajuela City Central Park. The free performance starts at 10 a.m.



The Guanacaste Municipal Band will perform a free concert at Liberia City Central Park in Guanacaste. The program begins at 7 p.m.



The Heredia Municipal Band will perform a free concert at 
Heredia City Central Park in Heredia. The program begins at 2 p.m.




The Expressivo Theater, located at Momentum Shopping Center in Curridabat, San José, will stage the play "The Little Prince." The play is based on a novella written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a French nobleman, novelist, and military pilot. The program begins at 2 p.m. Tickets for $13 are available at the theater box office.




This weekend





The Vargas Calvo Theater in downtown San José will feature the winner of the Theater National Contest, "Erasmus". The plot revolves around an experienced actor who, with great effort, attempts to teach acting to his pupils. However, an unforeseen incident faces the characters with a plot twist. On Friday and Saturday, the play begins at 8 p.m. Sunday's show starts at 5 p.m. The National Theater sponsors the performance, and tickets are available for $16 at its box office.



The Dance Theater of the Ministry of Culture in downtown San José presents the dance show "Al filo de la mesa," or on the edge of the table in the English language. On Friday and Saturday, the play starts at 7 p.m. On Sunday, it starts at 6 p.m. Tickets for $15 are available at the Melico Salazar Theater box office which sponsors this play.




Libertad Park Club in Desamparados in San José presents activities for teenagers such as painting, dance, music, sports and arts. The activities start at 9 a.m. For more information call 2276-9400.




Children's Museum in downtown San José features special activities for kids. The museum opens at 9 a.m. Ticket $3 pp is available on the museum's website.  



Tours are available at the Wildlife Rescue Center in Barrio San José District in Alajuela. The animal sanctuary and wildlife conservation center tours include botanical gardens and more than 125 species of rescued animals including sloths, monkeys, jaguars, tapir, birds, and reptiles. They cannot be released back to their natural habitat. Tickets are $30 pp or $15 per child available on the center's website. Make reservations by calling 506 2433-8989.



Tours are available at Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary in Quepos Beach, Puntarenas. The non-profit organization is home to nearly 50 animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Ticket is $10 pp. Make reservations by calling 8827-8243 or emailing Chip@kstr.org.



Experience the arrival of sea turtles at Ostional National Park in Guanacaste, beginning at 6:30 a.m. with an expert guide from the Ostional Tourist Guides Association. Tour price $8 pp. Make reservations by calling 6252-7412 or 8447-0703 or 2682-0428.



Games for children, playgrounds and pools are available at Punta Pirata Beach Club in Puntarenas City, Puntarenas. Doors open at 8 a.m. Ticket is $16 pp. Call for more information at 4032-9280.



Free swimming, Zumba, aerobics, sports games, fitness and diving are among many other courses at Ojo de Agua Water Park in San Antonio Belen, Heredia. The club includes a parking area, restaurant, several swimming pools for adults and a swimming pool area for children, a playground, tennis areas, basketball areas and a soccer field. The place opens at 7:30 a.m. Ticket is $3 pp. 



Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park in La Fortuna, Alajuela, offers more than 10 aquatic activities and hot spring pools. The park opens at 10 a.m. Tickets are $8 pp or $13 including lunch. Free for children under 4 years old. For more information call 2479-0170. 



Go ride hopping at the Parque de Diversiones in La Uruca, San José. The amusement park has more than 17 rides such as roller coasters, carousels, twists and bumper cars among many others. Enjoy their food court zone and picnic area. The park opens at 9 a.m. Ticket is $11 pp. For more information visit the park's website.






System of Conservation Areas invites visitors to the Chirripó National Parks in Cartago and Limon, Poás Volcano in Alajuela, Tortuguero in Limon, San Lucas Island in Puntarenas, Irazú Volcano in Cartago and Manuel Antonio Beach in Puntarenas. Make reservations on the organization's website.



Guanacaste Conservation Area invites visitors to both the Santa Rosa and the Horizon Experimental Forest Station in Guanacaste. Tickets are available on the organization's website. Call for more information at 2522-6500 or 2522-6666.



Diquis Museum in Palmar Sur, Osa, Puntarenas, offers walking tours through the archaeological zone known as Finca Sitio 6. Tours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket is $7 pp and must be paid by credit or debit card. Call for more information at 2100-6000.



Simón Bolívar Zoo in downtown San José is home to more than 70 species of animals and many tropical plants. Ticket is $5 pp available at the zoo box office. Call for more information at 2280-4561 or 2280-4537.



Lankester Botanical Gardens, a set of gardens located in Dulce Nombre, Cartago opens at 9 a.m. Ticket is $10 pp available on site. Reserve a spot by calling 2511-7949. 



Santa Ana Conservation Center in Santa Ana, San José, has animal farms, trails and gardens. The place opens at 9 a.m. Ticket is $7 pp available at the zoo's box office.



The Art Museum in downtown La Sabana, San José, presents private collections of Latin American artists. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 2257-7202.



National Museum in downtown San José, presents an exhibition of Costa Rica's history and handmade artifacts, including some more than 12,000 years old, made by the first peoples of the region. Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ticket is $11 pp. For more information call 2211-5700.



Gold Museum in downtown San José presents an exhibition of Costa Rican bills and coins since 1850. Also, in the exhibit are the 700 pieces of handcrafted gold made by the first population in Costa Rica. The museum opens at 9 a.m. Ticket is $15 pp.



Have a Pura Vida weekend chilling out with family and friends.


    


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