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On Saturday and Sunday, the Ice Cream Festival will take place at the National Stadium in San José. The pet-friendly event offers a wide variety of tastes, such as tequila, Irish cream liqueur, beer, vegetables, and even meat among many others.

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Published on Friday, February 24, 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 Heredia Symphonic Orchestra will perform a concert at the Inmaculada Concepcion Catholic Church in Heredia City. The free concert begins at 7 p.m.

On Saturday

The Third Eye CR Rock Band will give a tribute concert to the music of the Pink Floyd British rock band at London Room Central Pub in Paseo Colón, San José. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets $15 are available at the venue box office.  

The Tortugas Rock Band concert at Jazz Caffe Pub in Escazu, San José. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $16 are available at the place's box office.

On Saturday and Sunday

The Ice Cream Festival will take place at the National Stadium in San José. Over 50 ice cream companies will participate, including those from Mexico, Ecuador, the U.S., Panama, and Japan among others. Ice cream prices vary, starting at $2 per serving. The event offers a wide variety of tastes, such as tequila, Irish cream liqueur, beer, vegetables, and even meat among many others. The festival starts at 10 a.m. and includes live music, dancing, playgrounds and cultural performances. It is also pet-friendly. Tickets are $6, with free entry for children under the age of six, and are available at the stadium's box office.

On Sunday

The San José Municipality Band free concert at 
the National Museum in downtown San José. The show starts at 11 a.m.

The Heredia Municipality Band will perform a free and pet-friendly concert at the Nicolas Ulloa Central Park, in Heredia City. The program begins at 10 a.m.

The Alajuela Municipality Band will give two free concerts. The first concert starts at 9 a.m. at the Alajuela City Catholic Church. The second free and pet-friendly event will start at 10 a.m. at the Alajuela City Central Park


The Guanacaste Municipality Band will perform a free concert starting at 10 a.m. at the Coco Beach Catholic Church in Guanacaste.


The Puntarenas Municipality Band will give a free and pet-friendly concert starting at 10 a.m. at the Puntarenas Beach lighthouse tower.

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 Espressivo 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 Curré and Yímba indigenous community in Buenos Aires Canton, Puntarenas, offers guided trips across their areas. The excursion includes a visit to a cultural museum, pre-Columbian spheres, a gourd carving workshop, souvenir shopping, and lunch. Those interested, please contact the Indigenous Cultural Association at 8709-3735.

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.

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. Tickets $3 are 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 

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 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. 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 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 and 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  and 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 and 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. 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.

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