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This weekend marks the Liberia Canton Civic Festival, which features artistic performances, concerts, horse parades, horse racing, rodeos and bullfights, among other entertainment activities.

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Published on Friday, March 1, 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

Josh Quinlan, Anna Marie Wytko, Preston Duncan and Greg Osby are U.S. saxophonists and special guests at SaxFest Costa Rica. The fest will be directed by Alejandro Gutiérrez and features the National Symphony Orchestra. The event also includes performances by Costa Rican musicians, as well as those from Mexico, Chile and Colombia. The concert will be held at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José at 8 p.m.   Tickets for this second event range from $5 to $10 and may be purchased through the theater's website or at the venue's box office.

The Stone Dive Rock Band concert tribute to the American band Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Mundoloco Pub in San Pedro District in San José. The party starts at 2 p.m. The $15 pp ticket is available at the venue's box office.

On Saturday

Urban Fest 2024 will be held at San José's National Stadium, beginning at 2 p.m. The 12-hour straight reggaeton and tropical music marathon is open to anyone above the age of 18. Minors who desire to attend the event must be chaperoned by an adult. Don Omar, Ivy Queen, and more famous artists will perform during the concert. The event will also feature food trucks. Tickets range from $70 to $275 and may be purchased on the Public Tickets website.

The Diesel Rock Band is playing rock music from the 60s and 70s at Jazz Cafe Pub in Escazu Canton, San José. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for $15 are available at the place's box office.

The Howlers Rock Band featuring Kim Carson, will give a show at Rum Bar in Dominical Beach in Puntarenas. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information contact Ben Orton by emailing benjaminorton@gmail.com

On Saturday and Sunday

Viva el Café Fest will be held in the Antigua Aduana Events Center in downtown San José. The event features a competition between experienced baristas to create cocktails based on coffee ingredients. There will also be live music, recreational activities, and coffee-related merchandise for sale. The festival is pet-friendly. The party starts at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $5 and are available at the venue's entrance.

On Sunday

The Down Syndrome Association of Costa Rica warmly invites you to join in the 3.21 GO RACE, which will be held in San José on Paseo Colon Avenue and Sabana Central Park. The sports event is held to raise funds for persons with Down Syndrome in Costa Rica. Interested people can participate in the 5 or 10-kilometer races. For those who prefer to stroll can take a 2-kilometer walk. The race starts at 6 a.m. The registration fee is $35, which includes a participation medal, medical insurance coverage, refreshments, and gifts from the event sponsors. Additionally, the group will offer t-shirts to participants for $15.   The association's website allows you to register for the event and purchase a t-shirt. Following the race, a celebration will be held to commemorate the Down Syndrome community. This second activity is free and pet-friendly, beginning at 10 a.m. in Sabana Central Park.

The Alajuela Municipality Band will perform a free concert at the Auditorium of the Juan Santamaría Museum in Alajuela City. The show begins at 5 p.m.

The Heredia Municipality Band will perform a free concert at the Nicolás Ulloa Central Park, in Herdia City. The concert begins at 10 a.m.

The Guanacaste Municipality Band will perform a free concert at Panama Beach Central Park, in Sardinal District in Guanacaste. The show begins at 9:30 a.m.

The Municipality of San José hosts the Family Sunday Fest in Paseo Colón Ave. in downtown San José, which has 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 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 Liberia Canton Civic Festival in Guanacaste Province is hosted by the Municipality of Liberia and the Guanacaste Livestock Association. The festival is held in the Liberia Fairgrounds and includes artistic performances, concerts, horse parades, horse racing contests, rodeos, and bullfights, among other amusement activities. The party begins at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $5 to $15 and are available at the venue's box office.

The National Dance Theater, in downtown San José, hosts the National Dance Company Show "Behind My Eyes," or "Detras de Mis Ojos" in Spanish. The event features modern dance talents. On Friday and Saturday, the performance begins at 7 p.m. On Sunday, it begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the theater box office.

The play "Just Like That" or "Asi de Simple" in Spanish is presented by the Expressivo Theater, located at Momentum Shopping Center in Curridabat, San José. This is a romantic comedy about couples' issues when love isn't enough. Friday and Saturday, the play starts at 8 p.m. Sunday's performance begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 at the theater box office.

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.