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This weekend, Colombian singer Karol G will perform twice as part of her world tour.

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Things to do this weekend

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Published on Friday, March 8, 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 Auditorium of San Luis Gonzaga High School in Cartago City will host a free concert performed by the Cartago Municipality Band. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. 

The Guanacaste Municipality Band will play a free concert at the Juan de Dios Catholic Church in Upala Canton, Alajuela. The show starts at six o'clock. 

On Friday and Sunday

Two free concerts featuring the Puntarenas Municipality Band are scheduled. The event takes place at Barranca Beach Catholic Church on Friday starting at 7 p.m. This Sunday's pet-friendly performance at Esparza Canton Central Park begins at 10 a.m.

Sara Fernández, a Spanish violist, will perform at a concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Salado, the Spanish music director, at the National Theater. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday. The concert begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office for $20 to $35.

On Saturday

The Amón Cultural Fest 2024 will be held at San José's Barrio Amon District. The Municipality of San José is the sponsor of the cultural and artistic event. Among the many entertainment options during the festival are food trucks, dance performances, music concerts, galleries of art, outdoor theater performances, souvenir shops, and a kids' play area. The event gets underway at 10 a.m. The event is free and welcomes pets.

The Eugene O'Neill Theater in Dent District, San José will broadcast "Madama Butterfly" by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, live from the New York Metropolitan Opera House, with three soprano opera vocalists Aleksandra Kurzak, Eleonora Buratto and Asmik Grigorian. The show begins at 10:50 a.m. Tickets for $25 are available at the theater box office.

On Saturday and Sunday

The National Stadium in San Jose will host two concerts by Colombian singer Karol G as part of her "Mañana será Bonito", or "Tomorrow Will Be Pretty" world tour. The rising Latina star has been recognized with numerous honors and nominations, including ten Lo Nuestro Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, one Grammy Award, four Billboard Music Awards, five Latin Grammy Awards (including Album of the Year), one Grammy Award, three MTV Video Music Awards, and one American Music Award. The reggaeton and urban pop music event begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The performance begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The stadium's entrance will be open on both days starting at 3 p.m. Tickets on the Eticket website range in price from $60 to $140.

Gustavo Cerati, the guitarist and frontman of the Argentine rock band Soda Stereo, is being honored with an Orquesta Filarmonica concert at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San Jose. The program begins at 4 p.m. Tickets on the OneTicket website range in price from $45 to $75.

The San José Municipality Band will play two free concerts. The event starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday at San Pedro's Calasanz High School. The show at the National Museum in San José's downtown starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

On Sunday

The children's puppet play "The Lake Fighters," starring the Universo Theater Company, is presented by the Espressivo Theater in Momentum Pinares Mall, Curridabat Canton, San José. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. The $25 tickets are available at the theater box office.

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.


This weekend

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 featuring actors Sofía Chaverri, Silvia Baltodano, Karla Barquero, Manuel Martín, Bruno Camacho and Javier Montenegro is 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.