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On Saturday, the Riverside Polish Rock Band will give a concert in San José, as part of their Latin American tour.

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Published on Friday, March 22, 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 Alajuela Municipality Band will perform a free concert at the José Figueres Ferrer Museum, in San Ramón Canton in Alajuela City. The concert begins at 6 p.m.

The Cartago Municipality Band will show a free concert at the Basilica Los Angeles in Cartago. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

The Guanacaste Municipality Band will perform a free concert at the Ermita Santa Cecilia Catholic Church in Santa Cruz Canton, Guanacaste. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

The Eugene O'Neill Theater in Dent District, San José will present the musical "Canciones y Cojuros," or " Songs and Incantations" in English language. The show features Costa Rican musician MartinSon and his band performing music with rhythms such as flamenco, Cuban music, urban music and Celtic music among others. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available on the theater's website.

On Friday and Sunday

The National Movie Center in downtown San José will screen a Canadian Film Festival including movies such as "L'audience" directed by Émilie B. Guérette and Peggy Nkunga Ndona, "La Cordonnière" directed by François Bouvier, "Madeleine" directed by Raquel Sancinetti and "Mourir en vie" directed by Benoit Briere. On Friday, the movies begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, it begins at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free.

On Saturday

The Riverside Polish Rock Band will perform in Club Pepper in Curridabat, San José, as part of their Latin American tour. Mariusz Duda (lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar), Piotr Kozieradzki (drums), Michał Łapaj (keyboards, backing vocals), and Maciej Meller (guitars) created the band and are now touring to promote their latest album, ID.Entity. The progressive rock band from Warsaw is well-known for its electronic, ambient, and experimental music performances. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets ranging from $40 to $90 are available on the Special Ticket website.

The Eugene O'Neill Theater in Dent District, San José will broadcast "Roméo et Juliette. " Two singers at the height of their powers, radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim, come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores.  Live from the New York Metropolitan Opera House the show begins at 10:50 a.m. Tickets for $25 are available on the theater's website.

On Sunday

The Alajuela Municipality Band will perform a free and pet-friendly concert at Juan Santamaría Central Park in Alajuela City. The show begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Heredia Municipality Band will show a free concert in front of Heredia City Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral. The concert begins at 9 a.m.

The Guanacaste Municipality Band will perform a free concert at Parroquia San Caralampio and Bagaces Canton Central Park in Guanacaste. The concert begins at 8 a.m.

The Casita Musical Children's Theater on Avenida Escazú shopping complex in San José will host "Jack and the Beanstalk," a puppet production based on J. Roberts' classic English fairy tale published in 1734. The show features La Bicicleta Theater, company. The program begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are available for $12 at the theater box office.

The Motorola Cup, a car and motorcycle racing competition, will be held at the Parque Viva race circuit in La Guacima Canton, Alajuela. The exhibition features automobile contests in the categories of GT2, GT3, GT3 Spec, ST, and TC. Motorcycle contests include Sport 200 cc, Super Sport 300 cc, Super Sport 600 cc, R3 Cup, and Super Bikes 1000 cc. Competitions begin at 9:00 a.m. The Passline website offers tickets ranging in price from $10 to $45.

This weekend

Villa Cultural Festival 2024 will be held in the Mercado Viejo event facility in Ciudad Colón Canton, San José. The event features dancing, live music, food for purchase, craft and souvenir sales, a masquerade display, and a tropical music concert featuring Son de Tikizia Band, Orquesta Latina,  and Kikiriwiki Band among others. On Friday, the celebration begins at 11 a.m. On Saturday, the party begins at 4 p.m. Sunday's festivities begin at noon. The event welcomes pets and is free to enter.

The play "Asi de Simple" or "Just Like That" in the English language 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.

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.