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On Saturday, Jordan Miller, an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers will play a basketball game among other former NBA players at the Liceo de Costa Rica Gym in downtown San José.
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Published on Friday, May 24, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Many amusing activities are happening this weekend, including concerts, plays, festivals, cultural events and shows among many other activities. Kindly inform us of any weekend events taking place in your community by sending an email to

On Friday

The Universal Orchestra performs a tropical music concert at the Edgardo Baltodano Stadium in Liberia Canton, Guanacaste. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

U.S. rock band
Interpol will give a concert as part of the band's "The Other Side of Make Believe" global tour.  The event promises a memorable evening with the band's biggest singles such as "PDA," "Obstacle 1," and "Say Hello to the Angels," among others.  The band's members, Paul Banks (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Daniel Kessler (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Samuel Fogarino (drums and percussion), are sure to please the audience.
The concert will be held at the Parque Viva Amphitheater in Guácima Canton, Alajuela Province. Tickets range from $55 to $100 are available on the Etickets website.

On Friday and Sunday

The Youth Symphony Orchestra and the University of Costa Rica Orchestra will perform Johann Strauss' operetta "The Bat" from 1874. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José. The opera will be performed on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Cartago's Turrialba Municipal Theater.  Both concerts are free to the public.

On Saturday

Jordan Miller, an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), will play a basketball game among other former NBA players. The exhibition game is against the Escazú Canton Basketball squad of San José. The Basketball Federation arranged the game. Ticket sales assisted the Creados a Tu Imagen Foundation. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Liceo de Costa Rica Gym in downtown San José.  Tickets for $11 are available on the Tiquetebox website.

Dust off your cowboy hats because the Extreme American Rodeo Show will take place in the National Stadium in San José. The action-packed event features an American western-style rodeo with games such as tie-down roping, steer wrestling, steer roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, team penning and team roping among others. The show will also include Costa Rican rodeo-style games, such as traditional speed riding and barrel racing. The participating cowboys are from the U.S., Panama, Brazil, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The event will begin at 8 p.m. The stadium gates will open to the public at 6 p.m. Tickets range in price from $25 to $50 and are available on the Passline website.

The Universal Orchestra performs a concert honoring the finest British rock bands. The evening will feature orchestral performances of music by Def Leppard, Queen, The Beatles, U2, Coldplay, Duran Duran, The Rolling Stones, Police and Oasis, among others. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at the Ande International Convention Center in Belén, Heredia Province. Tickets for $45 to $90 are available on the Eticket website.

Arena y Sol dance company performs a folk dance show at Puntarenas City's House of Culture. The show starts at 7 p.m. Entrance is free.

David Bisbal, Spain's top pop artist, will perform at the Pedregal Events Center in Heredia, as part of his 20th anniversary worldwide tour. The singer and songwriter of multiple Spanish music hits promises to present the same high-level performance as he has in Europe and other American countries. The event begins at 7 p.m., but the center will open to the public at 5 p.m. The Smarticket website offers tickets ranging in price from $45 to $180.

The Tortugas 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. Ticket for $16 is available at the place's box office.

On Saturday and Sunday

The Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José, features  the National Philharmonic Orchestra performing two Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter, tribute concerts. On Saturday, the shows start at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Sunday it starts at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $150 and are available on the Oneticket website.

The Bonsai Japanese Trees display will be held at the Antigua Aduana Center in downtown San José. The event will include talks, sales of over 200 trees from different varieties, and sales of gardening supplements and tools, among other items. The fair begins at 9 a.m. Tickets for $7 are available at the venue box office.

On Sunday

The San José Municipality Band presents a folk music concert at 11 a.m. at the National Museum in downtown San José. Admission is free.

The Espressivo Theater in Curridabat Canton, San José, will stage "The Flock of Birds," a play for kids by the Abya Yala Theater group. The program begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are available via the theater's box office.

This weekend

The National Dance Company will present "The Macroworld is in Chaos
", a children's show, at the Dance Theater of the National Cultural Center in downtown San José. The presentation features dance, music, and puppet show. On Friday, the performance begins at 10 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, it begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free for the general public.

The Expressivo Theater in Momentum Shopping Center in Curridabat San José will be showing the comedy play "One More Week." On Friday and Sunday, the performance begins at 8 p.m. On Sunday, it begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for $20 are available 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. 

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

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.

Lankester Botanical Gardens, a set of gardens located in Dulce Nombre, Cartago opens at 9 a.m. Ticket is $10  and available on site.

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.