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The U.S. Oklahoma University School of Dance is the special guest at the International Ballet Festival, which takes place in downtown San José.   / Photos via Oklahoma University.

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Published on Friday, May 31, 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 others. Kindly inform us of any weekend events taking place in your community by sending an email to

On Friday

The Eugene O'Neill Theater in San José's Dent District hosts a jazz and bossa nova show with Brazilian singer Fabio Cadore and Argentine pianist Hernán Jacinto. The program begins at 7 p.m. Free entry for the general public.

Costa Rica's men's soccer squad will meet Uruguay in a friendly match. The game will begin at 8 p.m. at the National Stadium in San José. Tickets priced from $25 and $100 are available on the Specialticket website.

The Municipality of Alajuela band will perform a free folk music concert. The exhibition begins at 10 a.m. at the plaza of the David González Alfaro School in Río Segundo Canton, Alajuela.

The Stone Dive Rock Band will give a rock music concert inspired by top American bands such as Linkin Park, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers among others at Mundoloco Pub in San José. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $15 are available at the venue's box office.

On Friday and Sunday

The National Symphony Orchestra will perform classical music at the National Theater in downtown San Jose. The event will be led by maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya and will include Edvard Grieg's piano concerto and Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations concert. On Friday, the program begins at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the concert begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets range from $35 to $70 and are available at the theater box office.

On Saturday and Sunday

The Eugene O'Neill Theater in San José's Dent District is hosting the  Inspiraciones Costarricenses Musical which will feature the Dance and Music Company. The program includes music, dancing, and plays inspired by Costa Rican literature. On Saturday, the concert begins at 8 p.m. On Sundays, the show begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the theater box office.

This weekend

The U.S. Oklahoma University School of Dance is the special guest at the International Ballet Festival, which takes place in downtown San José. The Alhambra Theater will host the inaugural event on Friday at 7 p.m. The gala will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Dance Theater. The final show will take place on Sunday at 5 p.m. also at the Dance Theater. Tickets for $25 are available through the Eticket website.

The National Institute of Music's Youth Big Band will perform three concerts at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José. Maestro Oscar Valverde conducts the classical music program. On Friday, the show begins at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the concert begins at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the show begins at 4 p.m.  Entry is free for the general public.

The Expo Garden will be held at the National Convention Center in Heredia. The event includes an exhibition and sales of over 200 flowers and trees. Includes sales of gardening supplies and tools. The fair starts at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the event begins at 10 a.m. Entry 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.