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The Costa Rica Pride Parade will bring together tens of thousands of people to promote and protect LGBTQIA+ rights.  /  Photo via Pride Costa Rica

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Published on Friday, June 28, 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 and Saturday

The "Corazón de Tango" dance show, or tango music hearth in English, will be performed in The Expressivo Theater in Curridabat Canton, San Jose. The presentation showcases Fantasía de Tango Dance Academy. Adriana Berrotarán, an Argentine singer, and Marianela Villalobos, a Costa Rican singer who was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Tango Album category in 2014, will make special appearances. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the theater's box office.

On Friday and Sunday

Theodore Kuchar, an American and Ukrainian classical music conductor and violist, will lead the National Symphony Orchestra in a concert with guest violinist Oksana Hretchyn at the National Theater in downtown San José. Since 2022, Kuchar has served as Principal Conductor of the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine and Professor of Orchestral Conducting at Houghton University. On Fridays, the concert begins at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the program begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets range from $15 to $40 and are available at the theater's box office.

On Saturday

The Youth Symphony Orchestra will give a classical music concert at the San Isidro Labrador Catholic Church in Coronado Canton, San Jose. The free-entry concert begins at 7 p.m.

Victims of Circumstance, a punk band from the United States, will perform at Craic Irish Pub in San Jose's California district. The show is part of the events commemorating the venue's 13th anniversary. The program starts at 4 p.m. The entrance is free.

On Sunday

The Costa Rica Pride Parade will gather tens of thousands of people to march to promote and defend LGBTQIA+ rights, which refers to the community of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or asexual. 

The event will begin at noon in Sabana Central Park, go along Second Avenue and end at the Democracy Square in downtown San José. It will end with a concert featuring local pop artists. Free and pet friendly event.

The Municipality of Guanacaste band will perform a Latin Music concert at the Mario Cañas Central Park in Liberia Canton. The free and pet-friendly show starts at 5 p.m.

Costa Rican violinist Izmael Pacheco will perform at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in downtown San José. The program starts at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $12 and are available at the theater's box office.

This weekend

Expopyme 2024 Fair, organized by the Ministry of Economy, features over 100 stalls selling jewelry, souvenirs, plants, apparel, and furniture, among other items. The expo will be held in the Antigua Aduana Events Center in downtown San José. The free, pet-friendly event begins at 9 a.m.

The National Cultural Center's 1887 Theater in downtown San José will stage the play "La Casa," or "The House" in English, which is based on the novel written by Costa Rican theater director Daniel Gallegos Troyo. The drama explores issues such as manipulation and machismo in families. On Friday, the performance begins at 5 p.m. On Saturday, there are two shows: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Sunday, the performance begins at 5 p.m. Tickets for $12 are available at the theater box office.

"Los Buitres," or "The Vultures" in English, is a dance show starring choreographer Andrea Catania that will be performed at the Dance Theater in downtown San Jose. On Friday and Saturday, the show begins at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the program begins at 6 p.m. Free entrance with a prior reservation by calling 8749-2539.

The 12th International Film Festival will take place simultaneously in five San José cinemas. This year's events include 76 film screenings, seminars, talk tables, and a variety of other activities. This year's event will include a competition of twelve films from Central America and the Caribbean.  The Magaly and Eugene O'Neill theaters charge $5 for tickets. Admission is free at other cinemas, including the French Alliance Theater, the Ministry of Culture's Cinema Center, and the Dance Theater. Those interested in attending the festival can check out all the information about the films, schedules, and cinemas on the festival website.

The Cocos Island Dome Exhibition will be held in the Antigua Aduana Events Center in downtown San José. The event offers the public a 3D experience deep in the Cocos Island oceans. On Friday, the show begins at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the program starts at 9 a.m. Free admission.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.