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Expopyme 2024 Fair, organized by the Ministry of Economy, features over 20 stands of jewelry, souvenirs, plants, apparel, and furniture, among other products. It will be held at the Jaco Beach Central Park in Puntarenas.
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Published on Friday, July 5, 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 Tortugas Rock Band will give a concert at the Yellow Submarine Sports Bar in Moravia, San José. The concert starts at 9 p.m. Tickets for $10 are available at the venue's box office.

On Friday and Saturday

Expopyme 2024 Fair, organized by the Ministry of Economy, features over 20 stands of jewelry, souvenirs, plants, apparel, and furniture, among other products. The expo will
be held at the Jaco Beach Central Park in Puntarenas. The free and pet-friendly event begins at 10 a.m.

On Saturday

The Guanacastequidad Festival honors the culture of Guanacaste Province and is hosted by the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José. The Ministry of Culture issued a decree on the show as National Cultural Interest. The event will include folk dancing and music. There will also be performances with international dancers from the Republic of Guinea, Africa. The program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for $15 are available at the theater box office.

On Saturday and Sunday

The Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform three classical music concerts. The orchestra is made up of kid musicians from throughout the country. The first performance will be held on Saturday at the Poás Canton Central Park in Alajuela. This pet-friendly performance begins at 11 a.m. Also on Saturday, the second show will begin at 7 p.m. at the Catholic Church of Santa Bárbara Canton in Heredia. The last concert will take place on Sunday at the Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia Museum in Barrio Escalante, San José. The program begins at 11 a.m. All concerts are free and open to the public.

On Sunday

The Eugene O'Neill Theater in downtown San José, presents Romeo and Juliet, a dance piece inspired by William Shakespeare's novel, featuring the Estudio Danza Libre company. The two performances begin at 3 p.m. and at 5:50 p.m. Tickets for $28 are available on the Tiquetebox website.

Carters, an acoustic rock music duo, offers the "When We Were Young Concert" inspired by songs by legendary 90s bands such as Green Day, Linkin Park and Nirvana, among others. The two performances will take place at the Jazz Café Pub in Escazú Canton, San José. The concerts begin at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available on the Tiquetebox website.

The Municipality of Guanacaste band will perform a folk music concert at the Bagaces Canton Central Park. The free and pet-friendly show starts at 10 a.m

This weekend

The Dance Choreography Show will take place at the Dance Theater in downtown San José. The National Dance Workshop, Wolves Band, Falco-D Squad, and Hope Dancers company will all perform during the event. On Friday and Saturday, the show starts at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the program begins at 5 p.m. All shows are free.


The Vargas Calvo Theater in downtown San José will feature the winning play 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 $10 at its box office.

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.

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.