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The legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform two concerts in downtown San José City.
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Published on Friday, August 11, 2023
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 Municipality of San José Band will be performing a Mother's Day free concert at Cedros Community Center located in Sabanilla Canton in San José starting at 7 p.m.

The Municipality of Cartago Band will be performing a free Mother's Day concert at Cartago Amphitheater starting at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday

The legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform two concerts at the Melico Salazar Theater, in downtown San José City. The 16-piece band provides a nostalgic atmosphere with four trombones, four trumpets, five reeds, and three rhythms to experience a nostalgia that allows you to travel back to the 1930s. Both shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are between $50 and $120 available on the Eticket website.

The Howlers Rock Band will give two concerts at Manuel Antonio Beach in Puntarenas. On Friday the concert starts at 5 p.m. at  Buru SeaSide Restaurant. On Saturday, the show starts at 7 p.m. at Yolo Sports Bar & Grill. For more information contact Ben Orton by emailing benjaminorton@gmail.com

On Saturday

The Eugene O'Neill Theater located in Dent District in San José will host "Mother's Day Serenade," featuring Izmael Pacheco pianist. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $15 per person at the theater's box office.

The Municipality of Heredia Band will be performing a Mother's Day free concert at Sports Palace in Heredia City starting at 2 p.m.


On Sunday

The National Stand-Up Paddle Circuit will take place at Manuel Antonio Beach in Puntarenas. The competition is organized by the Stand Up Paddle and Sup Surf Association. The sports activity starts at 7:30 a.m. and includes Elite (11 miles), Amateur (7 miles), Recreational (3 miles) and Junior categories for children (3 miles). The cost of the activity for Stand Up Paddle Fans who wish to participate is $28 pp. For more information call 8831-7517.

The Stone Dive Rock Band concert tribute to the American band Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Mundoloco Pub in San Pedro District in San José starts at 2 p.m. The $15 pp ticket is available at the venue's box office.

The National Institute of Music will give a classical music concert at the Museum of Costa Rican Art located in Sabana, San José. The concert starts at 11 a.m. Free admission.

The Municipality of Cartago Band will be performing a free Mother's Day concert at Paseo Metropoli Mall in Cartago City starting at 4 p.m. 

The Municipality of Guanacaste Band will be performing a free Mother's Day concert at the Liberia Municipality facilities in Liberia City starting at 10 a.m.

This weekend

The XVI edition of the National Festival of the Arts 2023 (FNA2023) presents various activities such as children's movies, plays, concerts, dance shows, cheerleading, circus shows and every night will end with a fireworks show. This year's cultural activities include the participation of more than 1,000 artists who will perform in Alajuela- based cantons where the festival will be held: San Ramón, Naranjo, Palmares, Sarchí and Grecia. The FNA2023 has free admission for all ages.  The festival agenda is available on the ministry's website.

The Limón Province will host the Back to Our Roots Festival organized by the Limón Black Ethnic Cultural Civic Committee Association. The festival celebrates the history of Afro-descendants in Costa Rica throughout the month. There are a variety of activities such as talks, artistic workshops, potlucks, musical performances by Calypso, civic events, book presentations, conferences, sports activities, and traditional games, to name a few. The festival schedule and detailed information about the activities can be reached on the association's website.

Children's Museum in downtown San José features special activities for kids. The museum opens at 9 a.m. Ticket $3 pp is 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 pp 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. Call for more information at 4032-9280.

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 pp. 

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 pp or $13 including lunch. Free for children under 4 years old. For more information call 2479-0170. 

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 pp. 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 pp 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 pp available at the zoo box office. Call for more information at 2280-4561 or 2280-4537.

Lankester Botanical Gardens, a set of gardens located in Dulce Nombre, Cartago opens at 9 a.m. Ticket is $10 pp 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 pp 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. For more information call 2257-7202.

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 pp. For more information call 2211-5700.

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 pp.

Have a Pura Vida weekend chilling out with family and friends.