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Classical pianist Claire Huangci, from the United States, will be performing two concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the National Theater, on Friday and Sunday.

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Published on Friday, August 18, 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 Mustang65 rock band will be performing an unplugged concert at Republica Sabana Pub in downtown San José. The concert is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15 pp and can be purchased at the venue's box office.

The Juan Santamaría Museum, in Alajuela Province, will be hosting Rock Night at the Museum Concert. The concert will showcase a Rock and Soul Band and will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $6 per person at the museum's box office.

On Friday and Saturday

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 Friday and Sunday

Classical pianist Claire Huangci, from the United States, will be performing two concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at 
the National Theater located in downtown San José. Huangci has appeared as a soloist performing with well-known orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Vancouver Symphony and the Munich Chamber Orchestra among many others. The first concert will be on Friday at 8 p.m. and the second on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Tickets ranging from $15 to $45 pp can be purchased at the theater box office.

On Saturday

The Ministry of Culture is hosting the National Artist Festival at the National Cultural Center, located in downtown San José. The festival will showcase a variety of performances including plays, dance, magic, and comedy. In addition, you can enjoy music concerts featuring the National Institute of Music and the Puntarenas Municipality Band. The festival starts at 9:30 a.m. and admission is free.

The Diesel Rock Band will be playing music from the 60s and 70s. There's a rock concert happening at  Jazz Cafe Pub in Escazu Canton, San José. The concert will start at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets for $18 per person at the box office on the day of the concert.

On Sunday

The Expressivo Theater, at Momentum Shopping Center in Curridabat in San José, will showcase a children's play called "Sara and the Giant'' by the Colectivo Escénico Ataña theater company. The plot revolves around a young girl who embarks on a journey through the forest with an owl and a coyote to meet the giant living atop the highest mountain peak. The play begins at 2 p.m. and tickets are priced at $13 per person. Purchase at the theater box office.

The Stone Dive Rock Band performs a tribute to legendary American bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, and Foo Fighters at Mundo Loco Pub in the San Pedro District of San José. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and tickets are priced at $15 pp, available at the venue box office.

This weekend

Jairo, a Spanish singer, will give three concerts at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José, featuring the opera singers quartet, Los Tenores. The concert will start at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Purchase tickets ranging from $65 to $100 pp on the Eticket website.

The Expressivo Theater, at Momentum Shopping Center in Curridabat in San José, presents the Luciérnaga theater company featuring their play "I Would Have Liked to Know That You Were Coming Today." The play tells the story of Sergio and Noelia, a couple whose relationship is on the verge of ending. As a viewer, you'll be able to analyze the events that led them to this decision. The play is rated PG. 8 the13 and will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $18 pp and can be purchased at the theater box office.

The Eugene O'Neill Theater, located in Dent District in San José, will showcase the "Ubuntu: I am because we are," dance performance presented by the University of Costa Rica Dance Faculty. The show will run on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, there will be two showtimes at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $11 pp on the theater'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.