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The International Coffee Fair will be held in the National Stadium in San José on Saturday and Sunday.
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Things to do this weekend

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Published on Friday, May 17, 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 other activities. Kindly inform us of any weekend events taking place in your community by sending an email to

On Friday

The Blue Stereo trio will perform a rock concert at The Eugene O'Neill Theater in Dent District, San José. The group is well-known for its unique alternative rock music. The program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for $10 are available at the theater box office.

The Cartago Municipality Band will play the  Anime Film Music Show at the Municipality Amphitheater in CartagoThe free and pet-friendly concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday

The Curubadá Folk Dance Company performs a dance and music production titled "El Patio de la Abuela" (The Grandma's Backyard in English) at the National Theater in downtown San José. Costa Rican folk music shows use dance and song to convey the country's history. The program begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $18 and $40 and are available at the theater box office.

On Saturday

The Eugene O'Neill Theater in Dent District, San José. offers a Sound and Landscapes Concert with the Heredia Symphony OrchestraThe Cultural Center of Spain and the Spanish Cooperation have arranged the event, which will feature a show inspired by Spanish folk music. The program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for $8 are available at the theater box office.

"Anansi an Afro Odyssey Musical," produced by the Ministry of Education, will be held at Colegio La Asunción in Pérez Zeledón Canton, San José. More than ten professional dancers contribute to the production's telling of the narrative of the main character Anansi and his voyage from Africa to Costa Rica. The show starts at 7 p.mThere is no entry fee.

On Saturday and Sunday

The International Coffee Fair will be held in the National Stadium in San JoséThe fair features over 50 local and foreign coffee producer enterprises, as well as coffee-derived food. In addition, there will be performances, live music, and children's activities. The fair's doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets for $6 are available at the stadium box officeThis activity is pet-friendly.

The Stone Dive Rock Band will perform two '60s and '70s rock music shows. The concerts will take place on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Los Laureles in Uvita, Puntarenas.  On Sunday, the event will start at 5 p.m. at Crocodile Bay in the Osa Peninsula. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the venue's box office.

On Sunday

The San José Symphony Orchestra presents "Music in Cinema Concert," which includes soundtracks from popular Disney films such as Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Little Mermaid, and Frozen, among others. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the National Museum in downtown San José. Admission is free.

A Costa Rica Folk Dance Show will be featuring many dance companies at the Melico Salazar Theater in downtown San José. The performance begins at 5 p.m. Tickets for $20 are available at the theater's box office.

The Alajuela Municipality Band will give a classical music concert in the San Ramon Museum in AlajuelaThe free concert starts at 5 p.m.

The Puntarenas Municipality Band will perform classical music at the Convent of the Missionary Sisters in PuntarenasThe free concert starts at 10 a.m.

The Espressivo Theater in Curridabat Canton, San José, will stage "The Flock of Birds," a play for kids by the Abya Yala Theater group. The program begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are available via the theater's box office.

This weekend


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.