This year, the full schedule of events for La Feria de las Flores is taking place in August.
There are literally hundreds of events associated with the annual Flower Festival, so listing them all would be impossible, but we’ve put together the highlights below, including the biggest parades and concerts, as well as a link to the official program (with all the little events).
J Balvin and Martin Elias
Friday, August 2 at Club El Rodeo
Tickets are 60,000 pesos. Info 311-5781 ext 111-113
Friday, August 2 at Sixttina Discoteca
The only tickets left are 75,000 pesos.
Saturday, August 3 at Sixttina Discoteca
Tickets are 25,000 pesos. Info and reservations 448-3042
7 PM Tuesday, August 6 at Estadio Polideportivo Sur Envigado
Tickets through Tuboleta.com and retail outlets.
Saturday, August 10 at Palmahia Discoteca
DJ Dash Berlin
Saturday, August 31 at Palmahia Discoteca
August 2 – 11: Feria de las Flores
Click here for a quick look at the schedule of major events
Click here for a PDF of the full program (including all events and maps of parade routes)
At all the parades and events, stay very aware of your belongings. As with any big street party or festival, there will be pickpockets looking for easy opportunities to steal your smartphone or camera. If you don’t absolutely need it, leave it at home.
Sunday, August 4
The horse parade (la cabalgata) is my favorite event of the Flower Festival.
It’s full-on paisa culture, with thousands of horses walking down the streets, and tens of thousands of partygoers there to watch, drink, and eat the afternoon away. It’s a massive street party.
Wednesday, August 7
The vintage car parade is a more low-key event than the horse or flower parades, but it’s still fun to come out and watch the long procession of cars and trucks drive through the city.
Those inside are dressed for the period of the car, so if you see a VW van, expect to see those inside dressed like 60’s-era hippies!
Sunday, August 11
The Flower Parade is the main event of every Feria de las Flores. Everything else grew out of the traditional silleteros from Santa Elena.
For the best views, buy a seat in the bleachers. This can be done the same day, by guys selling tickets along the parade route. You should not have to pay a large mark-up. In 2011, me and a few friends paid just a few dollars over face value.
Medellin Living Reader Meet-up
6 PM Tuesday, August 6 at Sushi Light in La Strada mall (Avenida Poblado)
Enjoy the 2 for 1 sushi roll special, or if you prefer something else, they offer a variety of Asian-inspired dishes too.
These meet-ups are a great opportunity to meet other travelers, expats, and Colombians. If you’re new to the city, it’s also a good chance to ask questions, and share your observations with a captive audience.
Wednesday, August 7
“…the battle in which Colombia acquired its definitive independence from Spanish Monarchy”
Assumption of Mary
Thursday, August 15
Catholic holiday. To allow a 3-day weekend, Colombians have a day off from work Monday, August 19.
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