Map of Fairgrounds

From Wednesday, January 12 to Monday, January 24, the town of Palmares will host one of the busiest and most popular festivals in Costa Rica: Fiestas Palmares 2011. An estimated one million people attend the festival every year to enjoy food, drinks, dancing, carnivals, concerts, topes (horse parades), music, fireworks, and tico style bull-fighting (toros a la tica). This year’s artistic and cultural activities have been organized by the Palmareña Civic Association, the Ministry of Health, and Palmareña Association for Art and Culture.

Calendar of activities

Wednesday, January 12
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
06:00 pm Lighting the Fairgrounds, opposite the church (Templo Parroquial)
09:00 pm Fireworks
Thursday, January 13
12:00 pm Horse Parade (Tope). One of the most popular activities involving the most beautiful horse breeds, inlcuding: Costa Rican, Spanish and Latin.
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
07:00 pm Bullfighting
10:00 pm Concert: Sin Ánimo de Lucro (Colombia) in the Barra Imperial
Friday, January 14
07:00 pm Toros a la tica (Costa Rican bullfighting)
07:00 pm Evening of Art and Culture
Saturday, January 15
9:00 am Mountain bike competition: Palmarin Classic (a 46km journey which involves more than 600 people)
10:00 am Palmarin Cup Football U-12 in Palmareña Jorge Solis Stadium (7 teams participating at Sub17 level)
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
03:00 pm Concert: Calle 13 (Puerto Rico), Los Rabanes (Panamá), and Garbanzos (Costa Rica) in the concert area
04:00 pm Bullfighting
08:00 pm Bullfighting
10:00 pm Concert: Percance (Costa Rica) vrs Dr. Krápula (Colombia)
Sunday, January 16
12:00 pm International Concert: Luis Enrique, Elvis Crespo and Nacional Grupo Expresso
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
03:00 pm Bullfighting
07:00 pm Bullfighting
07:00 pm Concert: El Roockie (Costa Rica) in the Barra Imperial
12:00 am (midnight) Concert: Luis Enrique (Nicaragua), Elvis Crespo (Puerto Rico), and Expresso (Costa Rica) in the concert area
Monday, January 17
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
07:00 pm Bullfighting
09:00 pm Fireworks
Tuesday, January 18
9:00 am Children’s Festival
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
03:00 pm Children’s Bullfighting
07:00 pm Horse trotter exhibition
09:00 pm Fireworks
Wednesday, January 19
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
07:00 pm Bullfighting
Thursday, January 20
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
07:00 pm Star Equine Exhibition
Friday, January 21
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
05:30 pm Carnival ICE-Kolbi Fiestas Palmares 2011
09:00 pm Fireworks
11:00 pm Concert: T.O.K. (Jamaica) in the Barra Imperial
Saturday, January 22
9:00 am First Street Basketball Championship
9:00 am First Recreational Swimming Tournament in the Municipal Swimming pool in Palmares (it is a tournament at the Canton level)
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
03:00 pm Palmarin Athletics Classic XXVI
07:00 pm Festival Ranchero
11:00 pm Concert: Los Calzones Rotos (Argentina) in the Barra Imperial
Sunday, January 23
12:00 pm Concert Verano Imperial: Zion y Lennox, T.O.K., Percance, Los Calzones Rotos, and Marfil in the concert area
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
03:00 pm Monta Championship ACET
07:00 pm Bullfighting
Monday, January 24
01:00 pm Afternoon of Art and Culture
03:00 pm Bullfighting
07:00 pm Toros a la tica (Costa Rican bullfighting)
09:00 pm Fireworks (closing of the Festival)

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Route Map for Horse Parade

Map of Fairgrounds

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