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    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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