Festivals in South America

South America Festivals

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Events & Festivals in South America

All our holidays in South America can be 100% tailor-made, so if you'd like to plan a trip to tie in with one of the many fantastic events and festivals taking place throughout the year, you just have to ask...

We can help arrange tickets, transfers and even VIP packages to many of South America's biggest events. And, of course, if you want to arrange a wider holiday but make sure you get your dates right to fit in with a particular festival in South America, just get in touch with one of our specialist consultants and we'll let you know the best way to go about it!

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Festivals in Argentina

Argentina

There's plenty to keep you busy in Argentina, no matter what time of year you visit, from Bariloche's huge snow festival in the winter, to South America's largest arts festival in May.

ArteBA 2017ArteBA 2017 - 24-27 May, Buenos Aires

As you'd expect from one of the world's great cities, Buenos Aires is a hotspot for art and culture of all kinds. It's all showcased in the yearly ArteBA festival...

Snow FestivalSnow Festival - 10-14 Aug, Bariloche

The Bariloche Snow Festival takes place in June, which is the peak of Argentina's ski season, so wrap up warm and hit the slopes!

Tango FestivalTango Festival - 12-24 Aug, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the tango, and every year the Buenos Aires Tango Festival celebrates that history with week-long events and competitions.

OktoberfestOktoberfest - 06-08 Oct, Gral. Belgrano

Like many countries in South America, many Argentinians have German heritage, and this is celebrated each year at the huge Oktoberfest festival in Villa General Belgrano...

Trelew EisteddfodTrelew Eisteddfod - 31 Oct, Trelew

The annual Chubut Eisteddfod is the largest celebration of Welsh culture outside of Wales and reflects the pride in their heritage of the inhabitants of Welsh Patagonia...

Gay Pride BAGay Pride BA - 01-07 Nov, Buenos Aires

The annual Gay Pride week in Buenos Aires usually takes place in November, and it's the biggest Gay Pride celebration in South America...

Fiesta de la VendimiaFiesta de la Vendimia - 26-07 Feb, Mendoza

Argentina is one of the world's leading wine producers, and the annual Mendoza Vendimia festival celebrates everything that's fantastic about Argentinian wine.

Festivals in Bolivia

Bolivia

Bolivia is rich in indigenous traditions and festivals, often merged with Catholic festivals with some weird and wonderful results, like the freaky devil dancers at the Oruro Carnival...

Fiesta del Gran PoderFiesta del Gran Poder - 21-22 May, La Paz

Bolivia's largest single festival, the Fiesta del Gran Poder takes over the whole of La Paz for two days in May, as 30,000 dancers and 400,000 spectators take to the streets...

Che Guevara 50th AnniversaryChe Guevara 50th Anniversary - 09 Oct, La Higuera

October 2017 sees the 50th anniversary of the execution of Che Guevara by the Bolivian Army, bringing to an end nearly a year of his guerilla insurgency in Bolivia...

Dakar Rally 2017Dakar Rally 2017 - 02-14 Jan, Uyuni

Dakar is back! Starting in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion on January 2nd, the 2017 edition of this epic rally will head into Argentina, then up to Uyuni and La Paz in Bolivia...

Festivals in Brazil

Brazil

Carnival is an obvious high point of the year in Brazil, but did you know that New Year's Eve in Rio is an even bigger party? Or that in the north-east Bumba Meu Boi and the Sao Joao festivals are a chance to see the real Brazil?

Piri BierFestPiri BierFest - 29 Apr, Pirenopolis

Brazilians do love their beer, so where better to experience traditional Brazilian beer culture than at the Pirenopolis BierFest, where you'll find the cream of Brazil's micro-brewers...

São João FestivalSão João Festival - 24 Jun, Caruaru

The annual Sao Joao festival takes place throughout northern Brazil, but especially in the town of Caruaru and in the north it's even bigger than Carnival...

Bumba Meu BoiBumba Meu Boi - 26-29 Jun, Parantins

If you miss out on the 2017 Rio Carnival, why not join millions of Brazilians instead at the huge Amazon festival of Bumba Meu Boi? It might not be that well-known but it's one of the biggest annual events in South America...

Brazilian Grand PrixBrazilian Grand Prix - 12 Nov, Sao Paulo

The Sao Paulo Grand Prix is the only Formula 1 race held in South America, and thousands of crazy Brazilian fans pack the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo every year.

Reveillon in RioReveillon in Rio - 31 Dec, Rio de Janeiro

New Year's Eve is a VERY big deal in Rio - in fact it's a bigger party than the annual Rio Carnival. Glamorous masked balls, beach parties, street music, a colossal firework display... it's a once in a lifetime experience!

Rio Carnival 2017Rio Carnival 2017 - 24-28 Feb, Rio de Janeiro

New Year's Eve is a VERY big deal in Rio - in fact it's a bigger party than the annual Rio Carnival. Glamorous masked balls, beach parties, street music, a colossal firework display... it's a once in a lifetime experience!

Salvador Carnival 2017Salvador Carnival 2017 - 24-28 Feb, Salvador

Salvador Carnival in Brazil is a popular alternative to the more famous Rio Carnival. It might not have the spectacular parades but for atmosphere and music, it's possibly actually better than Rio...

Festivals in Chile

Chile

There's plenty to keep you busy in Argentina, no matter what time of year you visit, from Bariloche's huge snow festival in the winter, to South America's largest arts festival in May.

Fiesta de La TiranaFiesta de La Tirana - 16 Jul, La Tirana

Sometimes Chile seems very European and sometimes it's VERY South American. The Fiesta de la Tirana, when 200,000 party-goers descend on this tiny town is definitely the latter ...

Tapati Rapa NuiTapati Rapa Nui - 27-12 Jan, Easter Island

Tapati Rapa Nui is one of those rare joys: a traditional festival that manages to be welcoming to tourists while making no concessions to them whatsoever. Just come along and get stuck in!

Festivals in Colombia

Colombia

There's plenty to keep you busy in Argentina, no matter what time of year you visit, from Bariloche's huge snow festival in the winter, to South America's largest arts festival in May.

Rock al ParqueRock al Parque - 02-04 Jul, Bogota

Cali might be the Salsa capital of the world, and Colombia as a whole runs on Salsa Time, but head to Rock al Parque in Bogota this July and you'll find something very different on the menu...

Barranquilla CarnivalBarranquilla Carnival - 24-28 Feb, Barranquilla

Move over Rio! If you want a completely authentic but completely wild week, then the Barranquilla Carnival is the place for you...

Festivals in Ecuador

Ecuador

There's plenty to keep you busy in Argentina, no matter what time of year you visit, from Bariloche's huge snow festival in the winter, to South America's largest arts festival in May.

Salon de ChocolateSalon de Chocolate - 17-19 May, Quito

Ecuador is the home of fine chocolate, and where better to try some of it than at Quito's annual chocolate festival, the Salon de Chocolate. There are even massive chocolate sculptures to devour...

Inti Raymi EcuadorInti Raymi Ecuador - 24 Jun, Otavalo

The most famous Inti Raymi festival takes place in Cusco, Peru, but the Inca Empire stretched all the way to the very north of Ecuador, and the yearly Festival of the Sun is celebrated here too...

Yamor Music FestivalYamor Music Festival - 04-13 Sep, Otavalo

The Yamor music festival in Otavalo is Ecuador's biggest and although it originally comes from traditional Quechua festivals, today it's all about the music.

Fiestas de QuitoFiestas de Quito - 06 Dec, Quito

Every 6th December, Ecuador's capital city marks its foundation with the week-long street party that is the Fiestas de Quito.

New Year in QuitoNew Year in Quito - 31 Dec, Quito

New Year in Quito is huge fun, with huge firework displays, enormous dummies which are ritually set ablaze, and men dressed in miniskirts... see it for yourself!

Carnaval 2017Carnaval 2017 - 14-17 Feb, Cuenca

Ecuador's Carnival (also known as Carnaval) is one of the largest in South America and is famous for its huge water fights, huge parties, and fancy dress devils!

Semana SantaSemana Santa - 21-27 Mar, Quito

As with many Catholic countries, Ecuador celebrates Easter in a big way, with huge parades and processions, special cakes, and children running around dressed as devils. As you do...

Festivals in Peru

Peru

From traditional Inca festivals like Inti Raymi, to culinary events such as the annual Mistura or South America's largest film festival, 2016 is an action-packed year in Peru...

Paso Horse FestivalPaso Horse Festival - 15-20 Apr, Lima

The annual Caballo de Paso festival takes place in Lima, Peru, and is a celebration of the famous Peruvian paso horses which are famed throughout the world.

Inti RaymiInti Raymi - 24 Jun, Cusco

Inti Raymi was the major festival of the Inca Empire and falls on the Winter Solstice, celebrating the return of the Sun to the lands of the Inca...

Fiestas PatriasFiestas Patrias - 28-29 Jul, Nationwide

Peru's annual Fiestas Patrias celebrations to mark Peru's independence from Spain take place on the 28th and 29th of July and many Peruvians head to the coast for a long holiday weekend...

Lima FilmFestLima FilmFest - 29-06 May, Lima

The 2017 Lima Film Festival is the hottest event in Latin American cinema, and RealWorld have exclusive packages to experience it.

Mistura Food FestivalMistura Food Festival - 02-11 Sep, Lima

South America's biggest food festival, Mistura, is held every year in Lima, Peru. It showcases all the delights of Peruvian cuisine, and Mistura 2016 promises to be the biggest yet.

Señor de los MilagrosSeñor de los Milagros - 18-19 Oct, Lima

Every year in Lima, Peru, the Señor de los Milagros procession fills the streets with thousands of people in one of the world's largest Catholic festivals.

Virgen de la CandelariaVirgen de la Candelaria - 02 Feb, Puno

Puno's annual Virgen de la Candelaria festival is one of Peru's largest indigenous celebrations, with thousands of dancers and revellers taking to the streets.

Holy WeekHoly Week - 21-27 Mar, Ayacucho

Holy Week in Ayacucho is a very big deal, with huge parades, concerts, candelit processions, and flower tapestries carpeting the streets...