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


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.

Snow FestivalSnow Festival - 03-12 Aug, Bariloche

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

Tango FestivalTango Festival - 03-23 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 - 04-14 Oct, Gral. Belgrano

Like many countries in South America, Argentina has a rich German heritage, among many other nationalities, 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 - 02 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...

ArteBA 2021ArteBA 2021 - Event has been rescheduled

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...

Festivals in 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 Gran PoderFiesta 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...

Festivals in 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 - 11-13 Jun, 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 missed out on the 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...

Rio Carnival 2021Rio Carnival 2021 - Event has been rescheduled

Rio Carnival is the world's biggest party bar none: so why not make 2021 the year you get to marvel at the spectacular parades, enjoy the sizzling atmosphere, and generally party like a Brazilian!

Salvador Carnival 2021Salvador Carnival 2021 - Event has been rescheduled

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...

Brazilian Grand PrixBrazilian Grand Prix - 13-15 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!

Festivals in Chile


Chils isn't famous for its festivals but the indigenous Tapati festival on Easter Island is one of our favourites in South America.

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 ...

Festivals in Colombia


Colombia's festivals might not be as well-known as those of Brazil or Peru, but the Barranquilla Carnival is every bit as much fun as Rio or Salvador, and they also do a good line in modern music festivals.

Flower FestivalFlower Festival - 01-10 Aug, Medellin

Colombia produces some of the most beautiful flowers on the planet, and they're very proud of it! So every year for the last 57 years, Medellin has hosted one of the world's biggest flower festivals...

Rock al ParqueRock al Parque - 02-04 Aug, 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...

Festivals in Ecuador


Ecuador has many of the same religious and indigenous festivals as its neighbour, Peru, but also some intriguing traditions of its own, and the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations outside of Rio.

Salon de ChocolateSalon de Chocolate - 05-07 Jun, 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 - 01-08 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.

Festivals in Peru


From traditional Inca festivals like Inti Raymi, to culinary events such as the annual Mistura or South America's largest film festival, 2020 is an action-packed year in Peru...

Paso Horse FestivalPaso Horse Festival - Event has been rescheduled

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.

Lima FilmFestLima FilmFest - 29 May-06 Jun, Lima

The 2020 Lima Film Festival is the hottest event in Latin American cinema, and RealWorld have exclusive packages to experience it.

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...

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.