Cartagena's rich history, stunning architecture, and lively cultural scene make it the perfect destination for vessels seeking a unique adventure. To help you plan your visit, we have compiled a list of must-attend events and festivals taking place throughout the year, showcasing the very best of Cartagena's culture and traditions.
Kick off the new year in style by celebrating Año Nuevo in Cartagena. Enjoy the festivities and fireworks as the city comes alive. Early January brings the prestigious Festival Internacional de Música Cartagena, where you can witness world-class classical music performances at various historic venues, such as the Teatro Adolfo Mejía. January closes with the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias. The Hay festival is a renowned literary and arts festival, featuring talks, workshops, and performances mainly held at the Teatro Adolfo Mejía in Centro.
Dance to the rhythms of Cartagena at the Festival de Salsa Cartagena, with workshops, shows, and competitions across the city. Film buffs can't miss the Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena (FICCI), showcasing the best of Colombian and international cinema at various venues, including the Teatro Adolfo Mejía and Bocagrande cinemas. In addition, attend the Feria Internacional Colombia Náutica, a prominent marine trade show that brings together professionals and enthusiasts from the nautical industry. Explore a variety of boats, yachts, marine products, and services on display, while participating in conferences and networking opportunities to further your Colombian maritime knowledge and connections.
Experience the solemnity and beauty of Semana Santa, with processions and events taking place at various churches and streets in the historic city center.
Also in April, embrace the sweetness of Cartagena at the Festival del Dulce Cartagenero. A celebration of local desserts, this event offers a delightful exploration of the city's culinary heritage. Discover traditional treats from cocadas to enyucado, participate in culinary workshops, and enjoy cultural performances. A vibrant mix of flavors and culture, it's a must-visit for any food enthusiast.
Don't miss the Festival del Frito Cartagenero, a local culinary festival celebrating the city's traditional fried foods.
Experience the thrill of wind and water at Windfest Cartagena, beginning on June 30th. This dynamic festival, now in its second year, hosts more than 500 participants across four exhilarating disciplines: Major Sailing, Minor Sailing, Kitesurfing, and Wingfoil. Cartagena transforms into a summer paradise filled with beach events, spirited parties, and exciting competitions on July 1st and 2nd. A grand finale with performances from renowned national DJs caps off the event. Windfest Cartagena places the city on the map as a unique sporting destination. For more information and registration, visit www.windfest.co or follow @windfestco on Instagram.
Experience the world of literature at the Feria del Libro Latinoamericano in Cartagena, held from July 16 to 23. A congregation of authors, publishers, and book lovers, this event celebrates the rich literary heritage of Latin America. Engage with thought-provoking panel discussions, book signings, and meet your favorite authors. It's a literary adventure that offers a deeper dive into Latin American literature and culture.
Late September invites jazz lovers to the Festival de Jazz Cartagena, with concerts featuring local and international jazz artists at venues like the Plaza de la Trinidad and Teatro Adolfo Mejía.
Experience the vibrant Fiestas de Independencia de Cartagena, also known as "Novembrinas," a week-long celebration commemorating Cartagena's independence from Spain on November 11th. The city bursts with color and excitement as locals and visitors alike partake in various cultural events, music, and parades throughout the historic city center and along Avenida Santander. Witness the Carnaval-like atmosphere, with elaborate floats, dancers dressed in traditional costumes, and live performances that create an unforgettable experience for all who attend. During this time, don't miss the glamour of the Concurso Nacional de Belleza, the Miss Colombia competition, held at the Centro de Convenciones. Celebrate Afro-Colombian culture and heritage during Cabildo de Getsemaní. This vibrant event features traditional music, dance, and processions that showcase the rich history and cultural contributions of Afro-Colombians.
Late November brings the Festival Internacional de Poesía Cartagena, offering poetry readings, workshops, and events with local and international poets at various cultural centers, theaters, and public spaces in the city. Late November brings the Festival Internacional de Poesía Cartagena, offering poetry readings, workshops, and events with local and international poets at various cultural centers, theaters, and public spaces in the city.
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with various Christmas Celebrations, events, markets, and religious celebrations throughout the month of December. Art enthusiasts will love the Feria Internacional de Arte Cartagena, held at various galleries, museums, and cultural centers across the city, showcasing contemporary art from local and international artists.
Cartagena de Indias is a city that celebrates its rich culture and heritage all year round, making it an ideal destination for anyone seeking authentic Colombian traditions, music, art, and cuisine. Whether you're aboard a 35-foot sailboat or an 85-foot motor yacht, you'll find Cartagena an enchanting coastal city- the perfect stop on any vessel's itinerary. From world-class music festivals to local culinary events, there's something for everyone to enjoy and explore in this charming destination. So, set your course for Cartagena de Indias and join the festivities – you won't be disappointed!!