Celebrating the city’s culture and traditions
Get into the swing of it all at La Feria de Cali this December, the city’s – and one of Colombia’s – biggest festivals, where you can expect five days jam-packed with mind-blowing salsa performances and dancing in the street. On top of this, the city puts on catwalk shows, beauty pageants, gourmet workshops and bull-fights, to name just a few of the entertainment highlights of this elaborate celebration.
When is La Feria de Cali?
La Feria de Cali is held every year between December 25-30, when the country is already in the midst of Christmas festivities. It is so popular that it is believed around 2.2 million people descend on Cali during this time, and with such exceptional, fun-filled events taking place, it’s easy to see why. The festival first started in 1957, and has snowballed into one of the biggest events in the Colombian calendar; gradually migrating from the hotels and bars of the 1950s to the streets of modern day Cali, accessible to every resident and visitor keen to blow off some steam and let their hair down.
What is there to do at La Feria de Cali?
Salsa is the star of the show at La Feria de Cali, with world-class dancers putting on dazzling performances for one and all. The Salsadromo – held on the 25th – is unmissable, whereby the top dancers in Cali, dressed in typically flamboyant salsa attire, wow the crowds of the Autopista in a parade-like concert, lasting all day long. There’s also the SuperConcierto (26th December) taking place in the Cali Stadium; lavish parades; and smaller – yet no less energetic – events to enjoy throughout the city. Check out Delirio for circus-meets-salsa shows, and when you want to take a breather from it all, sit back at one of the bars lining the parks and squares to sip a cocktail and soak up the infectious atmosphere; you might even bump into one of the regular festival-goers, like Marc Anthony or Willie Colon!
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