We provide a curated list of weekly Medellin events if you are looking for something fun to do in Medellín. Also, we update our Medellín events list weekly.
This article covers Medellín events during the period from August 13 to August 19, 2020. In addition, this article will be updated weekly with current weekly Medellín events. So, bookmark this page and never miss the best events in Medellín.
In our weekly Medellín events calendar we include events that are primarily of interest to foreigners. Many Medellin Guru readers asked us to start publishing information about other Medellín events. So, we started 38 weeks ago to publish a popular weekly events calendar with Medellín events from Thursday to the following Wednesday each week.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all regular weekly Medellín events in the next week are canceled. Also, Colombia is under a nationwide Colombia quarantine until September 1. So, there will be no in-person events.
Medellin Guru had to cancel our March 2020 Medellin Guru Meetup. Our past 14 events each averaged 175 attendees. We will resume our Medellin Guru events at some point in the future.
In this week’s events calendar all in-person events have been canceled and we found no in-person events in the next few weeks. But OLSA International is hosting a virtual language exchange online each Wednesday. Also, there is one upcoming national holiday in August.
We decided to include in our calendar this week the regular weekly events that are canceled so readers will know which weekly events have been canceled. We clearly identify below that all these weekly events are canceled.
Why Medellín Events Are Canceled
Colombia exceeded 410,000 cases of coronavirus on August 11. At this point anything can happen with coronavirus in Colombia. We are currently under a nationwide quarantine in Colombia and there are no in-person events permitted anywhere in the country.
CANCELED – August 13, 14 and 15 – Dancefree Free Salsa Class and Language Exchange – El Poblado
Where: Dancefree, Calle 10A #50-28, El Poblado
When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – August 13, 14 and 15, Free dance class: 8 pm to 9:30 pm, Free language exchange: 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Live music until 10 pm, Bar: 8 pm to 4 am. – EVENT IS CANCELED
DanceFree hosts free dance classes and language exchanges weekly at its dance school in El Poblado. This dance class is for all levels from beginners to experts. Also, you do not need to bring a partner, register or make a reservation.
In addition, there is no cover if you enter before 9 pm.
CANCELED – August 13 and 18 and 19 – Toucan Spanish Language Exchange – El Poblado
Where: Toucan Spanish School, Carrera 41A # 10-28, El Poblado
When: Thursday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13, 18 and 19: 6 pm to 8 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/toucantalk/
Toucan Spanish School normally hosts a language exchange every week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in El Poblado. And on Thursday after the language exchange they normally have a free dance class.
This is an opportunity for a free language exchange with locals from Medellín over a few drinks and some food.
CANCELED – August 13 – Elefun Language Exchange – Laureles
Where: Elefun Spanish School, Calle 45F # 70A-48, Laureles
When: Thursday, August 13, 6 pm to 8 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED
Elefun Spanish School hosts a language exchange every Thursday night at its Spanish School in Laureles. Hang out for a couple hours and meet other foreigners and some locals.
Have a good time with good drinks, snacks and to meet a lot of new people in the search of new experiences. It’s a free event and they have beers for only 2,000 pesos. And a free beer is available for the first 10 people who arrive.
CANCELED – August 15 – Free Dance Classes: Salsa, Tango, Porro at Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe – El Centro
Where: Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe, Carrera 40 # 51-24, El Centro, Medellín
When: Saturday, August 15, Porro – 1:00 p.m, Tango – 2:00 p.m, Salsa – 3:00 p.m. – EVENT IS CANCELED
The theater hall becomes a dance floor to move the body to the rhythm of Salsa, Tango and Porro every Saturday. The theater becomes a space to enjoy music while dancing.
Also, before or after dancing go to Mercado De La Playa, the newest gastronomic market in Medellín with over 25 restaurants and bars, which is located next to Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe.
August 17 – Monday: Assumption of Mary (Asunción de María) Holiday
The Assumption of Mary is holiday that is celebrated in August every year. This day commemorates Mary’s death and her assumption into heaven.
The Assumption of Mary was first celebrated under Pope Sergius I in the 8th century and Pope Leo IV confirmed the feast as official.
Some people mistakenly believe Mary ascended into heaven. But this is incorrect. It was Jesus Christ who ascended into heaven. While Mary was assumed or taken into heaven by God.
We have a separate guide to all the Colombian holidays.
CANCELED – August 18 – Barrio Central Language Exchange – Laureles
Where: Barrio Central Café Bar, Circular 2 # 68-123, Laureles
When: Tuesday, August 18, 7 pm to 10 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED
Barrio Central Café Bar normally hosts a weekly language exchange in Laureles on Tuesdays.
This is an opportunity for a free language exchange with locals from Medellín over a few drinks and some food. Whether you’re just starting out in your Spanish/English journey or looking to perfect your fluency, you’ll walk away the event with new phrases and vocabulary and possibly new friends to practice and enjoy Medellin with.
No need to prepare and they typically have activities such as games, trivia, various discussion topics and some surprises.
CANCELED – August 18 – Language Exchange at Dimeli Café
Where: Dimeli Café , Calle 42 # 70-39
When: Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED
Cost: Free, but minimum consumption of 5,000 pesos
On Tuesdays Dimeli Café hosts a language exchange. Be part of their popular language exchange (English & Spanish). Through cool games they help make sure that you learn, have a great time and meet lots of great people in a nice environment. Minimum consumption 5,000 pesos.
CANCELED – August 19 – Language Exchange at OLSA International – Estadio
Where: OLSA International, Calle 49B # 76A-05, Estadio
When: Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – in person EVENT IS CANCELED but is now held online
Every Wednesday, OLSA International hosts a free language exchange (Spanish/English) with a different creative theme. On March 25, the theme was Dance Night. Join this free language exchange with locals from Medellín with activities, fun, drinks and some food.
Note that OLSA International’s language exchange tends to have a higher percentage of local Colombians than some of the other language exchanges in Medellín, as this school has both Spanish and English classes.
However, OLSA International has started a weekly virtual language exchange that is held online.
CANCELED – August 19 – Barrio Sur Language Exchange – Envigado
Where: Barrio Sur Café Bar, Calle 30 Sur # 43A-23, Envigado
When: Wednesday, August 19, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED
Barrio Sur Café Bar typically hosts a weekly language exchange in Envigado on Wednesdays. Similar to the Barrio Central language exchange in Laureles, this is an opportunity for a free language exchange with locals from Medellín over a few drinks and some food.
No need to prepare. And like the Barrio Central events in Laureles, they typically have activities such as games, trivia, various discussion topics and some surprises.
Future Medellín Events
There are no future events that we have found in the few weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. And there are no public holidays in September.
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The Bottom Line: Medellín Events – Weekly Medellín Events Calendar with Top Events
There are many weekly Medellín events of interest to foreigners visiting the city or living in Medellín. Unfortunately many of the Medellín events are typically promoted only in Spanish. So, we plan to find these events for you and publish updates to this weekly Medellín Events Calendar in English.
This week all Medellín events are canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak and nationwide quarantine in Colombia. Due to the quarantine, all events over the next several weeks if not longer will be canceled in Medellín.
Each week we plan to cover the best events in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley including expat events, language exchanges, concerts, plays, conferences, festivals, sports and other types of events in the city.
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Editors note: updated on August 12, 2020 with Medellín events from August 13 to August 19, 2020.