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 December 12 to 18, 2019. 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 of interest to foreigners. Medellin Guru currently hosts the largest monthly events for foreigners in Medellín. Our last 12 monthly events averaged 175+ attendees each. And our December 2019 Medellin Guru Meetup was on December 10 at Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta with over 160 attendees.
Many Medellin Guru readers asked us to start publishing information about other Medellín events. So, we started 12 weeks ago to publish a popular weekly events calendar with Medellín events from Thursday to the following Wednesday each week.
Furthermore, we include a few events that are more than a week away to enable readers to plan ahead.
December 12 to January 6 – Medellín’s Christmas Lights
When: December 12 to January 6, 6 pm to midnight each night (note the Christmas lights actually started on November 29)
Event link: https://medellinguru.com/christmas-lights/
One event that Medellín is famous for is the annual Medellín Christmas lights display that is known as Alumbrados Navideños or El Alumbrado.
This year is different than last year with the primary Christmas lights at two locations in 2019. So, there are two epicenters of the Christmas lights in Medellín in 2019.
The primary lights display is a traditional Christmas lights inside the Parque Norte amusement park. This is the same location as last year. The second major location of lights for Christmas this year is at Parques del Río, along the river. The Parques del Rio location is a more modern lights display.
Besides the main lights display inside the Parque Norte amusement park and Parques del Río, you can see Christmas lights in many places throughout the Aburrá Valley metro area. One the best worth seeing is the 2019 Christmas lights in Sabaneta.
December 12 to 13 – World Latin Dance Cup – Plaza Mayor
Where: Plaza Mayor, Calle 41 # 55-80, El Centro
When: This week is the last two day of the World Latin Dance Cup on December 12 and 13 (event started on December 6)
Event link: https://worldlatindancecup.com/
Cost: public $130 to $160 USD, competitors $120 to $140 USD
The World Latin Dance Cup, the most anticipated event worldwide for Latin dancers, is being held for the first time in Medellín, Colombia, from December 6 to 13 at Plaza Mayor.
In previous years, this event has been held in the U.S. However, 2019 is the first time it will take place in a Latin American country. Colombia was chosen, as the cradle of salsa. And Medellín was chosen due to being considered a good destination in Colombia for business tourism and international events.
The participation of 2,000 of the best dancers from 35 countries is expected at Plaza Mayor. This event includes competitions, a big opening show, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, social parties, a grand finale and a closing concert.
December 12 to 21 – Beach Days Event at Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe
Where: Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe, Carrera 40 # 51-24, El Centro
When: December 12 to 21, times vary by day (note this two week event started on December 7)
Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe in El Centro invites you to two weeks full of magic, fun and joy in the with Beach Days (Dias De Playa).
Between December 7 and 21 enjoy family time with music, dance, artisan and gastronomic food, arts, shows and other surprises. Note this event is being held at Plazoleta de las Artes at Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe.
December 12 – Renaldo Armas Concert at Universidad de Medellín Teatro
Where: Universidad de Medellín Teatro, Carrera 87 # 30-65, Bloque 17, Universidad de Medellín, Belén
When: Thursday, December 12, 8 pm
Cost: 65,000 to 108,000 pesos
Reynaldo Armas is holding his first concert in Medellín on December 12. Armas is considered the number one singer of Llanera music. Also, he is known with the nickname of El Cardenal Sabanero.
Llanero music is distinctive for its use of the harp, the maracas and a small guitar called a cuatro. Armas has been awarded a Latin Grammy, which he received in 2013 for the album The Golden Horse, becoming the second singer of Llanera music to obtain this award.
December 12, 17 and 18 – Toucan Spanish Language Exchange – El Poblado
Where: Toucan Spanish School, Carrera 41A # 10-28, El Poblado
When: Thursday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 12, 17 and 18: 6 pm to 8 pm
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 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.
December 12, 13 and 14 – Dancefree Free Salsa Class and Language Exchange – El Poblado
Where: Dancefree, Calle 10A #50-28, El Poblado
When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – December 12, 13 and 14, 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 link: https://www.facebook.com/events/772484393207849/
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.
December 12 – Elefun Language Exchange – Laureles
Where: Elefun Spanish School, Calle 45F # 70A-48, Laureles
When: Thursday, December 12, 6 pm to 8 pm
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/417726162281318/
Elefun 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.
December 14 – La Marranada de Andres Carne Concert at Jardín Botánico
Where: Jardín Botánico, Calle 73 # 51D-14, Medellín
When: Saturday, December 14, 3 pm to 3 am
Cost: from 95,000 pesos
Event link: https://ticketexpress.com.co/la-marranada/
Colombia is a country of traditions. And when December arrives, in Colombia it is celebrated with joy, traditional rhythms, musical bands, fun and joy. A marranada is typical festivity for Paisas at Christmas. At this event you can celebrate December like a real Colombian.
This concert event at Jardín Botánico will have special delicacies for all attendees, specially prepared for everyone to have a good experience. Come and listen and dance with Combo de las Estrellas, Los Hispanos and La Billo’s Caracas Boys.
December 14 – One Night Yaga & Mackie Concert at Plaza Mayor
Where: Plaza Mayor, Calle 41 # 55-80, Medellín
When: Saturday, December 14, 8 pm
Cost: 110,000 to 165,000 pesos
If you like reggaeton, on December 14 is a reggaeton concert with Yaga & Mackie and other artists. The Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Yaga & Mackie will bring their best hits with performances from other artists such as Exotic, Pipe Erre, Kelly Ruiz, Mixtime, Fausto B and D’Lomin-TTI.
Yaga & Mackie are members of the first generation of Puerto Ricans brought up on reggaeton.
December 15 – Big Fest at Aeroparque Juan Pablo II
Where: Aeroparque Juan Pablo II, Carrera 70 # 16-04, Belén
When: Wednesday, December 18, 10 am
Cost: 20,000 pesos
Event link: https://latiquetera.com/evento/big-fest
Big Fest is a Christmas event to enjoy with the family. Big Fest is a large outdoor space that offers fun for family with more than 20 attractions (inflatables, sky jumpers, water games, skips, among others) for children, youth and adults, a large picnic area, dance performances and many food options.
Also, this event is hosting the Great Juguetón, to collect new or used toys in good condition, to be donated to children from different children’s institutions. Make a donation and help make many children’s Christmas happy!
December 17 – Barrio Central Language Exchange – Laureles
Where: Barrio Central Café Bar, Circular 2 # 68-123, Laureles
When: Tuesday, December 17, 7 pm to 10 pm
Barrio Central Café Bar 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.
December 18 – Barrio Sur Language Exchange – Envigado
Where: Barrio Sur Café Bar, Calle 30 Sur # 43A-23, Envigado
When: Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Barrio Sur Café Bar 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 event in Laureles, they typically have activities such as games, trivia, various discussion topics and some surprises.
Future Medellín Events
We also look at a few Medellín events that are beyond the period of a week. This will enable planning for these events, as some readers have asked for.
December 19 – Digital Nomads Meetup – Laureles
Where: Barrio Central Café Bar, Circular 2 # 68-123, Laureles
When: Thursday, December 19, 6 pm
December’s Digital Nomad Medellín meetup will be in the Barrio Central Cafe in Laureles on the 19th of December.
Everybody is welcome, digital nomads and non-digital-nomads. And there will be special offers on vodka cocktails all night. This event is a way to meet digital nomads in Medellín with some festive drinks and a good chat.
December 21 – Pink Floyd Tribute – Hard Rock Café, El Poblado
Where: Hard Rock Café, Circular 2 # 68-123, Laureles
When: Saturday, December 21, 9:30 to 11:30 pm
Cost: 30,000 pesos cover + 10,000 pesos consumables
The Hard Rock Café in Medellín is hosting a Pink Floyd Tribute on Saturday, December 21. This will include two sets of the best of Pink Floyd to help close out the year.
December 27 – J Alvarez in Concert at Fahrenheit Disco
Where: Discoteca Fahrenheit, 79121 Carrera 42, Itagüi
When: Friday, December 27, 9 pm
Cost: 54,000 to 73,000 pesos pesos
The Puerto Rican singer J Alvarez arrives in Medellín as part of his tour “The Walking Fame” (La Fama Que Camina). This concert is at the Fahrenheit Disco on December 27 to help close out the year.
J Alvarez is a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer best known for hit singles including “Junto Al Amanecer”, “La Pregunta”, and “Esa Boquita”. J Alvarez has more than 25 million followers on social media and tours in Europe, Colombia and the United States.
December 31 – San Silvestre New Year’s Party at Medellín Marriott Hotel
Where: Medellín Marriott Hotel, Calle 1a Sur ##43A-83
When: Tuesday, December 31, 7 pm
Cost: 290,000 pesos for adults, 145,000 pesos for children aged 7 to 12
The Medellín Marriott Hotel is hosting a New Year’s party on December 31. The celebration for New Year’s at the Medellín Marriott is inspired by Las Vegas.
The New Year’s event at the Marriott includes:
- Christmas Buffet
- New Year’s celebration party
- Live music
- Sparkling toast cup
- Entrance to the Nau Party
- Liquors in promotion
Promote Your Medellín Events with Medellín Guru
If you happen to be promoting events in Medellín or if you know about an event in the city of interest to foreigners you can promote it via Medellin Guru, which is the most popular English language blog about Colombia with over 80,000 unique visitors per month.
Also, we have over 16,400 followers on our Medellin Guru Facebook page. Plus, we have an active Medellin guru Events & Discussion Forum group on Facebook with over 1,960 members that is growing by about 120 new members per month. In addition, we have a weekly Medellin Guru newsletter with thousands of subscribers.
You can join the Medellin guru Events & Discussion Forum group and over 480 Medellín events have been posted in this group in the past 17 months.
For an event to be included in the above article that is updated weekly about Medellín events, please contact us. We curate the above list of events and only include events that we feel are of interest to our readers. Also, we limit the number of events we include weekly.
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.
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.
Also, keep in mind that at the end of the year in Medellín, there tends to be much fewer events than other parts of the year. This is due to most Colombians and foreigners spending the holidays with friends and family.
Sign up for the Free Medellin Guru Newsletter – You can see all of the previous Medellin Guru weekly email newsletters and sign up here.
Editors note: updated on December 11, 2019 with Medellín events from December 12 to 18.