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 2 to December 8, 2021. 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 85 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 and curfews, most weekly Medellín events in the next week are canceled. Medellin Guru had to cancel our March 2020 Medellin Guru Meetup. Our past 14 events each averaged 175 attendees. We may resume our Medellin Guru events at some point in the future.

In this week’s events calendar most in-person events have been canceled. But OLSA International normally hosts a virtual language exchange online each Wednesday and Dancefree also hosts a virtual language exchange online.

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 had 5,067,348 cases of coronavirus on November 29. At this point anything can happen with coronavirus in Colombia. We were previously under a nationwide quarantine in Colombia and there were no in-person events permitted anywhere in the country.

But the national quarantine ended on September 1, 2020. However, due to event restrictions and curfews most events are cancelled.

 

Learn to dance with free dance classes, photo courtesy of Dancefree

Learn to dance with free dance classes, photo courtesy of Dancefree

CANCELED – December 2, 3 and 4 – Dancefree Free Salsa Class and Language Exchange – El Poblado

Where: Dancefree, Calle 10A #50-28, El Poblado

When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – December 2, 3 and 4 – 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

Cost: Free

DanceFree has been hosting 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 was no cover if you enter before 9 pm.

At the Elefun Language Exchange, photo courtesy of Elefun Spanish School

At the Elefun Language Exchange, photo courtesy of Elefun Spanish School

CANCELED December 2– Elefun Language Exchange – Laureles

Where: Elefun Spanish School, Calle 45F # 70A-48, Laureles

When: Thursday, December 2, 6 pm to 8 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED

Cost: Free

Elefun Spanish School hosted 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.

2020 Christmas lights over the Medellín river at Parques del Rio

2020 Christmas lights over the Medellín river at Parques del Rio

December 3 to January 10 – Medellín’s World Class 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.

The primary lights display for Christmas this year is at Parques del Río, along the river. Parques del Río is intended to be transformed into the world of Christmas. In this space, the central nucleus of the Alumbrados, the life of the “Destellitos” is concentrated, in a special celebration between the global concept of Christmas and the traditional Colombian one.

Medellín Christmas lights in 2021 will be from December 3, 2021 to January 10, 2022. So, you will be able to see 2021 holiday lights display in Medellín every night from December 3, 2021 until January 10, 2022 from 6 pm until midnight each night, except on December 24 and December 31, when they will be closes

Free Dance Classes, photo courtesy of Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe

Free Dance Classes, photo courtesy of Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe

CANCELED – December 4 – 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, December 4, Porro – 1:00 p.m, Tango – 2:00 p.m, Salsa – 3:00 p.m. – EVENT IS CANCELED

Cost: Free 

The theater hall became 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.

Barrio Central Language Exchange, photo courtesy of Barrio Central

Barrio Central Language Exchange, photo courtesy of Barrio Central

December 7 – Barrio Central Language Exchange – Laureles

Where: Barrio Central Café Bar, Circular 2 # 68-123, Laureles

When: Tuesday, December 7, 7 pm to 10 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED

Cost: Free

Barrio Central Café Bar normally hosts a weekly language exchange in Laureles on Tuesdays. They have resumed their language exchanges in August but only on August 3, 17 and 31 but not on November 30 and does not have any scheduled for December yet that we have seen.

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.

Language exchange, photo courtesy of Dimeli Café

Language exchange, photo courtesy of Dimeli Café

CANCELED – December 7 Language Exchange at Dimeli Café

Where: Dimeli Café , Calle 42 # 70-39

When: Tuesday, December 7, 7:00 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED

Cost: Free, but minimum consumption of 5,000 pesos

On Tuesdays Dimeli Café normally 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.

December 8 – Wednesday: Immaculate Conception Day (Día de la Inmaculada Concepción)

This holiday celebrates the belief in the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary. And that Mary was void of original sin all of her life.

The Immaculate Conception is one of the most important Marian feasts of the Roman Catholic Church.

This holiday actually starts on the evening before in Colombia. In addition, the Christmas season in Colombia unofficially tends to start on December 7, which is known as Día de las Velitas (Day of Candles).

In the evening on December 7, people place paper lanterns and candles are placed on porches, balconies, streets, sidewalks, squares and parks in cities and pueblos throughout Colombia. On December 8 it is typical for houses in Colombia to hoist a white flag with the image of the Virgin Mary.

Everywhere in the country, you will be able to see these candles and lanterns. They are placed to honor Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception.

We have a separate guide to the holidays in Colombia.

Language Exchange at OLSA International, photo curtesy of OLSA International

Language Exchange at OLSA International, photo curtesy of OLSA International

CANCELED December 8 – Language Exchange at OLSA International – Estadio

Where: OLSA International, Calle 49B # 76A-05, Estadio

When: Wednesday, December 8, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – in person EVENT IS CANCELED but is now held online.

Cost: Free

Every Wednesday, previously OLSA International hosted a free language exchange (Spanish/English) with a different creative theme. For example, on March 25, the theme was Dance Night. You could 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.

Event Link: However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, OLSA International has started a weekly virtual language exchange that is held online. 

Barrio Sur Language Exchange, photo courtesy of Barrio Sur

Barrio Sur Language Exchange, photo courtesy of Barrio Sur

CANCELED December 8 – Barrio Sur Language Exchange – Envigado

Where: Barrio Sur Café Bar, Calle 30 Sur # 43A-23, Envigado

When: Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED

Cost: Free

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.

Upcoming Events

 
Alumbrados 2019: Medellín’s World-Class Christmas Lights

Alumbrados 2019: Medellín’s World-Class Christmas Lights

Colombia Holidays #18. December 25 – Saturday: Christmas Day (Día de Navidad)

Christmas Day celebrates the nativity of Jesus, which according to tradition took place on December 25, 1 BC. December 25 is a public holiday in many countries around the world.

Christmas is more of a month-long celebration in Colombia than just a day. Medellín in particular celebrates Christmas in a big way each year with its world-class Christmas lights.

This holiday celebrates the belief in the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary. And that Mary was void of original sin all of her life.

The Immaculate Conception is one of the most important Marian feasts of the Roman Catholic Church.

This holiday actually starts on the evening before in Colombia. In addition, the Christmas season in Colombia unofficially tends to start on December 7, which is known as Día de las Velitas (Day of Candles).

In the evening on December 7, people place paper lanterns and candles are placed on porches, balconies, streets, sidewalks, squares and parks in cities and pueblos throughout Colombia. On December 8 it is typical for houses in Colombia to hoist a white flag with the image of the Virgin Mary.

Everywhere in the country, you will be able to see these candles and lanterns. They are placed to honor Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception.

We have a separate guide to the holidays in Colombia.

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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 most Medellín events are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We expects some event may resume in September.

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 November 30, 2021 with Medellín events from December 2, 2021 to December 8, 2021.

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