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 March 26 to April 1, 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 26 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 over a period of 19 days. So, there will be no in-person events in the two weeks.
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 is only one event that hasn’t yet been canceled in late April.
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 Should be Canceled
Colombia has exceeded 460 cases of coronavirus and the next few weeks will likely determine the trajectory of cases of coronavirus in Colombia. Will Colombia follow in a trajectory similar to Hong Kong or Singapore? Or will the trajectory of cases in Colombia be similar to other Western countries like the U.S. or Italy where case counts have increased at an alarming rate, see the above chart.
In addition, there has been a dramatic closure of over 1,000 places in Medellín in the past few days to close many places where people congregate.
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 anywhere in the country.
CANCELED – March 26, 27 and 28 – Dancefree Free Salsa Class and Language Exchange – El Poblado
Where: Dancefree, Calle 10A #50-28, El Poblado
When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – March 26 to 28, 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 – March 26, 31 and April 1 – Toucan Spanish Language Exchange – El Poblado
Where: Toucan Spanish School, Carrera 41A # 10-28, El Poblado
When: Thursday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26, 31 and April 1: 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 – March 26 – Elefun Language Exchange – Laureles
Where: Elefun Spanish School, Calle 45F # 70A-48, Laureles
When: Thursday, March 26, 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 – March 27 – Language Exchange Rooftop Party at Ondas
Where: Ondas Café, Hostel & Bar; Carrera 81 #45G-52
When: Friday, March 27, 7 pm to 2 am – EVENT IS CANCELED
Join a weekly language exchange and party at the rooftop bar at Ondas Café, Hostel & Bar. This rooftop bar is a nice spot to mingle and make friends with a diverse crowd of local Colombians, foreign travelers and expats living in Medellín.
Also, there are drink specials with beers 3 for 2 and all cocktails and shots 2 for 1.
CANCELED – March 28 – 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, March 28, 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.
CANCELED – March 31 – Barrio Central Language Exchange – Laureles
Where: Barrio Central Café Bar, Circular 2 # 68-123, Laureles
When: Tuesday, March 31, 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 – March 31 – Language Exchange at Dimeli Café
Where: Dimeli Café , Calle 42 # 70-39
When: Tuesday, March 31, 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 – April 1 – Language Exchange at OLSA International – Estadio
Where: OLSA International, Calle 49B # 76A-05, Estadio
When: Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED
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.
CANCELED – April 1 – Barrio Sur Language Exchange – Envigado
Where: Barrio Sur Café Bar, Calle 30 Sur # 43A-23, Envigado
When: Wednesday, April 1, 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
We also look at one or more Medellín events that are beyond the period of a week. This will enable planning for these events, as several readers have asked for.
April 5 to 11 – Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Colombia
When: April 5 to 11
Event link: https://medellinguru.com/semana-santa/
Semana Santa (Holy Week) is the week leading up to Easter Sunday and is one of the most important celebrations in Colombia and is a popular vacation time. Coronavirus will have a major impact on Semana Santa in 2020, as the country is under a nationwide Colombia quarantine during Semana Santa. So, Semana Santa this year will essentially be cancelled.
As part of the preventive measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the archdiocese of Medellín previously announced on March 18, 2020, that during the duration of the coronavirus emergency the archdiocese will take special protection measures for its faithful, which include the celebration of closed-door Masses and the suspension of the traditional Easter processions.
During Semana Santa, churches will open a few hours a day but only to allow individual prayer spaces, and that while this occurs, cleaning protocols will be extreme. However, going to church is not an approved activity under the rules of the nationwide Colombia quarantine.
In addition, Archbishop Ricardo Tobón made a call not to panic about hoarding of goods and provisions, and to heed the instructions given by the authorities to prevent the situation from worsening.
Furthermore, Tobón reported that the churches of the archdiocese will celebrate masses behind closed doors while the emergency passes. Celebration in churches will be with a small group of people that each pastor will determine and in no way exceed the number allowed by the authorities.
Colombia is a predominately Catholic country and many of the 18 Colombia holidays are religious holidays. Semana Santa commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Normally all over Colombia, cities, towns, family and people typically celebrate and recognize Holy Week in a variety of different ways and levels of intensity. The week of Semana Santa in 2020 in Colombia is from Sunday, April 5 to Saturday, April 11, which was the week before Easter Sunday. This year will be different than a normal year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It should be noted that many in Colombia take this entire Semana Santa week off. While only two of these days are considered national public holidays and two days are on the weekend, it has become traditional for many smaller businesses in Colombia to close for this entire week.
Schools are also closed during this week. But banks and government offices only close on the two public holidays during this week on Thursday and Friday. And most grocery stores are open as well.
April 28 to 29 – ExpoMobile 2020 at Plaza Mayor
Where: Plaza Mayor, Calle 41 # 55-80
When: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 to 29
Cost: 20,000 pesos for one day or 35,000 pesos for two days
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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 two weeks 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 March 25, 2020 with Medellín events from March 26 to April 1, 2020.