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This article covers Medellín events during the period from October 22 to October 28, 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 48 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, regular weekly Medellín events in the next week are canceled. However, theaters in Medellín may start opening. We talked to some theaters and they have been having some virtual events.
Some theaters may plan to start scheduling in-person events. Also, Plaza Mayor will start having events in October. And the Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) is on November 1 to 8.
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 all in-person events have been canceled. But OLSA International is hosting a virtual language exchange online each Wednesday and Dancefree also hosts a virtual language exchange online. Also, on September
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 974,000 cases of coronavirus on October 20. 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 this national quarantine ended on September 1 and theaters may open before year-end and we expect to see a few more events being scheduled in November
CANCELED – October 22, 23 and 24 – Dancefree Free Salsa Class and Language Exchange – El Poblado
Where: Dancefree, Calle 10A #50-28, El Poblado
When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – October 22, 23 and 24, 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
But Dancefree now has Language Exchanges online:
Event Link: Dancefree Language Exchange on Friday, October 2- https://www.facebook.com/events/3540422089324194/
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.
CANCELED – October 22, 27 and 28 – Toucan Spanish Language Exchange – El Poblado
Where: Toucan Spanish School, Carrera 41A # 10-28, El Poblado
When: Thursday, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 22, 27 and 28 – 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 – October 22 – Elefun Language Exchange – Laureles
Where: Elefun Spanish School, Calle 45F # 70A-48, Laureles
When: Thursday, October 22, 6 pm to 8 pm – EVENT IS CANCELED
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.
CANCELED – October 24 – 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, October 24, Porro – 1:00 p.m, Tango – 2:00 p.m, Salsa – 3:00 p.m. – EVENT IS CANCELED
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.
CANCELED – October 27 – Barrio Central Language Exchange – Laureles
Where: Barrio Central Café Bar, Circular 2 # 68-123, Laureles
When: Tuesday, October 27, 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 – October 27 – Language Exchange at Dimeli Café
Where: Dimeli Café , Calle 42 # 70-39
When: Tuesday, October 27, 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.
CANCELED – October 28 – Language Exchange at OLSA International – Estadio
Where: OLSA International, Calle 49B # 76A-05, Estadio
When: Wednesday, October 28, 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.
Event Link: However, OLSA International has started a weekly virtual language exchange that is held online.
CANCELED – October 28 – Barrio Sur Language Exchange – Envigado
Where: Barrio Sur Café Bar, Calle 30 Sur # 43A-23, Envigado
When: Wednesday, October 28, 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 have talked to some of the theaters in Medellín and they may plan to start having events. Also, the Plaza Mayor convention center in Medellín has started scheduling events in October.
October 29 to November 2 – Expoartesano 2020
Where: Teatro Metropolitano, Plaza Mayor Calle 41 # 57-30, El Centro, Medellín
When: October 29 to November 2
Expoartesano is an event to get closer to the culture, tradition and gastronomy of different territories of the Colombia. At this event you can learn the reason for each craft and inquire about that connection of centuries-old threads reflected in the crafts and the memory of their protagonists.
This event is a tribute to being, to the artisan tradition, to the customs, to their daily life, to the knowledge of each of these men and women who hold the creative DNA of Colombians in their hands.
Expoartesano is the second most important commercial showcase for artisans in the country and which, for this 2020, reaches its eleventh version that will be developed in a hybrid format, with an event that brings together the most outstanding Colombian crafts through an experience shopping that mixes a physical space, with promotion and access through the Internet.
November Events and Holidays
November 1 to 8 – Feria de las Flores 2020
When: November 1 to 8
Feria de las Flores is Medellín’s biggest annual festival and normally starts in August. La Feria de las Flores 2020 (Festival of Flowers) has been rescheduled to November 1 to 8 in 2020 due to coronavirus and is not cancelled.
Last year there were over 400 different events between public and private events for La Feria de las Flores. However, in 2020 the format of the Flower Festival is completely different due to coronavirus.
We have a complete guide to Feria de las Flores in 2020.
There are two upcoming national holidays in November.
November 2 – Monday: All Saints’ Day (Día de los Santos)
All Saint’s Day, also known at All Hallow’s Day, Hallowmas, the Feast of All Saints or Solemnity of All Saints is a holiday that is a commemoration day for all Christian saints, known and unknown.
In Roman Catholicism, All Saints’ Day is reportedly considered to be a holy day of obligation. So, Catholics are supposed to go to mass on the date unless there is a good reason not to attend, such as illness.
November 16 – Monday: Independence of Cartagena
Independence of Cartagena in 2020 is celebrated on Monday, November 16. The holiday commemorates when Cartagena became the first Colombian city to declare independence from the Spanish.
Festivities on this day include many parades in Colombia. And the most notable is in Cartagena where the most colorful parade takes place, which ends at Plaza Trinidad, the location where Cartagena’s independence was originally declared.
Also, in Cartagena on this date is the ‘Battle of Flowers’, which is the beauty contest to pick Miss Colombia who will go on to represent Colombia in the Miss Universe contest.
We have a separate guide to all the Colombia Holidays.
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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 Medellín events are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic but we expect to see some events starting in November.
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 October 14, 2020 with Medellín events from October 15 to 21, 2020.