Peru Events in 2013

For all this year’s events, go to the Peru festivals and events calendar for 2015.

Below you’ll find month-by-month listings of traditional festivals and events in Peru during 2013, as well as concerts (look for the music symbol, all concerts in Lima unless otherwise noted) and other random happenings. Click on any month below to head straight to it, or scroll down at your leisure…

Last update: September 25, 2013

January February March April May June
July August September October November December

You can help improve this list: I’ll do my best to keep this “calendar” up-to-date, but if you spot an error (some of the dates are hard to confirm) or an omission (of a major event — “Maria’s quinceañera” does not apply), feel free to leave a comment at the end of the list (or send me an email).

For a quick list of national holidays, see Peru Events — National Holidays.

Peru in January

  • New Year’s Day — Jan 1, National Holiday
  • Niño Callaocarpino y el Niño Jacobo Illanes — Jan 1 (central day), Huancavelica: A festival and pilgrimage in honour of two miraculous children, Callaocarpino and Jacobo Illanes. Religious events mixed with traditional dances and bullfights.
  • Festival de los Negritos — Dec and/or Jan, Huánuco: The “Festival of the Blacks” celebrates a Christmas period in 1648 during which a Spanish landowner freed his slaves. Dancers with blackened faces dance through the streets of Huánuco.
  • Adoración de Reyes Magos — Jan 6, nationwide: Otherwise known as Epiphany, the day the Three Wise Men paid Jesus a visit. Celebrated to varying extents throughout Peru.
  • Foundation of Iquitos — Jan 5: Parties. Lots of parties.
  • music-peru-smallJohn Digweed — Jan 11, La Huaka Beach Club at km 97.5 of the Panamericana Sur. English DJ.
  • Fiesta del Niño Dulce Nombre de Jesús — second week of January (movable), Huancavelica: Parades and dances recreate the local story of the Niño Perdido (Lost Child). A lively event, also featuring Negritos dancers.
  • Foundation of Lima — Jan 18: More parties. Fireworks.
  • Chiaraje — Jan 20, Canas Province of the Cusco Region: A ritual battle for a good harvest and in honour of Pachamama (Mother Earth). This is not a re-enactment — the fighting can get intense, but there’s always a good party once the neighbours have finished punching each other.
  • Marinera Festival — Jan 20 to 30, Trujillo: The multiday event is Peru’s biggest marinera dance festival. Dates vary.
  • music-peru-smallDestruction — Jan 22, Discoteca Céntrica (C.C. Real Plaza): According to Wikipedia, these German thrashers “are considered one of the ‘three kings’ of the Teutonic thrash metal scene.” Fair enough.

Peru in February

  • Carnival — throughout Feb: Peru’s carnival season starts in February. Parades, parties, yunsa trees and people having water fights.
  • music-peru-smallSummer of Dub 2013 — Feb 1, Punta Hermosa: Dub and reggae festival.
  • music-peru-smallAcustirock — Feb 2, Estadio San Marcos (North Stand): One-day event featuring some of Peru’s top rock bands.
  • Luchas de Toqto — Feb 2, Canas and Chumbivilcas Provinces of Cusco: Another ritual battle in the Cusco region.
  • Pisco Sour Day — first Saturday of Feb: A day set aside to celebrate the national drink of Peru.
  • Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria — first half of Feb, Puno Region: Big, colourful processions featuring hundreds of musicians and dancers, mixed in with various other cultural events. And lots of drinking.
  • Valentine’s Day — Feb 14, Nationwide: Boring.
  • music-peruJamiroquai — Feb 20, Estadio Nacional: Also boring, but strangely popular.
  • Festival del Verano Negro — last week of Feb, Chincha Province, Ica: Peru’s largest annual festival of Afro-Peruvian culture.
  • music-peru-smallAlejandro Sanz — Feb 26, Estadio Nacional: Grammy Award-winning Spanish singer-songwriter.
  • music-peru-smallAndrew Bird — Feb 27, Toro Bar de Barranco: American singer-songwriter.

Peru in March

  • music-peru-smallReggae Fest — March 2, Explanada de Punta Hermosa
  • Anniversary of the Foundation of Trujillo — March 5: Culture, food, drink and general revelry.
  • Ica Wine Festival — first two weeks of March: Ica’s wine harvest is celebrated with the Festival Internacional de la Vendimia de Ica. Plenty of booze, lots of regional cuisine and beauty queens trampling grapes. Perfect.
  • Fiesta de San José — March 18 to 20 (could change), Las Delicias District of Trujillo: A Spanish heritage festival. Drinking, music, dancing, Peruvian Paso horses and a “running of the bulls.”
  • Surco Wine Harvest Festival — dates vary, Surco District of Lima: Wine, food, and beauty queens trampling grapes.
  • Cruces de Porcón — March 24 (Palm Sunday), Porcón Valley, Cajamarca Region: The faithful gather to carry crosses through the Porcón Valley, accompanied by angels and a donkey.
  • Semana Santa — March 24, Nationwide: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, which falls on March 24 in 2013. It ends on March 30. Celebrations differ across Peru, but you’ll probably see your fair share of religious parades and people strapped to crosses.
  • Jueves Santo — March 28, National Holiday: Maundy Thursday
  • Viernes Santo — March 29, National Holiday: Good Friday
  • Easter Day — March 31: More religious parades and family feasting. In conclusion, Easter in Peru is about religion, not chocolate.

Peru in April

  • El Señor de los Temblores — April 1 (Easter Monday), Cusco: The image of El Señor de los Temblores (The Lord of the Earthquakes) is paraded through the streets of Cusco. Big crowds.
  • music-peruThe Killers — April 4, Estadio Nacional: One of the biggest gigs so far confirmed for 2013.
  • music-peru-smallKeane — April 5, Parque de la Exposición
  • National Peruvian Paso Horse Contest — April 15 to 22-ish (to be confirmed), Mamacona, Lima: The biggest Paso horse contest in Peru.
  • Anniversary of the District of Amantani — April 9, Amantani District of Puno: The islands of Amantani and Taquile on Lake Titicaca celebrate the foundation of their district.
  • Anniversary of Chiclayo — April 18: A weeklong celebration including food fairs, music, dance and the ever-present beauty queens.
  • Anniversary of the Constitutional Province of Callao — April 22, Callao: It may be part of the larger Lima Metropolitan Area, but Callao is very much its own place. And don’t you dare say otherwise…
  • Anniversary of Ayacucho — April 25: Francisco Pizarro founded the settlement of San Juan de la Frontera de Huamanga in 1540. Then Simón Bolívar changed the name to Ayacucho (much easier to remember) in 1825. Expect cultural and sporting events, food, drink and parties.
  • El Señor de la Justicia — April 25, Ferreñafe, Lambayeque Region (not far from Chiclayo): Religious festival in honor of the image of El Señor de la Justicia; also fairgrounds, music, food and drink.
  • Anniversary of Jauja — April 25, Jauja, Junín Region: Jauja was the first Spanish capital city in Peru and also the location of the country’s first cathedral. The anniversary celebrations last for at least a week, with sports contests, dances, parades and — you guessed it — food and drink.

Peru in May

  • Virgin de Chapi — May 1, Arequipa: Thousands of pilgrims walk to the Sanctuary of the Virgin de Chapi, home to one of the most important images of the Virgin Mary in Peru.
  • Dia de los Trabajadores — May 1, National Holiday: The nation takes a break for Labour Day.
  • Fiesta de las Cruces — May 3 (dates vary), typically in highland regions: The faithful carry their crosses between neighbouring churches. Accompanying festivities include regional music and dance. Cusco has its own cross festival — Cruz Velacuy — in early May. Huancavelica has a cross-related fiesta called the Fiesta del Espíritu Santo (sometime in May). The Fiesta de las Cruces is also big in Pasco, Ayacucho, Junín and Puno.
  • Fiesta de Alasitas — May 3, Puno: A big market selling small items. Alasitas are objects in miniature that represent the real things you want in the future. Buy a miniature house, for example, if you one day want to own a real house.
  • Señor de Muruhuay — May 3 (normally the central day, may vary), Tarma, Junín Region: An annual pilgrimage to the Señor de Muruhuay, an image of Christ that appeared on a rock about eight miles from Tarma. Many pilgrims leave a Carta a Dios, a letter giving thanks to God or asking for a miracle.
  • Anniversary of Cotahuasi — May 4, Cotahuasi District of La Unión, Arequipa Region: Bullfights, beer and beauty queens.
  • The Vaccines — May 14, C.C. Scencia de La Molina: British indie rock. music-peru-small
  • Steel Pulse — May 16, C.C. Scencia de La Molina: British roots reggae.
  • Yes — May 16, Parque de la Exposición amphitheater: What is this, another English invasion? Here’s some progressive rock from the UK.
  • Festival Vivo x el Rock — May 25, C.C. Plaza Norte: Two stages packed with bands. Not all at the same time, obviously. music-peru
  • Señor de Torrechayoc — sometime in May, Urubamba, Cusco Region: A festival paying homage to a miraculous cross located in Urubamba. The festival includes dancing, drinking, fireworks and cockfighting.
  • Homage to the Defenders of Alianza Field — May 26, Tacna: A remembrance day in honour of the fallen at the Battle of Tacna (Batalla del Alto de la Alianza), an important battle during the War of the Pacific. The engagement took place on May 26, 1880.
  • Qoyllority — last week of May, Ocongate District, Cusco: A pilgrimage to the mountain sanctuary of Sinakara. Qoyllority (or Qoyllur Rit’i) takes place in the days before Corpus Christi.
  • Corpus Christi — May 30, Nationwide: Celebrated to various extents throughout Peru, but particularly big in Cusco.

Peru in June

  • Chachapoyas Tourist Week — early June (dates vary): The weeklong Semana Turística de Chachapoyas is one big party, including cultural activities, food fairs, exhibitions and parades. The traditional Raymillacta procession is a particular highlight.
  • Lagwagon — June 5, Toro Retrobar: American punk band from the near-legendary Fat Wreck Chords label. music-peru-small
  • Anniversary of Ica — June 17: Food and drink, parades, a mini-marathon and beauty pageants.
  • Sondor Raymi — June 18 and 19, Andahuaylas, Apurímac Region: A re-enactment of the Chanka origin myth, La Epopeya Chanka (The Chanka Epic). The main event takes place at Pakucha Lake and at the Chanka archaeological site of Sondor.
  • Festival Folklórico de Raqchi — third Sunday of June, Canchis Province, Cusco Region: A folkloric festival at the Inca archaeological site of Raqchi (Raqch’i, or the Temple of Wiracocha).
  • Moyobamba Tourist Week — second half of June (can vary), Moyobamba, San Martin Region.
  • Noche de San Juan — June 23 and 24, Calana, Pachi  and Pocollay Districts, Tacna: The Night of Saint John, also paying tribute to Pachamama. Feasting, dancing and a nighttime procession through the Valle Viejo (Old Valley).
  • Chaccu de Vicuñas — June 24, Pampa Galeras National Reserve, Ayacucho: Locals and tourists take part in a communal vicuña roundup in the Pampa Galeras National Reserve. Participants herd the animals into pens by forming a human chain known as chaccu, a technique that dates back to pre-Inca times.
  • Inti Raymi — June 24, Cusco: The Inti Raymi “Festival of the Sun” is one of the most important dates on the Cusco calendar. The reenactment of the Inca winter solstice ceremony takes place at the Sacsayhuamán archaeological site.
  • San Juan Festival — June 24, jungle regions of Peru: The Festival of San Juan (Saint John) is a big party in the jungle. Everyone heads down to the riverbanks to swim, drink and eat juanes. The drinking continues well into the night.
  • music-peru-smallCannibal Corpse — June 27, Discoteca Mangos (Av. Arequipa 1530, Lince): Well here’s a refreshing change from all that Peruvian culture… Cannibal Corpse, corrupting the youth of today. Maybe.
  • music-peruSelvámonos Festival — June 28 and 29 (central days), Oxapampa, Pasco Region: One of the biggest and brightest festivals outside of Lima, Selvámonos returns for another year.
  • National Ceviche Day — June 28, Nationwide
  • Día de San Pedro y San Pablo — June 29, Nationwide: Saint Peter and Saint Paul are honoured throughout Peru on June 29. Look out for maritime processions along the coast, with boats carrying images of the two apostles.
  • music-peru-smallRock en el Parque — June 29, Explanada del Parque de la Exposición: Lima’s most important punk rock festival, with 22 bands taking to the stage.
  • Festival of Indigenous Dance — sometime in June (normally), Atalaya, Ucayali Region: Featuring dance groups representing various indigenous peoples, including Ashaninca, Shipibo-Conibo and Amahuaca. I’m not too sure about the date for the 2013 event.
Tarapoto Parade

Parade in Tarapoto

Peru in July

  • Tarapoto Tourist Week — July 8 to 19 (dates might change), Tarapoto, San Martin Region.
  • music-peru-smallMorrissey — [Canceled — supposedly due to random food poisoning] July 9 and 10, Jockey Club del Perú: Yep, two dates confirmed, but get those tickets as soon as possible because both nights will sell out fast.
  • Anniversary of Puerto Maldonado — July 10: Don Juan Villalta founded the river settlement of Puerto Maldonado on July 10, 1902.
  • music-peru-smallBig Noize — July 11, C.C. Scencia de La Molina: If you like hard rock and you don’t mind cheesy band names, check out this almost-supergroup featuring a bunch of long-haired dudes from bands like Black Sabbath, DIO and Quiet Riot.
  • Virgen del Carmen Festival — July 15 and 16, various regions: Colourful street parades, some featuring re-enactments of key moments from Peruvian history, snake through the streets accompanied by dancers and bands. Celebrations are particularly vibrant in Lima, Callao (Virgen del Carmen de la Legua festival), Celendín and Paucartambo (Mamacha Carmen festival, near Cusco).
  • Anniversary of the Province of Huaraz — July 25: The province of Huaraz was created on July 25, 1857. Food fairs, cultural events and parties take place in the week leading up to the anniversary.
  • Festival de Apóstol Santiago — July 24 and 25, celebrated in various regions, but primarily a highland event: Saint Santiago is an important figure in some Andean regions. The festival is most notable in the central highlands, from Ayacucho up to Cajamarca.
  • Anniversary of the Arrival of Austro-German Settlers in Oxapampa — July 24 to 31, Oxapampa Province, Pasco Region: German culture lives on in the Oxapampa Province, which was settled by Austro-German immigrants in the 1850s. The anniversary celebrations provide a good opportunity to experience the region’s distinct culture and cuisine.
  • Fiestas de Quillabamba — July 25 to 29, Province of La Convención, Cusco Region: Festivals celebrating the anniversary of La Convención (capital Quillabamba), the largest province in the Cusco region. Music festivals, dances, motocross competitions and cockfights. Oh, and more beauty pageants.
  • Fiesta del Sol — July 27, La Unión, Huánuco Region: A re-enactment of an important Inca festival (similar to Inti Raymi in Cusco) at the Huánuco Pampa archaeological site.
  • Peruvian Independence Day — July 28, national holiday: Plenty of parades, lots of fireworks and even more parties. Independence Day celebrations occur over two days, known as the Fiestas Patrias. Peru celebrates its independence on July 28, while July 29 honours the Armed Forces and the National Police of Peru.
  • Fiesta del Señor de las Ánimas and Yawar Fiesta– July 28 to August 3, Apurimac Region: The Fiesta del Señor de las Ánimas is an important religious festival in the Apurimac region of Peru. The Yawar Fiesta in Cotabambas also takes place around this time — a symbolic ritual in which a condor is tied to the back of a bull (read Colca Canyon Trip Report for more info).

Peru in August

  • Día de la Pachamama — August 1, Andean regions: Highlanders take part in pago a la tierra (payment to the earth) ceremonies in honour of Pachamama, the Earth Mother. The day is particularly important in the Cusco region.
  • Santísima Cruz de Chalpón — first week of August, Motupe, Lambayeque Region: A multiday pilgrimage and festival in which the faithful carry the miraculous Cruz de Chalpón (Cross of Chalpón) from its hilltop location to the town of Motupe. Music festivals, gastronomic fairs and Peruvian Paso horse shows take place during the time of the pilgrimage.
  • Nuestra Señora de las Nieves — August 5, central and southern Andes: Our Lady of the Snows is a religious festival celebrated in Spain, Portugal, Italy and parts of Latin America. Peruvian hotspots for the festival include Cusco, Ayacucho and Junín (where it’s known as Virgen de las Nieves).
  • Anniversary of Arequipa — August 15: At least a week of activities leads up to the anniversary of Arequipa, founded in 1540 by the Spaniard Garcí Manuel de Carbajal. The Corso de la Amistad (Friendship Parade) takes place on August 15.
  • Virgen de la Asunción — August 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated to varying extents throughout Peru. Chachapoyas (Amazonas), Cangallo (Ayacucho) and Chacas (Ancash) are notable locations.
  • Anniversary of Huánuco — August 15: Multiday anniversary celebrations attracting thousands of visitors from across Peru.
  • Anniversary of Callao — August 20, Callao (part of the larger Lima Metropolitan Area): Live music, dance festivals and gastronomic fairs.
  • Yaku Raymi — August 20 to 26, Carmen Salcedo District of Andamarca, Ayacucho Region: A weeklong festival giving thanks to Pachamama. Cultural events, scissors dances, food fairs, historic re-enactments and the annual clearing of the water canals.
  • Corrosion of Conformity — August 27, Discoteca Céntrica (C.C. Real Plaza)music-peru-small
  • Reincorporation of Tacna into Peru — August 28, Tacna: Peru lost Tacna to Chile during the War of the Pacific (1879–1883), but regained the territory following the 1929 Treaty of Lima (giving Tacna to Peru and Arica to Chile). Expect plenty of parades and quite a few parties.
  • Oxapampa Tourist Week — August 25 to 31, Oxapampa, Pasco
  • Saint Rose of Lima Day — August 30, National Holiday: Santa Rosa de Lima was the first Catholic saint born in the Americas. Her official feast day is August 23, but Peru celebrates the Día de Santa Rosa de Lima on August 30 (as do some other countries in Latin America).

Peru in September

  • Festival Reyna del Cañaveral — dates vary, Apurimac: Locals head down to the banks of the Rio Pampas for the “Festival of the Sugar Cane Queen,” an annual event during which people swim and raft on the river, eat themselves silly and nominate the Sugar Cane Queen.
  • Festival Ecoturístico de Comunidades Rurales y Turistas — first weekend of Sept, Pasco: An annual ecotourism festival in the Huayllay National Sanctuary (home to the “Stone Forest,” a plateau of impressive rock formations).
  • music-peruThe Offspring — Sept 5, Parque de la Exposición: Dexter Holland, Greg K., Noodles and Pete Parada bring Californian punk rock to Lima in a gig that should be big, bold and bursting with energy.
  • music-peru-smallLibido — Sept 6, Sargento Pimienta (Bolognesi 757 in Barranco): Going strong since 1996, Libido is one of Peru’s most established rock bands.
  • Lima Vive Rock — Sept 7, Parque de la Exposición: 12 hours of free Peruvian
  • Fiesta Patronal Virgen de la Natividad — Sept 8, San Martin Region: A big religious celebration in the small town of Lamas (near Tarapoto).
  • Virgen de Cocharcas — Sept 8, mainly highland regions: Religious processions take place across various parts of the Andean highlands. The main pilgrimage ends at the sanctuary of the Virgen de Cocharcas in the Andahuaylas province of the Apurímac region.
  • Fiesta Patronal del Señor de Gualamita — Sept 10 to 16 (may vary), Luya Province of the Amazonas Region: Music, dance, eating and drinking in the provincial capital of Lamud.
  • Festividad del Señor de Locumba — Sept 14, Tacna: A pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Señor de Locumba (or Iglesia del Señor de los Pies Quemados), located about 50 miles to the northeast of the city of Tacna.
  • music-peru-smallPrince Royce — Sept 14, C.C. Claro de Plaza San Miguel: Apparently one of the most popular Latin music artists in the world. Never heard of him myself.
  • Señor Cautivo de Monsefú — Sept 14 (main day), Monsefú, Lambayeque Region: Colourful street parades in the small town of Monsefú, about 9 miles south of Chiclayo. Monsefú is known for its handicrafts and flowers.
  • Señor de Huanca — Sept 14, Cusco: The pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Señor de Huanca is one of the largest pilgrimages in Peru, attracting faithful from across the country and beyond. It takes about four to five hours to walk the trail from Cusco to the sanctuary.
  • The B-52s — Sept 28, venue TBA: “Love Shack baby! Love Shack, that’s where it’s at!” Oh yes, it’s the ebullient
  • Festival Internacional de la Primavera — end of Sept, Trujillo, La Libertad Region: Trujillo’s annual International Spring Festival is a multiday event featuring traditional dances, street parades, live music, gastronomic fairs, beauty pageants, bullfights, surfing and more. In other words, it’s a pretty packed schedule. You’ll also see events and contests arranged by the Peruvian Paso Horse Breeders and Owners Association of Trujillo.
Battle of Angamos

Battle of Angamos

Peru in October

  • music-peru-smallAlice in Chains — Oct 2, Parque de la Exposición: Grungy legends from the Seattle scene.
  • Promised Land of Pozuzo Festival — Oct 4 to 8 (may vary), Pozuzo, Oxapampa Province, Pasco Region: A celebration of the foundation and heritage of the town of Pozuzo, founded in 1859 by European colonists from Tyrol (Austria) and Prussia (Germany).
  • music-peru-smallPeter Hook & The Light — Oct 7, Discoteca Mangus (Av. Arequipa 1530, Lince): The ex New Order and Joy Division bassist comes to Peru.
  • Battle of Angamos — Oct 8, National Holiday: A day in honour of the Battle of Angamos (1879), a naval confrontation between Chile and Peru during the War of the Pacific. One of Peru’s greatest heroes, Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario, died during the engagement.
  • Piura Jubilee Week — first two weeks of October (variable): Regional arts, crafts and cuisine with a healthy dose of partying.
  • Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca — Oct 13, Ayabaca, Piura Region: A pilgrimage to see the image of the Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca, located in the town of Ayabaca about 130 miles northeast of Piura. Festivities often last until the end of the month.
  • Anniversary of Tingo Maria — Oct 15
  • Black Sabbath — [Canceled — sounds like someone really messed this one up] Oct 16, Estadio Monumental: Black Sabbath supported by Megadeth, no less! Oh
  • music-peru-smallMolotov — Oct 18, C.C. Embarcadero 41 (Barranco): Grammy Award-winning rock/rap/metal/hip hop from Mexico.
  • El Señor de los Milagros — second half of October, Lima: The largest religious congregation in South America, with processions through the streets of Lima in honour of a miraculous image of Christ known as El Señor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles). The main processions, which feature purple-robed devotees, take place on or around October 18, 19 and 28 (exact dates and routes are confirmed before the event).
  • Señor de Luren — third Monday in October, Ica: An annual procession in which the wooden image of the Señor de Luren (patron saint of Ica) is carried through the streets of the city.
  • Fiesta Patronal de Santa Úrsula — Oct 21 to 24 (dates may vary), Viraco, Castilla Province of Arequipa Region: Parades, parties, bullfights, cockfights… draws a crowd from across the region.
  • music-peruBlur — Oct 29, Estadio San Marcos: Damon Albarn and co. will be bringing their London charm to Lima when Blur rolls into town.
  • Día de la Canción Criolla — Oct 31: Criolla (Creole) Song Day, established way back in 1944. Keep an eye out for various live música criolla performances (peñas criollas), especially in Lima.
  • Halloween — Oct 31: Halloween isn’t a big deal in Peru, but you’ll certainly see a few pumpkins, themed parties and kids in costumes on October 31, especially in the big cities.
  • FestiSabores — Oct 31 to Nov 3, Yanahuara (main square), Arequipa: Arequipa’s biggest gastronomic festival returns for the seventh year running.

Peru in November

  • FestiSabores — Oct 31 to Nov 3, Yanahuara (main square), Arequipa: Arequipa’s biggest gastronomic festival returns for the seventh year running.
  • Día de Todos los Santos — Nov 1, National Holiday: All Saints’ Day is celebrated throughout the Catholic world and is a national holiday in Peru. Many families head to the church for a mass in honour of the saints.
  • Día de los Difuntos — Nov 2, Nationwide: All Souls’ Day, also known as Day of the Dead, is in many respects a continuation of Día de Todos los Santos. Peru’s Day of the Dead celebrations aren’t as lively as those in countries such as Mexico, but it’s an important day nonetheless. Traditionally, families visit the graves of relatives in the local ceremony, often taking meals, flowers and/or gifts to the graveside. The vigil sometimes begins on the night of Día de Todos los Santos (Nov 1) and continues until dawn the following day…
  • Anniversary of Puno — Nov 4: The “Folkloric Capital of Peru” celebrates it anniversary in style, with a weeklong schedule of events including traditional dances, music, fireworks and a re-enactment of the Inca origin myth (normally on Nov 5).
  • Ringo Starr — November 11, Jockey Club del Perú: Yep, still going. music-peru
  • Ica Tourist Week — Nov 12 to 20 (variable): Marinera dance contests, Peruvian Paso horse shows, music, beauty queens and more. Might also include the Open International Sandboarding competition at Huacachina (read more about sandboarding in Peru).
  • Creamfields Peru — Nov 16, Fundo Mamacona, Lima: The British dance music festival has gone truly music-peruglobal. The Peruvian edition is one of many international incarnations.
  • Rafa Nadal vs David Ferrer — Nov 17, Jockey Club del Perú, Santiago de Surco, Lima: A high profile exhibition match featuring two of the world’s top ranked players.
  • Moquegua Tourist Week — Nov 20 to 25 (variable).
  • Pasco Tourist Week — Nov 20 to 29 (variable): The Semana Jubilar y Turistica de Pasco typically includes plenty of dancing and drinking. There are also sporting events; the annual marathon is said to be the highest marathon in the world (I don’t think Guinness knows about it, so certainly not one of the confirmed world records from Peru).
  • Kings of Chaos — Nov 23, venue TBC: Supergroups are normally dubious at best, but Guns N’ Roses music-peru-smallwill probably jump at the chance to see Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke strutting their stuff in Lima.
  • Feria de San Clemente — Nov 23, San Clemente, Piura: The Señor de los Milagros de San Clemente fair mixes in a little bit of everything: religious parades, regional cuisine, marinera dances and motocross. It’s a multiday event with the main day on November 23 (may vary — probably a good idea to double-check the date nearer the time).

Peru in December

  • music-peru-smallIncubus — Dec 5, Parque de la Exposición
  • Immaculate Conception — Dec 8, National Holiday: The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is another big date on the Catholic calendar. In Peru, Inmaculada Concepción or Dia de la Purísima Concepción is a national holiday. Expect religious parades and street processions.
  • Tribute to American Liberty — Dec 9, Ayacucho: On December 9, 1824, allied patriot forces gained a vital victory in their struggle for independence from Spain. The Battle of Ayacucho not only secured independence for Peru, it also ensured independence for the rest of South America. Annual festivities take place across the Ayacucho region. The small town of Quinua is particularly important: the battle itself took place on the Pampa de La Quinua, a few miles away from Ayacucho itself.
  • music-peru-smallBret Michaels — December 10, Explanada del Estadio Monumental: I’m not sure how much street cred old Bret has left, but I’m sure he’ll be well received in Lima.
  • Virgen de la Puerta — Dec 12 to 15, Otuzco, La Libertad Region: An annual procession of the miraculous statue of the Virgen de la Puerta (Virgin of the Gate) through the streets of Otuzco (a couple of hours east of Trujillo).
  • Santuranticuy — Dec 24, Cusco: An annual market held on Cusco’s plaza de armas (main square) selling nativity scenes and other festive or religious items crafted by artisans from across Peru.
  • Christmas Eve — Dec 24: Christmas in Peru is all about December 24 and Noche Buena (the “Good Night”). Families stay up until midnight to celebrate the onset of Christmas, eating a late-night Christmas feast and opening their gifts.
  • Christmas Day — Dec 25, National holiday: Christmas Day (Navidad) normally gets off to a sleepy start and remains quiet throughout much of the day. Kids play with new toys while adults recover from hangovers and fight indigestion.
  • Danza de Tijeras Festival — Dec 24 to 27 (may vary), Huancavelica: Some of Peru’s most talented scissor dancers come together for the annual Danza de Tijeras Festival in the highland city of Huancavelica.
  • Anniversary of Madre de Dios — Dec 26, Madre de Dios Region: The Madre de Dios region (or department) was created on December 26, 1912. Anniversary celebrations take place across the region, with the biggest events in Puerto Maldonado, the regional capital.

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