Peru Festivals and Events Calendar for 2015

For all the major happenings in Peru in 2016, see Peru in 2016: A Calendar of Festivals, Concerts and Other Events.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest festivals and events in Peru with our 2015 calendar, including national and regional holidays, music concerts and more.

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Peru in January

  • New Year’s Day — Jan 1, National Holiday
  • Niño Callaocarpino y el Niño Jacobo Illanes — Jan 1 (central day), Huancavelica
  • Festival de los Negritos — Dec and/or Jan, Huánuco
  • Adoración de Reyes Magos — Jan 6, nationwide
  • music-peru-smallFestival Música Perú — Jan 16, Estadio Nacional: A new music event organized by PromPerú, who describe it as “a mega concert never seen before in our country, which will bring together cumbia, salsa, rock, folk and more bands on a single stage.” Sounds interesting.
  • Summer of Dub 2015 — Jan 16,  Certes Dub (Chorrillos): The Mungo’s Hi Fi sound system returns Peru music eventfrom Glasgow to headline the Summer of Dub festival, taking place for the third year running.
  • Chiaraje — Jan 20 (the date could easily change), Canas Province of the Cusco Region
  • Concurso Nacional de Marinera — Jan 19 to 25, Trujillo
  • Electro Selvámonos — Jan 24, Punta Rocas (km 46 of the old Panamericana Sur, Lima outskirts)Peru music event
  • Marnie — Jan 29, 15.30 Disco (Av. Arequipa 1530, Lince): The Scottish lead vocalist of Peru music eventLadytron comes to the Peruvian capital.

Electro Selvamonos Festival Peru 2015

Peru in February

  • Carnival — throughout February
  • Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria — first half of February, Puno Region
  • Luchas de Toqto — Feb 2 (may vary), Canas and Chumbivilcas Provinces of Cusco
  • Jorge Drexler — Feb 5, Auditorio del Pentagonito: The Uruguayan musician and actor won an Oscar Peru music eventfor a song that featured in the movie The Motorcycle Diaries.
  • V Festival Afrodescendiente — Feb 5, Jazz Zone (Miraflores): Peruvian African roots festival.
  • Valentine’s Day — Feb 14, Nationwide
  • Modeselektor — Feb 17, Noise, Barranco: Electronic music from the German duo.
  • David Bisbal — Feb 19, Explanada del Centro Comercial Plaza Norte: Grammy-winning Spanish pop Peru music eventsinger.
  • Festival del Verano Negro — last week of February, Chincha Province, Ica
  • Peru music eventEpica — Feb 28, Teatro de la Universidad de Ingeniería: Dutch symphonic metal.
  • Lima Indie Festival — Feb 28, Vichama Rock Bar (Jr. Carabaya 945, Plaza San Martin): A one-day festival featuring 12 indie bands playing rock, punk, post punk and more…

Peru in March

  • Joss Stone — March 3, Huaca Pucllana: The English soul singer will play at the Huaca Pucllana Peru music eventarchaeological site.
  • Anniversary of the Foundation of Trujillo — March 5
  • Peru music concertPablo Alborán — March 7, Auditorio del Pentagonito: Spanish musician, singer and songwriter. One for the ladies, methinks.
  • Slash — March 9, Parque de la Exposiciónmusic-peru-small
  • James Blunt — March 17, Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición
  • The Smashing Pumpkins and Kasabian (?) — March 17, Jockey Club del Perú: Not yet confirmed, but looks likely…
  • Sonata Arctica — March 18, Discoteca Céntrica (C.C. Real Plaza): Power metal from Finland.
  • Fiesta de San José — March 18 to 20 (may vary), Las Delicias District of Trujillo
  • Surco Wine Harvest Festival — exact dates vary, Surco District of Lima
  • Peru music concertPablo Milanés — March 21, Gran Teatro Nacional: Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Peru in April

  • Semana Santa — (Holy Week) — March 29 to April 4, Nationwide
  • Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday) — April 2, National Holiday
  • Viernes Santo (Good Friday) — April 3, National Holiday
  • Día de Pascua (Easter Day) — April 5
  • El Señor de los Temblores — April 6, Cusco
  • Anniversary of the District of Amantani — April 9, Amantani District of Puno
  • Uchpa and La Sarita — April 9, Gran Teatro Nacional: Two Peruvian bands; Quechua-singing punk rock and blues from Uchpa, and Lima punk from La Sarita.Peru music event
  • Doom — April 10, El Calabozo (Jr. Chota 1427, Central Lima): Crust punk from Birmingham, England.
  • Anniversary of Chiclayo — April 18
  • Ha*Ash — April 18, Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición: Mexican-American pop duo sisters from Lake Charles, Louisiana.
  • National Peruvian Paso Horse Contest — normally mid- to late-April, Mamacona, Lima
  • Ed Sheeran — April 21, Jockey Club del Perú: Yet another musician from England playing Lima in music-peru-small2015. This gig was moved from the C.C. María Angola to the larger Jockey Club due to the huge demand for tickets. 
  • Anniversary of the Constitutional Province of Callao — April 22, Callao
  • !!! — April 23, Embassy (Jr. Carabaya 815, Plaza San Martín): Apparently the name of this Peru music concertCalifornian dance-punk band is pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”. Fair enough.
  • Front 242 — April 25, Vocé (Lince): Belgian electronic music.
  • Anniversary of Ayacucho — April 25
  • El Señor de la Justicia — April 25, Ferreñafe, Lambayeque Region
  • Anniversary of Jauja — April 25, Jauja, Junín Region
  • Steve Aoki — April 29, Explanada del Estadio Monumental: The influential American electro house artist and producer will get feet moving in the capital.
  • Peru music eventMotorama — April 30, Discoteca Mangos: Russian post-art-rock-music that sounds a bit like Interpol.
Ed Sheeran will play Peru in 2015

Ed Sheeran will play Lima, Peru, in 2015 (photo © Christopher Johnson, Wikimedia Commons)

Peru in May

  • Virgin de Chapi — May 1, Arequipa
  • Dia de los Trabajadores (Labor Day) — May 1, National Holiday
  • Peru music concertHidrogenesse and Antolin — May 2, venue TBC: Two Spanish pop acts playing together as part of the Lima Popfest tour series. .
  • Fiesta de las Cruces — May (exact dates may vary), typically in highland regions
  • Fiesta de Alasitas — May 3, Puno
  • Señor de Muruhuay — May 3 (may vary), Tarma, Junín Region
  • Anniversary of Cotahuasi — May 4, Cotahuasi District of La Unión, Arequipa Region
  • Señor de Torrechayoc — sometime in May, Urubamba, Cusco Region
  • Homage to the Defenders of Alianza Field — May 26, Tacna

Peru in June

  • Qoyllority — early June (possibly late May), Ocongate District, Cusco
  • Air Supply — June 2, C.C. Maria Angola (Miraflores): So who likes Australian soft rock from the music-peru-small1980s? Anyone?
  • Cavalera Conspiracy — June 2, Discoteca Céntrica (Real Plaza): Heavy metal from Brazil. 
  • Corpus Christi — June 4, Nationwide
  • Sondor Raymi — June 18 and 19, Andahuaylas, Apurímac Region
  • Festival Folklórico de Raqchi — third Sunday of June, Canchis Province, Cusco Region
  • Moyobamba Tourist Week — second half of June (may vary), Moyobamba, San Martin Region
  • Noche de San Juan — June 23 and 24, Calana, Pachi and Pocollay Districts, Tacna
  • Chaccu de Vicuñas — June 24 (or thereabouts), Pampa Galeras National Reserve, Ayacucho
  • Día de San Pedro y San Pablo — June 29, Nationwide

Peru in July

  • Tarapoto Tourist Week — July 8 to 19 (dates may vary), Tarapoto, San Martín Region
  • Anniversary of Puerto Maldonado — July 10
  • Virgen del Carmen Festival — July 15 and 16, various regions
  • Warbringer — July 16, Mistika, Central Lima: For a healthy dose of American thrash metal.music-peru-small
  • Ricardo Montaner — July 17, Jockey Club del Perú: Apparently this Latin pop star is something of a legend in is own lifetime. I’ve never heard of him myself. 
  • music-peru-smallRock al Aire — July 18, Plaza de Armas, Barranco: A free rock festival featuring at least 15 Peruvian rock bands.
  • Lima Indie Fest IV — July 18, Discoteca Embassy, Plaza San Martín: Featuring 13 of Lima’s best indie bands.
  • Pollo a la Brasa Day — July 19
  • music-peru-smallSuicidal Tendencies — July 22, Discoteca Céntrica (Real Plaza): More thrash metal from the States.
  • Steven Adler — July 23, Discoteca Vocé (Lince): The former drummer and co-songwriter of Guns N’ Roses goes solo. That kind of sounds like a bad idea. 
  • Anniversary of the Province of Huaraz — July 25
  • Festival de Apóstol Santiago — July 24 and 25, mainly in the highlands
  • Acustirock 6 — July 25, Estadio de San Marcos: The popular festival returns.music-peru-small
  • Pisco Day — July 26
  • Anniversary of the Arrival of Austro-German Settlers in Oxapampa — July 24 to 31, Oxapampa Province, Pasco Region
  • Fiestas de Quillabamba — July 25 to 29, La Convención, Cusco Region
  • Fiesta del Sol — July 27, La Unión, Huánuco Region
  • Peruvian Independence Day — July 28, National Holiday
  • Fiesta del Señor de las Ánimas and Yawar Fiesta– July 28 to August 3, Apurimac Region
Yawar Fiesta in Peru 2015

Statue representing the Yawar Fiesta in Cotabambas (photo © Sankaypillo, Wikimedia Commons)

Peru in August

  • Día de la Pachamama — August 1, Andean regions
  • Santísima Cruz de Chalpón — first week of August, Motupe, Lambayeque Region
  • Nuestra Señora de las Nieves — August 5, central and southern Andes
  • Peru music eventThe Adolescents — August 6, Mistika, Central Lima: Oldschool Californian punk rockers. 
  • Mr. President — August 8, Discoteca Zentro, Central Lima: German Eurodance from the mid-1990s. Yeah, I think I might be washing my hair that night….
  • music-peru-smallGlenn Hughes — August 13, Discoteca Céntrica (Real Plaza): The English rock bassist and vocalist, known for stints with Trapeze, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, comes to Lima.
  • Virgen de la Asunción — August 15
  • Anniversary of Huánuco — August 15
  • Anniversary of Callao — August 20, Callao, Lima Metropolitan Area
  • A.N.I.M.A.L. — August 20, Discoteca Céntrica (Real Plaza): Metal from Argentina.Peru music event
  • Yaku Raymi — August 20 to 26, Carmen Salcedo District of Andamarca, Ayacucho Region
  • Tokio Hotel — August 22, Amphitheater of the Parque de la Exposición: German pop-rock.Peru music event
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — August 25, Centro de Convenciones Barranco: Indie rock from the USA.
  • Andy Bell — August 27, Discoteca Vocé in Lince: One-half of Erasure. Is that better, or worse? music-peru-small
  • Reincorporation of Tacna into Peru — August 28, Tacna
  • Oxapampa Tourist Week — August 25 to 31, Oxapampa, Pasco
  • Pharmakon — Aug 27, Galería 80m2 (Barranco): Solo industrial noise by Margaret Chardiet. Peru music event
  • Maria Rita — Aug 27, Gran Teatro Nacional: Brazilian jazz and samba.
  • Saint Rose of Lima Day — August 30, National Holiday

Peru in September

  • Festival Reyna del Cañaveral — dates vary, Apurimac
  • Christina Rosenvinge — Sept 3, Noise (Barranco): Spanish singer and songwriter.
  • Zion & Lennox — Sept 4, Jockey Club del Perú: A reggaeton duo from Puerto Rico.Big gig Peru
  • Nito Mestre — Sept 4 and 5, L’ Anfiteatro de Antica (Barranco): Folk rock from Argentina.
  • Fiesta Patronal Virgen de la Natividad — Sept 8, San Martín Region
  • Virgen de Cocharcas — Sept 8, Andahuaylas, Apurímac
  • Juntos en Concierto 2015: GianMarco, Carlos Vives, Daddy Yankee and Rio Roma — Sept 10, Estadiomusic-peru-small Nacional: Four giants of Latin music on one stage. Pretty huge, if you like that kind of thing.
  • Camouflage — Sept 11, Cocos (Av. Arequipa 1530, Lince): German new wave trio.
  • Festividad del Señor de Locumba — Sept 14, Tacna
  • Señor Cautivo de Monsefú — Sept 14 (main day), Monsefú, Lambayeque Region
  • Señor de Huanca — Sept 14, Cusco
  • Title Fight — Sept 17, Noise (Plaza Butters 291, Barranco): Hardcore punk from Pennsylvania.music-peru-small
  • Marsheaux — Sept 17, Cocos (Lince): Greek synthpop duo.
  • Systema Solar — Sept 18, C.C. Barranco: Beat collective from Colombia.
  • Festival Internacional de la Primavera — end of Sept, Trujillo, La Libertad Region
  • Luciano — Sept 25, C.C. Embassy (Plaza San Martín): Jamaican roots reggae.music-peru-small
  • Ana Gabriel — Sept 30, Jockey Club del Perú: Mexican singer and songwriter known for her Latin pop and ranchera styles.

Peru in October

  • CocoRosie — Oct 2, venue TBA: Two sisters from the USA who dabble in “freak folk.”
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry and Mad Professor — Oct 3, Certes Club (Chorrillos, Lima): Reggae and dub fromBig gig Peru two masters of the genre.
  • Ciudad Rock — Oct 3, Estadio Nacional: One-day festival featuring bands from Spain and South America, including Hombres G, Fito Paez, Cafe Tacvba and Enanitos Verdes.
  • Promised Land of Pozuzo Festival — Oct 4 to 8 (dates may vary), Pozuzo, Oxapampa Province, Pasco Region
  • Nightwish — Oct 6, C.C. Maria Angola: Symphonic metal from Finland.Peru music event
  • Battle of Angamos — Oct 8, National Holiday
  • ChameleonsVox — Oct 10, Discoteca Vocé in Lince: Something to do with The Chameleons.
  • Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca — Oct 13, Ayabaca, Piura Region
  • Anniversary of Tingo Maria — Oct 15
  • Traffic Sound — Oct 17, Teatro Peruano Japonés: One of Peru’s most legendary rock bands returns music-peru-smallafter a lengthy absence. 
  • El Señor de los Milagros — second half of October, Lima
  • Señor de Luren — third Monday in October, Ica
  • Fiesta Patronal de Santa Úrsula — Oct 21 to 24 (dates may vary), Viraco, Castilla Province of Arequipa Region
  • Belle and Sebastian — Oct 24, Amphitheater of the Parque de la Exposición: Whimsical indie pop frommusic-peru-small Scotland.
  • Día de la Canción Criolla — Oct 31
  • Halloween — Oct 31
  • Damien Rice — Oct 31, Auditorio del Pentagonito: Indie folk from the Irish singer-songwriter.Peru music event

Peru in November

  • Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints’ Day) — Nov 1, National Holiday
  • Día de los Difuntos (All Souls’ Day/Day of the Dead) — Nov 2, nationwide
  • Anniversary of Puno — Nov 4
  • UB40 — Nov 6, Estadio Monumental: Britain’s chart-topping reggae/pop band will draw a big crowd in music-peru-smallPeru.
  • Empire of the Sun — Nov 17, Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición: Electronic music duo from Peru music eventSydney, Australia.
  • Mac DeMarco — Nov 18, C.C. Barranco: Indie rock from the Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
  • Moquegua Tourist Week — Nov 20 to 25 (variable).
  • Joan Manuel Serrat — Nov 21, Gran Teatro Nacional: The poetic singer-songwriter is hugely popular in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Pasco Tourist Week — Nov 20 to 29 (variable)
  • Testament and Cannibal Corpse — Nov 26, C.C. Embarcadero 41 de Barranco: Yet more American music-peru-smallthrash metal, this time with two big hitters on one stage. What’s going on? 
  • Feria de San Clemente — sometime in November, San Clemente, Piura
  • Skatepunk Sessions 2 — Nov 30, Crypto Bar (Manuel Segura 123, Barranco): With Sweden’s Satanic Peru music eventSurfers and Straightline from Germany.

Peru in December

  • Life in Color — Dec 5, Explanada de la Costa Verde de Magdalena: The “World’s Largest Paint Party” Big gig Perucomes to Lima for the second time; artists TBA.
  • Marc Anthony and Romeo Santos — Dec 7, Estadio Nacional: A whole load of Latin pop. One for the ladies.
  • NOFX — Dec 7, C.C. Barranco: Fat Mike and friends come to Lima.Big gig Peru
  • Immaculate Conception — Dec 8, National Holiday
  • Tribute to American Liberty — Dec 9, Ayacucho
  • Virgen de la Puerta — Dec 12 to 15, Otuzco, La Libertad Region
  • M.A.S.A.C.R.E. — Dec 18, C.C. Festiva (Av. Alfonso Ugarte 1439): Peruvian metal from the past.Big gig Peru
  • Morrissey — Dec 19, Parque de la Exposición: Let’s hope he doesn’t get food poisoning in Lima again. 
  • Santuranticuy — Dec 24, Cusco
  • Christmas Eve — Dec 24
  • Christmas Day — Dec 25, National holiday
  • Danza de Tijeras Festival — Dec 24 to 27 (dates may vary), Huancavelica

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