Every year from December 25 to December 30 the city of Cali goes into party mode with its most famed tradition, La Feria de Cali.
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Although the word feria is often translated as “fair” in English, that word isn’t sufficient here. La Feria de Cali is essentially a weeklong, city-wide street party with parades and other events.
La Feria has come a long way since its inauguration in 1957 and exclusive parties of subsequent years. Now, caleños and visitors alike take to the streets to experience the full vibrancy of the city.
There are a number of official events – some free and some paid – throughout the days and into the Feria nights. Salsodromo is the iconic salsa parade which happens in the evening from 18:00 to 22:00 on the first day, and for which you need to buy tickets if you intend to see anything. In fact, all of the parades require tickets which allow access to the bleachers set up along the parade route. However, if you don’t want tickets, or can’t get any, you can still head down to the parade route (Autopista Sur Oriental) and soak in the vibes: sample street food, enjoy drinks, and make new friends – there will be thousands of people on the street with you.
The other event which draws thousands of people is the Superconcierto. The Superconcierto is known for always bringing out the most important names in Latin music, nationally and internationally. It’s not to be missed.
For more details, including updated information on venues and where to buy tickets, visit the official website at http://www.feriadecali.com.co/