The Best Time to Visit Medellin in 2021

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Some cultural clues on the best things to do and best time to travel to Medellin in 2021*

Medellin’s got great weather all year round and a cultural scene that changes from month-to-month depending largely on the crowd pulled in by the Medellin Convention Bureau and the city’s principal events space, Plaza Mayor. The city’s cultural offering is complemented by other happenings in the rest of the country. The locals love to travel for a party or a festival, any excuse to get some sun and beach on the Caribbean coast so it’s good to know how to time your stay in Medellin and combine it with a short trip to Cartagena or Bogota for some of the biggest events in Colombia. 

Weatherwise, January and February are considered the best time to visit Medellin. The rainy season eases up and the schools and Universities are out on holiday so Colombians head out of town for a vacation. The annual exodus means that Medellin can seem a little abandoned and the villages around the city might feel more crowded than usual. The nightclubs and bars might not feel as busy as normal because the city’s party animals have taken their sound systems and neon light sticks to the Caribbean coast for the biggest electronic dance music festivals in Cartagena and Santa Marta. If you want to know more about the weather in Medellin to make a decision when to visit, read our guide to the weather in Medellin and what to pack.
When: January 2-9

Hay Festival
The celebrated itinerant festival of ideas moves through Medellin and Cartagena every January. Hosting a glittering selection of writers, filmmakers, creatives, academics, sensemakers and musicians, the Hay Festival happens in Medellin in the penultimate weekend of January and arrives in earnest in Cartagena in the last weekend of the month. Medellin’s bohemian types head to the coast to sample the festival in full.
When: January 21-30, 2022
More Info: Hay Festival

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The international tango festival takes place throughout the city in the last week of June, to commemorate the death of the father of tango, Carlos Gardel, who died tragically in Medellin when his plane crashed as he was leaving the city on June 24, 1935. There are musical and dance performances throughout the city, including a dance competition in the metropolitan theater. The event includes a chance to explore some of the melancholy landmarks of Medellin’s tango scene – see below.

Museo Casa Gardeliana, Cra. 45 #76-50, Medellín, Antioquia
Bar Alaska, Cra. 52ᴬ #39, Medellín, Antioquia
Homero Manzi, Cl. 48 ##41-83 a 41-1, Medellín, Antioquia
Adiós Muchachos, Cra. 45 #47-7, Medellín, Antioquia
Salón Málaga, Cra. 51 #45-80, Medellín, Antioquia
El Patio del Tango, Cl. 23 #58 – 38, Medellín, Antioquia
Escuela Mayor del Tango, Diagonal 80 # 77BB-02, Medellín, Antioquia
When: June 24-30, 2021
More info: Festival del Tango de Medellin


Timed to coincide with the buildup events of the Feria de las Flores, Colombiamoda is an annual fashion event and trade fair that brings a glamorous crowd to town for the closest thing Colombia has to emulating fashion week in London, New York or Paris. The fashion is more lingerie and swimwear than haute couture, although there are some fun shows hosted by Colombia’s biggest brands. The fashion often takes second place to the parties and “networking” and the whole spectacle provides a brilliant contrast to the rural traditions on show in August.
When: July 27-29, 2021
More info: Colombiamoda


Medellin’s Flower Festival
The Feria de las Flores (Medellin Flower Festival) is the closest Medellin comes to its own version of Carnival. Held every August over the first and second weekends of the month, the festival includes some interesting spectacles, a celebration of the long-standing agricultural traditions of which the city is so proud. The big event is the parade of the silleteros – a colorful display by hard-working natives from Santa Elena and other villages in Antioquia, carrying creative, colorful flower arrangements on their backs parading through the city. It’s a fascinating expression of the city’s obsession with its rural image of itself. To fill out the festival there’s a traditional parade of classic and vintage cars, a horseback procession and plenty of aguardiente to be downed at the display of the fondas – a chance for every town in Antioquia, to show off their wares.
When: August 6-15, 2021
More info: Feria de las Flores


Copa Libertadores
If the local football team, Atletico Nacional are doing well you might get a chance to enjoy one of the biggest games of the year and watch the team play in front of a packed house at the Atanasio Girardto stadium for a semi-final of the Copa Libertadores, the equivalent of the Champions League football (soccer) tournament in South America. The final normally takes place in the second or third week of October in a neutral venue.
When: September 21-30, 2021
More Info: Copa Libertadores

Medellin Book and Culture Festival
The Medellin Book and Culture Festival offers literary types and book worms the chance to meet their favorite authors and enjoy a cultured celebration of the arts in some fantastic open-air settings. There are open-air readings and book fairs throughout the city creating a cultured atmosphere that’s a pleasure to experience.
When: September 24-October 2, 2021
More info: Festival de Libro y Cultura


Medellin’s reggaetoneros have blazed a trail in the world music scene and once a year the likes of J Balvin and Nicky Jam (an honorary paisa) invite some of the biggest names in Reggaeton to a fantastic celebration of perreo in the Macarena. Bruuttal is the colloquial expression and name given to the star-studded concert. It always lives up to its billing.
When: October (Exact Date TBC)
More info: Bruuttal

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Christmas & New Year’s Eve
Empresa Publica de Medellin – the company responsible for the city’s utilities – loves to put on a spectacular light show in Colombia every year, lighting up downtown and the area around city hall and Parque del Rio with a festival of lights and Christmas decorations. It gives the whole city a reason to come into town and stroll through Medellin’s most important municipal parks in the build up to Christmas. It’s an impressive show and gets everyone into the festive mood.
When: Nov 30-Jan 31, 2021
More info: What to do in Medellin for New Year’s Eve

*NOTE: While the COVID-19 crisis persists there are likely to be restrictions placed on all or some of these events. (Last updated: 2021.05.07)

SIGN OFF: You don’t really need a reason to visit Medellin but if you’re coming to experience any of these marvelous Medellin celebrations you should be aware that demand for the city’s vacation rentals and hotels can be unusually high during these events. It pays to book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

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