The Best Time to Visit Medellin

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Visit Medellin in 2021

TLDR? The best time to visit Medellin is in August since that’s when Medellin’s big flower festival takes place!

Medellin’s got great weather all year round and a cultural scene that changes from month to month.

But, with things going on all the time and good weather year-round, when should you visit Medellin?

Well, it turns out there are a couple of different times of year that you should visit Medellin. Here are the best times to visit the City of Eternal Spring.

January

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.

Hay Festival

The celebrated itinerant festival of ideas moves through Medellin and Cartagena every January.

Hosting a glittering selection of writers, filmmakers, creatives, academics, sense makers, and musicians, the Hay Festival happens in Medellin on the penultimate weekend of January.

Medellin’s bohemian types head to the coast to sample the festival in full.

June

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.

July

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.

August

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.

For instance, you can enjoy 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. There’s also a horseback procession and plenty of aguardientes to be downed at the display of the fondas.

September

September is a great time for sports and culture fans to visit the city!

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, you can watch the team play in front of a packed house at the Atanasio Girardot stadium for a semi-final of the Copa Libertadores. That’s the equivalent of the Champions League football (soccer) tournament in South America.

If sports isn’t your thing, then you might want to check out the Medellin Book and Culture Festival. This festival offers literary types the chance to meet their favorite authors. And, it’s a way to 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. It’s the perfect place for bookworms to hang out for a while!

October

Medellin’s reggaetoneros have blazed a trail in the world music scene and once a year the likes of J Balvin invite some of the biggest names in Reggaeton to a fantastic celebration of perreo in the Macarena.

The Bruuttal festival is the colloquial expression and name given to the star-studded concert. It always lives up to its billing.

If you want to experience the best of dance music in Medellin, October is the time to visit!

December

There’s nothing quite like experiencing the holidays in Medellin. You’ll get all that holiday cheer in tropical weather!

On top of that, every year the city loves to put on a spectacular light show in Colombia, 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. Plus, it’s the perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve and Christmas in style!

Visit Medellin This Year and Get Ready to Explore a New City

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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