[Coming Soon] The Medellin Flower Festival in 2022

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TLDR? The Medellin Flower Festival 2022 is right around the corner and we’re in contact with the Medellin Tourism Bureau for all the latest information. 

You’ve quite probably heard this before, but Medellin is one of the most visited cities in Colombia.

That’s true regardless of where in the world you’re coming from!

One of the major reasons why Medellin is such a popular tourist destination is thanks to the annual Flower Festival. 

Are you unsure of what this festival is? Do you know about it already but want the details for this year’s event? 

This guide breaks down everything you need to know.

What is the Medellin Flower Festival

The first Medellin Flower Festival was launched back in 1957, when the city’s flower farmers held a festival to honor one of the city’s oldest traditions. 

Since those early days, the  festival has, of course, come a long way. Rather than being an informal gathering of a few farmers, it’s now a huge festival with international artists. 

The flower festival usually takes place over a week in August and features all kinds of food, concerts, and flower-themed activities. 

What’s unique about this year’s festival is that thanks to the Big C, Medellin hasn’t hosted an in-person flower festival for three years. In other words, 2022 is going to be the first time since 2019 that this festival takes place!

Whether you’ve been planning on checking out the Flower Festival for all that time or you just discovered it, we can definitely tell you that it’s going to be a doozy. 

People are clamoring to say goodbye to Covid-19 and to start getting back into party mode, so this year is expected to be one big event. 

The 2022 Flower Festival Itinerary

As of right now, we don’t have a confirmed itinerary. As soon as we do, we’ll update this post here with everything you need to know about what’s on. 

What to Do at the Festival

Even though the exact itinerary hasn’t been confirmed, that’s not to say we can’t speculate. 

From year to year, we can always guarantee there will be some mix of a flower parade, vintage cars, and concerts. Here’s a quick rundown of a few other events. 

1. Parade of Silleteros

The big showstopper at the Flower Festival, and the reason why everyone goes there year after year, is thanks to the parade of silleteros. 

This event features flower farmers who put together stunning floral arrangements on silletas, which are big wooden boards. 

Each silleta weighs roughly 140 lbs, which is no small feat. The flowers typically are arranged in patterns or drawings that represent Colombian culture. 

Then, they carry those flower arrangements on their backs in a parade through Medellin. 

The farmers spend weeks leading up to the festival organizing and prepping for the big parade. It’s truly a work of art and something you don’t want to miss!

2. The Trova Festival 

You probably have no idea what a troubadour is, but in Colombia they’re a well-loved tradition.

Troubadours en Colombia are poets who come up words on the spot as the sing along to plucky guitar tunes. 

What’s cool about these guys is that they make up the words to the poems and have battles against other troubadours. They’ll be given a topic at random and then have to take that topic and run with it. 

At the Flower Festival, the best national troubadour is selected. It’s a tradition of the festival and one that many people look forward to every year.

Pro Tip: The trouble with this part of the festival is that it’s all in Spanish. You might want to brush up on your language skills so you can really enjoy this!

3. Concerts

If there’s one thing Colombians love, it’s dancing, and at the Flower Festival, opportunities to sway your hips abound. 

The festival has a ton of different concerts, all featuring different genres and musical styles.

There are also a mix of paid and free concerts to attend, so if you’re not looking to shell out a bunch of money on tickets, you can still listen to some good jams. 

4. Vintage and Classic Car Parade

If you’re not a car lover, this parade will make you become one.

Cars from different retro brands such as VW jeeps and old Fords parade through the streets of Medellin in this event. 

What’s cool about this parade is that the car owners often decorate their vehicles with different themes. 

That makes it more than just another vintage car parade, and a fun event to check out even if you’re not usually a fan of these types of things. 

5. Silletera Farms

One activity that you can participate in at any time of year is to check out the flower farms in Santa Elena. 

Santa Elena is known as the birthplace of the silleteros, and is where the flower farms grow their wares to display in the silletero parade. 

While you can check them out at any time, it’s even more special to visit these farms during the weeks leading up to the Flower Festival. 

Head over there to see how a “silleta” is built from scratch!

Other Events

Although these might not be the show-stopping events, they’re still noteworthy events to check out. Keep in mind that some of these may or may not be part of the 2022 festival. We’ll update this list as soon as we have more details.

Horse Parade

A parade of horses and their riders through town. The horses are trained to trot in the traditional Colombian. 

Bycycle Parade

Bikes adorned with flowers make their way through the city. Anyone can join this activity, and it can be a great way to take a bike tour and see some more of Medellin.

Fondas

This is a square filled with traditional food from the region. It’s a great place to go for a break or a chat with friends while you wait for the next event to start. 

Chivas

Chiva buses are popular during two times of year: Christmas and the Flower festival. These traditional vehicles are brightly colored and blast music, giving you a unique way to tour the city. 

Orchid Show

The orchid is the national flower of Colombia, so it’s no surprise that there’s a whole event dedicated to them. Head over to the Botanical Gardens to check out these beautiful displays. 

Note: While the Botanical Gardens are usually one of the many free things to do in Medellin, this is a paid event. Be prepared to pay a small entrance fee to check these displays out.

Pet Walk

If you’re a pet lover then this is the event for you. At this event, participants bring their pets and parade through the streets of Medellin. This sweet event is designed to support animal rights.

Gear Up for the Medellin Flower Festival

As I mentioned earlier, I’m in contact with the Medellin Tourism Office which means I’m getting all the dirty details as they’re published. 

Stay tuned and come back to this post for all the latest information. I’ll keep updating it as soon as I get more information so that you can be fully prepared for the Flower Festival this year!

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