The Best Events in Cartagena
Cartagena is filled with a host of amazing things to do during your stay. The city changes from week to week depending on the festivals and celebrations taking place.
To help you keep track with what's going on we've put together a one-stop shop calendar for the hottest happenings in the city's scintillating bars, restaurants, cultural centres as well as a selection of Cartagena's best pop-up parties, craft fairs, live music venues, festivals, art exhibitions, workshops, movies and dance schools.
We'll keep updating our guide so check in for the most up-to-date info on a daily basis - and you can follow us on facebook and twitter for immediate news.
Free Film Screening @ Casa Cultural Colombo Alemana |19.00| The German institute will be showing the film Carte Blanche, by Heidi Specogna, as part of their special Africa season. Subtitles in Spanish. FREE ENTRY.
Healthy Cooking Class |16:30| Under the expert tutelage of French chef, Gill Dupart, and a team of strong-willed Caribbean women, you’ll be cooking, tasting, feeling (and even singing) the restaurant’s unique approach to local cooking, which artfully combines fresh local produce and ‘grandmother recipes' with a refined French spin.
Art Expo @ Contemporary Art Museum | Rosario Heins, one of Cartagena's most profilic artists will be exhibiting her new series of paintings. The much anticipated exhibition entitled, Ambulantes, will be shown throught the month of April.
This is Cartagena Shop | 9:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)| Looking for locally-sourced gifts to bring back home? Come by our centrally located offices and visit our shop, packed with organic Colombian chocolate, high-quality coffee and other treats to make you seriously popular with your friends and family at home.
Address: Centro, Calle Sargento Mayor, Calle 38, Cra 7, No. 6-107, Of 104.
Ballet @ Teatro Adolfo | 19:00 | The Colombian ballet dance company , choreographed by Gonzalo Galguera, will be performing Carmina Burana in Cartagena's stunning national theatre, Adolfo Mejia. Tickets are available from Tuboleta.com
Crazy Jam @ Crazy Salsa | The glorious in-house jazz band, Zarabanda, will be treating us to their weekly session of Jazz and blues. Free Entry.
Be a Culinary Gourmand | Our definitive gourmet guide to Cartagena's best restaurants and culinary experiences is the only guide you need to follow if you're a real foodie traveller. Tuck into the best ceviche, reserve top tables or book a secret supper with a chef in a hush-hush setting.
Live Salsa @ Cuba 1940s | 21:00 | Jazz up your Friday night with some world-class rum and a live salsa concert at Cuba 1940s bar. This thriving watering hole, complete with a swimming pool, offers a mojito menu like no other and is packed to the gills on weekends. Head there early for some dinner and get on your dancing shoes on from 21:00 onwards.
The Real Cartagena Tour | 9:00 | Stay off the tourist tracks and absorb the entire cityscape to truly get under the skin of this complex, yet beautiful city. The Real Caratgena tour allows you to do just that. Led by a charismatic local hero, the trail starts in the bad-boy-gone-good neighbourhood of Getsemaní, takes in a street food pitstop at the pulsating Bazurto market, a dreamy canoe ride through lush mangroves in La Boquilla and a visit an inspiring social project in the heart of the unpretentious San Francisco district.
Rosario Islands Deluxe Day Trip | Hop on board with This is Cartagena for a unique island day trip to the Rosario Islands. Cruise through Rosario’s bountiful highlights with a snorkel stop in our favourite lagoon and selective spot of island hopping, before settling down for an incredible two course meal on a private, undiscovered beach retreat in Tierra Bomba, far from the rif-raf.
Zumba in Getsemani |20.00| Burn those holiday calories and blow off steam with a FREE zumba class in Plaza de la Trinidad, Getsemaní. Catch the city's best dance instructors giving it all they've got in the most famous plaza in Cartagena. Class happens every Sunday (weather permitting).