Colombia's Mind-Blowing Music Festivals: The 2019 Guide

ViaHero · October 18, 2018

For anyone who enjoys a good concert, Colombia has some of the best and most diverse music festivals in the world. You don’t have to sweat in the hot, dusty desert at Coachella—instead, take a look at some of the biggest and brightest music events in Latin America’s hottest travel destination! When you’re done fantasizing about these amazing concerts, message us with any questions you still have.

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Live it up and boogie down at Estereo Picnic

From Snoop Dogg and Steve Aoki to Jack White and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Estereo Picnic has boasted some incredible headliners. Comparable to Lollapalooza in size (in 2016 an estimated 63,000 people attended the festival), Estereo takes place every March at Bogota’s Parque Deportivo sports complex. The assorted lineup focuses on alternative rock, indie, electronica, pop, and hip-hop—2018’s headliners included The Killers, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey and LCD Soundsystem. As of this year, a three-day general admission ticket costs $545 and a VIP ticket for three days runs you $1,250, while single day tickets are $275 a pop. If you’d like to live it up and boogie down in Estereo Picnic’s energetic crowd, have one of our trip planners add this festival to your Colombia itinerary!

Lose your voice at Rock al Parque

For those who love the heavier genres of music, Bogota offers a free, three-day rock and metal festival aptly named  Rock al Parque. Held every August, the festival takes place at Bogota’s massive Simon Bolivar Park. The festival itself has been around since 1995 and in 2014 over 400,000 people were in attendance—making it the second-largest rock festival in Latin America! Over the years, the diverse lineup has included bands from over 30 different countries—the 2018 lineup, for instance, includes North American metal bands Suicide Silence, Cattle Decapitation, and Suffocation, along with Swedish metal groups Dark Funeral and Dark Tranquility, and Russia’s political punk act Pussy Riot.

Groove and jive at Jazz al Parque

If the guttural yells of metal musicians aren’t your jam, then the sounds of jazz might be more pleasant for your eardrums. Jazz al Parque is one of the many other “al Parque” festivals Bogota hosts, and takes place every September. The 2018 lineup includes Latin Grammy-award-winning pianist and composer Chucho Valdez along with jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn from the U.S., Brazilian harmonica player Gabriel Grossi, and Canadian jazz group Shuffle Demons. So if jazz is your thing, book a smooth getaway in Bogota for this awesome event—like the rest of the “al Parque” festivals, it’s completely free!

Jazz al Parque Colombia Music festival

Listen to lyrical flow at Hip Hop al Parque

Hip Hop al Parque is for the hip-hop heads and urban music fans who get down with rap, reggae, dancehall, and R&B. Some performers who will take the stage in 2018 include C15 and Labyrinth ELC from the Colombian city Medellin, The X-Ecutioners, Bahamadia, and EMPD from the United States, along with a variety of artists from Venezuela and Brazil. This festival takes place in late October, again at Simon Bolivar Park—which is easily accessible via Uber or public transportation. And for those that love urban culture, it’s worth noting that Bogota is also known for its exceptional street art! Don’t miss adding this incredible and completely free event to your list of things to do in Colombia!

Celebrate local culture at Colombia al Parque

One of the most musically diverse and incredible experiences in Colombia is the Colombia al Parque music festival, which takes place every year in July in several parks around Bogota. At this free festival, locals and travelers alike can enjoy a variety of melodic fusions and native rhythms of Colombia such as joropo, carranga, and cumbia. If you’re thinking about a vacation in Bogota, have one of our custom trip planners plan it around this cultural gem.

Step and spin the night away at Salsa al Parque

With or without festivals, Bogota can be one of the best places to visit in Colombia—but Bogota’s festival season comes to its end in November when Salsa al Parque commences. This free-for-all festival showcases Latino salsa artists all over the world, but especially from Colombia’s bustling city of Cali—often called the “world capital of salsa dancing”!

Revel and frolic to EDM at Storyland Festival

The EDM celebration that is Storyland Festival, takes place in a different Colombian city every year. In 2019 it will take place in Santa Marta, an often-overlooked but stunning part of Colombia, northeast from the concert’s former home in the city of Cartagena. Storyland is Colombia’s biggest electronic music festival, complete with beach and pool parties alongside giant main stages. General admission tickets for both days is about $190, VIP tickets for both days are $300 and tickets with access to the Heineken Lounge, which guarantees a great viewing spot for the main stage, cost $700 for both days. This festival has boasted acts such as notable DJs Deorro, Lost Frequencies, Maceo Plex and trio Agents of Time just to name a few, and will next be held in January of 2019.

Has the concert bug bit you yet? One of our Colombian trip planners can plan your perfect festival getaway from start to finish! Get your earplugs and best festival outfits ready, and feel free to message us with any questions. And before your trip, make sure to check out: