Feasts and Festivals in Lima
Calendar of Feasts of Lima
The Founding of Lima (January 15).
Civic and cultural activities attended by authorities and the general public to celebrate the foundation of the city of Lima in 1535 by Spanish
Conqueror Francisco Pizarro. Art exhibitions, guided tours, nighttime parades in the main square, open-air concerts and fireworks.
Pisco Sour Day (February - First Saturday)
Peru's banner cocktail takes center stage this day at all bars and restaurants in Lima.
Festivities where carnival-goers play around with buckets of water and confetti every weekend of February, while floats are paraded through
Miraflores and cortamontes (fiestas around a tree laden with gifts) are danced in neighborhoods and provincial clubs.
Adventure Sports Festival (First week of March)
Lunahuaná, 170 km south of Lima (Cañete) is a veritable paradise for sports like whitewater rafting, parasailing, trekking, gliding, mountain
biking and fishing, apart from being the main wine producer in the department.
Wine Festival (Second week of March)
The Fiesta de la Vendimia includes an entire program of celebrations in the traditional district of Surco, including trade fairs, dances, beauty
pageants and visits to wine cellars to taste the local vintages.
Easter Week (March-April)
A movable feast when the faithful visit the city's colonial churches in downtown Lima to affirm their religious devotion. Visits are also organized to Lima's main attractions.
National El Paso Horse Tournament (April 15-20)
The Spanish horse, bred with the Arab stallion and reared in a desert environment, which formed its gait, gave rise to the Peruvian Paso Horse. For 300 years, the blood of this new breed was improved upon until the Paso horse developed the characteristics that have made it one of the world's most beautiful and elegant breeds. Breeders, chalán riders and artisans, over the years, have worked on the art of ambladura –the synchronized gait of the fore and hindlegs– which in turn gave rise to the elegant steps and dress of the marinera. The entire costume comprises the saddle and trimmings and the splendid outfit of the chalán himself (white shirt and trousers, wide-brimmed straw hat, vicuña wool poncho, handkerchief, boots and spurs). This tradition, which has been exported all over the world, has been spurred on by a number of competitions both along the Peruvian coast as well as in the highlands. The most important competition, however, is the National El Paso Horse Competition held every year at the Mamacona stables near Pachacámac, located 30 Km south of Lima. Besides the competition a festival of folkloric shows, marinera dance and creole and Peruvian food is presented.
International Book Fair (Last two weeks in July)
Peruvian and foreign writers meet and greet inside of 53,820 square feet of space crammed with books.
Independence Day (July 28 & 29)
Fiestas Patrias is celebrated through solemn activities to commemorate Peru's independence from Spain in 1821. A military parade is held
around the downtown park of Campo de Marte, and the Te Deum religious ceremony is held in the Lima Cathedral, with the country's main authorities in attendance. There are also colorful parades, concerts and the Feria del Hogar, the home appliance trade fair, which hosts musicians from Peru and abroad.
Lima Film Festival (August)
This is an international film festival where you can watch Latin- American films compete against each other, vote for the winner and meet actors, directors and screenwriters from all over the world.
Cañete Week (Fourth Week of August)
The Semana de Cañete highlights the local cuisine and folk music and dance that have originated in the town of San Vicente de Cañete, 135 km south of Lima and the cradle of Afro-Peruvian culture. Also a great time for adventure sports.
Santa Rosa de Lima (August 30)
Religious ceremonies are held in churches in downtown Lima, church and sanctuary of Santa Rosa and the highland town of Quives to remember the life and miracles of seventeenth-century saint Isabel Flores de Oliva, patron saint of the Americas and the Philippines. Santa Rosa dedicated her life to caring for the sick and reputedly working miracles.
Fiesta del Agua (First Sunday in October)
Communal tasks such as canal dredging held to celebrate the festival in honor of the Pachamama earth goddess, in the town of San Pedro de Casta (Canta) in the Lima highlands.
Señor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles) (October 18-28)
It is the most important feast with tradition and devotion of the whole Perú. Hundred of thousands of devote to the Señor de los Milagros carry out processions the days 18, 19 and 28. Their faithful devotes use to wear a purple habit during the whole month of October, for what is denominated the "purple month" to October. In this feast it is traditional to try the delicious "Turrón de Doña Pepa", exquisite sweet from Lima. The traditional journey of these processions is carried out by the streets of the Historical Center of Lima, beginning and finishing in the Church of the Nazarenas. When the procession reaches the Main Square, generally receives the greeting of the Mayor of Lima, the Archbishop of Lima and of the President of the Republic.
Feria Taurina del Señor de los Milagros (October - November)
Is carried out every Sunday in the Plaza de Acho, bullfights, here the best Spanish, Peruvian, Mexican and bullfighters of other countries participate with livestock confinements of the best farms. In the international taurine enviroment, this fair occupies an important place. During the fair, it is disputed like maximum prize to the best one the "El Escapulario de Oro del Señor de los Milagros"
Day of the Creole Song (October 31)
Big public shows with the best Creole music interpreters and groups of Peru. A traditional musical genre from the coast of Peru that has its greatest advocates in Lima. Experience its full force at concerts in bars, restaurants, peñas (traditional pubs) and plazas.
Festivity of San Martin of Porres (November 3)
Religious feast, pilgrimages and processions of the devote and faithful ones of San Martín de Porres.