Peru Events in 2013

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Below you’ll find month-by-month listings of traditional festivals and events in Peru during 2013, as well as concerts (look for the music symbol, all concerts in Lima unless otherwise noted) and other random happenings. Click on any month below to head straight to it, or scroll down at your leisure…

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You can help improve this list: I’ll do my best to keep this “calendar” up-to-date, but if you spot an error (some of the dates are hard to confirm) or an omission (of a major event — “Maria’s quinceañera” does not apply), feel free to leave a comment at the end of the list (or send me an email).

For a quick list of national holidays, see Peru Events — National Holidays.

Peru in January

  • New Year’s Day — Jan 1, National Holiday
  • Niño Callaocarpino y el Niño Jacobo Illanes — Jan 1 (central day), Huancavelica
  • Festival de los Negritos — Dec and/or Jan, Huánuco:
  • Adoración de Reyes Magos — Jan 6, nationwide
  • Foundation of Iquitos — Jan 5: Parties.
  • music-peru-smallJohn Digweed — Jan 11, La Huaka Beach Club at km 97.5 of the Panamericana Sur.
  • Fiesta del Niño Dulce Nombre de Jesús — second week of January (movable), Huancavelica
  • Foundation of Lima — Jan 18
  • Chiaraje — Jan 20, Canas Province of the Cusco Region
  • Marinera Festival — Jan 20 to 30, Trujillo
  • music-peru-smallDestruction — Jan 22, Discoteca Céntrica (C.C. Real Plaza)

Peru in February

  • Carnival — throughout Feb
  • music-peru-smallSummer of Dub 2013 — Feb 1, Punta Hermosa
  • music-peru-smallAcustirock — Feb 2, Estadio San Marcos (North Stand)
  • Luchas de Toqto — Feb 2, Canas and Chumbivilcas Provinces of Cusco
  • Pisco Sour Day — first Saturday of Feb
  • Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria — first half of Feb, Puno Region
  • Valentine’s Day — Feb 14, Nationwide
  • music-peruJamiroquai — Feb 20, Estadio Nacional
  • Festival del Verano Negro — last week of Feb, Chincha Province, Ica
  • music-peru-smallAlejandro Sanz — Feb 26, Estadio Nacional
  • music-peru-smallAndrew Bird — Feb 27, Toro Bar de Barranco: American singer-songwriter.

Peru in March

  • music-peru-smallReggae Fest — March 2, Explanada de Punta Hermosa
  • Anniversary of the Foundation of Trujillo — March 5
  • Ica Wine Festival — first two weeks of March
  • Fiesta de San José — March 18 to 20 (could change), Las Delicias District of Trujillo
  • Surco Wine Harvest Festival — dates vary, Surco District of Lima
  • Cruces de Porcón — March 24 (Palm Sunday), Porcón Valley, Cajamarca Region
  • Semana Santa — March 24, Nationwide
  • Jueves Santo — March 28, National Holiday: Maundy Thursday
  • Viernes Santo — March 29, National Holiday: Good Friday
  • Easter Day — March 31

Peru in April

  • El Señor de los Temblores — April 1 (Easter Monday), Cusco
  • music-peruThe Killers — April 4, Estadio Nacional: One of the biggest gigs so far confirmed for 2013.
  • music-peru-smallKeane — April 5, Parque de la Exposición
  • National Peruvian Paso Horse Contest — April 15 to 22-ish (to be confirmed), Mamacona, Lima
  • Anniversary of the District of Amantani — April 9, Amantani District of Puno
  • Anniversary of Chiclayo — April 18
  • Anniversary of the Constitutional Province of Callao — April 22, Callao
  • Anniversary of Ayacucho — April 25
  • El Señor de la Justicia — April 25, Ferreñafe, Lambayeque Region (not far from Chiclayo)
  • Anniversary of Jauja — April 25, Jauja, Junín Region

Peru in May

  • Virgin de Chapi — May 1, Arequipa
  • Dia de los Trabajadores — May 1, National Holiday
  • Fiesta de las Cruces — May 3 (dates vary), typically in highland regions
  • Fiesta de Alasitas — May 3, Puno
  • Señor de Muruhuay — May 3 (normally the central day, may vary), Tarma, Junín Region
  • Anniversary of Cotahuasi — May 4, Cotahuasi District of La Unión, Arequipa Region
  • The Vaccines — May 14, C.C. Scencia de La Molina: British indie rock. music-peru-small
  • Steel Pulse — May 16, C.C. Scencia de La Molina: British roots reggae.
  • Yes — May 16, Parque de la Exposición amphitheater: What is this, another English invasion? Here’s some progressive rock from the UK.
  • Festival Vivo x el Rock — May 25, C.C. Plaza Norte: Two stages packed with bands. Not all at the same time, obviously. music-peru
  • Señor de Torrechayoc — sometime in May, Urubamba, Cusco Region
  • Homage to the Defenders of Alianza Field — May 26, Tacna
  • Qoyllority — last week of May, Ocongate District, Cusco
  • Corpus Christi — May 30, Nationwide

Peru in June

  • Chachapoyas Tourist Week — early June (dates vary)
  • Lagwagon — June 5, Toro Retrobar: American punk band from the near-legendary Fat Wreck Chords label. music-peru-small
  • Anniversary of Ica — June 17
  • Sondor Raymi — June 18 and 19, Andahuaylas, Apurímac Region
  • Festival Folklórico de Raqchi — third Sunday of June, Canchis Province, Cusco Region
  • Moyobamba Tourist Week — second half of June (can vary), Moyobamba, San Martin Region.
  • Noche de San Juan — June 23 and 24, Calana, Pachi  and Pocollay Districts, Tacna
  • Chaccu de Vicuñas — June 24, Pampa Galeras National Reserve, Ayacucho
  • music-peru-smallCannibal Corpse — June 27, Discoteca Mangos (Av. Arequipa 1530, Lince): Well here’s a refreshing change from all that Peruvian culture… Cannibal Corpse, corrupting the youth of today. Maybe.
  • music-peruSelvámonos Festival — June 28 and 29 (central days), Oxapampa, Pasco Region: One of the biggest and brightest festivals outside of Lima, Selvámonos returns for another year.
  • National Ceviche Day — June 28, Nationwide
  • Día de San Pedro y San Pablo — June 29, Nationwide
  • music-peru-smallRock en el Parque — June 29, Explanada del Parque de la Exposición: Lima’s most important punk rock festival, with 22 bands taking to the stage.
  • Festival of Indigenous Dance — sometime in June (normally), Atalaya, Ucayali Region
Tarapoto Parade

Parade in Tarapoto

Peru in July

  • Tarapoto Tourist Week — July 8 to 19 (dates might change), Tarapoto, San Martin Region.
  • music-peru-smallMorrissey — [Canceled — supposedly due to random food poisoning] July 9 and 10, Jockey Club del Perú: Yep, two dates confirmed, but get those tickets as soon as possible because both nights will sell out fast.
  • Anniversary of Puerto Maldonado — July 10
  • music-peru-smallBig Noize — July 11, C.C. Scencia de La Molina: If you like hard rock and you don’t mind cheesy band names, check out this almost-supergroup featuring a bunch of long-haired dudes from bands like Black Sabbath, DIO and Quiet Riot.
  • Virgen del Carmen Festival — July 15 and 16, various regions
  • Anniversary of the Province of Huaraz — July 25
  • Festival de Apóstol Santiago — July 24 and 25, celebrated in various regions, but primarily a highland event
  • Anniversary of the Arrival of Austro-German Settlers in Oxapampa — July 24 to 31, Oxapampa Province, Pasco Region
  • Fiestas de Quillabamba — July 25 to 29, Province of La Convención, Cusco Region
  • Fiesta del Sol — July 27, La Unión, Huánuco Region
  • Peruvian Independence Day — July 28, national holiday
  • Fiesta del Señor de las Ánimas and Yawar Fiesta– July 28 to August 3, Apurimac Region

Peru in August

  • Día de la Pachamama — August 1, Andean regions
  • Santísima Cruz de Chalpón — first week of August, Motupe, Lambayeque Region
  • Nuestra Señora de las Nieves — August 5, central and southern Andes
  • Anniversary of Arequipa — August 15
  • Virgen de la Asunción — August 15
  • Anniversary of Huánuco — August 15
  • Anniversary of Callao — August 20, Callao (part of the larger Lima Metropolitan Area)
  • Yaku Raymi — August 20 to 26, Carmen Salcedo District of Andamarca, Ayacucho Region
  • Corrosion of Conformity — August 27, Discoteca Céntrica (C.C. Real Plaza)music-peru-small
  • Reincorporation of Tacna into Peru — August 28, Tacna
  • Oxapampa Tourist Week — August 25 to 31, Oxapampa, Pasco
  • Saint Rose of Lima Day — August 30, National Holiday

Peru in September

  • Festival Reyna del Cañaveral — dates vary, Apurimac
  • Festival Ecoturístico de Comunidades Rurales y Turistas — first weekend of Sept, Pasco
  • music-peruThe Offspring — Sept 5, Parque de la Exposición: Dexter Holland, Greg K., Noodles and Pete Parada bring Californian punk rock to Lima in a gig that should be big, bold and bursting with energy.
  • music-peru-smallLibido — Sept 6, Sargento Pimienta (Bolognesi 757 in Barranco): Going strong since 1996, Libido is one of Peru’s most established rock bands.
  • Lima Vive Rock — Sept 7, Parque de la Exposición: 12 hours of free Peruvian
  • Fiesta Patronal Virgen de la Natividad — Sept 8, San Martin Region
  • Virgen de Cocharcas — Sept 8, mainly highland regions
  • Fiesta Patronal del Señor de Gualamita — Sept 10 to 16 (may vary), Luya Province of the Amazonas Region
  • Festividad del Señor de Locumba — Sept 14, Tacna
  • music-peru-smallPrince Royce — Sept 14, C.C. Claro de Plaza San Miguel: Apparently one of the most popular Latin music artists in the world. Never heard of him myself.
  • Señor Cautivo de Monsefú — Sept 14 (main day), Monsefú, Lambayeque Region
  • Señor de Huanca — Sept 14, Cusco
  • The B-52s — Sept 28, venue TBA: “Love Shack baby! Love Shack, that’s where it’s at!” Oh yes, it’s the ebullient
  • Festival Internacional de la Primavera — end of Sept, Trujillo, La Libertad Region
Battle of Angamos

Battle of Angamos

Peru in October

  • music-peru-smallAlice in Chains — Oct 2, Parque de la Exposición: Grungy legends from the Seattle scene.
  • Promised Land of Pozuzo Festival — Oct 4 to 8 (may vary), Pozuzo, Oxapampa Province, Pasco Region
  • music-peru-smallPeter Hook & The Light — Oct 7, Discoteca Mangus (Av. Arequipa 1530, Lince): The ex New Order and Joy Division bassist comes to Peru.
  • Battle of Angamos — Oct 8, National Holiday
  • Piura Jubilee Week — first two weeks of October (variable)
  • Señor Cautivo de Ayabaca — Oct 13, Ayabaca, Piura Region
  • Anniversary of Tingo Maria — Oct 15
  • Black Sabbath — [Canceled — sounds like someone really messed this one up] Oct 16, Estadio Monumental: Black Sabbath supported by Megadeth, no less! Oh
  • music-peru-smallMolotov — Oct 18, C.C. Embarcadero 41 (Barranco): Grammy Award-winning rock/rap/metal/hip hop from Mexico.
  • El Señor de los Milagros — second half of October, Lima
  • Señor de Luren — third Monday in October, Ica
  • Fiesta Patronal de Santa Úrsula — Oct 21 to 24 (dates may vary), Viraco, Castilla Province of Arequipa Region
  • music-peruBlur — Oct 29, Estadio San Marcos: Damon Albarn and co. will be bringing their London charm to Lima when Blur rolls into town.
  • Día de la Canción Criolla — Oct 31
  • Halloween — Oct 31
  • FestiSabores — Oct 31 to Nov 3, Yanahuara (main square), Arequipa

Peru in November

  • FestiSabores — Oct 31 to Nov 3, Yanahuara (main square), Arequipa
  • Día de Todos los Santos — Nov 1, National Holiday
  • Día de los Difuntos — Nov 2, Nationwide
  • Anniversary of Puno — Nov 4
  • Ringo Starr — November 11, Jockey Club del Perú: Yep, still going. music-peru
  • Ica Tourist Week — Nov 12 to 20 (variable)
  • Creamfields Peru — Nov 16, Fundo Mamacona, Lima: The British dance music festival has gone truly music-peruglobal. The Peruvian edition is one of many international incarnations.
  • Rafa Nadal vs David Ferrer — Nov 17, Jockey Club del Perú, Santiago de Surco, Lima
  • Moquegua Tourist Week — Nov 20 to 25 (variable).
  • Pasco Tourist Week — Nov 20 to 29 (variable)
  • Kings of Chaos — Nov 23, venue TBC: Supergroups are normally dubious at best, but Guns N’ Roses music-peru-smallwill probably jump at the chance to see Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke strutting their stuff in Lima.
  • Feria de San Clemente — Nov 23, San Clemente, Piura

Peru in December

  • music-peru-smallIncubus — Dec 5, Parque de la Exposición
  • Immaculate Conception — Dec 8, National Holiday
  • Tribute to American Liberty — Dec 9, Ayacucho
  • music-peru-smallBret Michaels — December 10, Explanada del Estadio Monumental: I’m not sure how much street cred old Bret has left, but I’m sure he’ll be well received in Lima.
  • Virgen de la Puerta — Dec 12 to 15, Otuzco, La Libertad Region
  • Santuranticuy — Dec 24, Cusco
  • Christmas Eve — Dec 24
  • Christmas Day — Dec 25, National holiday
  • Danza de Tijeras Festival — Dec 24 to 27 (may vary), Huancavelica
  • Anniversary of Madre de Dios — Dec 26, Madre de Dios Region

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