Medellín’s biggest annual flower festival starts in August on Friday, August 2, 2019, and The La Feria de las Flores 2019 (Festival of Flowers) goes from August 2 – August 11 in 2019.
This 10-day annual festival is a massive celebration of paisa culture. The year 2019 is the 62nd annual flower festival in Medellín. This annual festival is also celebrated as the most important social event for the city of Medellín. It is also one of the best ways to get an accurate and genuine taste of the local culture.
As usual, 2019 Festival of Flowers schedule is filled with many events, big and small. And in 2019, it is expected to be over 400 different events public and private events for La Feria de las Flores.
Below are the three major events of this year’s festival, as well as some expatriate tips to enjoy each of these big events.
History of the Medellín Flower Festival_Feria de las Flores
The first flower festival, was held in Medellin in May 1957. The main purpose of that festival was to give tribute to the flourishing flower business in the Medellín area. This event was organized by Arturo Uribea member of the Board of the Office of Development and Tourism.
This first flower festival was stated as the “Flower Party” and lasted for five days with a description of flowers which were exhibited in the Catedral Basílica Metropolitana. The first silleteros parade took place with almost 40 men from Santa Elena who were carrying flower arrangements on their backs to the exposition site.
On the next year in 1958, the month of the festival was altered to August. This was changed to celebrate the independence of Antioquia. Over the next 60 years, more events were added to the festival. Those events increased the duration to the current 10 to 11 days each year.
2019 the Medellín Flower Festival Schedule:
Here are the events of 2019 Feria de las Flores:
Inauguration Concert of Feria de las Flores at Sector Obelisco – 6 pm
Súper Concierto of Feria de las at Estadio Atanasio Girardot Stadium – 3 pm
August 6 to 11
Exposition of Orchids, Flowers and Crafts at Jardín Botánico
Chiva and Flower Parade
Classic Car Parade (Desfile de Autos Clasicos) at 10:30 am
Desfile de Silleteros (the Flower Parade) at Avenida Guayabal 2 pm
There are hundreds of smaller events too. The whole official schedule isn’t available yet.