World Travel Guide > Guides > South America > Chile > Santiago

Santiago Weather


Local time Santiago



Santiago Events

Festival Internacional de la Canción (International Festival of Song)

Viña del Mar is the host city of this annual music festival held annually and considered the most important musical event in Latin America. It covers all sorts of genres, but most commonly folk and pop. It's run by Chilevision – one of the main TV channels and is a well organised glamorous event.

Date: 19 February 2017 - 25 February 2017
Venue: Viña del Mar.


Easter (Semana Santa)

Semana Santa is an important time throughout Latin America, with religious ceremonies and processions taking place throughout the week from Palm Sunday through until Easter Sunday. On each day there are specific rituals and processions through the streets. In Chile the tradition of 'Cuasimodo' extends a week beyond Easter. The procession careers through the streets stopping only to enjoy copious amounts of food, drink and music.

Date: 25 March 2017 - 31 March 2017
Venue: Throughout Chile.


Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine

'SanFic' as its generally known is beginning to rival the he festival in Buenos Aires. Producers, directors, actors, critics and film lovers all congregate at showings, talks and workshops throughout the week-long festival. There are two major competitions, an international one and one specifically for Chilean films.

Date: 20 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Venue: Various cinemas.


Viña del Mar Film Festival

The well established Viña del Mar Film Festival is Chile's most important festival of the kind. Since 1963, it has built its credibility as a well organised and friendly event. Most of the work is from Chile and Argentina and includes shorts, feature films and documentaries. It takes places across the venues in Viña del Mar, especially the Teatro Municipal and Sala Cine Arte.

Date: 04 September 2017 - 09 September 2017
Venue: Various.

Semana de la Chilenidad (National Week)

A week of nationalist celebrations and parades encompassing Independence Day on 18 September. This is when Chile gets to dress in traditional clothes and bring out their inner gaucho. It's also when real gauchos, farmers and Mapuche can show off their horse skills and prize cattle. There are events throughout the city and you'll see stalls, typical food, traditional games and dances, rodeos and folk events. The biggest events happen at the Parque Padre Hurtado.

Date: 09 September 2017 - 18 September 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Parque Padre Hurtado, Francisco Bilbao 8501.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead or All Saints Day)

This religious national holiday is a day to celebrate the saints, but also to remember ancestors. The best place to see the celebrations and remembrances is to head for the remarkable necropolis, the Cementerio General de Santiago. Here, families light candles, lay flowers and maintain a vigil over the tombs. More than a million people can visit the cemetery on this day.

Date: 31 October 2017 - 31 October 2017
Venue: Cementerio General de Santiago.

Festival Fauna Primavera

This is the largest music festival in Chile and sees participants from across the globe as well as some of Chile's finest musicians. Former guests include Pulp, Primal Scream, CSS, Morrissey, Air and The Lumineers.

Date: 01 November 2017 - 01 November 2017
(Date to be confirmed)