It’s an active volcano and one of the tallest mountains in Costa Rica. Only a true athlete would think, “I want to run up that.” The Irazú Marathon has become an annual tradition, combining trail-running, adventure-racing, and extreme changes in altitude. Whether you decide to take the challenge or root from the sidelines, this race is the perfect excuse to hang out in one of Costa Rica’s most scenic alpine settings.
Race takes place March 7, starting at Terramall Plaza, Tres Rios. 7 a.m. Info: Race website.
UPDATE: According to an article in La Nación, Beerfest has been postponed, due to licensing issues.
The great bacchanalea of craft beer brewers comes together in La Sabana Park.
Beerfest takes place March 7 in La Sabana Park. ₡15,000 ($30). Info: Event Facebook page.
Holi Festival of Colors
The Indian Community Center in Costa Rica presents a traditional “Holi” festival, with subcontinental food, activities, and hurling of multicolored powder.
Holi Festival takes place at Sebana, Santa Ana. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ₡3,000-15,000 ($30). Info: CRIA Facebook page.
Theater: Night of One-Acts
The Little Theater Group of Costa Rica presents two one-act plays by some of the most famous dramatists in the English language.
Performance takes place March 6-18 at Adila Community Center, Belén. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2:30 p.m. ₡3,000-6,500. Info: Little Theatre Group Website.
Una Noche Express
This massive one-night art festival incorporates dance, theater, and the music of Santos y Zurdo and Foli Percusión Africana, among others.
“Una Noche Express” takes place March 6 at AmonSolar, Barrio Amón. 8 p.m. – 3 a.m. ₡3,000-4,000. ($6-8). Info: Event Facebook page.
To celebrate 80 years of diplomatic relations with Costa Rica, the Japanese embassy presents an exhibit on Japanese cartoon art at the National Gallery.
“Japan: Kingdom of Characters” continues through March 29 at the National Gallery, former penitentiary, downtown San José. Mon.-Friday, 8 a.m. –4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website.
Noche de Copas
Grammy-nominated singer and prolific actress María Conchita Alonso performs a one-night engagement at the Wyndham Hotel.
Concert takes place March 6 at Wyndham Hotel Convention Center, Herradura. 8 p.m. ₡50,000 ($100). Info: RedCultura.
Free Tax Lecture
Learn about taxes, privacy, and the future of business in Costa Rica, thanks to attorney Lucy Watler.
Lecture takes place March 9 at La Terraza B&B, Grecia. 9:30 a.m. Free. Info: La Terraza website.
Theater: “Blood Wedding”
The classic Lorca tragedy plays at Teatro Espressivo.
“Bodas de Sangre” performs through March 29 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m. ₡7,500-10,000 ($15-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website.
Art: Albrecht Dürer, Renaissance Genius
Classical German printer Albrecht Dürer receives a stunning retrospective at the Central Bank Museums.
“Alberto Durero: Genio del Renacimiento” i on display through April 26 at the Central Bank Museums, downtown San José. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museum website.
Art: Painting and Photography in San Ramón
Catch two different exhibits this Saturday in San Ramón: “Transformación,” a series of paintings by artist Jorge Luis Capezas, and “Liquors Were Your Origin, Culture is Your Destiny,” a collection of antique photos.
Opening Feb. 21, 4 p.m. Both exhibits will be displayed through March 21 at the José Figueres Cultural Center, San Ramón, Alajuela. Info: Cultural Center website.
Theater: “I’m Not Going to Carry This Corpse”
Teatro Arlequín presents a deadly new comedy of errors, written by Luis Daell Barth.
“Este Muerto no lo Cargo Yo” continues through March 22 at Teatro Arlequín, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: Theater Facebook page.
Art: “Ricardo Ávila: Urban Observer”
See city life in a whole new way through Ricardo Ávila’s unique landscapes.
“Ricardo Ávila: Observador Urbano” continues through March 29 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana. Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website.