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Design Festival, Marine Corps picnic, and other happenings around Costa Rica

International Design Festival

Countless designers from all over the world congregate in San José to share their work – from wildly imaginative fashion to architecture and décor.

Festival takes place March 12-14, Antigua Aduana, Aranjuez. 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. $90-140. Info: FID website.

Transitarte Art Festival

This year’s most dynamic arts festival brings a perfect mix of music, performance, and craft kiosks to downtown San José. See the full schedule here.

Transitarte continues through March 15, downtown San José. All day. Free. Info: RedCultura.

Marine Corps League Potluck

U.S. veterans, their families and friends get together this weekend to share picnic foods under a sunny sky.

Potluck takes place March 14 at Los Arcos Community Park, San Antonio de Belén. 12-3 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: Marine Corps League Costa Rica Facebook page.

San Ramón St. Patrick’s Day

Embrace the spirit of “Erin Go Bragh” (“Ireland Forever”) with the expats of San Ramón at this community-building St. Patrick’s Day dinner.

Celebration takes place March 15 at the Magallanes Community Center, San Ramón, Alajuela Province. 2-5 p.m. ₡5,000-7,000 ($10-14). Info: Community Action Alliance website.

Beerfest

Beerfest may have been delayed for a week, but the massive cerveza celebration returns with a vengeance this weekend.

Beerfest takes place March 14 in La Sabana Park, downtown San José. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ₡5,000-15,000. Info: Beerfest 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.

Theater: “La Bruta Espera”

Three short plays by Argentinean dramatist Julio Chávez are performed at the Vargas Calvo black box theater, courtesy of the National Theater.

“La Bruta Espera” continues through April 26 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡2,500-5,500. Info: National Theater website.

Art: “Microcosmos”

Experimental paintings by Rolando Faba make their debut at the José Luis López Escarré Gallery.

“Microcosmos” continues through May 8 at The National Theater, downtown San José. Free. Info: National Theater website.

Onion Festival

Celebrate all things onion at this week-long agricultural festival in Santa Ana.

Feria de la Cebolla continues through March 22 at the Sports Plaza, downtown Santa Ana. Daily, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free. Info: Official website.

National Strawberry Fair

Didn’t know that strawberries grew in Costa Rica? Well they do – and they’re worth the trip to the small town of Vara Blanca.

Feria Nacional de la Fresas takes place March 19-22, downtown Vara Blanca, Heredia Province. Free. Info: Official 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.

Anime Exhibit

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.

Contact Robert Isenberg at risenberg@ticotimes.net

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