Everything is closed on public holidays. One of the most important is 24 June, though in fact the capital grinds to a halt the previous afternoon and everyone heads for the beach.
There is loud salsa music and barbecues until midnight when everyone walks backwards into the sea to greet the Baptist and ensure good fortune. 25 July is the Día de la Constitución and when this takes place on a weekend it is almost impossible to get a hotel room. Reservations should be made in advance. Every town/city has local holidays for harvest festivals (pineapple, tobacco, sugar cane, etc) and for celebration of the town’s saint. There is a festival somewhere every week.
Several towns and regions also have pre-lenten carnivales, complete with parades, folk music, local dishes, a carnival queen pageant, and music competitions. all are in early to late February.
La Casita Festival
A gathering of prominent Puerto Rican musicians perform typical music. There is also an outdoor crafts market arount the building located in Plaza de la Dársena. All year round the artists perform from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and the artisans display their work every Saturday from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
A gathering of prominent puerto rican musicians, painters and other artists display the best of their work all year around. Every Sunday, from 5:30 pm. Place: Paseo La Princesa.
Live entertainment with clowns and puppets is an excellent option for a Sunday Afternoon in Old San Juan’s Paseo La Princesa, Arcada Terrace. Playing the third Sunday of every month from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
DanzActiva, comprised of an international cast of artists that interpret music and dance from India, Spain and Puerto Rico, rediscovers and celebrates influences and commonalities between cultures so apparently distant from one another. For shows and special presentations, please visit www.DanzActiva.com or call 787-775-9438.
Puerto Rico Nightlife
Dance salsa and meringue until dawn, socialize in a local cafe or bar, see cultural and art events, go to the movies or try your luck in a casino… When the evening arrives, in Puerto Rico, there is a lot to be done. There are so many clubs in Puerto Rico, it would be impossible to visit them all. Rest assured the Peurto Rico nightlife has something for everyone.
San Juan Nightlife
Where there are San Juan townspeople, you can be sure there is a party. From simple cafes, bistros and bars to the most entertaining clubs with music for all tastes, in San Juan you will always find something interesting to do at night. There are some great night clubs in san juan puerto rico. Our advice would be speak to your hotel concierge and they will definately be able to recommend the best spot for your evenings entertainment.
Puerto Rico Casinos
Puerto Rico is filled with a number of elegant casinos located in the main hotels. Some are open 24 hours a day, while other are open from 12:00 p.m. til 4:00 a.m. In addition to the popular coin-slot machines, you can try your luck playing Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride, Craps, Big Six Wheel Russian Roulette.
Some hotels offer classes for amateur gamblers at the casinos or by television. A Casino Night can also be arranged as a special event, tournament or as a fundraiser.
Puerto Rico Nightclubs
Go out and dance the night away in one of the many nightclubs in San Juan like Club Brava, or outside the Greater San Juan area. Throughout the Island, there is an exciting array of places with good ambiance with every type of music. For the lovers of Latin-rhythms, you can spend your night dancing salsa or meringue in one of the many dance clubs or even in the lobbies of many hotels.
Like in every major city, there are always novelties available for nighttime enjoyment. Contact your hotel or the local tourist center to learn of the most popular or current events happening when you come visit Puerto Rico.
Music and Theater
If you enjoy plays, ballet, classical or popular music, the following theaters offer a variety of shows for your enjoyment:
Tapia Theater in Old San Juan – (787) 721-0169
Theater at the University of Puerto Rico – (787) 764-0000
Center for Fine Arts in Guaynabo – (787) 790-2355
Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center– the largest in the Caribbean and home of the Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico (787) 724-4747
The largest events, such as pop and rock concerts are usually celebrated at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, the Hiram Bithorn Stadium and the Roberto Clemente Stadium.
Gallery Nights are celebrated the first Tuesday of every months (except during the summer) in Old San Juan. Many art galleries open their doors from 6:00 pm until 10:30 pm, and sometimes offer live music and wine to guests.
The streets of Old San Juan are filled with people enjoying the brilliant art pieces of Puerto Rican artists and artisans, whose influence in Latin America grows every day. Enjoy them or buy one, and then stop to buy some delicious tapas in one of the local restaurants to then visit more galleries. Enjoy a cool Island drink while you live it up during a pleasurable evening.