If you are lucky enough to be visiting Chile in the summer months (November - March). Here are some established summer festivals that will enhance you time in Chile.
This festival is already a classic in the capital. The arts take the streets of Santiago for the better part of the month of January, definitely an interesting opportunity for those staying or visiting the city during the month. The festival offers a great number of activities at different times of the day, so it’s perfect for everyone.
For more information visit the festival’s website: Santiago a Mil
An ancient celebration, this is the most important cultural festival on Easter Island. During Tapati, the people are divided into two clans to represent the different historic casts of the island. They will compete for days and nights in ancient sports, showing their physical and artistic abilities in traditional rituals. To finish the celebration, there is a multitudinous parade and the Tapati Queen is crowned.
Each year, the last weekend in January sees a festivals that promotes the protection of the huemul (a tiny deer that is part of Chile’s national emblem). Movies, seminars, music and traditional food are part of the cultural activities that accompany the festival. A hiking trip of two days brings together nature and outdoor enthusiasts. The route takes the participants through the Patagonia Park and Tamango National Reserve, two of the best places to spot the endangered huemul.
The Nómade Festival takes places in the Los Lagos region. It is a celebration of Mapuche culture and music. An incredible experience where you will meet people from all over the world. The location changes from year to year, but it always remote and inaccessible, usually requiring a long trek in.
For more information, go to their website: Nomade Festival
During the month of February Pichilemu is home to a festival focused on surfing with competitions, exhibitions and live Chilean music.
Arica transforms itself in a multicultural city in mid-February, filled with colours and different rhythms. People from Chile, Bolivia and Perú get together and dance non-stop for days in dazzling traditional costume.