This weekend Chile is celebrating its independence and there are a lot of activities for you to attend. From the classic Fonda Parque O’Higgins to other options near and far. Following is a sampling.
Probably the best option for an independence weekend in Santiago is the Fonda Parque O’Higgins, which is back after a two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions. As Meganoticias reports, a President Gabriel Boric “full of joy” inaugurated this year’s edition with a traditional Cueca dance on the night of Sept. 14. The event will last until Monday, Sept. 19, and Chilean musicians, including Pailita, Chico Trujillo, and Sonora Tommy Rey will perform.
Another option in the city of Santiago for this weekend is “Fonda Doña Flor,” in the Contraloria Stadium of La Florida. It promises many musical performances, like Américo, Noche de Brujas, La Combo Tortuga, Amar Azul, among others. There will be food trucks, games for the children, and many more surprises. You can buy tickets until Sept. 15.
Fondas outside the Metropolitan Region
Probably the biggest independence holiday party of the country is La Pampilla in the Coquimbo Region, but it won’t be happening this year, due to Covid-19 and budget problems, Biobío reports. Although, the municipality has organized two other fondas: “Fonda del Barrio Vicuña” at the intersection of Vicuña and O’Higgins Streets, and the “Fonda Zebalmar” in the David Arellano Sport Club. Both will take place Sept. 17.
“Fonda Las Consentidas y sus Chinganeros” is another option outside the RM. The event is in Olmué and is set to have live music shows, Chilean traditional food, and it will be hosted by cartoonist Rodrigo ‘Guatón’ Salinas. You can check other regions’ options here.
If you are leaving the city of Santiago, the Ministry of Public Works announced that it is expected that half a million cars will be leaving the city for the holidays, and they have established several measures to avoid traffic jams and accidents.
Catalina Vergara is graduated in Social Communications from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has previously worked on Strategic Communications.