The Fiestas Patrias are here and whether it’s your first time or you’re a dieciocho-veteran, every time it’s surprising as it is entertaining. Still wondering where to go to make the most of their Fiestas? Get inspired here!
Plenty of the so-called fondas set up their carnival-like atmosphere around the big city this time of the year. They are found all over the country as well, even more traditional than in Santiago. With three official holidays, the celebrations are lining up to be some of the best. On Friday, as tradition goes, president Piñera will officially inaugurate the fondas at Parque O’ Higgins, naming this year as the “XXL” of the celebrations for the amount of holidays given.
Where To Go in Santiago
- Parque O’Higgins: known as one of the biggest fondas in the city, it will be home to many popular Chilean music artists, Chancho en Piedra and Los Jaivas among them. A cuecódromo bigger than any in the past will be set up for those who want to compete or learn about cueca, the national dance.
- Providencia: for the first time, the Festival de la Patria Familiar will be celebrated in the Centro de Eventos Vista Santiago at the top of Cerro San Cristobal. It will take place from the 14th to the 19th, including music and comics who will take the stage to entertain all day long.
- Parque Padre Hurtado: The traditional Semana de la Chilenidad will take place, bringing together the communes of Las Condes, La Reina, and Vitacura.
- La Yein Fonda: Started by the Chilean band Los Tres, it takes place for the first time in Peñalonen. They will personally be singing all three days, and will also leave space for Gepe, Pedro Piedra and Mil Colores.
- Estadio Nacional: In Ñuñoa, the celebrations will begin on the 14th as well and go on until Wednesday the 19th.
- Maipeluza: In Maipu, the celebrations will begin on Saturday the 15th at the Cerro Primo de Rivera. Sinergia, Amar Azul, Camila Gallardo are some of the 50 artists that will sing throughout the day.
Where To Go to Outside of Santiago
- Viña del Mar: the celebrations take place at the Sporting de Viña del Mar. It will include not only the typically found music and food, but a whole room for electronic music to dance the night away. Let’s not forget about the festival games, tagadá, and even a carrousel will be featured at this big event.
- Coquimbo: known as the biggest one of them all, La Pampilla opens its doors for a full seven days of entertainment this year. Music, food, dance competitions and more await at the longest fonda in the country.
- Valparaíso: La Negra at Parque Alejos Barrios in Playa Ancha is the official Ramada (out of 34 taking place in Valparaiso) with music lasting until 5 A.M.
- Antofagasta: the Gran Fonda de Antofagasta is free to the public and will have dancing, recitals, and singers such as the popular Noche de Brujas
- Concepción: Parque Bicentenario, in front of Rio Bio Bio, will host the Gran Fonda de Concepción. It will last six days and it is completely free!
Less traditional (but just as great) options in Santiago
- Fonda Vegana: they promise drinks, empanadas, and even choripanes made 100% without any animal products. It will take place this Sunday the 16th at Espacio Cultural La Planta in Providencia.
- Fonda Geek: Centro Hub Providencia will host a Geek Fonda on Saturday the 22nd for robotic fans, videogame masters, and board game lovers.
With so many panoramas this weekend it’s hard to choose where to go, but with no doubt it will be filled with music, dancing, socializing and food to enjoy every day of this “XXL” Dieciocho 2018!
Maria Paz Rodriguez Zaninovic. Born in Santiago, Chile and moved to the US at a young age. Here she began noticing the differences between societies and her curiosity grew about how people think, how countries work, and how culture affects lifestyles around the world. Although professionally a dentist, her passion for writting and photography has always been a part of her everyday life.