Your Barranquilla Carnival 2017 Guide

Bienvenido a la fiesta!

Dancing all day and night, never-ending parades, extravagant costumes and painted faces, what more could you ask for in the biggest party in Colombia?

The second-largest carnival in the world (just after Rio de Janeiro’s), Barranquilla’s Carnival is not to be missed. If you’re planning on taking a trip to this Caribbean city to celebrate festivities almost as old as the city itself, we’ve got you covered.

Our team has traveled to Barranquilla, Colombia to attend Barranquilla’s 2016 Carnival, and we’re now prepared to give you all the schedules, tips, and packing lists you’ll need.


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Here is your complete 2017 Barranquilla Carnival Guide:


Barranquilla Carnival Location

Barranquilla is located on the Caribbean coast just between Cartagena and Santa Marta. Just a quick bus ride from either of those cities, or a quick flight from Bogota or Medellin, the festivities of this historic party will be taking place all over the city.


When is Barranquilla Carnival 2017

“Pre-Carnival”: Friday, January 20th – Friday, February 24th

Barranquilla Carnival 2017: Saturday, February 25th – Tuesday, February 28th

Kicking off the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, Barranquilla Carnival begins with the “Battle of Flowers”. While there are many break-out parties and private events happening the entire week, here are all the official events of Barranquilla Carnival 2017:


Where to Stay for Barranquilla Carnival

Accommodation options range from hostels to hotels to Airbnbs – whatever your preferences, there are options for each. Our recommendation: book sooner rather than later to avoid surges in pricing.


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Things to bring

Barranquilla is a tropical city; which means it’s hot and humid. These items will make your Carnival experience much more enjoyable (and the heat much more bearable).

Refillable water bottle

Sunscreen and more sunscreen


Comfortable closed toe shoes

Cross-body bag/fanny pack/backpack

Portable phone charger


Pro Tips

Purchase drinks and snacks at a supermarket before you go to the event, it’s way cheaper than buying them inside the events.Have cash on hand (You don’t want to miss out on things because you’re not near to an ATM).

During Carnival, prices for everything will rise in Barranquilla (clubs, drinks, food, etc.). For this reason, you should buy your Carnival souvenirs and artisanal products in the city, do not buy them at the airport if you don’t want to pay more. 

Stay with your group. Safety is always a priority in these types of events. A group if 6 friends together is a good size.

Make sure you don’t make yourself a target to be robbed. There are a lot of tourists that come to Carnival so wear the most simple outfit you can – leave your valued jewelry and designer bags at the hotel.

Dress up! It’s one big party and a funny hat or inflatable crown will just add to the fun.

Put your cash and phone in a ziplock bag in case you get wet. If you’re really participating in Carnival, eventually you will get wet.


where to stay for barranquilla carnival 2017

Saturday, February 25th 

Batalla de Flores

Where: Vía 40

When: 12:00pm


Gran Desfile del Rey Momo

Where: Calle 17

When: 2:00 p.m.


Baila la Calle – Fiesta de Tradición

Where: Par vial de la Carrera 50

When: 7:00 p.m.


Festival de Comedias

Where: Parque Metropolitano

When: 5:00 p.m.


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Sunday, February 26th 

Gran Parada de Tradición y Folclor

Where: Vía 40

When: 1:00 p.m.


Festival de Comedias

Where: Parque Olaya

When: 5:00 p.m.


Baila la Calle Carnaval

Where: Par vial de la Carrera 50

When: 8:00 p.m.


Elección y Coronación de la Reina Popular 

Where: Parqueadero del Estadio Metropolitano

When: 8:00 p.m.


Monday, February 27th

Gran Parada de Comparsas

Where: Vía 40

When: 1:00 p.m.


Festival de Orquestas

Where: Parqueadero del Estadio Metropolitano

When: 3:00 p.m.


Festival de Comedias

Where: Parque Calancala Calle 50 entre Cra. 30 y 32

When: 5:00 p.m.


Tuesday, February 28th

Encuentro de Letanías

Where: Cra. 54 con calle 48

When: 6:00 p.m.


Joselito se va con las cenizas 

Where: Carrera 54 con calle 58

When: 4:00 p.m.


Festival de Comedias

Where: Parque Almendra Tropical Calle 38 con carrera 30

When: 6:00 p.m.

See the full details of all the activities here


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