Festival of the Sea in Santa Marta 2023

In its 64th edition, the "Fiestas del Mar" come with everything to surprise you. Here we tell you the details so you can plan ahead.

Published 2022-12-29 14:32:32

The Festival of the Sea in Santa Marta, known by most as "Las Fiestas del Mar", is the biggest annual event that makes the city, is held in the last days of July as part of the celebration of the founding of Santa Marta (July 29) that is to say that this year we celebrate 498 years. In this article we tell you the details so you can plan and live them with your family or friends.

Activities in the Festival of the Sea

During the Fiestas del Mar several activities take place in different parts of the city, among the most common are: nautical parades, water sports competitions, fishing contests, gastronomic exhibitions, art exhibitions, live music performances and traditional dances. In addition, sporting events such as marathons and beach volleyball tournaments are usually held.

For this 2023 the Fiesta del Mar will bring these activities and festivals such as the Festival de Verano y Música al Mar, Festival de la Cocina Samaria, Festival de Juglares Vallenatos, Festival de los Niños y el Mar, within which there will be concerts, gastronomic shows and other cultural activities.

As you can see, you have several reasons to participate in the Santa Marta Festival this year. Here is the agenda for you to program yourself, remember that it is subject to change or modification.

Dates of the Festival of the Sea

The Fiestas del Mar in 2023 will take place from July 26 to 31, starting with the Serenata a Santa Marta and ending with the closing of the Festival de Verano y Música al Mar. However, some previous events will be included in the agenda for you to be attentive and do not miss them.

Official schedule of the 2023 Version of the Festival of the Sea

Saturday, July 22nd

  • Fotomarathon (Virtual Photography Contest Fiesta del Mar)

Finalists: July 15
Winners: July 22
*Presential and virtual pre-registrations from June 27th to July 11th.

Sunday, July 23rd

  • Artisanal Fishing Festival (Puerto Gaira)

Wednesday, July 26th

  • Sea Festival Stage: Lilly Goodman (El Rodadero)

Thursday July 27th

  • To be confirmed

Friday, July 28

  • Samaria Traditional Cuisine Festival (Camellón de la Bahía)

  • Serenata a Santa Marta: Popular Captain Election and closing concert with Maelo Ruiz, Michel 'el Buenón' and Eddy Herrera (El Rodadero)

  • Festival of the Children and the Sea (Camellón de la Bahía)

Saturday, July 29th

  • Festival of the Children and the Sea (Camellón de la Bahía)

  • Festival of Traditional Samarian Cuisine (Camellón de la Bahía)

  • Whalers (Santa Marta Bay)

  • Vallenato Juglares Festival: "Así suena el Caribe colombiano" (El Rodadero)

Sunday, July 30

  • Folkloric Parade (Departure from 1:00 p.m. from the Bay's Camellón)

  • Festival of Traditional Samarian Cuisine (Camellón de la Bahía)

  • Summer Festival and Music by the Sea (El Rodadero)

Monday, July 31st

  • To be confirmed

*This program is subject to change.

As expected, the Fiestas del Mar concerts will be at night, which will be joined by national and international artists such as: Lilly Goodman, Maelo Ruiz, Michel 'el Buenón' and Eddy Herrera, among others.

While the parades will be in the afternoon, starting at 1:00 p.m. The gastronomic events will be in the morning and afternoon so you have no excuse to live one of the best times of the year in Santa Marta.

It is worth mentioning that on this occasion the election of the National Captaincy of the Sea will be resumed; likewise, the beauty and talent of the young Samarian girls will be highlighted again in the Popular Captaincy.

Remember that access to all the events of the Festival of the Sea is free!

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Cocinar Santa Marta, the festival of Samarian cuisine, returns with more strength in 2023

As part of the Fiestas del Mar, the cooking festival organized by Acodrés, Cocinar Santa Marta, also known as "the Samarian Cuisine Festival", a proposal to showcase local culinary techniques, will be taking place. This year will be the XII version of the gastronomic festival that serves as a showcase for the city's restaurants.

In previous years, this festival has demonstrated its convening power, for example, in 2021, it brought together 32 companies of the gastronomic sector, giving a boost to this sector so hard hit during the quarantine. For this 2023 among the programming of complementary activities that will enrich its cultural offerings are:

  • Gastronomic shows

  • Music

  • Cultural presentations

  • National guest artists

  • Stage for academic topics and barista training courses

  • Contests, cooking and bartending shows

Internationally recognized chefs

One of the most interesting novelties of this version of Cocinar Santa Marta is the participation of entrepreneurs from the tourism sector. The purpose will be to put locals and visitors in contact with travel agencies in Santa Marta to enjoy the promotions and activities that will be offered from July 28 to 30, the days of the festival.

Highlights of the Cocinar Santa Marta event

The gastronomy of Santa Marta is a combination of flavors and traditions that reflect the cultural diversity of the Caribbean region of Colombia. That's why Cocinar Santa Marta gives you this incredible moment to broaden your vision of the Samarian cuisine and above all to enjoy it.

Visit Santa Marta, the fantastic connection with the city

A few years ago Visit Santa Marta began to reach the Samarios with the promotion of tourist destinations in the city, and little did they imagine then that they would jump from digital media to be directly in contact with their audience in such an important event.

That's right, at Visit Santa Marta we are inviting Samarians and visitors to connect with the attractions of their city in a different way and since we want as many people to participate as possible, we have offers and surprises for everyone who visits our stand and showroom located in Casa Marina.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok so you don't miss a single detail and know the activities and surprises that we will have during these days.

Are you going to miss the Fiestas del Mar?

This year they are back with more strength to give you a wonderful time in our city, now you just have to program yourself from now with the activities and festivals so you can enjoy them from beginning to end.

We have already made the invitation, you just have to accept it!

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