Spend Fiestas Patrias in central Chile: celebrations in Central Valley

Chile’s central valley is especially hospitable to outdoor Fiestas Patrias activities, due to the area’s pleasant spring climate in September.

The same Mediterranean climate also nurtures production of many popular foods that are enjoyed throughout the nation during Fiestas Patrias, including grapes used to make chicha.

The significant population of Santiago’s metropolitan region is conducive to large and exciting celebrations in and near Chile’s capital, but for those seeking to escape the hustle of the city during Fiestas Patrias, nearby regions offer a convenient destination and diverse cultural activities within driving distance.

Festive Fiestas Patrias events in Chile’s central regions include the following:

Coquimbo Region – Vicuña and Coquimbo

The lovely Elqui valley hosts the Pampilla San Isidro festival, which continues from September 15 until September 20 in the community of Vicuña. The town’s official ramada will be inaugurated at 8:00 pm on September 15, a rodeo will be held September 15 and 16, and on September 16. Vicuña’s Te Deum and parade will take place on September 18, followed by continued celebration at the Pampilla San Isidro. On September 20, a hot air balloon show at 3:00 pm will help to conclude the Pampilla.

Further east in the same region, Coquimbo’s Pampilla will be held September 17 until September 20, following its inauguration on September 16. In an event called “Expo Viva mi Chile,” Coquimbo’s festivities will include activities related to several themes: Day of the Literary Café, Day of the National Dance, Day of the National Gastronomy, and Day of the Music and Popular Sports.

Metropolitan Region – Santiago

The sheer size of the Metropolitan Region makes it difficult to describe the numerous celebrations that will occur on virtually every street, but Chile.Travel has compiled the following list of events in various neighborhoods:

  • Alhué – Fiestas Populares, September 14-19, on the street Cancha de Carreras
  • Colina – Las Fiestas Patrias se Viven en Colina, September 14-19, on Media Luna de Santa Filomena
  • Isla de Maipo – Te Deum, September 15, at Iglesia e Ilustre Municipio of Isla de Maipo; Military parade, September 15, Plaze de Armas of Isla de Maipo; Inauguration of fondas and ramadas, September 15, at municipal stadium of Isla de Maipo
  • Las Condes – Semana de la Chilenidad, September 7-19, at Parque Padre Hurtado
  • Maipú- Semana de la Chilenidad, September 14-19, at Maipú municipal pool, close to metro Plaza de Maipú
  • Padre Hurtado – Feria Costumbrista, September 15-19, at municipal stadium Julio Covarrubias
  • Peñaflor – MALLINCO, September 14-19, at Parque Mallinco
  • San José de Maipo – Fiestas Patrias, September 10-16, at municipal stadium
  • Santiago – Fondas Parque O´Higgins, September 15-19, at Parque O´Higgins
  • La Reina – Semana de la Chilenidad, September 7-19, at Parque Padre Hurtado
  • Talagante – Fiesta de la Chilenidad, begins September 15, at Calle Esmeralda 1296, Esquina Republica
  • Nuñoa – 13th Fiesta Chilena, September 14-19, at national stadium Julio Martínez

Valparaiso Region – Valparaiso

Fiestas Patrias fondas in the picturesque port city of Valparaiso will be inaugurated on September 13 at 8:00 pm at Parque Alejo Barrios. The Te Deum will be held in the city’s cathedral on September 14 at 7:00 pm. A Fiesta Costumbrista follows on September 15, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm at Laguna Verde. A family folkloric festival will be held at Parque Quebrada Verde on September 17, from 10 am to 7 pm, followed by a fireworks display at 10 pm. Valparaiso’s military parade takes place on September 19 at 12:00 pm.

Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region – Rancagua and Pichilemu

Located just an hour south of Santiago, Rancagua offers pleasant options for Fiestas Patrias revelry. In the midst of a Month of Patriotism, Rancagua’s fondas will be inaugurated on September 14 at 7:00 pm at the arena Medialuna Monumental. Closer to the sea, the community of Pichilemu will host an event called Pichilemu Afonda 2012, between September 14 and September 18. Activities will include live music by popular Chilean musical groups.

Maule Region – Talca, Rauco and Curicó

Chicha is especially central to Fiestas Patrias celebrations in the Maule region, an important wine valley in Chile. In the region’s capital city, Talca, official ramadas continue daily from September 14 until September 19 at Balneario del Río Claro. The community of Rauco will host a culinary exposition on September 15 and 16 at the municipal stadium. And in the town of Curicó, ramadas can be found in Parque Balmaceda from September 17 until September 20.

By Gretchen Stahlman, written for Chile.Travel

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