Peru is a country with numerous feast and festivals. Most are dedicated to honor and celebrate saints or important personalities and unfortunately aren't held in Lima. But still at least once a month you will find a special day to join a Peruvian feast or festival.
18th of January, Anniversary of Lima
On the 18th of January 1535 Lima was founded by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizzaro. The anniversary is celebrated on this day with different cultural and artistic festivities. Particularly worth mentioning is the big parade through Lima called 'pasacalles'. Dancers and artist perform typical folklore dances. Very enjoyable are also the music concert and folklore shows.
February (first Saturday), National Pisco Sour Day - Dia Nacional del Pisco Sour
Since 2003 Peru's National Drink, the Pisco Sour, has its own day of celebrations. The highlight is a Pisco Sour Festival including dance performances, concerts, Peruvian food and of course Pisco Sour. Around town tastings, competitions and parties are held.
Carnival is celebrated throughout the country and Lima isn't the stronghold of the festivities. But still you will find some fun during the carnival season with water games and different activities around the city.
March, Fiesta of the Grape Harvest and Wine Making - Fiesta de la Vendimia
In March the grape harvest and wine making is celebrated in the district of Surco, well know for good Peruvian wine.
The "Fiesta de la Vendimia includes an entire program of celebrations. A nice pageant through Surcos streets takes place, a trade fair is held and the traditional visit to the vine cellars is a must.
April, National Horse Tournament of the "Peruvian Caballo de Paso"
Probably the most important tournament of Peruvian horse breeders takes place every year in April near the archaeological excavation site of Pachacámac in Mamacona. Besides watching several competitions of the famous Peruvian horses, you can experience a big feast with folklore shows and typical Peruvian food.
29th of June, Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Saint Peter has been chosen as the fishermen's patron. He is worshiped at the ports and bays of Chorillos and Lurin in the south of Lima at Saint Peter and Saint Paul day.
27th to 29th of July, Anniversary of Peru - Fiestas de Patrias
Dedicated to the memory of the announcement of independence on the 28th of July 1821 by the liberator Jose de San Martin. Everywhere in Peru you will find big celebrations and festivities at the anniversary of Peru.
In Lima the School Parades and the big Military Parade on the 29th of July at Plaza Mayor are outstanding. Don't miss the sport events, theatricals, folklore shows, music concerts and all the other small events.
30th of August, Saint Rose of Lima - Santa Rosa de Lima
Each year on the 30th of August a big procession to honour Santa Rosa de Lima, the patron saint of Lima, takes place in Lima. The procession leads to Santa Rosa's hometown Santa Rosa de Quives near Lima. Many thousands of believers, who worship Santa Rosa de Lima, the church and convent she founded, participate in the festivities.
2nd week of September, Gastronimic Fair - "Mistura"
Each year restaurants, farmers and producers from different parts of the country get together to offer a sample of all Peruvian cuisine. The event is hosted by popular Peruvian chefs and celebrities who are present throughout the event. A big procession to honour Santa Rosa de Lima, the patron saint of Lima, takes place in Lima. The procession leads to Santa Rosa's hometown Santa Rosa de Quives near Lima. Many thousands of believers, who worship Santa Rosa de Lima, the church and convent she founded, participate in the festivities.
October - November, Lord of Miracles - Señor de los Milagros
The biggest procession in Latin America takes place every year at the end of October or beginning of November in Lima. Ten thousands of believers gather to honour Señor de los Milagros (The Lord of Miracles). The belief in the Lord of Miracles dates back to colonial times, when an African slave drew an image of a black Christ on a wall. Despite all attempts to remove it and despite some heavy earthquakes destroying all houses in the area, the image remained untouched. As a result the faith in Señor de los Milagros and the adoration for him grew steadily.
Faithful believers, mainly dressed in purple tunics, come together to carry the nearly two tons litter, which bears the painting of the Lord of Miracles, on their shoulders during the traditional 24 hour procession from the Church "Las Nazarenas" to the Church "La Merced", singing hymns and praying.
8th of October, Battle of Angamos - Comabte de Angamos
Dedicated to the memory of the lost Battle of Angamos on the 8th of October 1879 where the Peruvian ironclad Huáscar was captured by the Chilean Navy and the well know captain, Admiral Miguel Grau, was killed. After this important battle of the War of the Pacific the Peruvians weren't able to bear up against the Chilean Forces any longer. The seas were cleared and the Chilean Troops could invade Peru and Bolivia.
October - November, Bullfight Event - Feria Taurino del Señor de los Milagros
The Feria Taurino del Señor de los Milagros is an anual bullfight event taking place every Sunday in Lima's Plaza de Acho in the month of October until November. The most famous national and international toreros meet to fight for the "Escapulario de Orodel Señor de los Milagros". Surely not for everyone, but the Feria Taurino in Lima is considered the most important bullfight event in Lima where the best matadors show their skills.
31st of October, Day of the Creole Song - Dia de la Cancion Criolla
While on the 31st of October most think of Halloween, in Peru is Dia de la Cancion Criolla. Even though the Halloween fever is infecting more and more Peruvians and you find parties all over town, there are still lots of public shows and events in restaurants, peñas and bars where the best Creole vocal artists and groups perform the traditional music style from the Peruvian coast.
3rd of November, Feast of San Martin de Porres - Festividad de San Martin de Porres
On his day of death on the 3rd of November the patron saint of people of mixed race, and of innkeepers, barbers, public health workers and more, San Martin de Porres, is commemorated with a religious feats, pilgrimages and processions.