The Colombian calendar is full of festivals, carnivals and fairs. Some celebrations are local, others are national. Some last a day, others go on for several days. This means that almost every day there is a festival taking place somewhere in Colombia.

 Christmas, Easter and Corpus Christi are solemnly celebrated in many rural communities. Every village and town has a patron Saint's Day and certain cities have distinctive local religious festivals.

 Colombians in Cartagena celebrate the feast of the Virgin of La Candelaria (Candlemas) in February. The statue of the Virgin, which is kept in the church of Santa Cruz on La Popa hill in Cartagena, is believed to have protected the city's residents from the plague and from pirates. On February 2, hundreds of pilgrims carry lighted candles and climb the hill to the church at dusk to pray.

Colombians in Pasto celebrate "días y negros" (black day) and "días y blancos" (white day) in January. On one day they blacken each other's faces with grease, on the next day they throw white flour or talcum powder at each other. In February the city celebrates the Fiesta de las Aguas, when people drench each other with water from buckets or hoses.

 In Popayán, Semana Santa (Holy Week) in March or April is a very important celebration. Religious rituals are solemnly observed and processions circle the city streets on Thursday and Good Friday. During the week after Easter, the processions are repeated, but this time all the parts in the procession are taken by children.

Many cities have special festivals each year. Riosucio holds the Carnaval del Diablo (Devil's Carnival). Manizales has a special festival called the Feria de Manizales. Cartagena has a music festival called Festival Internacional de Música del Caribe and Bogotá  hosts a theatre festival, the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro. In Barranquilla there is a large carnival during the four days before Ash Wednesday during which people parade in streets in masks and costumes. Medellín has an annual flower festival in August.
January 1  Feast of the Circumcision
January 6 Epiphany
March or April Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
May 1 Labour Day
April or May Ascension Day
May or June  Corpus Christi
June Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 29 Saint Peter and Saint Paul
July 20 Independence Day
August 7 Battle of Boyaca 
August 15 The Assumption of the Virgin May 
October 12 Discovery of America
November 1 All Saints' Day 
November 11 Independence of Cartagena
December 8 Immaculate Conception
December 25 Christmas