Every year for one week, Belén de Umbría celebrates a week of fiestas to commemorate the founding of the town. The fiestas usually take place in November. This year, they were moved a month earlier to October.
Fiestas in Belén
The main plaza transforms itself into a stage for live music and dancing. Surrounding the plaza are tents for eating and drinking, food stands, games for children, craft sellers, and much more.
During the day there are events such as parades with children dressed in traditional Colombian costumes.
At night, the plaza is jam packed with people. A series of live bands from all over Colombia play on a stage in the center of the plaza. The music is loud and many people are dancing, drinking, and socializing.
The best nights to go to the fiestas in Belén are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I spent Saturday night at the fiesta with Marisol. We drank aguardiente, danced, and enjoyed the celebration until well after 3AM.