Ayacucho Events and Festivals

(Ayacucho, Peru)

Photo of crowds in the Plaza de ArmasThere are local festivals and seasonal things to do taking place virtually every week in Ayacucho, and so holiday makers based in this part of Peru will find plenty to enjoy, whatever the time of the year. However, for those who are in Ayacucho during Easter, the Holy Week celebrations of Semana Santa will be hard to miss.

Semana Santa is one of the biggest of all the festivals staged in Ayacucho and many religious events and celebrations take place in the city's churches. Holy Week events commence on the Friday before Palm Sunday and last some ten days, leading up to Easter Sunday, with daily processions, art works, traditional Peruvian folk dancing, music concerts, agricultural fairs, traditional feasting, bonfires, open-air street markets, parades of horses and donkeys, bull running, and much more besides.

Further view of summer crowds filling the Plaza de Armas

Ayacucho Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015: General Information

The city's most prominent events are as below.