On a budget but love getting out to explore the city? Good news: Medellin has a ton of free events that happen every week. These are eleven of our favorites, with one bonus event if you’re up for it. No excuses… get out and explore!


CineClub EAFIT

Monday Movie Club

Every Monday at 6:00 in the evening, the university holds a free movie night! Check their website for the schedule, as well as other events they host. Spanish movie night is a great way to practice your listening skills.

When: Mondays at 6:00 PM

Where: Bloque 38, Auditorio 125

“Lunes de Ciudad” Talks

Current Event Discussions at Teatro Pablo Tobón

Every Monday Pablo Tobón Uribe Theater puts on a “charla”, or talk, related to a topic centered around current issues in Colombia and Medellin. It’s a great opportunity to get to know both the current events in the country the opinions of important speakers…. not to mention a great way to practice your Spanish listening skills. Check out the link to their calendar for a list of planned topics.

When: Mondays at 7:00 PM

Where: Center of Medellín: Carrera 40 N 51 – 24  (Close to Avenida Oriental)

To the website here.


The Wandering Paisa

free events, salsa, dancing, Medellin, Envigado, Colombia ImmersionFree Salsa Class

The Wandering Paisa is a hostel in Laureles, which is a neighborhood of Medellin that isn’t far from Colombia Immersion. They host a lot of weekly events, including a free weekly salsa class taught by a Medellin local who has been dancing professionally for a while. The class is advertized for beginners, so it’s a great place to learn if you’re new to salsa. After class, many students attend our next free salsa event…

When: Tuesdays from 8:30-10:00 PM

Where: Calle 44 A No. 68 A 76 Laureles

For more information check out their website.

El Eslabón Prendido

Live Salsa Music

Eslabón Prendido is a bar in downtown Medellin that offers free live salsa music once a week. If you’re ready to dance, or if you’ve just taken a salsa class, this is a perfect place to practice! Or, come see how the locals dance.

When: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00 PM

Where: El Centro (The center) of Medellin



Paisa City Hostel

Free Salsa Class

Paisa City Hostel is located in Laureles that hosts a lot of weekly events, including a free salsa class. They update their facebook page often, so check out the link details.

When: Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

Where: Laureles, one block from Estacion Estadio

Check out their facebook.


Hostel Ondas 

Language Exchange

A language exchang in a beautiful hostel with delicious snacks and three beers for the price of two – yes, that is possible. The location is Hostel Ondas, a small and family-like hoste with a chilled rooftop bar and a impressing view over the neighborhood. The exchange is always on Wednesdays and Friday nights.

Start: 6.30 pm.
Where: Laureles, 5 mins from Station Floresta

Check their up dated news here.


La Cabaña del Recuerdo

Live Music in Envigado

La Cabaña del Recuerdo is a quirky little bar in Envigado that offers free live music on Thursday nights! We consider it a very typical Colombian bar, and very worth checking out. It’s across the street from a gourmet pizza shop with craft beer and glasses of wine.

When: Thursdays at 8:30 PM

Where: The corner of Calle 38 and Carrera 35 in Envigado

More information check out their facebook page.


Free Salsa Class

Dance Free is a salsa school in El Poblado, just a few stops north on the Metro from Envigado. Free salsa is a great way to get your feet went before deciding whether you want to pay for lessons. Later in the evening they have a salsa show!

When: Classes are held on Thursdays from 8-9:30 PM and the Salsa Show is at 11 PM

Where: Two blocks off of Parque Lleras en El Poblado


The Wandering Paisa

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Language Exchange

We mentioned the free salsa classes hosted by The Wandering Paisa, but they also have a weekly language exchange in addition to their other events. If you’re interested in practicing a language, this is the place to do it! Students from a variety of language schools in the area attend.

When: Thursdays 8:00-11:00 PM

Where: Calle 44 A No. 68 A 76 Laureles



Language Exchange at Colombia Immersion

Not to forget: Join us at Colombia Immersion for a night of conversation with locals. Improve your Spanish, learn about the culture and meet interesting people. We provide the snacks.

Address: Carrera 40 # 40D Sur 49, Envigado
Landmark: Iglesia de El Dorado

Start: 6:30 pm.




Every Sunday, streets throughout Medellin are shut off to cars and are flooded with walkers, joggers and cyclists. This is the active person’s paradise– big wide avenues all to yourself. Grab your friends, take a little jog to El Poblado from Envigado, and celebrate your arrival with a brunch.

When: Sundays from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Along Avenida El Poblado from Parque El Poblado to Parque Envigado.

Read more about the Cicovia.

El Poblado Farmers Market

The main park in Poblado is a hub for community activities,farmers market, medellin, free activity

including  the Sunday farmers market. You can find locally made products and foods.

When: Sundays from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Parque Lineal La Presidenta,

Cra. 43a #7

Medellín, Antioquia 05001000 Colombia


Ciudad del Rio Farmers Market

This downtown farmers market offers locally grown foods and locally made products in the park.

When: Sundays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: Parque Lineal Ciudad del Rio

Carrera 45 #17-100, Poblado

Medellín, Colombia



And a bonus weekly event that isn’t free, but doesn’t cost much:

Tres Cordilleras Beer Tour & Tasting

Once a week, 3Cordilleras Brewery offers a brewery tour and a deal on beers: 5 beers for 24.000COP. If there is a soccer game going on, they may give away a free beer every time Colombia scores! Check out their website for other events.

When: Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:00 PM

Where: Near the Industriales metro station



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