Fair, mascaradas and music on the agenda

Tourism will mix with mascaradas at the tourism fair being presented Saturday and Sunday at the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23 in east San José.

Some 90 firms are expected to be represented. The fair is organized by the  Instituto Costarricense de Tourismo, which promises those giant dancing heads called mascaradas as well as musical groups in keeping with Costa Rican traditions.

Although tourism is the main theme there also will be crafts available.

Another event this weekend is the XXIII Festival Cultural Indígena Rey Curré/Yimba 2015, which  begins today at noon in Rey Curré.

There will be music, costumes, photo exhibits, displays of pre-Columbian artifacts, crafts and also modern and typical foods.

Rey Curré is the most accessible Boruca community because it is right on the Interamerican Sur south of Buenos Aires de Puntarenas. The celebration continues through Saturday. A sponsor is the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

Tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional celebrates its 75 years with identical concerts in the Teatro Nacional.

Saturday is the Día Nacional de la Mascarada Tradicional Costarricense, a Tico competitor to the U.S. Halloween. At 9 a.m. today there is a street parade of mascaradas in Santa Cruz. There is a similar parade Saturday leaving at noon from the Centro Alajuelense de la Cultura.

Saturday night will bring out police to keep a lid on Halloween vandalism, so expats are encouraged to avoid groups of teens.

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