The San Sebastian Street Festival, held every year since 1954 in commemoration of the Saint Sebastian, is the most famous and celebrated festival in Puerto Rico attracting hundreds if not thousands of people to Old San Juan. The “Cabezudos” (people wearing giant masks) parade is a staple of the festival when famous personalities and characters of Puerto Rico are represented in satire. During the four days of celebration attendees enjoy local music, arts, crafts and more. If you happen to be in San Juan during the third weekend of January, head to Old San Juan and be part of this traditional event. Get there early since parking is virtually impossible after dark, or just take a cab (cars are not allowed around the street) and then walk to San Sebastian street. Once there, enjoy a cold Medalla, dance to the “plena” and meet some local people.
[Melissa Alvarado Sierra | Puerto Rico Local Expert]