Colombian NYC is New York’s fifth largest Latin community with over 100,000 New York Colombians in 2019. NYC’s “Little Colombia” is in Jackson Heights.
Colombia is famous for its Cumbia & Vallenato, Salsa Colombiana and Reggaeton culture. The Indigenous Gaita flute is beautiful. Colombians are proud of their Paso Fino horses. Most roses sold in the United States are grown in Colombia. Colombian coffee is very good.
Colombian NYC Restaurants
- Bogotá Latin Bistro
- Dulce Vida Latin Bistro
- Empanada Mama
- Mis Tierras Colombianas
- Pollos Mario *
Colombian NYC Festivals
- Colombian Parade
- Flower Parade
Colombian New York City
- Cali Salsa Pal Mundo *
- Colombian Consulate
- Fernando Botero sculptures in Time Warner Center
- ID Studio
- Instituto de Visión gallery
- Leon Tovar Gallery
- Millonarios New York
- Terraza 7 *
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Colombian NYC News
Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular dance 🎄
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Rey Ruíz, & Wilfrido Vargas salsa 🇵🇷 🇨🇺 🇩🇴
Juanes alternative rock 🇨🇴
Gloria Trevi pop rock 🇲🇽
Gilberto Santa Rosa Auténtico salsa 🇵🇷
Silvestre Dangond ‘Ta Malo vallenato 🇨🇴
Hombres G 40 Aniversario pop rock 🇪🇸
ROCKEFELLER CENTER, Midtown, Manhattan
Movement Medicine, Jinae Suire, Changó dances 🇨🇺
Hablando Con Belili, Garifuna holiday shop 🎄
La Rueda de Oro, Afro-Colombian drum rhythms and dances 🇨🇴
Melrose Parranda, Christmas caroling 🇵🇷 🎄
CROTONA PARK EAST, THE BRONX
J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio 🇨🇦
St Luke’s Chamber Ensemble Vivaldi 🇮🇹
African American women composers 🇺🇸
“Carmina Burana” choral 🇨🇴 🇩🇴 🇪🇨
Valerie Coleman’s “Portraits of Josephine” 🇺🇸 🇫🇷
DIMENNA CENTER, Hudson Yards
CARNEGIE HALL, Midtown
HOSTOS CENTER, Mott Haven, The Bronx
SNUG HARBOR CULTURAL CENTER, Staten Island
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, Prospect Park
FLUSHING TOWN HALL, Flushing, Queens
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Lincoln Center
Orchestra of St Luke’s chamber choir 🇨🇦
Ravi Coltrane jazz 🇺🇸
New York String Orchestra classical 🇧🇴
Ablaye Cissoko, Cyrille Brotto wellness 🇸🇳 🇫🇷
Orchestra of St Luke’s chamber music 🇨🇦
Orchestra of St Luke’s “Carmina Burana” 🇨🇴 🇩🇴 🇪🇨
aja monet jazz soul 🇺🇸
Torres, Kibbey and Lumanovski Turkish, Macedonian, Latin 🇨🇴 🇹🇷 🇲🇰 🇦🇷 🇨🇺
MIDTOWN, Manhattan and CITYWIDE
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 🇺🇸
“Jelly’s Last Jam” jazz musical 🇺🇸
Flamenco Festival from Spain 🇪🇸
Dance Theatre of Harlem 🇺🇸 🇧🇷 🇨🇴 🇨🇺 🇭🇹 🇮🇹
Ballet Hispánico 🇨🇺 🇨🇴 🇪🇸
NEW YORK CITY CENTER, Midtown, Manhattan 🇺🇸 🇧🇷 🇨🇴 🇨🇺 🇭🇹 🇮🇹
DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM, Lincoln Center, Manhattan 🇨🇴
Saulo Garcia brings his Colombian immigrant standup comedy to Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan, Friday-Sunday, January 6-8 & January 13-15, 2023. From $17. 🇨🇴
Gregorio Uribe celebrates the release of his third cumbia, vallenato, jazz album “Hombre absurdo” (Absurd man); in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center; on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 7:30pm. FREE! 🇨🇴
For the Master Drawings New York 2023 art fair, 25 art galleries show old masters and new masters from their collections and from visiting international dealers; in Manhattan’s Upper East Side; from Friday, January 20-28, 2023. The exhibition continues online through February 28, 2023. 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇴🇲🇽🇵🇦🇻🇪 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹
Colombian comic Franko Bonilla brings his Franko de Visa Show to the Main Room at the Broadway Comedy Club in Hell’s Kitchen on January 30, 2023 at 6:30pm. (In Spanish) 🇨🇴
Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs “Woke” (2019), and “Love Rocks” (2020) to Lenny Kravitz; at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center in Purchase, New York (next to White Plains); on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 8pm. From $14. 🇺🇸 🇨🇴 🇮🇹
Paquito D’Rivera joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for Tres Aguas & Music of Colombia, premieres of Elio Villafranca’s “Tres Aguas” and Edmar Castaneda’s “Music of Colombia;” at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Columbus Circle; on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 8pm. From $41. 🇨🇺🇨🇴
J Balvin brings Colombian reggaeton to Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7pm.
Mega Bash 2022 by Alex Sensation of La Mega 97.9FM brings Maluma, Nicky Jam, Jhayco, Ryan Castro, Blessd, Tokisha and Eladio Carrion’s Reggaeton and Latin Trap to Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8pm (7pm doors). From $89. 🇨🇴 🇩🇴 🇵🇷
Saulo Garcia “La Locura Lo Cura,” is the Colombian standup comic’s new immigrant comedy show, at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan, Wednesday-Friday, December 28-30, 2022. From $17. 🇨🇴
Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale art auction featuring masters of the period, is on view at Christie’s New York in Rockefeller Center Saturday, November 12-17, 2022. The auction is Friday, November 18, 2022 at 10am. 🇨🇴 🇫🇷 🇬🇭 🇮🇹 🇲🇽 🇪🇸
NYC’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet dances diverse and forward-looking contemporary ballet at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea, NYC, for two weeks, Tuesday-Sunday, November 22 – December 4, 2022. From $20. 🇺🇸 🇨🇴 🇮🇹
DJs Camilo, Manny Mills, J Star and Enuff spin the Spanglish Saturdays dance party at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 9pm – 3am. No sneakers. Guest list free before midnight. Then $25. 🇨🇴
The 93.1 Amor “Amor en Vivo Las Estrellas de Pop” concert features Ricky Martin, Sylvestre Dangond, Reik, Camila, Becky G, Manuel Turizo, Gale, and Fonseca at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 8pm. From $59. 🇨🇴🇲🇽🇵🇷
The 1st NYC Indigenous Peoples Day Parade starts with a gathering for speakers and community prayers in the north end of Madison Square Park along 26th St, on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 8am – 12 noon. It then marches down Broadway (the Lenape road), from 26th St near Madison Square to 17th St at Union Square, from 12noon – 3pm. Free! 🇺🇸🇨🇴🇵🇷
The Guillermina Quiroga Company with Adriana Salgado & Orlando Reyes dance Argentine Tango to the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet for Robert Browning Associates at Roulette Intermedium in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 8pm. From $30. robertbrowningassociates.com 🇦🇷
America Martin: Unframed (New York), an exhibition by the Colombian American artist, is at Joanne Artman Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan, Thursday, September 8, 2022 – January 6, 2023. joanneartmangallery.com 🇨🇴
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the Americas, through October 15. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
The Queens Hispanic Parade 2022 marches on 37th Avenue from 69th St to 86th St in Jackson Heights, Queens on Sunday, September 25, 2022 starting at 11am. 🇦🇷🇧🇴🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇸🇻🇬🇶🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇳🇮🇵🇦🇵🇾🇵🇪🇵🇷🇪🇸🇺🇾🇻🇪
The Bazurto All Stars, the iconic Colombian Champeta band, make their New York debut with a performance preceded by a Champeta dance workshop at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens on Friday, September 30, 2022. Dance Workshop at 7pm. Show at 8pm. $18. ovationtix.com 🇨🇴
Ballet Hispánico presents the world premiere of its first full-length commission, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Doña Perón at the City Center Dance Festival at New York City Center in Midtown, Manhattan on April 1-3. From $35. 🇨🇴
Daniel Calderon y Los Gigantes play Colombian Vallenato, and Arelys Henao sings Colombian Rancheras for dancing at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Apr 8 at 10pm. From $48. 🇨🇴
Dance Theatre of Harlem at the 1st City Center Dance Festival starts with a Gala Performance that includes the NY premieres of “Higher Ground” and an extended “Balamouk” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa at New York City Center in Midtown, Tue, Apr 5 at 7pm and regular performances Fri-Sun, Apr 8-10. From $35. 🇧🇷🇨🇴🇨🇺🇭🇹🇺🇸
The 9th Colombian Film Festival New York is at Cinépolis in Chelsea, Manhattan, Thu-Sun, April 21-24. colfilmny.com 🇨🇴
Colombian comic Diego Mateus is at Broadway Comedy Club in Hell’s Kitchen on Sun, Apr 24 at 7pm. $27.50. 🇨🇴
Oscar Murillo : Ourself behind ourself concealed, new paintings on the dark spirits in the news, opens with a reception at David Zwirner in Chelsea, Thu, Apr 28 from 6-8pm and runs to Jun 4. davidzwirner.com 🇨🇴
Remember the Battle of Boyacá, the tipping point in the liberation of northern South America, on Sun, Aug 7. 🇨🇴
Celebrate Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, patron saint of Colombia, on Sat, July 9. 🇨🇴
Celebrate Colombian Independence Day, 20 de Julio, on Wed, July 20. 🇨🇴
NYC’s Colombian Parade was expected on Northern Blvd in Jackson Heights, Queens on Sun, Jul 24, 2022, but it didn’t come together. 🇨🇴
Grupo Niche plays Salsa Colombiana at Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn during New York Puerto Rico Week on Sat, Jun 11. 🇨🇴
J Balvin brings his “Jose Tour 2022” of Colombian Reggaeton to Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on Sun, May 22 at 7pm. From $67. 🇨🇴 CANCELLED
Fernando Botero: Sphinx is unveiled at 14th St Square in the Meatpacking District on Wed, Mar 9 at 2pm, and remains to Apr 19. davidbenrimon.com 🇨🇴
Fernando Botero, an exhibition of paintings, sculpture and works on paper by the 90-year-old Colombian artist, opens with a reception at David Benrimon Fine Art in Midtown East, Thu, Mar 10 from 6-8pm, and runs to Apr 19. davidbenrimon.com 🇨🇴
La Cumbiamba eNe Yé celebrates their “Resplandor” album release of Colombian Cumbia at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Mar 25 at 9pm. $20. 🇨🇴
Wilmer Manga sings Colombian Vallenato at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Mar 11 after midnight (10pm doors). $20. 🇨🇴
Latin American Art, including a newly discovered Diego Rivera, goes on view at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center on Wed, Mar 2-10 for auction Fri, Mar 11 at 11am.
Salsa Cabaret by Cali Salsa Pal Mundo with guest singer Anissa Gathers is at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens, Fri-Sun, Feb 4-27. From $40. 🇨🇴
The 7th Neighboring Scenes Latin American film festival is in person at Film at Lincoln Center, Feb 24-28. $15 per film or $80 All-Access Pass ($20 students). 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇲🇽🇵🇪🇺🇾🇻🇪
Blessd (“Medallo” #1 in Colombia) plays Colombian Reggaeton for dancing at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Feb 25 at 10pm. From $60. 🇨🇴
Cumbia River Band plays Colombian Cumbia at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Feb 25 at 9pm. $15. 🇨🇴
Jean Carlos Centeno & Ronal Urbina play Colombian Venezuelan Vallenato at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Sat, Feb 12 after midnight (10pm doors). From $50. 🇨🇴🇻🇪
DJ Camilo, DJ Spinking, DJ Manny Mills, DJ 3Sixty and special guests spin the Spanglish Saturdays dance party at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Sat, Feb 12 at 10pm. Guestlist free before midnight. Then $25. 🇨🇴
Marry Me, the hilarious new romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez Maluma and Owen Wilson, opens Valentines Weekend, Fri, Feb 11. 🇨🇴🇵🇷
Lina Puerta: Migration, Nature, and the Feminine is at Hunter East Harlem Gallery in El Barrio to Feb 5. kodalab.org 🇨🇴
Surrealism Beyond Borders is at The Met Fifth Avenue in Central Park to Jan 30. 🇨🇺🇭🇹🇲🇶🇵🇷 | 🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴 | 🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸
The Latin Brothers play Colombian Salsa at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Jan 28 after midnight (9pm doors). $25. 🇨🇴
Colombian comics Joselo de Colombia and Lucho Torres make fun of Carnaval de Barranquilla at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Sat, Jan 22 after midnight (9pm doors). $35. 🇨🇴
Top Colombian DJ Lecktra Fire plays House for Ladies Night at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Jan 21 at 10pm. Guestlist before midnight. 🇨🇴
The Cumbia River Band plays Colombian Cumbia at Symphony Space in the Upper West Side on Fri, Jan 21 at 7:30pm. $30. 🇨🇴
Franco Bonílla (Con Ànimo de Ofender) does Colombian standup comedy at Broadway Comedy Club in Hell’s Kitchen on Sun, Jan 16 at 7pm (6:30pm doors). $30+ 2 drinks. broadwaycomedyclub.com 🇨🇴
Colombian NYC in 2021
Celebrate Día de las Velitas, the Colombian festival of lights on Wed, Dec 7. 🇨🇴
Celebrate the Immaculate Conception on Thu, Dec 8. 🇨🇴
Celebrate La Novena de Aguinaldos from Dec 16-24. 🇨🇴
Colombian standup comic Saulo García’s Quinceañera is in repertory weekends at Repertorio Español in Kips Bay, Manhattan, Fri, Dec 17 – Sun, Jan 16. 🇨🇴
La Sonora Dinamita celebrates New Year’s Eve with Colombian Cumbia at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Dec 31 after midnight (9pm doors). From $35. 🇨🇴
Memoria, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s tale of a Scottish woman who starts hallucinating in the Colombian jungle, opens at IFC Center in the West Village on Sun, Dec 26. $13. 🇨🇴
Agua Bella, Jaime Enrique Aymara and Harin El Indio play Colombian and Ecuadorian Cumbia Pop at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens after midnight (9pm doors). From $35. 🇨🇴🇪🇨
Wilmer Manga y Las Musas del Vallenato play Colombian Vallenato at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Dec 17 after midnight (9pm doors). From $40. 🇨🇴
Los Cumpleanos play Colombian Psychedelic Cumbia at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Fri, Dec 17 from 11pm – 1am. $20. 🇦🇷🇨🇴
The Anamaria Oramas Quartet plays Colombian Jazz at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Dec 17 at 10:30pm. $10. 🇨🇴
Folklore Urbano Orchestra “El Barrio Project” plays Colombian Salsa at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Dec 10 at 7pm. 🇨🇴
Harold Puente’s Añoranza de Colombia (Longing for Colombia) is at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens, Fri-Sun, Nov 26 – Dec 12 at 8pm (4pm Sun). From $37. 🇨🇴
COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet is at The Joyce in Chelsea for two weeks, Tue-Sun, Nov 16-28. From $26. 🇨🇴🇮🇹🇺🇸
The Havana Film Festival New York opens at Village East Cinema in the East Village on Fri, Nov 5 at 6:30pm. From $20. Grammy nominee Dayramir González plays Cuban Jazz at the Afterparty. From $85. 🇨🇺🇪🇸|🇨🇦🇬🇹🇭🇳🇲🇽🇺🇸|🇦🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇵🇪🇻🇪|🇬🇷🇬🇧
Remember Joe Arroyo, the father of Salsa Colombiana, who was born in Cartagena, Colombian on Nov 1, 1955. 🇨🇴
Juanes brings his Origin Tour to Terminal 5 in Hell’s Kitchen on Sun, Oct 17 at 8pm. From $85. 🇨🇴
Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin with special guest Sebastián Yatra, play Madison Square Garden in Chelsea, Manhattan on Sun, Oct 17 at 7:30pm. From $30. 🇪🇸🇵🇷🇨🇴
Lucia Pulido sings Colombian Boleros and Waltzes at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Fri, Oct 15 at 10:30pm. $10. 🇨🇴
Latin Grammy winner Samuel Torres plays Afro-Colombian Jazz from both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts at Chelsea Table and Stage on Fri, Oct 15 at 7pm. From $35. 🇨🇴
Colombian Jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda celebrates the release of his album “Family” at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thu Oct 14, at 7:30 & 9:30pm. $40. 🇨🇴
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sep 15 – Oct 15.
The 59th New York Film Festival is at Film at Lincoln Center, Fri, Sep 24 – Oct 10. 🇦🇴🇧🇴🇧🇷🇨🇦🇨🇴🇫🇷🇮🇳🇮🇹🇲🇽🇵🇹🇷🇴🇪🇸🇺🇸
The Cruce de Campeones USA National Freestyle Rap Finals are at La Boom NY in Woodside, Queens on Sat, Oct 2 at 6pm. Cacha vs Yartzi is the exhibition. From $35. 🇨🇴🇨🇺🇩🇴🇪🇨🇬🇹🇲🇽|🇦🇷🇵🇷
Mike Bahía sings Colombian pop at La Boom in Woodside, Queens on Fri, Sep 24, 2021. From $40. 🇨🇴
The New York Yankees celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a giveaway of Yankee caps with Hispanic flags for Yankee games on Fri-Wed, Sep 17-22, 2021. From $40. mlb.com
Paris Rodriguez shows at Fashion Designers of Latin America at Lavan541 in Chelsea, Manhattan on Tue-Wed, Sep 8-9, 2021. 🇨🇴
Colombian New York City
The Colombian community is centered in “Little Colombia” in Jackson Heights, Queens.
“Little Colombia” is around Roosevelt Avenue and 84th St in Jackson Heights. Terraza 7 is a Latin jazz club in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights, Queens that was created by a Colombian doctor. When you walk in, it immediately feels like home.
Leon Tovar Gallery represents Modern Latin American Art. The gallery was founded in Bogotá.
ID Studio Theater in Mott Haven, The Bronx is a Colombian arts collective led by telenovela star Germán Jaramillo, jazz composer Pablo Mayor and choreographer Daniel Fetecua (Limón Dance).
Cali Salsa Pal Mundo teaches Salsa Colombiana (stage salsa) in Jackson Heights, Queens and hosts the Queens Salsa Congress. Adriana Salgado and Orlando Reyes are some of NYC’s best Argentine tango performers and teachers.
Most Colombian New Yorkers are paisas from Medellín, Antioquia. They are famed for their business sense.
Fernando Botero is the most popular Latin artist in the art auctions. He used to have an apartment and studio in the Upper East Side. There are versions of his Adam and Eve in Time Warner Center. So many people touch Adam’s manhood that it is polished like gold. They say touching it brings good luck.
Dulce Vida, in the Upper East Side, is Manhattan’s only Colombian restaurant/bakery. You can get a good Ajiaco there. You can’t get the famed soup at most Colombian restaurants because it’s a Bogotá speciality, whereas most Colombian restaurants in New York serve Medellín cuisine like Bandeja paisa.
Empanada Mama makes Colombian empanadas in the Lower East Side and Hell’s Kitchen. Colombian empanadas are fried, but not greasy. Pollos Mario fried chicken is a Colombian tradition for watching football (soccer).
Salsa Colombiana is also Caribbean, especially from Barranquilla, Atlantico, but is now centered in Cali, Valle de Cauca. Cali has a unique stage salsa culture.
There is a strong group of reggaetoneros, including some Puerto Ricans, in Medellín, Antioquia.
Colombians are crazy for Christmas nativities. Moms compete to have the best one in the neighborhood.
Colombia has many distinct regions including Caribbean and Pacific coasts, Andes mountains, Llanos plains and Amazon rainforests. The cultural diversity that goes with that is surprising for a single nation. It is also one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.
Ironically the longest civil war in the Americas (since 1964) kept many regions from developing so old ways remain. Today you can travel through most of the country and discover the riches of Colombian culture.