Puerto Rico really is the island of enchantment. Famous for its beaches, the mountain heartland is even more beautiful. Puerto Rico is so many things you never imagined.
Puerto Rico News
Puerto Rico celebrates the world’s longest holiday season from mid-November to mid-January. 2021-22 is special because the government is promoting cultural tourism, and Old San Juan celebrates its 500th Anniversary.
All these references to Alegría channel the “joy” of being Puerto Rican and acknowledge Ricardo Alegría (1921-2011), the first anthropologist to study Puerto Rican culture. He cared before anyone else did.
El Laberinto del Coco Héctor Barez plays Big Band Bomba Fusion at El Boricua in Rio Piedras on Thu, Nov 18 at 8pm. No cover. 🇵🇷
El Laberinto del Coco Héctor Barez plays Big Band Bomba Fusion at Rumba Puertorrican Flavors & Bistro Bar in Río Grande on Sat, Nov 27, 2021 at 9pm (6pm doors). No cover. 🇵🇷
La Terraza de Bonanza in Santurce usually has Bomba, Plena or Rumba at 7:30pm. @laterrazadebonanza
Pasito a Pasito Waterfront in La Perla, Old San Juan usually has Bomba at 8pm. @pasitopasitolp
Pasito a Pasito Waterfront in La Perla, Old San Juan usually has Reggae DJs at 8pm. @pasitopasitolp
Esquina Watusi is a street bar in Tras Talleres, Santurce with an artsy crowd. The Plena hasn’t come back, but Thursdays are still the best night. @esquinawatusi
El Boricua in Rio Piedras is popular with the UPR college crowd on Thursday nights. @elboricuariopiedras
The ¡Alegría! 500 Years of Music concert tributes the diverse musical influences that make Puerto Rico so special, at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A Ferré in Santurce, on Sun, Nov 14 at 7pm. tcpr.com
The Feast of Our Lady of Providence, patron saint of Puerto Rico launches Puerto Rico’s Christmas season on Fri, Nov 19.
Campechada 2021 Ricardo Alegría is a festival of Puerto Rican artisanal crafts and performing arts at Cuartel de Ballajá in Old San Juan, Fri-Sun, Nov 19-21, from 11am – 6pm. FREE discoverpuertorico.com
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 🇵🇷
Puerto Ricans are a warm and diverse people. Culture is centered around eating and drinking, drumming, singing and dancing with family and friends, on the beach and in the mountains.
African Diaspora traditions are very alive. They survived at home for 500 years in secret, but are now part of who we are as Puerto Ricans.
We complain a lot about being colonized (justifiably), but young Puerto Ricans have risen above any question of race, religion, nationality, gender, or social class. We are simply Puerto Rican.
Travel is easy because the island has been part of the United States for over a hundred years and is just 4 hours from New York City. Spanish is the day-to-day language. Many young people speak English, but don’t assume it.
In November 2021, Puerto Rico leads the United States in flattening the COVID curve. Puerto Rican social life is mostly outdoors and social cohesion is stronger than on the mainland. ¡Boricua orgulloso! 🇵🇷
The island is a natural paradise that reveals itself little by little, the longer you stay.
Many places retain their Indigenous Taíno names. You’ve probably been taught that we are long dead, but we are still here. Like everywhere else, the First Nations just intermarried. Taíno social structures remain part of Puerto Rican life today.
Social life is all about eating and drinking with family and friends at chinchorros, the roadside bars on the beaches and in the mountains, just as life has been since before the pirates came. There are even famous chinchorro routes through the mountains and beaches.
Previously in Puerto Rico
La Filosofía Bantú y la Bomba Puertorriqueña is a discussion of Kokobalé, the Afro Puerto Rican martial art. It’s at Taller Tamuyé in Rio Piedras on Wed, Oct 27 at 7pm, $5; and at Estudio 353 in Mayagüez on Fri, Oct 29 at 7pm. $10. Instagram
Puerto Rico Features
For our Padrino Borinquen, the great Nuyorican surrealist photographer Adál Maldonado (1948-2020) who proved that Puerto Ricans were first on the moon. Yes, really.
Puerto Rico has more than its share of talented artists. Puerto Ricans dominate today’s music industry. Adál said Puerto Rico became a cultural superpower because the colonizers denied Puerto Ricans the basic human right of self-determination.
Puerto Rican Culture
A chinchorro is a surf shack or mountain shack restaurant bar. To “chinchorrear” is to go from one chinchorro to the next all day long into the night.
Bomba is an African Diaspora drum, song and dance tradition that has become an element of contemporary Puerto Rican identity.
Plena is a hand drum music tradition that still operates as the local news.
Escuela de Bomba y Plena Rafael Cepeda Atiles; in Villa Palmeras, Santurce; is the community school of the first family of Bomba. You can take lessons there. Facebook @esc.rafaelcepeda
Ballet Hermanos Ayala is the folkloric ballet of the second family of Bomba. Their Ayala batey (sacred circle) in Loíza Aldea is a center of Bomba culture. The family patriarch created the coconut version of the Vejigante carnival mask. @losayalasdeloiza
Revista Étnica is a magazine by and for our cultural superpower: the women of the African Diaspora. @revistaetnica
Proyecto Kokobalé teaches the Afro-Puerto Rican martial art with machete and sticks that is part of Bomba Puertorriqueña. Brazilian Capoeira, Haitian Tire Machet, and Cuban Juego de Mani are similar traditions. @proyecto_kokobale
El Concilio Taíno Guatu-Ma-cu A Borikén is a Pueblo Taíno in Bayamón that is recovering our Taíno traditions. conciliotainopr.org
Adál Maldonado is one of the great Puerto Rican photographers, a natural surrealist who was part of the Nuyorican movement of the 1960s and 70s (the Latin Harlem Renaissance). He is our Padrino Borinquen. #AdalLives newyorklatinculture.com
Modesto Lacen is one of Puerto Rico’s most famous actors (“Celia” and “Esclava Blanca”). He can live anywhere in the world, but is raising his family in his hometown, Loíza Aldea. @modesto_lacen
Mayra Santos Febres is one of Puerto Rico’s most famous living writers and Executive Director of La Festival de la Palabra, Puerto Rico’s literary festival. Her latest book is “Antes que llegue la luz.” In this story, she is becoming the Cervantes of Puerto Rico. @mayra.santosfebres
El Laberinto de Coco Héctor Barez is a hot Bomba fusion project. So many influences, so Boricua. Coco was Calle 13’s original percussionist. @ellaberintodelcoco
Mar Cruz is a Bomba dancer, fashion designer and advocate for Afro-Puerto Rican culture including Kokobalé, the Afro-Puerto Rican martial art. She used to be the Bomba teacher of the children of Loíza! @sebailabomba
Amauro Febres is a Bomba drummer and organizer with a strong following of young people. He organizes Bombazos in La Perla and Piñones. @amaurofebres
Bomba is a living Puerto Rican drum, song and dance tradition. Originally forbidden, it survived the Colonial Era in secret at home in Puerto Rico’s…
Salsa is Caribbean dance music from New York City. It is 1950s Cuban Son that evolved in NYC’s Puerto Rican communities in the 1960s and…
Reggaeton is today’s global youth music. It is evolving from dembow riddim Afro-Caribbean roots into all kinds of fusions. Reggaeton NYC Latin music DJ Pereira…
Salsa is Cuban dance music of the 1950s developed by many Caribbean peoples, but it’s mostly Puerto Rican. It has Puerto Rican bomba and plena in it mixed with New York jazz.
Reggaeton is Jamaican-Panamanian-New Yorker, but Puerto Ricans made it global. Latin trap is the next sound after reggaeton.
Puerto Rico has the world’s longest Christmas holiday traditions. The Parranda is Christmas caroling Puerto Rican style. We celebrate from Puerto Rico Discovery Day (why do we still celebrate that?) on November 19 through Thanksgiving, Christmas, Three Kings, Las Octavitas until the Las Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastían (San Sebastián Street Festival) ends in mid-January.
We have strong theatre traditions. Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno and Raul Julia are Broadway and film legends. New Yorker Lin-Manuel Miranda (Freestyle Love Supreme, In the Heights) wrote Hamilton which is the Broadway hit of our generation. Raul Julia, Rosie Perez, Benicio del Toro, Gina Rodriguez, Luis Guzmán and Modesto Lacen are just a few of the many amazing Puerto Rican actors.
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Juan Bobo (Juan the Fool) is a Puerto Rican folk character who may seem silly, but actually teaches life lessons
Puerto Rico Festivals
Puerto Rico’s biggest festival is Las Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastían (The SanSe or San Sebastían Street Fair) in San Juan in mid-January. It ends Puerto Rico’s Christmas season, the world’s longest.
The big carnivals are Carnaval de Ponce (Ponce Carnival) in February and Loíza’s Festival de Santiago Apóstol (St. James Festival) in July.
There are normally several fiestas patronales (patron saint festivals) every weekend of the year somewhere in Puerto Rico. These small town carnivals are beautiful expressions of their local communities. Like big carnivals, the communities get busy a month before and local events in the week before the big party. Salsa and merengue bands play the fiestas patronales. Many of them are world-famous artists.
Thu-Sun, January 12-15, 2023
OLD SAN JUAN
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Monday, July 25, 2022
Monday, July 25, 2022
LOÍZA, PUERTO RICO
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Daily June 28-July 7, 2019
Puerto Rican festival
AIBONITO, Puerto Rico ~ This country fair has amazing flowers, kiddie rides, and lots of food, drink and dancing to live salsa legends
RINCÓN, PUERTO RICO; Fri-Sun Mar 22-24, 2019; Surfing art music festival ~ Big party for the surfers in Puerto Rico this weekend. Yellow Man, Pirulo y La Tribu and Fofé y Los Fetiches headline. “Ja man”
Regions of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s regions are Metro (San Juan), East, West, North, South and the Central Mountains.
The mountains of Puerto Rico’s Cordillera Central are a beautiful countryside with rainforests and everything that goes with that. They are the cultural heart of Puerto Rico.
One of Puerto Rico’s surprises is how much regional and local variation there is in people, culture, and even language.
Famous Puerto Ricans
Many people travel back and forth between Puerto Rico and New York City, but being island Puerto Rican is very different from being New York Puerto Rican. We cover New York Puerto Ricans on our Puerto Rican NYC page.
Friday, January 14, 2022
PALLADIUM TIMES SQUARE
Thursday, February 3, 2022 🇵🇷
Saturday, February 12, 2022
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Friday, October 29, 2021
NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (NJPAC)
Newark, New Jersey
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Friday, June 17, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Thursday, September 3, 2021. RIP.
Monday, March 23, 2020
El Filósofo del Rap gives a virtual concert on Instagram to keep spirits up during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Friday, March 20, 2020
LA BOOM NYC
The Puerto Rican salsa romántica singer is joined by Colombian Vallenato group Binomio de Oro.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Passaic, New Jersey
One of Puerto Rico’s legendary salsa bands. “Moreno soy,” “Hacheros pa’ un palo,” “Fuego en el 23.”
Friday, December 6, 2019
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The Puerto Rican bad boy of Latin trap and reggaeton brings his X100Pre Tour (Para Siempre, Forever) to Barclays Center
Friday, November 29, 2019
Newark, New Jersey ~ ‘Baila Baila Baila’ and ‘Calma’ at the Mega Bash at Prudential Center
November 21, 2019 – January 18, 2020
Wed, September 4, 2019
HUDSON SQUARE, NYC ~ Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13, one of the producers who seems to be unlimited in the types of Latin music he makes well, brings his latest project, Trending Tropics to SOB’s
Friday, July 26, 2019
Clason Point, The Bronx
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ~ The inept and corrupt governor has entered popular culture like Juan Bobo, but Bobo is always saved in the end by his good heart. What will save you? ¡Ricky Renuncia!
Saturday, March 16, 2019
CARNEGIE HALL CITYWIDE
EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
El Barrio East Harlem, NYC
I don’t know why he’s asking. I always get blamed.
Radio City Music Hall
Monday, August 20, 2018
Madison Square Garden
Saturday, June 9, 2018
National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2017 Athlete of the Year
The Puerto Rican actor best known for his role as Pedro Knight, the husband of Celia Cruz in the telenovela “Celia.”
EAST HARLEM, Jan 11 – Apr 30, 2017 ~ Puerto Rican performance artist.
# puerto rican performance art exhibition
Puerto Rico Government
The government is supposed to work for the people. Make them work for you.
The Puerto Rican Government is at pr.gov
Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi is on Twitter @fortalezapr and @GovPierluisi
Senate President José Luis Dalmau is on Twitter @JoseLuisDalmau
Speaker of the House of Representatives Rafael “Tatito” Hernández is on Twitter @tatitohdz
Call the police by dialing 911
Compañia de Turismo de Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company promotes tourism.
- Tourist information is at discoverpuertorico.com (COVID-19 Quarantine information) and Twitter @discover_PR
- Business information is at prtourism.com and Twitter @CTPuertoRico
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP)
The Puerto Rican Culture Institute preserves and promotes Puerto Rico’s rich cultural diversity at icp.pr.gov and on Twitter @icppr
The Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce is a business advocate at camarapr.org and Twitter @Camarapr
Federal Government and U.S. Organizations
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is probably the highest ranking member of the U.S. government with a Puerto Rico Rican heritage. She is a New York Puerto Rican from The Bronx.
As a colony, Puerto Rico lacks voting representation in the U.S. Congress, but these organizations and members of Congress regularly support the interests of Puerto Ricans.
- Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) and Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico (House of Representatives) Jenniffer González Colón
- New York Senator Chuck Schumer
- New York Representative Nydia Velázquez (NY District 7)
- New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY District 14)
Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMBPR or La Junta)
Puerto Rico is working through a functional bankruptcy. The federal law PROMESA created this organization to oversee Puerto Rico’s budget at juntasupervision.pr.gov and Twitter @FOMBPR
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA District 2, has been active in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria in 2017. fema.gov and Twitter @femaregion2