From: Thursday, Jan 20th, 2022
To: Sunday, Jan 23rd, 2022
San Sebastian Street Festival 2022
The San Sebastian Street Festival or Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián is Puerto Rico’s largest and is the unofficial closing to the longest holiday season in the world.
Sometimes we just don’t want Christmas to end. The San Sebastian Street Festival helps us say goodbye with a bang for another year.
During the multi-day celebrations of the San Sebastian Street Festival, San Juan is completely taken over by live music, impromptu dancing in every street corner, and even circus performances! At daytime, the old city’s plazas and streets are filled with local artists and artisans, showcasing and selling everything from paintings to hand-made jewelry. Once the sun goes down, multiple concerts and parties take place across the walled city, and the joyous revelry continues into the late hours of the night.
About 500 artists and musicians entertain the crowds while hundreds more are dressed up in costumes and masks to parade the streets.
The parade featuring large traditional “vejigantes” masks is the major highlight of San Sebastian Street Festival. There are also about 350 local artisans that set up stalls along Calle San Sebastián and other streets offering traditional handmade jewelry and tasty food. There are many dance performances by professionals and just passers-by. Large stages are set up at Plaza del Quinto Centenario, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Colon, and Plaza de La Barandilla featuring live concerts from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.
- Head to the gay afterparties in the Condado, Old San Juan, and Santurce districts.The Condado neighborhood is the most centrally located. Santurce neighborhood is the art and nightlife nexus of San Juan. A historic fruit market by day, the area around Plaza del Mercado in Santurce comes alive on weekend nights with packed restaurants and bars spilling onto the streets.
- For some frisky fun in the company of beautiful men head to SX or Temptation, both in Santurce.
- Head to Scandalo for the most popular drag shows and weekend after-hours (from 2:00 am to 12:00 pm).
San Sebastián (Saint Sebastian) was killed for his faith becoming a martyr, and Old San Juan has a street named in his honor. San Sebastian festival was first held in the 1950s organized by a church located on San Sebastián Street. By 1970s it has become one of the most massive events attracting hundreds of thousands of people.
If you are not staying in Old San Juan, plan to arrive there as early as possible. Traffic into Old San Juan is going to be extremely heavy and slow due to the influx of festival goers and road closures.
Take a look at our Local San Juan guide
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Gay Map of San Juan
Apartments in San Juan
Perla’s Gem offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi Large beautiful kitchen and lounge, balcony with gorgeous view. Private parking is available on site. features 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels,
Brisa Marina 3rd floor air-conditioned accommodation with balcony features an outdoor swimming pool a kitchen with a washing machine, living room with TV. Guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi. And a well-equipped kitchen
The apartment comes with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a living room with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with garden views. complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.
Villa Las Playas
Villa Las Playas offers air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. It has 3 bedrooms, a living room with a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a bath or shower.
Video Of San Sebastian Street Festival
Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian 2020
Recommended Hotels in San Juan
O:Live Boutique Hotel
5 Star – Luxury
Part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the O:live Boutique Hotel has a rooftop terrace with an infinity pool overlooking the Condado Lagoon. Mediterranean Suites feature a flat-screen cable TV and L’Occitane toiletries.
AC Hotel by Marriott
4 Star, Top Location
Featuring a year-round outdoor pool and spa centre. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Private parking is also available on site. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. AC and features free WiFi throughout the property.
Condado Ocean Club
4 Star – Great Amenities
features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, free WiFi throughout the property. an ATM, a concierge service
Coqui del Mar
4 Star – Perfect Location
Coqui del Mar – Adults Only Gay Friendly Guest House offers studios and fully furnished apartments with free Wi-Fi, free parking and a shared hot tub. It is only 400 m from San Juan’s beautiful Caribbean coastline. close to the bars.