Throughout the year various fiestas take place in the city and its surrounding villages and hamlets. They are always bright, energetic occasions, with chicha and aguardiente flowing freely, as well as roast pig, bullfights and vigorous communal dancing, with the townfolk dressed in outrageous masks and costumes. The main festival in the city of Huaraz is usually in the first week of February and celebrates Carnival. In June (dates vary, so check with the tourist office for exact dates), Huaraz hosts the Semana del Andinismo (Andean Mountaineering and Skiing Week), which includes trekking, climbing, and national and international ski competitions, on the Pastoruri Glacier.
Caraz has its own Semana Turística, usually in the third week of June. Note that during this month accommodation and restaurant prices in Huaraz and Caraz increase considerably. Other festivals include the Aniversario de Huaraz, in July (usually on the 25th), when there are a multitude of civic and cultural events in the city, plus the annual folklore celebrations in the first week of August for Coyllur–Huaraz. The fiesta for the Virgen de la Asunción in Huata and Chancas takes place during mid-August. Late September sees the festival of the Virgen de las Mercedes, celebrated in Carhuaz, as well as other rural get-togethers you’ll often come across en route to sites and ruins in the Callejón de Huaylas.