There are several important fiestas in Ica throughout the year. The most enjoyable time to be in town is in March after the grape harvest has been brought in, when there are open-air concerts, fairs, handicraft markets, cockfighting and caballo de paso (horse dressage – where horses are trained by riders to dance and prance for events or competitions) meetings. Over the Semana de Ica (June 12–19), based around the colonial founding of Ica, there are more festivities, including religious processions and fireworks, and again in the last week of September for the Semana Turística. On July 25, there’s the nationwide Día Nacional de Pisco, essentially a big celebration for the national brandy (rather than the town of the same name), mostly held in the bodegas south of Lima, particularly around Ica. As in Lima, October is the main month for religious celebrations, with the focus being the ceremony and procession at the church of El Santuario de Luren (main processions on the third Sunday and following Monday of October).

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