Each and every year, Villavicencio is home to the International Joropo Contest, which has taken place every year since 1960, and typically draws a crowd of around 500,000 persons. During the contest, which takes place in July, there are equestrian shows, cavalcades, and the crowing of the international champion of joropo. The International Joropo Contest is held in a vast open-air stadium and features the dancing of about 3000 couples.