Here’s our regular round up of festivals and summer events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan in the next few months.
Holbox Fishing Tournament, Holbox, April 12-13
Easter Week, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Valladolid and elsewhere in Mexico, April 15 – 21
Masses, processions and reenactments of the Crucifixion, masses, floral carpets in the streets and more on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.
49th Anniversary of the Founding of Cancun, Cancun April 20
Masses, processions, exhibitions and more in Downtown Cancun to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the founding of Cancun.
Copa Capitan Ferrat Fishing Tournament, Cancun, April 12-14
One of the most important fishing tournaments in the Mexican Caribbean.
Volando al Paraiso Hot Air Balloon Festival, Cancun, April 19-21
Pok Ta Pok Golf course in the Cancun Hotel Zone will be the site for this Hot Air Balloon Festival and there will also be kite flying, cuisine, music and more.
Fundadores 2019 International Riviera Maya Fishing Tournament, Playa del Carmen, April 26-28
This fishing tournament attracts fishermen from all over the state and the Caribbean. Competitors are asked to follow catch and release policy to help preserve fish stocks.
Challenge Cancun Triathlon, Cancun, April 28
1,500 top triathletes gather in Cancun for this international triathlon. The swimming course is in the bay between Cancun and Isla Mujeres; the bike race circuit is from Casa Blanca Sports Club in Bonampak Ave to The Royal Sands in the Hotel Zone (two laps) and the running event will take place on Bonampak Ave.
Día de Santa Cruz & the Feria El Cedral, Cozumel, May 3
One of the most important traditional fiestas on the island of Cozumel, it is of particular significance this year as the island commemorates the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes on Cozumel in 1519.
Don Andres Garcia Lavin Tournament, Puerto Morelos, May 3-5
Sport fishermen make their way to Puerto Morelos in early May for the town’s popular fishing tournament.
Other May tournaments take place on Isla Mujeres from May 17 to 19 and in Playa del Carmen from May 24 to 26
Isla Mujeres Sport Fishing Tournament, May 17 -19
Travesía Sagrada Maya 2019, Xcaret and Cozumel, May 17-18
The Sacred Mayan Crossing is the reenactment of an ancient pilgrimage. Oarsmen set sail from the port of Pole (now Xcaret) in wooden canoes bound for the island of Cozumel where they will worship at the shrine of Ixchel, the Maya goddess of the moon and fertility.
Riviera Maya Sport Fishing Tournament, Playa del Carmen, May 24 -26
Anniversary of the Foundation of Valladolid, May 28-29
The colonial town of Valladolid celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1543 with masses, serenades, traditional dances and a candlelit procession to the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena.
Commemorating La Chispa in Valladolid, June 4
The population of Valladolid turns out on the night of June 4 to witness the representation of La Chispa, a rebellion against injustice in 1910 that was the first spark or chispa of the Mexican Revolution.
More than 800 actors take part in La Chispa. Dressed in authentic turn-of-the-century garb, they play the parts of the rebels, ruling aristocrats, and the police and soldiers sent to arrest them.
June Sport Fishing Tournaments
Cozumel, June 9
Dorado de Plata, Mahahual, June 7-9
Chuk Kay Tulum, June 14 – 15
Playa del Carmen, June 16
Copa Mahahual, June 21 – 23
La Dorada del Caribe Tournament for Women, Isla Mujeres, June 28-29
July Sport Fishing Tournaments
Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Playa del Carmen 2019, July 14
Punta Allen 2019 Fishing Tournament, Punta Allen, Sian Ka’an, July 19-21
Feria del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, July 7 – 16
Masses, processions, music, a fair and more to honor Playa del Carmen’s patron saint.
La Diosa del Mar Women’s International Fishing Tournament, Puerto Morelos, July 12 & 13
Catch and release international fishing tournament.
Anniversary of the Guerra de Castas, Tihosuco, July 26 – 30
Communities in the Zona Maya of central Quintana Roo commemorate the anniversary of the Guerra de Castas or Caste War, a Maya uprising which began in 1847 in Tepich and spread through the Yucatan. Events include exhibitions and workshops at the Caste War Museum in Tihosuco, processions, art, music and dance.
Visit the Royal Resorts blog at www.royalresorts.com for listings of more summer events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan.