Take a look at some of the events coming up in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan in March and April. Be sure to check back regularly as we will be adding more events to the list
Last chance to see Momentos Sagrados Mayas Community Theater in X’ocen
On March 8 at 4 p.m. Yucatan Time (CST), the village of X’ocen near Valladolid in eastern Yucatan hosts a vibrant and moving community theater performance that is an extraordinary portrayal of Mayan traditions. A production of the Laboratorio de Teatro Campesino e Indigena Community Theater Workshop, Momentos Sagrados Mayas or Sacred Mayan Moments is brought to life by 270 actors of all ages hailing from seven different villages. Admission $150 pesos per person. More information and private tours with Thomas More Travel.
Festival de Las Culturas, Mahahual, 28 February – March 7
Artists from different parts of Mexico, United States, Italy, Spain, Italy and other parts of the world gather in Mahahual for this cultural festival which will feature art and photo exhibits, theater, dance, music and film.
Rum Trade Festival, Tulum, March 6-7
A festival that brings together the world’s leading rum makers from the Caribbean islands, Mexico and Latin America. The program includes rum tastings, conferences on the origin and history of rum, the perfect distillation, the art of cocktail making, and tendencies in the global rum market; live music, cocktail and the perfect mojito contests, cigars, fashion parades, a Caribbean show and much more.
The mixologists competing in the finals of the cocktail and mojito contests come from bars and nightclubs throughout Mexico.
Several Tulum locations. Tickets must be purchased for this event.
Cancun & Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, March 12-15
The lovers of fine food and wine gather to celebrate cuisine and meet leading chefs from Mexico, the Americas and Europe. Events include a Star chef conference, Gala dinners, wine tastings, cooking classes, a catamaran cruise with celebrity chefs, gourmet tasting village and a closing beach party.
For more details see our Cancun & Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival blog post and visit www.crmfest.com for chef bios, event days, times and locations and to purchase tickets.
Festival Alas de Yucatan 2015, Sisal, March 13-14
For the fourth year running, the Gulf coast village of Sisal in Yucatan will play host to a birding festival to spread the message of conservation and the importance of the mangrove forest and wetlands as a habitat for herons, spoonbills and other waders, shore birds and countless other species.
The festival program includes birding trips into the marshes, bike trips, Mayan rituals and live music.
Equinox at Chichen Itza, March 21
The famous light and shadow serpent of Kukulcan appears on El Castillo Pyramid and descends from the heavens at sunset on the day of the Spring Equinox, also visible the day before and after (cloud cover permitting).
Elsewhere in the Yucatan, at dawn on the day of the Equinox the rising sun appears through the doorway of the Temple of the Dolls in the ancient city of Dzibilchaltun to the north of Merida.
Manos Mágicas in Cancún, March 28-29
The last weekend of every month, the lagoonside Jardin de Arte between the Semarnat Ecology Agency building and Playa Linda Bridge is the setting for the Manos Mágicas Festival featuring live music, art, cuisine, and organic produce craft stalls. Activities take place on Saturday and Sunday evening.
Semana Santa or Easter, April 2-5
Masses, processions and representations of the Crucifixion on Good Friday and masses on Easter Sunday are observed throughout Mexico.
International Public Art Festival, Holbox
April 13 – 19
For the third year running, the island of Holbox plays host to artists from Mexico, Spain, Chile, Ecuador and Canada participating in the International Public Art Festival, Soñando de Holbox. The event features murals, multimedia, short films, installation art and sculpture and the artists take their inspiration from nature, the islanders themselves, their past and hopes and dreams for the future.
The festival coincides with the season in which the island’s beaches are bathed with bioluminescence, a natural light exuded by minute marine organisms.
Akumal Comedy Festival
With events planned in Tulum on April 14, Playa del Carmen on March 15 and Akumal on March16, 17 and 18, the Akumal Comedy Festival brings together comedians from the United States to make festivalgoers laugh for a good cause. Tickets cost $150 or $200 pesos per person and all proceeds from this event go to the Red Cross in Tulum and Playa del Carmen. For more information on guest comedians, times and locations visit www.akumalcomedyfestival.com
Riviera Maya Film Festival
Movie screenings in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Tulum, experimental film, actors spotlight and much more. The Festival line up will be announced at the end of March.
Cancun International Fishing Tournament 2014
47th Regatta del Sol al Sol, Isla Mujeres
April 23-May 1
Yachts set sail from St Petersburg, Florida on April 24 bound for Isla Mujeres. Their arrival marks a week of island festivities including the Amigos Race.
Copa del Rey Polo Tournament, Puerto Morelos
Located in the jungle along the Ruta de los Cenotes, 11 kilometers from the coast, El Rey Polo & Country Club is a magnificent setting for a fast-paced sport that is growing in popularity in the Mexican Caribbean. If you would like to attend the Copa del Rey tournament, visit the club or arrange riding or polo lessons ask the Concierge for assistance.