Here’s our monthly guide to events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan this fall.
OHL Classic at Mayakoba, PGA golf in the Riviera Maya, November 6 to 12
A field of players that includes some of the PGA’s leading young players and several former champions gathers for the OHL Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club in Mayakoba.
Xel-Ha Triathlon, Xel-Ha, November 18 & 19
A field of 1,800 athletes will compete in the Xel-Ha Triathlon and the National Triathlon Championship Mexico 2017.
Fiesta de la Purísima Concepción, Izamal, December 1-12
The faithful gather to honor the patron saint of Izamal, the Virgin de la Concepción and the town celebrates with processions of the gremios or guilds and neighborhoods, masses, fireworks, flowers and the traditional vaquería or villa fiesta featuring live music, dances and cuisine.
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen, November 30 – December 2
Playa Mamitas in Playa del Carmen is the venue for this popular music event. Admission free. The line up for the 2017 Festival is:
November 30 Illya Kuryaki and The Balderrama, Señor Vitalis Playas Aguamala
December 1 John McLaughlin & Jimmie Herring, Steffie Belt
December 2 Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, Memo Ruiz Bolero and Jazz Big Band
Information subject to change
Cancun Night Marathon, Cancun, 2 December
Now in its 33rd year, the Cancun Night Marathon on December 10 attracts amateur and professional athletes from Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, other parts of Mexico and overseas. The starting point for the Marathon, Half Marathon and a 5-kilometer Fun Run is at Malecon Tajamar on the shores of the lagoon in Downtown Cancun.
The course for the Marathon takes runners along Bonampak Avenue and through the Hotel Zone to El Mirador at Playa Delfines and back again to Malecon Tajamar. A mariachi band will serenade runners at the start and finish line.
Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, throughout Mexico, December 12
The patron saint of Mexico is honored nationwide with serenades of “Las Mañanitas,” the traditional birthday song the evening of December 11, offerings of fragrant flowers, pilgrimages and masses.
Anniversary of the Founding of Merida, January 6
On January 6, inhabitants of Merida, state capital of Yucatan observe the anniversary of the founding of the city in 1542 by Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo. Observed with a procession and mass, it marks the start of the month-long City Festival, a gala event featuring concerts, dance performances, art exhibits and more.