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Upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya & Yucatan events

Here’s our guide to upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya & Yucatan events.

July Sport Fishing Tournaments
Punta Allen 2018 Fishing Tournament, Punta Allen, Sian Ka’an, July 13-15
Copa Punta Herrero 2018, Punta Herrero, Sian Ka’an, July 27-29

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 13 & 14
Catch and release international fishing tournament.

Whale Shark Festival Isla Mujeres, July 20-22

164th Anniversary of the Foundation of Holbox, Holbox, July 22
Folk ballet and live music in the main square, July 22 at 7 p.m.

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Izamal, August 15, Izamal
Masses, processions, traditional dances and music in Izamal, a historic town in the Yucatan famous for its colonial convent and surrounding buildings all painted in bright yellow with a white trim. Izamal shares the distinction of being one of the Yucatan’s twin Pueblos Magicos or “Magical” Towns with Valladolid, a name given to smaller Mexican communities that are rich in history and traditions or are the site of natural wonders.

168th Anniversary of the Settlement of Isla Mujeres, August 17
Isla Mujeres celebrates its anniversary in August, 168 years since the first settlers in the modern era founded the village of Dolores. Isla Fest events include processions, dance performances, live music and more.

Mexican Independence, September 15 & 16
Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Independence from Spain with delicious food, music and colorful festivities the night of September 15 and processions on September 16.

Fiesta del Cristo de Las Ampollas, September 27, Merida
The patron saint of Merida is honored with masses, pilgrimages, processions and traditional dances.

6th Cancun International Festival of Music, Cancun, October 18 – 27
More than 300 musicians of 12 nationalities will take to the stage during the festival. Different musical genres and venues.

7th Festival of Maya Culture (FIC Maya), Merida, October 19 – 28
This year’s FIC Maya Festival showcases the Maya of today, the descendants of the ancient temple builders. Scattered across Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas in southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, parts of El Salvador and Honduras, they speak 31 different languages and keep faith with many ancient beliefs and customs. Learn about their traditions, farming, cuisine, their art, textiles, timeless rituals, music, dance and festivals. The program will feature seminars and round tables, concerts, film, theater, dance performances and more.

This year, the Mexican state of honor is Aguascalientes, also famous for its textiles and embroidery. The guest country is India, another nation rich in traditions that is home to ancient cultures dating back thousands of years.

Festival de Vida y Muerte, Xcaret Park, October 30 – November 2
Hosted by Xcaret Park, the Festival of Life and Death Traditions showcases one of Mexico’s richest and most colorful customs, the Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos, which takes place on November 1 and 2. At this time of year, Mexicans believe that the souls of the departed come back to the world of the living for a short time. They welcome their loved ones with altars laden with flowers, food, treasured possessions and other offerings, and with candlelit vigils, masses and serenades.

The Festival program features processions, altars, traditional cuisine, art exhibits, music, dance, theater, children’s events and a visit to the colorful Mexican cemetery. Each year, a different Mexican state is invited to participate in the Festival and showcase its Day of the Dead traditions and this year it is the turn of Zacatecas. Located in the northern uplands, Zacatecas is a state rich in history.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba, PGA golf in the Riviera Maya, November 5 -11, 2018
A field of players that includes some of the PGA’s leading young players and former champions gathers for the OHL Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club in Mayakoba.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen, November 29 – December 1, 2018
Playa Mamitas in Playa del Carmen will be the venue for one of the year’s most popular events, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. The festival program has yet to be announced.

Visit this for listings of more Cancun, Riviera Maya & Yucatan events during the year.

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Events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Here’s our regular round up of events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan in the summer and fall.

July Sport Fishing Tournaments
Punta Allen 2018 Fishing Tournament, Punta Allen, Sian Ka’an, July 13-15
Copa Punta Herrero 2018, Punta Herrero, Sian Ka’an, July 27-29

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 13 & 14
Catch and release international fishing tournament.

Whale Shark Festival Isla Mujeres, July 20-22

164th Anniversary of the Foundation of Holbox, Holbox, July 22
Folk ballet and live music in the main square, July 22 at 7 p.m.

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Izamal, August 15, Izamal
Masses, processions, traditional dances and music in Izamal, a historic town in the Yucatan famous for its colonial convent and surrounding buildings all painted in bright yellow with a white trim. Izamal shares the distinction of being one of the Yucatan’s twin Pueblos Magicos or “Magical” Towns with Valladolid, a name given to smaller Mexican communities that are rich in history and traditions or are the site of natural wonders.

168th Anniversary of the Settlement of Isla Mujeres, August 17
Isla Mujeres celebrates its anniversary in August, 168 years since the first settlers in the modern era founded the village of Dolores. Isla Fest events include processions, dance performances, live music and more.

Mexican Independence, September 15 & 16
Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Independence from Spain with delicious food, music and colorful festivities the night of September 15 and processions on September 16.

Sixth Cancun International Festival of Music, Cancun, October 18 to 27
More than 300 musicians of 12 nationalities will take to the stage during the festival. Different musical genres and venues.

Seventh International Festival of Maya Culture (FIC Maya), Merida, October 19 – 28
This year’s FIC Maya Festival showcases the Maya of today, the descendants of the ancient temple builders. Scattered across Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas in southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, parts of El Salvador and Honduras, they speak 31 different languages and keep faith with many ancient beliefs and customs.Learn about their traditions, farming, cuisine, their art, textiles, timeless rituals, music, dance and festivals. The program will feature seminars and round tables, concerts, film, theater, dance performances and more.

This year, the Mexican state of honor is Aguascalientes, also famous for its textiles and embroidery. The guest country is India, another nation rich in traditions that is home to ancient cultures dating back thousands of years.

Festival de Vida y Muerte, Xcaret Park, October 30 – November 2
Hosted by Xcaret Park, the Festival of Life and Death Traditions showcases one of Mexico’s richest and most colorful customs, the Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos, which takes place on November 1 and 2. At this time of year, Mexicans believe that the souls of the departed come back to the world of the living for a short time. They welcome their loved ones with altars laden with flowers, food, treasured possessions and other offerings, and with candlelit vigils, masses and serenades.

The Festival program features processions, altars, traditional cuisine, art exhibits, music, dance, theater, children’s events and a visit to the colorful Mexican cemetery. Each year, a different Mexican state is invited to participate in the Festival and showcase its Day of the Dead traditions and this year it is the turn of Zacatecas. Located in the northern uplands, Zacatecas is a state rich in history.

Visit the Royal Resorts blog at www.royalresorts.com for listings of more events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan during the year.

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Events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Here’s our monthly round up of upcoming events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan.

500 Years of Cozumel, May 2017-May 2018
Cozumel commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first encounters that Spanish explorers had with the Maya of Quintana Roo in 1517and 1518.
The Cozumel: 500 Years, the Meeting of Two Cultures festival began in 2017 and concludes in May 2018 with a series of events such as exhibitions, concerts, seminars and more.

Sixth Festival of the Oceans, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos, May 13 – June 8
The program for the 6th Festival de los Oceanos includes concerts, photo exhibitions, conferences, beach cleaning in Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Contoy and a gastronomic contest pitting colleges against each other in creating recipes using lion fish. More information: www.festivaldelosoceanos.com.mx

Tulum Food, Spirits & Wine Festival, Tulum, May 21-27
Celebrating Mexican cuisine in Tulum. Gala dinners with three-course menus. Visit the Festival website at tulumfswf.com for more information.

Travesía Sagrada Maya, Xcaret and Cozumel, May 25-26
One of the most popular events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan in May, the Travesia Sagrada Maya or Sacred Mayan Journey is the reenactment of an ancient Mayan 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.

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.

Navy Day in Puerto Morelos, June 1
Puerto Morelos has a small naval base and on June 1, Navy Day, the whole town turns out to celebrate el Día de la Marina or Navy Day. Events include a boat procession and a swimming race. This is a great way to meet local people and join the party.

Commemorating La Chispa in Valladolid, June 4
The population of Valladolid turns out on the night of June 4 to witness the representation of 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. After marches through the streets to the main square, the evening culminates with the trial and mock execution by firing squad of the leaders of the rebellion.

July Sport Fishing Tournaments
Punta Allen 2018 Fishing Tournament, Punta Allen, Sian Ka’an, July 13-15
Copa Punta Herrero 2018, Punta Herrero, Sian Ka’an, July 27-29

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 13 & 14
Catch and release international fishing tournament.

Whale Shark Festival, Isla Mujeres, July 20 -22

164th Anniversary of the Foundation of Holbox, Holbox, July 22
Folk ballet and live music in the main square, July 22 at 7 p.m.

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Izamal, August 15, Izamal
Masses, processions, traditional dances and music in Izamal, a historic town in the Yucatan famous for its colonial convent and surrounding buildings all painted in bright yellow with a white trim. Izamal shares the distinction of being one of the Yucatan’s twin Pueblos Magicos or “Magical” Towns with Valladolid, a name given to smaller Mexican communities that are rich in history and traditions or are the site of natural wonders.

168th Anniversary of the Settlement of Isla Mujeres, August 17
Isla Mujeres celebrates its anniversary in August, 168 years since the first settlers in the modern era founded the village of Dolores. Isla Fest events include processions, dance performances, live music and more.

Mexican Independence, September 15 & 16
Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Independence from Spain with delicious food, music and colorful festivities the night of September 15 and processions on September 16.

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Upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan events

Here’s our regular round up of upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan events and festivals in the next few months.

Camino de Las Flores, Merida, March 25 and April
For the third year running, Merida’s La Mejorada neighborhood will be transformed into an urban garden by the Camino de Las Flores, the path of the flowers. This colorful walkway of plants, flowers, hedges and shrubs and trees clipped into the shapes of native birds and animals will lead to La Mejorada Convent and the Museum of Popular Art. Organizers have promised that this year’s garden display will be bigger and even more beautiful than previous years and will attract visitors throughout April.

Fundadores 2018 International Riviera Maya Fishing Tournament, Playa del Carmen, April 13-15
This 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.

Second Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird Festival, Cozumel, April 13 -14
Bird watchers will be gathering on the island of Cozumel in April to learn more about the Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird (Chlorostilbon forficatus), a beautiful little bird found nowhere else in the world. There will be seminars and birding trips and a Cozumel Birding App with information on the island’s resident and migrant species will be unveiled. A second, larger Bird Festival is organized on the island in October.
Cozumel has several endemic species of birds and mammals, including the Cozumel Thrasher, Cozumel Vireo and the dwarf raccoon.

Anniversary of the Founding of Cancun, April 20
Cancun turns 48! The celebrations include masses, processions, exhibitions and more to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Cancun.

Cancun International Capitan Armando Ferrat Fishing Tournament 2018, Cancun, April 20-22
This 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.

Regatta del Sol al Sol, Isla Mujeres, April 27 – May 6
The 50th year of this famous yacht race from the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida to Isla Mujeres. The event also features parties for the yacht crews and islanders, excursions and a race around Isla Mujeres.

Fiestas de la Santa Cruz, Feria de El Cedral, Cozumel, April 26 – May 3

This traditional festival commemorates the day of the Santa Cruz and the arrival of the island’s 21 founding families in 1848, fleeing from the Caste War that broke out in the Yucatan Peninsula in 1847.

500 Years of Cozumel, May 2017-2018
Cozumel commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first encounter that Spanish explorers had with the Maya of Quintana Roo in 1517 and 1518.
The Cozumel: 500 Years, the Meeting of Two Cultures festival began in 2017 and concludes in May 2018 with a series of events such as exhibitions, concerts, seminars and more.

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournaments, late April – early May
Cesar Martin Rosado Tournament, Puerto Morelos, April 27-29
Don Andres Garcia Lavin Tournament, Puerto Morelos, May 4-6

Tulum Food, Spirits & Wine Festival, Tulum, May 21-27
Celebrating Mexican cuisine in Tulum. Gala dinners with three-course menus. Visit the Festival website at tulumfswf.com for more information.

Travesía Sagrada Maya, Xcaret and Cozumel, May 25-26
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.

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.

Navy Day in Puerto Morelos, June 1
Puerto Morelos has a small naval base and on June 1, Navy Day, the whole town turns out to celebrate el Día de la Marina or Navy Day. Events include a boat procession and a swimming race. This is a great way to meet local people and join the party.

Commemorating La Chispa in Valladolid, June 4
The population of Valladolid turns out on the night of June 4 to witness the representation of 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.
After marches through the streets to the main square, the evening culminates with the trial and mock execution by firing squad of the leaders of the rebellion.

La Diosa del Mar Women’s International Fishing Tournament, Puerto Morelos, July 13 & 14
Catch and release international fishing tournament.

Check the Royal Resorts blog for listings of more Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan events during the year.

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Events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Here’s our regular round up of festivals and events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan in the next few months.

Easter in Mexico, March 30 – April 1

Playa Delfines or El Mirador in Cancun is the setting for a representation of the Via Crucis and Crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, March 30.
Via Crucis processions are also held in Merida, Valladolid, Playa del Carmen and other parts of Mexico.

Fundadores 2018 International Riviera Maya Fishing Tournament, Playa del Carmen, April 13-15

This 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.

Anniversary of the Founding of Cancun, April 20

Cancun turns 48! The celebrations include masses, processions, exhibitions and more to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Cancun.

Cancun International Capitan Armando Ferrat Fishing Tournament 2018, Cancun, April 20-22

This 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.

Regatta del Sol al Sol, Isla Mujeres, April 27 – May 6

The 50th year of this famous yacht race from the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida to Isla Mujeres. The event also features parties for the yacht crews and islanders, excursions and a race around Isla Mujeres.

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournaments, late April – early May

Cesar Martin Rosado Tournament, Puerto Morelos, April 27-29
Don Andres Garcia Lavin Tournament, Puerto Morelos, May 4-6

Travesía Sagrada Maya, Xcaret and Cozumel, May 25-26

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.

Visit the Royal Resorts blog for more listings of Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan events during the year.

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Feria de la Candelaria, January 26 – February 6, Valladolid
This traditional fair is dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, the Virgen de la Candelaria. Events include livestock, craft, jewelry and food exhibitions, processions, concerts and dances.

Cozumel Carnival, February 7-13
Dating from 1876, Cozumel Carnival is the oldest Carnival in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of the oldest in Mexico.

Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Merida, Campeche and Valladolid also hold their own Carnival celebrations; the dates may vary slightly in each location.

Puerto Morelos, February 1 -6
Playa del Carmen, February 6-13
Isla Mujeres, February 9 – 13
Cancun, February 9-13
Tulum, February 16-18
Mahahual, February 16-18
Merida, February 3, 7 – 14

Island Time Festival, Isla Mujeres, February 12-17
Nashville and Key West bring their music to the Mexican Caribbean, all for a good cause, to raise money for the Little Yellow School House for children with special needs. The Island Time Music and Fishing Festival has a packed program of concerts for 2018, check the line up of performers and tickets at www.islandtimemusicfest.com

Isla Blanca Kite Festival, February 24 and 25
A popular event for families, the Kite Flying festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Isla Blanca to the north of Punta Sam.

Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza, March 20-22
The famous light and shadow serpent of Kukulcan appears on El Castillo Pyramid at Chichen Itza and descends from the heavens at sunset on the day of the Spring Equinox (March 20-22). It is 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.

The spring equinox officially falls on March 20 in 2018 but the largest gathering at Chichen Itza takes place on March 21, a national holiday in Mexico.

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Upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan events

Here is our regular round up of upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan events.

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.

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.

Christmas, December 24 & 25

In the run up to Christmas, there are parties called posadas that symbolize Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging and their final welcome. On December 24 or Nochebuena, Mexican families gather for dinner and to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Dia de Reyes, January 6

On January 6, Epiphany, Mexican children traditionally receive their gifts from the Reyes Magos or Three Kings. Families then gather to cut the rosca de reyes or kings cake with hot chocolate. According to the custom, whoever cuts a slice containing a tiny figure of baby Jesus has to host another get-together on February 2, Candlemass Day to eat tamales.

January 6 also marks the start of an important traditional fair in Tizimin in northern Yucatan.

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.

Feria de la Candelaria, January 22 – February 2, Valladolid

This traditional fair is dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, the Virgen de la Candelaria. Events include an agricultural fair, processions, concerts and dances.

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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.

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Events in Cancun, Riviera Maya & Yucatan

Here’s our monthly round up of upcoming events in Cancun, Riviera Maya & Yucatan.

Festival de los Oceanos, Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, May 13 – June 15
The Festival de los Oceanos offers a month of events in Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen celebrating the beauty of the seas. Events will showcase the diversity of marine life in the Mexican Caribbean, the threats the oceans are facing and what we can do to protect them.
Events include beach cleaning, mural painting and children’s activities, conferences given by leading marine biologists, a culinary festival, art contests, concerts and much more. http://www.festivaldelosoceanos.com.mx

Noche Blanca, Merida, June 10
Museum Night comes to Merida once more; the city’s museums and art galleries will stay open until 2 a.m. and residents and visitors will also be able to enjoy dance performances and concerts, including one by legendary Yucatecan singer Armando Manzanero, in different open-air venues throughout the city center.

Hokol Vuh Food Festival, Merida, June 19-24
Leading chefs from Mexico and other countries are gathering in Merida in June for the Hokol Vuh, a culinary festival that pays tribute to Mayan cuisine and culture.
Nineteen star chefs including Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico City), Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil, Mexico City), Roberto Solis (Nectar, Merida), Albert Adria (Enigma, Spain) and René Redzepi (Noma, Denmark and Tulum) have already confirmed their participation in the festival. The program features conferences, tastings, two 10-course dinners and a festival party.
The chefs will visit fishermen, bee keepers, farmers and renowned Mayan cooks before preparing recipes of their own inspiration celebrating the flavors of the Yucatan.

Scuba Fest 2017, Cozumel, June 20 – 25
For the fifth year running, divers, marine biologists, nature lovers and filmmakers will gather in Cozumel for Scuba Fest, an event celebrating the beauty of the island’s reefs. The keynote speaker is Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and founder of the Mission Blue alliance, who will give a lecture on Diving in Mexico and ocean conservation initiatives.
Festival-goers will also see the premiere of Cozumel: un Paraiso en el Caribe Maya, a documentary about Cozumel and the Mesoamerican Reef directed by underwater filmmaker and photographer Karlos Simon.

167th Anniversary of the Settlement of Isla Mujeres, August 17
Isla Mujeres celebrates its anniversary in August, 167 years since the first settlers in the modern era founded the village of Dolores. Isla Fest events include processions, dance performances, live music and more.

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Izamal, August 15, Izamal
Masses, processions, traditional dances and music in Izamal, a historic town in the Yucatan famous for its colonial convent and surrounding buildings all painted in bright yellow with a white trim. Izamal shares the distinction of being one of the Yucatan’s twin Pueblos Magicos or “Magical” Towns with Valladolid, a name given to smaller Mexican communities that are rich in history and traditions or are the site of natural wonders.

Mexican Independence, September 15 & 16
Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Independence from Spain with delicious food, music and colorful festivities the night of September 15 and processions on September 16.

Xplor Bravest Race, Xplor Park, September 17
Xplor Bravest Race is a fun 5-kilometer race through the jungle with a course of 30 manmade and natural obstacles to test your strength and bring you into contact with the elements: water, earth fire and wind. One of the elements will be your ally during the challenge.
As you run through the jungle, you’ll encounter rival Elementals who will motivate you to race harder and also try and prevent you from reaching the finish line and steal your flag. With the help of your Element ally, you can defy them and even turn the tables on them taking their flags. Competitors who complete the race with flags representing all four elements are The Bravest.
Up to 3,500 people will be competing in this event. Minimum age of competitors is 16. http://en.xplorbravestrace.com/about-xplor-bravest-race.php

Fiesta del Cristo de Las Ampollas, September 27, Merida
The patron saint of Merida is honored with masses, pilgrimages, processions and traditional dances.

Festival Internacional de la Cultura Maya (FICMAYA), Merida, October 1 –23
Now in its sixth year, this celebration of Mayan culture past and present takes place in Merida, the Cultural Capital of the Americas 2017. Events will include seminars given by leading experts on Maya culture, poetry readings and theater, live music, dance and much more. It also features an offering of live transmissions from the famous Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato.

Festival de Vida y Muerte, Xcaret Park, October 30, 31, November 1 & 2
Hosted by Xcaret Park, the Festival of Life and Death Traditions showcases one of Mexico’s richest and most colorful customs, the Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos, which takes place on November 1 and 2. At this time of year, Mexicans believe that the souls of the departed come back to the world of the living for a short time. They welcome their loved ones with altars laden with flowers, food, treasured possessions and other offerings, and with candlelit vigils, masses and serenades.
The Festival program features processions, altars, traditional cuisine, art exhibits, music, dance, theater, children’s events and a visit to the colorful Mexican cemetery.

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.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen, November 30 – December 2
Playa Mamitas is the venue for this popular music event. The line up for the 2017 Festival has yet to be announced.

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What’s on in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan, May-June 2017

What’s on in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan, here’s our monthly look at upcoming events in the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan in May and June.

Fiesta de El Cedral, Cozumel, April 28 – May 6
This traditional island festival takes on even more importance this year as Cozumel commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first encounter that Spanish explorers had with the Maya of Quintana Roo in 1517. Cozumel: 500 Years, the Meeting of Two Cultures will feature crafts from the state’s 11 municipal districts; an exhibition of photos of Mayan community leaders who fought to preserve their customs and land; Mayan music; the traditional vaquería or village festival and a concert by leading Mexican singer Eugenia León. The celebrations of Cozumel’s 500 years will continue into 2018 when an even bigger event is planned.

Frida Kahlo Exhibition, Cozumel Museum, Cozumel, until June 4
Learn about the life of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most famous artists at Frida Kahlo’s Intimacy: Echoes of Ink and Paper exhibition in the Museum of Cozumel in San Miguel Cozumel. The Frida Kahlo Foundation for Culture and Art exhibition is curated by Cristina Kahlo, Frida Kahlo’s great-niece and is part of the museum’s 30th anniversary celebrations.The exhibition features photographs, letters, sketches and stamps that give a fascinating insight into the life of this extraordinary artist. Admission is free.

Don Andres Garcia Lavin Tournament, Puerto Morelos, May 5-7
Fishermen gather in Puerto Morelos in early May for one of the state’s most important fishing tournaments.

Emerald Hummingbird Festival, Cozumel, May 12-13
A festival organized to honor a tiny bird? The island of Cozumel is celebrating the beauty of the Cozumel Emerald (Chlorostilbon forficatus), a species found nowhere else in the world. The festival program features conferences, photo exhibitions and cultural events.

Festival de los Oceanos, Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, May 13 – June 15
For the fifth year running, the Festival de los Oceanos comes to Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen with a month of events celebrating the beauty of our blue planet. Events will showcase the diversity of marine life in the Mexican Caribbean, the threats the oceans are facing and what we can do to protect the underwater world.
The festival program will include beach cleaning and other community initiatives such as mural painting and children’s activities, conferences given by leading marine biologists, a culinary contest, art contests, concerts and much more. http://www.festivaldelosoceanos.com.mx

Rally Maya Mexico, May 19-28, Yucatan
Vintage car enthusiasts gather for a rally that will take them on a 1,100-kilometer journey through the Yucatán Peninsula. www.rallymaya.com

Travesia Sagrada Maya, Xcaret and Cozumel, May 26-27
The Travesia Sagrada Maya or Sacred Mayan Journey 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.

Primer Festival de la Tortuga Marina, Cozumel, May 26 – 27
The island of Cozumel is marking the beginning of the sea turtle nesting season with a festival in honor of its special ocean-going visitor. Two species of turtle, green and loggerhead nest on beaches along the east coast and there are three turtle camps Punta Sur, San Martin and Ixpalbarco from which biologists and volunteers set out to patrol the shoreline during the summer nights. The festival program will include art workshops for children, photography and seminars on the effect of global warming on turtles, their distribution, turtle health and conservation initiatives. The goal is to increase community participation, celebrate the beauty of turtles and also heighten awareness of the dangers that they face.

Anniversary of the Foundation of Valladolid, May 28
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.

Navy Day in Puerto Morelos, June 1
Puerto Morelos has a small naval base and on June 1, Navy Day, the whole town turns out to celebrate el Día de la Marina or Navy Day. Events include a boat procession and a swimming race. This is a great way to meet local people and join the party.

Commemorating La Chispa in Valladolid, June 3
The population of Valladolid turns out on the night of June 3 to witness the representation of 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. After marches through the streets to the main square, the evening culminates with the trial and mock execution by firing squad of the leaders of the rebellion.

Hokol Vuh Food Festival, Merida, June 19-24
Leading chefs from Mexico and other countries are gathering in Merida in June for the Hokol Vuh, a culinary festival that pays tribute to Mayan cuisine and culture.Nineteen star chefs including Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico City), Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil, Mexico City), Roberto Solis (Nectar, Merida), Albert Adria (Enigma, Spain) and René Rezepi (Noma, Denmark and Tulum) have already confirmed their participation in the festival. The program features conferences, tastings, two 10-course dinners and a festival party. The chefs will visit fishermen, bee keepers, farmers and renowned Mayan cooks before preparing recipes of their own inspiration celebrating the flavors of the Yucatan.

Find out what’s on in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan, visit this blog for more event listings during the year.

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