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Upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya & Yucatan events

Artober Fest, Cancun, October 4 – November 3
A series of events featuring music, dance, art, film and cuisine in Cancun during October. Artober will culminate with representation of Day of the Dead traditions.

11th Cozumel Bird Festival, October 11 – 13
Conferences, photo exhibitions and birding tours on Cozumel.

17th Annual Sea Turtle Festival, Xcacel, Akumal and Tulum, October 18-20
The 2019 sea turtle nesting season draws to a close with this annual festival held in Xcacel, Akumal and Tulum.

Otoño Cultural, Merida, October 16 – 31
Concerts, dance, theatre and art in Merida, Valladolid, Progreso and other communities in Yucatan during the Autumn Cultural Festival.

Cancun International Music Festival, October 18 – 26
This festival features concerts, master classes and conferences in multiple venues. Musical genres range from classical, guitar, piano, trumpet and flute to jazz, big band tango and rock. Several concerts pay tribute to Veracruz and Cuba (Cuban capital Havana is celebrating its 500th anniversary) and the contribution their artists have made to Latin music.

Fiesta de Santo Cristo Negro, Sitilpech, Izamal, October 18
A procession of local gremios or guilds carries the statue of Christ from the parish church of Sitilpech through the streets of Izamal to the sanctuary where it will remain for 27 days before being returned to the church. This traditional fiesta is celebrated with processions, masses, fireworks and a vaqueria.

Festival de Las Animas, Merida, October 24 – October 31
This Festival celebrates Hanal Pixan, the Mayan Dia de Muertos traditions with altar exhibits in the main square, photography exhibitions, conferences, music, dances, the Pib Food Festival and the Paseo de las Animas (Procession of Souls) from the City cemetery through the streets to San Juan Park on October 31.

Festival de Vida y Muerte, Xcaret Park, October 29 – 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. This year San Luis Potosi is the Mexican guest state with its Xantolo Day of the Dead customs.

Triathlon Xel Ha, November 16 – 17
This annual event draws triathletes from all over Mexico and overseas.

Mayakoba Golf Classic PGA tournament, November 11-17, 2019
A field of the world’s leading golfers competes for the OHL Classic trophy at El Camaleon Golf Club in Mayakoba.

Xoc Ch’ich Bird Watching Marathon 2019, Valladolid, November 23 & 24
The year-long Toh Bird Festival draws to a close with the Bird watching marathon in the Valladolid area. Teams see who can clock up the most bird species sightings over two days in this fun event.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen, November 29, 30 & December 1
Playa Mamitas in Playa del Carmen is getting ready for the 17th Riviera Maya Jazz festival. This year’s line up is Chucho Valdes Jazz Bata, Magos Herrera and Sr. Mandril on November 29, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Eliane Elias and Natalia Marrokin on November 30 and British group UB40, PBug and New York Voices on December 1. From 7 p.m. on, admission free.

Fiesta de la Inmaculada Concepcion, Izamal, December 8
Thousands of pilgrims join processions to honor the Virgin Mary. There are masses and the traditional fair or vaquería with dances, food stalls and more.

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