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.
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It’s that time of year again when Mexican markets are full of orange marigolds and sugar candy skulls and trails of flickering candles lead to ornate altars laden with flowers, offerings of food and photos of loved ones. The whisper of prayers is carried on the breeze and people prepare to join a procession. In […]
It’s #WineWednesday in La Rotonda Bar at The Royal Haciendas, our Riviera Maya resort. Don’t miss the new Wine Tasting at The Royal Haciendas every Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m. Your host Alejandro Cruz is a mine of information on the world of wine and he will share his passion and knowledge with […]