CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN



JANUARY

1 - New Year's Day

6 - Dia de los Reyes (Day of the Kings) Mexican celebration honoring the Three Kings' visit to the baby Jesus. This is traditionally a gift-giving day when children receive toys and gifts. 

Late January - Annual Handline Barracuda Tournament - Compete for the largest catch in this charity fishing competition based off the nearby Isla Mujeres.

 

FEBRUARY

5 - Constitution Day Mexico celebrates National Constitution Day.

24 -Flag Day A national holiday in Mexico that celebrates the flag. 

Mid February - PGA FEDEX CUP The beautiful Mayakoba Golf Course receives this yearly event.

Mid February - Annual Think Green Eco Expo in parque Fundadores

End of February Carnaval Nightly parades and live music in the main town square. Lasts about 

 

MARCH

1st  Wednesday - Ash Wednesda1st day of Lent, you will see many people with crosses on their  forehead.

21 - Benito Juarez Birthday  A national holiday to commemorate a president came to be the most revered president of Mexico.

21- Spring Soltice Head to Chichen Itza to see the serpent appear on the Castillo piramid. 

1st weekend in March Carnaval Nightly parades and live music in the main town square for 5 nights prior to the beginning of Lent. 

 

APRIL

Semana Santa - Holy Week The biggest holiday of the year in Mexico. You will find many national tourists and the busiest time of the year in Playa del Carmen.

20-24 BPM Primavera The four-day festival includes night parties headlined by Lee Burridge, Sander Kleinenberg and Sasha, as well as free day parties at Kool Beach Club and Canibal Royal Beach Club.

30 - Dia del Niño The children parade and have parties.

 

MAY

1 - Labor Day Mexican holiday.

5 - Cinco de Mayo - Battle of Puebla Mexican holiday commemorating the defeat of the French army at Puebla in 1862, not Independence Day as commonly thought.

Mid – May Cancún International Gay Festival -  a spectacular event with a range of gay-related activities, including beach barbecues, parties, live music and colorful costumes.

19-20-21 Sacred Mayan Journey A sacred ritual in which the ancient Maya went on pilgrimage to venerate the goddess Ixchel at her sanctuary on the island of Cozumel.  Take in this experience at Xcaret May 19, 20 or at Parque Fundadores the 21st.

28 - Fishing Tournament in Puerto Morelos Fish for Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado (Mahi mahi) as well as other game fish like Bonito and Barracuda. 

 

JUNE

1 - Navy Day Holiday in honor of mariners. National Holiday.

Late June - Summer Solstice - the year's longest day, when many people head to the Chichén Itzá ruins for solstice celebrations.

 

JULY

July - Mayan New Year-  the official start of the Maya calendar.

Mid July - Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen - a national festival in Mexico, with plenty to see, do and enjoy around the city. Expositions with local culture, art, handicrafts and costumes.

End of July - Tequila Exposition - Check it out on 5th and 16th.

 

AUGUST

11-12-13 Fiesta de la Playa en Cancun Head to Cancun to enjoy the festivities on the beach

17- Isla Mujeres Founding Day  Go to Isla Mujures to enjoy dancing and  parades on this anniversary.

 

SEPTEMBER

1 - President's State of Nation Address Government offices and banks closed.

15 - El Grito Traditional midnight "grito," or cry, for independence.

16 - Mexican Independence Day(1810) National holiday.

18- Ironman Race Cancun Part of the Ironman 70.3 series. With events also taking place the 16-17.

22- Autumn Equinox  The nearby Mayan Chichén Itzá pyramid is famous at this time of the year, since the sun rays create the image of a moving snake and attracts visitors from far and wide, lasting around ten days.

 

OCTOBER

31 - Halloween Currently is emerging as a holiday in Mexico.

Mid – October Dia de la Raza - The Mexican Columbus day, boasting bullfights, various processions, live music, dancing, street parties and various events with a strong Spanish theme. The Dia de la Raza is based around Cancún city centre and is fairly informal and quite exciting. 

 

NOVEMBER

1 - Dia de Todos Santos, Dia de Muertos- All Saints Day Homage is paid to the souls of departed children. It is said that the dead descend from the heavens on this day, so families leave candied skulls, skeletons and the deceased's favorite food and drink on special altars.

2 - Day of the Dead On this day the departed adults return from heaven. The families of the deceased hold graveside vigils during the night. Favorite food and drink, especially tequila is left on the tomb or on a specially constructed altar in their home. Sweets in the shapes of death symbols are found in bakeries and kitchens across the country. Cemeteries are decorated with marigolds, the Aztec sacred flower of death.           

20- Anniversary of Mexican Revolution Parades celebrate the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1917.

20- Taste of Playa   This annual culinary event celebrates the creativity and cultural influences of chefs throughout the Riviera Maya

Mid – November Cancún International Film Festival (CIFF) - with screenings of both Latin American and international films at various cinemas around the city.

End of November- Riviera Maya Jazz Festival  This yearly free event takes place on the famous Mamitas Beach. Come feel the sand between your toes as you dance under the stars.

 

DECEMBER

16 - 24 -Posadas Celebrated during Christmas week, Mexican families, businesses and neighbourhoods throw Christmas parties called Posadas. 

24 - Christmas Eve The primary time to celebrate Christmas in Mexico. Usually includes a traditional family dinner followed by gifts, and maybe Midnight Mass.

25 - Christmas Day A quiet day spent recovering from the festivities of the night before.

31 - New Year's Eve Often celebrated with a big dinner and the traditional 12 grapes and their corresponding hopes for the coming year.

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