Visiting the Riviera Maya during the months of February, May, September, October, or November? There’s a good chance your trip will coincide with one of the amazing events that annually takes over the region’s resort destinations. Here’s a guide to five of the best.
Arena Festival – January 29-February 4
Playa del Carmen’s Arena Festival is Mexico’s largest LGBT dance-music festival and attracts EDM lovers from all over the world. This year’s lineup, the eighth since the event began in 2012, includes Erick Ibiza, Binomio, Rafha Madrid, along with headliners Alex Acosta, Abel, and Sergio Ramirez.
Cancún and Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival – October (2020 dates to be announced)
Cancún and Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival is the perfect place to expand your palate, with Chefs such as Alfonso de la Dehesa, Enrique Yáñez, and Alexis Bostelmann whipping up delicious dishes throughout the region. The schedule includes demos, wine tastings, sit-down dinners, and even a gala honoring leading Mexican chefs.\
The Sacred Maya Journey (Travesía Sagrada Maya) May – (2020 dates to be announced)
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The Sacred Maya Journey is an occasion when Xcaret reenacts the ancient Mayans’ canoe pilgrimage to Cozumel, dedicated to the goddess Ixchal. You can elect to either watch or participate in the event, along with admiring the evocative atmosphere the previous night, when devotions, dances, and more take place.
Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) – October 31 to November 2
Día de los Muertos (locally known as Hanal Pixán) is a huge part of Yucatán culture, and one of the highlights is the party at Xcaret Park, with workshops and an arch made of cempasuchil flowers; we also create altars and whip up pan de muerto and tamales right here at Mahekal Beach Resort.
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival – Late November (2020 dates to be announced)
Head to Mamita’s Beach Club for three straight days of performances by leading jazz, soul, and R&B musicians. Bebel Gilberto, Norah Jones, and Earth, Wind, and Fire are just a few of the celebrated musicians who have headlined this festival in the past few years, and the 2020 lineup is sure to be nothing short of spectacular.
Plan Your Tour
If any of these events inspires you to take a Riviera Maya getaway in 2020, check out the exclusive offers at Mahekal Beach Resort and start planning your trip.