Looking for the inside scoop on Cancun events to plan your upcoming vacation? Whether you’re ramping up for the Spring Break of a lifetime or just want to relax with family on one of many pristine beaches, here’s a line-up of some of the most popular concerts, festivals, parties, and holiday celebrations that include plenty of delicious Mexican food, great music and opportunities to make new friends!
With its year-round tropical climate, enviable coastline and amazing nightclubs, Cancun is the perfect backdrop for music festivals that feature everything from reggaetón to Jazz. Don’t miss the chance to dance til’ you drop at these annual Cancun festivals, which draw thousands of music lovers each year.
The Beats Per Minute Music (BPM) Festival is touted as one of the biggest and hippest underground music scenes, bringing together more than 430 artists and 70,000 fans. Held in Playa del Carmen this year, the 10th annual BPM Festival lineup included Dub Fire, Guy Gerber, Wolf and Lamb and other electronica favorites. BPM parties are hosted day and night during this 10-day trance and electronic music festival.
Inception Fest is Cancun’s premier Spring Break music event, with 30 days and 30 nights of the best parties and the hottest line ups. Now in its fifth year, this state-of-the-art sound and visual production boasts headlining talent including Irie, DJ Skribble, 3Lau, Alan Walker and Brooke Evers. Headliners can be seen at Cancun clubs like Dady’O, Mandala, Palazzo, The City, Senor Frogs and Mandala Beach. Choose from Gold or Platinum Party Packages which grant you access to Cancun’s top clubs with open bar.
Regarded as one of the world’s top 10 jazz festivals, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival lures spectacular talent, including Herbie Hancock, Kool and The Gang, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, George Duke and Level 42. Hosted on Playa del Carmen’s Mamita Beach in late November, this incredible concert is free to the public and has been going strong for 14 years!
Cancun is a wonderful destination to explore the vibrant culture of Mexico. Every year, thousands of Cancun visitors are fortunate enough to experience some local, prominent events during their travels. Not surprisingly, some of Cancun’s most celebrated days are centered around religious holidays, though tourists can also enjoy one of Mexico’s most distinguished golf tournaments.
In Mexico, Day of the Holy Kings is celebrated on January 6. In remembrance of the three kings’ visit to baby Jesus, Dia de Los Reyes (also known as Feast of the Epiphany) is a special day of giving and receiving gifts in Mexico. Tourists will find the streets of Cancun brimming with vendors and food stalls and parties, and chances to sample a tasty wreath-shaped sweet bread called Rosca de Reyes – a traditional staple on Dia de los Reyes.
Dia de la Candelaria, or Candlemas, is observed on February 2, exactly 40 days after Christmas. In Mexico, this religious holiday commemorates the feast of the Purification of the Virgin, and is marked in some towns by fiestas, bullfights and pilgrimages to the local Catholic Church. It is tradition to dress up a baby Jesus figurine (which is hidden inside the Rosca de Reyes cake) and take him to mass for blessing. Most Mexicans celebrate Dia de la Candelaria by getting together with relatives and friends and making corn tamales.
The OHL Classic at Mayakoba is held at the beautiful El Camaleón Golf Club in Playa del Carmen. Since 2007, this prestigious golf tournament has been considered among the best on the PGA TOUR by professionals and spectators alike. Watch some of the world’s best PGA players at the OHL Classic in 2017, scheduled for November 6-12.
The Cancun International Film Festival is typically held in the middle of November every year, and features screenings of international and Latin American films by emerging directors at various theaters and cinemas throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
Cancun is the #1 Spring Break destination for good reason. Packed with hip night clubs, discos and gorgeous oceanfront venues, Cancun is famous for its non-stop nightlife and killer beach fiestas that rage from dusk until dawn. Beyond the town’s chic DJ clubs, rooftop lounges and party resorts, there are a few holiday fiestas that get the whole town celebrating with music, costumes, parades and general revelry.
It’s easy to understand why so many travelers fall in love with Cancun: a place where warm turquoise waters meet white sand beaches. Experience the world’s biggest Beach Party in Cancun August 12 -14, when the 7-mile stretch of palm-fringed coastline between Cancun and Punta Nizuc transforms into a huge fiesta. Events include DJ shows, live music, soccer tournaments, surfing competitions, frisbee contests, runway shows and much more.
Indulge in Mexico’s version of Mardi Gras during the five-day celebration of Carnaval! This nation-wide fiesta kicks off just before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Carnaval is a time reserved for merriment and plenty of drinks, as the whole country parties day and night. The week-long event is noted for its colorful parades, elaborate costumes, fireworks displays, street fairs and dancing.
According to tradition, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Simon Stock, of the Carmelite order on July 16, 1251. To celebrate this sacred event, the Carmelite religious order began la Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, also known as the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The feast, held on July 16, celebrates the devotion of the Virgin Mary.