The Fall months in the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan are filled with culture. We’ve got culture, yes we do! Ancient Mayan traditions combined with old world Spanish customs give us the unique Yucatecan flavor we enjoy today. Not to mention, the international communities that have made the Mexican Caribbean their home. Italian, French, Canadian, American, Argentinean, Cuban – the coast is one big melting pot full of cultural diversity, and all these influences can be experienced in so many different ways during the months of October and November.


riviera Maya food

food festivals in the Riviera Maya

Mexican food has been declared by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage – now that is something to celebrate!

Isla Holbox Gastronomical Festival, Oct 16 – Oct 20. The laid-back, usually a sleepy little fishing village of Isla Holbox will be hopping with foodies from all over. Holbox’s 2nd annual food festival will showcase island chefs as well as chefs from around Mexico. The festival will include food, wine and tequila tastings. Walk barefoot along the town’s sandy streets while sipping on aged tequila and nibbling on seafood delicacies!

Taste of Playa, November 24. Held in the Parque Fundadores in Playa del Carmen from 3 pm to 9 pm, the best and most creative restaurants and bars throughout the Riviera Maya host food and drink tasting booths. Sample multi-cultural creations made by some of the brightest chefs on the coast.


Music festivals in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, November 28, 29, 30. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is celebrating it’s 7th annual event, and with big performers like George Benson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and David Sanborn this music festival held on gorgeous a Caribbean beach is considered one of the biggest in the world…and it is absolutely FREE!


Cozumel Film Festival

Film festivals

Cozumel Fall Cultural Festival, October 20, 21, 22. A showing of award-winning short films and environmental documentaries from the Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival will be presented at the local museums as well as theater and orchestra performances in the park. The festival will also include regional and ballet dance performances.

Riviera Maya Underground Film Festival, October 18 through 22. An international film festival in Playa del Carmen with a focus on the cultural diversity of the Riviera Maya. This festival will present a mix of short films, documentary, experimental and animated films. The festival will also include film making workshops and live music.


Tulum Turtle Festival, October 17 through 20. To commorate the end of sea turtle nesting season, Tulum, Akumal and Xcacel Beach host this free event working to raise awareness and promote education about the protection of these endangered marine animals. Children’s workshops, sand sculpture and kite flying competitions, art contests, and the releasing of baby sea turtles are just a few of the beach community activities.


Day of the Dead in Merida, Mexico

Day of the Dead celebrations in Yucatan

Dia de los Muertos, November 1, 2. Day of the Dead is a huge holiday throughout the Latin world and just anywhere you go in Mexico you will find locals celebrating their loved ones who have passed on. Yaxche restaurant in Playa del Carmen holds a reservations-only party serving traditional Mayan dishes and regional dancing. Don’t miss the famous 5th Avenue parade!

Xcaret Mayan theme park hosts a 4 day festival filled with live music, food, costumes, art, dancing, performances, story telling…this is the biggest DoD fiesta in Riviera Maya.

In Merida from October 31 through November 2, the entire city is filled with parades, shop windows decorated with elaborate alters, arts and crafts vendors, food carts, live music and street performers.

It’s not too late! Find a Riviera Maya vacation rental and join in the Fall fun.

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