Looking for Playa Del Carmen events to enjoy? Well here is a list of annual holidays and what and when things usually happen so you can plan to attend some of the fun events that are here. We will try to update this list when we hear of new things. This calendar is not meant to be a exact dates but rather a general guide. See links to websites of some events for exact details.
Playa Del Carmen Events Calendar
Besides events that take place on a certain date here are some things that take place daily or weekly. There is also one place to check out as an event space in Playa Del Carmen. It is the open plaza (called 28 de Julio) in front of the Palacio Municipal (City Hall). This area is used for events, concerts, expositions, and fairs. This square is between 15th Avenue and 20th Avenue and 8th. Street and 10th Street.
Two thing that happen every week is:
- Every Thursday is Art in Quinta. This is an art exhibit of local artist on 5th Avenue. It is usually from 24th Street until 30th Street and the best time to view the art is about from 7:00pm-10:00pm.
- In Parque Fundadores there are Mayan dancers performing in the evening and papantla dancers performing throughout the day.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in January
January 1st-New Years Day (Año Nuevo). The day traditionally starts with people being up all night and going to the beach to see the sunrise for the new year. The city starts to come alive after noon on New Years Day after being up all night.
January 1-3 is DJ Fest At Mamitas. This is an music festival at Mamitas Beach Club with national and international DJ’s.
January 6th- Dia de Los Santos Reyes. This is when some in Mexico exchange Christmas presents. There is also a special bread called rosca which you will see in supermarkets. It is kind of like fruitcake. There are hidden plastic babies and whoever gets it in their piece has to make tamales on February 2nd.
At the end of January and usually going into February is the Arena Festival. It is a five day gay and lesbian dance and music festival.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in February
February 2nd- is Día de la Candelaria. This is a day that families get together to have tamales.
The first Monday in February is Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución). Most employees have this day off. Banks and government offices are closed. Some private businesses close.
The week before Ash Wednesday is Canival. This is celebrated in Playa and the parades have been getting bigger and better each year. The parade usually includes some of 5th Avenue and Constituyentes Avenue. There is a stage in the Municipal Park on 20th Avenue between 8th Street and 10th Street where there are shows and dancing.
Here is a short video we made to show you the parade for Carnival.
February 14th-Valentines Day.
February 22-28th are the dates for the Cozumel Carnival for 2017
February 24th is Flag Day in Mexico. You will see more flags around town on this day.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in March
Third Monday in March is the birthday of Benito Juarez (Natalicio de Benito Juárez). Most employees get off for this day.
Around March 20th is the spring equinox. This is the day to go to Chichen Itza to see the shadow line up with the main pyramid and form the snake shadow.
Semana Santa or Holy week can fall in late March. This period is one of the busiest times in Playa Del Carmen because most Mexicans have off and they love coming to the beach. Check out our gallery of 7 Signs it is Semana Santa in Playa.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in April
Semana Santa or Holy week can fall in early April. This period is one of the busiest times in Playa Del Carmen because most Mexicans have off and they love coming to the beach. Check out our gallery of 7 Signs it is Semana Santa in Playa.
The Cozumel Air Show usualy falls in April. Although there was a tragic crash that resulted in a death so we will have to see if this show continues. To see the show it is best to go to Cozumel. This is a free event and you get to see a lot of aerial acrobatics with planes.
Around the middle of April look for the Riviera Maya Film Festival. This is a week long showing of multiple films around town and the area. Many of them are international award winners and best of all, it is all free! This is a highlight to culture vultures in the area.
April 30th- Children’s Day. You will see many post on Facebook but no official celebrations.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in May
May 1st- Is Mexican Labor Day (Día del Trabajo) Most employees have off on this day.
May 5th- Cinco De Mayo. Expect no official celebrations but every bar will have specials.
May 10-Mothers Day. No official celebrations but cards are exchanged and mothers are treated to dinners out.
In Mid May (sometimes April) look for the Cozumel Air Show. It is better to go to Cozumel to see it but you may see a little from the shore in Playa. It is a great spectacle of high flying adventure. http://aeroshowcozumel.com/
In the end of May look for the Sacred Mayan Journey. This is a large boat launch between the mainland and Cozumel. Everyone is traditionally dressed and rows the boats over and back. It is a event with tons of photo opportunities.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in June
June 1st-Navy Day in Mexico. You will not notice much being done for this holiday.
The third Sunday of June is Fathers Day.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in July
In Mid July look for the Festival of Virgin of Carmen. There is usually a parade somewhere in town (usually Juarez Avenue) and look for a tent with events in front of the Plaza Municipal.
There is usually a Fair in Playa in July. This can be an innocent and fun thing for families. (See Gallery here of what Fairs are like here).
July 28th is the yearly anniversary of Playa Del Carmen.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in August
Nothing Yet! Actually that is pretty funny, we have not heard of anything yet.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in September
Check for the dates of the Corona Elements music festival. This is a new music venue for the Yucatan Peninsula.
September 16th-Mexican Independence Day (Día de la Independencia). This is always celebrated on the 16th. every year. This will be the best time of the year to see fireworks.
Check for the Xplor Bravest Race event. This can be a great fun race to do (See gallery here). This can take place September or October.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in October
October 31st-is Halloween in Playa. This is a huge party. Families stroll 5th Avenue in costumes and then after 11:00pm the adults head to 12th Street to party late in the night. This is a great time to be in Playa (see the link to the gallery).
Xcaret does their annual Day of the Dead festival. This takes place October 30th-November 2nd. For more about what it is like to attend Xcaret’s Day of the Dead, see our article here.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in November
November 1-2 is Day of the Dead. This blends into Halloween and makes for a long holiday period. You can see a special presentation of this in Xcaret Park. You will also see special bread in the bakeries.
Mid November see Buen Fin. This is like Black Friday in the United States. This is a sales promotion leading up to the holidays.
November 20th is Revolution Day (Día de la Revolución). This is observed on the third Monday of November. Most employees have off on this day.
The forth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving (USA). Many places offer a special meal for this holiday. Check out our gallery here of how it looks in Playa Del Carmen for this holiday. Sorry Canadians, your Thanksgiving is not really celebrated here.
In late November look for the Rivera Maya Jazz Festival. This is a free event with professional jazz acts from around the world. This is a several day event. This usually takes place on the beach by Mamitas Beach Club.
Usually the end of November is the Ironman competition in Cozumel. Hotels in Cozumel fill up but it can be a great weekend activity to go see by taking the ferry across to Cozumel.
Playa Del Carmen Events and Holidays in December
December 12th- is Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Sometimes there is a religious procession in town. Leading up to this holiday you will see people running and biking on the highways with torches and statues of the Virgin of Guadalupe. People make pilgrimages all over Mexico during this time. It is important to keep a watchful eye out for people on the road. Also expect to hear fireworks in communities around Playa Del Carmen.
December 25th-Christmas day. Most Employees have off on this day.
December 28th-Day of the Innocents. This is the Mexican equivalent of April Fools Day. There are lots of practical jokes on this day. Watch out for crazy Facebook post and even weird headlines in the news papers
December 31st-New Years Eve. This is when almost everyone in Playa goes out for dinner and then heads to 12th Street to party all night in the different bars and clubs. See our gallery of how Playa does New Years here.
Is there a yearly Playa Del Carmen event we should add here? What is your favorite event or time of year in Playa Del Carmen? Let us know in the comments below.