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Events and Festivals in Playa del Carmen
Day of the Dead Celebrations in Playa del Carmen

Although Playa observes the national Mexican holidays, such as Cinco de Mayo and Independence Day (16 September), the town has been slowly adding elaborate festivals and celebrations. The largest is probably Navy Day, which takes place 1 June. It’s marked by civic ceremonies, a fishing tournament and other competitions. Another holiday is Carnival, a Fat Tuesday celebration with parades, live music, dancing and food stalls.

Other notable events include the Jazz Music Festival, organized by the Riviera Maya Tourist Board held in November. There's also the Tequila Expo, usually held in August, the Underground Film Festival in October and Day of the Dead at Xcaret starting 30 October. In early January, the BPM Festival is a 10-day festival showcasing international DJs and performing artists. In February, the PGA Mayakoba Golf Classic comes to the Mayan Riviera. Also, there is an Iron Man in both Cancun and Cozumel.

Taste of Playa Culinary Festival (November)

Taste of Playa is a culinary event in Playa del Carmen that celebrates the creativity and cultural influences of chefs throughout the Riviera Maya. The event promotes the unique culinary perspectives of local chefs, highlights new event venues that attract a variety of participants and coordinates the efforts of local businesses and municipal governments. Taste of Playa has captured the attention of international media by showing the spirit of multi-cultural cooperation that defines the modern Riviera Maya.

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Riviera Maya Underground Film Festival (October)

Held in October, experimental, animation, fiction, and documentary make up the categories of national and international shorts at the yearly Riviera Maya Underground Film Festival. Screenings take place in various venues in Playa del Carmen, including the Plaza Pelicanos' Hollywood Cinemas.

There are also cinematographic workshops and conferences throughout the festival.

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Day of the Dead Celebrations - Xcaret (Late October/Early November)

The annual "Festival of Life and Death Traditions" comes to Xcaret every year to celebrate the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead with nearly 100 Mayan communities, plus artists, dancers, musicians, story-tellers, singers. Plenty for all ages; "Day of the Dead" alters in Xcaret's Mayan Village, with traditional dishes; much more. See the Xcaret website for more info.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival (November)

Voted it as one of the ten best jazz events of the year, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival brings together jazz greats who number numerous Grammy awards among them and who have played with legends of the genre as well as pop and Latin stars that have topped the charts for decades.

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BPM Festival (January)

The Annual BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico serves up a forum for venue professionals like Bartenders, Promoters and Managers to congregate and have some fun. The latest addition to the blistering international party calendar is a 7-day electronic music festival dedicated to all players in the industry. Every aspect of the industry is represented including top international artists, event planners, venue owners, hospitality staff and Canadian music enthusiasts as well as a sizable Mexican contingent.

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Tequila Fest (January)

Celebrate the uniquely Mexican drink Tequila. Includes tastings, food pairings, dance, music, and much more fun.

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The Mayakoba Golf Classic (February/March)

The Mayakoba Golf Classic made golf history when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States and Canada in February 2007. Now, it continues to establish itself as one of the finest stops on the PGA TOUR schedule in the eyes of players, fans and sponsors alike.

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The Iron Man in both Cancun and Cozumel

If hardcore sporting is your thing, either as a participant or spectator, don't miss the Iron Man in either Cancun or Cozumel.

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Sacred Mayan Journey(May) / Travesia Sagrada Maya (Mayo)

A reenactment of the ancient ritual sea journey to Cozumel. Dance, ceremonies, commerce and the physical effort of the oarsmen are key elements of the pilgrimage toward Cozumel in search of the message that stems from the oracle of Ixchel; goddess of the moon, the tides and floods, medicine, pregnancy, weaving and regeneration cycles. An appreciation for the rich culture left by the Maya as a legacy is what brings everyone together once again.

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