In addition to its crystal clear turquoise waters and white powder sand beaches, the Mexican Caribbean offers much more:  adventure, music, culture, and food.  Each year Cancun and the Riviera Maya host different festivals, many of which have become great successes, transforming into traditions of our beautiful cities, and others are heading in the same direction.  Here are 5 Mexican Caribbean Festivals you can't miss:

The BPM Festival

BPM Festival Playa del Carmen Mexico

Commonly known as "BPM", this festival is a continuous music show lasting 10 days, where premier DJs from all over the world come to play.  In early January, electronic music lovers gather in Playa del Carmen, a great place for this type of event.  You can enjoy several days of music, relax on the beach, and even go on an excursion.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival - RMFF

Film Festival Riviera Maya Mexico

Photo: RMFF

This film festival brings together the beauty of the Riviera Maya, its people, its culture, and the cinematic experience of people around the world.  Movie projections are made at various spots in the Riviera Maya and all showings are free.  In previous years, close to 140 films from a wide selection of international cinema were shown.  The Riviera Maya Film Festival takes place every year in early March.

Cancun Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival

Wine & Food Festival Riviera Maya


What's a better combination than the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean and the exquisite world of food?  This culinary festival exhibits talent with creative artisan dishes, accompanied by wine pairings. Various renowned chefs from Mexico, the United States, Canada, and Europe rather at this extraordinary food festival that takes place each year in mid March.  This year's festival is coming up on March 13-16.  If you are a food connoisseur, the Cancun Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival is for you.

The Festival of Life and Death at Xcaret Park

Xcaret park Life and death festival

If you want to enjoy Mexican traditions combined with a magical and mystic atmosphere, filled with culture, art, and fun, the Festival of Life and Death at Xcaret park in Playa del Carmen is a must-do.  This three day festival will give you the chance to enjoy music, theater, comedy, legends, as well as concerts with icons representative of authentic Mexican music.  This festival takes place on the weekend around the Day of the Dead.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

Jazz music Riviera Maya Mexico


A festival celebrating jazz music, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival has taken place every November since 2002 at Mamita's Beach Club in Playa del Carmen.  This three day festival hosts several famous bands and musicians who give free concerts: Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, George Benson, Gino Vanelli, Spyro Gyra, Sergio Mendez, Aguamala, Eugenia León, Victor Wotten, Poncho Sánchez, Nortec, Level 42, just to name a few.  Enjoying live music with your favorite person and your toes in the sand, what more could you want?

We hope this list of festivals is of interest to you and helps you plan your next vacation to the Mexican Caribbean.  These festivals are ones you truly don't want to miss!  Book now!

Written by Lizzy Santoyo, Translated by Kelly Fitzgerald

Writter Bio

Kelly Fitzgerald

Kelly is a writer from Philly who fell in love with Cancun and never left. A free spirit with a liberal mind and a hippie heart, she lives for days at the beach and nights exploring new places. Her loves include Mexican culture, soccer, and food.


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