Learn about some of the most popular events in Playa del Carmen around which some travelers plan their vacations. From music festivals to sporting events, Playa is packed with fun and exciting events year round. With the increasing number of events and constantly changing schedules we do not list all the events here, but rather provide some of the most reliable and worthwhile.
BPM Music Festival
Beginning of January, 2013
The BPM Festival is an annual world-class electronic music festival which takes place in the beginning of January in idyllic Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Originally designed as an elite dance music industry networking event, the festival has morphed into an international mélange of electronic music lovers, DJs, producers, revelers and partygoers.
The BPM Festival features world class international DJs and producers, which in the past has included Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, M.A.N.D.Y., Sander Kleinenberg, Steve Angello, Steve Lawler, Victor Calderone, and many more. Since its inception in 2008, parties are hosted both day and night at multiple venues around the beautiful resort town, tucked into the coastline of the Mayan peninsula, warm turquoise Caribbean waters, white sand beaches, mysterious jungles and ancient ruins.
With an endless number of places for dining, dancing, beach parties and clubbing, BPM Festival is a perfect opportunity for music lovers and party-goers all around the world to escape winter and revel in the sun.
Various locations on and around the beach in Playa del Carmen
The annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival has captured the minds and imagination of jazz lovers from all over the world, presenting such greats as Brazilian Grammy award-winning composer Ivan Lins and the legendary multiple Grammy winners, Kool & the Gang.
Created by the Riviera Maya Tourism Board as part of its commitment to produce the best of life's experiences for those who visit this fastest growing tourist destination in the world, a jewel in the Mexican Caribbean, the 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.
Jazz buffs as well as music lovers in general will be treated to the extraordinary experience of seeing and listening to these masters perform under the stars, on one of Playa del Carmen's privileged beaches, "Mamitas Beach Club" with the waves of the Caribbean breaking on the shore as background.
And it is all for free; an unparalleled gift of music from the Riviera Maya Tourist Promotion Trust. We hope you will enjoy it.
Annual underground film festival that brings the culture of movies to Playa del Carmen. Movie producers, musicians, producers and writers from different countries unite to participate in delivering some great cinematography.
Annual tournament where local teams of different nationalities duke it out in a beach soccer tournament. Every year this event sees around 20 teams participating. So bring on your cheering kit and watch your team fight it out for the cup.
Mamitas Beach, Playa del Carmen
Travesia Sagrada Maya
Mid May 2013
Annual event at XCaret which recreates one of the most ancient traditions of the Mayan culture; the yearly pilgrimage of the Maya, who braved the ocean on their canoes and crossed to the island of Cozumel to worship the goddess Ixchel.
You and your family can enjoy this incredible event at Xcaret, a majestic park located in the shores of the Mexican Caribbean in the Riviera Maya, very close to Cancun, a place where the beauty of nature, the cultural richness and the most representative traditions of Mexico blend perfectly; enjoy an incredible display of folklore and music, with more than 300 artists, on the “Xcaret México Espectacular” presentation; underground rivers; a unique Coral Reef Aquarium, and more than 40 natural attractions, besides music, ceremonies declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as well as exquisite buffet-style Mexican cuisine. If you want to get to know Mexico, come and experience Xcaret!
Taste of Playa is an annual 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.
International culinary festivals are held throughout the world, with each host city highlighting the best and most creative restaurants and retail food outlets that define the culture of the area. Playa del Carmen is renowned for its diversity, its international influences, its culinary expertise and its Caribbean lifestyle. The restaurants and food industry have played a major part in the development and definition of the Riviera Maya. This event provides local businesses with an opportunity to showcase the expertise of their talented chefs.