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Merida Events: Fiestas, Tango & More

This Week…

Note: The Olimpo will be closed for maintenance from August 15 through September 5. In fact, with the Olimpo closed, so are most of the other state and municipal theaters in Centro. All concerts in the parks do continue and can be found on our Ongoing Classes and Events page. In the meantime, we have this week and next with lighter events schedules in the city, so this is the perfect time to attend fiestas in outlying towns and villages. 

Fiestas during August

Buctzotz Fiesta: 13 Day Event
August 13 through August 25
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara. This is one fiesta that you don’t want to miss. Not only do the finest hemp hammocks come from Buctzotz, but this municipality seems to consistently produce some of the finest artists in all of Yucatan. Do plan on making the short trip to Buctzotz sometime during this two week event. Take a little preview trip to Buctzotz with Bicycle Yucatan here.

Another Buctzotz Fiesta: 8 Day Event
August 22 through August 30
Believe it or not, Buctzotz begins a new fiesta before the current fiesta ends! This fiesta is based around a pilgrimage in honor of the Immaculate Conception. We found a 4 minute section of a road trip into Buctzotz on YouTube here. Be sure and look for paintings by the children of Buctzotz, as shown on the Mundo Maya website.

Mani Fiesta: 10 Day Event
August 15 through August 24
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. The artisans of Mani produce some of the finest hammocks in Yucatan. In addition, Mani is the place where Fr. Diego de Landa did his best to destroy Mayan history and religion. For more on this story, click here.  A trip to Mani is of great value for its historical significance alone. The added benefit of the restored church is icing on the cake.

Izamal Fiesta: 11 Day EventOur Lady of Izamal´s Fiesta
August 15 through August 25
This fiesta is in honor of the Patron Saint of the population, the Nuestra Senora de Izamal. Two statues had been made exactly alike in Guatemala, one for Izamal and the other for Merida. It seems that many miracles were brought about because of the "Our Lady of Izamal" but, in 1829, there was a fire and she was destroyed. The other statue was donated from Merida to Izamal. There was a solemn procession to bring her to her new home, but never again have the miracles appeared. Izamal is one of the magical cities of Yucatan and, indeed, in all of Mexico and their fiesta is certainly not to be missed. If you are shopping your way through the fiestas, look in Izamal for jewelry, leather goods, ceramics from the town of Citilcum, and wood and leather crafts from Citilcum and Kimbila.

Seye Fiesta: 5 Day Event
August 23 through August 27
This fiesta is in honor of St. Bartholomew. If you are looking for a fine hemp hammock, you can find one in Seye. If you are looking for a great place in the country, Seye is close enough to Merida to ride out to the fiesta and take a look around. This is old henequen country, the very spot where much of Yucatan’s 19th and early 20th century history took place. In addition, did you know that Yucatan has an endangered species of hairless pig? They are being raised by 8 farmers in 3 communities, one of which is Seye. Read all about them here. And last but not least, all the albaniles that built Working Gringos’ new house came from Seye, so it holds a special place in our collective heart.

Every week…

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click our NEW Ongoing Events Page!!

On the Ongoing Events page, you will find a list of all ongoing classes and other regular events that are repeated every week. When a new class or ongoing event is announced, it will be highlighted at the top of both events pages, and then will be added to the Ongoing Events page. We hope this makes your planning easier!

As always, if you have an event for the English-speaking community of Merida that you would like to publicize, please contact us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com (hopefully at least a week before the event) and we will be happy to add it to our Events pages.


Monday (Lunes) August 18, 2008

Yucatan Living Musical Monday
The Night Club Orchestra and another group called La Decada (The Decade) will be entertaining the crowd with Rock ‘n Roll and other great songs from the “good ol’ days”.
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57.
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission:  $100 and $50 pesos

Tuesday (Martes) August 19, 2008

Yucatan Living The National Ballet of Georgia
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the National Ballet of Georgia in a new spectacular that includes 38 children and even pyrotechnics. This is part folkloric ballet, part circus, and all some of the best entertainment in the world. For a short preview of this group’s work, click here.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61.
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $450, $350, and $250 MXP 


Wednesday (Miércoles) August 20, 2008Tango en la Piel

Yucatan Living Tango en la Piel!
A local group called Grupo Dramatango under the direction of Esly Mendez will be performing Tango at the Jose Peon Contreras. What fun!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos- Get your tickets from Anny (email her by clicking her name)or at the ticket window the day of the event.


Thursday (Jueves) August 21, 2008

Yucatan Living Documentary:Crossings
(Dir.Roberto Olivares, Mexico-USA: 2006)The band Misterio Musical takes on their next challenge, having Crossings Moviebecome one of the most popular Oaxacan bands in Los Angeles. The time is ripe for a return to their villages in La Sierra Norte mountains in southern Mexico to play their music and reunite with family and friends for the first time in many years. Tagging along is a recent gringo acquaintance learning to operate his camera and speak a little Spanish along the way. This all adds up to a journey of self-discovery and a revealing border-crossing tale. Spanish with English subtitles.

Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
The LEGENDARY Yucatones are back on the boards this Thursday at Jazzin’ Merida, and have been listening to their fans. They’ll be starting earlier this week as many people from the beach communities have complained about driving home so late. Also, their policy of cheerfully turning down any and all requests has changed: Now, if you ask Dan and Jerry at Jazzin Meridafor a song this week, it’ll be in next week’s set if at all possible (and they like it). Wanna hear some Johnny Cash, you got it. Special request for some Chris Isaak? No problem. The ‘Tones are nothing, if not the hardest working band in Merida. Well it’s really not that tough a job, and it beats heavy lifting. So come on down a little earlier this Thursday night and dig the sound of YOUR Yucatones, workin’ hard for you…
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performance at 8:30 Thursday
Phone: 924-5628


Friday (Viernes) August 22, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is a surprise, stay tuned.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM FridayToro Negro
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Documentary: Toro Negro (Black Bull)

Fernando Pacheco, aka El Suicida, is a young bullfighter who doesn’t fight in the great arenas of Mexico, but rather in the popular festivals of the small Mayan communities of the Yucatan Peninsula. With unbelievable, and at times disturbing, closeness, documentary filmmakers González-Rubio and Carlos Armella follow Pacheco’s life in and out of the bullring. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos


Saturday (Sabado) August 23, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is TBD.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Saturday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Documentary: Los Cortometrajes de Oscar Urrutia
The director Oscar Urrutia will be here to talk about his work. Don’t miss the oportunity to wath the premier of this short movie.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos


Sunday (Domingo) August 24, 2008

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Amazing Earth
Spectacular views of some of the most beautiful geological wonders on our planet.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Puppet Theater: Lelopatra and Chereque AntonioTiteradas
Under the direction of Wilbert Herrera.
Location: Cineteca at Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $ 50 pesos

Other Events Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendars: Expo Gourmet 2008
This month, there is a huge trade show going on at the Convention Center, but that will change to Expo Gourmet 2008 in September. This is going to be the second annual Expo Gourmet for the State and is under the direction of the Association of Chefs of Yucatan, AC. This is in preparation for expansion of the show into the First Expo Gourmet Yucatan 2009, which will have a nonregional, national theme. There are going to be some wonderful expositions during this presentation, including cooking for kids, a "chef for the day," and even the art of chocolate. This is a marvelous opportunity to show Yucateco cuisine to the world, and to learn more about it ourselves.
Location: Salon Chichen Itza in Siglo XXI (the Convention Center)
Dates: September 20 & 21
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Placido Domingo: Get Your Tickets EARLY!Placido Domingo Concert in Chichen Itza Yucatan
Placido Domingo will be in concert at Chichen Itza on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. From what we understand, a full 25% of the tickets were sold within the first week after sales opened. You can still order a few tickets from Ticketmaster here. You can also try other authorized locations, such as Mixup, Discolandia, Liverpool, Comercial Mexicana and Gandhi. In addition, Ticketmaster’s online telephone sales number is 5325-9000. Our thanks to American Egypt for the "heads up" on how fast tickets are going.
$500 MXP (least expensive we have found);
$7,500 MXP (includes cocktails with Placido Domingo);
$10,000 MXP (includes cocktails and dinner with Placido Domingo)

Yucatan Living Wild 9: The 9th World Wilderness Congress
Won’t you please take a few moments to visit the website of the 9th World Wilderness Congress? This event will take place here in Yucatan from November 6 through November 13. For over 25 years, this Congress has met, every 3 to 4 years, for the purpose of building and maintaining a high-profile platform for acting on complex wilderness and wildlands issues. We are especially impressed by the fact that teens (as young as 13) are included in the program and that there is special emphasis placed on the educational and practical needs of young environmental professionals. At this point in time, they are asking that individuals and groups sign up with their intent to attend the congress. You can do that from their site. Signing up early will keep you in the loop of the developing program and give you an opportunity to make suggestions, if you like. Hosting Wild 9 is a huge international coup for Yucatan and we are very proud of the scope and importance of what will be happening here this November.


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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Fiestas, Tango & More”

  1. There is one more Fiesta coming up next month and Working Gringos (you too Khaki) are invited, it is my XV (3 x +10) place is La Peregrina/Chelem., I will give you more details.

  2. From their website it looks like the WILD 9 conference will be held in 2009.


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