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Merida Events: May Day

This Week… starting April 30, 2012

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Teabo Fiesta: April 28 through May 3
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz. The artisans here make typical clothing for both men and women. They also do embroidery by both hand and machine. If you are looking for a cotton hammock, you’ll find it in Teabo, along with excellent leatherwork. Teabo is located ust north of Tekax and to the east of Mani and Akil.

Yucatan Living Baca Fiesta: May 1 through May 3Santa Cruz Festivities in Yucatan
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz. Baca is just south and west of Motul and is home to 2 of the churches that have been restored as part of the state-wide restoration process. Don’t miss seeing either of them! And while you’re there, treat yourself to lunch at the Thai restaurant there.

Yucatan Living Conkal Fiesta: May 1 through May 8
This fiesta is also in honor of Santa Cruz. Conkal is a wonderful municipality with many talented artisans. Look here for machine embroidery, cotton hammocks, and carved wood boxes. Conkal is located on Merida’s northeastern border.

Yucatan Living Uayma Fiesta: May 3
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz as well. Uayma is just to the west of both Temozon and Valladolid, and just south of Espita. We figure that places Uayma just about in the middle of most of the important Mayan events in history. There is a beautiful, 16th century convent and temple (Santo Domingo) in Uayma that was burned during the Caste War, and then renovated to its former glory. It is a wonder to behold. And, while we usually think of pottery as coming from directly south of Merida, the making of pottery is the most important work of the artisans in Uayma. Do try to stop in Uayma the next time you go to Valladolid or to Temozon. We know you’ll be glad you did. You can read more about Uayma and see some photos in our Yucatan Living article about Uayma.

Yucatan Living Sacalum Fiesta: May 3
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz. Sacalum is right on the way to anywhere you want to go in southwestern Yucatan. It is just past Tecoh and Abala, and just this side of Ticul and Muna. Lots of agriculture, cattle and horses here, so look for great leatherwork. Visit Pueblos America for a google map to Sacalum.

Yucatan Living Tecoh Fiesta: May 3 through May 5
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Cruz. Tecoh lies on the southeastern boundry of the Municipality of Merida. Look for talented artisans making woven hemp hammocks and carved wooden chests in Tecoh. …and the food in Tecoh is great! Before you decide that Tecoh may be too far off the grid for you, take a look at what you can expect to find out there.

In The City


Monday (Lunes) April 30, 2012

Yucatan Living Children’s Day in Mexico

Yucatan Living Dance: Compañía Umbral Danza Contemporánea
Ocana Cristobal, Director. Merida is rapidly becoming an internationally important center for contemporary dance.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) May 01, 2012

Yucatan Living Labor Day: Official Holiday

Yucatan Living May Day at Casa Zamna, Merida
This event features prawns in a Rose de France Sauce, spring salad, fish served in Light Ale Batter, peas, roast potatoes with rosemary and mint, and a spirited Mayday Desert. There will be everything from May Poles to Morris dancers, and even a great prize up for grabs.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72.
Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM, dinner is served at 7:30 PM
Admission: $135 pesos, with a seating limit of 24
For more information, call (999) 924-0103 or visit

Yucatan Living Open Mic Night at Hennessey’s
Music, poetry, fiction, comedy, and etc. All here, in one little space.
Location: Hennessey’s Irish Pub, Paseo de Montejo x 41
Time: 8:00 PM every Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 02, 2012

Yucatan Living Look for ongoing events here.

Thursday (Jueves) May 03, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event as soon as we know them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Friday (Viernes) May 04, 2012

Yucatan Living Recital of Voice and Piano: Academia de Musica Arte Plus
This performance is under the direction of Miriam Rodriguez Valdes and will be one of many of Merida’s wonderful end of the academic year recitals. We are very lucky to have them!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM FridayPhotography of the Southeast
Admission: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Photography of the Southeast
This event is part of a larger conference organized by the Fundacion Casa de la Fotografia del Sureste.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free


Saturday (Sabado) May 05, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Opera At the Movies: Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
These operas are all excellent videos from the New York Metropolitan Opera. We hope everyone will come and enjoy these wonderful shows.
Location: Movie Theater #5, Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: 11:30 AM: Opera Talk, 12:00 PM: Movie begins.
Admission: $50 pesos donation to Opera Yucatan

Yucatan Living African Film: Finye
(Mali, 1982). Finye means “The Wind”. “Two Malian teenagers, Bah and Batrou, from different backgrounds, meet at secondary school. Bah is the descendent of a great tribal chieftain. Batrous father, a provincial military governor, represents the new ruling power. The two teenagers are part of a generation that rejects the established order and challenges the society in which they live.” Directed by Souleymane Cisse.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) May 06, 2012Whales Documentary

Yucatan Living Video Documentary: The Ultimate Guide to Whales
Whales, exquisitely graceful despite being the largest mammals on the planet, can dive to more than 1.5 kilometers into the depth of the oceans.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Fargo
(1996) Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of pregnant Marge Gunderson. One of the most hilarious movies ever directed by the Coen Brothers.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM SundayFolkloric Ballet in Yucatan
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Folk Dance: Splendor and Decline of a Culture
This is a performance by the Alfredo Cortes Aguilar Folkloric Ballet of the State of Yucatan, under the direction of Raul Castillo.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living African Film: Soleil O
(Senegal, 1969) This is a French/Mauritanian drama shot over four years with a very low budget. This film tells the story of a black immigrant who makes his way to Paris in search of “his Gaul ancestors”. This manifesto denounces a new form of slavery: The immigrants desperately seek work, a place to live, but find themselves face to face with indifference, rejection, humiliation… Until the final call for uprising. Directed by Med Hondo. Sounds like a film you might have a hard time finding at Blockbuster…
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Monday (Lunes) May 07, 2012

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Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Gloria Gaynor and KC and the Sunshine Band: Wednesday  May 9, 2012Gloria Gaynor in Merida Yucatan
Well! This event certainly needs no introduction! Dial that phone and get those tickets! Disco queen Gloria Gaynor sings with the legendary KC and the Sunshine Band! This is going to be a "Back to the 70′s Night" that will turn Siglo XXI into a giant nightclub.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center, on the road to Progreso
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Diamond: $2,100, VIP $1,575, Oro $787.50, General: $367.50 Tickets can be purchased at: Segafredo de la Gran Plaza, MixUp Altabrisa, Burguer King Centro Histórico and at the box office of Siglo XXI, as well as online at

Yucatan Living First DONArte Art Auction 2012: May 15, 2012
This art auction will include 30 works by a variety of European artists, with many of the paintings reproductions of quite famous masterpieces. Yucatan’s Paralympic team includes twelve athletes that will participate in weight-lifting, javelin and shot put. The athletes each need a special chair in order to compete and the children need a new vehicle to help them move from place to place. The paintings offered at auction will begin at $3,000 pesos and there will be a catalog of the paintings included with each invitation. There will also be a cocktail party for those who have invitations and catalogs on the evening of the auction. This is such a worthy cause and there is not much time left to meet this need before the June National Paralympic competition. Please attend this event and help in whatever way you can. Hard work deserves reward and these twelve athletes have earned their place in these games, as well as our support.
Location: To be included with invitation
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free: Invitation Only. Invitations available by phone: 9-40-77 to 80, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday – or go directly to the CRIT Yucatan, KM 34.6 of the Anillo Periférico.

Yucatan Living Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Master Dharmapriya.May 25, 26 and 27, 2012
Location: Xixim Ecoparaiso Hotel in Celestun

Yucatan Living 2012 Whale Shark Festival: June 15 – 17, 2012
Swim with Whale Sharks and help support environmental education at the same time. Ceviche Tours is donating its entire Whale Shark Festival profit to Amigos del Isla Contoy, a 501c3 non-profit that then provides support for the education of the local population on sustainable marine conservation and ecotourism. There can sometimes be as many as 200 whale sharks feeding near Isla Mujeres, so don’t miss your chance to see them.
Location: Isla Mujeres
More Information: Ceviche Tours


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