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Merida Events: Summer Fiestas

This Week… starting August 01, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week


We finally made it to the Real Summer Vacation in Yucatan and there’s a different festival or fiesta to visit almost every day in the month of August. Leave the concrete and heat behind and enjoy all that the rest that our state has to offer!

Yucatan Living San Crisanto Festival del Coco: July 31 through August 7
San Crisanto, one of the lovely beach villages along the Yucatan Gulf Coast, is having their tenth annual Festival del Coco. Besides music (there is lots of that…), there is probably delicious things to eat made from coconuts… cookies, pies, flan, you name it.

Yucatan Living Merida Fiesta: August 1 through August 9
This is, in reality, two separate neighborhood fiestas. One is in Santiago and the other is in San Sebastian. Loads of activities going on in the plazas and parks, we can tell you that this fiesta is just like the ones we’ve seen in the pueblos, only bigger and louder. And with more firecrackers (voladores) and fireworks!

Yucatan Living Cenotillo Fiesta: August 3 through August 12
It looks as if the Municipality of Cenotillo is the place to be for the first half of the month of August. They have two fiestas this month. The first is in honor of Santa Clara. Merida GremiosThis one is 10 days long and takes place in the town of Cenotillo. The day after this fiesta ends, they begin a 3 day fiesta (from August 13 through August 14) in honor of la Virgen de la Asuncion, in the town of Tixbacab. Cenotillo is located just south of Buctzotz and north of Quintana Roo and Dzitas. Cenotillo, like so many other municipalities that are just inland from the coast, has a wealth of both Mayan ruins and Spanish churches and public buildings. These are great places to visit, especially since the project to restore all of the old churches in the state is well underway.

Yucatan Living Uayma Fiesta: August 4
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Domingo. The most important artisan activity in this municipality is pottery, so a trip to Uayma is always a good idea and a fiesta just makes the trip all the more enjoyable. Uayma is located just this side of Valladolid and Temozon. And of course, if you haven’t yet been to Uayma to see the beautiful church there, you should read our Uayma article, and then go!

Yucatan Living Mama Fiesta: August 4 through August 15Virgen de la Asuncion in Yucatan
Mama is a small municipality just south of Tekit. This fiesta is in honor of la Virgen de la Asunción. For this fiesta, there will be vaquerias, popular dances, and processions. This is a marvelous opportunity to experience the Mayan culture and well worth going to see. Pottery is the major activity of the artisans in this area, so visiting in Mama should be an extra shopping treat.

Yucatan Living San Felipe Fiesta: August 4
This festival is in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzman. The area of San Felipe is entering pulpo (octopus) season now and this is the perfect time to visit this newest tourist destination in our state.

Yucatan Living Tecoh Fiesta: August 6 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. If you are shopping for something special, some of the artisans here just happen to be woodcarvers. Tecoh has a cenote that has a light show and a restored retablo that is a must see. Tecoh is located just to the southeast of Merida, so its an easy trip that is well worth making.    

Yucatan Living Tahmek Fiesta: August 7 through August 11
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Click here  for a great map of this area. As you can see, this entire area is quite near the city and offers easy access to some of the best artisan locations in all of Yucatan. If you haven’t visited the interior of the state, this is the perfect opportunity.

Yucatan Living Progreso Fiesta: August 7 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of San Telmo, the patron saint of the fishermen. There are loads of festivities going on here, especially since so many folks are in town for vacation. There are parades and floats and a grand time is had by all. For you newbies all along the beach, get ready… when this fiesta is over, there’s going to be another one in your town! Summer vacation is drawing to a close and everyone is going to enjoy these last two or three weeks.

Yucatan Living Tahdziu Fiesta: August 7 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Tahdziu is located just south of Yaxcaba. Look for hammocks of cotton here, as well as the much prized embroidery by hand. The archaeological zones of Xemas and Sitpach are both located in Tahdziu. The whole area looks just wonderful and well worth a trip to the Deep South of Yucatan.

 

In the City of Merida

 

Monday (Lunes) August 01, 2011

Yucatan Living II Festival of Contemporary Dance: Yucatan Escenica
Aug. 1: Tumak’at (Merida)
There will also be workshops going on during the day. If you know a dancer, you might want to make a note of the dates and help them plan to attend next year. 
Location: Sala de Artes Cressida, Calle 60 x 37 D, Bodega 1, Aguilas de Chuburna
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission:  $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Temporada de Opera en el Cine: The Magic FluteOpera: The Magic Flute
Come and watch opera from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and at the same time, support the opera in Merida.
Location: Movie theaters at Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: $40 pesos donation to Opera Yucatan

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 02, 2011

Yucatan Living Advanced Salsa Class
Advanced salsa classes taught by Chicago-based dancer Laura Riebock. Must be 16 or older. Class taught in English and Spanish. Beginning class on Wednesday.
Location: Habla, Calle 26 # 99-B x 19 y 21 Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission:  $200 pesos per person ($300 pesos per couple)

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Vendaval
This singing performance is under the direction of Elias Reyes.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM TuesdayCholo in Yucatan
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living1st Anniversary of the Death of Hector Herrera “Cholo”
Location: Museum of the City of Merida
Time: 7:30 PM, Tuesday, Presentation of the Piece of the Month
And 8:00 PM: A Conference on the life and work of Hector Herrera “Cholo” and Regional Theater, directed by his widow: Maestra Jazmin Lopez (“Tina Tuyub”)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living II Festival of Contemporary Dance: Yucatan Escenica
Aug. 2: Moving Borders (DF)
More dance performances and workshops. If you know a dancer, you might want to make a note of the dates and help them plan to attend next year. 
Location: Sala de Artes Cressida, Calle 60 x 37 D, Bodega 1, Aguilas de Chuburna
Time: 8:30 PM, Tuesday
Admission:  $80 pesosYucatecan Rock Group

Yucatan Living In Concert: Rougitte
This performance is the presentation of rock group Rougitte’s new CD, Origame. For a sample of their music click here to hear Rougitte
Location: Café Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 64 x 63
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 03, 2011

Yucatan Living II Festival of Contemporary Dance: Yucatan Escenica
Aug.3: Ensemble Intimo Alterno (Merida)
Continued dance performances for the Festival of Dance.
Location: Sala de Artes Cressida, Calle 60 x 37 D, Bodega 1, Aguilas de Chuburna
Time: 8:30 PM, Wednesday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Advanced Salsa Class
Beginning salsa classes taught by Chicago-based dancer Laura Riebock. Must be 16 or older. Class taught in English and Spanish.
Location: Habla, Calle 26 # 99-B x 19 y 21 Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $250 pesos per person ($350 pesos per couple)

Yucatan Living Brazilian Percussion Class
Great class for anyone, especially parents and children. Taught in Spanish AND English!
Location: Habla, Calle 26 # 99-B x 19 y 21 Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $250 pesos per person ($350 pesos per couple)

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 04, 2011

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

Yucatan Living Advanced Salsa Class
Advanced salsa classes taught by Chicago-based dancer Laura Riebock. Must be 16 or older. Class taught in English and Spanish. Beginning class on Wednesday.
Location: Habla, Calle 26 # 99-B x 19 y 21 Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $200 pesos per person ($300 pesos per couple)

Art Opening in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exposition: The Colors in Nature
This presentation is of the Drawings and Watercolors of Juan Carlos Chap. It will be open from August 04-September 04.
Location: Galeria de Callejon de Congreso in Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thusday
Admission: Free.

Yucatan Living Opening of the Collective Photographic Exposition
This exposition is called Eight Eyes in Space (Ocho Miradas al Espacio). The coordinator is Roberto Ayala Perez.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti/ Parque de las Americas. Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living II Festival of Contemporary Dance: Yucatan Escenica
Aug. 4: Akl Azotamos Danza (Morelia)
Continued performances in the Festival of Dance.
Location: Sala de Artes Cressida, Calle 60 x 37 D, Bodega 1, Aguilas de Chuburna
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission:  $80 pesos

 

Friday (Viernes) August 05, 2011

Yucatan Living Dance Theater: Soupirs Nocturnes
This should be an interesting performance. A nocturne is usually a musical composition that is inspired by or evocative of, the night. A soupir is a sigh. So, loosely translated, this performance is dance theater with nocturnal sighs as its theme. The performance is under the direction of Sandra Lara.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Opening of a Collective Art Exhibition: Between Heaven and Earth
This is a presentation of paintings, sculpture, graphics and photographs, under the coordination of Maestra Malena Peon, with the cooperation of Galeria Merida, Soho Galleries and the Institut de Cultura de Yucatan. Show will be open from August 5 to September 4.
Location: Galeria Principal of Teatro Peon Contreras. Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance
This is a performance by Compania de Espectaculos Musicales de Yucatan, under the direction of Meilyn Fuentes.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets available at the box officeFestival of Comtemporary Dance in Yucatan

Yucatan Living II Festival of Contemporary Dance: Yucatan Escenica
Aug. 5: Dominik Borucki (Germany-Spain)
Location: Sala de Artes Cressida, Calle 60 x 37 D, Bodega 1, Aguilas de Chuburna
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission:  $80 pesos

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 06, 2011

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 II Festival of Contemporary Dance: Yucatan Escenica
Aug. 6 & 7: Cressida (Merida)
The Festival of Contemporary Dance continues…
Location: Sala de Artes Cressida, Calle 60 x 37 D, Bodega 1, Aguilas de Chuburna
Time: 8:30 PMMayan Music Performances
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living In Concert: Yum Kin
Six Performances in August: Fridays: 12 and 19, plus every Saturday night
You don’t want to miss this group. They are the very popular group that plays some of today’s finest Mayan Music on prehispanic instruments.
Location: Restaurante Vegetariano Savia , Calle 59 x 52 y 54
Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Admission:  No Cover Charge

Yucatan Living Contemporary Classic Cinema: El Regreso (The Return)
(2003). In the remote Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father–a man they only know through a single photograph–resurfaces. This movie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, won 28 other awards and had 12 other nominations for awards.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) August 07, 2011

Yucatan Living Documentary: Cosmic CollisionsCosmic Collisions
This documentary, made by the American Museum of Natural History and NASA, reveals that cosmic collisions continuously occur in our solar system and that our planet may not be as safe as we have always believed it is
Location: Natural History Museum, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Classic Cinema: The City of Lost Children
(1995 USA) A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. Fascinating movie and visually unique.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living II Festival of Contemporary Dance: Yucatan Escenica
Aug. 6 & 7: Cressida (Merida)
Continuing performances of the Festival of Contemporary Dance.
Location: Sala de Artes Cressida, Calle 60 x 37 D, Bodega 1, Aguilas de Chuburna
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: $80 pesos

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living On Monday Nights:
Temporada de Opera en el Cine:

Aug. 8: Tosca
Aug. 15: La Cenicienta
Aug. 22: Aida
Location: Movie theaters at the Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $40 peso donation to Opera Yucatan

Yucatan Living In Concert: Yum Kin
6 Performances in August: Fridays: 12 & 19, plus every Saturday night
You don’t want to miss this group. They are the very popular group that plays some of today’s finest Mayan Music on prehispanic instruments.
Location: Restaurante Vegetariano Savia , Calle 59 x 52 y 54
Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Admission:  No Cover Charge

Yucatan Living Concert: Colin Gow and More: August 12Colin Gow in Merida
If you love Rock’n Roll music from the 60′s and 70′s,  such as Beatles, Eagles, James Taylor, Elton John, Jim Croce, Roy Orbison, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Don McClain, and many more, this is the event for you!
Preview Colin Gow at El Hoyo.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Joaquin Sabina in Concert: October 30, 2011
Joaquin Sabina brings his new tour “El Penultimo Tren” to Merida.
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI, Calle 60 Norte #299-E Ex-Codemex, Col. Revolución, Between Gran Plaza and Liverpool
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets at Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Prices: $1,500 (Diamante), $1,200 (VIP), $900 (Platino), $600 (Oro) and $350 (Plata).
Info: 941-60-95 and 313-10-66.

Yucatan Living First Annual Merida Music Festival: November 20
All day music festival featuring 20 bands, including bands from Cuba, Ireland and the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Only 2000 tickets will be sold. The event will be catered by Hennessy’s.
Location: At Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: More information to follow.
Admission: Tickets will be $195 USD per person or $350 USD per couple.

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