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Merida Events: Summer Fiestas Abound!

This Week… starting August 06, 2012

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Festivals and Fiesta!
Summer is officially underway and, as always, there is a mass exodus from the heat of the city to the cooler climate of the municipalities. Children are out of school and, just like everywhere else, its time to visit family in rural areas of Yucatan. Municipal festivals and fiestas abound, so don’t miss an opportunity for any number of interesting day trips. Attending local festivals and fiestas is the best way we know of learning more about every area in Yucatan. Note to the savvy shoppers among us: If you are in Yucatan in August, never take a day trip without your Christmas shopping list. Treasures abound!

Yucatan Living Merida Fiesta: August 01 through 09
This is, in reality, two separate neighborhood fiestas. One is in Santiago and the other is in Xmatkuil. Loads of activities going on in the plazas and parks, as well as opportunities to buy from artisans at great summer vacation shopping prices. Remember, most folks are at the beach, so prices will be excellent in the city and especially so in these two neighborhoods.

Yucatan Living 2012 Feria Tunich – August 10 to 19
This is probably the best loved crafts fair in all of Yucatan and it is an absolute must if you are shopping for your home. The fair begins on a Friday and lasts two full weekends and the week in between. Guest artisans will be from Campeche and look for our own Yucateco League of Artisans to go all out this year. Visit our article on The Stones of Dzitya to learn more about the treasures you can find in this small town on the north side of Merida. We know this fair was in danger of being cancelled this year and we are glad to see that it is going forth again this year!
Location: Town of Dzitya
Time: Friday August 10 through Sunday August 19
Admission: Free but bring plenty of shopping pesos

Yucatan Living Cenotillo Fiesta: August 03 through 12 Cenotillo Fiesta
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. This 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. The hammocks you will find in this area are woven from hemp. 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 Mama Fiesta: August 04 through 15 Tecoh, Yucatan, Traditional Fiesta
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 Tecoh Fiesta: August 06 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 07 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 07 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 Dzoncauich Fiesta: August 08 through August 12
This Fiesta is in honor of San Juan Bautista. The municipality of Dzoncauich is located just south of Temax and Buctzotz, so look for artwork and fine hemp hammocks here. With fewer than 3,000 people living in this municipality, this is one of our areas in which most of the citizens are Mayans. It has a welcoming culture and is well worth visiting.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta: August 10 through August 15
This Fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Hunucma has come such a long way. Fifteen years ago, it was “way out of town” but now, it’ s just around the corner. Much has happened in Hunucma in those years and the fairs and festivals reflect their growth and development. Look for typical clothing, henequen sandals, carved coconut shells, original jewelry designs, saddlery and leather goods. For a sneak preview of Hunucma, Click here to see Bicycle Yucatan’s visit there.

Yucatan Living Yobain Fiesta: August 10 through August 18
This Fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Here is a great map to this area. This municipality has everything from a coastline to agriculture and beekeeping, and all while still retaining a distinctly rural character. It is a great place to just wander and take pictures on a lazy day with nothing else to do. The shopping isn’t bad either. This is the municipality in which the artisans work with shells, including snail shells, so look for some outstanding work here.

Yucatan Living Tetiz Fiesta: August 10through August 15 Virgen de la Asuncion in Yucatan This Fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. The area is on the coast, just this side of Celestun. This is the land of flamingos, so cameras are a must when visiting in the area. You might want to also plan on another visit to this area for the Festival of Candelaria in February, when the Virgen de la Asunción makes a journey to Hunucma. Read more about it here .

Yucatan Living Dzidzantun Fiesta: August 10 through August 14
This Fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara, with the processionals taking place on August 11th. For those of you who do not know where Dzidzantun is located, just take out a map of Yucatan and look along the beach to the east of Chicxulub and Telchac. Most of the inhabitants of this area are fishermen, but it is well worth anyone’s time to explore beaches that are not loaded with tourists and visitors, especially at this time of year.

Yucatan Living Oxkutzcab Fiesta: August 10 through August 18
Oxkutzcab is our Orange Capital and that fact is evident in every fiesta in the area. Look in Oxkutzcab for artisans who work with stone, clay, and jewelry. The Oxkutzcab community has thrown itself into bringing their entire area into the 21st century and this late summer fiesta is no exception. If you haven’t been to the Fall Orange Festival in Oxkutzcab, Click here for a great site from which to explore this up and coming city in Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Muna Fiesta: August 12 through August 15
This Fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Come to enjoy the fiesta and shop for jewelry, wood and stone carvings, and leather goods. To see pictures of the church, click here .

Yucatan Living Buctzotz Fiesta: August 13through 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 .

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) August 06, 2012

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Madame Butterfly
Opera in the Movies in Yucatan During the Summer, Opera Yucatan presents repeat performances of the best loved operas of the previous season.
Location: Cines Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 07, 2012

Yucatan LivingLook for a list of ongoing events here

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 08, 2012

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Navigators
This exhibition presents the work of Beatriz Carrillo.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas , Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Gineres.
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 09, 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) August 10, 2012

Los Daniels in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Los Daniels in Concert
Los Daniels are a Mexican rock band formed in 2007. They have released three albums since then, and gained popularity throughout Mexico. And now they are giving an outdoor concert in Merida… should be fun! Want to hear their music? Click here…
Location: Prolongacion Paseo de Montejo #498, about 30 meters from the Monumento a la Bandera.
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Presale: $150 pesos; at the Box Office on the night of the event: $170 pesos

Yucatan Living Japanese Film Series: End of Summer
(Japan, 1961). Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Starring Ganjiro Nakamura, Setsuko Hara and Yoko Tsukasa. The Kohayagawa family prepares for the wedding of Noriko, their youngest daughter, while her sister, Akiko, a widow with two children, receives a marriage proposal from a wealthy man. In the middle of it all, the old family patriarch, Banpei, decides to visit his former lover, which infuriates his daughter, the mother of Noriko and Akiko.Japanese Film Festival in Yucatan
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 11, 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 LivingAlternative Music in Yucatan Concert: Sound and Rhythm, Merida 2012 Maya Spaces
This is a concert of alternative music by Mayaclan, Mama Ruda y Los Shdh, and La Kolekta. Another outdoor concert in the city… what fun!
Location: Calle 62 # 468 A x 55 y 57, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living Playful Space: Crazy Eggs
This is a weekly crafts workshop for the purpose of exposing children to the different expressions of art through play. The workshop is led by Maestra Deiby Sierra.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas , Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés.
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Japanese Film Series: Children of Hiroshima
(Japan 1952) Kaneto Shindo, with Nabuko Otowa, Osamu Takizawa and Niwa Saito. Post war Hiroshima: It’s been four years since the last time she visited her hometown. Takako faces the after effects of the A-bomb when she travels around the city to call on old friends. This is a 1956 BAFTA Award winning film, as well as having won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 12, 2012

Yucatan LivingMuseum of Natural History in Merida Documentary: Walking With Dinosaurs: Age of the Titans
As Pangea separates and the sea gains ground, the climate became more humid and vast forests and grasslands gave the dinosaurs an environment in which they could diversify.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cars 2
(U.S. 2011) Director: John Lasseter. Lightning McQueen and Mater travel abroad to participate in the first World Championship. The first stop is Tokyo (Japan), where Matt gets involved in a case of unexpected international espionage and has to become a secret agent.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingJapanese Film Series in Yucatan Japanese Film Series: Children of Hiroshima
(Japan 1952) Kaneto Shindo, with Nabuko Otowa, Osamu Takizawa and Niwa Saito. Post war Hiroshima: It’s been four years since the last time she visited her hometown. Takako faces the after effects of the A-bomb when she travels around the city to call on old friends. This is a 1956 BAFTA Award winning film, as well as having won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953. Its also not a film you are likely to see on your favorite cable channel anytime soon, so it might just be worth making time for!
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Banda Sinfonica Juvenil de Yucatan
Please don’t miss an opportunity to come out and see this young orchestra. These are young people dedicating their lives to music… and as with many wonderful music events this summer, its free!
Location: Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) August 13, 2012

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Lucia de Lammermoor
Opera in the Movies in Yucatan During the Summer, Opera Yucatan screens repeat performances of the best loved operas of the previous season.
Location: Cines Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Opera at the Cinema
During the Summer, Opera Yucatan screens repeat performances of the best loved operas of the previous season. This year, those repeat performances include:
Monday August 20, 2012: Pagliacci
Monday August 27, 2012: Norma
Monday September 3, 2012: Turandot
Monday September 10, 2012: Aida
Location: Cines Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird watching Experience
Toh Bird Festival invites you this wonderful experience. You get to visit the archeological zone of Mayapan and watch some of Yucatan special birds. Space is limited and confirmation is required, so call (999)985- 5991 or e-mail dsalas60 [at] gmail [dot] com
Location: Meeting point is at Aurrera on Av. Quetzalcoatl. Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, etc.
Time: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Van costs $ 800 pesos, divided between all participants.

Juanes come to Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert: Juanes Unplugged Tour – Wednesday August 19, 2012
This should be one of the most exciting concerts of the summer! If you want tickets, now is the time to get them. And if you don’t know who Juanes is, time to educate yourself! Click here…
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the Siglo XXI box office and at ticketmaster.com.mx
Ticket Prices (in pesos): Diamond: $1,750, VIP $1,250, Gold: $850, General $400

Yucatan Living Yucatan 2012 Arts and Entertainment Festival - August 30, 2012
Six Bands (Rock, Pop, Blues, R&B): Among Equals, Aneurisma, Flus Boox, Orange House, Sol Survivor, Volt. An entire day of music, art, food and fun. MC’d by Mel Blossom. Featured art works and pieces by local artists.
Location: Casa Excelencia, Calle 29 x 142-A y 152, Nueva Yucalpeten
Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Advance: $200 pesos, At the Door: $250 pesos
More information: Michael Axford (mesicancoastal [at] yahoo [dot] com) or Beamon Battie (beamonbattie [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yucatan Living Concert: Alejandro SanzTuesday October 16, 2012
Another great popular singer, this time from Spain, comes to Merida this summer! The title of this tour is “La Musica No Se Toca.” Alejandro Sanz has won fifteen Latin grammy awards, including three times for Best Album, more than any other Latin artist. He has also won three Grammy awards, and was the first Spanish artist to record an MTV Unplugged album. He is known for his flamenco-influenced ballads, but also experiments with other genres. Definitely worth seeing!! Here’s a song to whet your appetite…
Location: Estadio Kukulcan, Circuito Oriente
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets available at Hotel Conquistador and at ticketmaster.com.mx
Ticket Prices (in pesos): Diamond: $2,850, VIP: $1,900, Lower seats (orchestra level): $750, General: $400.

Yucatan Living Third Jose Jacinto Cuevas National and International Piano CompetitionNovember 24 to December 1, 2012
Contestants in this competition are all world class pianists. Never miss even one of these performances! We even recommend the practice sessions! Be sure to be there on November 30, where you will be able to watch the three best of the best pianists compete for this award, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan.
Location: Yet to be announced
Time: Yet to be announced
Admission: Yet to be announced

 

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3 Responses to “Merida Events: Summer Fiestas Abound!”

  1. Very helpful listing — particularly of the local fairs. With so many in mid to late August 2012 — what to do?? The temptation is simply to return to the artisan fair in Mérida’s Dzitya comisario. Yet other fairs beckon as well…

  2. What offerings, I am impressed beyond belief….more reasons to break up my tents and move to Merida…despite the scary temperature change….

  3. Don’t worry… you get used to it :-)

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