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Merida Events: Summer Fiestas!

This Week…beginning August 4, 2008

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We realize that there are more fiestas this week than there are days to travel to them but, since some last for up to two weeks, we hope you will have time to make it to most of them.

Fiestas during August

San Felipe Fiesta: 1 Day Event
August 4
This festival is in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzman. The area of San Felipe is entering pulpo season now and this is the perfect time to visit this newest tourist destination in our state.

Uayma Fiesta: 1 Day Event
August 4
This festival 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.

Mama Fiesta: 12 Day Event
August 4 through August 15
Mama is a small municipality just south of Tekit. Their festival is from August 4 through August 15, and is in honor of la Virgen de la Asunción. For this festival, there will be vaquerias, popular dances, and processions. This is a marvelous opportunity to experience the Mayan culture and well worth going to see. 

Merida Fiesta: 11 Day EventVirgen de la Asuncion, Yucatan Fiestas
August 5 through August 15
This is the fiesta put on by San Sebastian Church in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. These are always wonderful events, each with their own unique processions and styles. This fiesta’s big event involves balloons lit with candles that “ascend” up into the sky… We’ve seen it once and it’s quite spectacular. We believe this happens on the last night, the 15th.

Tecoh Fiesta: 9 Day Event
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. Take a peek here.   

Tahdziu Fiesta: 6 Day Event
August 7 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Working Gringo has visited this town during a similar fiesta, and testifies that it is a special place.

Progreso Fiesta: 8 Day Event
August 7 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of San Telmo, the saint of the fishermen. There are loads of festivities going on here, since so many folks are in town for vacation. There are parades and floats and a grand time is had by all. While searching for a picture of this fiesta, we found some wonderful pictures of several of our coastal areas, including Progreso. Click here and enjoy.

Tahmek Fiesta: 5 Day Event
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.

Dzoncauich Fiesta: 5 Day Event
August 8 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Juan Bautista. The municipality is located just south of Temax and Buctzotz, so look for artwork and fine hemp hammocks at this fair. 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.

Dzidzantun Fiesta: 5 Day Event
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.

Tetiz Fiesta: 6 Day Event
August 10 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Nuestra Senora 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 Virgin of the Asunción makes a journey to Hunucma. Read more about it here.

Yobain Fiesta: 1 Day Event
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.

Hunucma Fiesta: 6 Day Event
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, its 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.

Every week…

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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 4, 2008

Yucatan Living No events programmed on MondayYucatecan Trova

Tuesday (Martes) August 5, 2008

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova:Trio Romance
This performance is under the direction of Daniel Ayuso Montero. These are always special events and this one should be the best of the evening. 
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Planet of the Apes
(U.S., 1968) Starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, James Whitmore, and Linda Harrison. An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. Suprisingly good movie, and not surprisingly campy.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon and Calle 20 Garcia Gineres
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miércoles) August 6, 2008

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Maricarmen Peniche
"Thus Sings Yucatan" is the name of the performance that will be given by Yucatan’s young lady of song. Look for great things from this artist both now and in the future.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in Centro Cultural de Merida Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 MXP

Yucatan Living Documentary: 2012: The Truth of the Mayan Prophesies
This is a documentary by Silke Grasreiner and will be in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) August 7, 2008

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Recital of Voice and Piano
The tenor Julio Velasquez is usually accompanied by Alberto Alvarez on the piano. This is the absolute "must see" performance of the evening. For a preview of this exceptional talent, click here.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Admission: Free

First Feature: Olympia
This is a documentary about the 1936 Olympics that was compiled by Leni Riefenstahl. Both the topic and the war of the worldsdirector make this a must see production. For a synopsis and more, visit the website of this extraordinary film here.
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Second Feature: War of the Worlds
(U.S., 1953). Yes, this is it! The original movie! Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, and Robert Cornthwaite scared us half to death in this film version of H.G. Wells’ novel that caused mass hysteria when he read it on the radio. The Martians were coming and all of us were thrilled to be terrified. This one is always worth seeing.
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday

Yucatan Living Documentary: Corazon de Fabrica (Heart of the Factory)
(Molina/Ardito, Argentina, 2008) The film looks at the life of a group of workers, men and women, inhabitants of the Argentinean Patagonia. These workers start a fight to stop the deaths and accidents that happen in the factory where they work. They live complex and dangerous conflicts and they are taking more and more commitment, something many of them had never imagined could happen. 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
After a one month hiatus, the LEGENDARY Yucatones are finally back on the boards. They will once again be holding down the fort this Thursday night, and all Thursdays in August at Jazzin’ Merida, now that "Jungle" Dan Prescher has returned from the wilds of Central America. Dan promise to regale the crowd with tales of derring-do in the jungles and the mountains (see photo as Dan battles one of the big cats), and Gary promises to be mightily bored as he does so. Dan also wishes to apologize for not having his priorities straight and allowing that "career thing" to take him out of town for July. He promises to put the music first from now on, and will never let it happen again… unless it does happen again. Dan and Gary both look forward to seeing many new faces and all their old friends (Toneheads as they fondly think of you) Thursday, and throughout the month.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Thursday
Phone: 924-5628

Friday (Viernes) August 8, 2008

Yucatan Living Summer Book Fair (10 Day Event)
Is it that time of year again already? The Summer Book Fair is always a great success, so do get down to Centro and see what they’ve got to offer this year. We do ask that you keep the Museum of the City in mind as you shop. If you see anything that might be of historical and/or cultural  value (even in the future) please pick up a copy and donate it to the Museum of the City.
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Dates: August 8 through August 17, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Cinema Series: Latitude Zero
(Brazil, 2001) Directed by Tony Ventura; Starring Celso Freteschi and Debora Duboc. Two single people find themselves alone in a bar. She is an abandoned woman. He is running from the police. The movie is one scene and explores the relationship that develops between these two individuals.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s music is courtesy of Rene Monterosa, a virtouse jazz pianist.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Friday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Dramatic Art: Mestiza Power
The group Saas Tun performs Mestiza Power under the direction of Conchi Leon. We are seeing more dramatic art presentations lately and they are exceptionally good. Look for Yucatan to take center stage worldwide in this medium in the very near future.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60 MXP; with $40 MXP for children over 10, students, and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Documentaries: El Tunel (The Tunnel) and Cuando la justicia se hace pueblo "Reclaiming Justice"Reclaiming Justice movie
Casa de la Cultura Elena Poniatowska is screening two short documentaries. One that portrays the reality of the Mexican courts and the ustification for the implementation of oral trials, and "Reclaiming Justice" is the story of 42 Mixteco and Tlapaneco communities in the Costa-Monta region of Guerrero who, faced with injustice and corruption of local authorities and established the Indigenous Community Police (ICP) in 1995. Both documentaries are 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 9, 2008

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: La Entraña de lo Vivo
The recent work of Lucina Castillo. This showing will continue until September 14. These are the same works that were recently on display in Lucina Galeria of Teatro Peon Contreras.
Location: Callejon del Congreso, Centro Historico
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingContemporary Cinema Series: The Way Home
(South Korea, 2002). An urban raised 7-year old boy is left with his rural grandmother while his mother looks for work. He rebels, but is ultimately a changed boy when his mother returns.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz at Jazzin’ Merida
Tonite’s performance is by Junior Jazz, a group of young Yucatecan musicians.
Location: Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55Cantunis Movie
Time: Opens 8 PM, Live performances at 9 and 10:50 PM Saturday
Phone: 924-5628

Yucatan Living Documentary: Can Tunis
(Gonzales and Toledo/Spain, 2007)The residents of Can Tunis, one of the poorest and most insalubrious neighbourhoods of Barcelona, are threatened with expulsion. Inhabited mostly by gypsies and drug addicts, the land has been bought by developers who arrive one morning to demolish the houses. They are confronted by a united community who drown their problems in permanent partying and who dread the idea of being separated into soulless housing projects. Spanish with English subtitles. For a preview click here.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Dramatic Art: Mestiza Power
The group Saas Tun performs Mestiza Power under the direction of Conchi Leon. We are seeing more dramatic art presentations lately and they are exceptionally good. Look for Yucatan to take center stage worldwide in this medium in the very near future.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $60 MXP; with $40 MXP for children over 10, students, and INAPAM

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 10, 2008Espartaco Ballet

Yucatan Living Compania de Danza Clasica de Yucatan en Espartaco
The Classical Dance Company of Yucatan in Sparticus
Espartaco is a ballet in two acts and an epilogue by Aram Khachaturian. It is choreographed by and under the direction of Victor Salas. This is the national opening of this performance and is expected to be a spectacular extravaganza. It certainly is our pick of the evening’s entertainment.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets at the Ticket Office; For information call: 924-2954 or 924-3843

Yucatan Living Documentary: The March of the Penguins
This National Geographic documentary is one of everyone’s all time favorites and a great place to get in out of the heat! For a great preview of this beloved show, click here.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avendia Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Other Events in August

Yucatan Living On August 15th: The Yucatones at Hotel Zamná
The Yucatones are back and will be doing their thing at Hotel Zamná. A buffet dinner will be served.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53, #547 x 70 y 72, Santiago District of downtown; phone: (999) 924-0103
Time: Dinner 8:30 PM ; Show 9:00 PM
Admission: $45 MXP

Yucatan Living Coming on August 19th: The National Ballet of Georgia
Get your tickets NOW !!!  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
Admission: $450, $350, and $250 MXP  Get your tickets early!

Yucatan Living Coming on August 20th: Tango en Piel!
Get your tickets NOW for this too. 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 Teatro’s box office.

 

For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click here for our Ongoing Events Calendar


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4 Responses to “Merida Events: Summer Fiestas!”

  1. I am completely amazed to see how you keep going with all these information of events, places and costumes that we expatriates on the other side of the border have forgotten or even never knew existed.
    Thanks again I love to read as much as I can.
    p.s. See you soon, I am coming down next month hopefully, please stop by Peregrina/Chelem if you have some time.

  2. The descriptive information you regularly provide regarding “yucatanliving.com” is uplifting and extremely valuable for all of us who are planing to make Yucatan our final home and destination. The Georgia National Ballet Group is an stupendous…electrifying performance. You are very fortunate indeed to live in such great and cultural atmosphere… right there in Yucatan !!! Thank You !!

  3. My wife and I enjoy traveling to some of the more obscure places in the Yucatan. Two weeks ago we were back in Ixmul , a forgotten ruin site and home to the Church of the Blistered Cross. So we decided this morning to go to Mama and then Tecoh. We drove into Chumayel , south of Mama, because Julia Kalmon had told us a story about her visiting a grave yard there that held a grave to a tax collector from the time of Montejo.

    We then went on to Mama where they were just setting up for a big fiesta on Sunday. We knew a friend of ours, who is studying the the effects of immigration from Mama to the U.S. and the monies that is sent back to families still in Mama. We asked around town for the curly headed, chubby Americano and were quickly directed to his “office” in a local eatery. We plan to return on Sunday after the Leone’s game and meet up with him again and enjoy the party. He’s kind of a “celebrity” in town.

    We were then on to Tecoh but alas not much was happening. A local informed us the the fiesta was next week. Unfortunately the church was closed for the day. We did have a marvelous lunch at a cocina economica called Multun across from the church. It was our second time eating there. The first time we had fabulous Chilis Rellenos and this time it was meat balls. Don’t let the appearance of the place put you off, the food is great.

  4. Regarding the “Most Popular Articles” section, “Yukatan Survivor,” Working Gringa asked for the translation of “Procuraduria General de Justicia.” In English this would read: General Attorney’s Office of Justice.

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