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Merida Ongoing Events

For information on This Week’s Events in Merida
Please check our Weekly Events Article
or our Month-At-A-Glance Calendar

Ongoing Events

Monday (Lunes)

Yucatan Living Kabbalah Course (Mondays) for 20 Mondays starting in July 2014
Discover the science that explains the meaning of life. This course is sponsored by the Kabbalah Mexico Education & Research Institute.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas; Av. Colon x Calle 20 / Col Garcia Ginerés
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Monday
More Information: Ing. Vicente Kú May or Lic. Jorge Alberto Buenfil Valencia: Phone: 987-3383 or cell: (999) 904-8677

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary. The library really needs English-speaking participants, as word is getting out that this is a great place to learn English. It also happens to be a great place to learn Spanish, too, and to make some friends outside of the expat community. Come and participate!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.Vaqueria in Merida, Yucatan
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Small Donation

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Hennessy’s Movie Night
Each week, a new movie. Watch outside with friends while you enjoy dinner or a drink or both.
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub / Polo Bar, Paseo Montejo x 61 y 43, Centro Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Jehovah’s Witnesses: English Meetings
Location: Calle 50 #231 x 19 y 21, Col. Roma (near Plaza Las Americas).
Time: 7:00 PM, every Monday

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Vaqueria
Performances by the Ballet Folklorico de Merida, accompanied by the Orchestra Jaranera. This celebration has its roots in the 18th century, when cattle ranching was the main source of wealth on the Yucatan Peninsula. Ranchers held huge fiestas to show off their wealth during branding time. The dances were adapted by the wives of the cowboys and soon developed into the signature dances of Yucatan.
Preview: Monday’s Vaqueria
Location: In front of the Municipal Palace (the building with the clock), Calle 62 x 63
Time: The first note of “Aires Yucatecos” begins at 9:00 PM, every Monday
Admission: Free

 

 Tuesday (Martes)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida English Library House Tours
The MEL House Tours are the original tours, and the only ones in Merida where all the proceeds go to benefit the non-profit library. Meet at the Merida English Library at 9 AM for a three hour tour of finished homes, renovated homes, homes-in-process and private homes. Enjoy the tour multiple times, because every time is different! Check the website to see when the tours start in the fall.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 between 66 and 68
Dates and Time: 9:00 AM, every Tuesday from October through April
Admission: Members and Guests: $150 pesos, Non-members: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Musical Memories
This weekly dance has been held every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. Come out and enjoy the Big Band sounds of the 1940′s, performed by members of the wonderful Jaranera Orchestra. Best of all, this is a great place to practice your chachacha and your mambo, or just sit and watch others enjoy dancing under the stars. You can even have dinner at a cocina economica while you watch!
Preview: A Salsa Night in Parque de Santiago 
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 x 59
Time: 8:30 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida French Afternoons at Negrita Cantina
French conversation for all levels, with support by the French Alliance of Merida. This is the place to come and enjoy either learning or practicing new French language skills or, for those for whom French is their native language, to enjoy the familiar sounds of home.
Location: La Negrita Cantina, Calle 62 x 49, Barrio de Santa Ana, Centro
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: $30 pesos, space limited to 15

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Chelem: Tuesday Farmer’s Market
Hosted by Artistas de la Playa and Masai Maya Bistro. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, handicrafts, art, children’s activities, entertainment.
Location: at the left of the 1st tope in Chelem
Time: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: Free but be prepared to shop and eat!

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Wholefood Market
Location: on the highway between Chelem and Churburna, beside Natural Thangs Garden Center on Graciella’s beautiful property. Available every week, food, as well as jewelry, blankets, trinkets, etc.
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: Free but be prepared to shop and eat!

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida Men’s Club
This is a multi-national English-speaking group whose members live in or near Merida, Yucatan. They meet for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. Speakers are invited to address the group on topics of interest. No dues. No officers. No bylaws.
Location: Main Restaurant at the Hyatt Hotel, Calle 60 x Av. Colon
Time: 8:00 AM to about 9:30 AM, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and 5th Tuesday if there is one.
Admission: Donation plus buffet is $130 pesos. Bring a friend!
Donations Support: Chicxulub Food Bank and Kids Breakfast Program of Cholul.
Additional Information: Roger Bowie at 924-6792 or Dan Ninburg at 928-2878.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida AA Steps Meetings in English
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, every Tuesday
Location: Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68, Centro
Admission: Donation
Contact: www.meridaenglishlibrary.com or (999) 924-8401

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Curry Night at Hennessy’s
Home made curry dishes cooked by the man himself, Sean Hennessy. Reservations almost certainly required.
Location: Hennessy’s Restaurant on Paseo de Montejo
Dates and Time: 8:30 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: $250 pesos for all you can eat.

 

Wednesday (Miércoles)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Al-Anon Meeting in English
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 PM, every Wednesday
Admission: Donation

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie or Documentary
Each week, a new and interesting movie. Check our weekly events listing for the movie this week! Or check their website.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, every Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida To Remember is to Live
This is a dance that begins early and ends at a reasonable hour. Music is provided by the Jaranera Orchestra, with their signature Big Band sound. It was originally intended as an entertainment venue for older dancers, but lots of other folks use it as yet another opportunity to perfect their dance steps.
Location: Parque Zoologico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 x Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida AA Discussion Meetings in English
Location: Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68, Centro
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: Donation
Contact: www.meridaenglishlibrary.com or (999) 924-8401

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie at Cairo Cinema Cafe
2 movies are shown. Check our weekly events listing for the titles or check their website.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17 Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, includes popcorn and $50 pesos for both movies.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Serenata Yucateca (Yucatecan Serenade)
This is the defining serenade of Merida and has been performed every Thursday night for over 40 years. Parque Santa Lucia, home to the Altar to Trova is the center of Merida’s romantic heart. If you are a visitor, make sure to see this particular serenade. It is well worth becoming a part of your first memory of Merida.
Preview: Trova and Merida with Los Juglares
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 9:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie or Documentary
Each week, a new and interesting movie. Check our weekly events listing for the movie this week! Or check their website
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Events in Merida AA Meeting in English
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:00 PM, every Thursday

 

Friday (Viernes)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Denis Lafoy’s TGIF
This is the party sponsored by Yucatan Trails Travel Agency and held in Hennessy’s Bar on all First Friday nights. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones.Botanas (snacks) are provided.
Location: Hennessy’s Restaurant, Paseo Montejo #486 x 41 y 43, across the street from the Anthropology Museum
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, first Friday of the month
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Events in MeridaWeekly Language Exchange
Every Friday in Hotel Campestre there is a language exchange. The comfortable setting is very peaceful, on the terrace, with great coffee. If you want to meet new friends, practice foreign languages, and have great time, please do come and join this group. There is someone new at every meeting, so don’t be afraid to come alone. Find out more at this meet-up group, Merida Language Exchange Meetup.
Location: Hotel Campestre, Calle 1d No. 248 x 36 y Prol. Montejo, Fracc. Campestre, www.meridacampestre.com/
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, every Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie or Documentary
Each week, a new and interesting movie. Check our weekly events listing for the movie this week! Or check their website.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, every Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie at Cairo Cinema Cafe
2 movies. Check our weekly events listing for the titles or check their website.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17 Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, every Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, includes popcorn and $50 pesos for both movies.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida MEL-O-Nights
This is a chance for the locals to meet the ‘extranjeros’ in a casual setting in the gardens at MEL. There is a cash bar and great botanas (snacks). Please join us for this sociable evening… meeting old friends and making new ones! If you want to know more, call the Library at 999-924-8401.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:30 PM, every Third Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida Jewish Circle Weekly Services
Friday morning shacharit services, some social events. For information and a weekly email with candle lighting times and more, write Alan or Ken at ComunidadJudiadeMerida [at] gmail [dot] com.
Location: To be sent by e-mail
Time: To be sent by e-mail
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado)

Tours of the Cathedral in English

The tour includes the choir loft, the north belltower, parts of the roof and more! This news is very exciting because these spaces were previously off limits. We often Merida Cathedral tours in Englishforget that we live with the second oldest Cathedral in the New World, the Cathedral of San Ildefonso. Merida’s cathedral is built on top of the Mayan city of T’ho. Many of the stones used in the construction of the cathedral and other old structures in Merida were taken from the temples of this ancient city. Some of us pass the Cathedral every day and hardly take notice of it anymore. These tours will be a way for English speakers to learn more about the Cathedral and better appreciate its role in the history of Yucatan.
Time: The tour in English is on Saturdays at 10:00 AM. The tour in Spanish is on Saturdays at 4:00 PM.
Admission: $50 pesos per person with tickets available inside the main doors of the Cathedral.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Operas at the Movies
Operas are presented on the first Saturday of every month. This has become one of the most well attended events in the City and we hope to see everyone there!
Location: Movie theatre at the Mundo Maya Museum by Siglo XXI
Time: Brief opera talk 11:30 AM, Opera begins 12:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie or Documentary
Each week, a new and interesting movie. Check our weekly events listing for the movie this week! Or check their website.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Events in Merida International Women’s Club Breakfast
The IWC holds a non-host breakfast that is open to both members and to potential members. You can read about the IWC here and check their calendar.
Location: Tecnologica Turistica Total, Calle 57 #492 x 56 y 58 in Merida centro
Time: 9:30 AM to Noon, last Saturday of every month except December, July & August
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Slow Foods Farmer’s Market
Organic produce, organic eggs, organic coffee, miscellaneous organic goods, cut flowers and potted plants, artisanal cheeses, ethnic foods homemade baked goods, homemade pasta, sauces, dips, preserves, organic honey, organic meats and much more! A great place to meet fellow expatriates as well.
Location: Avenida Reforma (Calle 72) x Avenida Colon, García Ginéres
Time: 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Mérida Mens Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Different locations
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, last Saturday of every month
Admission: Free (bring a friend)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Noche Mexicana
Each Saturday night, there is a performance on an outdoor stage at the beginning of Paseo de Montejo, often from a musical or dance group from another part of Mexico. Chairs are set up for the audience, but there is often standing room only. Booths selling food and handicrafts are set up in the park. The purpose of this performance is to bring all of Mexico to Merida and to our tourists from all over the world.
Location: At the beginning of Paseo de Montejo, at the Remate (corner of Calle 47)
Time: 8:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida En El Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
Live music, including jazz, salsa and trova, held on various stages around the Plaza Grande. Many of the streets leading to the Plaza are closed to all but foot traffic, and the restaurants and bars put their chairs and tables outside in the streets. This is a night designed for that Saturday night date, but they’ve got all of the shops open for business too.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM, every Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie at Cairo Cinema Cafe
2 movies. Check our weekly events listing for the titles or check their website.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17 Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, includes popcorn and $50 pesos for both movies.

 

Sunday (Domingo)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Bici-Ruta
The Bici-Ruta begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 AM. It ends at 12:30 PM. The route usually begins at Ermita de Santa Isabel, with stops at Monumento a la Patria, Paseo de Montejo x 33 y Ave. Cupules, Paseo de Montejo x 29, Paseo de Montejo x Ave. del deportista, and Paseo de Montejo x 42. Along the way, participants can participate in health education programs, music and dancing, art and sculpture classes, soccer games and more. If anyone wants to pick up a chess game, one can be found on the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de Montejo at 9:00 AM. There is a complete listing of activities (they change weekly) on the Bici-Ruta website.
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, runs through the Plaza Grande and ends at the glorietta on Prolongacion Paseo de Montejo (by Burger King), also in Ciudad Caucel around Animaya/
Time: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, every Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida En Domingo
Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Merida. Start at the center of the city, where booths are set up all the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts and more. Everything is made for sale by the local people of Yucatan. The outer ring of booths sell food, such as marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream (try the coconut), fruit, drinks, etc. If the crowd starts to get to you, wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, at Calle 55, where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and more great food.
Location: in the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Cale 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 x 61 y 63).
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, every Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie at Cairo Cinema Cafe
2 movies. Check our weekly events listing for the titles or check their website.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17 Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, every Sunday
Admission: $30 pesos, includes popcorn and $50 pesos for both movies.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Sunday Art on Paseo de Montejo
Every Sunday there are artists displaying and selling their fine art along Paseo Montejo. There are usually 20 or more artists showing their paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and more. This is your chance to meet the artists, see what’s new and maybe pick up something great for those big empty walls in your new renovated home in Merida or that house by the beach.
Location: Paseo de Montejo in front of VIPS (on the southeast corner of Avenida Colon, across from WalMart)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, every Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida English Church Services
All denominations welcome.
Location: The church, Presbyterian Iglesia Jesus, is located in Progreso on the corner of Calle 35 and Calle 80. Traveling from Merida to Progreso, cross over the Chixculub Telchac highway (passing Aurrera Bodega supermarket on the right). Take a left onto Calle 35, cross over Calle 80 and the church is on the left side on the corner of Calle 35 and 82.
Time: Service is at 8:30 AM, every Sunday.
For further information: Call or email bilingual Pastor David Correa (969) 935-1678 or email iglesiajesus [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Cathedral Mass in English
The Mass includes all Protestant denominations and Catholics. Two priests, alternating weekly, are sharing the provision of services. Some of those attending mass in English go to breakfast after the service and everyone is welcome to join in.
Location: In the North facing chapel to the left of the big altar in the main Cathedral on the Plaza Grande.
Time: 9:00 AM, every Sunday

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida: Jehovah’s Witnesses English Services
Location: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Calle 50 #231 x 19 y 21, Colonia Roma (near Plaza Las Americas)
Time: 9:00 AM, every Sunday
Admission: Public is welcome, No collections. See jw.org for more information.

 

 

For information on This Week’s One-Time Events in Merida
please check our Weekly Events Calendar

If you know of a regular ongoing event in Merida and the surrounding area that you think should be included here, please email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com

 


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79 Responses to “Merida Ongoing Events”

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

  2. Don’t know if anyone will get this but we plan to come from Chelem to the dog park tomorrow. Looking on the map it seems that we go right past the main square and turn off on to Calle 75 to the right?
    If you se this can you please reply and I hope we make it

    Nan

  3. Nan, it’s too late for this Sunday, but for the next time, you cannot make a right on 75 if you are coming from the north. You would need to go south on 62 and make a left (go east ) on 75. I hope you found the dog park, it’s a great group.
    regards,
    Theresa

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

  5. Thanks Theresa, We didn’t make it last Sunday as we slept in but hope to get up on time next week. Thanks for the directions

    Nan

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  13. [...] to healthy food and cooking by regularly visiting Theresa’s Cooking Blog. …and don’t forget Yucatan Living’s Classes page, where you can find an exercise class for anyone of any level of fitness. These resources and [...]

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

  15. I am looking to move to Mexico around Cancun or Merida.
    We are located in Orlando, Florida.
    My concern is Education for my children, one of them is a Junior in HS, eighth grade, and six grade.
    They only speak English.
    Are there Private Schools in English?
    How expensive is there to live in Mexico?
    Crime rate?
    They all play Soccer and they love to play the Sport, as well.

    Thanks,
    Mario

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

  17. Mario,

    Yucatan is addicted to soccer. It is in all of the schools and all of the sports complexes, and on every vacant lot in every town and village. Take a look at this video to see what’s coming in 2011. You might also enjoy our article on fútbol jerseys here. It has loads of extra information and the employees at those outlets may be able to give you some great specific information on soccer opportunities for your children.

    For a family with children, Merida is probably a better choice that Cancun. Living expenses are lower here, there is vastly more for children to do here, and there is very little crime here.

    For school information, read our article here. There are a lot of other articles under the Yucatan Survivor Topic that will give you insight into living here (don’t forget to read the comments!). And then join Merida Insider where you can get advice directly from other expats who have been where you are. And of course, sign up (on the right side of the page) to get Yucatan Living alerts whenever we publish a new article.

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  21. Will be in Merida during the month of February. Does anyone know of a Racquetball facility in the city?

  22. hi, one comment on your ‘Classes: Sign Up for Yoga, Dance, Meditation and More…’

    the center ‘at pure fitness’ does not exist anymore. I went there, following the instructiones found here, and the place was closed down.

  23. Working gringo,

    Although I have no idea when your answer to “Mario” was posted, it must be said that “Merida Insider” is no longer an option (for expat help) since the site no longer exists, but another site “Yolisto” (www.yolisto.com) has surfaced where similar help is provided (although I must say, at least today yolisto seems to be out of order). I sure hope this site has not suffered the same fate as Merida Insider because it would be a shame to lose 2 such sites in such a short time.

  24. [...] are interesting events for the week to come. We also, of course, have a complete listing of the Ongoing Classes and repetitive events in our Ongoing Events [...]

  25. Is it possible to contact the Tango teacher by email? I will be in Merida in January and would like to find out more about the classes.
    Thanks,
    Maria

  26. super votre site mais pourquoi pas une traduction en espagnol et en français ????

  27. What a great idea! We have no lack of great ideas for this site… but we do lack the time to implement most of them.

    It would be lovely if this entire site could be in many languages, but for now, it is targeted to English speakers. If you want to read it in another language, you can always use the Google translation tool:

    http://www.google.com/language_tools

  28. Maria,
    If you contact Anny at anny [at] casablancayucatan [dot] com, she can get you in touch with the Tango teacher.

  29. We are considering a move to Merida area and plan to spend a month there to see how we like it before buying. We are planning from Nov 25 to Dec 25 but are flexible. Does anyone know of a nice but small house for rent for the month? It must have AC and high speed internet and a parking space. There are only the two of us so we don’t need a mansion.
    Cheers,
    TA

  30. [...] our ongoing events page for events on [...]

  31. Glad to hear that Otoño Cultural will be still on when we get to Merida by the end of November. We have been going to Merida every year for the last 7 years.
    Our stay is from tbe end of November to the end of February.

    Could you tell us if the Sunday concerts at the patio of the Macay are on again?
    They were discontinued last year.

    Thank You

  32. IT is us again. Sorry for not reading first all the news letter. Now we went back up to the article about the concerts at the Macay.

    Please, do not get old, it is not fun to do things backwards, ha, ha

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  34. Hi and thanks for your site and all the information. I’m wondering if you know of a link or have access to a full class list at the new art school in Merida? I can’t seem to find their direct link. I’ll keep trying. Thanks in advance for your help.

    –J.

  35. You can find the curricula for ESAY, the art school, here:

    http://www.esay.edu.mx/

    Click on the area you are interested in (Artes Visuales, for instance) and then go to Mapa Curricular.

    Enjoy!

  36. We are thinking of moving to Merida,I have two teenagers and a 7 year old !Please tell me your experiences living there especailly if you are a teenager or have a teenager,OR a child around 7!My teenagers are VERY artistic and want to induldge in ALL art classes.

  37. Does anyone know of a nice but small house for rent for the month? It must have AC and high speed internet and a parking space. There are only the two of us so we don’t need a mansion. cause i will make it a class for some women out there who loves to belly dance.

  38. We are coming to Merida in March. Does anyone know of any dance schools in Merida that teach Jazz, Ballet, Tap etc? i am a dance teacher and would love to visit a local school when I am there.

    Thanks

  39. Awhile ago there was an article about a new Spanish school in Merida that enfasizes Hispanic literature. I think I remember reading this but can’t seem to find anything about it. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Laura

  40. That would be Habla… http://www.habla.org

    Enjoy!

  41. I love your opening photographs of each newsletter — they are beautiful and evocative of Merida. Also love your newsletter — we cannot wait to return.
    Gracias.
    Carmen y Jose

  42. [...] Special Events listed for today, but See Our Ongoing Events for plenty to do in [...]

  43. Are there any cooking classes in Merida during February ?

  44. We are coming to Merida in August and want to know if there are any ballet schools to visit? Also, I am interested in making contact w/ the Music Director or Personnel Manager of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, can anyone help?

  45. Don,

    You can read more about the director of the symphony here: http://www.yucatanliving.com/culture/juan-carlos-and-the-symphony.htm

    If you need assistance in contacting him, we would suggest you call the good people at Yucatan Expatriate Services (www.yucatanexpatriateservices.com). They should be able to help you.

  46. I am looking for friends of Bill W. I am staying in Chelem for month of March and looking to attend meetings. Can anyone give me some information? Thanks

  47. hello, i am a dance teacher from Canada looking for a dance school that teaches, modern ,jazz, tap, and ballet. My neice is here with me and looking to take classes. Does anyone know of a studio in Merida? I know there is one with a Dance Masters Certification. My email is nancyenglish [at] rogers [dot] com

  48. Albert:
    If things haven’t changed, I’ve heard in the past that Friends of Bill meet at the Merida English Library. Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Again, that may have changed, but you can check via their contact info here:

    http://www.MeridaEnglishLibrary.com

  49. Great magazine…. great issue.

    The Hacienda video is milagrosa! What a setting.

  50. It would be wonderful for both newcomers and others to be reminded of the THIRD Friday social gathering at Merica English Library. All are welcome. You don’t have to be a MELL member to come. The event begins at 7PM and ends at 10. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. It;s a great way to meet others who make Merida and its’ enviorns their home. This month it is Friday, August 20th.

  51. Thanks for the list of events and classes. perhaps you could also do a round-up of all the classes offered by the various Casas de la Cultura (Del mayab, Alborada, Iberica, etc) Academia de la Lengua Maya and others.

  52. Great idea, Anthony. We’ll work on it… it may take us a week or two. Stay tuned!

  53. This is the best you guys are doing, having a list of the “Calendar of Events” I can check
    a list of them and I wil know where to go. Thank you very much, keep doing such a wonderful service for everybody. Cesar Cervera-Rivero

  54. Does anyone know of a salsa instructor in Merida who would be able to give private lessons? I’ll look forward to any tips. Thanks!

  55. I thought I read somewhere about Yoga on Wed being held at the slow food market? Am I crazy or was there information about that. I have tried using your search box tool, but no results..Any info would be great, then I can halt the search

  56. Is there a Weight Watchers group in Merida. By the time we get there at the end of January there will be a lot less of me, so I want to keep it that way. :-)

  57. Jack, we are looking into Weight Watchers and will get back to you. If we can’t find a meeting like that, then you could try meeting with either Ed Redmond (http://physedtrain.com/services) or Phillip Geerts (http://www.meridatrainer.com). Both have them have nutritionist training and can probably help you out.

  58. Here is what we found. There are no Weight Watcher’s meetings in Merida that we know of. There is an Overeaters Anonymous group, called Comedores Compulsives in Spanish. They don’t advertise, but if you want to attend their meetings, call Beatriz at 999-945-8989 to find out where the meetings are. The meetings will be in Spanish… so it will be a good chance to practice!

  59. [...] Look for events on our ongoing events page [...]

  60. [...] done our usual thorough job, as some of US are still on vacation too. So please do check the Ongoing Events page for things that usually happen every week (no guarantees… This is Mexico), and go out [...]

  61. Regarding English Mass at the Cathedral: This has been going on for well over a year. It starts at 9:15 am Sundays in the side chapel in the N.E. side of the Cathedral. You don’t have to wait until February if you wish to attend. Fr Roberto welcomes participants are of every faith and multiple faiths are represented each week.

  62. Hi,
    I’m an Irish artist travelling to Merida in a few days to participate in the Effetto Biennale at the Museo de la Ciudad de Merida. I thought you might like to know about it. There will be artists from around the world. It is being organised along with the Florence Biennale.
    Douglas Ross

  63. Hello,
    I will be visiting Merida from Canada in January, partly to find out if it might be a good place to live when I retire. Can you suggest resources that would help me to find out about life in Merida and surrounding region.
    Thanks
    John

  64. John, besides this website, we would also suggest our sister websites: (http://www.yucatanYES.com) where you can find out the details about the nitty gritty of moving to and living in the Yucatan. And YoListo.com, a forum for English-speaking people interested in the Yucatan. You’ll find lots of anecdotal information there and can get to know some of the people who live here.

  65. Thanks for the great website with so much info. Now we have to stay longer! We were at the English library this AM and were told about this site, Thank you!

  66. Hi … am wondering if there is a group in Merida that teaches the taoist tai chi method. If not I would be interested in finding any facility that offers tai chi classes. Thanks.

  67. Tai Chi is taught in many of the parks. You might go early in the morning to Parque Santa Ana (about 7 am) and see a class there. We will look into it too and see if we can find a schedule for you.

  68. Elaine, here is what we found out about Tai Chi in Merida. Tai chi is taught in these two locations:

    Centro cultural Ricardo Flores Mendez
    Calle 49 No. 360 entre 46 y 48, Unidad Habitacional Cordemex
    Teléfono: 941-6728
    Horarios de atención: lunes a viernes de 8:00 a 19:00 horas
    Sábado de 9:00 a 12:00 horas

    La Iberica
    Calle 37 No. 526 entre 74 y 74-A, Colonia García Ginerés
    Teléfonos: 920 73 46 y 920 48 15
    Horario de atención: lunes a viernes de 8:00 a 15:00 horas

    This website also has different locations where they teach tai chi: http://merida.olx.com.mx/clases-de-tai-chi-chuan-iid-375433198. And you can also contact this person for information about tai chi in Merida: Maria Isbell Pérez Flores at isabel5186358 [at] yahoo [dot] es or call 984 3745 ó 999-174-3417

  69. Is this church that has services in English in centro? Does anyone know the actual name of the Cathedral and street?
    Location: In the North facing chapel to the left of the big altar in the Cathedral
    Time: 9:00 AM Every Sunday

  70. Stacy, this refers to the main cathedral on the Plaza Grande in the center of Merida. As far as I know, it is the only church called “Catedral” in Merida.

  71. About Taoist Tai Chi, I too learned that style in Chicago and would LOVE to find even one other person to practice it with. Here I am a year later, responding to Elaine Mohr’s post looking for Taoist Tai Chi in Merida. We are there every winter Jan/Feb. coming early Jan. 2013. I will look into your great suggestions above but if Elaine M. lives there, or is in Merida annually, I would love to connect with her or any other Taoist Tai Chi practicers! Thanks for being the great website you are, Yucatan Living!

  72. My husband and I had such a great time in Merida last year that we’re coming again for ten days (February 13-22). I’m a novelist and the editor of a literary journal in Boston. I’m interested in learning more about the English language literary community on Merida, including folks teaching English literature in local colleges. Can any of you help me make those connections?

  73. Two good places to start would be the Merida English Library (http://www.meridaenglishlibrary.com) and In Other Words (http://www.inotherwordsmerida.com/).

  74. and the Merida Writers’ Group (http://hamacapress.com/meridawriters/ )

  75. First off, I love this site. Plan to be in town with kids (probably a Saturday/Sunday/Monday type of deal) so this info, plus the details on the neighborhoods is amazing! One question, and it may be a silly one – but I cannot tell how old this blog entry is. Are the Saturday and Sunday events still happening every weekend? We are especially interested in the En El Corazón de Mérida (Saturday), Merida En Domingo (sunday, obviously), and Sunday Art on Paseo de Montejo.

    I see Noche Mexicana mentioned on every site. And the Domingo events, too – but when I have mentioned the “Paseo art market” and the “heart of Merida” on other sites…..folks (mainly locals, expats or recent visitors) don’t seem to know what I am referencing. Maybe because they are just a part of every weekend its not even seen as an “event?” But as I try to build a nice itinerary, can I be pretty assured these are still happening?

    Also…how do I find out when San Sebastian (“known for its fairs”) has one of these events? Also, I read on your site ” there is usually a three-day tianguis (trade fair) at Parque Santa Ana.” It was a Christmas shopping article. So is that just a seasonal thing? I couldn’t tell when that was held or if it was ongoing.

    Again – unbelievable site. Thanks so much! Cannot wait.

  76. Hi Brendan, the Ongoing Events are kept as up to date as we can keep them. All the things you mentioned are still going on, as is the art exhibit on Paseo Montejo on Sundays. Not everyone does everything or knows everything, so it doesn’t surprise me that they don’t know about some things. But then, things change all the time in Merida and it is hard for us to keep up. I would suggest you put together an itinerary but use it more as a “serving suggestion” than a “requirement”. The culture of the Yucatan is such that it is important to leave time and space in your days to allow for relaxation and serendipity. If you schedule yourself too tightly, you’ll miss some of the subtle or chance things that are part of the magic. The San Sebastian fair is during the summertime… but sometimes it goes up at other times of year too. I can’t tell you the exact dates… you just have to go and see. The tianguis at Santa Ana is usually around Christmas, but they have things like that there at other times of year too… again, just go and see. You’ll have a great time no matter what :-)

  77. This website is so, so helpful! Thank you for all the detailed and interesting information you’ve provided for people who have never been to Merida. :)

    I have a couple of general questions. My husband and I (and our two fur-babies) are planning to move to Merida in January, 2015 for his work. We are both very, very excited because we’ve been living in Colima, Mexico for the last 5 years, and things are getting a little tense here because of the situation in Michoacan.

    First of all, I’ve heard a lot about how safe Merida is. Based on your experiences living there, would you agree? I have had a couple of nerve-wrecking experiences walking the streets of Colima (in the daytime, nonetheless) as a young woman, and I’m hoping to move to a place where I might feel a bit more ‘at home’.

    Second of all, I’ve read a few horror stories on different blogs written by visitors to Merida about the “Hellish” temperatures. I’m just wondering how bad the heat really is, realistically? Where we live in Colima it gets pretty hot during the middle of the day. Most people go indoors and rest during the hours of 2-4, but it’s certainly not unbearable. It simply requires a moderate lifestyle change. Most of us (prob at least 90%) live without air conditioners, although fans are a must. The humidity in my home state of Georgia is VERY high, so I’m also used to that. Could you give me a realistic assessment of the weather in Merida? Is it really that bad, or can it be considered tolerable given a moderate lifestyle change?

    Thanks for your advice. I’m really looking forward to getting to know your city of Merida a little better come January!! :)

  78. Hola, Elizabeth! As a woman, and a mother of a teenager (well, she WAS a teenager when we moved to Merida…), I can tell you that you will feel incredibly safe in Merida. And throughout the Yucatan, with maybe the exception of Cancun because there you might run into a bunch of drunken tourists. Anyway, in Merida, you can walk the streets during the day or at night without fear. Secondly, about the heat. During certain times of the year, yes, it is hot. But most places of business have air conditioning, and many (most?) homes have air conditioning, at least in the bedrooms. Fans everywhere. If you have lived in Georgia in the summer and where you are now, I don’t think you will have a problem. The weather in Merida is like the weather in New Orleans. It is tolerable. And, as you say, you just need to change your lifestyle a bit to accommodate it… don’t work hard or walk fast during the hot times of the day, take a cold shower or a dip in the pool if you get overheated. At least you don’t have to wear long dresses with long sleeves like women used to do in the 19th Century! Now THAT was probably unbearable! I think you will love Merida, especially in January (probably the best time of year to be here!). Bienvenidos!

  79. Elizabeth,

    The heat and humidity in Yucatan are much like South Georgia, but without the bone chilling cold in the winter. If you want to look back at Merida’s weather history, go to Weather Underground’s historical data and search for MID (our airport code). http://www.wunderground.com/history/?cm_ven=PPCgoogle&cm_cat=genweather&cm_pla=genweath&cm_ite=history

    Please do relax… Yucatan is safe. You will be just fine in Merida and can live without fear.

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