Cozumel Festivities

Events calendar

Check out our extensive calendar of events to find what
is going to happen next in Cozumel.

February 22nd – 28th , 2017


Cozumel is a beautiful island that celebrates its Carnival since 1908. It is a big party with parades, massive concerts, mechanical games and regional foods. It is one of the island main events.

In Cozumel, grandparents, adults, teenagers and children alike gather to participate harmoniously in an explosion of color and music.

Cozumel Carnival is the most authentic and popular of the Southeast Mexico, since it is a traditional family-oriented celebration of the entire region, the inhabitants of the island and its visitors. You will have a great time during your visit during Carnival party!

Place: Cozumel

APRIL 15 TO 22ND 2017, 2017

Underwater digital fiesta

The Underwater Digital Fiesta is designed for the novice and the advanced photographers that want to learn how to improve their underwater photography skills. This event also provides an opportunity to test new equipment and helps you to decide whether to choose new or to upgrade your underwater camera and housing. It is an opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, and to have photos critiqued by a professional underwater photographer.

APRIL 15H – 16TH, 2017

Aeroshow Cozumel

The Aeroshow is a world-class spectacle in Cozumel. An international event that takes place since 2010, by the Pilot Club Cozumel Island Airfield facilities in Toledo Captain Eduardo Parra, is a 100% family and free event .

This event is held the exhibition model airplanes, exotic sports cars, motorcycles, skydiving exhibition the Navy of Mexico.

MAY 26TH AND 27TH, 2017

The Sacred Mayan journey

An event that revives one of the most important Mayan traditions. It takes place between May and June and is accompanied by rituals, dances and music that the Mayan offer to the Goddess IxChel between Cozumel and Tulum. It consists of a ritual journey of the Cozumel channel to worship the Goddess IxChel. This recreation revive the interest in Mayan culture and strengthens the identity of the inhabitants of the area.

The voyage is done in raditional Mayan canoes starting in Polé, today Xcaret, towards the Island of Cozumel, as well as the return from Cozumel to Xcaret.


Fishing tournament and mexican rodeo boats

This is a fishing tournament that takes place annually . The event is comprised of two different main spectacles: the International Cozumel Fishing Tournament and the Mexican Boat Rodeo.

Competitors from Mexico and around the world gather to search for Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, Tuna, Barracuda and other species. More tan 100 boats participate in the event each year. It is open to the general public and all are invited to take part in the tournament and participants siply need to register their boats in México.

You can collect your friends and go be a part of the excitement of the weigh-ins each day.


Sea turtle workshop

Cozumel is fortunate to play host to thousands of sea turtles coming ashore to nest each year. During the nights of mid-May through mid-November, on the Eastern shore of the island, two species of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs on the beaches of Cozumel: the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and the green turtle (Chelonia mydas).

Come to Cozumel Be part of this amazing experience, the workshop takes place in the Faro Celarain Eco Park . Walk the beaches accompanied by biologist while experiencing first-hand the nesting behavior of the marine turtle.


Baby turtle observation workshop

This educational experience takes place in the Punta Sur Ecological Lighthouse Park where you have the opportunity to observe sea turtles hatching and leaving their nests for the ocean. This workshop is about sea turtle conservation.


ITU triathlon wold cup

The World Championship of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is a series of Triathlon events to crown an annual champion. The World Championships are held every year in different headquarters. The event consists of eight rounds of competitions culminating in a final race


Independence day

The popular tradition is exhibited throughout the downtown of Cozumel. Residents and visitors gather around the City Hall for the traditional grito (cry) for independence on the 15th at 11pm followed by fireworks. Enjoy a variety of traditional Mexican dishes, dances and folk music.


Fiestas de san miguel arcángel

On September, Cozumel celebrates one of its most important religious festivals honouring Saint Michael or San Miguel Arcángel as its Patron Saint since 1848. In 1526, Francisco de Montejo, a representative of the King of Spain, was authorized to conquer and develop the island of Cozumel and gave the island the Christian name of San Miguel de Cozumel.

The celebration begins on September 21, featuring colorful processions that start from the church of San Miguel and go throughout downtown. During this time, local residents attend mass and take part in daily processions wearing traditional Mayan outfits called “hipiles".

On the last day, a procession of fishermen carry an image of San Miguel Arcángel to the downtown pier and board a boat. The public accompanies the fisherman to the pier and board a ferry, surrounded by fishing boats, to join the procession by sea, throwing flowers into the ocean as they sail along.

This colorful festivals are perfect enjoying with the family.


Ironman 70.3

This event is 1/2 the distance of a full Ironman event! The competitors will start out with a 1.9 km swim at Chankanaab Park, then jump on their bikes for 90.1 km that will end next to Cozumel's City Hall in the heart of downtown and will then begin their run of 21.1 km, ending at the City Hall Plaza in downtown Cozumel. The times allotted to each phase are the following: swimming has a cut off of 1:10 hours; biking time limit is 5 hours; and the run must be completed within 8 hours of the start of the race.

Come and support to your favorite competitors!


Day of the dead

During these two days people come to pay their respects to the dead. The town of Cozumel honors the deceased by creating elaborate altars made of artwork, food, flowers and candles which can be found throughout the town's local shops, restaurants and hotels. The bakeries on island are filled with sweets shaped in the symbols of skulls, and flowers and memorials fill the cemetery.

Particularly popular are marigolds, a sacred orange flower that represents death.

November 1, Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) is known as the day when the spirits of children are expected to return and Mexicans pay homage to the souls of the children who have passed on. Tradition states that the departed descend from the heavens on this day, so family members prepare for their arrival by leaving sugar skeletons, skulls and treats on altars specially made for the occasion. On November 2, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a celebration for all the adults that have passed away takes place. Families leave the favorite food and drink of the deceased on a special altar constructed in their home or on the tomb of the departed ancestor.


Gran fondo NY cozumel

The Gran Fondo is a marathon for cyclists that will take for all the way around the island and where the cyclists will enjoy an spectacular view of the Mayan Paradise.

Is an opportunity to take on a challenge on their bike, the same way runners and triathletes have done for decades going long distances without stopping at stop signs or traffic lights.

So, get ready to ride in Paradise!



Ironman is the most demanding triathlon. It is an international high performance competition consisting of a 3.86km swim, 180km of cycling and 42.2 km run. The race has a time limit of 17 hours, the average time being 12 hours.

December 12th, 2016

Lady of the virgin of guadalupe

Thousands of people join processions in Cozumel for this event, as they celebrate one of Mexico's largest religious events.

Islanders run right around the island, joined by all the family and friends doing a special promise to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

This marathon begins and ends in the Parish of Guadalupe where runners return to celebrate with a festival full of delicious food, regional folk dances, and musical performances. The celebration includes traditional Mariachi that sing to the Virgin of Guadalupe, patroness of Mexico and Empress of America.