Weekly Events


If you want to practice your Spanish, head over to the Merida English Library at 7 pm for informal Spanish/English conversation with expats and Spanish-speaking locals.

At 9 pm, the local dance called the Vaquería is performed every Monday night in front of the City Hall (Ayuntamiento) on the Plaza Grande.


If you need one, there’s an English language AA meeting at Casa Catherwood at 10 am. At night, dancing under the stars to Big Band music in Parque Santiago from 8:30 pm to about 10:30 pm is the best place to be on Tuesdays!


Sometimes there is a concert at the Olimpo on Wednesdays. Look at the Yucatan Living Events for the week to find out more.


The Zoo is free in Merida, and at 4 pm, there’s a concert in the park there. Later in the evening, at Santa Lucia Park, enjoy a musical serenade in the park starting at 9 pm. Santa Lucia park has numerous good restaurants with outdoor seating, probably our favorite park and is just a few blocks walk.


The first and third Fridays of the month are for expat nights, MELLO nights and TGIF sponsored by Yucatan Trails Travel Agency. During the season, the Yucatan Symphony has concerts on Friday nights.


In the morning, Children’s Story Hour at the Merida English Library starts at 10 am. Noche Mexicana brings music from other parts of Mexico to the park at the beginning of Paseo Montejo (called the Remate). The Plaza Grande is also open, full of music and dancing, with parts of Calle 60 and 62 closed to vehicular traffic. Saturday night is party night in Merida! There is a nighttime bicycle event starting at 9 pm behind the church in St. Ana . This is an organized event which goes in different directions each time and lasts around 1 to 2 hours. quite fun ! Please use our bikes for this event.


Merida en Domingo starts at 9 am until about 5 pm, with the Plaza Grande filled with vendors of all kinds. Shop, eat, visit, enjoy the park and the people… it’s a Merida Sunday tradition! Bicitruta Moto is another weekly bicycle event along Paseo Montejo as the city closes of one side from 8 am to noon.  A very fun and great event for people watching . There is music and art shows all along the avenue. If you just want to people watch go to Roses and Xocolate’s Hotel  and have a coffee or breakfast and catch the live jazz.

For more informaton on ongoing events in Merida, check the Yucatan Living Ongoing Events page.

Seasonal Events


Festival of the City to celebrate Merida’s birthday.


Carnaval! A week of parades and partying in the streets.


Women’s Day and usually a Film Festival or two


Semana Santa (Easter) and Baseball Season begins. Yucatan has a winning team!


Mother’s Day is a big day in Mexico and the Yucatan


Cultural Spring Festival


The action moves to Progreso and the beach communities


School starts in mid-August and everyone returns from the beach


The Yucatan Symphony is in season!


Fall Cultural Festival (Otoño Cultural)


The Yucatan Bird Festival brings people from around the world.


Virgin of Guadalupe Day on the 12th, and posadas leading up to Christmas.