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Start Date:
Mon, 21 Sep, 2020Annually
Belize Independence Day Belize was a British Crown Colony since 1862. On September 21, 1981, Belize was declared an independent nation, free from Britain’s ruling. Annually, to celebrate ... morethis historic moment, the entire month of September is filled with festivities, activities and celebrations that show the citizens’ patriotism for the country. Parades, carnivals, concerts, fireworks show, and other functions are held countrywide by councils to commemorate this important public and bank holiday.
2019 Belize Independence Day Each year, September celebrations are held under a theme that is chosen from a list of submissions. The 2019 theme is yet to be determined. Nonetheless, the celebrations will be just as vibrant and lively as previous years. This public and bank holiday is celebrated countrywide.
Why should you be interested in Belize’s Independence Day? There is nothing more positive and enthusiastic than Belizeans and their love for their country. Patriotism is greatly show at September parades, concerts, fireworks shows and other special events. Come and join the celebrations as the thirty-seventh anniversary of Belize is observed.
Start Date:
Sun, 11 Oct, 2020Annually
TIDE Conservation Festival TIDE (Toledo Institute for Development and Environment) hosts its annual Conservation Festival fund-raiser in Punta Gorda Town! TIDE's festival provides ... morea prime opportunity for our local food purveyors to impress and garner income, all while promoting ecological consciousness by utilizing only biodegradable plates, cups and associated items.
2019 TIDE Conservation Festival The TIDE Conservation Festival 2019 is a 3-day event starting October 11-13 that features:

Day 1: Environmental Education Day

Day 2: TIDE Gala at Garbutts Marine

Day 3: Fish Festival

The theme for the 2019 TIDE Conservation Festival is "Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution."
Start Date:
Sat, 24 Oct, 2020
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Belize Birding Festival To celebrate Belize’s avifauna, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), in partnership with the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) and the Belize Audubon ... moreSociety (BAS), is hosting the second Belize Birding Festival in San Ignacio Town, Cayo, Belize.

As nature’s best kept secret, Belize offers many birding hotspots for amateur and expert birdwatchers, including six Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Most of these hotspots are nestled in nature reserves that are tropical forests, savannahs, wetlands, islands, and coastal planes. These locations make for an ideal habitat for a diverse collection of birds.
2020 Belize Birding Festival The 2020 Belize Birding Festival celebrates the love for birds and the unique collection of bird species that exist in the country. This birding festival will be held on October 24th and 25th, 2020. Details are yet to be announced by the organizing committee.

The two-day event includes vendor and exhibit booths, birding and photography talks, a variety of presentations, video documentaries, and bird watching sessions with top birders in Belize.

More details will be posted as soon as new information is release by the organizers. See the official website at http://www.belizebirdingfestival.bz or the Belizing.com fan page at http://www.belizebirdingfestival.com

#belizebirding #BelizeBirdingFestival2020 #letsgobelizing
Why should you attend the 2020 Belize Birding Festival? The Annual Belize Birding Festival is a great opportunity for amateur bird waters and professional bird watchers to come together and celebrate their admiration for birds.
Start Date:
Sun, 8 Nov, 2020Annually
Belize International Film Festival The Belize International Film Festival is an annual event that brings together top world films and filmmakers in Belize for four days. The festival ... morefocuses on independent films produced in Belize and other Central American countries and Caribbean countries that display storylines celebrating cultural diversity, topical social issues and stories of resistance. 2019 Belize International Film Festival The 2019 Belize Film Festival starts on November 6 with screenings at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. Screenings will be held throughout the week. Please refer to the schedule for accurate dates and times.
Why should you attend the 2019 Belize International Film Festival? This is an event that you do not want to miss. Celebrating the 13th Edition of the Belize International Film Festival, be there to see unique culture-centric films. Bring a friend and enjoy films from Belize and other participating countries.
Start Date:
Thu, 19 Nov, 2020Annually
Garifuna Settlement Day Commemorating the first arrival of the Garifuna people in 1832, the national holiday of Garifuna Settlement Day was created by Belizean civil rights activist ... moreThomas Vincent Ramos in 1941, which wasn’t recognized as a public and bank holiday until 1977. Celebrated annually on November 19 throughout the country, the Garifuna community hosts street festivals, parades, cultural food sales and other traditional presentations in their location. The most popular locations for celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day are Hopkins, Placencia, and Dangriga.

Traditionally, the celebrations would open with a reenactment of the first arrival on dories along with lively drumming and singing. Following this would include a parade, the Miss Garifuna Pageant, and cultural presentations involving food, drinks, dances and art exhibitions. Garifuna Settlement Day is an important day for the country to honor and commemorate the historical and cultural importance of the Garifuna community.
2019 Garifuna Settlement Day Details for the 2019 Garifuna Settlement Day are yet to be announced. It is most popular in Hopkins, Dangriga, and Placencia, locations such as San Pedro Town and Belize City host processions in traditional Garifuna clothing, drumming, Cultural Awareness Week and even fashion shows. Why should you be a part of the 2019 Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations? This is a great opportunity to learn and experience the Garifuna culture in Belize whether through the tasting of savory and delicious Garifuna dishes or dancing to the beat of the drumming. Many visitors travel to witness the reenactment of the historical landing in 1832. You can expect to see live drumming, dancing, and history-inspired displays by the Garifuna people from Belize. Since this event is held on a public and bank holiday, it is widely celebrated throughout the country.
Start Date:
Wed, 25 Nov, 2020Annually
Orange Walk Annual Tacos Fest Anyone from Belize would tell you that the best tacos in Belize are in Orange Walk. Each year, crowds gather to Orange Walk Town in Northern Belize to ... moreexperience this tasty festival. This food festival showcases a wide variety of tacos styles and tastes. Usually held at the Banquitas House of Culture in Orange Walk Town, the abundance in tacos are accompanied by local drinks, cultural presentations and live performances by local artists.
2019 Orange Walk Tacos Fest Details for the 2019 Orange Walk Tacos Fest are yet to be announced.
Why should you attend the 2019 Orange Walk Tacos Fest? Who doesn’t want to go to a festival for tacos? Each year, more and more people travel to Northern Belize to get their tummies filled with delicious tacos. Be there this year and savor all the different styles and flavors of tacos!
Start Date:
Mon, 14 Dec, 2020Annually
Placencia BTIA Mistletoe Ball The annual Mistletoe Ball is organized by the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). It is usually hosted at one of Placencia’s ... moreresorts at the end of each year in December. Entering the holiday season, this event is most anticipated by locals and visitors. Attendees put on their most glamorous and spiffy outfits to enjoy a night of great food, music, dancing, and raffles throughout the night. It is the most glamorous holiday party on the Placencia Plenninsula!
2019 Placencia BTIA Mistletoe Ball Details for the 2019 Placencia BTIA Mistletoe Ball are yet to be announced.
Why should you attend the 2019 Placencia BTIA Mistletoe Ball? End your 2019 with a bang! The Placencia Mistletoe Ball will sure be a fun and enjoyable event to bring in the holiday spirit with performances from Shuga City Band & Dj Boneyfide.
Start Date:
Fri, 1 Jan, 2021Annually
Krem Radio Annual New Year's Cycling Classic Krem Radio Annual New Year's Cycling Classic started in 1992 and has become a New Year's Day tradition in Belize. Happening every Janauary ... more1, this race marks the very first cycling race on the cycling calendar in Belize. 

The usual route is along the Northern Highway from Corozal District (at first Corozal Town, now the Santa Elena northern border) to Belize City, finishing at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Mahogany Street, approximately two blocks from the home of the race's sponsor, Kremandala Ltd., located on Partridge Street.

This is the second most prestigous cycling race in Belize, next to the annual cross country cycling classic held on Holy Saturday each year.
Start Date:
Tue, 23 Feb, 2021Annually
El Carnaval de San Pedro was San Pedro’s most important folklore celebration, one of the biggest carnivals in the Belize. The carnival has traditions that date back to the 19th century. ... moreSome of the best-known carnival traditions, including parades and masquerade balls, were first recorded in medieval Italy, where the carnival of Venice was the most famous. From Italy, the custom spread to Spain, Portugal, and France and, through colonization, to the Caribbean, Latin America and parts of North America. The carnival of Cádiz, Spain, even now one of the best known, was particularly influential in shaping the traditions that would later predominate in San Pedro. When the Spanish conquered Mexico and established the cities of Merida, Vallodolid and Bacalar, they brought carnival traditions with them. As the Caste War (Guerra de las Castas) spread throughout the Yucatán, those traditions travelled south with the Maya, Mestizo and Caucasian refugees who settled on Ambergris Caye and elsewhere in Belize.

The Carnaval customs of San Pedro resemble and appear derived from those of Cádiz. Even now, the people of Cádiz are known for their humour. While celebrations elsewhere featured the glamorous or scandalous, those in Cádiz were traditionally infused with playfulness, off-beat but imaginative costumes, clever word plays, and even sharp social and political criticism disguised as comedy. Face painting substituted for masks, and the city became famous for its comedic street singing groups, comparsas.

Read about it here: https://www.sanpedroscoop.com/2019/01/2019-carnaval-carnival-san-pedro-belize-paint.html
Start Date:
Tue, 16 Mar, 2021Annually
Live Well Cayo Festival San Ignacio and the greater Cayo District is quickly adapting to the growing demand of eco-friendly and health conscious travel trends. To that end, the Belize ... moreTourism Industry Association Cayo Chapter would like to extend an invitation to you or your organisation to be a part of the first ever, Live Well Cayo Festival.

The aim of the event is to promote individuals and businesses engaged in wellness, eco-friendly, healthy living, dietary, traditional and holistic practices.
Start Date:
Tue, 23 Mar, 2021Annually
Marco Gonzalez Spring Equinox Come out and experience the Mayan culture like never before! The Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Reserve was occupied from 100BC to approximately late 1400AC. ... moreWhat was thought to be a free standing island those thousands of years ago is now surrounded by mangrove marsh and has lost some of its mass due to sea rise of over 2.5 feet. Marco is one of over 20 Maya sites on Ambergris Caye, the home to the Coastal Maya Traders. Marco has been found to be the biggest of these sites. It sits in a forested environment with a trove of artifacts everywhere you look. Of course during the 500 years of abandonment, these items are in fragments, but a brief review at the office before your tour will help to identify items such as shells for jewelry, chert (stone) pieces still sharp for cutting, pottery shards (pieces) of jars and plates and much more. A self-guided tour is done by following the blue ribbons along the 7.5 acres of the reserve. Look, take pictures, hold them – LEAVE all behind. There are NO temples on Ambergris Caye or Marco; however, archaeologists have identified 50 mounds of former home sites – many are identified with our informational signs. Along the trails you may encounter some of the critters and birds which inhabit the site. The hermit crabs are particularly fun. And you may get a threatening stare from the many black stripped iguana. They’re scurry off soon enough.
2019 Marco Gonzalez Spring Equinox The Spring Equinox Event will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., where guests can enjoy a day of celebration of the start of all things new. This is also the only fundraising event held by the Belizean Non-Profit Organization, which manages the site. Cost of admission is $20BZ/$10US.

Activities will include the return of K’iche Maya Elder Martin Choc, 89 years old, to officiate the Blessing. He is joined by his grandson Jose who is Grandfather’s interpreter because Mr. Choc only speaks his native language and Spanish! Anyone who is celebrating a birthday, wedding, anniversary or special occasion is invited to the inner circle as the ceremony takes place. 

The ceremony is followed by the Masaewal Maya dancers from Yo Creek in their native costumes. You will be able to enjoy a table of artifacts on display from the San Pedro House of Culture as well as stop by Belize Chocolate Co.’s table for a demonstration of how Cacao goes from pod to bean to product. Maya music will be in the background while you enjoy food, beer and soft drinks or shop Maya items brought from the Toledo village of San Marcos. On hand will be representatives from Belize Institute of Archaeology to give tours of the site and answer your question of Maya occupation of the island.
Why should you attend the 2019 Marco Gonzalex Spring Equinox? This is a great opportunity to learn about the great Maya Civilization that once occupied the island of Ambergris Caye. There will be booths selling food and drinks and also booths from the San Pedro House of Culture and Belize Chocolate Co. to demonstrate the chocolate-making process. If you are planning on attending, please note the following: The site is 5 ½ miles from downtown San Pedro. The road may be bumpy due to late rains; allow 45 minutes to drive to the southern end of the island. After paying your entrance fee, the site is located ¼ mile – a 10/15 minute walk – inland via a boardwalk. After reaching the “high ground” of the site there is another 6 minute walk to the Main Plaza for the venue. The site is in the mangrove marsh; we control the mosquitoes as much as possible, but bring bug repellent and dress appropriately. Usually Spring is very comfortable on site. Admission, food and beverages require money; bring cash. No electricity for credit cards! Also note, very young children may get too curious with our critters! Under 5 years old not recommended.

Come enjoy a Maya immersion without leaving Ambergris Caye!
Start Date:
Sat, 8 May, 2021Every 2 Year
BETEX - Belize Tourism Expo 2019 Belize Signature Trade Show in which local and international tourism professionals come together to promote Belize as a great tourist destination. ... more
BETEX 2019 "BETEX 2019 will take you on an adventure across Belize to enjoy cultural rhythms and food in each destination visited, visit and experience the country’s natural attractions and activities, network one-on-one with the people, engage in business conversations during 3 sessions of scheduled meetings, participate in site inspections, and much more." btia
Start Date:
Tue, 11 May, 2021Annually
Belize Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show Get your appetites ready! The annual Belize Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show is just around the corner. Hosted in Crooked Tree Village, ... moreBelize District, artisans, chefs, and local cashew farmers come together for this two-day event to display a wide range of cashew products. Filled with entertainment, contests, fresh produce, wines and cashew-inspired dishes, many travels to the little village of Crooked Tree to experience this highly anticipated event of the year. Throughout the day will be filled with excitement, tasty treats and activities.
Where is the Belize Cashew Fest?
The Cashew Festival will be at Crooked Tree Village in the Belize District. If you would like to know how to get to Northern Belize, then check out our transporation in Belize blog.
What to do at the Belize Cashew Fest?
The Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show in Crooked Tree Village is a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to experience cashew in a unique and exciting way. Celebrating this nutritious nut, local artisans, chefs and farmers bring their best cashew products and produce to the show grounds for the public. You can’t miss this once-a-year event.
What to bring to the Belize Cashew Fest? Things you should take to Cashew Fest are;

cash

sunblock

comfortable clothing and shoes
Start Date:
Thu, 20 May, 2021Annually
Cristo Rey River Fest The Cristo Rey Village Council is hosting their first River Festival and Expo to raise founds for the village council. The council organized several booths selling ... morelocal foods, drinks and souvenirs. It will be a fun-filled day for families and friends to have enjoy a day at the river.
2019 Cristo Rey River Fest Details for the 2019 Cristo Rey River Fest are yet to be announced.
Why should you attend the 2019 Cristo Rey River Fest? Come out and enjoy all the booth displays, Smart Promotions, cultural presentations and local arts and crafts displays. Bring your entire family out and have a good time at the festival and expo.
Start Date:
Mon, 24 May, 2021Annually
The Belize Chocolate Festival Started in 2007 by a group of local cacao farmers and chocolate manufacturers, the Belize Chocolate Festival, or the Toledo Cacao Festival, in Southern ... moreBelize celebrates the Maya culture through traditional Maya Chocolate along with other chocolate-related products from local farmers and manufacturers. Belize’s Toledo District is world-renowned for having some of the finest quality cocoa in the international market.

The Belize Chocolate Festival was conceptualized for local cacao farmers and chocolate manufacturing businesses to showcase their premium cacao, cacao-products, chocolates and chocolate drinks. Since then, this Chocolate Festival has become popular to locals and travelers. Many would travel far and wide to be able to experience all things chocolate on this three-day event.

Along with consuming indulgent chocolate and chocolate products, this festival is also a great opportunity for visitors to learn about the Maya Culture through cultural presentations, dancing lessons, and traditional Maya chocolate-making demonstrations.
The 2019 Belize Chocolate Festival The 2019 Belize Chocolate Festival is scheduled for May 24 to May 26, 2019. First night is the Wine and Chocolate tasting at Garbutts Marine & Fishing Lodge. May 25, 2019 is the Taste of Toledo Stree Fair at Front Street. The last day on May 26 is the grand finale at Nim Li Punit Archaeological Site.
Why should you attend the 2019 Cacao Festival in Belize? The entire weekend will be filled with activities and entertainment. Each year the Chocolate Festival is filled with fun activities, cultural presentations and, of course, CHOCOLATE! Many travel to Punta Gorda to enjoy Chocolate Fest's educational and indulgent three-day event that features locally-produced cacao, chocolate products and chocolate-inspired dishes for a bargain.
Start Date:
Tue, 25 May, 2021Annually
First Annual Banana Festival The faculty and staff of San Juan Bosco Roman Catholic School decided to host Belize's first Annual Banana Festival in order to raise funds for a new building ... morefor the school. This also serves as a great opportunity to showcase the premier banana industry of Belize and other organizations and businesses such as Banana Growers Association, the Big Creek Group and Belagro.
2019 Annual Banana Festival
Details for the 2019 Belize Banana Festival are yet to be announced.
Why you should attend the First Annual Banana Festival This event is the first festival of its kind celebrating the successful banana industry in Southern Belize. It is also for a good cause - to build a new structure for the San Juan Bosco R.C. School. There will be live entertainment and games that is guaranteed to bring everyone atttending a great time with family and friends.
Start Date:
Tue, 8 Jun, 2021Annually
Hopkins Mangu (Mango) Fest In Garifuna, "mango" is known as "mangu." In the village of Hopkins, the soil of the area is rich in nutrients and allows for local farmers to grow a variety ... moreof different mangos. Started in 2013, the Hopkins BTIA Chapter hosts the Hopkins Mangu Fest with the goal of promoting Hopkins Village as an attractive tourist destination that displays a unique and enjoyable cultural and culinary experience. In addition to this, the festival also contributes to an economic boost for local businesses in the area as slow season, or "maga" season, is in effect.

The Hopkins Mangu Fest is an exciting, family-friendly, two day event that celebrates everything mango, ranging from mango-inspired dishes, jams and jellies, candies, and drinks. Usually, there are plenty of competitions and games by the different booths. Although this festival is surrounded on the delicious mango fruits, the Garifuna culture is also greatly promoted through clothing, music, dance and food.
2019 Hopkins Mango Festival The 2019 Hopkins Mango Fest will be a fun festival for the entire family. There will be lots of musical performances, games and prizes! The theme is, of course, mangoes, in which all stalls will feature mango in their food, drinks and arts. Come out and celebrate!
Why you should attend the 2019 Hopkins Mango Festival Not only would you get to taste the sweet nectar of ripe, mature mangoes, you will be able to experience the Garifuna Culture and enjoy quality family time with all the exciting games and activities. Attending this festival will be feasible if you are staying in nearby villages and town. Hopkins is just a short thirty-minute drive from Dangriga and an hour away from Placencia.
Start Date:
Thu, 10 Jun, 2021Annually
A Day in San Antonio - Culture, Nature and Sports The Village of San Antonio is hosting its first ever village celebreation, A Day in San Antonio - Culture, Nature and Sports. Organized ... moreby the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). With the steady growth of tourism in San Antonio along with the decline in biodiversity and culture, the San Antonio Sustainability Committee aims to protect and raise awareness about the culture and nature in San Antonio through sports and positive entertainment.
2019 A Day in San Antonio - Culture, Nature and Sports Details for the 2019 A Day In San Antonio are yet to be announced.
Why should you attend the 2019 A Day in San Antonio - Culture, Nature and Sports? This even is great for learning about the Maya culture in the Village of San Antonio. Also, you will be contributing to the conservation of culture and nature through exciting games, sports and activities. There will be traditional food on sale. What better way to spend a nice Sunday than to take a trip to San Antonio for A Day in San Antonio - Culture, Nature and Sports? You will not regret it!
Start Date:
Fri, 25 Jun, 2021
Placencia Lobster Fest The Lobster Fest in Placencia began in 1998 as a way to celebrate the culture and traditional heritage of the Placencia Peninsula. It is also a fundraising event ... morefor the Placencia Village Council and the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, where all proceeds from the festival go towards improving the local economy and providing scholarships for local youth. The event plays a major role in sustaining local businesses during the low tourism season. This is the second segment of the Belize Lobster Festival and usually hosts plenty of fun and lively entertainment, games and music.
2020 Placencia Lobster Fest The Placencia Lobster Fest is scheduled from June 26 to June 28 and is jam-packed with games, entertainment, live music, competitions, and lobster-themed dishes. Be sure not to miss favorites like Cast Net where players toss a fishing net to try and pull in a coin lying on the ground and Reel in the Dinghy where players must use a fishing rod to capture and then reel in dinghies floating offshore. There are also the popular Mr. and Mrs. Physique beauty contest, tug of war games, hot wings eating contests, kayak races, and tipsy tuna tosses.
Why should you attend the Placencia Lobster Fest? The Placencia Lobster Fest is the most popular event of the season in Placencia. It is highly anticipated by locals and visitors. Filled with fun events, you are guaranteed a great time at the festival. Other than tasting delicious lobster dishes, you get to experience and celebrate the Belizean Culture.
How to get to the Placencia Lobster Fest? You can get to Placencia by private vehicle, a car rental, or a shuttle service. You can also get there by flight with Tropic Air or Maya Island Air.
Start Date:
Sat, 26 Jun, 2021Annually
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The Belize Archaeology Symposium (BAS) The Belize Archaeology Symposium is a yearly event that brings together veteran and new researchers and archaeologists, along with tour guides, ... morestudents and the public, together to share their recent archaeological findings and observations in Belize. The BAS is a three-day event hosted in the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Presentations based on the work done across Belize relating to the ancient, colonial/history, preceramic Maya will be given for the three days. Why should you attend the Belize Archaeology Symposium? This is a great opportunity to learn about new findings and researches that are being done in Belize about the ancient, colonial/history, preceramic Maya. Immerse yourself in Belize’s cultural history for three days!