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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
Entrance Fee:
Free
Venue:
San Pedro Town
Address:
Various
Start Date:
Sunday, 23 Feb, 2020Annually, starting Feb 23, 2020
District:
Island
La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge The conception of the competition started back in 1998 as local business owner and investor, Richard Harrison, was thinking of a way to promote ... morea new brand of bottled water in Belize – VIDA Purified Water. Through this, Mr. Harrison was able to compose a committee for the event along with additional sponsors. Although the initial purpose was commercial, it was later advocated towards raising awareness about Belize’s environment and the history of the Belize River.

Since then, the La Ruta Maya River Challenge has been a popular annual event in households and to an international scale. It is the longest canoe race in Central America. Travelers from all over the world come to Belize in the first week of March to witness or participate in this prestigious competition.

The La Ruta Maya festivities start in San Ignacio Town with live bands, mini competitions, foods and other entertainment. It is a must-see event while in Belize as amateur and professional paddlers paddle their way in high endurance for a chance to win coveted prizes!
2019 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge Be a part of the tradition! The 22st Annual La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is coming your way! Starting from the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio on March 8th and ending at the Belcan Bridge in Belize City on March 11th. Be there and experience the invigorating atmosphere as paddlers from all over the world navigate through 175 miles of Belize's magnificent rivers. This high endurance journey is more than just a race, it is a tradition!
Why should you attend the 2019 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge?

Happening only once a year, this competition is highly anticipated by both locals and visitors around the world. Exuding with excitement, the buzz around this weekend-long event is always a positive drive for paddlers to perform their best.
Entrance Fee:
None
Venue:
Riverside
Address:
San Ignacio Town - Belize City
Start Date:
Sunday, 8 Mar, 2020Annually
District:
Belize, Cayo
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.
Venue:
Sacred Heart Junior College
Address:
Joseph Andrew Drive, San IgnacioTown
Start Date:
Monday, 16 Mar, 2020Annually
District:
Cayo
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!
Entrance Fee:
$10 USD
Venue:
Marco Gonzalez Maya Site
Address:
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye
Start Date:
Monday, 23 Mar, 2020Annually
District:
Island
Annual Cross Country Cycling Race in Belize Initiated in 1928, the Cross Country Cycling Race has evolved into a symbolic and traditional aspect of Belize. In the early days of 1928, ... morecurious and enthusiastic Belizeans took it upon themselves to travel west of the country on their bikes through bumpy, unpaved, dirt roads. From this expedition to San Ignacio Town, the famous annual Cross Country Cycling Race was born after the first award was given to the fastest racer. Approximately ninety years later, it has been one of the biggest and anticipated cycling races of the year by spectators and cyclists.

Every year, experienced and amateur cyclists join the race in hopes of breaking the national record for the fastest time and win coveted prizes. Starting at 6:00 a.m., each participant’s stamina and skills will be put to the test as they speed from Belize City to San Ignacio Town and make their return to Belize City.
2019 Cross Country Cycling Race in Belize Let the festivities continue! As we approach Easter time, Belizeans and travelers all over the world are anticipating the annual Cross Country Cycling Classic being held on Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019. Like the La Ruta Maya Canoe Race, the Cross Country Cycling Race is locally and internationally recognized as one of Belize’s most vigorous and competitive races. Audiences from all over Central America, South America, North America and, even, Europe come to Belize to witness cyclists competitively pedal themselves to victory from Belize City to San Ignacio Town and back. Hosted for nine decades and counting, this is an intensive one hundred and forty miles race is to be completed by the cyclists in just a few hours.
Why you should watch the Annual Cross Country Cycling Race in Belize? As early as 5:00 a.m., those living closer to Belize City, where the race starts, gather at the side of the George Price Highway to cheer on the cyclists as they race their way to San Ignacio Town. Excitement and loud cheering will be heard all along the highway. Join the Easter festivities and witness another momentous race. There’s no other perfect time to start Belizing!!
Venue:
Belize City - San Ignacio Town
Address:
Belize City - San Ignacio Town
Start Date:
Monday, 20 Apr, 2020Annually
District:
Belize, Cayo
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
Venue:
Crooked Tree Village
Address:
Belize District, Belize
Start Date:
Monday, 11 May, 2020Annually
District:
Orange Walk, Belize
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.
Venue:
Macal River at Cristo Rey Village
Address:
Cristo Rey Village, Cayo District
Start Date:
Wednesday, 20 May, 2020Annually
District:
Cayo
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.
Entrance Fee:
Free! (some events are tickets)
Venue:
Punta Gorda Town
Address:
Punta Gorda Town, Toledo, Belize
Start Date:
Sunday, 24 May, 2020Annually
District:
Toledo
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.
Venue:
San Juan Village Football Field
Address:
San Juan Village, Stann Creek, Belize
Start Date:
Monday, 25 May, 2020Annually
District:
Stann Creek
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.
Entrance Fee:
Free
Venue:
Holy Family Catholic Church Beach and Grounds
Address:
South Road, Hopkins Village, Stann Creek, Belize
Start Date:
Monday, 8 Jun, 2020Annually
District:
Stann Creek