2018 Events in Cancun
New Year's Day: January 1st, 2018
New Year’s Day is quiet in Cancun, which makes it the perfect time to visit! Most restaurants and bars are open to the public and the weather is perfect.
Mayan Village Show: Throughout January
The Mayan Village Show is a must-see event that celebrates the great Mayan civilization. Take part in the festivities and get lost on jungle paths as you immerse yourself for a few hours in Mayan life and culture.
Candlemas Festival: February 2, 2018
Candlemas is a festival celebrated every year to mark the end of winter with music, dancing, and authentic Mexican cuisine.
Carnaval: February 9, 2018 (the weekend before Lent)
Carnaval takes place the first week of February and is considered to be the equivalent of Mardi Gras with dancing in the streets, extravagant floats and costumes, and music that lasts late into the night.
Inception Music Festival: Throughout March
The Inception Music Festival is a spring breaker’s dream. This festival starts during Spring Break season and lasts for an entire 30 days.
The Laser Sailing Show: mid March
The Laser Sailing Show is an experience like no other. For the second half of March, Cancun’s waters are dotted with sailing vessels as far as the eye can see.
The Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival: Mid March
This spectacular (and delicious) annual event abounds with festive cocktail parties, wine and cheese sampling, cooking demos from world-renowned chefs, and even a catamaran cruise.
Holy Week: April 1, 2018
Holy Week is one of the biggest holidays in Cancun, celebrating the country’s rich Christian heritage. Come partake in the activities, but be sure to make reservations early.
The Anniversary of the Founding of Cancun: Throughout April
The historic founding of Cancun took place on April 20th, 1970. To celebrate, residents (especially those in Cancun Centro, or Downtown Cancun) throw parties, dance, play music, make delicious found, and much more.
The International Gay Festival: April 28, 2018 - May 5, 2018
The International Gay Festival takes place in the middle of May, welcoming the LGBT community with festive parties, bar-hopping, and barbeques on the beach.
Cinco de Mayo: May 5, 2018
Cinco de Mayo is a historic event of the Battle of Puebla that occurred on (you guessed it) May 5th, 1862 . Today, the holiday is celebrated with classic tequila cocktails, authentic Mexican cuisine, and dancing.
Mexico’s Navy Day: June 1, 2018
Mexico’s Navy Day commemorates the country’s military men and women with fireworks and parades.
ExpHotel Hospitality Conference: June 12 -14, 2018
ExpHotel welcomes the public to celebrate Cancun’s amazing hospitality industry. Visitors get a sneakpeek into the latest and greatest services and products being offered by Cancun hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and travel agencies.
Assumption of the Virgin Mary: August 15, 2018
Assumption of the Virgin Mary takes place in mid-August, celebrating the immaculate conception with special sessions of mass.
El Grito: September 16, 2018
El Grito (also known as “Shout Day”), celebrates a famous historic speech. On this date, along with dancing and other festivities, locals gather together and reenact the speech.
October and November
Halloween and Día de Muertos : October 31 - November 2, 2018
This pair of holidays make up one of the largest and most culturally interesting events in Cancun. Halloween is known and celebrated, but it is the "Day of the Dead" that is more culturally profound. During the two days the holiday is observed, locals will shower loved ones' graves with candles, flowers, and food.
Know about an event or activity we should feature on our list? Tell us about it and we'll feature it in our events calendar!