Belize Events & Festivals

Overview of Belize Events & Festivals

Belizeans love to party and have a good time. There are both national and local event celebrations, as well as many different festivals happening year-round. Listed below are the note-worthy events and festivals you may want to put on your calendar to attend. Please note that weather conditions could change dates, so it’s always a good idea to check with the local newspapers first.
January
• Krem New Year’s Cycling Classic – New Year’s Day – It’s a one day road cycling race held on New Year’s Day, beginning in Corozal Town and ending in Belize City. It’s the second most prestigious race in Belize.

February

• Fiesta de Carnaval – Held the weekend before Lent and is nationwide – It’s a celebration with dance competitions and parades.
• International Bullfish Tournament – February 6-7 – Sponsored by the Belize Game Fish Association
• San Pedro Carnival – Held before Catholic Lent — Mostly known for “Comparsas” or parading groups of cross-dresses, body painting and flour fightingMarch
• La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge – March 6-9 – A canoe race beginning in San Ignacio and ending at Swing Bridge in Belize City, along the Macal and Belize Rivers
• Baron Bliss Day – March 9 – A nationwide event held to honor Belize’s great benefactor, Sir Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss. This day is held in his honor with a sailboat race, horse races, and kiting competitions
• Trade & Livestock Show – Last weekend in March – Held in Belmopan and features a rodeo.

April
• Good Friday – April 3 – Held in Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker – Most villages participate in carrying the cross through town.
• Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic – April 4 – During Easter holidays – An annual event beginning in Belize City to San Ignacio and returning to Belize City. It’s an estimated 142.4 miles and is an International competition. It’s Belize’s biggest cycling event.
• San Jose Succotz Fiesta – Local fair which celebrates their patron saint with entertainment for children, rides, food, and marimba music
• Eco Challenge Kayak Race – April 26 & 27 – Held in Ambergris Caye
• Easter Week – Attending religious services and a cross-country cycling expedition

May
• Labour Day – May 1 – Highlights an annual address by the prime minister or minister of labour
• Cashew Festival – Held annually in Crooked Tree Village – celebrating the harvesting and many products of the cashew
• Coconut Festival – Held annually in Caye Caulker – celebrating the coconut with food, beverages, and crafts
• Cayo Expo – Held annually in San Ignacio – a smaller version of the Agriculture and Trade Show
• Toledo Cacao Fest – Held annually in Punta Gorda – celebrating chocolate
• Toledo Festival of Arts – Held annually – a week-long festival where children depict various cultural groups
• Commonwealth Day – May 24 – Held annually nationwide celebrating the Queen of England’s birthday

June
• The San Pedro LobsterFest – June 14 – June 20 – Features lobster served many ways, along with dancing, music, and pina coladas
• Caye Caulker Lobsterfest – June 26 –28 – Held at Palapa Garden
• Placencia Lobsterfest – June 27 – Celebrating the opening of lobster season
• Dia de San Pedro – June 27 – 29 – Held in San Pedro, a celebration of the island’s patron saint where boats are blessed

July
• Belize International Film Festival – July 17-19 – Held on the Placencia Peninsula, 10th Anniversary
• Benque Viejo Fiesta – Held in mid-July at Benque Viejo Del Carmen
• Bonefish Tournament – July 23 – 27 – Held at El Pescador Lodge in Ambergris Caye, sponsored by IWFA

August
• International Costa Maya Festival – Held in San Pedro and is the largest festival in Belize; including the beauty pageant where Miss Costa Maya will be chosen
• Deer Dance Festival – Held in San Antonio. It’s a 9 day Mayan festival
• Tres Pescados Slam Tournament – August 6 – 8 – Held in San Pedro and is the 7th annual fishing tournament

September
• St. George’s Caye Day – Sept. 10 – Held annually to celebrate the battle of St. George
• Independence Day – Sept. 21 – Held annually honoring its independence with parades, parties, and processions

October
• Belikin Spectacular – mid October – Hosted by Belikin Beer in San Pedro, it’s an annual fishing tournament for the largest sailfish, marlin, tuna, wahoo, or barracuda
• Day of Americas – October 12 – Celebrates mestizo and Mayan culture with concerts, street fairs, and parades
• Hike & Bike for the Rain Forest – Local and International athletes compete on a two day Cross country and mountain bike race to benefit the rain forestNovember
• Garifuna Settlement Day – November 19 – Celebrates the first arrival of the Garifuna in 1832 in Dangriga
• Township Day – November 27 – Annual event celebrated in San Pedro when the government declared it a town in 1984. Celebrated with parades, musical entertainment, fishing tournaments, and boat racesDecember
• Boxing Day – December 26 – Held nationwide with festivities including: dances, horse races, and concerts, taken from the British custom.

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