Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya has grown since its days of a fishing village.  An event 15 years ago was defined as a fisherman coming into a shore with a great catch; it was spontaneous, ad hoc and definitely not publicized.  As the city has grown, so have the Community and Cultural Events that inspire and highlight the uniqueness of this area.  Throughout the year, Playa del Carmen and the cities along the coast of the Riviera Maya now organize great cultural and community events to include visitors in the magic that has made this area.  

Throughout the year, different city and cultural organizations hold large events open to the public in various locations.  Some of the top events are the following:

Day of the Dead Taking hold of a very important cultural day, the city of Playa del Carmen comes alive for November 1 to 3.  Xcaret holds a three-day cultural festival in its parque at night with great shows that explain the significance and rituals associated with this November 1 holiday.  

Taste of Playa This destination event highlights the creativity and cultural influences of chefs throughout the Rivieria Maya who have helped to put many of the Riviera Maya cities on the map for residents and visitors.  As an annual event, local businesses organize a huge festival open to the public where over 40 restaurants gather in the city center to share thier tastes with foodies from all over the world.  The event is held in the month of November each year.  It is an unforgettable festival, the only food event with the backdrop of the Caribbean Ocean.

Riviera Maya Scuba Diving Photo Contest For those who love to dive and snorkel, this is a photographer's dream. The event is education and diving focussed with photography seminars each day during the event, and diving in the afternoons so that divers can test their skills while underwater.  With Playa del Carmen located on the 2nd Largest Barrier Reef in the world and within the Mesoamerican Corridor that has hundreds of kilometers of divable caverns and caves, this is sure to be a winner with the diving community.  This event is held the first week of December and includes great stay and event packages for scuba divers.  Novices and advanced photograpers welcome!

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival Stating that this is Music in Paradise, this is so close to the truth one could not find better words. Framed in the heart of the most beautiful tourist area of the world, for four days Riviera Maya becomes one more time the host for the best national and international Jazz acts of all times.  Combining the most varied expressions of the genere 2010 is the 8th edition of the Riviera Maya Tourism Board unforgettable "fiesta" of sun, ocean and music where fun is guaranteed.

Riviera Maya Events Calendar is the first comprensive events calendar 'Connecting People to Places' in the Riviera Maya.  This site lists all events, big and small so that vistiors and residents can plan their time and find the jewels that make this coast so community oriented. 

The coastal area of Puerto Morelos to Tulum is famous for the amount of events that are held to keep residents and visitors engaged in the area. Not a week goes by without an event being held to celebrate, educate, bring awareness, or just involve the community in a great gathering. There is always something to do in the Riviera Maya and it is a shame to miss it while visiting.  The events can be elaborate and in some cases sell out fast due to popular demand, so check out when you can visit and if your time coincides with one of the many spectacular events.