BELIZE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The following is a schedule of top seasonal Belizean events held throughout the year. If you wish to participate in any of the events, please confirm the actual date in local newspapers. Note, that dates may be changed due to weather conditions.
BELIZE CALENDAR OF EVENTS - IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY "THE SAN PEDRO SUN" NEWSPAPER: www.sanpedrosun.com
NEW YEAR'S DAY - KREN NEW YEAR'S CYCLING CLASSIC
Race starts in Corozal Town and ends in Belize City
This New Year's Day road race starts in Corozal Town and ends in Belize City. The competitors are mostly Belizeans, although Guatemalan and Mexican teams occasionally enter. The winners usually take around 3-1/2 to 4 hours to cross the finish line; crowds usually form at the start and finish points. January 1st.
LA RUTA MAYA CANOE RIVER CHALLENGE
Four day Canoe Race which starts from San Ignacio in the Cayo District and ends at Swing Bridge in Belize City. This four day canoe race-retracts the route of the ancient Mayans. .
BARON BLISS DAY
National Celebration of Belize's Greatest Benefactor. The greatest festivities are held in Belize City; which hots a regatta, as well as horse and foot races.
SAN CAS BELMOPAN CYCLING CLASSIC
Sponsored by Santiago Castillo, this race goes from Belize City to Belmopan and back.
ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL & TRADE SHOW
Held in Belmopan, Orange Walk Town and nearby Chan Pine Ridge every two years. Livestock hand crafts, traditional costumes and dances.
TRADE & LIVESTOCK SHOW
Held in Belmopan at the National Agricultural Showgrounds every other year, the last weekend in March features Rodeo.
Belizean Chocolate Bean
MAY 1ST LABOR DAY
After a national address by the Prime Minister or Minister of Labour (carried on all local radio and television stations), the rest of Labour Day is filled with street celebrations, reggatta, and horse races. Horse Race (Burrell Boom and Orange Walk Town) and BWU Labor Cycling Classic.
CROOKED TREE CASHEW FESTIVAL
Celebrating the cashew harvest, this weekend celebration features local booths selling everything possible under the sun made with this coveted nut, including cashew wine and cashew jelly. Live music and general revelry accompany the celebrations. First weekend in May.
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL & TRADE SHOW
This Trade Show is held annually in our capital city of Belmopan. It highlights agricultural diversification. This national fair is geared toward farmers, cattle ranchers, large scale agro-business, and buyers, but it's still an interesting event to tour or visit if you're in the country at the time mid-May.
MAY 10TH, MOTHER'S DAY CYCLING CLASSIC
Race starts in Cayo, to the border and back to Belize City.
MAY 23RD - 25TH, TOLEDO CACAO FESTIVAL
The festival opens with a wine & chocolate evening. Saturday is the Taste of Toledo Cookery and Craft fair. Punta Gorda Chocolate lovers should head to southern Belize in late May for this festival. In addition to food and desserts, there are concerts, games, parades and tour activities planned.
For exact dates, see www.toledochocolate.com
MAY 24TH - 25TH, MONKEY RIVER FESTIVAL
The country's leading Creole event; throughout the day there will be traditional games for adults and children.
MAY 25TH, SOVEREIGN'S DAY (in lieu of Sunday 24th May)
National celebration of the Queen's Birthday with horse race in Burrell Boom and Orange Walk District.
CAYO EXPO - San Ignacio
Display of local crafts and products
COCONUT FESITVAL - Caye Caulker
Food, beverage, crafts, parade with prize for floats.
Costa Maya Festival
AUGUST 6TH - 9TH, INT'L COSTA MAYA FESTIVAL
This is perhaps the largest festival in the country. Drawing participants from the neighboring countries of El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, this celebrations features a steady stream of live concert performances, street parades, beauty pageants, and water shows and activities. Held in Ambergris Caye, the festival hosts Int'l music groups, cultural dances, international cuisine and arts & crafts.
DEER DANCE FESTIVAL - San Antonion, Toledo District
This 9-day Mayan festival is celebrated in the small Maya village of San Antonio. highlights include costume and dance performances. Late August to early September. This week long celebration includes re-enactments, costumes, homemade harps, and violins.
TRES PESCADO SLAM TOURNAMENT
In San Pedro for Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish.
TASTE OF BELIZE
The culinary event - August 29th
PAN AMERICAN DAY
Formerly known as Columbus Day, this day now celebrates mestizo and Mayan culture with parades, street fairs, and concerts. Nationally celebrated with a horse race & cycle race.
BELIKIN SPECTACULAR - FISHING TOURNAMENT
Billfish tournament with spectacular prizes. Sponsored by the Belize Game Fish Association.
GARIFUNA SETTLEMENT DAY
The greatest Garifuna celebration occurs in Dangriga, where Garifunas from across Belize and throughout the region gather to commemorate their arrival from St. Vincent in 1832. This is mainly celebrated in Southern Belize. Street parades, religious performances are all part of the celebrations throughout the southern coastal zone.
STANN CREEK AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Exhibits of livestock and locally grown fruits and vegetables.
INTERNTATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
Sponsored by Raddison Fort George and Esso, it is an International tournament held annually, where they display the heaviest fish blue and white marlin, sail fish, and bill fish.
TELEMEDIA VALENTINE CYCLE RACE
This race, sponsored by Belize Telemedia Limited, starts in Belmopan, makes its way to Benque Viejo, then back to Belize City and ends at the Constitution Park.
FIESTA DE CARNIVAL
Nationwide celebrations and dance competitions one week before lent. Larger towns have parades and dance competitions. In San Pedro watch out, that you don't get painted.
SAN PEDRO CARNIVAL
Fun in the sun on La Isla Bonita.
GOOD FRIDAY IN AMBERGRIS CAYE & CAYE CAULKER
Beginning at 3 p.m. villagers participate in procession carrying the cross through town.
HOLY SATURDAY CYCLING CLASSIC
Easter Cycling Classic Held annually from Belize City to San Ignacio Town and back, ends at the National Stadium.
EASTER FAIR ENTERTAINMENT
Held during the Easter Weekend in San Ignacio Town, this even features entertainment, live music, sports activities and family games.
WHALE SHARK DAY
A host of activities are held in Placencia to bring in the whale shark season.
SAN PEDRO LAGOON REEF ECO-CHALLENGE
This 42 mile eco-challenge consists of a two day kayak race that begins on the lagoon side of Ambergris Caye. The race finishes in Central Park, San Pedro Town.
SAN JOSE SUCCOTZ FIESTA
Local fair, entertainment for kids, food, marimba music.
SAN PEDRO LOBSTER FESTIVAL
San Pedro celebrates the lobster season with a full week of activities.
PLACENCIA LOBSTER FESTIVAL
During this extended weekend celebration of the opening of lobster season, this beach town pulls out all the stops. There's plenty of lobster to be had in a variety of preparations, at temporary outdoor stalls and restaurants around town. There are also concerts and dancing and an arts fair. Activities such as fishing tournaments, bicycle races will be held, music and drinks and ALL lobster dishes will be available.
For more informaiton: www.placencia.com
CAYE CAULKER LOBSTER FESTIVAL
Not to be outdone by Placencia, Caye Caulker also puts on a long weekend celebration of the start of lobster season. Food, music, and dancing are all served up in hearty portions around town.
DIA de SAN PEDRO
This is a three (3) day celebration of the island's patron saint, Saint Peter or San Pedro. Boats are blessed, and there are parades and processions.
Day 1 Opening day and karaoke contest. Culture evening, fishing tournament.
Day 2 Fishing tournament, festival, beach party, midnight fireworks
Day 3 Misa de Gallo, early morning boat parade, boats & fisherman are blessed, street procession
Benque Viejo Fiestival
BENQUE VIEJO FIESTA
Nine days of prayer and celebration honoring the Patron Saint.
A host of activities is held in the village of Progresso, where the highlight is the Pibil ( A traditional way of cooking pork).
BETEX (Belize Tourism Expo)
Belize's first trade show
BELIZE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
Bliss Center for Performing Arts. July 24 to August 2nd
Patriotic parades and official celebrations are mixed with street parties, beauty pageants, and open-air concerts.
FLAG RAISING CEREMONIES
Official Indepedence Day ceremonies and Parade
QUEEN OF THE BAY PAGEANT
Belize City Center
MISS SAN PEDRO PAGEANT
FIRE ENGINE PARADE
In Belize City
CARINVAL ROAD MARCH
Marchi makes its way through the streets of Belize ending at the Marion Jones Stadium where the various groups perform to determine the best carnival band.
CARNIVAL KING AND QUEEN
Marion Jones Stadium
THE BATTLE OF ST. GEORGE'S CAYE DAY
Public & Bank Holiday, official ceremonies, Citizen's Parade and Fair are held.
TRIBUTE TO BELIZEAN PATRIOTS
MR. BELIZE BODYBUILDING COMPETITION
MILITARY, POLICE & FIRE TATOO
ANNUAL LIONMAN TRIATHLON
ANNUAL BOAT PARADE - San Pedro
Parade of boats, decorated with Christmas lights.
DECEMBER 25TH, CHRISTMAS DAY
Family Day, gift opening.
DECEMBER 26TH, BOXING DAY
While Christmas Day is predominantly for the family in Belize, Boxing Day is a chance to continue the celebration with friends, neighbors, and strangers. Dances, concerts, horse races, and general festivities are put on around the country. Horse race and cycle race in Burrell Boom Village. The Cycle race starts at Palotti High School in Belize City and ends at the Silverstre Stadium in Burrell Boom.