Entertainment and Events
As one of Mexico’s colonial shining stars, Mérida is the region’s cultural supernova. With free nightly performances, four theaters, four cinemas, art galleries, a planetarium, and a bullring, there is absolutely something for everyone.
Mérida's Weekly Cultural Events
- Sunday (Domingo en Mérida)
- Plaza Independencia: handicrafts market and outdoor food stands (10 a.m.–6 p.m.)
- Palacio Municipal: regional dance performances (1 and 3 p.m.)
- Parque Santa Lucía: antiques bazaar (mornings) and live regional music (11 a.m.)
- Parque Hidalgo: comedy acts and live marimba music (11:30 a.m.)
- Bici-Ruta: five kilometers (three miles) of streets in the historical center are open to bicyclists and pedestrians only (8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.). Bicycles can be rented in front of the Palacio Municipal (US$1–2 per hour).
- Palacio Municipal: regional dance performance (9 p.m.)
- Parque Santiago: live big-band music and dancing (8:30 p.m.)
- Centro Cultural de Mérida Olimpo: classical guitar and ballad performance (8:30 p.m.)
- Teatro José Peón Contreras ballet folklórico performance (US$5, 9 p.m.)
- Centro Cultural de Mérida Olimpo: live theater or music performance (9 p.m.)
- Museo de la Canción Yucateca: regional music concert held on the last Wednesday of every month (9 p.m.)
- Parque Santa Lucía: regional dance, music, and spoken-word performances (9 p.m.)
- Universidad de Yucatán: live regional music performance (9 p.m.)
- Paseo de Montejo at Calle 47: Noche Mexicana — food stalls, handicrafts booths, live music, and dance performances (8 p.m.– midnight
- Calle 60 (between Plaza Independencia and Calle 53): En El Corazón de Mérida — the street closes for live bands, dancing, and outdoor eating (9 p.m.–2 a.m.)
For up-to-date information on monthly events, there are several free tourism magazines and brochures that are incredibly helpful. Among the best are Yucatán Today, Explore Yucatán, Cartelera Divertimento, and the city tourism office’s Programa Mensual de Actividades Culturales.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition