Family friendly events near Barceló Maya Grand Resort

The area around the all-inclusive Barceló Maya Grand Resortoffers an array of family friendly events that highlight Mexico’s culture, history and more.

The area around the all-inclusive Barceló Maya Grand Resort (comprised of Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Tropical, and the all-suite, AAA Four-Diamond Barceló Maya Palace) offers an array of family friendly events that highlight Mexico’s culture, history and more.

While you could easily spend your entire vacation at Barceló Maya Grand Resort lounging, playing, and dining on property, the resort’s convenient location along the Riviera Maya makes it a perfect home base to explore the region’s cultural and ecological events throughout the year.

Consider booking your stay at Barceló Maya Grand Resort during one of these events to experience a unique side of Mexico.

Mexican Independence Day

September 15-16

Plan your visit around the first two weeks of September to get a taste of one of the country’s most important patriotic festivals. Parades, food, fireworks, and more culminate on September 15 and 16 to celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain. Be sure to check with your hosts at Barceló to find exciting celebrations nearby!

Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead)

October 31 - November 2

Explore Día de los Muertos, an essential Mexican holiday celebrating those who have passed on, at Festival of Life and Death Traditions in Xcaret. The event features three days of performances, music, workshops, cuisine on October 31, November 1, and November 2 each year, accessible by car.

Annual Sea Turtle Festival


Witness the natural wonder of baby turtles making their first voyage into the sea in Xcacel, Akumal, and Tulum. With workshops, baby turtle release, and kid-friendly activities along the way, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share with your family. If you can’t make it for the festival, check with your Barceló host before your trip to find out more about baby sea turtle releases throughout the year at your resort.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

Late November - Early December

This annual event in Playa del Carmen draws visitors and locals alike to enjoy multiple nights of swinging sounds, performed by the world’s greatest jazz musicians. The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival features notable jazz musicians with a new lineup each year, and has been a tradition since 2003. While performances can be crowded, restaurants throughout Playa del Carmen will often offer unique jazz experiences while you eat, making the entire town an extension of the festivities.

Art with me*GNP


After a successful kick-off year in spring 2018, Tulum’s first arts and culture festival is a must-see for art buffs and novices alike. Art With Me*GNP  brings together immersive experiences across the arts, cuisine, and sustainability for four days of entertainment and education. Purchase tickets for curated family experiences and access to select events throughout the festival, or enjoy a robust offering of free events and experiences, ranging from large-scale art pieces to panel discussions and kid-friendly programming.

Annual Whale Shark Festival


Get a closer look at the biggest fish in the world — the whale shark — during this three-day festival. With tons of kid-friendly activities and underwater tours, this is an eco-tourism event not to be missed. The festival is hosted on Isla Mujeres, a two-hour journey which includes a quick ferry ride. Prepare for an unforgettable day trip.