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Events and Festivals

A Schedule of Belizean events year-round. As usual any Party or Event in Belize starts with a delay of an hour or more. The most events are open ended till early in the morning.  All locals love to have party and it doesn’t matter if they have to work on the next day. The top seasonal events for Belize are listed below, and any one of them could provide the stuff of lasting memories.

GtB Independece Day in Belize with Miss San Pedro
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Please check the dates in local newspapers. Dates may be change on weather conditions.


For a List of the 2010 Bank and Public Holdays, click here.


  • New Years Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day

GtB Martin Luther King


  • Fiesta de Carnaval: Nationwide celebrations and dance competition one week before lent.
  • International Bullfish Tournament: Belize Game Fish Assoc.
  • San Pedro Carnival: Fun in the Sun on La isla Bonita.

GtB Street Carnival in Belize


  • La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is a multi-day canoe race across Belize. The route runs West to East along the Macal and Belize Rivers, once the only link between beautiful San Ignacio, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, and the bustling port of Belize City.
    4th till 8th March 2010.
  • Annual Agricultural & Trade Show Held in Belmopan, Orange Walk Town and nearby Chan Pine Ridge every two years. Livestock, handicrafts, traditional costumes and dances.
  • Baron Bliss Day: Celebrations held nationwide to honor this great benefactor of Belize. Harbor regatta is held in front of the lighthouse where he was buried. Horse and cycle races are also held.
  • Trade & Livestock Show: Held in Belmopan at the National Agricultural Showgrounds every other year, the last weekend in March. Features rodeo.

GtB La Ruta Maya River Challenge close to San Ignacio

GtB Annual Agricultural & Trade Show

GtB Rodeo at the Trade & Livestock Show in Belmopan


  • Good Friday in Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker Special Catholic Church services. Beginning at 3p.m. most villagers participate in procession carrying the cross through town.
  • Holy Saturday
  • Cross Country Classic Bicycle race in Belize City, continues on Western Highway , Circles around park in San Ignacio and returns to a dramatic finale in Belize City. International participation.
  • San Jose Succotz Fiesta: Local fair celebrating the day of their patron saint. Entertainment for kids, rides, food, marimba music.
  • 24th-25th April, Lagoon-Reef Eco
    Challenge 10, Kayak Race in
    Ambergris Caye

GtB The Belize Cross Country Classic Biscycle Race

GtB The Belize Cross Country Classic Biscycle close to Ladyville


  • Labour Day: Address by the Minister of Labour or a representative, followed by parades and rallies held throughout the country. Kite contest, cycle race, harbor regatta, horse race.
  • Cashew Festival: Crooked Tree Village.
  • Cayo Expo: San Ignacio. Displays of local crafts and products.
  • Coconut Festival Caye Caulker. Food, beverages, crafts. Parade with prize for floats.
  • Sovereign’s Day Celebrated nationwide as the Queen's birthday. National Sports Council holds horse races in Belize City at the National Stadium and in Orange Walk Town at the People's Stadium. Cycle races are held between Cayo and Belmopan.
  • Toledo Festival of Arts and Chocolate 21. to 23.  May 10. Week-long festivals in which school children depict various cultural groups in the district through drama and music. Arts and crafts exhibition includes basketry, paintings, clay sculpture, seashells and calabash vessels.

GtB The Belize Cashew Festival in Crooked Tree Village

GtB Belize Sovereign's Day

GtB Cacao Festival in Toledo Belize


  • The San Pedro Lobsterfest from 14th till 19th June 2010
  • The 11th Annual Placencia Lobsterfest 0 and Placencia Fishermen's Day Saltwater Fishing Tournament  from 25th till 27th June 2010.
  • Caye Caulker Lobsterfest 10th till 11th July 2010.
  • Dia de San Pedro festival honoring St. Peter, the patron saint of San Pedro.
    Postponed because storm Alex to
    2. July 2010 Opening & Karaoke Contest 3. July 2010 Cultur Evening, Fishing Tournement
  • BETEX  (Belize Tourism Expo) Belize's first trade show.   June 23th– 27th 2010

GtB Lobster Fest in San Pedro

GtB Lobster Fest with Lobster from the Grill

GtB Dia de San Pedro


  • Benque Viejo del Carmen Fiesta Local fair. Celebrates the day of their patron saint with cultural shows, marimba bands, food and games. Nine days of prayer.
  • The 8th annual Belize Archaeology Symposium (BAS)
    This Year:
    Status and power in ancient maya society
    June 30th– July 2th 2010
    in San Ignacio
  • Belize International Film Festival
    Bliss Center for performing Arts
    July 16th till July 24th 2010.
  • Belize National Fire Service Olympiad
    July 16th-17th 2010, Yarborough Field, Belize City

GtB Delicious Belize Chicken at the Benque Festival

GtB The annual Belize Archaeology Symposium, Bliss Center Belize City. GtB Maya Calendar

GtB Belize International Film Festival in the Bliss Center Belize City


  • Deer Dance Festival San Antonio, Toledo District Week-long celebrations. Historical reenactments, costumes, homemade harps and violins.
  • San Pedro's International Costa Maya Festival is the only festival of its kind in Central America. It is the biggest festival in Belize, as well as the highlight of Ambergris Caye's entertainment year. The 2010 from August 5th  - 8th 2010
  • Tres Pescado Slam Tournament in San Pedro for tarpon, permit and bonefish.
    The tournament will also involve the Ambergris Caye community with casting competitions and boat poling competitions with prizes and trophies as well as fly fishing and fly tying demonstrations all held each day in Central park.
    August 12th - 14th 2010.
  • Taste of Belize the Culinary Event
    note date for 2010

GtB Belize Toledo District, Deer Dance Festival in San Antonio

GtB Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro Belize

GtB Tres Pescado Slam Tournament in San Pedro for tarpon, permit and bonefish


Update will follow as we get the dates
  • St. Georges Caye Day - 10th of September
  • Expo Belize, 12th-13th September 2009
    SJC Campus Ground, Belmopan
  • BTB/San Cas Cycling Classic
    September 13th 2009.
  • Independence Day September 21st Numerous cultural, religious and sporting activities held a couple of weeks before St. George's Caye Day. Flag-raising ceremonies, parades, street jump-ups, music, dance and foods. Crowning of Miss San Pedro.
  • Mexican National Day: Orange Walk and Corozal towns people cross over into Mexico to reunite with families and have celebrations.
  • St. George's Caye Day Celebrates and commemorates a battle in 1798 when the Spanish were defeated by slaves, Baymen and British soldiers. Around the country similar official ceremonies and parades take place. Carnivals, sporting activities, fire engine parade, and pop concerts held several days prior to this event.
  • September Celebrations

GtB Two Baymen at the Indepence Day of Belize

GtB Independece Parade in San Pedro Belize

GtB St. George's Caye Day Celebrations


Update will follow as we get the dates
  • Belikin Spectacular: Billfish tournament with spectacular prizes. Sponsored by the Belize Game Fish Association.
  • 10th Oct. 09 Educators Chess Symposium at the George Price Centre, Belmopan
  • 12th Oct. 09Pan American Day: Orange Walk and Corozal . Fiestas and beauty contest to celebrate Mestizo culture. Horse and cycle races. Tourism Week: Activities include silent and Dutch auction, grand vacation raffle drawing and fair.
  • Hike & Bike for the Rain Forest: A two-day cross-country run and mountain bike race. Local and International athletes will compete throughout the Cayo area for the benefit of the rain forest.
  • 31th Oct. 09 Halloween

GtB Columbus Day Regatta in Belize

GtB Billfish tournament in Belize


Update will follow as we get the dates
  • 19th Nov. 09 Garifuna Settlement Day Festival, mainly in the southern most areas of the country to mark the first arrival of the Garifuna in 1832 in Dangriga.
  • Stann Creek Agricultural Fair: Exhibits of livestock and locally grown fruits and vegetables.
  • 27th Nov. 09 San Pedro Grand Silver 25 Years Township Celebration.

GtB The Garifuna Settlement Day, a public Holiday in Belize


Update will follow as we get the dates
  • 2th Dec. 09 Andy Palacio lecture at the Bliss in Belize City.
  • 5th Dec. 09 at 7pm Annual Boat Parade in San Pedro.
  • Christmas Eve: Midnight mass all over town.
  • Christmas Day: Merry Christmas...
  • Kwanzaa! Dec 26th - A holiday celebrated by many black American-belizean.
  • Boxing Day: Parties, dances , horse races and some Garifuna dances are performed.

GtB Christmas in Belize
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Guide to Belize,  September 2021



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