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Belize Carnival, Festivals & Special Events

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Belize special events throughout the year

The lively Belize Carnival takes place the week before Lent. There area  number of country cycling classics held between January and May, as well as several lobster festivals during June and July – together with the obligatory Belizean music and dancing – in San Pedro, Placencia and Caye Caulker.

Carnivals in the Caribbean are renowned for their vibrant music and colour. As most, but not all, of the Caribbean major festivals are of a religious nature they take place prior to Lent and finish Ash Wednesday. Costumes made for carnivals are spectacular, taking months of work. Work often begins on the following year’s costumes as soon as the current year’s carnival is over, especially in Trinidad & Tobago – the biggest carnival in the Caribbean.

There are a number of special events, not of a carnival nature, which also take place throughout the year. Below is a list of the major and most popular Belize carnival and festivals as well as the major special events.

Belize Carnival & Festivals

  • San Pedro Food Festival (January)
  • The lively Belize Carnival takes place the week before Lent
  • San Jose Succotz Festival (March)
  • Cashew Festival (May)
  • Toledo Cacao Festival (May)
  • Monkey River Festival (May)
  • Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro is held in August
  • World Indigenous Music Festival (October)
  • Mayan Solstice Festival (December)

Special Events in Belize

  • Horse Racing – Burrell Boom (January)
  • La Ruta Maya Canoe River Challenge (March)
  • The official Independence Day ceremonies and parade take place in September

Carnivals and events in other Caribbean countries

As well as Belize Carnival and festivals do check out what’s going on in other destinations, country by country, on the Caribbean Carnivals page in the Discover section.

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