The Top 7 Music Festivals in Tulum for 2018

Ruins of Tulum │© Dennis Jarvis / flickr
Ruins of Tulum │© Dennis Jarvis / flickr
Photo of Jack Guy
25 November 2017

Mexico’s Riviera Maya has hosted various international music festivals in the past few years, and there are more coming in 2018. Here are some of the best ones to watch out for.


The third edition of Comunite festival will take place on January 5 in a cenote near Tulum. It’s 100 percent run by Mexicans, in contrast to other festivals which have been criticized by locals, and the aim is to bring people together to build consciousness about social, cultural and environmental issues. The lineup looks good so far, ranging from Cuban crooner Daymé Arocena to Romanian techno head Rhadoo.

Arena Festival

The largest gay and lesbian festival in Mexico will celebrate its sixth year in 2018. It runs from January 31 to February 5. Guests come from around the world to party over multiple stages, with electronic music the flavour of choice. Stay in one of the partner hotels in Playa del Carmen to get a good deal on accommodation.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

Since 2003 local jazz lovers have come together to organize a festival that takes place in Playa del Carmen around November. While most of the other festivals around Tulum concentrate on electronic music, this one is a breath of fresh air for those looking for something a bit different.

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Corona Sunsets Festival

World-renowned beer brand Corona puts on 10 festivals on the same date every year. Four of them happen in Mexico, and Playa del Carmen is one of the lucky hosts. The lineups are always great, and Mamitas Beach Club is a wonderful venue.

La Fete de la Musique

This annual festival takes place in Playa del Carmen on June 21. It’s organized by the French consul for Quintana Roo, and there are French-run Fete de la Musiques all around the world to mark the first day of summer. Each year a slice of the profits goes to a local charity, so you can party knowing that you are also doing some good.

Tulum beach | © Stefano Ravalli / flickr

Heineken Winter Beach

Music and fashion combine at this annual event in Playa del Carmen. Big names in the electronic music scene play sets while models present the latest collections from renowned fashion houses. If you are wondering where the beautiful people go on the Riviera Maya, it’s fair to say that a lot of them are hanging out here in December.

Playing in the Sand

From February 15-18 2018 guests at the Barcelo Maya Beach resort in Playa del Carmen will be treated to an all-inclusive concert vacation with Dead & Co. The band features original-lineup Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, who will be playing three concerts in four days

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