Belize is a colorful and cheerful country whose inhabitants love to enjoy life to the fullest. The calendar year in Belize is dotted with festivals of every kind, from carnivals and beauty pageants to celebrations of various locally grown food. In Belize, a celebration is truly a celebration. You gather with your friends and family to dance, sing, and eat together. Even if you are a visitor to Belize, you will find yourself most welcome (Belizeans are after all, famous for their hospitality) and treated as one of the family. It can be a wonderful and unforgettable experience to visit Belize at such a time. Celebrations in Belize are always colorful, fun affairs, and so here is a list of all the Belize festivals during 2019 that you definitely won’t want to miss!
Belize Festivals 2019 In Order Of Date:
5th - 8th of February
Fiesta De Carnaval
The week before Lent in Belize is always an explosion of color and festivities as Fiesta De Carnaval takes over. There is plenty of dancing and singing, lots of bright and exuberant costumes, as well as parades, painting contests and flour fights. The Belizeans really go all out for this festival, since the following time of Lent is a time to be quiet and peaceful, as well as giving up your vices and often eating simply.
9th - 10th of February
Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival
One of the Belize festivals that focuses on local artwork and artists, the Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival is hosted in the small idyllic town of Placencia. If you love exploring small local towns and experiencing local art and culture, then this will be the place for you! Stalls sell lovely handmade wooden furniture, hand painted goods, and passersby can enjoy food and drink whilst listening to poetry readings.
11th of May
Hosted in the small town of Crooked Tree in Belize District, this is one of the many Belize festivals centered around food. Local farmers and artisans from all over Belize bring cashew creations of all kinds to this festival — from cashew wine to cashew jelly and much more!
18th - 20th of May
Out of all the Belize festivals, this is (understandably) one of the most popular. Chocolate is a very important part of Belizean culture dating back thousands of years to the ancient Mayans. The Belize Chocolate Fest is held in the Toledo District and has some of the best chocolate produce that you can imagine.
2nd - 3rd of June
Hopkins Village is the host of the anticipated Mango Fest, where people flock to enjoy the succulent sun ripened mangoes when they reach their peak flavor. If this is one of the Belize festivals that you decide to attend, you will be treated to an incredible variety of all the best mangoes and mango themed dishes.
21st - 23rd of June
This festival coincides with the first Lobster harvests of the season, this festival is widely celebrated in San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and Placenia. Enjoy fun and games, team activities and more before diving into the spectacular Lobster feast! Lobsters are placed on a grills, slathered in butter and various sauces and then served with various side dishes.
2nd - 4th of August
Costa Maya festival
The famous Costa Maya is one of the biggest Belize festivals. The first day of the festival is usually kicked off with a beauty pageant, with contestants from all over Central America. Various music such as reggae and punta is enjoyed, as well as games, food, art, and carnival rides.
9th of September
This is actually a separate event to the Fiesta De Carnaval earlier on in the year. Belizeans just love a good excuse for a party! Every year, more than 20,000 people flock to the capital of Belize City to witness or join in with the famous flamboyant Belize Carnival.
We hope you enjoyed our article on the Belize festivals that you won’t want to miss in 2019! For more fun travel-related articles and for all things Belize, be sure to check out our other blog posts. If you want to experience any of these festival in Belize for yourself, please do not hesitate to get in touch! A friendly member of our staff will be happy to help you with an enquiries that you may have!