What is the Festival of Life and Death?

The Life and Death Festival of Xcaret is one of the best ways to celebrate the Day of the Dead in the Riviera Maya.

This festival brings together musical, gastronomic, folkloric and artistic expressions around this Mexican celebration. It is a mixture of tradition and interpretation very much in the style of this ecological park.

In each edition, a state/province of Mexico is invited as guest of honor, highlighting its culture, its own Day of the Dead celebration, its gastronomy and music.

On the other hand, the Day of the Dead was catalogued as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Unesco in 2008.

When does the Festival of Life and Death take place?

Normally from October 30th to November 3rd and the festival’s own activities take place from 3:45 pm to 10:30 pm in Xcaret Park and Playa del Carmen.

Edition 2021

The 2021 edition is the 15th of this celebration of Hanal Pixán or “food of the souls” and has as its guest the state of Quintana Roo.

Programme of activities

The programme of activities is as follows:

October 30th

October 31th

November 1st

November 2nd

November 3rd


Tickets are not free and are normally on sale at the official festival website.

Residents of the guest province, Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche often have the option to purchase a discounted ticket and it only includes the festival activities without access to the rest of the park.


During the 5 days of the festival there is normally special transportation to Xcaret from Playa del Carmen and Cancun with the ADO bus company.


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The schedule for every day is very diverse with music, workshops, plays, concerts, dance, gastronomy, etc. Check the complete program of activities and workshops on the official website.

More information about the festival

Official site: Life and death festival.

In this 2021 edition there is an app available for both android and ios in your corresponding app store.

Once the festival is over, there will be an online broadcast to relive the best moments of this celebration.