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Free and Fun Stuff to do in Merida

Merida really celebrates its Mayan roots. In fact, it offers many free and fun activities that are designed to promote and preserve its unique traditions and customs. Since there's something going on almost every day of the week, we encourage you to take in as many as you can while you’re in town.

Monday. The Merida folkloric ballet presents Vaqueria Night. The women wear beautiful Yucatecan dresses adorned with intricate needlework in vibrant floral patterns while the men are completely decked out in white from head to toe. While a live orchestra plays, they perform a variety of traditional dances. A few seats are available, but they fill up quickly, so we recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes early. Location: Plaza Grande (Calle 61 between 60 and 62), starting at 9:00PM

Tuesday. Take a step back in time and listen to the catchy tunes of a Big Band. And, if you are so inclined, join in with the locals and dance the night away. The very sweet Musical Memories night is a definitely a fun way to spend an evening. Location: Parque Santiago (Calle 59 between 70 and 72), starting at 8:30PM

Thursday. The Yucatecan Serenade includes individual singers, groups, and dancers. This extremely popular event has been taking place since the 1960s. Bench seating is provided, but we recommend that you book a table with one of the nearby restaurants. That way, you can enjoy both the great entertainment and a fabulous meal. Location: Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 53 between 58 and 60) starting at 9:00PM

Saturday. More traditional Yucatecan song and dance are in store for you at Noche Mexicana. In addition to the entertainment, there are also many artisans booths that open up offering local wares and souvenirs for purchase. Location: Remate Paseo de Montejo (Calle 47 between 56 and 58) 8:00PM

Sunday. Each Sunday, Paseo de Montejo becomes La Bici Ruta meaning it is closed to all motorized vehicles. Watch couples and families bicycling and rollerskating up and down the avenue. If you get inspired to join them, there are plenty of places to rent your own wheels to make the 1-mile journey from the Remate at Calle 47 all the way to the Monumento a la Patria at Calle 27. Location: Anywhere along the Paseo de Montejo

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