The titular fairs of the different towns are good opportunities to observe Mayan culture, customs, cuisine, music, dance, and religious observances. There is a parade opening day, and various activities and expositions depending upon the town. If you plan to visit Cobán during Holy Week, the Half Marathon, or the Folklore Festival / Fair, it is highly advisable to book hotel reservations in advance.
January 20-25:Rabinal B.V. Fair
- See the only precolombian theatre show left in both Americas: A sad piece about a rebellious King with Maya-Achi music and vivid dance.January 22-25:Tamahu A.V. FairMay 1-4:Santa Cruz A.V. Fair
- See the dance of the Guacamayos.May 4-9:Tucuru A.V. Fair2nd or 3rd Sunday in May:Half Marathon
- This 21 km race from Coban to Carcha and back attracts world-class contestants. Entrance fee of Q50 can be paid at BanCafe.June 10-13:Purulha B.V. FairJune 21-24:Chamelco A.V. FairJune 24-29:Carcha A.V. FairJuly 20-25:Cubulco, B.V. Fair
- See the Palo Volador, where two drunk men spiral down a ritual poleJuly 21-26:San Cristobal A.V. FairLast week July:Coban Folklore Festival
- The festival includes examples of indigenous
handiwork; typical cuisine; and Mayan ceremonies, music and dances. The culmination of the festival on Saturday evening is the election of Reina Rabin Ahau (Daughter of the King) from contestants representing all the Mayan towns in Guatemala. Mayan customs, traditions, costumes and music are presented. Entrance fee Q50 (seats) or Q 40 (stands), and reservations must be made in advance with Prof. Marco Aurelio Alonzo at 951-1709 or 951-1657.August 1-6:Coban A.V. FairAugust 11-16:Tactic A.V. FairAugust 22-28:Lanquin A.V. FairFirst week December:Coban Orchid Exhibit
- A vast exhibition of the finest orchids contributed by collectors from all over Guatemala. Held in the convent (next to the cathedral) Entrance fee Q2.