What’s Happening in Belize in August

by Khaila Gentle

In Belize, the month of August brings with it summer heat and afternoon showers. But that doesn’t mean that the country’s social scene is any less active. From dinner and cocktails with live music to an entire week of kayaking, here’s what’s happening in Belize in August 2023.

August 8 – Waata and Bush Photo Exhibition (Last Day)

A display of the talents of young Belizean photographers, the Waata and Bush photo exhibit at the Image Factory in Belize City is the culmination of this summer’s Bredda Cliff Augustine Youth film photography camp. Led by professional Belizean American photographer Menyelek Marin Coleman, the young participants had the chance to traverse areas of Belize – from the city to the beaches of Placencia – and capture some cinematic moments on disposable cameras. The exhibit’s last day is August 8th so there’s still some time to head out and support these talented youth by purchasing their prints.

August 9 – World Indigenous People’s Day

On August 9th, Belize will join the global community in celebrating World Indigenous People’s Day. It’s a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of protecting and promoting indigenous people’s rights. This year’s theme is: Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-determination. In Belize, observe this special day by supporting indigenous communities, including local artisans and craft makers.

BTB Maya Celebration Chocolate Fest Punta Gorda

A Maya Celebration at Belize’s Chocolate Festival. Photo by the Belize Tourism Board

August 9 – Croc Talks at Tipsy Tuna

Head to Tipsy Tuna on August 9th for cocktails and croc talk, courtesy of the Crocodile Research Coalition. Led by Monique Vernon, this unique event takes place at 4 pm. Vernon will be giving a mini presentation about crocodiles in Belize and how we can coexist with them. Croc Talks will be followed afterward by some lively Garifuna Drumming.

August 22 to 27 – The BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge

Love kayaking? Fuel that passion this August in Belize with Belize’s Tourism Board’s Love Belize Sea Challenge. Taking place from the 22nd to the 27th, this weeklong event will see kayakers test their endurance and paddle over 200 miles along the country’s coast, much like the renowned Sol Sisters did earlier this year. Racers will paddle for a total of six days, starting at Punta Gorda in the south and finishing at Corozal Town up north. Hoping to take part? Register here.  Over $30,000 in cash prizes and trophies await.

The Belize Coast Guard’s A-Team comprising of Daniel Gregorio, and brothers, Godfrey, James, and Mark Alford is the reigning champion after winning the inaugural Belize Sea Challenge.

August 23 – Sleeping Giant’s Artist in Residence Unveiling

Head to the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant later this August for a magical combination of art and nature. The Belize Collection’s first-ever Artist in Residence Program just concluded, and the results of the program will be unveiled to the public on August 23. From concrete sculptures inspired by local culture to wooden carvings dedicated to the life cycle of women, it’s set to be a truly spectacular event.

Artwork by Lucia Meyer. Photo courtesy of The Belize Collection

August 26 – Cocktails with Denise Castillo at Roaring River

The Roaring River Golf Course in Roaring Creek Village – just 5 minutes outside of Belmopan City – is a hidden gem for golfing in Belize. But it’s also becoming the place to go for dinner, drinks, and more. This month, Roaring River’s onsite restaurant, Wild Dining, will be the setting for a night of cocktails and music. Sip on your favorite libations while enjoying the musical stylings of singer Denise Castillo, accompanied by Alexander Evans. Enjoy unlimited drinks for $49 and tapas platters for $35.

Wild Dining is also the place to go for bottomless mimosas on Sundays. Sunday Bruch is a weekly occurrence, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., complete with live music.

Featured Photo by the Belize Tourism Board. 

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