The Ultimate Tulum Bucket List: Music Festivals, Beach Clubs and More

Here's an in-depth guide to partying in Tulum during its high season.

With a giant assortment of shows, festivals, venues and clubs, each year Tulum further cements itself as one of the world's best destinations for dance music.

With Tulum’s high season starting in late December and extending until mid-January, the city is the perfect place to escape winter and treat yourself to an array of indulgent nightlife and beach experiences.

We've put together the ultimate bucket list filled with the best festivals, beach clubs and events you should visit during your time in Tulum. We recommend going to at least four events and booking your tickets early in order to save as much as possible.

Tulum Festivals

Zamna Festival

Taking place in the idyllic Quintana Roo jungle, Zamna Festival is an undisputed bucket list event for any electronic music enthusiast and attracts attendees from over 110 countries. This year, Zamna took over Tulum for a huge run of events featuring some of the scene's most recognizable brands and trailblazers.

The latest edition of Zamna featured Michael Bibi, Keinemusik, Black Coffee and more, and shows curated by ARTBAT’s Upperground imprint, Tale Of Us’ Afterlife, Circoloco and Diplo’s Higher Ground.

Tomorrowland presents CORE at Zamna. 

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Day Zero

Damian Lazarus’ transformative Day Zero festival experience has been one of Tulum’s highlights every single year since its inception in 2012, when it celebrated the end of the Mayan calendar.

Taking place January 9th, the 2023 edition of Day Zero featured three stages and over 18 hours of techno and house music, celebrating Lazarus' acclaimed Crosstown Rebels imprint. Performers included AMÉMÉ, Jan Blomqvist, Bedouin, Jamie Jones and Lazarus himself, who also went B2B with Jones for a special set that extended to noon the next day.

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Tulum Venues

Below are some of the most exciting venues you can only find in Tulum. They perfectly encapsulate the city's vibrant energy with their unique designs and spaces.

Papaya Playa

“An oasis for creative souls and wellness seekers,” Papaya Playa is a communal playground for creatives and travelers alive, offering simply yet charming accommodation options. Every weekend, Papaya Playa’s nightclub venue lights up with performances from prominent guest DJs and musicians.

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Buuts Ha

A cenote club, Buuts Ha nicely encapsulates Tulum’s luxurious party and hospitality scene, combining explosive events with top-notch drinks and international cuisine.

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Located in the heart of Tulum’s Hotel Zone, inside the famed Selina Tulum, Mía harmoniously combines a beach club, an affluent cuisine restaurant, a private lounge, a pizza restaurant and a club.

Mía Restaurant & Beach Club Tulum

Mía Restaurant & Beach Club Tulum


An elegant restaurant and beach club, Kanan is located inside a beautiful cenote and juxtaposes mesmerizing parties and a relaxed restaurant atmosphere, while also offering stylish accommodation options.

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Tehmplo prides itself on creating unforgettable nightlife experiences, bringing together the prestige and quality of some of the world’s most acclaimed clubs with a unique Mexican and tropical touch.

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Tulum Events

Storytellers Ibiza

Started in Ibiza, Storytellers Ibiza has landed in Tulum’s Papaya Playa, aiming to offer an immersive dance music experience that extends till dawn. This year’s lineup included performances from the likes of BLOND:ISH, Bora Uzer, Class of 2023 star AMÉMÉ and many more.

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Mayan Warrior

Presented as “a collaborative project uniting artists, musicians, technologists, and creatives worldwide,” Mayan Warrior is a fundraiser event, annually taking place in Papaya Playa.

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Filled with groovy DJ sets, live performances and interactive experiences, WooMoon is a multi-disciplinary event taking place at Papaya Playa.

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SET Underground

Since its launch in San Fransisco, SET Underground has taken its brand to major U.S. cities like Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Diego, as well as Tulum. SET Underground has been hosting premium jungle/cenote parties for the past 3 years in Tulum, featuring performances from the likes of DJ Tennis, Jan Blomqvist, Jimi Jules and more.

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Hosting some of Tulum’s most impressive jungle parties, INCENDIA is an international brand that has organized events with a presence from festivals like Okeechobee to Burning Man.

INCENDIA at Imagine Music Festival. 

INCENDIA/Imagine Music Festival Presents Insider Access: Global Networking Event in Tulum’s debut Insider Access: Global Networking Event in Tulum took place at the beautiful Kanan Tulum hotel on February 12th, 2023.

An inspirational and informative experience that connected creatives across the music industry, the inaugural Tulum edition united DJs, record labels, venue owners, booking agents, content creators and more for enlightened conversations about a shared love of the electronic music community.

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