Where to Party at Lake Atitlan during Semana Santa

Semana Santa at Lake AtitlanSan Pedro and the rest of the lake is filled with travelers from Guatemala as well as from around the world, all here to celebrate Semana Santa. Look for parades, bands and “flower carpets” in the main part of town, such as el centro (up the hill) in San Pedro.

Across the lake, Circus Bar, Cafe Atlantis and Restaurante Casablanca have Semana Santa specials, with live entertainment at Circus Bar and Atlantis.

Parties, Bands, DJs in San Pedro

Lots of parties, too. Tonight there’s live music at Zoola and Alegre Pub. El Barrio Bar’s “Fiesta Latina” kicks off with a band tonight and features live music or a DJ through the rest of the week. Lots of action at the new Paul’s Gaff, too.

In the zona viva, people are partying in the street from noon until late. For something different, grab a liter of draft Gallo beer in front of Johanna’s Mini-Mercado.

If you are here for Easter Sunday, head over to Smokin’ Joes’ BBQ at the pool on the way to the Santiago dock.

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Cinco de Mayo Day in San Pedro la Laguna and Panajachel

The traditional Santa Claus piñata will be the star of the show at today’s Cinco de Mayo party at The Deep End Bar and Pool in San Pedro la Laguna, Lake Atitlan. Alegre Pub hosts a Cinco de Mayo party tonight, with Q5 tequila shots and Mexican beer specials.

In Panajachel, the places to party are Cafe Atlantis and Circus Bar.

Cinco de Mayo (which means “fifth of May”) is celebrated across the top half of Central America, even though it is a Mexican holiday. It recalls the day that Mexican troops defeated Napoleon’s French soldiers in the Battle of Puebla.

For more Guatemala vacation information, see Lake Atitlan Party and Travel News.

Fiesta in San Marcos la Laguna

The annual fiesta in San Marcos la Laguna is happening right now, so hop on the next boat and head on over. This fiesta lasts all weekend. For more about this part of Lake Atitlan, see San Marcos la Laguna News.

2nd Annual Blues and Jazz Festival in Santiago, Atitlan

A “Gourmet Blues and Jazz Cruise” boat departs the Panajachel dock at noon on December 1 for two concerts in Santiago. First stop, Posada de Santiago, then Hotel Bamboo and back to Pana.

One of the bands at the 2011 Blues Jazz Festival in Santiago, Lake Atitlan

Last year was a real hoot, so reserve early. In Guatemala, call 7721-7328 or visit Festival Santiago.