The San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival has officially announced its festival dates for 2011. The largest festival in Belize has been confirmed to run from August 4 - 7, 2011.

And this year marks the Costa Maya Festival's 20th Anniversary! Something special is underway.

Although the festival committee cannot confirm who the highlight international performer will be just yet, it can confirm that the Festival will be a special one in celebration of its 20th year. With this come changes to its festival night schedule. The format is as follows:

Thursday, August 4 - Opening night will feature comedic performance by a Guest Comedian (previously reserved for Sunday, closing night). There will be spectacular opening night performances and special entertainment.

Friday, August 5 - Welcomes the ever popular Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant (Miss Costa Maya). All seven Central American countries and Mexico have confirmed their participation in this year's pageant. Coordinators have already started working on the theme of the pageant, which is expected to tie in with the Mayan 2012 celebrations that most Central American countries are promoting at the moment. Expect great things for this year's pageant once again. Entertainment will follow after the pageant.

Saturday, August 6 - International Night is set to bring another spectacular international artist to highlight an evening filled with more entertainment both from local and regional artists.

Sunday, August 7 - The biggest changes comes on the last night of the festival. Activities move from the festival ground to Central Park for an all-day Beach Party with live music, DJ competitions, games and a repeat of the Triathlon that was very popular last year. There will no longer be scheduled performances during the evening, but the mechanical rides and food stalls will be accessible to the public at night. The FUN moves to Central Park on closing day for the Costa Maya Festival.

The ball is rolling and the Costa Maya Festival Committee has started to work in looking for the best performers from the region and internationally to grace the stage of the biggest and most popular festival in Belize. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!