05 Feb 2017

These are the 38 most important Festivals and Events in Mexico

Mexico’s Culture includes more than 5.000 traditional festivities per year. When you are in Mexico, why not taking part in one of these great celebrations?

National Festivals:

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead): 1st & 2nd of November

Traditions connected with this traditional festivity held on the 1st and 2nd of November include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration when eating and parties are common.

Dia de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day): 15th/16th of September

With the Cry of Independence uttered from the small town of Dolores, near Guanajuato on September 16, 1810, the event marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence and is the most important national holiday observed in Mexico. The Cry of Independence is as well imitated in the City Centers on this day by the president of the respective state or in Mexico City by the President of Mexico.

Regional Festivals:


Feria Nacional San Marcos (April)

“La Feria de San Marcos” as well considered as “The Festival of Mexico” in honor of San Marcos is an incredible event taking place in the month of April. The most important day is the 25th of April, the day of San Marcos. During two weeks you can enjoy artistic, cultural and social events, where you can find for example the Queen dance, bull cartels, competition of traditional costumes, music and a lot more.

Baja California

Festival de la Cosecha y la Vendimia (August)

This festival of Ensenada which takes place in August celebrates the new edition of the Festival de la Cosecha y la Vendimia. These events are representative for the region and attract thousands of visitors to get to know the production processes of grapes and to taste the best wines of the region. The gastronomy together with its great wines forms a great festival each year.

Festival de Octubre (October)

The October Festival is one of the most colorful events in Mexico. Musical, theaters, expositions, conferences, concerts and a lot more are part of this festival in Ensenada.

World Championship Billfish Release Tournament (May)

One of the most important tournaments of Cabo San Lucas. During this event you can enjoy the gastronomy of the place whilst enjoying fishing, making friends and enjoy great moments.


Fiesta de Enero – Festival of January (January)

A religious festival famous for its colorful dances in the streets. It is a religious celebration of “Cristo Negro de Esquipulas” on the 8th of January, “San Antonio Abad” on the 17th of January and “San Sebastián” on the 20th of January.

Los Parachicos (January)

The Parachicos are traditional dancers with wooden masks from Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, who dance in the streets of the town during this great festivity, which takes place from January 4th to 22nd each year. This festival, which includes Roman Catholic religious ceremonies, music, dancing and local cuisine, has been included in the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.


Feria del Sol (July & August)

The festival of the Sun in Piedras Negras, in the very North of Mexico, is a great festival for young and old with diverse events and expositions that represent the culture and tradition of the place.


Feria Estatal de León (January & February)

From concerts to shows, exhibitions and games, the anniversary of Leon are celebrated.

Festival Expresión en Corto (July)

Each year cine stars from countries like Germany, the UK, France, Russia, the US among others come to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende to present their work. The objective of this festival is to offer short film productions as well as documentations to create ideas for the development of the industry.

Festival Internacional Cervantino (October)

In October, one of the most important cultural festivals in Mexico and America takes place in Guanajuato: “The Festival Internacional Cervantino”. During this international festival, 5 nations invite to experience their tradition, where you can enjoy music, dance and cultural expressions.


Fiesta de Santa Prisca (January)

Dances, fires, and celebrations fill this festival with life in Taxco in memory of the holy patron of the valley.

Carnaval de Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo (February)

One of the most important festivals of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is the Carnival which takes place in February. Fires, music shows and parades are part of this great event.


Festival de la Plata (July)

The “Festival de la Plata” takes place each year in the beautiful city of Pachuca, in the state of Hidalgo. In this time a huge variety of cultural events takes place, presenting as well an exhibition and sale of silver crafts.


Vallarta Wine Festival (February)

The popular wine festival of Vallarta offers an endless variety of spectacles where you can find wines from all over the world. 

Festival Cultural de Mayo (May)

The “Festival Cultural Festival of May” in Puerto Vallarta is an artistic, cultural and multi disciplinary event which takes place in the city of Guadalajara and other communities of the state Jalisco in Mexico.

Latin Fever (December)

Puerto Vallarta is a popular tourism destination of Mexico with endless celebrations. The festival “Latin Fever” is one of the most popular events, a gay festival taking place in December annually.

Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería (August)

Each year in August, the city of Guadalajara presents “El Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charreria” where you can enjoy a variety of wines, great music and delicacies of the region.

Los Cabos

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament (October)

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is one of the annual tournaments in Los Cabos. Each year its competition registers a record figure of boats during the opening ceremony taking place at Playa Grande in Cabo San Lucas.

Festival de Los Cabos (December)

The Festival of Los Cabos is a festival of rhythm, colors, and tastes where artists come together and where you can enjoy traditional dances and gastronomy exhibitions of the best restaurants in the region.

Mexico Distrito Federal

Festival de primavera – Spring Festival (March)

This festival is a very special event referring to a Mayan mythology. With joy and dances, the start of spring is celebrated.

Festival de México en el Centro Histórico (March)

The Festival of Mexico has culturally seen the most important festival in Mexico City where thousands of people come together in the historical center to enjoy the best of theater, dance, classic music and opera, as well as the best of cinema, literature, and arts. For almost 20 days national and international artists come together to combine a great festival of both history and culture.

 Fiesta Nacional del Mole (October)

The “Fiesta Nacional del Mole” is all about tradition in Atocpan. During this festival, you can get to know the “Mole” which is an authentic and exquisite creation of the region with a unique taste of chocolate and chili combined.


Festival de Aves Migratorias (January)

The events of this festival at the end of January include conferences, seminars and excursions of birds. Festivities in the Central Palace include traditional dances, vocals and special events.

International Gourmet Festival (November)

In Puerto Vallarta, in Riviera Nayarit, you can find a lot of events. The International Gourmet Festival in November is a culinary event lasting 10 days where the best restaurants of the city welcome each night some of the best chefs worldwide of “haute cuisine”.

Nuevo Leon

Festival of the Book (November)

The International Festival of the Book in Monterrey is one of the most important academic and cultural occasions of Mexico. During several days, activities form an editorial, academic and cultural program to encourage community development, education, culture and knowledge.


La Guelaguetza (July)

Guelaguetza is an annual cultural celebration, held in July in the City of Oaxaca where the whole population participates. Groups represent the 7 regions and traditions of Los Valles Centrales, La Sierra Juárez, La Cañada, atTuxtepec, La Mixteca, La Costa y el Istmo de Tehuantepec.The celebration includes parades complete with walking bands and the marketing of food, statewide artisanal production, music and dancing.

Festival del rabano – Night of the Radishes (December)

The Night of the Radishes is celebrated every year on December 23rd in Oaxaca City. Although it lasts only a few hours, it attracts thousands of people each year. The event consists of an exhibition of sculptures made from a type of large red radish which can weigh up to 3.00 kilograms and attain lengths up to 50 centimeters.

Quintana Roo

Riviera Maya Underground Film Festival (October)

The Riviera Maya Underground Film Festival is one of the most important festivals locate in the Riviera Maya. National and international audovisual expositions are presented.

Jazz Festival Riviera Maya (November)

The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival is a famous event where the best of the best jazz artists come together, especially in Playa del Carmen.

Gay Festival in Riviera Maya (November)

Cancún is, without a doubt, the most important tourist destination of Mexico, located in the Riviera Maya. The Gay Festival of Riviera Maya which takes place in November each year is an event which turned itself into a tradition of the region.


Carnival of Veracruz (February)

The Carnival of Veracruz, held every year in Veracruz is the most important carnival in Mexico and one of the most famous worldwide. During the days of this festival, you can see impressive dances and mask festivities interpreted according to the traditional folklore dances of Veracruz. With guitars, “marimbas”, harps and its carnival parades it is the most popular and cheerful festival of Veracruz.


International Arts Festival of Mérida (January)

Mérida is a city with a lot of cultural events happening throughout the whole year but during the International Festival of Arts, the city almost explodes of cultural events, concerts and art exhibitions.

Equinox of Spring in Chichen Itza (March)

The phenomenon which is known as “equinoccio” (equinox) is only happening twice per year, the 21st of March and the 22nd of September. During these days the Northern and Southern hemisphere are illuminated by the sun with the same intensity. During sunset in Chichen Itza, this phenomenon produces an impressive spectacle.

Equinox of Autumn in Chichén Itzá (September)

The Equinox of Autumn is a spectacular event which only Chichen Itza can offer. It is a show by nature producing a phenomenon where the Northern and Southern hemisphere is illuminated by the sun with the same intensity. This wonder of nature takes place twice a year, on March 21st and September 22nd.


Los Tastuanes (July)

“Los Tastuanes” is one of the most traditional festivals of Zacatecas celebrated at the end of July. During this festival, you can enjoy dramatic theater pieces, comedies, dances and religious rituals.

Source: CPTM Mexico 

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