August Festivals in Mexico
By Roxanna McDade
Since it is August - I thought I would re-post this blog to make sure everyone gets in as many good times as possible before the school year starts. Have a great August!
If you are planning to travel to Mexico for summer vacation, there are multitudes of events and festivals happening. We at Mexpro.com have done a lot of research and put together a list of events for June and July 2010, and now we have August events too.
Some dates may change, so please check the websites, when available, before booking your travel to Mexico.
Beginning of August: Expo Ambar Internacional (Handicrafts) - San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.
The International Amber Expo highlights the hand-crafted jewels of the region. Forty-eight different tones can be found in Chiapas amber, which will be exhibited in a variety of forms, from sculptures to pieces of jewelry.
August: Feria Nacional del Cobre - Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan.
National Copper Festival. Artisans from throughout the country display their handmade copper wares and compete for prizes.
August: International Short Film Festival and Exhibition Corto Creativo UDC - Tijuana, Baja California.
Since 2004, students from Mexican and International schools and universities, and professionals from around the world present short films in this renowned festival. The event takes place over the course of three days at the Star Plaza Americana Otay movie theaters and incorporates conferences with distinguished personalities from the national and international film industry.
More Info: http://www.sic.gob.mx/
August: Festival del Chile - Querendaro, Michoacan.
This town just outside Morelia is known for the many types of chiles grown. The chile festival includes sporting events, cock fights, horse races, rodeos, fireworks, town dance and parade.
July 30 - August 15: International Chamber Music Festival (Festival Internacional de Musica de Camara) - San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.
The International Chamber Music Festival is the farewell bid to the summer and the second most important music festival in Mexico. Award-winning international ensembles, guest musicians and local artists performing in the city's beautiful open gardens, the grand gothic cathedral and the Teatro Angela Peralta.
August 1 - 15: Festival de Musica de Camera - San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.
Chamber music festival with concerts held at Bellas Artes Cultural Center and other downtown venues.
August 1 - 15: Annual Fiestas Patronales (Religious) - Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan.
Two-week religious holiday honoring Santa Clara and the Virgen del Sagrario, with parades, Mass, and other events.
August 5 - 20: Huamantla Fair (Feria de Huamantla) - Huamantla, Tlaxcala.
This event is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. During the fair the churches and streets of Huamantla are decorated in tapestries, colorful flower pedals and decorative sawdust. A running of the bulls takes place, as well as traditional dances and a fair. The second Saturday is the most popular day, but the fair runs for two weeks. Hundreds of thousands of people participate in the festivities every year.
August 5 - 22: Wine Festival (Fiestas de la Vendimia) - Ensenada, Baja California.
The Wine Festival is a two-week celebration of the grape harvest in Mexico's premiere wine-making region. The festivities include visits to wineries, wine tasting, fine dining, cultural events and concerts.
Valle de Guadalupe, Santo Tomas & Ensenada
August 12 - 15: Campeonato Nacional 4x4, Copa Yuretzio - Patzcuaro, Michoacan.
This extreme 4x4 event takes place outside Patzcuaro, where drivers demonstrate their abilities on a natural obstacle course, affected at this time of year by sometimes heavy summer rains.
More Info: http://www.4x4mex.com
August 12 - 15: V Mushroom Fair of San Juanito (V Feria del Hongo) - San Juanito, Chihuahua.
The Mushroom Fair is organized by the Municipality of Bocoyna. Learn more about the various types of mushrooms and their diverse contributions to the culinary world through workshops, demonstrations and taste-testing. This event also features cooking contests and cultural events.
More Info: http://www.chihuahua.gob.mx/turismoweb/
August 15: Dia de la Asuncion de la Virgen Guadalupe (Ascension Day) - Nationwide.
Ascension Day is one of Mexico's most important religious events. The Virgin Guadalupe is revered by Mexican Catholics. Her image, almost without exception next to a crucifix, is everywhere in Mexico. Special masses and processions take place nationwide, with a huge mass at the Basilica de Guadalupe (where the original image is hosted) in Mexico City. December 12, 1531 was the day the Virgin appeared to Juan Diego - a Mexican Indian.
In the colonial city of Aguascalientes, a monument in honour of the Virgin Guadalupe is decorated and the city hosts a special Mass and processions take place downtown in which all of the city's churches are represented.
Ascension Day is especially important in Huamantla, near Puebla, south of Mexico City. If you want to experience the events at Huamantla, it is best to stay in Puebla and commute to the events there due to the crowds.
August 15 - 24: Mani Festival (Fiesta de Mani) - Mani, Yucatan
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. The artisans of Mani produce some of the finest hammocks in the Yucatan. Mani is also the place where Fr. Diego de Landa attempted to destroy Mayan history and religion. The historical significance of Mani alone makes the trip worthwhile; do not miss the restored church. The festival takes place at the center plaza and features local dancers, bands, traditional cuisine, live concerts, mechanical attractions, art exhibitions and more.
August 17 - 21: National Handicrafts Trade Fair (Exposicion Nacional de Artesanias) - Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.
Over 130 Mexican artisans from all over the country exhibit handmade jewelry, furniture, candles, ceramics, pewter, wood accessories, blown glass and more at this handcrafts fair near Guadalajara.
August 20 - 28: Monterrey International Film Festival - Monterrey, Nuevo León.
The city of Monterrey founded the film festival in 2000 to provide a place for filmmakers from around the world to meet and show off their work. Its purpose was also to create a public for quality films and showcase Monterrey as one of the top venues in the world for film-makers and -goers.
August 20 - 28: Paracho Guitar Festival - Paracho, Michoacan.
This festival celebrates the most famous guitars made in Mexico, made in Paracho.
August 28 - 31: Morismas of Bracho (Las Morismas de Bracho) - Zacatecas, Zacatecas State.
This event has taken place annually for more than 300 years. Reenactments of historical battles between the Moors and Christians are performed by thousands of actors. It also commemorates Saint John the Baptist, whose Saints' day is celebrated on August 29th.
August 28 to September 1: Mariachi Festival (Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y de la Charreria) - Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Guadalajara's most important cultural event of the year, this annual festival captures the essence of the city. Musicians come from around the world to listen, audition, and compete. Performances take place on the streets, and in various venues throughout the city.
August 29: Chile in Walnut Sauce Festival (Festival del Chile en Nogada) -- Puebla, Puebla State.
Mexico's national dish is commemorated every year with several activities, including culinary conferences and samplings, as well as a competition for the largest chile, judged by the Guiness Book of World Records, and the best recipe. Inspired by the Mexican flag, the dish contains a poblano chile (green), walnut sauce (white), with pomegranate seeds (red) sprinkled over. A must for lovers of Mexican cuisine! The best recipe for this traditional Mexican dish receives a prize.
More Info: http://www.zarela.com/