Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the festivities don’t continue in Mexico! For those of you who waited for the Christmas rush to be over and the real cold to settle in before you headed down to sunny Mexico, here’s some fun things for you to do!
New Year’s Day
All of Mexico
New Year’s Day is generally a quiet day in Mexico, as New Year’s Eve is celebrated in Mexico similar to the US. Most businesses are closed but tourist attractions should be open, but be sure to check before you go.
2014 BPM Festival
Playa del Carmen
January 3 – 12
The BPM music festival has rapidly is a ten-day celebration of music that showcases the world’s top DJs.http://www.thebpmfestival.com/
Día de Reyes
All of Mexico
Children are given gifts Día de Reyes to celebrate the gifts given by the three Kings. A sweet bread called “Rosca de Reyes” is often eaten during the observance of this day.
Merida International Arts Festival
January 6 – 26
Merida International Arts Festival features cultural events, concerts, as well as art. http://www.merida.gob.mx/cultura/contenido/festival.html
Los Parachicos en la Fiesta Tradicional de Enero de Chiapa de Corzo
Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas
January 8 – 23
Also known as Fiesta de Enero (January Party) this festival is marked by colorful outfits and masks worn by dancers and in street processions. The festival celebrates three religious feasts: the Black Christ of Esquipulas, San Antonio Abad and San Sebastian. UNESCO declared the Dance of the Parachicos the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Many celebrations and events take place. http://www.turismochiapas.gob.mx/sectur/los-parachicos-en-la-fiesta-tradicional-de-enero-de-chiapa-de-corzo-
Todos Santos Music Festival
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur
January 10 – 26
The Todos Santos Music Festival, created by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, is held at The Hotel California where concerts are held to raise money at the Pueblo Magico. This year’s lineup includes Peter Buck, The Minus 5, Ed Kowalczyk, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Dream Syndicate and more! http://todossantosmusicfestival.com/
Festival Sayulita 2014
January 16 – 19
This first annual Festival Sayulita is for lovers of Mexico, Film, Tequila, Food, Music and Surf. Film festival that includes tequila and food pairings, tastings, beach-front film venues, private screenings, lecture series and live music. http://www.festivalsayulita.com/
Fiesta de San Antonio de Abad
All of Mexico
San Antonio de Abad (Saint Anthony Abbot) is the patron saint of the animal kingdom. On this feast day, animals are adorned with ribbon and flowers blessed in local churches.
3rd Annual Taste of La Cruz
TASTE OF LA CRUZ features a unique blend of businesses, services and restaurants. More than 50 local artisans, craftsmen and purveyors offer regional art, clothing and food. 3pm-7pm $100 pesos/person (includes 1 free drink). http://www.tasteoflacruz.com/
Fiestas Patronales de Ntra. Señora de la Paz
January 16 – 24
Religious Festival in celebrates the Saint “Lady of la Paz”.
30 Festival Cultural Alfonso Ortiz Tirado
January 25 – February 2
Alfonso Ortiz Tirado was a doctor, singer and philanthropist from Alamos and is celebrated in this annual cultural event. Opera and chamber music are the main themes of the festival though other music and art forms are presented. One of northern Mexico’s most important cultural events, this festival draws as many as 100,000 attendees from around the world. http://www.festivalortiztirado.gob.mx
International Migratory Bird Festival
San Blas, Nayarit
January 27 – February 3
Annual Bird watching Festival offers conferences, seminars, workshops and bird watching tours. http://avessanblas.uan.mx