Summer Events, Festivals, Travel in Mexico: June, July

June 11, 2010 by
Categories: Destinations, Festivals / Events

Summer is here and many of you will be planning your summer getaways and adventures. If you are planning to travel to Mexico for summer vacations, there area a multitudes of events and festivals happening. Here is an extensive list of events for June and July 2010. And shortly we will have the August even calendar.


June 6 - 30: Festival Internacional de Danza Red Serpiente - Morelia, Michoacan.

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June 5 - 13: Annual Fiesta de San Antonio de Padua (Religious) - Barra de Navidad, Jalisco.

Feast day of St. Anthony of Padua celebrated with parades, fireworks and religious events.

June 13: SUBASTA (Sporting Event) - San Miguel, Ensenada, Baja California.

Auction of Horses, Cattle, Dogs, etc.

Contact: 646-120-8034

June 19-20: 1st Annual GLBT Festival - Tijuana, Baja, Mexico.

June 25: Annual Fiesta de San Juan Bautista (Religious) - Uruapan, Michoacan.

Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist.

End of June - Beginning of July: Feria de la Fundacion de Durango & Feria Agricola (Fair) - Durango, Durango.

Founders Day and Agricultural Fair; ranching and agricultural roots celebrated with cock fights, equestrian events, charreadas and cultural events.

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July: Ciclo de Danza Urbana y Espacios Alternos - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

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Beginning of July: Jazz Las Casas - San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.

In its 6th year, Jazz Las Casas attracts famed artists from the U.S and Mexico. Grammy award winner Frankye Kelly and pianist Frank Martin, currently touring with Sting, are two examples of the talented performers. Tickets are 50 pesos per event.

Contact: 967-106-1239

July 3: La Bufadora Art Show - Ensenada, Baja, Mexico.

Restaurant La Bufadora will host its annual art show from noon-5 p.m. The event will be held on the ocean view patio and grounds of the restaurant, which is located near the famous blowhole near the tip of the Punta Banda peninsula, 21 miles south of Ensenada. Admission is free.

July 3: Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre (Religious) - Quiroga, Michoacan.

Religious procession dating to the 16th century.

July 4: Fireworks, Food and Fun on the 4th of July - Rosarito Beach Hotel, Baja, Mexico

Fireworks, Food and Fun at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, on Sunday July 4, 2010, in Baja California, Mexico; all for the benefit of The Flying Samaritans. The Flying Samaritans is an all volunteer organization that runs a free health clinic on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month for those who have no other access to health care in Rosarito Beach, helping over 300 patients a month.

July 4 - November: Festival of Adventure Tourism (Festival de Turismo de Aventura) - Chihuahua, Chihuahua State

In this festival adventurers and athletes compete in various outdoor activities. Some of the competitions include: mountain biking (July 8th - 10th), Wakeboard in Lago Colina (Jul 15th - 16th), Ultra marathon of Los Cañones in Guachochi (Jul 22nd - 23rd), Rally 4x4 in Chihuahua (Jul 28th - 30th), Triathlon in Creel (Aug 5th - 6th), Adventure dunes in Samalayuca (Aug 12th-13th), and Races 1/8 miles in Ojinaga (19th-20th). If the competition doesn't take your breath away, the lush scenery will.

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July 9 - 10: Festival Internacional de Ciclismo de Montaña - International Mountain Biking Festival - Creel, Chihuahua.

This race is part of the Festival of Adventure Tourism. The event is organized by Umarike Expeditions and takes place in the gorgeous reaches of Copper Canyon. Festival activities include downhill races, road races, kids events and guided rides.

July 10 - 14: Festival Internacional de Titeres - International Puppet Festival - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

Featuring puppeteers, puppet makers and script-writers from Mexico and abroad, one can enjoy performances by renowned puppeteers, master presentations and exhibits. This is a great option for families with young children.


July 13 - 19: Villista Cavalcade or Jornadas Villistas - Chihuahua, Chihuahua

The Villista Cavalcade is a procession or parade on horseback that begins in the city of Chihuahua and continues to Hidalgo del Parral, covering a total of 136 miles through the lush countryside of Chihuahua. This commemorative fiesta began in 1991 in honor of Francisco "Pancho" Villa, whose death is reconstructed in the place where it happened. In addition to the cavalcade there are exhibitions of plastic arts and performances of classical and folk music, book presentations, lectures and groups of minstrels strolling through the Historic Center of the city, all arranged by local, nationally known and foreign artists. More than 1300 riders are expected in this years cavalcade.

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July 13 - 23: Annual International "ROSETE ARANDA" Puppet Festival - Huamantla, Tlaxcala.

More than 15 cities host the Rosete Aranda Puppet festival in the town that founded the first and only national museum dedicated to puppetry, Huamantla, on August 9, 1991. For two weeks puppeteers and puppets of all colors, shapes and sizes will invade Mexico's smallest state. Performers come from Spain, Colombia, Cuba, Hungary and numerous other states in Mexico.

July 14 - 23: Nueva Paquime Festival - Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.

This festival, taking place in Casas Grandes, just outside the renowned Paquime archaeological site (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998), is a celebration of the heritage and cultures of northern Mexico, featuring, parades, art contests, concerts, poetry readings, children's workshops and much more.

July 15 - 24: Festival Internacional de Danza en Tabasco - Villahermosa, Tabasco.

This festival began in 1997 and features contemporary, classical folk and flamenco dance. Photomurals and art education courses and lectures are also featured. The festival is hosted by the National Network of Dance Festivals.

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July 16: Nuestra Señora del Carmen Feast Day of Our Lady of Carmel

Celebrated - in various locations.

This religious holiday is celebrated with particular fervor in Catemaco in the state of Veracruz, Oaxaca, and the San Angel area of Mexico City.

July 16 - 18: Whale Shark Festival - Isla Mujeres.

The Whale Shark festival has something for the whole family. Local culture and cuisine are featured as well as water activities that have made Isla Mujeres a favorite vacation spot: sport fishing, diving and snorkeling tours of the pristine reefs and of course swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world and an endangered species.


July 18 and 26: Guelaguetza - Oaxaca, Oaxaca State.

This festival dates back to prehispanic times and is sometimes called the Lunes del Cerro (Mondays on the Hill). Taking place on the last two Mondays of July, it originally was a festival offered to the gods in hopes of a bountiful harvest. The festival event brings together delegations from the region's seven indigenous cultures. People from all over the world come to watch the traditional dances and song of the different regions of Oaxaca State. Objects and handicrafts typical to each region are also on display. There are many other activities taking place during the two weeks surrounding this festival, including a Mezcal Fair. Book reservations early, as the festival brings great numbers of people.

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July 21 - 22: Annual Fiesta de la Magdalena (Religious) - Uruapan, Michoacan.

Feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene.

July 23 - August 1: Short Expression Film Festival (Expresion en Corto) - San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, Guanajuato.

This is the biggest film festival in Mexico and one of the most important in Latin America, with the focus on short films and documentaries, videos and documentaries. Awards for the best films include materials and equipment for the creators to continue making films. Every year a country is spotlighted as the guest of honor: this year the country is Argentina.


July 26: National Sarape Fair (Feria Nacional de Sarape) - Santa Ana Chiautempan, Tlaxcala.

The renowned rectangular "sarape" shawls, one of Mexico's traditional textile handicrafts, are spotlighted every year at this annual fair. Exhibits and sale of this traditional garment used for warmth.

July 26 - 29: Festival de la Huasteca - Huauchinango, Puebla.

The 12th Annual Festival de la Huasteca in Huauchinango, Puebla will combine the cultural expressions of dance, music, crafts, food and traditional medicine in the states of Hidalgo, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas and Veracruz, entities that share the same cultural heritage.

July 26 - August 15: International Folklore Festival (Festival Internacional de Folclor) - Zacatecas.

Twenty countries and 10 Mexican states participate in this festival offering cultural events, traditional dance, crafts and cuisine.

July 27 - 31: Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament (Fishing)- East Cape, Baja California Sur.

Five- and six-figure prizes for marlin, tuna and dorado.

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End of July: Acapulco's First Juvenile Cliff Diving Tournament - Acapulco, Guerrero.

At Acapulco's famous La Quebrada 22 divers between the ages of 16 and 25 will compete for approximately $2,000 USD. Twelve-year-old Iris Celene Alvarez, the youngest ever to jump from La Quebrada, will host the event.

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.