9 Amazing Festivals and Fiestas in Mexico!

Electric Daisy Carnival Mexico

Mexico sure knows how to party!

It doesn’t matter whether you are a culture-vulture looking to learn about heritage, an adventure-lover seeking out exhilarating activities, or a sun-worshipper wanting an all inclusive break by the beach. With this in mind, here are the country’s top 10 festivals and fiestas.

1.Dia de la Independencia (Independence Day)

Viva Mexico

On the country’s most important and revered National Holiday (16th September), the president shouts “Viva Mexico” from the balcony of the National Palace. After responding with a collective “Viva!” the population then celebrate until the early hours. Check here how Mexico can fulfil your every desire!

2.Festival de México

Festival de México

With 50 venues showcasing everything from dance and music to theatre and opera, the Festival de México is almost as big as the capital itself. Most activity for this two-week mid-March event takes place in the downtown Historic Centre.

3.Guelaguetza Food Festivals

guelaguetza Food Festivals

Throughout July, Mexico’s culinary capital of Oaxaca plays host to numerous events that celebrate its superb food and fare. There are specific festivals for tamales, which are dumplings filled with shredded meat, and the country’s famed quesillo cheese.

4.Fiestas de Octubre

Fiestas de Octubre

In addition to mariachi music and the country’s finest tequila, Guadalajara is also home to an alternative cultural scene. This month-long festival in October is filled with modern art shows and underground gigs.

5.Festival Zacatecas del Folklor International

Zacatecas-México-Trio

The stunning colonial architecture of Zacatecas provides the backdrop for this celebration of international folklore on the last Sunday in July. In the past, performers from Russia, Brazil, and Korea have joined the local residents in their brightly coloured costumes on stage.

6.Di de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

This is quite possibly Mexico’s biggest religious festival of the year, which pays homage to “Our Lady of Guadalupe.” The day (December 12th) consists of a mass ceremony, traditional fair, and free concerts on the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City.

7.Morelia International Film Festival

12th International Film Festival of Morelia

This particular festival pays tribute to the country’s contemporary creatives, as open-air screenings provide the platform for a new generation of filmmakers to exhibit what life is really like in modern-day Mexico.

8.Feria Internacional del Mezcal

Gabino Cué, XVI Feria Internacional del Mezcal, Oaxaca

Tequila isn’t the only spirit you will encounter on a trip to Mexico. Head to Oaxaca in July and you can raise a toast to mescal, a smoky whiskey-like drink made from the maguey cactus.

9.Dia de los Muertos

back from the dead

During the Day of the Dead festivities on 1st and 2nd November, Mexico takes time to observe the departed. But as opposed to a weekend of dark and sombre mourning, this event is characterised by colourful sugar-candy skulls and uplifting celebrations.

So, regardless of where and when you decide to visit Mexico, chances are there will be a festival or fiesta to capitalise on!

Where’s your favourite place to party in Mexico?!

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