This is high season in Mexico as folks from colder climes seek the warm weather and sunshine Mexico offers, but those looking for hot weather should keep in mind that Mexico's weather is not uniformly hot, and this is also one of the coldest months of the year south of the border. There are plenty of cultural events that take place in Mexico in January. Read on for information about the most outstanding celebrations being held this month:
New Year's Day
This is a national holiday and all-around quiet day. Most stores and businesses are closed as folks recuperate from the revelry of New Year's Eve. Museums, archaeological sites, and most tourist attractions are open on their regular schedule.
Día de Reyes - Kings Day
Traditionally this is the day Mexican children receive gifts, brought by the three kings (the Magi). Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread, is eaten on this day.
Read more: Kings Day in Mexico
Merida International Arts Festival
Merida, Yucatan, January 5 to 31
Merida is a city which has a bustling cultural scene year-round but during the annual arts festival, the city is bursting with cultural events, concerts and art exhibits.
Web Site: Merida International Arts Festival
Merida City Guide
Fiesta Grande / Fiesta de los Parachicos January Festival - Fiesta de Enero
Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, January 8 to 23
Also known as the January Festival or "Fiesta de Enero," this is a popular and religious festival with processions and dancing in the streets by people wearing masks and colorful outfits. Combined with the popular events is the celebration of three religious feast days, the Black Christ of Esquipulas on January 8, San Antonio Abad on January 17 and San Sebastian on January 20. The Dance of the Parachicos which forms an important part of this festival has been declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
More information: Chiapa de Corzo's Fiesta Grande (in Spanish)
Todos Santos Music Festival
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, January 10 to 26
This annual festival kicked off in 2012. Founder Peter Buck of R.E.M. fame joined together with the legendary Hotel California to host concerts and raise money for local charities. Concerts will be held in the Town Plaza and also at the Hotel California. This year's lineup includes The Posies, The Twin Tones, The Baseball Project, Kev’n Kinney, Jon Langford and Alejandro Escovedo.
Website: Todos Santos Music Festival
Feria Estatal de Leon - Leon State Fair
Leon, Guanajuato, January 10 to February 4
Concerts and shows, exhibits and mechanical rides are all part of the fun as Leon celebrates its anniversary.
Website: Feria Estatal de Leon
Sayulita, Nayarit, January 14 to 18, 2014
A festival for lovers of Mexico, film, music, food, tequila and surf, the Festival Sayulita is a film festival held in the bohemian surf town Sayulita on Riviera Nayarit. Additional events will include tequila and food pairings, master tastings, beach-front and private screenings, lecture series, and live music.
Fiesta de San Antonio de Abad - Feast Day of Saint Anthony
On the feast day of Saint Anthony Abbot, also known as Saint Anthony of the Desert, patron of the animal kingdom, animals are decorated with flowers and ribbons and brought to churches to be blessed.
Fiesta de Santa Prisca - Feast Day of Santa Prisca
Taxco, Guerrero, January 17 and 18
Taxco comes alive with dancing, fireworks, and celebrations during this annual fair commemorating the town's patron saint.
Taxco City Guide
Bucerias Street Festival
Bucerias, Nayarit, January 22 to 24
This festival includes three simultaneous events: Taste of Riviera Nayarit gastronomic fair, a handcrafts fair, and "Chalk Walk", a contest in which local artists create chalk art designs. During the three days of the event Lazaro Cardenas street, which runs parallel to the beach in the Zona Dorada area of Bucerias, will be closed to traffic between Benito Juárez and Galeana streets.
More info: Bucerias Street Festival
Alamos Cultural Festival - Festival Cultural Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado
Alamos, Sonora, January 24 to February 1
This annual festival is given in honor of Alfonso Ortiz Tirado, a doctor, singer and philanthropist from Alamos. The festival's program has an emphasis on operatic singing and chamber music, but popular music and other art forms are also featured. The festival has grown yearly and is now one of northern Mexico's most important cultural events, drawing over 100,000 people from many different countries.
Website: Alamos Cultural Festival
Migratory Birds Festival
San Blas, Nayarit, January 26 to February 2, 2014
Festival events include conferences, seminars, and bird-watching tours, offered every morning to places like Isabel Island and La Tovara National Park. Birds you're likely to see include boat-billed herons, northern jacanas, purple gallinules, mottled owls and white ibises. There will also be festivities in the central plaza including traditional dance performances by Tepic's dance company, singing and special events.
Website: Migratory Birds Festival
Chinese New Year
Mexico City's China Town, January 31, 2014
Ring in the year of the Horse in Mexico. Chinese New Year celebrations are hosted by Mexico City's China Town, located on Dolores Street in the historical center (near Bellas Artes metro).
Read more about Chinese New Year.
Grey Whale Festival
Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Baja California Sur, January 31 to February 2, 2014
Between January and March gray whales make their annual trek to Baja California where they mate and breed. During the whale festival you can not only go on a whale-watching expedition, but also enjoy the festival atmosphere while you learn about the gray whale.
Grey Whale Festival
Baja California Sur Travel Information
Mexico Calendar of Festivals and Events
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