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November Festivals and Events in Mexico

What's on in November


Revolution Day Celebration
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In Mexico, the month of November starts off with Day of the Dead celebrations in full swing; November 2nd is a public holiday. This is also the month in which the Mexican Revolution is commemorated. The official holiday for the revolution is always held on the third Monday in November (this year, November 18); banks, post offices and government offices will be closed that day. Here are some of the important events you can look forward to in Mexico in November:

Dia de muertos - Days of the Dead
Celebrated throughout Mexico from October 31st to November 2nd
Deceased relatives are remembered and honored in this unique cultural celebration. Festivities take place throughout the country, but are most colorful in Patzcuaro, Oaxaca, Chiapas and San Andres Mixquic (D.F.).
More info: Day of the Dead in Mexico
Day of the Dead Destinations
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San Felipe Shrimp Festival
San Felipe, Baja California, November 1 to 3, 2013
This festival focuses on the culinary aspects of the shrimp season combined with local culture events, wine tastings, Tequila samplings and performances by local and regional folk artists.
Website: sanfelipeshrimpfestival.com

Festival de las Calaveras - Festival of the Skulls
Aguascalientes, November 1 to 10
Skulls of different sizes and materials will be on display as well as stands with traditional food and seasonal fruit. Altars in honor of the dead, diverse artistic and cultural shows and a skeleton parade and "living altar" are all part of the events planned.
Website: Festival de las Calaveras

Rocky Point Rally
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, November 7 to 10, 2013
An annual motorcycle event that raises money for various charities. This year's festivities will include a poker run, various biker competitions, stunt shows, and parties.
Website: Rocky Point Rally
Guide to Visiting Rocky Point from Phoenix

Mayakoba Golf Classic
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, November 11 to 17, 2013
The only PGA tournament in Mexico features a one-day Pro-Am competition followed by a four-round professional tournament contested on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleόn golf course at Mayakoba.
Website: Mayakoba Golf Classic
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San Miguel de Allende Jazz Festival
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, November 13 to 17, 2013
The XVII International Jazz and Blues Festival concerts will be held at venues that include the historic Angela Peralta Theater, San Miguel de Allende's Jardin Central (the main square), and the Cultural Center Rancho Los Labradors. This year's lineup includes the Vudu Chile Blues Band (performing a free concert in the Jardin Central), the Joey Calderazzo Trio, Enrique Neri, and the San Miguel Jazz Cats.
Web Site: San Miguel Jazz

Festival Internacional Gourmet - International Gourmet Festival
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, November 14 to 23, 2013
Puerto Vallarta's finest restaurants participate in this gourmet festival. Now in its 18th year, the festival has attracted some of the top names in global gastronomy. Participants attend cooking classes, learn about wine pairing, taste the newest and best in wines and tequila, and dine out in fine restaurants offering unique and tantalizing menus.
Read more: Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival

Score Baja 1000 - Off-Road Desert Race
Ensenada, Baja California, November 14 to 17, 2013
Nearly 200,000 spectators turn out to this annual race, off-road desert racing's most prestigious event. Its grueling course runs along the rugged terrain of the barren desert and through villages along the peninsula.
Website: Score Baja 1000 

Festival Internacional de Musica de Morelia - Morelia's International Music Festival
Morelia, Michoacan, November 14 to 24, 2013
This annual festival features performances by musicians from all over the world and takes place in beautiful settings throughout Morelia. The primary objectives of the festival are to enjoy the richness and diversity of the highest quality concert music.
Website: Festival internacional de musica de Morelia
Morelia City Guide

Maestros del Arte Folk Art Festival
Chapala, Jalisco, November 15 to 17, 2013
Master artists travel from all over the country to bring buyers and collectors a great variety of folk art, ranging from ceramics and woodcarving to rugweaving and silver jewelry at this festival held at the Chapala Yacht Club.
Website: Maestros del Arte Folk Art Festival

Festival Internacional del Globo - International Hot Air Balloon Festival
Leon, Guanajuato, November 15 to 18
The skies above Leon's Metropolitan Park will be host to at least 80 hot air balloons during this festival and there will be concerts, contests and exhibitions for all ages to enjoy.
Website: Festival Internacional del Globo

Dia de la Revolucion, 20 de noviembre - Revolution Day
Throughout Mexico, November 20th
This day marks the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Parades and celebrations take place throughout the country.
More info: 20 de noviembre - Dia de la Revolucion
The Mexican Revolution

Feria Internacional de Cine de Acapulco - Acapulco International Film Festival
Acapulco, Guerrero, November 22 to 30
Now in its 9th year, the Acapulco International Film Festival is an event created to promote cinema, with the beautiful port of Acapulco serving as headquarters, but with events also taking place in Ixtapa, Taxco and the state capital, Chilpancingo. Scheduled events include both outdoor screenings, workshops and courses.
Website: FICA

Toh, Festival de Aves - Yucatan Bird Festival
Yucatan Peninsula, November 23 and 24, 2013
Birders will unite in the Yucatan Peninsula for the tenth consecutive year for field trips, exhibits, conferences, and a "birdathon." Objectives of this annual festival include promoting the rich diversity of bird species found in the Yucatan and developing a conservationist culture among tourists and tour providers.
Website: Toh, Festival de Aves

Taste of Playa Food Festival
Playa del Carmen, November 24
Celebrating the creativity and cultural influences of chefs throughout the Riviera Maya, this event promotes the unique culinary perspectives that have contributed to the cosmopolitan reputation of Playa Del Carmen. The event will be held in the Parque Fundadores. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a non-profit food program in the area.
Web Site: Taste of Playa
Playa del Carmen Guide

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival
Playa del Carmen, November 28 to 30, 2013
Playa del Carmen will host major national and international jazz musicians who will perform under the stars, at the Mamitas Beach Club. This year's lineup includes Aguamala, Earth Wind & Fire, Ed Motta and Jim Beard.
Website: Riviera Maya Jazz Festival
Riviera Maya Tourist Information

Guadalajara International Book Fair
Guadalajara, Jalisco, November 30 to December 8, 2013
Over 1500 editorial houses from 39 countries gather for the largest Spanish-language book festival in the world, now in its 27th year.
Website: Guadalajara International Book Fair
Guadalajara City Guide

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