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October Festivals and Events in Mexico

What's on in October


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October is an excellent month to visit Mexico. The Festival Internacional Cervantino is one of the biggest cultural festivals of the year, and Day of the Dead kicks off at the end of the month. Weather-wise it's a great time to visit: it's the end of the rainy season and temperatures are milder than other times of the year. Here's a run-down of the most important festivals and events taking place in Mexico this October.

Fiestas del Sol - Festival of the Sun
Mexicali, Baja California, Sept. 27 to Oct. 13
Concerts, parades, and mechanical rides in celebration of the founding of Mexicali. This year's concert lineup includes Molotov, Banda el Recodo, Yuri and Belinda.
Web Site: Fiestas del Sol

Cabo Comedy Festival
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, October 2 to 6
This festival will feature performances by some of the entertainment industry's top stand-up comedians as well as a competition for best new comic. The festival will also include panel discussions on the business of comedy with writers, producers and cast members from some of television's top comedies, celebrity golf and poker tournaments, and after-parties at some of Cabo's most popular nightclubs. The festival will culminate with an awards presentation and celebrity roast.
Website: Cabo Comedy Festival

Expo Tequila
Tijuana, Baja California, October 9 to 13
This is Mexico's largest tequila festival and offers Mexican cuisine and a family atmosphere, with over 300 brands of Mexico's best tequilas available at special prices. Collections of tequilas are raffled among attendees every day. The Expo Tequila takes place in Tijuana on 7th Avenue between Calle Revolution and 8th, in front of the Jai Alai Palace.
Website: expo-tequila.com

Festival Internacional Cervantino
Guanajuato, October 9 to 27
One of Mexico's main annual cultural events, the Cervantino Festival draws performers and spectators from around the world and features opera, classical and contemporary music concerts, dance and theater performances, and visual arts exhibits.
Website: FIC

Fiestas de Octubre - Octoberfest
Guadalajara, Jalisco, October 4 to November 4
A month-long event with concerts, dances, cultural exhibits and food, attracting visitors and performers from all over the world. This year's theme is Jalisco se viste de música, "Jalisco dressed in music." The inaugural parade will take place on October 4, and performances by Jesse & Joy, Reik, Haash, and Alejandro Fernandez are on the program.
Website: Fiestas de Octubre
Guadalajara City Guide

Dia de la Raza - "Day of the Race"
October 12
Celebrated as "Columbus Day" in the United States, this day commemorates Columbus' arrival in the Americas.
Background on Día de la Raza

Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia - Morelia International Film Festival
Morelia, Michoacan, October 12 to 20
This film festival's goal is to promote the talents of Mexican cinema and provide a forum for international exhibition. There are both theater and open-air screenings of films and the public is invited to attend conferences, round tables and exhibits where they can meet film industry personalities.
Website: FICM
Morelia City Guide | Film Festivals in Mexico

Tulum Sea Turtle Festival
Tulum, Quintana Roo, October 17 to 20
Held annually in Tulum, the Sea Turtle Festival is a free event which encourages participants to learn about sea turtles and familiarize themselves with the various organizations that are trying to protect them. Artistic, environmental and cultural activities are also a part of the festival.
Website: Festival Tortuga Marina
Find out more about getting involved with sea turtle conservation in Mexico.

Festival Internacional de la Cultura Maya - International Mayan Culture Festival
Merida, Yucatan, October 17 to November 3
This annual festival celebrates Mayan culture through a wide variety of cultural events including concerts, dance performances, exhibits, conferences and workshops. The purpose of the festival is not just to entertain but also to educate visitors about the Maya, offering the opportunity to explore the grandeur of what was and remains of this great culture.
Website: www.ficmaya.com

Monumental Alebrijes Parade - Desfile de Alebrijes Monumentales
Mexico City, October 19
Organized by the Museo de Arte Popular (Popular Art Museum), this parade of giant fantastical creatures is now in its sixth year. It departs from the Zocalo at noon and continues along 5 de Mayo, Juárez and Reforma until it reaches the Ángel de la Independencia. Read more about alebrijes.
Website: Museo de Arte Popular

Daylight Saving Time Ends
Last Sunday of October (October 27, 2013)
In Mexico, Daylight Saving Time (horario de verano in Spanish) is observed from the first Sunday of April until the last Sunday in October. Clocks are set back one hour at 2 am on the last Sunday in October.
Read more: Daylight Saving Time in Mexico

Día de muertos - Days of the Dead
Celebrated throughout Mexico, October 31st, November 1st and 2nd
Deceased relatives are remembered and honored in cemeteries and family homes in this unique cultural celebration. Festivities take place throughout the country, but celebrations are most colorful in Patzcuaro, Oaxaca, Chiapas and San Andres Mixquic (D.F.).
More info: Day of the Dead in Mexico
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