In Mexico, September is el mes de la patria (month of the homeland), and sometimes it seems as though the whole country is painted in red, white and green (the colors of the Mexican flag). Colorful and patriotic festivities celebrating the events that led up to Mexico's Independence from Spain are held throughout the country, culminating on the 15th and 16th. Here is a list of the major festivals and events taking place in Mexico this month:
Guadalajara, Jalisco, August 28 to September 8
Guadalajara's most important cultural event of the year, this annual festival captures the essence of the city. Musicians come from around the world to listen, audition, and compete. Performances take place on the streets and in various venues throughout the city.
Web Site: Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y de la Charrería
Guadalajara City Guide
Mexican Mariachi Music
Festival Internacional Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas, August 29 to September 8
The entire state of Tamaulipas is in fiesta during this festival featuring a variety of cultural and artistic events including exhibits, plays, concerts and cinema.
Festival Internacional Chihuahua - Chihuahua International Festival
Chihuahua, September 3 to October 12
This year marks the eighth edition of the Chihuahua International Festival which will include 500 cultural events, with guest performers from throughout Mexico and 21 other countries. Events will be held in Ciudad Juarez as well as in Chihuahua city. Performances by Lila Downs, Juan Luis Guerra and Celso Piña will be highlights of this year's festival.
Web Site: Festival Internacional Chihuahua
Feria Nacional Zacatecas - National Fair
Zacatecas, September 5 to 26
A fair lasting two weeks with musical performances by big name performers, amusement rides for children, theater performances, and an assortment of regional cuisine.
Web Site: Feria Nacional Zacatecas
Reto al Tepozteco - Tepozteco Challenge
Tepoztlan, Morelos, September 8
Performance depicting King Tepoztecatl's conversion to the Catholic religion. Procession leads toward the Tepozteco Pyramid, where people offer food and beverages. This event includes hypnotic chinelo dances, fireworks, and a food festival.
More info: Reto al Tepozteco (in Spanish)
El Saber del Sabor - Oaxacan Culinary Festival
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, September 10 to 15
A celebration of the rich and diverse gastronomic traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico beyond the myth of the seven moles.
Website: El Saber del Sabor
Read about Oaxacan Food.
Independence Day - Día de la Independencia
Celebrated throughout Mexico on September 15th and 16th
Crowds gather in town squares on September 15th at 11 pm for the Grito de la Independencia, which commemorates Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla's call for independence of September 1810, shouting "Viva Mexico!" On the 16th there are civic ceremonies and parades.
More information: Mexican Independence Day
Photo Gallery of Independence Day celebrations in Puebla
Oaxaca Film Fest
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, September 21 to 28
The purpose of this festival is to provide a platform for the talents of seasoned filmmakers and emerging artists alike to premiere their work. The festival is also devoted to expanding the audience for independent film. The Oaxaca International Literature Contest will be held concurrently.
Website: Oaxaca Film Fest
Film Festivals in Mexico
Chichen Itza, September 22
On the fall equinox, just like on the spring equinox, the angle of the setting sun makes a serpent appear on the steps of the Pyramid in Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza Visitor's Guide
Chichen Itza Photo Gallery
Feria Internacional de Turismo de las Americas - International Tourism Fair of the Americas (FITA)
Mexico City, D.F., September 26 to 29
Held in the ExpoBancomer in the modern Santa Fe area of Mexico City, the International Tourism Fair of the Americas brings together exhibitors and buyers from more than 60 countries. This fair offers two days of gathering for industry professionals, and two days which are open to the general public.
Fiesta de San Miguel
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, September 26 to October 4
This is an annual festival in honor of the city's patron, Saint Michael Archangel (feast day September 29). The event involves parades, dances, concerts and fireworks. Previously an important part of this festival was a running with the bulls similar to the yearly event in Pamplona, Spain, but since 2007 this activity has been discontinued.
San Miguel de Allende Tourism Information
San Miguel Travel Guide
Mexico Calendar of Festivals and Events
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