You can expect hot, dry weather through most of Mexico in the month of April, which is perfect weather for the beach, and many Mexican families take advantage of this fact during their Easter break (April 12 to 27, 2014). It's high season for travel, so if you plan to be in Mexico during Holy Week, make hotel reservations well in advance. Here's a glance at some of the most important festivals and events held in Mexico in April:
Festival de San Luis
San Luis Potosí, April 1 to 7
An annual cultural festival featuring performances in all disciplines of the fine arts. Each year various activities are offered in theater, dance, opera, music, exhibitions, workshops and conferences, access to which is free to the public.
Website: Festival San Luis
International Motorcycle Week
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, April 3 to 7
Over 300,000 bikers and spectators from across the United States and Mexico converge in Mazatlán for this annual event. The magnum event is the Great Parade, a colorful procession of international motorcycle clubs cruising sixteen miles along Mazatlán’s oceanfront malecón promenade. Other events include an extreme acrobatics competition, drag racing events, and nightly concerts and performances by national rock bands.
Official Web Site: Mazatlan's International Motorcycle Week
Mazatlan City Guide
Daylight Saving Time Begins
April 6, 2014
In Mexico, Daylight Saving Time (called el horario de verano) is observed from the first Sunday of April until the last Sunday in October. Clocks are set forward one hour at 2 am on the first Sunday in April.
Read more: Daylight Saving Time in Mexico
Akumal Comedy FestivalAkumal, Quintana Roo, April 11 to 13
A free comedy festival featuring over a dozen professional comedians from the United States and Canada performing seven shows in four distinct venues in Akumal over three days.
Website: Akumal Comedy Festival
Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic
Punta Mita, Nayarit, April 11 to 14, 2013 (April 3 to 6, 2014)
This four-day event marries the sophisticated worlds of culinary excellence and championship golf. The event will feature gourmet meals and cooking courses taught by distinguished chefs, a series of wine and tequila tastings, festive gatherings at the luxurious St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, sailing adventures during sunset and “The Punta Mita Cup,” a two-day golf tournament on Jack Nicklaus’ two signature courses Punta Mita Bahia and Pacifico.
Website: Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic
Holy Week - Semana Santa
Nationwide, April 12 to 27, 2014
In 2014 Easter falls on April 20. Festivities take place during the week leading up to Easter, but many people have the following week off as well, stretching it out to a two-week holiday. Religious processions and passion plays re-enacting Jesus' crucifixion are commonly held, but for many Mexicans this is a favorite time to hit the beach.
Read more: Holy Week and Easter in Mexico
Festival Internacional 5 de Mayo Puebla
Puebla, Puebla, April 16 to May 5
This festival's goal is to promote Puebla's artistic, architectonic and socio-cultural heritage, and commemorates two important dates - April 16th, the date of Puebla’s foundation, and May 5th the Battle of Puebla. This is a multidisciplinary festival that offers a variety of activities such as concerts, gastronomy, theater, conferences and more, with both national and international guest performers.
Website: Festival Internacional 5 de Mayo Puebla
Puebla Travel Guide
Feria Nacional de San Marcos
Aguascalientes, April 19 to May 22, 2013
This international fair attracts folks of all ages to enjoy bull-fights, concerts, rodeos, art displays, music, dance and other cultural events; and to gamble at the fair's temporary casino.
Official Web Site: Feria de San Marcos
Fiestas del Mar
Ensenada, Baja California, April 20
Hosted by Hotel Coral and Marina, this one day festival pays tribute to the incredible ceviche, wines and entertainment of Baja California. Amateur chefs will face off in the hotel’s gardens at 4 p.m. before a panel of expert judges while guests enjoy wine tastings from more than 15 regional wineries. A concert featuring dueling Beatles vs. Rolling Stones tribute bands will open the evening entertainment and headliners Amanda Miguel and Diego Verdaguer will perform with their daughter Ana Victoria as a special guest.
More information and tickets: Fiestas del Mar
Riviera Maya Film Festival
Various locations in Quintana Roo, April 21 to 27
Showing 70 films in 12 theaters and 4 ocean-side venues throughout the State of Quintana Roo in southern Mexico including the destinations of Cancun, Isla Holbox, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. One of the festival's biggest draws is a competition for Best Mexican Film, "Plataforma Mexicana." Screenings are free to the public.
Website: Riviera Maya Film Festival
Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race
Newport Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico, April 21 to 28
This colorful race has earned the title of the largest international yacht race in the United States. With more than 20 classes, the race includes a variety of sea-going boats ranging from top ultra-light and maxi-yachts to the non-spinnaker classes. Lexus, the title sponsor of the yacht race, will provide a two-year vehicle lease to the winner.
Official Web Site: Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race
Nationwide, April 30th
In Mexico, everyone has their day and children are celebrated every year on April 30th with parties and events throughout the country.
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