August is usually rainy and warm in central and southern Mexico, whereas northern Mexico is generally hot and dry. It's still hurricane season, and most hurricanes take place between August and October. School holidays continue through this month, so tourist attractions may be crowded with Mexican families on vacation, but there are fewer international tourists, so good deals abound. Here are some of the important events which take place in Mexico in August:
International Chamber Music Festival
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, August 3 to 19
The largest chamber music festival in Mexico features award-winning international ensembles, guest musicians and local artists. Most of the festival events take place in the Teatro Angela Peralta in San Miguel de Allende. This year's line-up includes the Atlanta Chamber Players, the Onix Ensemble and the Pacifica Quartet.
Web Site: International Chamber Music Festival
Fiestas de la Vendimia - Grape Harvest Festival
Ensenada, Baja California, August 3 to 19
A celebration of the grape harvest that includes visits to wineries, wine tasting, fine dining and concerts. The festival kicks off with a wine show held at the Ex Hotel Riviera, in which the vintage wines and local cuisine will be in the spotlight.
Web Site: Grape Harvest Festival
Feria Nacional Potosina - National Fair of San Luis Potosí
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, August 3 to 26
The Festival of San Luis has the primary objective of promoting culture in San Luis Potosí, through various manifestations of the fine arts. Theatre, dance, opera performances, as well as photography and painting exhibitions are some of the events you can enjoy during this festival.
Facebook Page: Feria Nacional Potosina
Feria de Huamantla - Huamantla Fair
Huamantla, Tlaxcala, August 5 to 20
An event dedicated to the Virgin Mary in which miles of city streets are decorated with beautiful tapestries made of colorful flower petals and colored sawdust. A running of the bulls follows, along with traditional dances and a fair.
A description of the festivities from The Real Mexico Web Site: The Night No One Sleeps
Facebook Page: Feria de Huamantla
Huamantla Tourist Information
Exposicion Nacional de Artesanias - National Handicrafts Trade Fair
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, August 14 to 18
Over 130 Mexican artisans from all over the country exhibit their artistic wares at this handicrafts fair near Guadalajara. Jewelry, furniture, candles, ceramics, pewter, wood accessories, and blown glass are among the products showcased.
Web Site: ENART
Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey - Monterrey International Film Festival
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, August 16 to 26
Founded in 2000 as the Voladero International Film and Video Festival, this festival not only promotes the film culture in Monterrey but also brings together the viewpoints of a great many filmmakers who meet in Monterrey each year. Each year the festival invites a guest country with an important cinematographic tradition. For the 2012 edition of the festival, the guest country is Spain.
Web Site: Monterrey Film Festival
More film festivals in Mexico.
Las Morismas de Bracho
August 25 to 28, Zacatecas
In this popular annual celebration, a series of historical representations of battles of Moors and Christians take place on the Lomas de Bracho. The event also commemorates St. John the Baptist, whose Saints' day is celebrated on August 29th.
Web Site: Zacatecas tourism info
Chile en Nogada Season
Puebla, Puebla, Month of August
Chile en Nogada season lasts from July through September, but the month of August is the best time to sample Mexico's national dish. All About Puebla has the scoop on Chiles en Nogada Season and other events in Puebla.
More about Chiles en Nogada
Puebla City Guide
Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y de la Charreria - Mariachi Festival
Guadalajara, Jalisco, August 29 to September 9
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: Mariachi Festival
Learn about Mariachi Music
Guadalajara City Guide
Mexico Calendar of Festivals and Events
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