There is a lot to see and do in Mexico in February. The first Monday of the month (February 3, 2014) is a national holiday in honor of Constitution Day. Carnaval celebrations kick off on the 26th in many destinations. In terms of the weather, this is generally one of the driest months of the year and temperatures are warming up. February marks the peak for Monarch butterfly season, so it's usually an ideal time of year to visit Mexico's monarch butterfly reserves, though this year's population is alarmingly low. This is also prime whale watching season. Here are some of the most important festivals and events that take place in February in Mexico:
Candlemas - Día de la Candelaría
Nationwide, February 2nd
It's Groundhog Day in the United States, but in Mexico, this is Día de la Candelaría, a religious holiday that marks the end of the Christmas season in the church calendar. On this day folks dress up images of the baby Jesus and take them to the church to be blessed. Read about traditions in Mexico surrounding Día de la Candelaria, and see photos of Dia de la Candelaria celebrations.
Constitution Day - Día de la Constitución
Nationwide, February 3, 2014 (first Monday of the month)
Originally celebrated on February 5th, this holiday is now observed on the first Monday of February. It's a national holiday to commemorate the constitution of 1917 that was put in place by Venustiano Carranza following the Mexican Revolution.
Mexico City, February 5 to 9, 2014
Mexico City's biggest and best contemporary art fair is held at the Centro Banamex, Hall D. There will be five areas: Main Section, New Proposals, ZONA MACO SUR, Design and Modern Art. General admission is 200 pesos, free for children under 12.
Website: Zona Maco
Valentine's Day - Día del Amor y la Amistad
Nationwide, February 14th
In Mexico this day is to celebrate friendship, as well as love. Friends and lovers exchange cards, gifts or flowers.
More: Valentine's Day in Mexico
Romantic Vacations in Mexico
Todos Santos Film Festival
Todos Santos and La Paz, Baja California Sur, February 20 to 28, 2014
This festival offers an impressive collection of films that reflects the excellence of Latino cinema throughout the world featuring local and Mexican filmmakers. More than 25 feature, documentary and short films from Argentina, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Spain, El Salvador and special events on Baja California, its "Ranchero" culture will be shown at this year's festival.
Website: Todos Santos Cine Fest
Flag Day - Día de la Bandera
Nationwide, February 24th
Civic ceremonies take place to honor the Mexican flag, the tri-color. Read about the history and meaning of Mexico's flag.
Carnival - Carnaval
Various locations, February 26 to March 4, 2014
A week of revelry leading up to Ash Wednesday. Brazil may be better known for Carnaval, but you don't have to go that far - many Mexican cities celebrate Carnaval with great fanfare.
Read more about Carnaval in Mexico.
Mexican Carnival Destinations.
See photos of Carnaval in Veracruz.
San Pancho Music Festival
San Francisco, Nayarit, February 28 to March 2, 2014
Founded in 2001, this event began as a small gathering of locals, but by 2006 the lineup included 116 artists, and has grown even more since then. The festival includes performances by musicians from the region of Riviera Nayarit, as well from the United States and Latin America. Free concerts are held in the Plaza del Sol starting at 5 pm each day of the festival.
Website: San Pancho Music Fest
Mexican Tennis Open
Acapulco, February 24 to March 1, 2014
This tennis tournament is the largest event of its kind in Latin America and attracts international tennis champions looking to score points and money. Matches held at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess.
Official Web Site: Abierto Mexicano
Acapulco City Guide
Mexico Calendar of Festivals and Events
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