If you're planning to travel to Mexico in July, you should be aware that this is the wettest month of the year through central and southern Mexico, so don't forget to pack a raincoat or umbrella. It rains mostly in the afternoon and evening so it probably won't interfere with your sightseeing plans. This is school holiday time, so it's a good idea to make travel arrangements in advance. Read on for the most noteworthy festivals and events taking place in Mexico in July.
See also: The Weather in MexicoPunta Mita Beach Festival
Punta Mita, Nayarit, July 4 to 7
Learn to surf and enjoy a world class BBQ at this beach festival hosted by the St. Regis Punta Mita resort. Other events include stand up paddle boarding, stand-up paddle yoga, sandcastle building for the kids, and a fashion show showcasing the latest in surf attire.
Website: Punta Mita Beach Festival
Festival Internacional de Guitarra - International Guitar Festival
Taxco, Guerrero, July 7 to 12
Every year Taxco's international guitar festival honors an outstanding international guitarist. Events include concerts, conferences, exhibits and the Taxco National Guitar Contest.
Web Site: Festival Internacional de Guitarra
Taxco Destination Guide
Wine and Food Festival at Capella Pedregal
Cabo San Lucas, July 10 to 14
Luxury resort Capella Pedregal will bring together master chefs for its annual wine and food festival, A Taste of Capella. Spend four days sampling exquisite cuisine and taking part in educational gastronomical experiences. Activities will include cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese tastings, a 5-course dinner (each course expertly prepared by a different chef), parties on the beach with chef-prepared food stations, and more.
Website: A Taste of Capella
Chihuahua, July 12 to 28
A week of festivities commemorating Mexican revolutionary icon Francisco "Pancho" Villa culminates in the Cabalgata Villista, a horseback riding adventure that takes participants from Chihuahua to Hidalgo del Parral, covering 136 miles.
Schedule of events: Jornadas Villistas
Nuestra Señora del Carmen - Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Celebrated in various locations, July 16
This religious holiday is celebrated with particular fervor in Catemaco in the state of Veracruz, Oaxaca, and the San Angel area of Mexico City.
Read about Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Guanajuato Film Festival
Guanajuato, July 19 to 28
The Guanajuato Film Festival (previously known as Expresion en Corto) is the biggest film festival in Mexico and one of the most important in Latin America. In addition to the promotion and dissemination of cinema in Mexico and elsewhere, the goal of the festival is to strengthen the film industry through mechanisms that facilitate production. In 2013, the festival is celebrating its 16th edition. The guest country this year is Colombia.
Web Site: Guanajuato Film Festival
Film Festivals in Mexico
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, July 22 to 29
This traditional festival, sometimes called the Lunes del Cerro (Mondays on the Hill), takes place on the last two Mondays of July, and brings people from all over the world to watch the traditional dances of the different regions of Oaxaca State. There are many other activities taking place during the two weeks surrounding this festival, including a mezcal fair.
More information: Oaxaca's Guelaguetza Festival
See photos of a community Guelaguetza performance.
Oaxaca City Guide
Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament
Buenavista, Baja California Sur, July 23 to 27
A fishing tournament that "celebrates Cabo fishing the way it used to be." In addition to the black and blue marlin, dorado and tuna are also targeted. An expected 75 teams will compete for over $400,000 in cash awards. Weigh-ins, which take place on the beach, are open to the public.
Web Site: Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament
International Chamber Music Festival
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, July 26 to August 17
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
Festival Internacional de Folclor - International Folklore Festival
Zacatecas, July 28 to August 4
With the participation of 20 different countries and 10 Mexican states, this festival offers varied representations of culture and traditions in dance, crafts and cuisine.
Web Site: Zacatecas Tourism Information
Mexico Calendar of Festivals and Events
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