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 Mexico
Surf Open Acapulco
Acapulco, Guerrero, July 5 to 12
More than 150 national and international surfers will gather to compete on Acapulco's Playa Revolcadero for over $100,000 dollars in prizes. In addition to the World Surfing Championship, there will be concerts, freestyle motocross shows, surf clinics, mobile cinema, pool parties and recreational activities for the whole family.
Website: surfopenacapulco.com | Acapulco Travel Guide
Festival Internacional de Guitarra - International Guitar Festival
Taxco, Guerrero, July 6 to 11
Every year Taxco's international guitar festival honors an outstanding international guitarist. Events include concerts, conferences, exhibits and the Taxco National Guitar Contest.
Website: Festival Internacional de Guitarra | Taxco Destination Guide
Wine and Food Festival at Capella Pedregal
Cabo San Lucas, July 9 to 13
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, Chihuahua, July 11 to 20
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.
Punta Mita Beach Festival
Punta Mita, Nayarit, July 17 to 20
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
Feria Nacional Durango - Durango National Fair
Durango, July 18 to August 10
Durango's ranching and agricultural roots are celebrated with equestrian events, charreadas and other cultural events, as well as pop music concerts.
Website: Feria Durango | More about the state of Durango.
Guanajuato Film Festival
Guanajuato, July 25 to August 3
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 2014, the festival is celebrating its 17th edition.
Web Site: Guanajuato Film Festival | Film Festivals in Mexico
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, July 21 to 28
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: Guelaguetza Festival | Oaxaca City Guide
See photos of a community Guelaguetza performance.
International Chamber Music Festival
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, July 21 to August 23
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 Claremont Piano Trio, the Calder String Quartet and the Gryphon Piano Trio.
Web Site: International Chamber Music Festival | San Miguel de Allende Guide
Festival Internacional de Folclor - International Folklore Festival
Zacatecas, July 27 to August 3
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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