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June Festivals and Events in Mexico

What's on in June

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Baby Turtle

Releasing a baby sea turtle

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The weather can be quite hot in Mexico in June, and it's the beginning of rainy season through most of the country. June also marks the beginning of hurricane season, but it's still a great time to visit. You should travel to Mexico in June if you'd like to volunteer with sea turtles or attend any of the festivals and events listed below.

See also: When to go to Mexico | Travel to Mexico in Summer

Guanajuato Si Sabe Gastronomy Festival
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, May 31 to June 8
The colonial city of Guanajuato will celebrate International Gastronomy Week with a culinary festival featuring thirty guest chefs who will participate with tastings, conferences and special meals.
Guanajuato, Sí Sabe

Navy Day - Día de la Marina
June 1st
Navy Day is celebrated in all ports throughout Mexico to varying degrees. Festivities may include civic ceremonies, parades, fishing tournaments, sailing competitions, parties and fireworks.

Baja 500 Off-road Race
Ensenada, Baja California, June 5 to 8
This international off-road race will cover a total of 420 miles with 4 checkpoints. Starting in downtown Ensenada adjacent to the Riviera Cultural Center, the finish line is at the Campo de Softball Jose Negro Soto stadium, 11th & Espinoza, in the heart of Ensenada.
Website: Baja 500

Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino - Horse, Art and Wine Festival
Ensenada, Baja California, June 8
Horses, art and wine may seem like a strange combination, but these are all things for which Baja California is famous. This annual event is held at the equestrian facilities of Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards & Inn. The day is filled with exhibitions of equestrian arts, food, wine and art.
Website: Día del Caballo

Feast of Corpus Christi - Feria de Corpus Christi
Papantla, Veracruz, June 13 to 22
The Catholic feast day of Corpus Christi is celebrated in a special way in Papantla, Veracruz. Prehispanic ceremonies take place that are said to promote fertility and communication with the heavens.
More info: Corpus Christi in Papantla (PDF in Spanish)

Feria de San Pedro Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, June 13 to July 7
The traditions and pastimes of Mexico's artistic city of Tlaquepaque, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, are celebrated at this annual event, taking place at the Expo Ganadera. Children can enjoy a variety of games and activities, while adults enjoy art and mariachi, while savoring some authentic Mexican cuisine.
Website: Fiestas de Junio (in Spanish)

Father's Day - Dí­a del Padre
Nationwide, June 15
Children had their day on April 30th, moms were celebrated on May 10th, now finally, it's dad's turn! Father's Day is celebrated in Mexico on the third Sunday in June. There is an annual Father's Day 21 km race that takes place in Mexico City's Bosque de Tlalpan. More info about the race here: Carrera del Dí­a del Padre (in Spanish).

Día de los Locos - "Day of the Crazy People"
San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, June 15
In the parade of locos or crazy people, folks from different neighborhoods, businesses and families don colorful and elaborate costumes that range from animals and cartoon characters to political figures and cross-dressing men. The revelers throw candy to spectators while live music plays and bystanders are encouraged to join in the celebration. The Dí­a de los Locos is held every year on the Sunday following the feast day of San Antonio Padua (June 13th).
More information: El Día de Locos | Guide to San Miguel de Allende

Los Cabos Open of Surf
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, June 16 to 22
The largest surf and music festival in the history of Latin America, the Los Cabos Open of Surf will take place along Costa Azul's Zippers Beach Break (known for producing 8 to 10 ft waves) and will serve as the site of a world qualifying surf competition. Beach concerts, a food fair showcasing local cuisine, fashion shows featuring some of the top surf brands, art walks and other eco-friendly activities will be taking place concurrently.
Website: Los Cabos Open of Surf | More about Los Cabos

Diver's Week
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, June 23 to 29
Dive tour operators along with Casa Mexicana hotel have gotten together to offer activities and promotions for divers during this week in Cozumel. Participants can enjoy their favorite underwater sports and enjoy great hotel rates, trip discounts and promotions in participating restaurants, art and crafts shops, and on dive equipment.
Facebook page: Diver's Week Cozumel | Cozumel Guide

Saint John the Baptist - Fiesta de San Juan Bautista
June 24
Celebrated with popular fairs and religious festivities. Since John the Baptist is associated with water, in some places in Mexico this occasion is celebrated with dunking or splashing people with buckets of water or water balloons.

Whale Shark Festival
Isla Mujeres, July 25 to 27
This family-friendly festival will showcase local culture and cuisine, and will allow participants to enjoy some of the water activities that have made Isla Mujeres a favorite vacation spot: sport fishing, diving and snorkeling tours of the pristine reefs and of course swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world and an endangered species.
Website: Whale Shark Fest | Read about swimming with whale sharks.

Gay Pride March - Marcha del Orgullo
Mexico City, June 28
Mexico City's annual Gay Pride March celebrates gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and transvestite lifestyles. The march begins at noon at the Angel de la Independencia on the Paseo de la Reforma and makes its way toward the Mexico City Zocalo.
More info from About.com's Gay & Lesbian Travel site: Gay Pride Mexico City
Website: Marcha del Orgullo on Facebook (in Spanish)

Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Day - Dí­a de San Pedro y San Pablo
June 29
This feast day is celebrated nationwide wherever St. Peter is the patron saint. It's especially festive at San Pedro Tlaquepaque, near Guadalajara, with mariachi bands, folk dancers, and parades, and in other indigenous communities such as San Juan Chamula in Chiapas, Purepero in Michoacan, and Zaachila in Oaxaca.

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