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.
Navy Day - Día de la Marina
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 1 to 3
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
Feast of Corpus Christi - Feria de Corpus Christi
Papantla, Veracruz, June 1 to 10
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)
Gay Pride March - Marcha del Orgullo
Mexico City, June 2
Mexico City's annual Gay Pride March celebrates gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and transvestite lifestyles. The march begins at noon at the Ãngel 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 (in Spanish)
Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino - Horse, Art and Wine Festival
Ensenada, Baja California, June 9, 2013
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
Feria de San Pedro Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, June 18 to July 3
The traditions and pastimes of Mexicoâ€™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: San Pedro Tlaquepaque
Día de los Locos - "Day of the Crazy People"
San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, June 17
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 DÃa de los Locos is held every year on the Sunday following the feast day of San Antonio Padua (June 13th).
More information: El DÃa de Locos
Father's Day - Día del Padre
Nationwide, June 17
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 DÃa del Padre (in Spanish).
Saint John the Baptist - Fiesta de San Juan Bautista
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.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Day - DÃa de San Pedro y San Pablo
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.
Feria Nacional Durango - Durango National Fair
Durango, June 29 to July 22
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
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