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.
Guanajuato Si Sabe Gastronomy Festival
Guanajuato, Guanajuato, June 1 to 9
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
Festival del Vino Mexicano - Mexican Wine Festival
Guadlajara, Jalisco, June 3 to 8
More than 30 wineries and wine authorities will meet in Guadalajara for this festival featuring Mexican wines and offering their latest releases and activities. The festival seeks to showcase wine as a cultural expression and will include cultural, gastronomic and oenological events.
Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino - Horse, Art and Wine Festival
Ensenada, Baja California, June 9
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 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: San Pedro Tlaquepaque
Father's Day - Día del Padre
Nationwide, June 16
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 16
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 17 to 23
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
Whale Shark Festival
Isla Mujeres, July 21 to 24
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.
Web Site: Whale Shark Fest
Read about swimming with whale sharks.
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.
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, June 24 to 30
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.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Day - Día 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.
Gay Pride March - Marcha del Orgullo
Mexico City, June 29
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 on Facebook (in Spanish)
Feria Nacional Durango - Durango National Fair
Durango, June 28 to July 21
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.
Mexico Calendar of Festivals and Events
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