Spring break is in full swing during March, so keep that in mind if you're heading to one of Mexico's popular beach destinations. As for the weather, March in Mexico is usually dry and warm to hot. The third Monday is a holiday in commemoration of Benito Juarez' birthday, and there are lots of festivities to welcome spring. Here's a look at the important festivals and events you might want to attend on a visit to Mexico in the month of March:
Also read: Travel to Mexico in the Spring
Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival
Zihuatanejo, March 2 to 9
This town neighboring the resort area of Ixtapa hosts an annual festival designed to bring locals and tourists together to enjoy guitar music. Concerts are held on the beach as well as in restaurants and bars throughout the town. Proceeds from the festival go towards supporting arts and educational projects in the community.
Web Site: Zihuafest
Vallarta Bird Festival
Puerto Vallarta, March 6 to 9
Hosted by the Vallarta Bird Conservancy, the festival will kick off on March 6 at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Some of the activities offered during the festival include birding and nature walks with expert guides in unique habitats and lectures from local and international authorities on birding related topics.
Night of the Witches - Noche de Brujas
Catemaco, Veracruz, March 7
Shamans, healers and fortune-tellers are ubiquitous in Catemaco throughout the year, but the first Friday of March marks their annual convention. If you'd like to have your cards or hand read, or experience a "limpia," you'll have plenty of options here.
Catemaco Tourist Information
Riviera Maya Film Festival
Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, March 9 to 15
Now in its third edition, the theme of the 2014 Riviera Maya Film Festival is "El Cine Nos Une" (Film Unites Us). The festival will include free screenings of national and international films in different venues, including on the beach, in public parks, cinemas and a drive-in.
Banderas Bay Regatta and Nautical Festival
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, March 11 to 15
From the event Web Site: "Now in its 20th year, this 5 day event is specially designed with cruisers in mind - fun but competitive races between boats designed for coastal and offshore cruising. Race boats and catamarans join the fun too in this non-profit event. With nightly fiestas, live music and entertainment, this is the signature event of the Vallarta Yacht Club."
Web Site: Banderas Bay Regatta.
Cancun-Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival
Cancun and Riviera Maya, March 14 to 17
Celebrity chefs from eight countries will visit Cancun for the second annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival. Proceeds will go towards supporting the local charity Ciudad de la Alegria. This year's theme is "Europe Meets the Americas," and celebrity chefs Massimo Bottura from Italy and Mexican Star Chef Enrique Olvera will be honored.
Website: Cancun and Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival
Benito Juarez' Birthday - Natalicio de Benito Juarez
Celebrated nationwide, but particularly in Oaxaca, March 21 (observed the third Monday in March)
One of Mexico's most beloved leaders, sometimes referred to as the "Mexican Abraham Lincoln," Benito Juarez went from being a poor Zapotec Indian to become Mexico's first (and only) full-blooded native president. His birthday is celebrated as a national holiday.
Biography of Benito Juarez
Tajin Summit - Cumbre Tajin, Festival de la Identidad
Tajin, Veracruz, March 20 to 24
The culture of the Totonac people of Veracruz takes the spotlight at this annual event taking place during the spring equinox. The festival includes concerts, workshops and the opportunity to sample the unique cuisine of Veracruz, as well as a spectacular night-time show at the Tajin archaeological site.
Web Site: Cumbre Tajin
Read about the Voladores de Papantla, part of the heritage of the Totonac people.
Chichen Itza, March 21
Thousands flock to the main Temple of Kulkulkan at Chichen Itza to witness the play of light and shadow which shows a serpent descending the stairs of the temple.
More: Celebrating the Spring Equinox in Mexico
Chichen Itza Visitors Guide
Chichen Itza Photos
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Guadalajara, Jalisco, March 21 to 30
Guadalajara hosts the oldest and most important film festival in Mexico, offering the best selection of Mexican and Latin American films of the year. The festival features a variety of films including feature-length films, shorts, documentaries and children’s films.
Website: Guadalajara Film Festival
Guadalajara City Guide
Electric Palms Music Festival
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, March 22 to 30
The line-up for this music festival which will take place during the spring break season in Los Cabos includes Porter Robinson, Laidback Luke, Tedd, Tommy Trash, Borgore, and more. Concert venues include Nikki Beach, Skypool Dayclub, Pink Kitty Nightclub and Mandala. See the festival website for more info and to purchase tickets.
Website: Electric Palms Music Festival
Mexico Calendar of Festivals and Events
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