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August Festivals Highlighting the Best of Mexico, from Sawdust Carpets to Classical Guitars July 04 2019, 0 Comments

By Julie R Butler

It’s summertime, one of the best times to travel to Mexico because, among other reasons, there are so many great festivals and events going on throughout the country. Our last blog post in this series highlighted a variety of July festivals in Mexico; so now, it’s time to learn a little about what’s going on south of the border this August so you can plan to attend a fun event during your summer vacation in Mexico. And be sure to check back with us over the next few weeks for even more great Mexico summer vacation ideas. 

Feria Nacional de Huamantla – Huamantla, Tlaxcala – 2-18 August 

The Feria Nacional de Huamantla is the event of the year in the state of Tlaxcala, attracting more than 800,000 people from Mexico and around the world to the town of Huamantla. Throughout the entire first half of August, the city hosts social, cultural, artisanal, sports, equestrian, automotive, and bullfighting events, as well as a carnival, all either at low cost or free.

The main attraction is La Noche Que Nadie Duerme, which takes place on 14 August. Throughout the day, the streets of Huamantla will be covered with over 10 km of colorful “carpets” made of sawdust, flower petals, and other organic materials creating beautiful designs in preparation for the midnight procession in honor of Our Lady of Charity, the patron saint of the town. Then, on Saturday, 17 August, La Huamantlada will again fill the streets, this time for the thrilling running of the bulls.

Huamantla carpet of sawdust

XXVI Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y de la Charreria – Guadalajara – 23 Aug - 1 Sept 

Guadalajara’s twenty-sixth annual Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y de la Charreria showcases world-class mariachis, rodeos, traditional dance, and other cultural events, with the Concierto Magno featuring Filippa Giordano, Natalia Jiménez, and Yuri performing together in an exclusive mariachi ensemble on Saturday, 31 August. 

LXXIV Feria Internacional de la Uva y el Vino de Parras 2019 – Parras, Coahuila – August

Parras de la Fuente, in the northern state of Coahuila, is not only the birthplace of winemaking in the Americas, but also the host of a month-long celebration of the 400-plus-year-old tradition of winemaking in the region. The LXXIV Feria Internacional de la Uva y el Vino de Parras begins on Friday, 2 August, with the coronation and initiation of the queen of this year’s festival, and they continue with grape harvest festivals at local wineries each weekend in August. International exhibitors will participate in the festival, along with all the wine houses from the Parras Valley.

Church of Saint Madero, Parras, Coahuila

Fiesta de la Vendimia 2019 – Ezequiel Montes, Querétaro – 2-4 August

August is the grape harvest season throughout Mexico, and another great celebration of wines, food, and music is the Fiesta de la Vendimia at Finca Sala Vivé in the Bernal Valley of Querétaro state. There will be artisanal cheeses and food pairings as well as a bazaar, tours of the deepest wine cellar in Latin America, musical entertainment, a children’s area, and grape stomping for the whole family.


Underground wine cellar

8th Annual Baja Blues Fest – Rosarita Beach, Baja California – 9-11 August

If beaches and blues music is more your thing, head to Rosarito for the Baja Blues Fest for some fun in the sun. With the stage set up just yards away from the Pacific Ocean, this year’s lineup will feature the blazing-hot soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro.

Rosarito Beach

XLIV Festival de Guitarra de Paracho 2019 – Paracho, Michoacán – 4-9 August 

Or, you might want to head to the hills to cool off and enjoy a lineup of internationally acclaimed classical guitarists at the Paracho Guitar Festival. While you’re there, you can pick up a beautiful handmade guitar and shop for some of the artesanias that the Purépechas of the region are so famous for. 

Of course, there are lots more festivals and events throughout Mexico in August, ranging from cultural events to fishing tournaments to one of the largest biker events in CDMX. So check them out, and watch for more articles in our series on vacaciones de verano en México for more summer travel ideas.

JULIE R BUTLER IS A FREELANCE WRITER AND EDITOR LIVING IN PÁTZCUARO, MICHOACÁN. SHE HAS 20-PLUS YEARS' EXPERIENCE EXPLORING MÉXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, ARGENTINA, AND URUGUAY. IN ADDITION TO WRITING ABOUT THE WONDERS OF LIVING IN MÉXICO, SHE SPECIALIZES NEW TECHNOLOGIES – PARTICULARLY, HYDROPONICS AND SMART-CITY TECH. ONLINE PORTFOLIO: HTTPS://JULIERBUTLER.CONTENTLY.COM/

Top July Festivals in Mexico, from Cultural Celebrations to Artesenal Beer June 27 2019, 0 Comments

By Julie R Butler

In the previous Shoptezuma Love for Mexico blog post, about el inicio de verano, I discussed the top reasons why you should travel to Mexico this (and every) summer. So now, I’d like to highlight some of events being held in Mexico this July so you can be sure to include a colorful outdoor festival, intriguing film festival, or other great event into your vacation plans – you’ll be amazed at the range of activities going on! And be sure to check back with us over the next few weeks for even more great Mexico summer vacation ideas. 

Guelaguetza Festival – Oaxaca – 1-31 July

The Guelaguetza Festival celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of Oaxaca’s many different cultural traditions, with the Lunes del Cerro main events taking place in a hilltop auditorium on the last two Mondays of the month (22 and 29 July).

In addition to the two shows at the Guelaguetza auditorium, where the 17 ethnic groups come together to pay homage to Oaxaca with their traditional music, dance, clothing, and gastronomy, the entire month of July is filled with activities in Oaxaca City as well as in nearby villages, including dance performances, balls, parades, offerings of regional foods, mezcal tastings, artesania fairs, fireworks, and the epic theatrical presentation of la Historia de la Princesa Donají.

Feria Nacional Durango 2019 – Durango – 19 July - 4 August

The Feria Nacional Durango celebrates Mexico´s cultura ranchera and much more with everything from rodeos and sporting events to forums, fairs, and expos to a jardín de las artesanias, a short-film festival, and a schedule of entertainment that features Maluma as the headliner.

Charros participating in a charreada in Mexico

XXII Guanajuato International Film Festival – San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato – 19-28 July

In case you haven’t heard, Mexico is in the throes of a revolution – in cinema. So if you love movies, don’t miss the Guanajuato International Film Festival, which has become “the most important platform for young filmmakers in Latin America.” The movie screenings, concerts, conferences, and workshops that take place at various venues in two of Mexico’s most picturesque cities – starting in San Miguel de Allende and then moving to Guanajuato City – are all free to attend.


 
Guanajuato, Jalisco, Mexico
Photo by Dennis Schrader on Unsplash 

CantoyaFest 2019 – Pátzcuaro, Michoacán – 19-21 July

CantoyaFest is a family-friendly festival that fills the skies over Pátzcuaro with hundreds of colorful paper balloons for a weekend each July. Drawing people from around the world to compete in different categories, this year’s theme will highlight animals in danger of extinction.

12th Annual Whale Shark Festival – Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, 19-21 July

If you’d like to actually get up close and personal with an endangered species while vacationing in the Caribbean, check out the Whale Shark Festival on Isla Mujeres. Festivalgoers will learn about these gentle giants of the sea and the importance of ecotourism as well as finding plenty of activities for kids of all ages.

 
Whale shark

Vans Surf Open Acapulco by Corona 2019 – Acapulco, Guerrero – 12-14 July

If sun, sand, and surfing is your thing, then head to Acapulco in mid-July for the Surf Open Acapulco surfing competition. Top surfers from Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America will be strutting their stuff on the swells off of Playa Revolcadero.

 
Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash 

Bierfest Orizaba – Orizaba, Veracruz – 18-21 July

If you would rather just drink good beer, then Bierfest Orizaba in Orizaba, Veracruz, will be just the event for you. Featuring both Mexican and international cervezas artesanales as well as the regional gastronomy, this year’s festival has Poland as the invited country.
Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

So as you can see, there are festivals and events of all types – and this is just a sampling of what’s going on in Mexico this July!

The next article in this series on vacaciones de verano en México will present some of the events that will be held in August this year, and other articles will take a look at other types of activities you might like to make part of your summer vacation.

JULIE R BUTLER IS A FREELANCE WRITER AND EDITOR LIVING IN PÁTZCUARO, MICHOACÁN. SHE HAS 20-PLUS YEARS' EXPERIENCE EXPLORING MÉXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, ARGENTINA, AND URUGUAY. IN ADDITION TO WRITING ABOUT THE WONDERS OF LIVING IN MÉXICO, SHE SPECIALIZES NEW TECHNOLOGIES – PARTICULARLY, HYDROPONICS AND SMART-CITY TECH. ONLINE PORTFOLIO: HTTPS://JULIERBUTLER.CONTENTLY.COM/

Why You Should Travel to Mexico this (and every) Summer June 19 2019, 0 Comments

By Julie R Butler

Summer officially begins on Friday 21 June, when the sun reaches its most southerly point in the sky. The beginning of summer means school is out, the temperature heats up, and the outdoor festival season kicks in. It also means it’s time for relaxation and fun in Mexico. Read on to learn the top reasons why summer is one of the best times to vacation in Mexico.

Mexico’s Terrain Offers Many Appealing Summertime Destinations

Many people think of Mexico as a place to go to in the winter to escape the cold and snow. And there’s a tendency to assume that the farther south you go, the hotter the temperature gets. But Mexico is a big country that has everything from dry deserts to tropical forests, fertile valleys to snow-capped mountains. And with its extensive coastlines and mountainous terrain, that just isn’t the case.

Yes, it can get scorching hot in desert regions that are just south of the US border. But on the coasts, summertime temperatures aren’t as extreme, remaining in the mid-80s to 90s. Just take a dip in the ocean or chill out with a cold beverage in a hammock under a palapa, and you’re good to go!

For cooler temperatures, head to higher altitudes. In cities like Mexico City, which is at 2,250 meters, (7,400 feet) and San Cristóbal de las Casas, at 2,200 meters (7,200 feet.), you can enjoy vibrant and intriguing cultural centers while beating the heat in lower lying areas of the country.


The Summer Rainy Season in Mexico

In addition to hotter temperatures, verano in Mexico also means rain and possibly even hurricanes. But the daily rainstorms that are responsible for transforming the brown dry-season landscape lush and green often don’t occur until later in the day, so you can usually still enjoy outdoor activities under clear blue skies throughout most of Mexico’s rainy season.

As for hurricanes, the season officially begins in June; but it’s not until August that the hurricane season really kicks in, so your chances of being caught in one of these weather events is much smaller during the early months of summer in Mexico.

Off-Season Deals at Mexico’s Popular Beach Resorts

There are several great things about visiting Mexico during the off-season. One is that you can find great bargains on airfare, hotels, and excursions, if you decide to hit the beaches in and around the resort towns of Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancún. Plus, you may just find that you have the place all to yourself.

Summertime Eco-Adventures and Surfing in Mexico

Initio de verano brings some wonderful opportunities for nature lovers to encounter whale sharks and sea turtles in Mexico. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, and you can swim with them in their summer breeding grounds in the warm, plankton-rich waters north of Cancun.

Summer is also the egg-laying season for sea turtles, when you can observe females as they arrive at beaches throughout Mexico to nest and lay their eggs. You can even participate in helping save these amazing creatures from extinction by volunteering in conservation efforts to ensure that the eggs hatch and the hatchlings make it into the ocean.

Photo by Adolfo Félix on Unsplash

Also, surf’s up on the Pacific coast of Mexico. From Ensenada to Puerto Escondido, summer is the time of year when you can catch the best waves.

Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Mexico Summer Festivals

Finally, there’s a wealth of festivals and events that take place over the summer all over Mexico, from folklóricos and film to wine, food, and music. July festivals include a traditional dance festival in Oaxaca and a colorful balloon festival in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, while you may enjoy August festivals featuring mariachis in Guadalajara cinema in Monterrey.

Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash

With so many great reasons to visit Mexico in the summertime, there’s something for everyone in Mexico!

JULIE R BUTLER IS A FREELANCE WRITER AND EDITOR LIVING IN PÁTZCUARO, MICHOACÁN. SHE HAS 20-PLUS YEARS' EXPERIENCE EXPLORING MÉXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, ARGENTINA, AND URUGUAY. IN ADDITION TO WRITING ABOUT THE WONDERS OF LIVING IN MÉXICO, SHE SPECIALIZES NEW TECHNOLOGIES – PARTICULARLY, HYDROPONICS AND SMART-CITY TECH. ONLINE PORTFOLIO: HTTPS://JULIERBUTLER.CONTENTLY.COM/