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Festivals
 

January

 

Throughout the month

Winter Festival
Chamber music from national and internationally renowned groups

January 14 to February 8

Feria de León
This fair is one of the most important traditional events in Mexico. Leather goods, cattle shows, handmade items, restaurants and a funfair make this a great day for the whole family.

February

 

February 26-28

National Festival of Jazz

 

AshWednesday
Start of Lent (40 days before Easter)

February to October

Live the magic
A nine month touring cultural event comprising music, theatre and dance.

March

 

 

Feast of Our Lord of the Conquest
Conchero dances in front of the Parroquia

March 3 - 5

Rally Corona México
National and international participants in this World Rally Championship event.

March/April

 

 

Semana Santa

 

Evening procession bearing Our Lord of the Column from Atotonilco to San Miguel de Alende
(two days before Easter)

 

Friday of Dolores - Day of the Altars in homes
(Friday before Holy Week)

 

Palm Sunday
(Sunday before Easter)

 

Good Friday

 

Easter Sunday

April

 

April 2

Arrival of our Lord of the Column to the Church of San Juan de Dios

April 12-17

Festival de Titeres

April 19 - 23

Medieval Festival
Guanajuato hosts this spectacular event in its medieval town centre.

May

 

May 1

Labor Day Parade

May 3

Feast of Santa Cruz

May 30

Festival on the Valle del Maiz

Throughout the month

XVII National Book Fair
Nationally, one of the most important of its type.

June

 

 

Annual Festival of Music

 

Feast of San Antonio de Padua, Parade de los Locos
(Sundy closest to June 13th)

June 17-19

Festival of Flamenco

June 18

Dia de Los Locos
In honour of St. Anthony of Padua, locals enact parodies in a kind of social and political critique of contemporary life.

July

 

Throughout the month

International Guitar Festival
Performances, classes and workshops designed to increase interest in the guitar.

July 11

Fiesta at Atotonilico

July 18

Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen

July 22 - 29

Expresión en Corto
Highly acclaimed festival of short films, with filmmakers coming from all over the globe.

July 28 - 30

Hang gliding and paragliding festival
The climate and geography of the region create perfect conditions for these sports and the festival hopes to exploit the huge alternative tourism potential in the area.

July 29 - August 27

Expo Western 
All you need to be a cowboy; from carts to jeans.

August

 

Throughout the month

Expo Guanajuato
Traditional local crafts; talavera (local ceramic style) wool, brass, wood carving, basket weaving, leatherwork among others. Open to retail and the general public.

August 1-15

Chamber Music Festival

September

 

September 17

Sanmiguelada or Pamplonada
(3rd Saturday in September)

September 29

Fiesta de San Miguel Archangel & Running of the Bulls
One of the major celebrations is for San Miguel Archangel, the chief patron saint.  Held the last Saturday of every September, it includes the running of the bulls Pamplona style through town and traditional dancers, food and music

October

 

October 2

Indians with Xuxhiles Parade

October 3

La Alborada, Dia de San Miguel Arcangel

October 10

Fiesta de San Francisco

 

Tango Festival

 

Cervantino's International Festival
Fireworks, parades, dances and bull fights

November

 

November 1

All Saints Day

November 2

All Souls Day

November 20

 

 

International Jazz Festival

 

Andalucia Horse Festival

 

Nacional Wool and Brass Fair

December

 

December 12

Feast of Virgin of Guadalupe
Patron Saint of Mexico

 

Start of Bullfighting Season (December to April)

December 16-24

Christmas Posadas

December 25

Christmas

December 31

New Years Eve at Jardin

 

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