August 2017 Festivals and Events in Mexico

What's on in August

huamantla fair
••• The Huamantla Fair. Courtesy

August is usually rainy and warm in central and southern Mexico, whereas northern Mexico is generally hot and dry. It's still hurricane season, and most hurricanes take place between August and October, so keep an eye on weather reports. School holidays continue through this month, so tourist attractions may be crowded with Mexican families on vacation, but there are fewer international tourists, so good deals abound.

Here are some of the important events which take place in Mexico in August:

Chile en Nogada Season
Throughout central Mexico, but particularly in Puebla, Month of August
Chile en Nogada season lasts from July through September, but the month of August is the best time to sample Mexico's national dish. The dish was created in Puebla and it is served in many restaurants in that city, but you will find it in various destinations throughout the country.
More about Chiles en Nogada

Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament
Buenavista, Baja California Sur, August 1 to 5
A fishing tournament that "celebrates Cabo fishing the way it used to be." In addition to the black and blue marlin, dorado and tuna are also targeted. An expected 75 teams will compete for over $400,000 in cash awards. Weigh-ins, which take place on the beach, are open to the public.
Web Site: Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament

Feria de Huamantla - Huamantla Fair
Huamantla, Tlaxcala, August 3 to 20
An event dedicated to the Virgin Mary in which miles of city streets are decorated with beautiful tapestries made of colorful flower petals and colored sawdust.

A running of the bulls follows, along with traditional dances and a fair. Read a description of the festivities on The Real Mexico website: The Night No One Sleeps.
Facebook Page: Feria de Huamantla

Fiestas de la Vendimia - Grape Harvest Festival
Ensenada, Baja California, August 4 to 20
A celebration of the grape harvest that includes visits to wineries, wine tasting, fine dining and concerts.

The festival kicks off with a wine show held at the Centro Cultural Riviera del Pacífico, in which the vintage wines and local cuisine will be in the spotlight.
Web Site: Fiestas de la Vendimia

Feria Nacional Potosina - National Fair of San Luis Potosí
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, August 4 to 27         
The Festival of San Luis has the primary objective of promoting culture in San Luis Potosí, through various manifestations of the fine arts. Theatre, dance, opera performances, as well as photography and painting exhibitions are some of the events you can enjoy during this festival.
Website: FENAPO | Facebook Page: Feria Nacional Potosina

Exposicion Nacional de Artesanias - National Handicrafts Trade Fair
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, August 14 to 18
Over 130 Mexican artisans from all over the country exhibit their artistic wares at this handicrafts fair om Tlaquepaque, near Guadalajara. Jewelry, furniture, candles, ceramics, pewter, wood accessories, and blown glass are among the products showcased.
Web Site: ENART

Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey - Monterrey International Film Festival
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, August 23 to 31
Founded in 2000 as the Voladero International Film and Video Festival, this festival not only promotes the film culture in Monterrey but also brings together the viewpoints of a great many filmmakers who meet in Monterrey each year.

Web Site: Monterrey Film Festival | More film festivals in Mexico.

Las Morismas de Bracho
August 25 to 29, Zacatecas
In this popular annual celebration, a series of historical representations of battles of Moors and Christians take place on the Lomas de Bracho. The event also commemorates St. John the Baptist, whose Saints' day is celebrated on August 29th.
Web Site: Zacatecas tourism info | Facebook page: Morismas de Bracho

Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y de la Charreria - Mariachi Festival
Guadalajara, Jalisco, August 25 to September 3
Guadalajara's most important cultural event of the year, this annual festival captures the essence of the city. Musicians come from around the world to listen, audition, and compete. Performances take place on the streets, and in various venues throughout the city.

Web Site: Mariachi Festival | Learn about Mariachi Music | Guadalajara City Guide

Festival Internacional Chihuahua - Chihuahua International Festival
Chihuahua, October 8 to 29, 2017
This year marks the thirteenth edition of the Chihuahua International Festival which will include 500 cultural events, with guest performers from throughout Mexico and 21 other countries. Events will be held in Ciudad Juarez as well as in Chihuahua city. Performances by Calexico, Natalia Lafourcade and Miguel Bose will be highlights of this year's festival.
Facebook Page: Festival Internacional Chihuahua

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