August Festivals and Events in Mexico

With festivals that celebrate local wine, music, film, and culture, August is a great time to experience Mexico. Depending on which part of the country your travels take you, you could see some of the world's best Mariachi bands in Guadalajara or watch some competitive fishers show off their hauls on the beaches of Baja. Just bear in mind that Augusts are hot and rainy in Mexico and northern Mexico is in the middle of its hurricane season, so you may have to keep an eye on the weather in the case that any of these events take place outdoors.

In 2020, many of these August events have been canceled, so make sure to check the official organizer's website for the latest details.

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Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara

Encuentro Internacional de Mariachis

Encuentro Internacional de Mariachis

The festival has not been rescheduled for 2020.

If you can't get enough of Mexico's Mariachi bands, the city of Guadalajara in the region of Jalisco is the place to be during the last week of August. Every year the Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi (International Meeting of the Mariachi) attracts Mariachi bands from around the world to perform and compete with each other in the heart of the region where the music originated. Throughout the week, you'll see parades and street performances during the day and can attend concerts at night.

02 of 08

Feria de Huamantla in Tlaxcala

A tapestry made of colored sawdust for Huamantla's fair

Feria Nacional de Huamantla


The fair has been canceled for 2020.

This cultural fair is a celebration dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the first Saturday of the fair is called La Noche que Nadie Duerme (The Night No One Sleeps). On this night, miles of the city's streets are decorated with beautiful tapestries made of flower petals and colored sawdust. After a ceremony, you can look forward to the traditional running of the bulls, dancing, and a street fair. The festival is held in the small town of Huamantla, which is about two and a half hours away from Mexico City by car.

03 of 08

Las Morismas in Bracho

Las Morismas de Bracho, Zacatecas

 Morismas de Bracho

This event has been canceled for 2020.

Las Morismas de Bracho (The Moors of Bracho) is a popular annual celebration held during the last few days of August in the state of Zacatecas. During this event, a series of historical reenactments of battles between Moors and Christians will take place on the Lomas de Bracho field. The event also commemorates Saint John the Baptist and his held around his Saint's day on August 29.

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Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament in Baja California

A person holds a fishing pole over the ocean as a marlin leaps above the horizon line
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A fishing tournament in Baja California Sur, Brisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament is held during the first week of August. In 2020, all events will take place as scheduled from August 4 to 8 at the Hotel Buena Vista in Cabo. In addition to black and blue marlin, dorado and tuna will also be targeted. Every year more than 70 teams of mariners compete for the big cash prize for whoever reels in the biggest fish. Weigh-ins take place on the beach and are open to the public.

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05 of 08

Chile en Nogada Season

Chiles en nogada
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Chile en Nogada is a festive Mexican dish traditionally eaten from July to September, but August is the best time to try it because its most important ingredients will be in season. Consisting of a poblano chile stuffed with meat and dried fruit, covered in a walnut sauce and garnished with pomegranate seeds, the dish was created in Puebla and is served in many restaurants in that city, but you can also find it throughout the country.

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Feria Nacional Potosina

Feria Nacional Potosina FENAPO

 Courtesy FENAPO

The fair has been canceled for 2020.

Feria Nacional Potosina—or FENAPO for short—is a national fair held in San Luis Potosí City. The event is focused on promoting fine arts like theatre, dance, opera, photography, and painting, but you can also expect mechanical rides like Ferris wheels and other fairground staples in addition to live music.

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Chamber Music Festival in San Miguel de Allende

Chamber Music Festival in San Miguel de Allende

 Chamber Music Festival

In 2020, the festival will be held virtually through a series of online events.

The largest chamber music festival in Mexico annually features award-winning international ensembles, guest musicians, and local artists. Most of the festival events take place in the Teatro Angela Peralta in San Miguel de Allende. Past years' lineups included the Hermitage Piano Trio, Jane Dutton, the Shanghai Quartet, and the Onyx Ensemble.​

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Monterrey International Film Festival

Monterrey International Film Festival

Courtesy FICMonterrey 

The film festival has not been rescheduled for August 2020.

The Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey was created to provide the city of Monterrey a space where filmmakers of all ages can meet and present their work, share their visions with the public, and grow an audience. It allows filmmakers to come together to discuss their work and for audience members to learn about their process.