February 2017 Festivals and Events in Mexico

What's on in February 2017

Monarch Butterfly
••• © Suzanne Barbezat

There is a lot to see and do in Mexico in February. The first Monday of the month is a national holiday in honor of Constitution Day. Carnaval celebrations kick off on the 22nd in many destinations. In terms of the weather, this is generally one of the driest months of the year and temperatures are warming up. February marks the peak for Monarch butterfly season, so it's usually an ideal time of year to visit Mexico's monarch butterfly reserves.

This is also prime whale watching season. Here are some of the most important festivals and events that take place in February in Mexico:

Festival Sayulita
Sayulita, Nayarit, February 1 to 5
A festival for lovers of Mexico, film, music, food, tequila and surf, the Festival Sayulita is a film festival held in the bohemian surf town Sayulita on Riviera Nayarit. Additional events will include tequila and food pairings, master tastings, beach-front and private screenings, lecture series, and live music.
Festival Sayulita

Candlemas - Día de la Candelaría
Nationwide, February 2nd
It's Groundhog Day in the United States, but in Mexico, this is Día de la Candelaría, a religious holiday that marks the end of the Christmas season in the church calendar. On this day folks dress up figures of the Christ Child and take them to the church to be blessed. Read about traditions in Mexico surrounding Día de la Candelaria, and see photos of Dia de la Candelaria celebrations.

Constitution Day - Día de la Constitución
Nationwide, February 6, 2017
Originally celebrated on February 5th, this holiday is now observed on the first Monday of February. It's a national holiday to commemorate the constitution of 1917 that was put in place by Venustiano Carranza following the Mexican Revolution.

Zona Maco
Mexico City, February 8 to 12
Mexico City's biggest and best contemporary art fair is held at the Centro Banamex, Hall D. There will be five areas: Main Section, New Proposals, ZONA MACO SUR, Design and Modern Art. General admission is 200 pesos, free for children under 12.
Website: Zona Maco

Valentine's Day - Día del Amor y la Amistad
Nationwide, February 14th
In Mexico, this day is to celebrate friendship, as well as love. Friends and lovers exchange cards, gifts or flowers.
Read more: Valentine's Day in Mexico | Romantic Vacation Ideas

Carnival - Carnaval
Various locations in Mexico, February 22 to 28, 2017
A week of revelry leading up to Ash Wednesday. Brazil may be better known for Carnaval, but you don't have to go that far - many Mexican cities celebrate Carnaval with great fanfare. Celebrations will be over by the 18th which is Ash Wednesday, and the first day of Lent.
Read more about Carnaval in Mexico | Mexican Carnival Destinations
See photos of Carnaval in Veracruz.

Flag Day - Día de la Bandera
Nationwide, February 24th
Civic ceremonies take place to honor the Mexican flag, the tri-color. Read about the history and meaning of Mexico's flag.

San Pancho Music Festival
San Francisco, Nayarit, February 24 to 26
Founded in 2001, this event began as a small gathering of locals, but by 2006 the lineup included 116 artists, and has grown even more since then.

The festival includes performances by musicians from the region of Riviera Nayarit, as well from the United States and Latin America. Free concerts are held in the Plaza del Sol starting at 5 pm each day of the festival.
Website: San Pancho Music Fest

Mexican Tennis Open
Acapulco, February 27 to March 4 
This tennis tournament is the largest event of its kind in Latin America and attracts international tennis champions looking to score points and money. Matches held at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess.
Official Web Site: Abierto Mexicano

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