July 2016 Festivals and Events in Mexico

What's on in July

Guelaguetza Festival in July
••• Oaxaca's Guelaguetza Festival. © Suzanne Barbezat

If you're planning to travel to Mexico in July, you should be aware that this is generally the wettest month of the year through central and southern Mexico (that's right, it's rainy season), so don't forget to pack a raincoat or umbrella. It rains mostly in the afternoon and evening so it probably won't interfere with your sightseeing plans. This is school holiday time, so it's a good idea to make travel arrangements in advance.

Read on for the most noteworthy festivals and events taking place in Mexico in July.

Also read: Summer Vacation Fun in Mexico

Punta Mita Beach Festival
Punta Mita, Nayarit, July 7 to 10
Learn to surf and enjoy a world class BBQ at this beach festival hosted by the St. Regis Punta Mita resort. Other events include stand up paddle boarding, stand-up paddle yoga, sandcastle building for the kids, and a fashion show showcasing the latest in surf attire.
Website: Punta Mita Beach Festival

Jornadas Villistas
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, July 8 to 21
A week of festivities commemorating Mexican revolutionary icon Francisco "Pancho" Villa culminates in the Cabalgata Villista, a horseback riding adventure that takes participants from Chihuahua to Hidalgo del Parral, covering 136 miles.
Facebook Page: Jornadas Villistas

Feria Nacional Durango - Durango National Fair
Durango, July 15 to August 7
Durango's ranching and agricultural roots are celebrated with equestrian events, charreadas and other cultural events, as well as pop music concerts.

Website: Feria Durango | More about the state of Durango.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen - Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Celebrated in various locations, July 16
This religious holiday is celebrated with particular fervor in Catemaco in the state of Veracruz, Oaxaca, and the San Angel area of Mexico City.

Read about Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Guanajuato Film Festival
Guanajuato, July 22 to 31
The Guanajuato Film Festival (previously known as Expresion en Corto) is the biggest film festival in Mexico and one of the most important in Latin America. In addition to the promotion and dissemination of cinema in Mexico and elsewhere, the goal of the festival is to strengthen the film industry through mechanisms that facilitate production. 
Web Site: Guanajuato Film Festival | Film Festivals in Mexico

Whale Shark Festival
Isla Mujeres, July 18
This family-friendly festival will showcase local culture and cuisine, and will allow participants to enjoy some of the water activities that have made Isla Mujeres a favorite vacation spot: sport fishing, diving and snorkeling tours of the pristine reefs and of course swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world and an endangered species.
Website: Whale Shark Fest | Read about swimming with whale sharks.

Guelaguetza Festival
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, July 25 to August 1, 2016
This traditional festival, sometimes called the Lunes del Cerro (Mondays on the Hill), takes place on the last two Mondays of July, and brings people from all over the world to watch the traditional dances of the different regions of Oaxaca State.

There are many other activities taking place during the two weeks surrounding this festival, including a mezcal fair.
More information: Guelaguetza Festival | Oaxaca City Guide

International Chamber Music Festival
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, July 27 to August 27
The largest chamber music festival in Mexico 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. This year's line-up includes the Hermitage Piano Trio, Jane Dutton, the Shanghai Quartet, and the Onyx Ensamble.
Web Site: International Chamber Music Festival | San Miguel de Allende Guide

Festival Internacional de Folclor - International Folklore Festival
Zacatecas, July 30 to August 3
With the participation of 20 different countries and 10 Mexican states, this festival offers varied representations of culture and traditions in dance, crafts and cuisine.

Web Site: Zacatecas Tourism Information

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