Spring break is in full swing during March, so keep that in mind if you're heading to one of Mexico's popular beach destinations. As for the weather, March in Mexico is usually dry and warm to hot. The third Monday is a holiday in commemoration of Benito Juarez' birthday, and there are lots of festivities to welcome spring. Here's a look at the important festivals and events you might want to attend on a visit to Mexico in the month of March:
Also read: Travel to Mexico in the Spring
Night of the Witches - Noche de Brujas
Catemaco, Veracruz, March 4
Shamans, healers and fortune-tellers are ubiquitous in Catemaco throughout the year, but the first Friday of March marks their annual convention. If you'd like to have your cards or hand read, or experience a "limpia," you'll have plenty of options here.
Catemaco Tourist Information
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Guadalajara, Jalisco, March 10 to 17
Guadalajara hosts the oldest and most important film festival in Mexico, offering the best selection of Mexican and Latin American films of the year. The festival features a variety of films including feature-length films, shorts, documentaries and children’s films.
Website: Guadalajara Film Festival
Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival
Zihuatanejo, March 4 to 11
This town neighboring the resort area of Ixtapa hosts an annual festival designed to bring locals and tourists together to enjoy guitar music.
Concerts are held on the beach as well as in restaurants and bars throughout the town. Proceeds from the festival go towards supporting arts and educational projects in the community.
Web Site: Zihuafest
Mazatlan Open PGA
Mazatlan; Sinaloa, March 7 to 13
This is one of four tournaments held in Mexico the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
The tournament is held on Mazatlán’s Estrella del Mar Resort's 18-hole championship golf court designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
More info: PGA Tour Latin America
Oaxaca Sabe - Restaurant Week in Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, March 7 to 14
Discover the breadth and depth of Oaxacan food offerings during the city's restaurant week, held during the second week of March. Over twenty participating restaurants offer a high-quality, unique meal with three courses, and a drink (beer, wine, mezcal or non-alcoholic drink), tip included, for 250 pesos.
Website: Oaxaca Sabe
Banderas Bay Regatta and Nautical Festival
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, March 9 to 12
From the event Web Site: "This 5 day event is specially designed with cruisers in mind - fun but competitive races between boats designed for coastal and offshore cruising. Race boats and catamarans join the fun too in this non-profit event. With nightly fiestas, live music and entertainment, this is the signature event of the Vallarta Yacht Club."
Web Site: Banderas Bay Regatta.
Mexico City Festival - Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico
Mexico City, March 11 to 27
One of Latin America's most vibrant international arts festivals, this festival features unique and innovative events including opera, concerts, theater, art exhibits and dance productions.
Proceeds from the festival go toward the rescue and restoration of the art and architecture of Mexico City's historic downtown area.
Web Site: Festival de Mexico
Todos Santos Film Festival
Todos Santos and La Paz, Baja California Sur, March 15 to 21
This festival offers an impressive collection of films that reflects the excellence of Latino cinema throughout the world featuring local and Mexican filmmakers. More than 25 feature, documentary and short films from Argentina, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Spain, El Salvador and special events on Baja California, its "Ranchero" culture will be shown at the festival.
Website: Todos Santos Cine Fest
Tajin Summit - Cumbre Tajin, Festival de la Identidad
Tajin, Veracruz, March 19 to 23
The culture of the Totonac people of Veracruz takes the spotlight at this annual event taking place during the spring equinox.
The festival includes concerts, workshops and the opportunity to sample the unique cuisine of Veracruz, as well as a spectacular night-time show at El Tajín archaeological site.
Web Site: Cumbre Tajin
Read about the Voladores de Papantla, part of the heritage of the Totonac people.
Festival Cultural Zacatecas
Zacatecas, March 19 to April 2
During two weeks over the Semana Santa holiday, Zacatecas has an incredible lineup of concerts and other cultural events. Admission to all events is free. This year's lineup includes Air Supply, Lila Downs, Pablo Milanés, and Susana Harp.
Website: Festival Cultural Zacatecas
Chichen Itza, March 20
Thousands flock to the main Temple of Kulkulkan at Chichen Itza to witness the play of light and shadow which shows a serpent descending the stairs of the temple.
More: Celebrating the Spring Equinox in Mexico
Chichen Itza Visitors Guide
Benito Juarez' Birthday - Natalicio de Benito Juarez
Celebrated nationwide, but particularly in Oaxaca, March 21 (observed the third Monday in March)
One of Mexico's most beloved leaders, Benito Juarez went from being a poor Zapotec orphan to become Mexico's first (and only) full-blooded indigenous president. His birthday is celebrated as a national holiday.
Holy Week - Semana Santa
Nationwide, March 21 to 27
In 2016, Easter falls on March 27. Festivities take place during the week leading up to Easter, but many people have the following week off as well, stretching it out to a two-week holiday. Religious processions and passion plays re-enacting Jesus' crucifixion are commonly held, but for many Mexicans this is a favorite time to hit the beach.
Read more: Holy Week and Easter in Mexico
Acapulco, Guerrero, March 27 to 30, 2017
Mexico's largest annual travel trade show, Tianguis Turistico is an event that brings together travel industry representatives and journalists from Mexico and around the world in a different Mexican destination each year.
Read more: Tianguis Turistico
International Motorcycle Week
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, March 30 to April 3, 2016
Over 20,000 bikers from across the United States and Mexico converge in Mazatlán for this annual event. The magnum event is the Great Parade, a colorful procession of international motorcycle clubs cruising sixteen miles along Mazatlán’s oceanfront malecón promenade. Other events include an extreme acrobatics competition, drag racing events, and nightly concerts and performances by national rock bands.
Official Web Site: Mazatlan's International Motorcycle Week
Mazatlan City Guide
Mexico Calendar of Festivals and Events
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