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
Shamans, healers and fortune-tellers are ubiquitous in the small town of Catemaco, Veracruz throughout the year, but the first Friday of the month marks their annual convention. If you'd like to have your cards or hand read, or experience a "limpia" (a spiritual and energy cleansing), you'll find plenty of options here.
Catemaco Tourist Information
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Guadalajara, one of Mexico's largest cities located in the state of Jalisco, 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
The town of Zihuatanejo, neighbor to 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
Banderas Bay Regatta and Nautical Festival
A five day non-profit event sponsored by the Vallarta Yacht Club, this festival is especially designed with cruisers in mind.
There are fun competitive races between boats designed for coastal and offshore cruising. Race boats and catamarans join the fun too. Nightly fiestas, live music and entertainment round out the roster of activities.
Website: Banderas Bay Regatta.
Mexico City Festival - Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico
One of Latin America's most vibrant international arts festivals, this cultural celebration 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.
Website: Festival de Mexico
Todos Santos Film Festival
A film festival offering 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 and its "Ranchero" culture are shown at the festival.
Website: Todos Santos Cine Fest
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. You'll also get a chance to see the Voladores de Papantla, part of the heritage of the Totonac people.
Web Site: Cumbre Tajin
Festival Cultural Zacatecas
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
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 on the day of the Spring Equinox - usually March 20 or 21.
Benito Juarez' Birthday - Natalicio de Benito Juarez
A national public holiday to honor one of Mexico's most beloved leaders, this holiday is celebrated nationwide, but particularly in Oaxaca, Juarez' home state. March 21 was the man's official date of birth, but the holiday is observed on the third Monday in March. Benito Juarez went from being a poor Zapotec orphan to become Mexico's first (and only so far) full-blooded indigenous president. The event is commemorated with civic ceremonies at monuments to Juarez throughout the country, and a long weekend.
Holy Week - Semana Santa
The dates of Easter vary from year to year, but it most often falls sometime in the month of March. Holy Week 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 about Holy Week and Easter celebrations in Mexico.
International Motorcycle Week
Over 20,000 bikers from across the United States and Mexico converge in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, at the end of March / beginning of April 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