October 2016 Festivals and Events in Mexico

What's on in October

Man with October Flowers
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October is an excellent month to visit Mexico. The Festival Internacional Cervantino is one of the biggest cultural festivals of the year, and Day of the Dead kicks off at the end of the month. Weather-wise it's a great time to visit: it's the end of the rainy season and temperatures are milder than other times of the year. Here's a run-down of the most important festivals and events taking place in Mexico this October.

Fiestas de Octubre - Octoberfest
Guadalajara, Jalisco, September 30 to November 2
A month-long event with concerts, dances, cultural exhibits and food, attracting visitors and performers from all over the world. The inaugural parade will take place on October 2, and performances by Jesse & Joy, Elefante and Paquita La Del Barrio are on the program.
WebsiteFiestas de Octubre

Festival Internacional Cervantino
Guanajuato, October 2 to 23
One of Mexico's main annual cultural events, the Cervantino Festival draws performers and spectators from around the world and features opera, classical and contemporary music concerts, dance and theater performances, and visual arts exhibits.
Website: FIC

Wine & Food Festival
Mexico City, October 5 to 9
This festival brings together the talent of world renowned chefs, the top sommeliers, the best wine cellars of Europe and the Americas and food and wine connoisseurs from around the world twice a year, in Mexico City and Cancun/Riviera Maya.

Activities include conferences, wine and spirit tastings, cooking classes, and gala dinners.
Website: wineandfoodfest.com

Oaxaca Film Fest
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, October 8 to 15
The purpose of this festival is to provide a platform for the talents of seasoned filmmakers and emerging artists alike to premiere their work.

The festival is also devoted to expanding the audience for independent film. The Oaxaca International Literature Contest will be held concurrently.
Website: Oaxaca Film Fest | Film Festivals in Mexico

Dia de la Raza - "Day of the Race"
October 12
Celebrated as "Columbus Day" in the United States, this day commemorates Columbus' arrival in the Americas.
Read more: Background on Día de la Raza

Expo Tequila
Tijuana, Baja California, October 12 to 16
This is Mexico's largest tequila festival and offers Mexican cuisine and a family atmosphere, with over 300 brands of Mexico's best tequilas available at special prices. Collections of tequilas are raffled among attendees every day. The Expo Tequila takes place in Tijuana on 7th Avenue between Calle Revolución and 8th, in front of the Jai Alai Palace.
Website: Expo Tequila

International Festival of Mayan Culture
Mérida, Yucatan, October 13 to 23
This annual festival celebrates Mayan culture through a wide variety of cultural events including concerts, dance performances, exhibits, conferences and workshops. The purpose of the festival is to entertain, as well as educate visitors about the Maya, offering the opportunity to explore the grandeur of what was and remains of this great culture.

Events will take place in Mérida and in a few other locations in the state of Yucatan.
Website: FICMaya

Morelia International Film Festival
Morelia, Michoacan, October 21 to 30
This film festival's goal is to promote the talents of Mexican cinema and provide a forum for international exhibition. There are both theater and open-air screenings of films and the public is invited to attend conferences, round tables and exhibits where they can meet film industry personalities.
Website: FICM

Monumental Alebrijes Parade (Noche de Los Alebrijes)
Mexico City, October 22
Organized by the Museo de Arte Popular (Popular Art Museum), this parade of giant fantastical creatures is now in its ninth year. It departs from the Zocalo at noon and continues along 5 de Mayo, Juárez and Reforma until it reaches the Ángel de la Independencia.

Read more about alebrijes.
Website: Museo de Arte Popular

Tulum Sea Turtle Festival
Tulum, Quintana Roo, October 26 to 28
Held annually in Tulum, the Sea Turtle Festival is a free event which encourages participants to learn about sea turtles and familiarize themselves with the various organizations that are trying to protect them. Artistic, environmental and cultural activities are also a part of the festival. Find out how to get involved with sea turtle conservation in Mexico.
Facebook Page: Festival Tortuga Marina

The Art of Taste - Wine and Food Festival at Pedregal
Cabo San Lucas, October 26 to 29
Luxury resort Pedregal will bring together master chefs for its annual wine and food festival, The Art of Taste. Spend four days sampling exquisite cuisine and taking part in educational gastronomical experiences. Activities will include cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese tastings, a 5-course dinner (each course expertly prepared by a different chef), parties on the beach with chef-prepared food stations, and more.
Website: The Art of Taste

Daylight Saving Time Ends
Last Sunday of October (October 30, 2016)
In Mexico, Daylight Saving Time (called "el horario de verano" in Spanish) is observed from the first Sunday of April until the last Sunday in October. Clocks are set back one hour at 2 am on the last Sunday in October.
Read more: Daylight Saving Time in Mexico

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)
Celebrated throughout Mexico, October 31st, November 1st and 2nd
Deceased relatives are remembered and honored in cemeteries and family homes in this unique cultural celebration. Festivities take place throughout the country, but celebrations are most colorful in Patzcuaro, Oaxaca, Chiapas and San Andres Mixquic (D.F.).
More info: Day of the Dead in Mexico | Where to celebrate Day of the Dead

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