September Festivals and Events in Mexico

What's on in September

Independence Day Stall
••• © Suzanne Barbezat

In Mexico, September is el mes de la patria (month of the homeland), and sometimes it seems as though the whole country is painted in the colors of the Mexican flag. Colorful and patriotic festivities celebrating the events that led up to Mexico's Independence from Spain are held throughout the country, culminating on the 15th and 16th. Here is a list of the major festivals and events taking place in Mexico this month:

Mariachi Festival
Guadalajara, Jalisco, August 26 to September 4
Guadalajara's most important cultural event of the year, this annual festival captures the essence of the city. Musicians come from around the world to listen, audition, and compete. Performances take place on the streets and in various venues throughout the city.
Web Site: Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y de la Charrería
Mexican Mariachi Music

Feria Nacional Zacatecas
Zacatecas, September 1 to 19
A fair lasting two weeks with musical performances by big name performers, amusement rides for children, theater performances, and an assortment of regional cuisine.
Website: Feria Nacional Zacatecas

Tepozteco Challenge (Reto al Tepozteco)
Tepoztlan, Morelos, September 8
Performance depicting King Tepoztecatl's conversion to the Catholic religion. Procession leads toward the Tepozteco Pyramid, where people offer food and beverages. This event includes hypnotic chinelo dances, fireworks, and a food festival.

More info: Reto al Tepozteco (in Spanish)

Independence Day - Día de la Independencia
Celebrated throughout Mexico on September 15th and 16th
Crowds gather in town squares on September 15th at 11 pm for the Grito de la Independencia, which commemorates Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla's call for independence of September 1810, shouting "Viva Mexico!" On the 16th there are civic ceremonies and parades.

More information: Mexican Independence Day

Fall Equinox
Chichen Itza, September 22
On the fall equinox, just like on the spring equinox, the angle of the setting sun makes a serpent appear on the steps of the Pyramid in Chichen Itza.
Chichen Itza Visitor's Guide

Festival Internacional Tamaulipas
Tamaulipas, September 24 to October 4 
The entire state of Tamaulipas is in fiesta during this festival featuring a variety of cultural and artistic events including exhibits, plays, concerts and cinema. This year's special guests are Yucatan state and Uruguay.
Website: FIT

Fiestas del Sol - Festival of the Sun
Mexicali, Baja California, Sept. 30 to Oct. 16
Concerts, parades, and mechanical rides in celebration of the founding of Mexicali. This year's concert lineup includes Molotov, Banda el Recodo, Yuri and Belinda.
Website: Fiestas del Sol

Fiesta de San Miguel
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, September 26 to October 4
This is an annual festival in honor of the city's patron, Saint Michael Archangel (feast day September 29). The event involves parades, dances, concerts and fireworks. Previously an important part of this festival was a running with the bulls similar to the yearly event in Pamplona, Spain, but this event was discontinued in 2007.

San Miguel de Allende Tourism Information | San Miguel Travel Guide

Mariachi & Folklórico Festival
Rosarito, Baja California, September 30 to October 3
This annual festival is now in its sixth iteration. The festival includes student workshops as well as shows. All events will be held at the Rosarito Beach Hotel and proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito. The festival ends with the Extravaganza Concert on October 3rd which will feature performances by Mariachi Nueva Tecalitlan, Mariachi Divas and more.
Website: Rosarito Beach Mariachi Folklorico Festival

Cabo Comedy Fest
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, September 30 to October 4
A 5-day long festival featuring performances from some of the best comedians in Mexico and the United States. Along with these performances, there will be panel discussions with the participation of comedy writers, producers and cast members.


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