September Festivals and Events in Mexico

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 September 16.

Mariachi Festival

Guadalajara's most important cultural event of the year, the Mariachi 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 from August 20 to September 2, 2018.

Feria Nacional Zacatecas

The two-week Feria Nacional Zacatecas festival celebrates with musical performances by big-name performers, amusement rides for children, theater performances, and an assortment of regional cuisine. It will occur between September 6-24, 2018.

Reto al Tepozteco (Tepozteco Challenge)

Reto al Tepozteco is a performance depicting King Tepoztecatl's conversion to the Catholic religion. Processions lead toward the Tepozteco Pyramid, where people offer food and beverages. This event includes hypnotic chinelo dances, fireworks, and a food festival. It happens every year on September 7 and 8.

Día de la Independencia (Independence Day)

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

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

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 was discontinued in 2007.

Mariachi & Folklórico Festival

This annual 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 6, 2018, which will feature performances by Mariachi Nueva Tecalitlan, Mariachi Divas and more.

Cabo Comedy Fest

A five-day long festival featuring sets 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.