September Festivals and Events in Mexico

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, with decorations adorning nearly every home and public building and stalls selling patriotic items on almost every street corner. Colorful and patriotic festivities celebrating the events that led up to Mexico's Independence from Spain are held throughout the country, culminating on September 15 and 16. But there are other festivals and events taking place this month.

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    Reto al Tepozteco

    Fiesta time in Tepoztlan, Mexico, with brightly colored streamers and decorations on buildings lining a street.

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    The town of Tepoztlan, in the state of Morelos not far from Mexico City, celebrates the fusion of indigenous and Spanish colonial culture with this yearly celebration. Reto al Tepozteco is a performance depicting King Tepoztecatl's conversion to the Catholic religion. Processions lead toward the mountain-top Tepozteco Pyramid, where people offer food and beverages. The crowd returns to the village for more celebrations including hypnotic traditional chinelo folk dances, fireworks, and a food festival. The event is held every year on September 7 and 8.

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    Three-piece mariachi band in grey suits performing on stage with string orchestra being conducted in background.

    Encuentro Internacional Del Mariachi Y La Charrería 

    Guadalajara's most important cultural event of the year, the Mariachi Festival, captures the essence of the city and both its traditional and innovative mariachi culture. Musicians come from around the world to listen, audition, and compete. Performances take place on the streets and in various venues throughout the city during the last couple of weeks of August and the first days of September. 

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    Crowd of people watching a concert performance at the Feria Nacional Zacatecas with multi-colored lights and confetti falling from the ceiling.

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    The UNESCO-recognized colonial city of Zacatecas celebrates its national fair for three weeks every September. The Feria Nacional Zacatecas festival includes musical performances by big-name performers, mechanical rides and other entertainment for children, livestock exhibits, theater performances, and other cultural and sporting events. Of course, there is a plentiful assortment of regional cuisine to sample.

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    Military personnel dressed in balck and red uniforms and carrying drums in the Mexican independence day celebration in downtown Mexico City.

     

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    Crowds gather in town squares across Mexico 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, encouraging the Mexican people to rise up against the Spanish colonial forces. The mayor shouts a replica of Hidalgo's cry, and the crowd cheers "¡Viva México!" Fireworks and general merriment ensue. On the following day, September 16, there are civic ceremonies and parades.

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    Amusement park rides including a Ferris wheel and a carousel, lit up brightly and welcoming patrons at Fiestas del Sol in Mexicali.

    Fiestas del Sol

    The border town and capital of Baja California state, Mexicali, celebrates its founding every year with the Fiesta del Sol. Concerts, parades, and mechanical rides are all part of the festivities. The concert line-up always includes big names in the Mexican music industry: in past years there have been performances by Molotov, Banda el Recodo, Yuri, and Belinda.

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    San Miguel Arcangel Cathedral with many spires on the roof and neon crucifix cross on the very top of the highest spire. Cathedral is flanked by palm trees and a retaining wall with spectators at its base.

     

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    This is an annual festival in honor of the San Miguel de Allende's patron, Saint Michael Archangel. The official feast day on the church calendar is September 29, but the fiesta is held on the nearest weekend. The festivities are sometimes referred to as La Alborada, or just the Fiesta de San Miguel. 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.

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    Large mariachi band of many musicians, Mariachi Nueva Tecalitlan, performing on stage under colored lights to a crowd of seated people at Mariachi & Folklórico Festival.

    Mariachi Tecalitlan

    This annual festival in Rosarito Beach, Baja California includes student musical workshops as well as shows and competitions. All events are held at the iconic 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 features performances by prominent mariachi groups such as Mariachi Nueva Tecalitlan, Mariachi Divas and more.

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    People walking down the a boardwalk, some carrying balloons, with lit up amusement park rides in the background. Feria Tijuana.

    Feria Tijuana 

    Tijuana celebrates its fair starting the last week of August and running through until mid-September. This is the most popular family event in the city and presents an impressive artistic billboard year after year in both the Palenque and the Teatro del Pueblo. There are also mechanical games, an exhibitors area, a children's area with shows, rides and games, and a gastronomic area where you can sample local fairground foods and more.