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Festivals in Mexico You Won’t Want To Miss in Late 2024

Festivals in Mexico You Won’t Want To Miss in Late 2024

As the first part of 2024 speedily draws to a close, summer is winking in the distance! This means many more festivities and revelries are on the horizon, and Mexico is gearing up for another 6 months of good times. This country is a kaleidoscope of cultural richness, offering a plethora of experiences that celebrate its history, traditions, and contemporary art scene. 

As you plan your travels to Mexico for the latter half of 2024, consider attending these unique and diverse events to enhance your experience even further. 

Here is a look at what to expect on Mexico’s social and cultural calendar for the rest of the year. 

Carnaval de Veracruz: June 29 – July 5

Join the jubilant crowds in Veracruz as the city hosts its traditional carnival from June 29 to July 5. Experience the spectacle of arts, performances, and the symbolic “burning of the bad mood,” marking a flamboyant start to festivities. 

Joining the throngs of revelers, visitors can enjoy street food delights, witness traditional dance performances, and immerse themselves in Veracruz’s rich cultural heritage. With its blend of maritime traditions, Afro-Caribbean influences, and indigenous roots, the Carnaval de Veracruz offers a sensory feast that delights and inspires all who participate in this unforgettable celebration of life.

La Guelaguetza: July

Embark on a cultural odyssey to Oaxaca, where La Guelaguetza takes center stage throughout the month of July. Rooted in pre-Columbian traditions, this iconic celebration showcases the best of Oaxacan culture through craft exhibitions, dance performances, and culinary delights. 

The festival lasts almost four weeks and takes place in the city of Oaxaca and surrounding villages. Experience the warmth of Oaxaca’s hospitality as you immerse yourself in festivities that celebrate community, diversity, and heritage.

52nd Festival Internacional Cervantino: October 11-27

One of the newer festivals that has made a major impact on Mexico’s art scene is the International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, celebrating its 52nd edition from October 11 to 27. 

As one of Latin America’s largest cultural festivals, it offers a mesmerizing array of performing and visual arts, cinema screenings, and literary events. 

From exhilarating performances by world-class musicians, dancers, and theater troupes to thought-provoking exhibitions, the festival offers a diverse array of experiences that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds. 

As the sun sets over the colonial city, visitors can wander through its winding alleys, immersing themselves in the magical ambiance and vibrant street performances that animate every corner. 

Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia: October 18-27

Another fairly new yet highly respected festival in Mexico is the Morelia International Film Festival, which celebrates its 21st edition in 2024. From October 18 to 27, you can celebrate the magic of cinema. With a lineup of national and international talent, the festival showcases the best in filmmaking across various genres. 

Divided into competitive sections, including short films and documentaries, it offers a platform for emerging filmmakers to shine on the world stage.

Dia De Los Muertos: October 31- November 2

The enchanting traditions of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico is a must and it is arguably the most famous celebration to come out of the country. From October 31st to November 2nd, cities and towns come alive with colorful altars, intricately decorated Calaveras (sugar skulls), and lively processions honoring departed loved ones. 

To fully embrace the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, travelers can visit iconic destinations such as Oaxaca, where elaborate street parades and solemn cemetery vigils offer insight into the profound cultural significance of the holiday. 

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In Mexico City, the historic neighborhood of Coyoacán transforms into a bustling hub of activity, with markets selling marigolds and traditional treats like pan de muerto (bread of the dead), while families gather to honor their ancestors at the sprawling Chapultepec cemetery. 

For a more intimate experience, venture off the beaten path to rural villages like Patzcuaro in Michoacán or Mixquic in the State of Mexico, where age-old customs and rituals are preserved with reverence and authenticity. 

International Hot Air Balloon Festival: November 15-18

Take to the skies in León, Guanajuato, for the International Balloon Festival, or FIG, from November 15 to 18. This festival takes place annually on the 2nd weekend in November, and more than 400 000 festival goers bear witness to the spectacle. The breathtaking sight of over 200 hot air balloons taking flight against the backdrop of Guanajuato’s scenic landscapes is one you simply won’t forget. 

From sunrise takeoffs to magical nighttime displays accompanied by music, the festival promises an enchanting experience for adventurers and dreamers alike.

Guadalajara International Book Fair: November 30 – December 6

Round off your cultural journey at the world’s second-largest book fair, the Guadalajara International Book Fair from November 30 to December 6. With Spain as the guest of honor, this literary extravaganza is a haven for book lovers, featuring author talks, children’s activities, and an extensive selection of books from around the world. Join over 800,000 visitors in celebrating the power of words and storytelling.

As you explore these diverse cultural experiences or explore Mexico’s hidden gems, prepare to be captivated by the beauty, creativity, and hospitality that define Mexico’s cultural landscape. Each event offers a unique opportunity to forge meaningful connections, gain new insights, and create lasting memories in the heart of this vibrant nation.

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