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Festivals and Traditions in the capital of Guanajuato

15-24 june (each year) - Fiestas de San Juan Bautista in Guanajuato (dances, fireworks, artistic and cultural events) – John Day on June 24th is not to be missed !
20 july - 25 July (dates tba) - Film Festival, expresión en corto in Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende - www.expresionencorto.com
First/Third weeks of October (dates tba) : 40th International Cultural Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, one of the most important cultural events in the country (play, dance, music) – This is an example of successful mix of tradition and modernity. Consult :
Last week of October and first days in November- Fería del Alfeñique in Guanajuato : gastronomy of sweets, preparation of the Day of the Dead.

group of "callejoneadas"


When visiting this charming city, you imperatively have to see and listen to these musician bands. The "Callejoneada" is a picturesque folk event, held in the streets by local students. These traditional parades of the night became a ritual and they are held three to five times a week (weekends and holidays) by different bands.

Left and right pictures : group of "callejoneadas"


group of "callejoneadas"








Festivals and Traditions of San Miguel de Allende

parade to honor the Guadalupe 13 June : celebration of San Anthony of Padua with parades in period costumes, musicians, poets and allegorical songs.

29 july-14 Aug (dates tba) - International Chamber Music Festival in San Miguel de Allende :

15-16 sept- National Independence Fair : The whole country celebrates Miguel Hidalgo’s call for Independence (1810). In the Zócalo of most of cities, at 11 PM on the night of the 15th of September, there is a reenactment of the Grito. The President starts the ceremony from the balconies of the Palacio nacional, in the Zócalo of Mexico City.
There is also a nice ceremony held in Dolorès Hidalgo to celebrate this event !

     Left picture : parade to honor the Guadalupe

(cancelled since 2007)

popular festival Santa Rosa 29 sept - Celebration of the City patron saint, San Miguel : there is a huge fair, music, fireworks, parades and "corridas de toros"(bull fights).
End of november - International Jazz Festival in San Miguel de Allende.


     Right picture : popular festival Santa Rosa



A "Callejoneada" could be called "serenade of the walk". The members of the band used to dress in the seventeenth century style, with white shirts, huge pants and capes.
There are groups of ten or more students singing, in the narrow streets of Guanajuato, popular songs about the legends of Guanajuato. They use to start from the Teatro Juárez or the Market of Hidalgo or the street of the Kiss (callejón del Beso). The "Callejoneada" starts about 8:00 PM and lasts 1 1/2 hour.
Group of "callejoneadas" in Guanajuato



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