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
and San Miguel de Allende -
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.
Last week of October and first days in November- Fería
del Alfeñique in Guanajuato
: gastronomy of sweets, preparation of the Day of the Dead.
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
Left and right pictures : group of "callejoneadas"
and Traditions of San Miguel de Allende
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
There is also a nice ceremony held in Dolorès
Hidalgo to celebrate this event !
picture : parade to honor the Guadalupe
(cancelled since 2007)
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.
picture : popular festival Santa Rosa
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.