Events Around Mexico

September Events in Mexico

Posted by Shari Reynolds

National Fair of Zacatecas
September 2nd – 19th
Zacatecas

Located in the beautiful, historic city of Zacatecas, the Feria Nacional began in 1940 and has hosted more than two million visitors since 2002.  Events for the entire family range from live concerts and theatre, bullfights, children’s activities at the spectacular Foro Infantil, amusement rides, crafts exhibitions as well as countless livestock, automobile, cultural exhibitions, folkloric dance and dazzling fireworks displays.
Details: http://www.ferianacionalzacatecas.com.mx

Taco and Mariachi Festival
September 3rd to 12th
Mexico City

What could be more fun than two of Mexico’s most lively and delicious offerings:  mariachi and tacos!  If you’re in Mexico City, make sure you bring your dancing shoes and appetite to Plaza Garibaldi for this 9-day event.  Festivities will include a mouth-watering array of tacos and select regional fare as well as world-class Mariachi bands and an assortment of artistic and cultural events.

Independence Day
September 15th & 16th
Countrywide

Any proud, wide-eyed Mexican school child will tell you that Dia de la Independencia commemorates the patriot movement led by Father Miguel Hidalgo in a fight against decades of brutal class prejudice and for a free and independent Mexico.  While the day is officially marked on September 16th with countrywide celebrations and parades, the fun begins the night before with spectacular fireworks displays and “Viva Mexico!” shouted in cities and town squares across Mexico.  One of the most exciting places this year to experience “El Grito” will be in the cradle of Independence — the State of Guanajuato.  Elaborate celebrations are planned in Guanajuato, Dolores Hildago and San Miguel de Allende.

Visit the 2010 Bicentennial site: www.english.bicentenario.gob.mx
Read: NY Times article for more about the history of Mexico’s fight for Independence
Event information: http://www.thisweekinsanmigueldeallende.com

Feria de San Miguel/Festival of San Miguel

September 17th to October 4th
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

For nearly three weeks, the entire city opens up its arms and parties well into the night in honor of the patron saint of San Miguel, Saint Michael Archangel.  If San Miguel wasn’t already lively enough, you’ll enjoy parades, dances, exhibitions, concerts, fireworks and some of the best fare anywhere in the country.  Do yourself and favor and treat yourself, and your loved ones, to a once in a lifetime experience and join the celebration at 4:00am in front of La Parroquia under a canopy of exuberant fireworks, castillos and cascading church bells.

Details: San Miguel de Allende event information

Fall Equinox
September 22
Kulkulcan – Chichen Itza & Zacatecas – La Quemada

Among the Mayan pyramids in Chichen Itza, you’ll find the famed El Castillo, a temple to Kukulkan, the feathered serpent deity.  During the spring and fall equinoxes the shadow cast by the angle of the sun and edges of the nine steps of the pyramid combines with the northern stairway and the stone serpent head carvings to create the illusion of a massive serpent descending the pyramid.  One of many sights to behold during your first, or 100th trip, to Chichen Itza.

Visit:  http://www.chichenitza.com/

For even more equinox curiosity, explore the fascinating colonial center of Zacatecas.  Just 45 minutes from the city, visit the archaelogical site of La Quemada.  Archaeological offerings include a Hall of Columns, the Pyramid of the Sun, the Labyrinth and the Temple of the Skulls.  The fall equinox in Zacatecas finds Picacho hill aligning with equinox sunrise, illuminating the Labyrinth with a direct light beam and creating what is called a “solar path”.

Visit: http://mexico.a-holic.com/zacatecas/

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