Mazatlan Cultural Festival (Festival Cultural de Mazatlan) Mazatlan, Sinaloa. A cultural celebration featuring theater, dance, film, literature and concerts throughout the month in the historic downtown area (Centro Historico) with many of the events taking place in the open air as well as in the Angela Peralta Theater.
NOV 1-2: Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Nationwide. The most colorful annual festival on the Mexican calendar, commemorating departed loved ones. During this festival, the dead have divine permission to visit friends and relatives on earth. The living welcome the souls of the departed with offerings incorporating their favorite foods and beverages, as well as marigolds and candles. The Day of the Dead celebration is particularly memorable in the states of Oaxaca and Michoacan, as well as in Mexico City.
Mexican Caribbean Food Festival (Festival Gastronomico del Caribe Mexicano) Cancun, Quintana Roo. This festival features a broad range of culinary creations from 30 of the finest restaurants in Cancun and a number of others from the Mayan Riviera and Isla Mujeres. Additionally, numerous specialty dishes in both national and international styles will be unveiled during the festival, offering a wide variety of tastes to please every palate. http://festivalgastronomico.qroo.gob.mx
Cultural Week in Zihuatanejo Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. Zihuatanejo hosts a series of cultural events that promote the region?s cultural heritage, including a book fair, ballet folklorico, story-telling and a handicrafts exposition.
Puerto Vallarta Film Festival of the Americas Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Featuring a wide range of North American independent and Latin American productions, this elaborate showcase of full-length films and documentaries includes shorts, documentaries and features. Extravagant Galas, Art Expositions, Food Events and Jazz Concerts are some of the highlights scheduled to take place throughout the festival, as well as a vast array of outdoor activities available in and around the area. http://www.vallartafilmfestival.com
Tag and Release Fishing Tournament – Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. International tournament that permits the observation and preservation of a variety of species in the Pacific.
International Half Maraton (Medio Maraton Internacional Vallarta) Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The only one of its kind, this challenging race actually begins in Jalisco and ends in its neighboring state, Nayarit. Beginning in the popular vacation spot Puerto Vallarta, and ending in Nuevo Vallarta, this event is sponsored by the two participating states? Secretary of Tourism in an effort to promote both destinations on a national and worldwide level. With five different categies, this half marathon offers great cash prizes to winners.
Annual Classic Fishing Tourament (Torneo Anual Clasico de Pesca 2004)-Mazatlan, Sinaloa. The El Cid Marina will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the 10th annual sport fishing tournament. Categories include marlin, sailfish, swordfish, dorado, mahi and tuna. This is a catch and release tournament. www.elcid.com
Festival del Gourmet Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. One of Mexico’s premier culinary arts events, attended by more than 20,000 people annually. Local chefs at participating restaurants and more than 20 guest chefs from around the world serve up some 500 gourmet foods, cheese, tequilas and liquors. The event also involves cooking classes, wine-tasting, beer samplings and other activities. www.festivalgourmet.com
Puerto Vallarta Golf Tournament (Copa de Golf Vallarta) Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Taking place at the prestigous Nicklaus Vista Vallarta and the Mayan Palace Golf Courses, this annual tournament brings in more than 120 golf enthusiasts, both amateurs and professionals alike, to compete for cash prizes.
Annual Harley Davidson Rocky Point Rally (Rally de Motociclismo) Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. Annual Hog get-together featuring scenic rides, charity events, beach parties, live music and plenty of engines revving up. www.rockypointrally.com
Annual Half Iron Man Mexico Baja. Considered one of the toughest triathlons in the world, the Half Iron Man course consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. Athletes from all over the world will compete for cash prizes. http://www.ironmanbaja.com/eng_intro.html
Annual Yucatan Bird Festival (Festival de las Aves Toh) Merida, Yucatan. Bird-watching tours/sessions, workshops and exhibits are the highlights of this festival designed to illustrate the special role birds play in our environment and in the Yucatan territory. www.yucatanbirds.org.mx
Neighborhood Festival (Festival del Barrio) Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. This ten-day festival features more than 100 events where local and national artists perform in dance, music and theatrical productions. For more information, visit www.festivalbarrioantiguo.org.mx
International Musical Festival of Morelia (Festival Internacional de Musica de Morelia Miguel Bernal Jimenez) Morelia, Michoacan. Created in 1989 and named after Mexico’s famous composer Miguel Bernal Jimenez, this annual festival features performances by musicians from all over the world and takes place at beautiful settings throughout Morelia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. http://www.festivalmorelia.com
Cumbia, Salsa and Merengue International Festival (Festival Internacional de Cumbia, Salsa y Merengue) Manzanillo, Colima. National and international artists participate in this musical festival, which takes place in the beautiful and scenic port city of Manzanillo.
Morelia Annual Golf and Spa Expo (Tianguis Golf & Spa Mexico) Morelia, Michoacan. This annual event is most important Golf and Spa show in Mexico, bringing together the best that Mexico has to offer in this increasingly important segments. www.tianguisgolfmexico.com.mx
International Puerto Vallarta Sailfish and Marlin Tournament Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna and Dorado (Mahi) anglers will compete for cash prizes during this annual tournament, organized to promote Puerto Vallarta as a culturally rich tourist destination both nationally and internationally. Prizes include new cars, fully-equipped Nava boats, cash prizes, and all-expense paid trips to destinations in Mexico and abroad.
NOV 20: Mexican Revolution Day (Dia de la Revolucion Mexicana) Nationwide. This day marks the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, with parades and celebrations occurring throughout the country.
Annual Jazz Festival San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. One of the most cultural and artistic towns in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato will be hosting this music festival. The Annual Jazz Festival is an opportunity to show some of the history behind Jazz as well as the history and culture that San Miguel de Allende offers to its visitors. http://www.internetsanmiguel.com/fiestas.html
Concert of Bells (Concierto de las Campanas) Cholula, Puebla. More than 100 bells from the different churches in Cholula participate in this annual celestial concert of bells. Townspeople sit atop roofs with lit candles to enjoy the harmonious spectacle. The town of Cholula boasts the greatest quantity of churches and alters in Mexico with a total of 365 in the district, one for each day of the year.
Grand Pacific Marathon (Gran Maraton Pacifico) Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Runners from the world over participate in this challenging race that takes place at the Pearl of the Pacific and featuring miles and miles of beautiful scenery.
International Book Fair in Guadalajara (Feria Internacional del Libro, or FIL) Guadalajara, Jalisco. Created nearly two decades ago by the University of Guadalajara, the FIL is an eclectic celebration of literature, art and culture, representing the second largest book fair in the world and, by far, the largest and most diverse international offering of publications in the Spanish language. Throughout the nine-day event, writers, scholars, artists, and literary connoisseurs from all walks of life fill the halls of the Guadalajara Expo Center and submerge themselves in the best that the literary world has to offer. www.fil.com.mx
National Tequila Fair (Feria Nacional del Tequila) Tequila, Jalisco. Held annually in celebration of Mexico’s beloved spirit, the tequila fair features an exposition of the primary tequila makers throughout the country, with demonstrations on how this famous spirit is made. The fair also features charreadas (Mexican rodeo events), cockfights, mariachi serenades and fireworks.
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries (Santuarios de la Mariposa Monarca) Several areas in Michoacan State. Every year, millions of Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada and the U.S. to the Oyamel forests near Angangueo, Michoacan in the fall, hibernating for winter and mating in the spring. Two sanctuaries are open to the public.
Mazatlan International Golf Tournament-Mazatlan, Sinaloa. The Golf Committee of the El Code Golf & Country Club hosts this annual amateur golf tournament with categories for adults, seniors, women, etc. Prizes will include cars, cash and much more.
National Silver Fair (Feria Nacional de Plata) Taxco, Guerrero. Taxco is the region of the country known as Mexico’s “silver heartland,” as it is the source of much of the lucrative silver mining and export business. Every year Mexico’s best silversmiths compete against artists from around the world in this lavish festival including concerts, dances, fireworks and a seemingly endless supply of unique items for sale.
Balsas River Nautical Marathon (Maraton Nautico del Rio Balsas) Bay of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. Considered the most important jet boat marathon in Mexico and one of the most important events of its kind in the Americas, the 34th Balsas River Nautical Marathon covers almost 500 miles in six consecutive days and welcomes international participants from all over the world.
International Sailfish Tournament (Torneo Internacional de Pesca de Pez Vela) Manzanillo, Colima. Since 1957, Manzanillo has been referred to as the sailfishing capital of the world due to the large number of sailfish caught in its waters. Manzanillo’s Sport Fishing Club will be sponsoring this event. http://www.imanzanillo.com/asp/eng/seccion.asp?eCodSeccion=37