Published on May 12th, 2011 | by Mark Chesnut

The Best Festivals in Mexico, Part 2

Mexico’s annual Independence celebration is a great reason to get dressed up.

Our earlier post, The Top 10 Festivals in Mexico, was so well received that it drew suggestions from a bunch of Mexico travel fans and experts about even more noteworthy festivals, celebrations and events that take place south of the border every year. 

So if you’re looking for even more exciting reasons to visit Mexico again soon, here are a few ideas:

Recommended by Lily Velasquez, travel writer:
• The Guelagetza Oaxacan festival is “awesome,” and takes place this year July 25 to August 1. For more info, she suggested visiting

Recommended by Stephanie Schneiderman, owner of Tia Stephanie Tours, which specializes in cultural tours to Mexico: 
• Velas de Tehuantepec, in May 
• Dia de Guadalupe, in honor of the Patroness of Mexico, on December 12
• Night of the Radishes, in Oaxaca, on December 23
• There are some fascinating festivals in Chiapas, such as the Parachicos in Chiapa de Corzo in January and others in the highlands (Chamula/Zinacantan/Tenejapa) also in January, and another one in Tenocique.

Recommended by Frank “Pancho” Shiell, executive director at Shiell Communications and head of
• Día de la Independencia (Independence Day), September 16, is celebrated throughout Mexico, and is “especially spectacular” in Mexico City’s Zócalo, the largest city square, where even the food — chile en nogada — is patriotically red, white and green. Don’t miss “El Grito” — an enthusiastic cheer of “¡Viva México!” — on the night before. Mexico City’s Zócalo is also especially festive and colorful during the Christmas season. 

For even more travel tips and reviews about Mexico travel, be sure to visit LatinFlyer’s Mexico section

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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