San Miguel de Allende: Events & Festivals

San Miguel is a growing city but steeped in local history.

There is plenty to do in San Miguel from a fun day with the kids to a night out with friends or significant other.

The town celebrates all Mexico’s traditional festivals in style. If you plan on coming at such a time,
be sure to book your accommodation well in advance.

Early February: Candelaria Festival of Plants.A big plant fair is held in the Parque Juarez over this period. If you live here many people buy plants for their houses at this time.

March 5: Day of the Conquest , Dancing and drumming in the Jardin

Two Sundays before Easter: Fireworks to mark the arrival of Jesús de la Columna in town from Atotonilco.

March or April: Semana Santa (Holy Week), begins on the last Friday of Lent when many people open up their homes to display their home-made altars a very cool thing to see walking around town
continues with processions on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) and succeeding days; climaxes on Viernes Santo (Good Friday),
On Domingo de Pascua, Easter Sunday, Judases, papier maché dolls are exploded in the Jardín. This starts at noon. If you have small kids, they will most likely want to watch from a distance.

Late May: fiestas in Valle de Maíz.

Sunday closest to June 13: Día de Locos, a parade of people in costumes throwing candy at people watching.

September and first part of October are packed with celebrations, a good but crowded time to visit.
Sep 15/16: El Grito (cry of independence). Celebrations to mark Mexico’s independence from Spain.

Sep 29: Día de San Miguel Arcangel. The actual celebrations usually take place the weekend following. The biggest Alborada fireworks of the year,
at 2 or 3 in the morning.

Nov 2: Día de Muertos. Altars around town and in the cemetery.

Dec 16-24: Posadas (inns), simple candlelit processions.

New Year’s Eve: Music and fireworks in the Jardín at midnight.