Tradicional Fiesta de las Flores (Flowers Day)

On the Thursday before Good Friday, Guanajuato celebrates the patron saint of miners, Virgin de los Dolores. Early in the morning at the Jardin Union, flower sellers set up stalls covering the entire plaza. Flowers are purchased to lay at the alters of the virgin and by young to men to give away to ladies. The traditional dance "Baile de las flores" is where the men walk in a circle in one direction and the ladies in another. The men will pass a flower to the lady they fancy. This also takes place in nightclubs.

 

University Festival and Book Fair

During the first three weeks of March, each year the festival takes place at the initiative of the University of Guanajuato to bring society to culture through the arts and reading. With the participation of more than 20 Editorial staff, the book fair takes place in the courtyard of the former- School of Industrial Relations.

Medieval Festival in Guanajuato

On Easter weekend, this Medieval Festival is attended by 30 or so groups of dance, music, theater, combat, and juggling, artists. About 180 artists from across the country participate in this colorful event. The event complements the Medieval Market , where you can find merchants and artisans who make products to medieval custom, the work includes, sculpture, jewelry, bows and arrows, shields and costumes of the time.

There is also a group of gunsmiths who make swords and armor forged by hand. This is held against the buttress of the Mina de Rayas.

 

Callejoneadas

In the early evening, in front of the Teatro Juarez, you will encounter an "estudiantina" dressed in 17th century costume. They may entice you to participate in the traditional "Callejoneadas," a picturesque, folkloric event performed in the streets by local student bands. These traditional night parades have become a ritual and are performed between three to five times a week by different bands, always on weekends and holidays. Both tourists and locals enjoy these shows.

A Callejoneada could be called a "walking serenade". Groups of 10 or more students (these groups are known as "estudiantinas"), sing and stroll around the narrow streets of Guanajuato. The band sings popular songs and tells the people about the legends of Guanajuato.

The "Estudiantinas" take different routes depending on the purpose of the Callejoneada, whether it is just for fun, for a celebration, or if it is being organized for visitors and tourists. Some of the commonly visited places are the Hidalgo Marketplace and the Callejon del Beso (the Alley of the Kiss). In this alleyway, balconies are located one in front of the other, at a distance that allows a kiss. It is famous for a dramatic legend about secret lovers who used to meet on these balconies. The legend states that couples who kiss while standing on the third step of the staircase, under the balconies enjoy 15 years of happiness, but those who avoid or forget to do so have seven years bad luck. The Callejoneada usually starts about 8:00 p.m. and lasts about an hour and a quarter. Special Callejoneadas are commonly organized for tourists and visitors and they normally include a ceramic flask filled with a local alcoholic beverage. You can sip from it during the stroll around the streets, while listening to the traditional songs.

This charming cultural experience in Guanajuato will really help you get involved in the city and the culture. Joining a callejoneada will be a unique experience you'll never forget.

 

International Organ Festival in Guanajuato "Pinto Guillermo Reyes" (FIOG)

Every August The International Organ Festival "Guillermo Pinto Reyes" offers performances in Basilica of Our Lady Guanajuato, Temple of San Diego, San Cayetano in Valencia, and the Temple of Mellado.

This festival is named after one of the greatest organists, Guillermo Pinto Reyes. He was student of outstanding musicians, such as Michael Bernal Jiménez and the eminent French musicians: Nadia Boulanger and Marcel Dupré.

 

Guanajuato Corona Rally

Rally Guanajuato Corona is the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship. It takes place in the mountains surrounding the cities of León, Silao, Irapuato and Guanajuato, over four days in early March. Racing through the tunnels of Guanajuato at dusk, this event can be viewed at no charge. Stand on the Tepetapa bridge and look down at them flying by.

Since its inclusion in the WRC in 2004 it has been an increasingly popular event with competitors and spectators alike, always placing within the Top 5 rallies of the world in every measurable aspect.

 

Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF)

The Guanajuato International Film Festival, is performed in San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, during the last week of July. This festival the best cinema of 38 countries competing in categories such as Fiction, Documentary, Experimental, Animation among others. Free admission.

 

Parque Guanajuato Bicentenario

Coming from the airport, just past the General Motors plant, you will notice a very large park on the right side of the hill. Built to celebrate the culture of Mexico, this park has permanent exhibitions as well as travelling ones. Elton John performed in 2010, and The Pope visited this park in 2012 holding mass for 600,000.

Entry is 25 pesos for adult admission and 35 pesos for parking.

International Cervantes Festival (FIC)

The most important international artistic and cultural event in Mexico and Latin America, and one of four major events of its type in the world. Started in 1953 with short plays performed at Plazuela de San Roque it fills most of the month of October with music, dance, theatre, cinema, opera. Vibrant, exhilarating, a feast for the senses! Tickets are available at the ticket center on the left hand side of Teatro Juarez.

 

Globo International Festival (FIG)

In November the Leon International Balloon Festival with 200 hot air balloons from 15 different countries launch at sunrise. Held at the Metropolitan Ecological Park in Leon. Get there early to fully experience the festivities.

 

Festival Madonnari

During the first weekend in December, enjoy this sidewalk chalk festival. Experience the artists as they create magnificent works of art, in many cases incorporating cultural or political topics of the day. In addition, the Festival offers concerts on the steps of Teatro Juárez.