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Must See Festivals and Carnivals in Mexico

by Travelbag on 20 October 2016, 16:10PM

Arriba! Arriba! Step right up and witness one of the greatest shows on earth! If there’s one outing that should feature on every traveller’s bucket list, it’s a visit to Mexico’s best festivals and carnivals!

 Vibrant and colourful, Mexico takes its many annual celebrations to a whole new level. Of course, when most people think of festivals in Mexico, they think of the iconic Day of the Dead celebrations. But that’s not the only Mexico party that’s worth checking out!

 Planning a dream holiday to Mexico? We’ve handpicked some of the country’s best carnivals and festivals. Want to experience the real Mexico? These spectacular events are not to be missed!


 Day of the Dead Festival

Mexico Day of the Dead

Kicking things off is the world-famous Day of the Dead festival, which is widely celebrated throughout central and southern Mexico. Dia de Muertos, as its known in this part of the world, is one of the most important dates on Mexico’s calendar.

 This fabulous Mexican tradition has become iconic in recent years, with many adopting the sugar skull and floral garland as a Halloween costume. But Halloween get ups aside, the Day of the Dead festival is a heartfelt tribute to friends and family members who have died.

 So, what can you expect from the Day of the Dead festival? Well despite its name, the celebrations are anything but morbid!

 Giant floats, live music, traditional food and some of the best fancy dress outfits you’ve ever seen all take centre stage in Mexico’s major towns and cities. Prepare for a day out like no other on your Mexico holiday.

 When is Day of the Dead? 1st-2nd November in towns and cities across Mexico, including Mexico City. 

Festival de Mexico

Mexico City

Skeletons and ghouls aren’t the only thing you’ll find at Mexico’s breathtaking street parties. Competing for the crown of the country’s best bash is the annual Corona Capital festival, which attracts a huge line-up of some of the world’s biggest bands and musicians.

 The event attracts Mexico’s hip crowd, with thousands of music fans heading to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City - think Glastonbury, but without the mud!

 This year’s event is set to take place on the 19th and 20th November and will see performances from The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, Kraftwerk and a whole host of international superstars.

 If you’re planning an excursion to Mexico City on your 2016 or 2017 Mexico holiday, we highly recommend packing your flip flops, shades and a vest and heading to this fantastic party!

 When is the Corona Capital festival? This year’s event takes place on 19th- 20th November in Mexico City.

Mardi Gras

 Mardi Gras Mexico

If you thought that Rio de Janeiro was the only place to experience the magic of carnival, think again. Few festivals in Mexico live up to the absolute wall-to-wall madness of Mardi Gras, or Carnaval as it’s known here.

 The legendary Mexican bonanza takes place on Shrove Tuesday and marks the day before the Christian season of Lent. Believe it or not, Mardi Gras actually translates to Fat Tuesday in French, due to the amount of rich foods that were eaten before a period of fasting.

 Mardi Gras in Mexico is one big celebration of love, life and great food! Grab your garland, cover yourself in face paint and prepare yourself for one of the wackiest carnivals around.

 When is Mardi Gras in Mexico? Mardi Gras coincides with Shrove Tuesday in February.


Merida Carnival

Merida, Mexico

From one carnival to another, you’d be forgiven for thinking Mexico holidays are just spent drinking piña coladas and dressing up in feather boas. The Merida capital takes place in the Yucatan region capital every year, attracting thousands of revellers and partygoers.

 The carnival is famed for its family-friendly atmosphere, incredible firework displays, grand parades and a whole host of Latin dance and music styles, from mambo to salsa – dancing is compulsory so you may want to start booking those salsa lessons.

 There’s something for everyone at this brilliant eight-day event, from sing-a-longs to flower fights (yes, you did read that right the first time). If you’re looking for Mexican culture, you’ll certainly want to head to this incredible party.

 When is the Merida Carnival? The Merida Carnival often takes place in February.


If Mexico’s dazzling festivals and carnivals appeal, check out our range of Mexico holidays today. You’ll find plenty of affordable package holidays and breaks, as well as more information about the country on our Mexico guide.

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