International Festivals and Mexican Architecture Draw Visitors to Zacatecas
Mexico is a traditionally vibrant country whose celebrations reflect its important ‘mestizo’ history, and the fusion of cultures not only mixed words and food dishes, but beliefs and the way to celebrate events. All kinds of events are included in the Mexican calendar, spanning from the commemoration of historic events, to traditional, religious, festive and cultural celebrations.
In Zacatecas, the calendar is one of the most varied and significant with Mexico, and boasts an array of magnificent cultural events that are known around the world.
The main festivals of Zacatecas, Mexico include: The Cultural Festival of Zacatecas; The International Festival of Folklore (July); The Morismas de Bracho (last week of August); The great National Fair of Zacatecas (first two weeks of September) or also the International Festival of Street Theatre (third week of October). Although Zacatecas is known for its wide range of celebrations that have their own individual appeal, these are the most traditional and widely attended events.
For instance, the Zacatecas Cultural Festival takes place annually, bringing together a large amount of local, national and international artists, which, together, offer the festivals’ ever-growing audience an impressive mosaic of the fine arts panorama in Mexico. In the past, the Zacatecas Cultural Festival has managed to host over 25 separate events simultaneously and offers free entrance to all those that attend. ‘The Conquest of Zacatecas’ or ‘Toma de Zacatecas’ in Spanish, is a tour that since 2005 has been recreating the route that General Francisco Villa took that ended with the conquest of Zacatecas and was an important factor in the outcome of the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
For those looking to get inspired by the city that was declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity, there is the Zacatecas International Folklore Festival, where countries from around the world convene to exhibit their folklore spectacles all over the city. Complementary to this event is the International Street Theater Festival where theater companies, with the help of special effects, dramatic costumes and music, perform in the open spaces of Zacatecas, accentuating the city’s magnificent Mexican architecture. The International Street Theater is the only festival of its kind in Mexico.