Events

Carnival in San Juan Chamula

Carnaval

During Carnaval, groups of minstrels stroll the roads in tall, pointed hats with long, colored tassels, strumming guitars and chanting. Much pox, an alcoholic drink made from sugarcane, is drunk. Festivities also ma…
Religious in San Juan Chamula

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista

Up to 20,000 people gather to dance and drink.
Art in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Festival Internacional Cervantino Barroco

This free weeklong cultural program keeps things hopping with world-class music, dance and theater.
Cultural in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Feria de la Primavera y de la Paz

Easter Sunday is the start of this weeklong town fair, with parades, musical events and bullfights.
Religious in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Semana Santa

The Crucifixion is acted out on Good Friday in the Barrio de Mexicanos, northwest of town.
Cultural in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Festival Cervantino Barroco

A fair with art, music, dance and theater.
Religious in San Lorenzo Zinacantán

San Sebastián

Celebrating the patron saint of the town, hundreds of traditionally dressed indigenous people throng the streets while one or two people dressed as jaguars have fake squirrels thrown at them!
Religious in San Lorenzo Zinacantán

La Virgen de La Candelaria

One of the most important celebrations, this one celebrates the Virgin of Candelaria and is another good excuse for everyone to get dressed up in their finest traditional clothing.
Cultural in San Juan Chamula

Change of Cargo-Holders

The annual rotation of the honored (but expensive) community leadership positions known as cargos.