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Lake Chapala Area Events

Some of the Many Fun & Colorful Events in the Lake Chapala Area

Below we've listed ongoing and annual events in the beautiful Lake Chapala area. For the most current, up-to-date information, check out these additional on-line resources:

Click Here for What's Happening at Lake Chapala This Month at the on-line magazine "Living at Lake Chapala".
Click here for: Lakeside Women Community Events
Click here for: Ajijic News Events Calendar

                            

Ongoing and Annual Events

Each week there are local Tianguis, (open air street markets), where everything is sold from fresh fruits & vegetables, to fish, shrimp & chicken, to clothing, household items, flowers and a variety of gifts. They are:

Mondays:  Chapala            Wednesdays:  Ajijic            Thursdays:   Jocotepec
                            

January 2010

1st Año Nuevo (New Year's Day)
5-17 Señor del Monte Festivities, Jocotepec: Honors the patron saint of Jocotepec; morning & evening processions, daily castillos (fixed firework displays), games and activities on the town plaza & frequent sky rockets.
6th Three Kings Day: Continuation of Christmas celebrations with presents and piñatas for the local children on the Ajijic plaza. In Cajititlan (about 20 kms from Ajijic), this is a major religious holiday, with thousands of pilgrims arriving between December 30 and January 7 to honor the 3 Wise men, the town's spiritual patrons.
15 - 17 Wink, Wink it's Lip-Sync: A return to the music of the 50s and 60s put on by Viva La Musica! For more information go to: Viva La Musica
16 - 24 Lakeside Little Theatre presents "The Dresser", a drama by Ron Harwood.
20 San Sebastian Festivity, Ajijic: This barrio (neighborhood) in upper Ajijic at Calles Emiliano Zapata & Marcos Castellanos celebrates their patron saint with parades and a day-long fiesta.
28 Spring Home Tour #1: This is a fun tour of area homes and gardens. For more information go to: Lakeside School for the Deaf
                            

February 2010

8 -16 Carnaval, Chapala (Mardi Gras): Nine days of music, dancing and fun culminating with very fun parades not be missed, in both Ajijic and Chapala on the 16th, Fat Tuesday.
14 Valentine's Day Concert: Songs of love sung by Patteye Simpson, accompanied by Tim Welch.
25 Spring Home Tour #2: Fun tour of area homes and gardens. For more information go to: Lakeside School for the Deaf
26 - 28 32nd Annual Mexican Chili Cook-off: Three days of music, food, margaritas, charros, lots of great vendor booths and fun, and several charities benefit from the event proceeds. For more information go to: 32nd Annual Mexican Chili Cook-off
27 - Mar 9 Lakeside Little Theatre presents "The Boy Friend", a musical written by Sandy Wilson.

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March 2010

5 - 15 Northern Lights Music Festival: 10 day music festival with some of Canada's finest talents. For more information go to: Northern Lights Music Festival
20 - 21 Los Cantantes del Lago: Spring concert, opera choruses and movie themes by community choir of 65-70 singers. For more info go to: Los Cantantes del Lago
25 Spring Home Tour #3: Fun tour of area homes and gardens. For more information go to: Lakeside School for the Deaf
26 Virgen de Dolores altar displays, Chapala, San Antonio, Ajijic
28 Palm Sunday: Beginning of week-long Passion Play, Ajijic. A very special event you may want to play your trip around. See more at Ajijic's Passion Play
                            

April 2010

3-11 Lakeside Little Theatre presents "Cash on Delivery", a comedy written by Michael Cooney.
4 Dia de Pascua: Easter Sunday.
22 Spring Home Tour #4: Fun tour of area homes and gardens. For more information go to: Lakeside School for the Deaf

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May 2010

3 Señor del Guaje Festivity, Jocotepec: Impressive parade & fireworks celebrating a religious patron of the town.
3 Dia del la Santa Cruz: Day of the Holy Cross processions & altar displays. This is also considered Construction Workers Day because they are protected by Santa Cruz - you will see crosses put up by the workers at any site currently under construction.
5 Cinco de Mayo Battle of Puebla; while this is a very popular holiday north of the border celebrating Mexican history and heritage, in Mexico it is only celebrated in the city & state of Puebla where the Mexicans had an unlikely victory over French forces in 1862.
                            

June 2010

1-13 Fiestas Patronales San Antonio, San Antonio Tlayacapan: Honors the patron saint of San Antonio Tlayacapan; morning & evening processions, daily castillos (fixed firework displays), games and activities on the town plaza & frequent sky rockets
15 - 24 Fiestas Patronales San Juan Bautista, San Juan Cosala: Honors the patron saint of San Juan Cosala (similar activities as above for San Antonio)
                            

July 2010

11 - 19 Fiestas Patronales Santo Santiago, Ixtlauhacan de Membrillos: Honors the patrón saint of Ixthlauhacan de Membrillos (similar activities as above)

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August 2010

27-Sept 6 International Mariachi Festival, Guadalajara: There is no better place on earth to experience the sounds and colors of the Mariachi tradition than at the International Mariachi Festival of Guadalajara, staged every September, the largest celebration of Mariachi music in the world. The sights and sounds are simply unforgettable.
                            

September 2010

11 Regatta de Globos, Ajijic: Exposition and releasing of tissue paper hot air balloons.
14 Dia de los Charros (Horseman's Day): Exhibitions of horsemanship in Ajijic and Desfile de los Rebozos (Parade of Shawls) and music and dancing at the Ajijic plaza.
15 El Grito de Independencia (1810), Ajijic & Chapala: Ballet Folklorico and music on the Ajijic plaza; El Grito (Recitation of the Call for Independence); Fireworks. VIVA MEXICO!!
16 El Dia de Independencia de Mexico: Colorful parades in Ajijic and Chapala, charro events, music and dancing. 2010 is the bi-centennial.
26-Oct 4 Fiestas Patronales San Francisco, Chapala: The novena honors the patron saint of Chapala; morning & evening processions, daily castillos, a large carnival & frequent sky rockets.
25 Little Lakeside Theatre Season Begins: English language theatre; 6 plays per Season running through mid-April, 2011.

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October 2010

1-31 Virgen del Rosario Festivities: Pre-dawn daily skyrocket-studded processions in Ajijic to honor the patron of the little chapel on the north side of the Ajijic plaza.
23-24 ACA Eco Harvest Fair
TBD Women's Health & Beauty Fair
TBD 4th Annual Cruz Roja Golf Classic: Fundraiser for local Red Cross Delegation.
31 Final Procession for Ajijic's Virgen del Rosario: Ajijic's most spectacular procession of the year, with colorful floats, bands, pre-hispanic dancers, and a couple thousand local residents, followed by music and dancing in the Ajijic plaza.
                            

November 2010

1 Dia de Todos Santos (All Saints Day):Remembering the"angelitos" - deceased children.
2 Dia de los Muertos (All Souls Day): Day of the Dead celebrations include altar displays and cultural events in Ajijic, San Antonio and Chapala.
TBD "What's Old is New Again" Fashion Show (Benefits the Lakeside School for the Deaf.)
12-14 9th Annual Feria Maestros del Arte at Chapala Yacht Club: The best and largest show and sale of quality work featuring world-class artisans from all over Mexico. For more information go to www.mexicoartshow.com.
15 Dia de la Revolucion (1910: (celebrated the 3rd Monday in November)
20 Dia de la Revolucion Parade, Ajijic: (Actual Revolution Day) 2010 is the centennial.
21-30 Fiestas Patronales San Andres, Ajijic: Honors the patron saint of Ajijic; morning & evening processions, nightly castillos (fixed firework displays), games and activities on the town plaza & frequent sky rockets. Lots of fun but a noisy time of year!!

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December 2010

TBD Los Cantantes del Lago: Annual Holiday Concerts
12 Dia de la Virgin de Guadalupe: Probably the country's most important religious holiday honoring the Patroness of Mexico; processions and altar displays.
16-24 Las Posadas: Various neighborhoods hold nightly posadas; an important part of Mexican Christmas celebrations, Mary & Joseph's search for a place to stay is recreated for 9 nights leading up to Christmas Eve, with parts played by adults or children of the neighborhood. Click the link for more information about the posadas.
24 Noche Buena (Christmas Eve): Last night of the Posadas with a live nativity scene in the Ajijic San Andres churchyard. Our Mexican neighbors will celebrate all night long with bonfires and music in the streets!!
25 Navidad (Christmas Day): Several restaurants will have special Christmas dinners; otherwise, this is a very quiet day in Mexico!
31 Año Viejo (New Year's Eve): Many restaurants will hold special festivities for a fixed price. Our Mexican neighbors will celebrate all night long with bonfires and music in the streets!!

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Our thanks to the Guadalajara Reporter who provided the information on many of the Mexican holidays.

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