San Miguel de Allende Parties and Culture

Published Date Author: , January 21st, 2013

January 21, 2013

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Parties and Culture

San Miguel de Allende does not need an excuse for a party, fireworks, parade or native dancers in the main square, the Jardin, as it is called.

Many days of the week we have church bells chiming the advent of a saint’s day or religious holiday.  As liberal as Mexico is, it is a religious country.  There are so many church events I can’t keep up with them, but with luck, my wonderful cook, Lola, knows them all.  ‘Lola, what are they celebrating today?’  It will be Saint Catherine or Saint John or….Christmas and Easter week of course are big ones.

We are also a big wedding destination.  The weddings are almost always on Saturday and the party will often go until 2-3am.  Getting from the church to the post ceremony event is often a parade with a burro tarted up with paper flowers and small tequila cups.  Yes, tequila. As the wedding party walks from the church, led by mariachis, someone will be giving out thimble cups of reposado or anejo tequila.  Most of the women will have removed their heals to walk barefooted or sandaled down the cobble streets.   Several of the post ceremony event locations are not too far away from Susurro, so we are often the beneficiaries of these festivities passing by our door.

The first week in January is always Poetry Week where renowned poets come for the week to conduct seminars for would-like-to-be and already-are poets either professional or amateur.  Certain evenings, readings are open to the public and the products of these seminars can be pretty amazing.

Right now we are getting ready for the San Miguel Writer’s Conference and Literary Festival, February 13 – 17.  8 published authors will be here, some you know and some not, at least for me.  They will be giving 56 workshops for readers and writers with single ticket events open to the public.

Interspersed between these larger events we have concerts at different venues around town – classical, guitar, pop and jazz.  There are also easy day trips to Guanajuato, the birth place of Diego Rivera, Canada de la Virgin, our local pyramids, Dolores Hidalgo for ceramics and of course just wandering the cobble streets.

In the last year or so, the Mexican tourists have found us.  For years past we have been pretty much a destination for the North American traveler.  Now the beautiful people from Mexico City, Leon, Guanajuato, Queretaro and Monterrey are coming for long weekends.  The streets fill with eye candy and the Jardin will be jumping Fridays and Saturdays until late.  The bars and discos will be full of those who want to stay up.

I will do another article later devoted to the gay life here.  We do have a fairly large gay community but are not really a ‘gay party’ town.  Most everyone coming here is interested in culture and art and music, good food and to be in this beautiful, Colonial Mexican town.

Robert Waters is a guest blogger who owns Susurro a bed and breakfast in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico





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