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Local Events

A Lo OaxaqueñoExplore Like A Local

Oaxaca’s local culture is as vibrant as its natural surroundings, and there’s no better time to experience it than during a local event. The state comes alive for religious feasts and national holidays alike; join in the celebrations and get a glimpse of Oaxacan life.

Día de los Muertos

For three days each fall, Mexico's most iconic holiday blends Aztec and Catholic traditions in a uniquely colorful way. Don't forget something for the ofrenda!


Grab your mask and hit the streets: Replete with music and dancing, this colorful, lively celebration is the biggest of the year.

La Guelaguetza

Spread across two Mondays in late July, this festival captivates towns across the state of Oaxaca, celebrating the region's strong indigenous traditions.

Independence Day

Every September 16, a reenactment of El Grito rings in a night of partying. Go out on the town, and commemorate that famous day in Oaxacan fashion. 

Oaxaca FilmFest

Since its founding in 2010, the eight-day-long Oaxaca FilmFest has screened works by the likes of Spike Lee, Guillermo Del Toro, and Martin Scorsese.

Fiestas de Noviembre

A surfing tournament, motocross races, culinary and cultural events, and more fill this month-long festival. What will you do?

Virgen de la Soledad

Over the course of three days in December, Oaxacans honor their patron saint with fireworks, cultural programming, and a procession of decorated fishing boats.