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Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico is a gorgeous Mexican city that has found several ways to keep their traditional culture alive even as modern buildings and amenities continue to become more popular. The City of Guadalajara has mastered combining the old with the new to create a unique experience for both travelers and locals alike. One of the special events that take center stage every year begins the last weekend in August and continues through the beginning of September. It is called the Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y La Charreria and includes Mariachi bands from around the world.

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Celebrates World's Largest Mariachi Festival

Mariachi at Charros festival in Guadalajara, Mexico

The International Mariachi and Charrería Festiva is a unique experience as it includes parades, dancers in national customers and charrería, the Mexican national sport, take over the whole city. If experiencing traditional Mexican culture is on your vacation bucket list, this is the best festival to check off all the boxes. Besides the colorful and festive parade, including numerous mariachi bands and traditional dancers, the food that is available is the perfect sampling of traditional Mexican fare.

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Celebrates World's Largest Mariachi Festival (2)

Dancer in national costumes at Charros festival in Guadalajara Mexico

The ‘Galas de Mariachi’s’ which is held in the majestic Teatro Degollado is part of the main events, and as it is one of the most popular parts of the festival, it is always recommended that you purchase tickets in advance, especially if you want to see the finals and the announcement of winners. For the Mariachi bands that play in the Teatro Degollado, a Philharmonic orchestra is brought in to play alongside the mariachis to creating a unique fusion of traditional and classical songs.

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Celebrates World's Largest Mariachi Festival (3)

Mariachi at Charros festival in Guadalajara Mexico

Teams from every corner of Mexico come to compete in the traditional Mexican sport of ‘Charreria.’ For the Mexican people, this is considered the national championship of their national sport, so it is taken very seriously by both participants and fans. Competitions take place throughout the city, and the team that is lucky and skillful enough to take home the winning trophy will be regaled as heroes throughout the year until it is time for the next year’s competition.

Visiting Guadalajara is an excellent choice any time of the year, however, if you can combine it with an incredible national celebration, even better. The Mexican people are very friendly and family oriented and love to share their culture with new visitors. If you would like to make the most of your visit, the locals appreciate visitors who have taken the time to learn at least a bit of conversational Spanish. The more you can communicate with the locals; the more enjoyable your trip will be.

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