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Day of the Dead Festivities in Sonora

Annual Events in Sonora, Mexico

If there’s one thing about Sonora and Sonorans, they love a good fiesta! In addition to events observed statewide and nationally, typically each pueblo has its own special event that is observed every year.

Festivals and Other Annual Events – October to December

January through March
April through June
July through September
October through December

October

Festival de San Francisco Javier
Late September/early October, Magdalena
Hundreds of Yaqui and Papago (Tohono O’Odham) pilgrims walk from the border to Magdalena every year, in honor of the town’s patron saint, San Francisco Javier.  The week of festivities include art and cultural exhibitions, and muchas fiestas.

2nd Annual Jazz and Arts Festival
October 1 and 2, Puerto Peñasco
The second annual Jazz and Arts Festival will be held at the Peñasco del Sol Hotel in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) Sonora.

Dia de la Raza – “Day of the Race”
October 12
This day observes the arrival of Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colón) in the Americas.  The event coincides with the celebration of Columbus Day in the United States.

Fiestas de San Rafael and Joaquin Murrieta Days
October 23-24, Trincheras
Descendants of Sonora native Joaquin Murrieta host a festival in his honor, in conjunction with Trincheras’s celebration of San Rafael, its patron saint.

November

Día de Muertos – Day of the Dead
November 1- Dia de los Santos Inocentes (honoring chidren who died)

November 2 – Dia de los Muertos
Deceased relatives are remembered and honored in cemeteries and family homes throughout Mexico in this unique cultural celebration. In Sonora, this includes the construction of shrines in homes and public places, to honor the recently deceased. See photos.

Shrimp Festival
All month, Guaymas
This delicious seafood treat is honored throughout the month of November in the seaport city of Guaymas.  Events include samples of shrimp recipes and a variety of art and cultural events.   More information is available from the Guaymas Office of Conventions and Visitors (OCV Guaymas), info@go2sancarlos.org.

Rocky Point Rally
Early November, Puerto Peñasco
This annual biker fest is not only a lot of fun, but it also raises money for charitable causes.  Events include a poker run, stunt shows, and other biker competitions.  You don’t need to be a biker to enjoy and participate in the event, there will be a variety of other fiestas as well.  More information

Día de la Revolucion – Revolution Day
November 20th
Parades and festivals mark this anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution.  While not as big as the September 16thcelebrations, schools, banks and government offices are closed in observance of this national holiday.

Festival of Our Lady of Balvanera
November 20th, La Aduana
This annual festival honors the Virgin of Balvanera in the small pueblo of La Aduana, Sonora (near Alamos). Many of the faithful walk the 20+ mile route from Navojoa to La Aduana to express their devotion to the Virgin of Balvanera.

December

Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe
December 12th
This is a major religious holiday in Mexico, as most pueblos hold celebrations in honor of the country’s patron saint.

Las Posadas
December 16th to 24th
This is the traditional Christmas party season, so named in remembrance of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

Navidad – Christmas
December 25th
The last posada is held on Christmas Eve, also known as Noche Buena, when families traditionally have a late-night dinner.

Año Nuevo – New Year’s Eve
December 31st

January through March
April through June
July through September
October through December