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Guelaguetza The Most Colorful Festival In Mexico

The Guelaguetza Festival at Oaxaca, Mexico

Guelaguetza is a festival to show the beautiful and unique traditions of Mexico and especially the state of Oaxaca.

In each state of Mexico, you can enjoy amazing and colorful celebrations that invite visitors from all over the world, but this festival is unique.

The reason for this festivities is the tribute to Oaxaca through the expression of dances and music.

The name Guelaguetza comes from Zapoteco and means “giving and sharing”.

The Guelaguetza Parade with mojigangas and colorful dresses in Oaxaca, Mexico
The fun and colorful parade at the Guelaguetza.

What is The Guelaguetza Festival

It is absolutely a multicolored party, it takes place in the state of Oaxaca since 1932. The festival takes place in July every year.

Different ethnic communities from the state of Oaxaca come together to share their traditions.

Each community shares its different dances, costumes, crafts, textiles and all these with great historical and cultural relevance.

The participants proudly show their traditions to national and foreign visitors.

The streets of Oaxaca are filled with color and the people gather in the streets and on the Fortin Hill to enjoy the celebration.

In this Mexican Festival we can appreciate the traditions of each region; but also taste the tamales, mole, coffee, tasajo and many unique delicacies of this Mexican state.

It is definitely a popular festivity full of color and folklore.

The Guelaguetza Festival costumes and handmade dresses at Oaxaca, Mexico
Beautiful women with the charming typical costumes of Oaxaca.


Things to do at The Guelaguetza Festival

The best thing you can do is walk the lovely streets and enjoy the charm and diversity of the people. You’ll find different events every day.

The events take place in different places in the city.

  • Mole Festival
  • Mezcal International Fair
  • Concerts
  • The Legend of Donaji
  • Parade of Delegations
  • Artisan Exhibition

The Guelaguetza Auditorium was built specifically for this event, with a capacity of 11,000 people. Inside the auditorium Zones, C and D are free to access, and Zones A and B have a price.

Dances at the colorful and fun streets of Oaxaca, Mexico
Dances full of color and joy at the Gelaguetza.

Oaxaca and the Mexican Festival

Oaxaca has many wonderful things to enjoy, in addition to The Guelaguetza Festival.

Its Historical Centre was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. Museums, Parks, Historic Buildings and much more hidden treasures have this wonderful City you should visit.

The beautiful city of Oaxaca is located almost 6 hours from Mexico City. Therefore, the best way to visit Oaxaca is by flying directly to Oaxaca International Airport.

The Guelaguetza is an international event, that’s why the city receives thousands of visitors each year.

Colorful dances at the International Festival at Oaxaca, Mexico
People proudly show their traditions at this wonderful festival.


Where to stay and what to eat at the festival

There are hotels for all budgets and with different amenities, depending on what you’re looking for.

If you want to be part of the celebrations, the best is to make your reservations in advance flights, festival tickets, and hotels.

You must try in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Mole  (7 Different Types)

Grasshoppers  (as a snack or in Tacos)

Cheese  (a very unique kind of cheese, fresh and delicious)

Tlayudas  (with meat and salsa)

Mezcal  (a very strong drink)

Tasajo  (very thin cut of beef and delicious)

Worm Salt  (it is prepared with the maguey  worm, salt, and chile)

The unique and colorful traditions at the streets of Oaxaca, Mexico
Nothing more important than the traditions of a country.

Where to buy Guelaguetza festival tickets

Of course, there are more wonders to visit in Oaxaca, beaches like Huatulco, Mazunte or Puerto Escondido.

Archaeological Areas like Monte Alban, Yagul or Mitla.

Amazing Museums and Gorgeous National Parks.

The celebration of this amazing colorful tradition is appreciated on every street and every corner of the Charming Oaxaca.

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Comments (4)

Wow it looks amazing…i wish i can join one day


Thanks Miha, it is a wonderful festival. One of the most colorful traditions in Mexico.
I wish you can enjoy it one day!


The vibrant colours bodes well with the festivities! I’ve always wanted to see this kind of festival. Hoping one day.


Hopefully, you can witness this festival in particular. Every year they do an exceptional job to show the best of Oaxaca’s customs, flavors, costumes, traditions, and dances.
Thank you so much, Jane!


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