July Events in San Ángel
If you’re planning to be in Mexico City in mid-July you may be interested to know that there are two colorful annual festivals taking place in the San Ángel neighborhood of the city. The Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on July 16th and the San Ángel Flower Festival (Feria de las Flores de San Ángel) begins on July 16th and continues through July 25th. Both events are free and open to the public.
The San Ángel neighborhood is located approximately 12km southeast of the historic center and just 2km from Coyoacán. The atmosphere in San Ángel is noticeably less chaotic than in the downtown area and it makes a nice place to relax and get away from the noise and excitement of Mexico City.
San Ángel is a pretty neighborhood and one that’s best explored on foot. Attractions include a broad central plaza, narrow cobblestone streets and lovely colonial-era homes and mansions enclosed by high stone walls. The neighborhood becomes increasingly tranquil as you head west from the main avenues.
San Ángel is well-known for its colorful flower market (map) located along Avenida Revolución and the popular Bazar Sabado (Saturday Bazaar), a high-end artisans market that takes place just off of Plaza San Jacinto.
The Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen is held each year on July 16th outside San Ángel’s local church, the Iglesia San Jacinto (map). The festival is celebrated with live music, costumed dancers, traditional foods and offerings of flowers.
Beginning on the same day as the Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, the San Ángel Flower Festival is a colorful festival honoring the indigenous god Xiuhtecuitl and requesting his protection over the annual fruit and flower harvest. Festival events take place in locations throughout San Ángel including in the streets and central plaza, local cultural centers and in the Iglesia de San Jacinto. The Flower festival runs through July 25th.
Photo Credit: Flickr CC by clayirving
ASan ?ngel Flower Market, Mexico City, D.f.San ?ngel, Mexico City, D.f., Mexico
BIglesia San Jacinto, San ?ngel, Mexico City, D.f.San ?ngel, Mexico City, D.f., Mexico