What special events are held in San Miguel de Allende?

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Kate Newman

In addition to vibrant celebrations for Mexican holidays like Day of the Dead, San Miguel de Allende hosts several cultural festivals each year that are worth checking out.
1. San Miguel Writer’s Conference. In the words of writer Tom Robbins, “If Dante had had the San Miguel experience, he may have written more about heaven and less about hell.” Held every February, this bilingual writer’s conference has drawn big names like Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver and Sandra Cisneros. Registration is open to the public and includes readings, workshops and the chance to meet with literary agents.
2. Guanajuato International Film Festival. Held over a 10-day period in late July, this festival promotes the work of young filmmakers from all over Latin America. While much of the festival takes place in the city of Guanajuato, many films are screened in San Miguel’s central park.
3. The San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival. This festival, held in August of each year, draws seasoned musicians from around the world. Catch performances in beautiful venues like the town’s churches, restaurants and main square.
4. San Miguel International Festival of Jazz and Blues. Jazz greats from the U.S., Mexico, Cuba and beyond attend this November festival and perform in local parks and theatres. This is the time to enjoy local nightlife, as many musicians play informal jam sessions in the city’s bars after dark.

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