San Pedro Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque is the most beautiful village town in the metropolis of Jalisco. It is full of magic, history and culture that hugs the visitor making the experience of business in a leisure trip.
In the months of February and August the halls in Cultural Center el Refugio exhibits for a few days the work of the best artisans in Mexico, it is an important national handcraft exposition / ENART/ and one of the most important expositions in Mexico, directed to wholesale specialized purchasers.
This event is organized by the chamber of commerce in Tlaquepaque, which seeks to promote in our country and all over the world handcrafts made by over 200 Mexican enterprises.
SANTA ANITA FESTIVITY
This is a nine day celebration, it culminates on February 2nd in honor of our Lady de la Candelaria.
During this festivity town people and visitors unite in a pilgrimage throughout the streets, where joy and fervor are lived to the fullest of this tradition. The streets are decorated with ribbons, punctured paper and a carpet of alfalfa.
DAY OF THE ARTISAN
This festivity take place on March 19th in honor of all the artisans, where they are awarded, renown and to enhance their work, San Pedro Tlaquepaque is known as the most important handcraft center in Mexico, thanks to the artisans hands that since ancestral times elaborate all kinds of plates, TLAQUEPARTE clay figures, blown glass, wrought iron, rustic wood, oleos, paper Mache, and a great variety of handcrafts in different techniques.
LIVE PASSION OF CHRIST
San Martin de las Flores mourns every year during the live representation of the passion of Christ< a more than 200 year celebration, considered the second most important in the country. It concludes on Holy Saturday with the traditional “cuereada, an old custom in which some of the devoted participate, it consist of, people hitting each other with ropes.
LAS CRUCITAS RACE
The Holly Cross is celebrated on May 3rd` The 4 neighborhoods in san Pedro Tlaquepaque. Santa Maria, Santo Santiago, San Francisco and San Juan, are filled with jubilation, fireworks and novenaries, to honor this symbol.
It is said that the Franciscan friars situated a cross in each neighborhood, and the people built a hermitage on every cross. Not being so close to each other is a great advantage to the Crucitas race, this event invites athletes from all over the world.
SAN PEDRO TLAQUEPAQUE PATRON SAINT FESTIVITY
June 29 is a great day for all the parishoners, it is when they celebrate their patron saint. San Pedro. They organize activities such as: serenates, fireworks, popular jamboree, cultural and sport events.
SAN PEDRO TLAQUEPAQUE FAIR
Shows of popular artists are presented at the town theater and the Palenque, there is also a fair, food courts, restaurants and much more.
NATIONAL CERAMICS AWARDS
This event takes place once a year in Cultural Center el Refugio. This contest summons all the artisan in the country to participate. The purpose of this contest is to preserve the traditional techniques and designs, to stimulate the creativity of the artisans and the ceramist artists, to develop new proposals, in the traditional and contemporary ceramics. The award winning pieces are kept and exhibited in National Ceramics Award “Pantaleon Panduro” Museum, which is located at the Cultural Center el Refugio.
In September, San Pedro Tlaquepaque is dressed in gala with the most traditional ceremony; the shout of Independence; joyfully all kinds of event are carried out such as: social, athletic, cultural, including the traditional jamboree, pyrotechniques, mariachi popular artists etc. all the municipality participates in this festivity.
Every year an open invitation to athletes, sport clubs, and sportsmen and women to participate in the “Torch Race”, as part of our fatherland festivity in September.
THE MOJIGANGA (MASQUERADE)
Archangel Michael is celebrated on September 29th, and the butchers pay tribute to their patron Saint. They walk down the street dress as bride and groom and bridesmaids representing a wedding, the most serious of the butchers is selected to represent the priest, and the funniest is selected as the sacristan.
EXPO TEQUILA TLAQUEPAQUE
Expo Tequila takes place in Cultural Center El Refugio, with the participation of 50 companies with approximately 150 different brands. In this exposition different types of bottles and activities will take place all related to Tequila. Besides national and international tourist whom revitalize the economy of the municipality considered a very important icon in Mexico.
Tlaquepaque waits with pleasure for the traditional waiter’s race, this race takes place during the Expo Tequila, and this event is over 50 years old. Waiter run approximately 3oo mts. with their tray, which contains 3 glasses and one bottle of tequila.
REGIONAL LIVESTOCK EXPOSITION
This even is celebrated in the installation of the “Asociacion Ganadera de Jalisco”, it is the scenery to the best national and foreign breeds of cattle, bovine, aviar, porcine and equine.
This event offers fun for all the family, there are contests,, charreria, music, etc., sale of accessories for charrerria and delicious typical Mexican food.
The third Sunday in November, all the groups of prehispanic dace from “Valle de Atemajac and the Tatachines, meet at San Pedro Tlaquepaque, with the only motive to venerate our Lady of Solitude, dancing from morning to night.
DAY OF THE DEAD ALTARS
These altars are in memory of all the loved ones that have parted. They decorate the altars with perforated paper, offering of food cempazuchil flower and all the thing that the deceased liked when he was alive. These altars are set in the streets specially the pedestrian street. The townspeople and the municipal government organize different activities to honor the dead and continue with this tradition.
On this month Tlaquepaque has a Street market on Pila Seca parking lot, where families that work all year long on making the nativity scenes, the animals , the shepherds etc.
It is now a tradition that every Sunday morning, several streets in Tlaquepaque and Guadalajara are closed to cars and are used as a giant bike via.
Becoming one of the most distinctive attractions in the municipality, the Nocturnal Ride on a bike takes place once a week. This activity is for everyone and its free.
The departure point is in Plazoleta del arte, located on Independencia, Ejercito and Niños Heroes streets. That is where a group of bikers guided by a tricycle that has the music to animate the group.
The ride continues on Boulevard Marcelino Garcia Barragan until they reach Calzada de Ejercito, from there they keep on going until they get to Revolucion street and finally they turn on Hidalgo street just before they reach the pedestrian area.
RUEDA VERDE (CYCLING)
State red of touristic and cultural cycling rides. San Pedro Tlaquepaque joins this bike ride, with the intention of promoting exercise and to discover sites of interest and all that San Pedro Tlaquepaque has to offer.