San Miguel de Allende may have a reputation as a gringo enclave, but in true Mexican fashion, fiestas are celebrated with great fanfare. Many festivals take place year-round in San Miguel: there's a film festival, religious fiestas and parades, and several important music festivals.
The town's historical and cultural spaces are filled with the sound of classical music each year for a week in March during the Festival de Música Barroca, a baroque music festival. Internationally renowned groups and soloists perform concerts in a variety of venues which are chosen for their beauty and the quality of their acoustics. A variety of cultural events and exhibits are held concurrently with the festival. San Miguel's fine restaurants highlight their culinary offerings with special three course set menus so that visitors may enjoy a sampling of the best local cuisine during this festival.
A unique celebration that takes place in San Miguel every year in June is "la fiesta de los locos" (the festival of the crazy people). This carnivalesque parade has people in outlandish costumes dancing and parading through the streets, throwing candy to onlookers. Parade floats and live music add to the festive atmosphere. The parade is held as part of the celebration of the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, but is said to have developed as a combination of this festival with the feast day of Saint Pascal de Bailon. Mark your calendar for the Sunday following June 13, the Feast Day of Saint Anthony of Padua, for this yearly festival. The parade gets underway after a mass at the San Antonio church, and winds its way through the streets before ending at the jardín for a grand spectacle. Expect silliness, loud music and lots of laughs. The celebration continues into the night with fireworks. Take a mask to join in the fun.