The Fair of San Marcos 2011

César Lozano y Magally Vite

The Fair of San Marcos

Only four years after being officially named a city and barely seven after Independence was achieved, Aguascalientes celebrated its first fair in November 1828, under the archway of a typically colorful Mexican market. In 1848, it was moved to its present location, in the same garden where, since then, the fair has been held every April.

The Fair of San MarcosNowadays, the fair celebrates tradition hand in hand with modernity, giving a feel of colonial Mexico, remnants of which can be seen in the architecture, fusing with the everyday life of the 21st century. This typical Mexican fiesta, harkening back to the days of old, combines colonial architecture with the very modern touch of a city on the cusp of the cutting edge.


The Fair of San MarcosWith more than 200 acres of space and over 7 million visitors yearly, this monumental event will take place from April 23 to May 17, 2011. This fabulous town festival offers entertainment for the whole family: theater, concerts, rodeos, contests and more. Don't miss out on the music and dance, as well as the international artists and singers that will showcase the famous Coronation of the Queen of the Fair, the beautiful and talented Anai Sanchez.


The Fair of San MarcosPrior to the celebrations of the fair, you'll find diverse cultural activities on the streets of the birthplace of Jose Guadalupe Posada, the famed caricature artist who created the indelible Mexican icon, la Catrina. Being that this is a town fair, the outdoor areas are filled with endless activities, all for free: theater, concerts, art exhibits, puppets, orchestras and more.


The Fair of San MarcosThe bullfights also deserve a proper mention, to be held at the Plaza de Toros Monumental. It is one of the most beautiful in the country, with the capacity for 15,000 spectators, where you can find famous matadors from Mexico and Spain, as well as other countries, performing. This plaza maintains its reputation as a plaza that plays a major part in the bullfighting season on the American continent. This year, figures like Eulalio Lopez "El Zotoluco", Rodolfo Rodriguez "El Pana" and Miguel Espinosa "Armillita Chico" will make the public jump out of their seats in excitement.

The Fair of San MarcosThe Island of San Marcos also occupies an important place in this Fair. This "island" is a beautiful lake surrounded by attractions like the largest Livestock Expo in Mexico, the largest mechanical clock in all of Latin America, a zoo, a kiddie farm, a motocross race track, amusement park rides and many other attractions.


The Fair of San MarcosThe nights of San Marcos radiate youth and excitement, all to the rhythms of ballads, ranchera, cumbia and all types of music interpreted by the local favorites. The Fair of San Marcos has an impressive line-up of artists like Vicente and Alejandro Fernandez, Alejandra Guzman, Yuri, Julieta Venegas and many others. There are also bars where you can squeeze out of the nighttime entertainment, every last drop of fun.


The Fair of San MarcosThis year, the state of Chiapas is the guest of honor. From April 23 to May 15, there will be a pavilion with 10,700 square feet of space, offering food, culture, music and dance exhibits. Enjoy the richness of this state and be wowed by their traditions. There are also the casinos, where you can play big, as well as the cock fights, where you can bet big. Both aspects have been very emblematic of the fair for many years now.For all this and much more, Aguascalientes is an excellent travel option during April and May. Celebrate tradition and happiness and surprise yourself. Come to the Fair of San Marcos, the most important event of Aguascalientes! Come to the Fair of Mexico!

Written by César Lozano Díaz