Find out everything you need to know about when to visit Oaxaca: the best times, weather, and festivities throughout the year, so you can choose wisely when to go.
Planning a trip involves more than booking and arriving, you need to think more deeply about the dates, climates, and whether there will be any special events.
In this way you make sure to enjoy your visit to the fullest, especially in outdoor outings and if local culture is concerned.
When to visit Oaxaca: Best times
According to climate
Did you know that in Oaxaca it seems like summer all year round?
Although the climate of Oaxaca remains stable throughout the year, with an average temperature of 24°C.
This depends on the month in question, there may be variations in humidity, cold at night, and rain.
We leave you detailed information along with the best months to visit Oaxaca according to the climate:
January, February, March, and April
Temperatures range from 15°C to 24°C.
The best months to have good weather, as the climate is favorable. It rains every few days a month and most of the time it stays dry.
As for April, after Easter, it becomes a low season, so it is ideal if you enjoy more tranquility.
This month, although it does not have a bad temperature, being before the rainy season, it is usually very hot.
If you can not stand high temperatures, it is best to choose another month to visit.
In addition, it also begins to increase the number of flies and mosquitoes.
June, July, August, and September
Rainy months, with average temperatures between 18°C and 22°C and raining up to 86%, almost every day:
- June: 27 days of rain.
- July: 28 days of rain.
- August: 28 days of rain.
- September: 29 days of rain.
Although the rains are light and short-lived, one aspect to bear in mind is that most of Oaxaca’s attractions are outdoors.
Like May, it is a month of transition, so you can get a little rain but also dry, refreshing weather.
The coldest months, but also the most ideal to visit Oaxaca because its humidity is minimal.
With temperatures ranging from 14°C to 21°C, at dusk the climate refreshes, making the nights pleasant.
Besides, these days there are hardly any bugs.
According to local events
Another important factor when deciding when to visit a place is local events.
Of course, if you love to live the experience to the fullest and get to know everything you don’t have in your city.
Oaxaca is a city rich in culture and tradition, and throughout the year has several festivities.
Know the most important ones for you to decide according to your interests if you would like to participate in any:
February – Carnival
In February, the Carnival is celebrated in all of Mexico.
And in Oaxaca, there are festivals like the Putleco Carnival full of colorful “tiliches”, traditional music, carnival parades, and spectacular food.
If you would like to dance and enjoy to the fullest a party atmosphere, surrounded by people and culture, it is certainly a date on which you have to visit.
Carnival changes from year to year, you can check when the next dates by clicking here.
April – Oaxaca City Festival
To celebrate the granting of the title of City to today’s Oaxaca de Juárez, every year a multidisciplinary cultural meeting is held at this time.
More than 100 activities between concerts, films, and works. Undoubtedly an enriching experience.
Mayo – Isthmus candles
In the region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a very special celebration takes place during May.
The candles are one of the main Oaxacan traditions that consists of night celebrations in honor of the patron saints.
With lots of parties, tours, exhibitions and typical costumes that last on average 4 days.
July – La Guelaguetza
The largest and most representative festival in Oaxaca. It is celebrated on the two Mondays following July 16 and the whole town participates.
You will see a great parade with Chinas Oaxaqueñas, women with heated baskets, and regional music.
Must-see and impressive, you must live it at least once in your life.
October – Day of the Dead
The last week of October as well as November 1 and 2 takes place in Oaxaca on the Day of the Dead.
This popular ceremony to celebrate the ancestors is nothing like the American tradition we see on tv.
Filled with seasonal food, representative altars, and typical clothing, if you come from another country, it is an experience that will fascinate you and leave your mouth open.
December – Radish Night
The Night of Radishes is a traditional Oaxacan festival that is celebrated on December 23 in which the artistic talent of works made in radish is exhibited.
The exhibition lasts two hours but as it is close to Christmas, the whole city will attend in addition to light decorations and other events.
According to what you are looking to do
Finally, as you know, Oaxaca has a bit of everything: beach, archaeological zones, city, nature.
That’s why depending on what you’re looking to do, it’s when it’s best to visit for yourself.
For example, if you plan to visit Puerto Escondido for surfing, the best months are in winter, as the tide is calm, controllable.
If you are an expert and want more adrenaline, then it is better to visit in June, July, August, and September. These months of rain and storm to find waves up to 15 meters.
Also, if you want to witness a surf competition, in September takes place the biggest tournament in the city “Central Longboard”.
Another example is if you would like to visit archaeological sites such as Monte Albán.
It might suit you more in April when the low season begins and there is sun and heat but not so much.
You can observe each structure in detail as well as take stunning photos.
Here ends the guide to when to visit Oaxaca.
We hope you will find it helpful to make the most of your next trip.
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