In addition to the national and religious holidays, Monterrey has a number of exuberant local festivals.

Festibaúl Internacional de Títeres (mid-July). This one-week puppet ‘festibaúl’ is particularly appealing to kids, with Mexican and international puppeteers holding shows in the city.

Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey (end of Aug). The Monterrey film festival is one of Latin America’s largest, showcasing the best Mexican, Latin American and international films, as well as organizing lectures and other free events.

Festival Internacional de Santa Lucía (Sept/Oct). Massive celebration of performing arts, with international dance, music and theatre (this replaced the former Festival Cultural Barrio Antiguo).

Festival Internacional de Danza Extremadura-Lenguaje Contemporáneo (end of Oct). Scintillating dance festival with a heavy emphasis on local and Mexican troupes (contemporary), as well as some international guests.

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