Check city apps or area websites to find out what’s new and what events are happening during your stay.
Even during a family reunion, you can detour to that locals-only fish taco stand or under-the-radar music club.
"San Miguel is like a Mexican Mayberrya cosmopolitan Mayberry," says one local gallery manager.
That's why many Southerners and other norteamericanos have chosen to skip Mexico's lively beach scene and dive into the cultural and artistic life of this jewel about 170 miles north of Mexico City.
You may also hear the whoosh, pop, and ka-boom of the fireworks that often signal the beginning of a festival.
• There’s no bad time of year to visit: Winter days are clear and sunny, and summers are lush and mild.The Mexican government made San Miguel a national monument in 1926 to preserve its Colonial architecture and cobblestoned streets.You'll reap the benefits of that gift as you stroll the city's 2- to 3-foot-wide stone-paved sidewalks (watch your step) and gaze up at richly colored stucco-and-stone buildings, their carved doors preserved in the dry air, some dating back to the 1700s.Here, the weeklong public party—the Festival la Calaca (Skull Festival)—includes parades, all-night dance parties, art installations, plays, and the creation of public altars around the city.With historic architecture, colorful cobblestone streets, bustling markets, and a practically perfect climate, San Miguel de Allende makes an ideal long-weekend getaway at any time of year, as our very own photo editor Jess Hothersall discovered on a recent trip for a family wedding.