San Miguel was recently named one of the top ten world destinations to study art, so there are huge numbers of artists of all mediums who make San Miguel home. So take advantage of the frequent free gallery walks and openings. Check the Que Pasa Section of the weekly Atencion newspaper which comes out every Friday.
There are many concerts, theater and music events throughout the year.
The Festival de Música de Cámara San Miguel is held in August since 1979. Most of the performances happen at the Angela Peralta Theater. Check out their website for the calendar as well as for lectures and other events.
There are films, lectures, theater, dance and music performances throughout the year at the Theatro Santa Anna at the Biblioteca Publica. The Biblioteca was opened in 1958 as a library to help educate the people of San Miguel. It has a substantial collection of bilingual books in both Spanish and English in its collection. It also features a number of educational, cultural and literary programs.
Opened in March, 2022 is the Biblioteca’s new Art Studio for the community. Located in a contemporary space, it features classes for children, adolescents and adults in different media including drawing, painting, design, sculpture and ceramics. Check out their website for current offerings.
In February the San Miguel Writers Festival is very good with excellent programs and talks by some major authors. They now also have programs throughout the year, including some virtual events.
Pro Musica: Pro Musica has been bringing world-class classical music to San Miguel de Allende for over ten years. The season runs from September through March and is comprised of around 25 concerts, ranging from solo piano and classical guitar recitals, through string quartets, to chamber orchestras and opera. They also have special events including a concert in a private garden and a concert by their Youth Orchestra. Check their website for the schedule.
I went to my first Garden Concert in March, 2022 which featured the music of Andrew Lloyd Weber. It was one of the best performance I have been to in town. The next Sunday I went to an excellent performance by the Youth Orchestra outside at the Instituto Allende.
Opera San Miguel: Opera San Miguel has a mission to bring young operatic talent to town. Each year there is Concurso San Miguel which is a national contest for Mexican singers that culminates with a sold-out concert. I just attended a really excellent concert featuring singers from Mexico and Canada at the theater in the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante” El Nigromante also hosts free outdoor concerts in their courtyard in the afternoon and evening throughout the year.
In March, 2022 I went to my first performance of the Metropolican Opera’s Laffont Competition 2021 Winners’ Concert. Since 2018, the local council, the San Miguel Met Opera Trust, has hosted a competition designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist them in the development of their careers. The quality of the performances was outstanding. Two are on their way to study in the US. The 2018 winner, Yunuet Laguna recently made her solo debut on the Met Opera stage in New York at Lincoln Center.
In the past I enjoyed a Brazilian jazz performance as part of the Festival Internacional de Jazz y Blues. Check out their website performance schedule. They often perform on the patio at the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante”.
There are opera performances, symphony concerts, music concerts, dance performances and photography lectures and more at the Angela Peralta Theater as well throughout the year. I have been to many over the years.
San Miguel Playhouse, Ave. Independencia #82, is a nonprofit, performance art theatre that stages theatrical productions in town. The San Miguel Playwrights Winter Showcase, presents short plays at the Playhouse, as well, at its annual event.
I have also heard about Art Tour San Miguel. They take people through local artists studios and galleries. I am hoping to take on my next trip down.
Tickets for many events can be purchased online or at the Boleto City box office – open Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 5pm – located on the ground floor of Mercado Sano, Ancha de San Antonio #123. San Miguel Live! is new recently launched website that also sells tickets for many live performances in town from theater, music, opera, dance and more.