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.
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. They also sponsor other events like hosting the Yale Symphony Orchestra in March, 2023.
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. There are a few events in July and August. 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. On March, 26, 2023 I went to my second Garden Concert with songs from Broadway musical. It was escellent.
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. In 2022 I 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 along with film, lectures and theater events.
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 is a nonprofit, performance art theatre that stages theatrical productions and concerts. The San Miguel Playwrights Winter Showcase, presents short plays at the Playhouse, as does the Players Workshop. In March 2023, I went to my first performance of their Festival of Short Plays which included six, ten-minute plays. My second, two weeks later was a Comedy Tonight – The Lighter Side of Stephen Sondheim. I was very impressed with the quality. They are dedicated to bringing English language theater to San Miguel since 1982 and have held the Festival of Short Plays for 10 years.
They lost their lease at Ave. Independencia #82 and are in the process of moving to a new performance space near La Luciernaga Mall. Their plan is to include theater, chamber music and opera that will be directed to both the Mexican as well as expat community. I will keep you updated as to when they will open in 2024.
In October 2023, I went to my first performance of Ballet Folklórico de San Miguel de Allende. Started in 1975, this is a local dance troupe with a focus on traditional dances from various states throughout Mexico. Their goal to “preserve our traditions and identity, and please the public with programs full of life, joy, and passion.” I was very impressed with the quality of the dancers and the costumes.
Architecture lovers should walk by Casa Legorreta at Aldama 45. Named after the late internationally-renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the first Latin AIA Gold Medal winner, this is a contemporary home where the owners worked directly with Legorreta on the design, completing it on a double lot in 2005.
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 on the Boleto City website. San Miguel Live! is a new, recently launched, website that sells tickets for many live performances in town from theater, music, opera, dance and more. I am very impressed with the increasing number of live music performances that are offered in town.
Several places hosting live music include Paprika, Tres Fuentes Hotel Boutique, Trina Cantina, El Monarco, Casa Europa, Vivali Ristorante Terraza Bar and Don Lupe Grill.
Casa Europa, located at Sn Francisco 23, is becoming a venue for not only art exhibitions throughout the year, but also live music programs. I was recently there for the 2023 Pro Musica Youth Orchestra concert. It is a convenient block walk from the Jardin.
Another cultural venue that recently opened is Casa Nigromante, part of the Universidad de Guanajuato, at Umarán No. 38. They feature montly cultural offerings including films and music concerts. Tickets are available through San Miguel Live.com.