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San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland Performing Arts

Callejoneadas

  • Jardín de la Unión Map It
  • Centro
  • Music

Updated 01/23/2015

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Most nights between 8 and 9 pm, callejoneadas (mobile musical parties) begin in front of Teatro Juárez, in the center of town at Jardín de la Unión. These quintessential, traditional tours are led by groups of student-minstrels called tunas. In full-out period costumes, they roam the narrow downtown streets while strumming stringed instruments and singing folk songs, followed by groups of revelers. For a fee, usually around 100 pesos, you can travel with the group while enjoying a beverage: sometimes wine, mezcal, or grape juice. You'll see young people selling tickets around the theater, note the different outfits, which set apart the dozens of groups. Before purchasing a ticket, ask about the type of drink served and the size of the group. It's easier to hear the commentary, jokes, and songs—which are in Spanish only—with a smaller group. Tours usually wind up at the Callejón del Beso, a street so narrow it's said that a kiss could be exchanged between secret lovers on an upper balcony. Bundle up on cold nights; the tours last a little over an hour. You’re less likely to find a callejoneada on Sunday and Monday nights, most likely, on the weekend.

Performing Art Information

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Jardín de la Unión, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, 36000, Mexico

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Updated 01/23/2015

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