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City Living - September 28, 2013

Photography Club

Everyone is invited to join in the new Photography Club at the American Society (AMSOC) that will hold meetings on the first Thursday of each month.  The club welcomes both native Spanish and English-speaking participants.

The meetings will be structured around planning outings, informational talks from experienced photographers, round table discussions, and sharing pictures.  

This is a great way for those with an interest in photography to learn new techniques and explore the endless photographic possibilities in and around Guadalajara.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 3, 10:30 a.m.  Participants are invited stay for the AMSOC Thursday lunch following the meeting.

For additional information contact Gail Early at (33) 3176-8236 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Fiestas de Octubre

The Fiestas de Octubre, Guadalajara’s annual month-long fair, opens to the public on Saturday, October 5 at its traditional site, the Benito Juarez Auditorium complex on the northern Periferico (intersection with Av. Alcalde).

Akin to a state fair in the United States, the “Fiestas” first saw the light of day in 1965, held then in the Parque Agua Azul in downtown Guadalajara.  The event has mushroomed over the ensuing decades to encompass a thriving cultural festival.

The fair’s nucleus serves up a mix of nightly entertainment (mainly popular Mexican bands), mechanical and children’s games, themed pavilions, special children’s shows, and dozens of food and vendors’ booths. 

Other attractions at the Benito Juarez Auditorium include an ice rink, open from 10 a.m. to midnight, costing 35 pesos (15 pesos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and late-night cockfights in the palenque arena, featuring top singing acts around midnight.

The fee to enter the fiestas is 30 pesos for adults and 15 for children. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close after midnight. The free concerts begin around 7 p.m. each evening.

The fiestas’ opening parade in downtown Guadalajara on Sunday, October 6, 10 a.m. with dozens of creative floats, marching bands, clowns and acrobats.  The route runs from the Agua Azul Park along Avenida 16 de Septiembre and Alcalde to La Normal traffic circle.

The city center also hosts free, nightly open-air shows in the Plaza Fundadores behind the Teatro Degollado (starting 7 p.m.), the annual stone masonry contest in the Plaza de la Liberacion (it runs throughout the month), and the Salon de Octubre, a state-wide art competition at the Ex-Convento del Carmen.

Beer festival

Mexico’s many excellent microbreweries will showcase their produce at Guadalajara’s very own Oktoberfest, the annual Festival de Cerveza which returns from October 18 to 20.

For its sixth edition, the beer festival moves from its traditional venue in the Parque Metropolitan to the Omnilife Stadium, just off Avenida Vallarta outside the western perimeter of the metropolitan area. For more information visit

Upcoming pro soccer

Chivas vs. Atlas (Estadio Omnilife) Sunday, September 29, 5 p.m.

Atlas vs. Cruz Azul (Estadio Jalisco) Saturday, October 5, 9 p.m.

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