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The (Delightful) Lightness of July in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico

Events in July in paradise are light and bright and family focused. The time of the Canicula (a usually three week period of sunny skies in the midst of the rainy season) is a quiet time with few tourists. Communities are turning attention to preparing for the end of school terms and the beginning of a summer break. Time moves even more slowly than usual with an extra, relaxed grace. For those who love the opportunity of going deeper into a local experience, and are undaunted by slightly higher temperatures, it’s a wonderful peaceful time to visit. Hotels and restaurants are open and often offering enticing discounts.

For the young – the summer rocks! There’s surfing and diving, and, lots of pool parties and concerts. Check the schedule below.

Wednesday, July 1, CANADA DAY: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has a significant population of Canadian residents and visitors who will be celebrating their national day on July 1st, the official independence day of Canada.  On July 1, 1867, with passage of the British North America Act, the Dominion of Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity within the British Empire. Happy Birthday, Canada!

Saturday, July 4, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo: “Little Jesus” band is the official musical ambassador for the LOOT. This group recently performed in Austin, Texas, and is now launching a tour to Europe and South America.

Little Jesus at the LOOT

Saturday, July 4, USA INDEPENDENCE DAY: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s American residents and visitors will celebrate the national “Fourth of July” holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. The Fourth of July is celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Saturday, July 11, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo: “Noche Fanzine” will include a pool party, dancing, and showing of the surfing film, “GONE”. Come out and enjoy!

Noche Fanzine at the LOOT

July 15 – August 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon, SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN at the Instituto Municipal de la Cultura (Culture House) in Zihuatanejo: It’s a time for fun and laughter! Children will enjoy workshops for ballet, folklore dancing, guitar, and handcrafts. For more information, mailto:direccion.cultura.zihua@hotmail.com .

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July – August, SUMMER VACATION AT THE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY in Zihuatanejo: Daily activities for children will be offered at the newly remodeled library in central Zihuatanejo. Children will learn how to express themselves in a positive manner. There will be workshops on tolerance, understanding and peace. Your kids will enjoy this wonderful experience.

Summer at the Library 2015

Starting July 14, ADULT DANCING CLASSES at Instituto e la Danza Mexicana: Put on your dance shoes and come out and learn authentic Mexican folklore dancing. Call (755) 121-1339 for registration.

Danza Mexicana

Saturday, July 18, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo: “La Lechuga” is a comedy presented by César Sierra. Humor is very cultural and difficult to understand in another language. You need to know Spanish to enjoy this one.

La Lechuga at the LOOT

Saturday, July 25, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo: Tropical artist Caloncho returns to the LOOT with his creativity and inspiration. Enjoy an unforgettable night of rhythms and dancing!

Caloncho at the LOOT

All through July, DAY PASS AT CAPELLA IXTAPA FOR $350 PESOS: Capella is one of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s award-winning, luxury resorts. It has a wonderful restaurant and spa. The resort is always open to the public. During July, if you consume $350 pesos (per person) or more, you can have access to the pool and enjoy the day at the resort. For reservations, mailto:Miriam.vazquez@capellahotels.com , or call: (755) 555-1100

Capella hotel

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for June 2015

Monday, June 1, DIA DE LA MARINA NACIONAL (NATIONAL MARINE DAY): A national holiday, Marine Day is a solemn occasion for the whole nation of Mexico when the National Flag is hoisted at full mast. Zihuatanejo has been an important port since colonial times. There is a navy station at the port and a Naval Hospital in Ixtapa. In 1942, the first of June was established as Marine Day in tribute to all, who with their work, personal sacrifice, participation, and cooperation at all levels, contributed to the birth and consolidation of the maritime sector in the country. On this day, Zihuatanejo pays tribute to our local navy personnel and the fishermen, tour operators, watersports operators, marine merchants, and others who care for our oceans and waters.

Monday, June 1 through Sunday, June 14, at 8:30 p.m., CINEMA FESTIVAL at La Casa de la Cultura in Zihuatanejo: What a wonderful summertime event – and, it’s free! Come out and enjoy a series of interesting films. One will be shown each day. Casa de la Cultura is located on Cinco de Mayo in central Zihuatanejo.

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Monday, June 1, GLOBAL DAY OF PARENTS: The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 and honors parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. Our families may be different, but we all share the same love.

Parents Day

Poster by: Amnistía Internaciónal México

Friday, June 5, CHAMPAGNE DINNER AT AMARES RESTAURANT in CAPELLA RESORT IXTAPA: Enjoy the unique dining experience of this five-star restaurant overlooking the ocean. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. For information and reservations, call: (755) 555 1121 or email: miriam.vazquez@capellahotels.com.

Monday, June 8, OCEAN DAY:  June 8 is Ocean Day, and the month is dedicated to conserving our world’s oceans. This is especially important to the tourist resort area of Zihuatanejo. Wherever you live, in Zihuatanejo or in any waterfront area, now is the time to take action to preserve our oceans!  See: June is Ocean Month -Observe the Beach Rules for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Saturday, June 13, “100 DAY COUNTDOWN” TO THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: Students Count Down to Peace Day! Join the global countdown to the United Nations International Day of Peace! Saturday, June 13, 2014 is the 100 Day Countdown to Peace Day. Students around the world can get involved by coming up with creative ways to promote sustainable peace within their lives, their schools, their communities, their planet. Kick off your peacebuilding activities on June 13, and carry them forward during the summer, leading up to the International Day of Peace (IDP) on September 21, and beyond. The theme of the International Day of Peace this year is, “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All”.

Teachers! Looking for a summer project to assign to your students? Get involved with the International Day of Peace and the 100 Day Countdown. You can also find Peace Day activity examples and peace educational materials at: www.perc4peace.org,  www.buildthepeace.orgwww.peacedayphilly.org, and www.peacedynamics.com

If you are in Zihuatanejo this month, we encourage you to visit and meditate at the Peace Pole Monument, located along the waterfront, next to the Archeological Museum. It bears the inscription, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in the native Náhuatl language, Spanish, French and English.

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Thursday, June 18, 12 Noon, 1st INTERNATIONAL MOTOCYCLISTS DUAL PURPOSE EXHIBITION in front of Hotel Villa Mexicana in Zihuatanejo: It will be a blast! Look for yourself.

For registration and information, call, (755) 112 1148 or (755) 555 0700 Ext. 1224, or mailto: doblepropositozihua@hotmail.com

Sunday, June 21, All Day Long! FATHER’S DAY: Happy Father’s Day! Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates male parenting. It is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide. Mexico, USA and Canada observe this day on the third Sunday in June. Be sure to kiss and hug Daddy!

Fathers Day

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for May 2015

Many international visitors come to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during the winter months, but spring and summer are when it is the most beautiful! There are many activities and special events this month, and of course, you can always have a “beach day” in our town!

Continuing through Sunday, May 17, EXPO FERIA (EXPO FAIR) at Unidad Deportiva (Sports Center) in Zihuatanejo: Come out and enjoy a variety of activities, workshops, music, and fun. For more information, call (755) 554-6223. Tickets are on sale at the Unidad Deportiva (sports center) in centro Zihuatanejo.

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Friday, May 1, INTERNATIONAL LABOR DAY (Día Internaciónal de Los Trabajadores): On “May Day,” Mexico and the world commemorate the struggle of workers for labor rights and freedom to organize its unions. Labor Day is celebrated in Canada and the USA in September. In Mexico, May 1st is a national holiday when the flag should be hoisted at full mast. All banks and governments offices are closed.   Most companies have some type of celebration to honor their workers.

Friday – Sunday, May 1, 2, and 3, INTERNATIONAL SAILFISH TOURNAMENT at Zihuatanejo Pier: Zihuatanejo was originally a fishing village before it began to modernize for tourism.  Zihuatanejo Bay is considered to be one of the best places in the world for sport fishing. Sailfish weighing up to 80 kilos can be found for most of the year. Fishermen and spectators are invited to join this annual tournament. For details and registration, go to: http://sociedadcooperativatenientejoseazueta.com/ or call: (755) 554-2056.

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Saturday, May 2, 7 – 11 pm, PROYECTANDO ZIHUATANEJO at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo: A lot of people working together can make a big impact. That’s why LOOT is hosting “Proyectando Zihuatanejo” for an evening to assist with two valuable causes. First, there will be screening the trailer for a locally-made documentary all about the people of Zihuatanejo called Allá en la Costa Grande. There will be a silent auction for works of art donated by various artists to support this cause. Next, there will be a celebration for Kristal Hernandez, who is currently the women’s surf champion of Mexico! There will be a raffle ($50 pesos) for a SUPER brand 6’0” surfboard to help send her to the ISA World Surfing Games in Nicaragua at the end of May. The evening will end with a screening of the Globe surf film, Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La, complete with lounge seating and popcorn. For more information, visit: http://www.loot.mx/weekends/proyectando-zihuatanejo.

Zihuatanejo Project LOOT

Sunday, May 3, HOLY CROSS DAY (Día de la Santa Cruz): In México, it is the traditional feast day of construction workers. The builders usually place a wooden cross adorned with flowers and blessed by a priest on the top of the facade of the building site.

Tuesday, May 5, COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE OF PUEBLA (Conmemoración de la Batalla de Puebla):  The “Cinco de Mayo” holiday celebrates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army in “The Battle of Puebla” in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday, celebrated in the state capital of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo is more commonly recognized in American cities with large Mexican populations. Many people mistakenly think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, but the national holiday is September 16th.

Sunday, May 10, MOTHER’S DAY: Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10 in most of Latin America and the second Sunday in May in the USA, Canada and Cuba. This year, the celebration falls on the same day!  No matter where you are in the world, don’t forget to stop and call your Mother!  In Mexico, “la madre” is revered. Mother’s Day in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is an extraordinarily special day. The beach, restaurants and streets are overflowing with families celebrating. The local stores area packed with colorful flowers. The bakeries display very grand and beautiful “Happy Mother’s Day” cakes. Thank you to all of the Mothers of the World!

Listen to this video.  It will make you laugh!  I’M THE MOM!

Friday, May 15, TEACHERS DAY (DÍA DEL MAESTRO) in Mexico: Every May 15th México salutes its teachers and professors. This date became a national tradition in 1918 and has continued. Take a mango to your favorite teacher!

Dia de Maestros

Thursday, May 21, WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY: The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.  Since 2011, the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, Zihuatanejo’s tourism university has been collaborating with Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, on a cultural diversity project about Afro-Mexicans.  Visit: http://www.FreedomPathways.org.

Saturday, May 23, STUDENTS DAY (DÍA DE ESTUDIANTE) in Mexico:  Spend some time with a special student in your life!

Dia del Estudiante

Saturday, May 23, TELEVISA SPORTS INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo: Triathletes will again compete in Ixtapa’s International Triathlon to be televised on Televisa Sports. Sportsmen of Mexico, Chile, the United States, Costa Rica, and other nations will participate in the event that is part of the Continental Cup with award points for the classification of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the Pan-American (NJT). Categories are: children’s (9-11, 12-13 and 14-15 years), Sprint (16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44 and 45, and older), Olympic, Relay and Elite. The Sprint distances will be: 750 m swimming, 20 km bike and 5 km of running; Olympic categories will swim 1.5 kilometers, bike 40 km and run 10 kilometers.

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Swimmers will emerge in front of the beach at the Pacific Hotel and the transition will be located in front of Emporio and Fontan Hotels. The bicycle route will be through the residential areas of Ixtapa to Playa Linda, and the race will take place at Paseo de el Palmar and the area of the nursery.

Ixtapa residents beware! The streets in the residential areas of Ixtapa will be closed for the event and you cannot transport by car. Get groceries and refreshments ahead of time and plan to walk to the Triathlon!

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for April 2015

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the place for wonderful Special Events and activities. Mark your calendars and get ready for more sun and fun in paradise!

If you would like your community event posted, send information to: mailto:info@imagine-mexico.com

Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more!

Eco Tianguis

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Saturday, April 4, TIME CHANGE IN MEXICO: The time changes in Mexico on this date – Spring forward 1 hour!Clock

Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 11, PEACE PALS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBITION: For the first time in Mexico, the Peace Pals International Children’s Art Exhibition will launch its national tour starting in Zihuatanejo.  The art collection features works of youth from over 80 countries who have submitted their visions of peace.

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Each work highlights the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” In Spanish, “Que la paz prevalezca en la tierra.” The events will be both entertainment and fundraisers for educational projects and local charities.

  • April 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. – Viceroy Hotel in Zihuatanejo
  • April 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. – Capella Resort in Ixtapa
  • Donations of $15 USD or $200 pesos are requested at the door. Children attend free!

Peace Pals Art Exhibit in Mexico

Donated funds from these events will be shared with Carol’s Rice and Beans nutritional program that helps to feed needy students in Zihuatanejo. The exhibition will tour the Zihuatanejo area and other destinations throughout Mexico. For more information, or for reservations for the tour in your area, contact: mailto:info@imagine-mexico.com.

Read more:

Peace Pals International Children’s Art Exhibition Launches National Tour in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico

Get Off Your Butts and Help Feed Some Needy Students in Zihuatanejo – Support Carol’s Rice and Beans Program

Saturday, April 4, and Saturday, April 18, PHOTO EXPOSITION AND LIVE MUSIC AT THE LOOT IN ZIHUATANEJO: Visit Zihuatanejo’s hottest new “concept” store, restaurant, and gallery. The LOOT is on the road to La Ropa Beach, just past the statue of the dolphins. Enjoy entertainment every night.

LOOT in April 2015

Saturday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m., 3.5K RUN FOR CENDI INSTITUTE IN ZIHUATANEJO:  Come out in the evening time and join in for this fun event! Participation is open to the public.

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Thursday, April 30, DIA DE NIÑOS (INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE CHILD) IN MEXICO:  The United Nations established “Children’s Day” in 1954 to protect children who were working long hours in dangerous circumstances, and to allow all children access to an education. “Children’s Day” is recognized on various days in many countries around to world to honor children.

Children are our future

In Mexico, Children’s Day is celebrated on April 30. It is also known as “El Día Del Niño”. On this day teachers in schools organize the day for their children. Lessons are suspended for the day. Children participate in games, listen to music, and bring in their favorite foods to share with others. Many families also have a day out with their children. In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, there are special activities for the children in the restaurants and hotels. Children also receive presents from their families. This is the day when children are really honored in Mexico. So, spend some time with the children in your life!

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Special Event Update for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo – March/ April 2015

Friday, March 6- Sunday, March 15, ZIHUATANEJO GUITAR FESTIVAL: A week of live music in a beautiful beach front setting. The internationally acclaimed musicians perform, from as far away as Pakistan, Argentina, Australia, Cuba, Spain, Switzerland, and as close as Mexico, the US and Canada. Performances include solos, duos and trios performing blues, classical, flamenco, rock, pop, jazz, and more. The ZIGF offers a week of beach concerts and gala shows in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Guitar Fest 2015

Guitar Fest Calendar

Saturday, March 7, ECOLOGY COURSE FOR CHILDREN (AND ADULTS TOO!) AT ECO-TIANGUS: During the month of March, our local Eco-Tianguis group will host courses on the preservation of the environment. Join this group every Saturday morning, in front of the museum in Zihuatanejo. There are many handmade crafts, vegan foods, and other natural treats for you to enjoy and purchase.

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Monday, Wednesday and Friday, March 9, 11, &13: SKYMED™ MEDICAL EVACUATION SERVICE PRESENTATIONS: Local representatives of SkyMed™ Medical Evacuation Service will make presentations about this program. For more information, see: Medical Evacuation Services Available to Travelers and Residents of ixtapa Zihuatanejo

  • Monday, March 9, 10:00 am at the LOOT in Playa La Ropa, with a light breakfast.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. at Coconut’s in Zihuatanejo, with a light lunch.
  • Note change: Friday, March 13, 11:30 a.m. at Emporio Hotel in Ixtapa

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Friday, March 13, 10 am – 2 pm, BARRA DE POTOSI STREET FAIR: The village of Barra de Potosi will host its second annual Spring Street Fair on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 10am to 2 pm. The fair takes place in an authentic fishing nestled by the edge of the sea and the largest lagoon in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area. If you have not visited before, this is the day to come out. If you are a regular, you already know the beauty and the biodiversity of the area. See: Barra de Potosi Hosts Second Annual Spring Street Fair -Friday, March 13, 2015.

Friday, March 13, ART SHOW BY META MARICARMEN HERNANDEZ IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE: From Troncones Beach to Paris to San Miguel de Allende, Mexican artist MariCarmen Hernandez is known internationally for her inspiring works. Her show, “Sesos y Esos” will open at Casa Diana gallery on March 13 and continue until April 26. For more information about this artist, see: From Troncones, Mexico to Paris, France – The Art of MariCarmen Hernandez. Also see: Enjoy a Combo Beach and City Vacation Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and San Miguel de Allende .

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Monday, March 16, BIRTHDAY OF BENITO JUAREZ: Benito Juarez was a famous Mexican president and national hero. His actual birthday in on March 21, but it is celebrated on the third Monday in March.

Friday, March 27 – April 12, EXPOFERIA IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO 2015, in front of Ixtapa Palace Hotel in Ixtapa: Enjoy the first fair in Ixtapa! Activities include electronic games, casino, theatrical performances, crafts, a farmer’s exposition, fireworks, and more! Come out every day and enjoy this wonderful fair!

Expoferia 2015

Sunday, March 29 – Sunday, April 5, SEMANA SANTA: In Mexico, this is the time at the end of the 40-day Lent period, when people throughout the country take their vacations to enjoy the companionship of family and friends. Everything is closed! Enjoy this precious time with loved ones.

Saturday, April 4, TIME CHANGE IN MEXICO: The time changes in Mexico on this date – Spring forward 1 hour!

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Special Event Update for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for Mid-February – March 2015

Friday, February 20, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, VEGAN BREAD BAKING CLASS: You are invited to participate in a cooking class to learn to prepare vegan bread. The class will be conducted by Diego Melendez. The workshop will be held at Casita Eco Vegana, Calle Mar Mediterraneo, No. 9 (behind Telmex) in Zihuatanejo. For more information, email: mailto:conctacto@ecovegana.com , or call (755) 554-6335.

Taller de Cocina

Saturday, February 21-22, 10:00 am, CROCS KIDS SURF TOURNAMENT at Playa Linda: What a fun time with the kids! The competition is in age categories of 4-10 years, and 11-14 years. For more information, go to: http://www.burrosurf.com.

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Tuesday, February 24, NATIONAL FLAG DAY OF MEXICO: On this day, the country stops to honor its national flag. The design of the current national flag was first used 1821. The first flag celebration occurred on February 24, 1937. The current flag was officially adopted in 1968.  Its colors – red, white, and green – are the national liberation army’s colors. Flags will be hoisted in front of offices, government buildings, and homes.

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Tuesday, February 24 – Sunday, March 1, REGIONAL FAIR & SAILFISH TOURNAMENT IN TRONCONES BEACH: Troncones Beach is located about 20 minutes north of Ixtapa. It is known for its natural wildlife, surfing, and fishing. The community will host their first regional fair, a surfing day, and a sailfish tournament. For more information, registration requirements, etc., visit Facebook: Asoc  troncones saladita.

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Friday, March 6- Sunday, March 15, ZIHUATANEJO GUITAR FESTIVAL: A week of live music in a beautiful beach front setting. The internationally acclaimed musicians perform, from as far away as Pakistan, Argentina, Australia, Cuba, Spain, Switzerland, and as close as Mexico, the US and Canada. Performances include solos, duos and trios performing blues, classical, flamenco, rock, pop, jazz, and more. The ZIGF offers a week of beach concerts and gala shows in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Guitar Fest 2015

Monday, March 16, BIRTHDAY OF BENITO JUAREZ: Benito Juarez was a famous Mexican president and national hero. His actual birthday in on March 21, but it is celebrated on the third Monday in March.

Friday, March 27 – April 12, EXPOFERIA IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO 2015, in front of Ixtapa Palace Hotel in Ixtapa: Enjoy the first fair in Ixtapa! Activities include electronic games, casino, theatrical performances, crafts, a farmer’s exposition, fireworks, and more! Come out every day and enjoy this wonderful fair!

Expoferia 2015

Sunday, March 29 – Sunday, April 5, SEMANA SANTA: In Mexico, this is the time at the end of the 40-day Lent period, when people throughout the country take their vacations to enjoy the companionship of family and friends. Everything is closed! Enjoy this precious time with loved ones.

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Celebration of Peace, Feb. 2-8, 2015 – Schedule of Events with the Zihuatanejo Sailfest

It’s time for the Fifth Annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! Our youth and young adults in the Americas are calling out for recognition and protection of their human rights. If we want peace, we must teach peace. As teachers, educators, and community leader, we must respond to these situations and help guide our youth to peace, rather than allow them to turn toward violence.

Again this year, we are combining the celebration with the Zihuatanejo Sailfest, all to raise funds to build schools and to provide scholarships for local students. We also have many special guests coming to join us.

Monday, February 2, 2015

ZIHUATANEJO SAILFEST WELCOME DANCE PARTY – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Place: Casa Arcadia Restaurant at la Plaza del Artista in Zihuatanejo

Activities: Celebrate the arrival of our compassionate cruising partners. Get your Sailfest t-shirt and dance to live music!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ZIHUATANJEO SAILFEST LIVE AUCTION PARTY – 6:30 pm
Place: La Plaza del Artista next to Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo

Activities: Have fun and bid on fabulous auction items to benefit the kids of Zihuatanejo

 Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PURSUIT RACE – Morning. A fun sailing race in and out of the Bay. Crew spots available.

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INAUGURATION OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE CELEBRATION OF PEACE– 9:30 am
Place: Viceroy Hotel Zihuatanejo

Community Invitees: Municipal Officials, Hotel Association, Restaurant Association, Club Rotary Zihuatanejo, Club Rotary Ixtapa, Civil Associations, Universities. The public is welcome!

YOGA FOR PEACE FOR KIDS (FREE PUBLIC EVENT)– 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Place: Viceroy Hotel Zihuatanejo

Special Guest Instructor: Master Charles Kim, The Peace School of Chicago

Master KimFor more information, contact: Zihuatanejo Peace Committee (755) 112-2119 

INAUGURATION OF PEACE PALS ART EXHIBIT – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place: Museo Arqueológico de la Costa Grande in Zihuatanejo

International Art Exhibition

Activities: Paintings, expressing peace, by children from around the world will be on display. Local school children will also join the art activities to express their visions of peace. Download more information about this international event. Peace Pals Art Tour

Special Guest: Ms. Fumi Johns, Executive Director, World Peace Prayer Society, New York and Tokyo. See: Fumi Johns Stewart – bio.

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SAILFEST BENEFIT MUSIC CONCERT & DINNER – 6:00 pm -11:00 pm
Place: El Pubelito’s Restaurant in Zihuatanejo

Activities: Benefit concert party with outstanding local and international musicians, who donate their talents to build classrooms for children.

 Thursday, February 5, 2015

PEACE IN ACTION! INTERNATIONAL YOUTH PEACE WEBINAR AND CONVENTION – 9:30 am–12:30 pm (Spanish/English)

Go to: https://vonvo.com/v/peace-in-action (Laptop or desktop with videocam; no mobile devices. Use Google Chrome or Firefox. To participate and chat, create a personal user account on Vonvo using email or Facebook login.)

Program: We welcome students, teachers, and community leaders from around the world to view and participate in a Webinar peace conference for youth. Students will present different expressive forms that support and facilitate peace. They will receive instruction and tools to help them become peacemakers in their own communities. Also included is the first viral Yoga for Peace session. Help us set a world record. This is peace in action!

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Download the program: Program-Peace in Action – Zihuatanejo International Youth Peace Webinar and Convention-EnglishPrograma-La Paz en acion – Programa del convencion de los jovenes_Final-Espanol

SAILFEST CHILI COOK-OFF –1:00 – 3:00 pm/SILENT AUCTION–2:00 – 5 pm
Place: Plaza del Artista next to Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo

Activities: You can sample and taste the various chili dishes and vote for your favorite. (Ticket Donation: $50 pesos) Buy local crafts.

PEACE IN ACTION! TEACHERS PEACE CONFERENCE – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (English)

Go to: https://vonvo.com/v/peace-in-action (Laptop or desktop with videocam; no mobile devices. Use Google Chrome or Firefox. To participate and chat, create a personal user account on Vonvo using email or Facebook login.)

Program: Our youth and young adults in the Americas are calling out for recognition and protection of their human rights. If we want peace in the Americas, we must teach peace. As teachers, educators, and community leaders, we must respond to these situations and help guide our youth to peace, rather than allow them to turn toward violence.  We have a distinguished panel of guests. Download the program: Peace in Action – Zihuatanejo Teachers Conference for Peace – Program-finalThis is peace in action!

Friday, February 6, 2015

 ZIHUATANEJO GRAND SAIL PARADE – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sail around Zihuatanejo Bay, then to Ixtapa and back. The fleet “dresses” for a colorful procession. It is spectacular! Remember, all activities are for the benefit of low-income students in Zihuatanejo. Sign-up at Casa Arcadia Restaurant in Zihuatanejo, and sail aboard one of the boats. (Donation)

CLUB ROTARY ZIHUATANEJO – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Place: Catalina Beach Resort in Playa La Ropa

Cost: $150 pesos including lunch

Special Guest: DG. Sergio Romero Barradas, Governor, District  4185

Peace Through Service Rotary

Guest Speaker: Mr. Liberato “Levi” Bautista Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)

Reservations are required by February 1: Email, Gerarda Gonzalez, President mailto:gera_gato2@hotmail.com

Saturday, February 7, 2015 

OFFICIAL SEMINAR: PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Attire: Sundress or pants / casual slacks and shirt (no ties!)
Place: Holiday Inn Ixtapa (no admission)

Special Guest Speakers:

Mr. Liberato “Levi” Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society, a non-governmental agency (NGO) in consultative status with the United Nations. Mr. Bautista serves as the Organization’s Main Representative to the United Nations, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, in Geneva, Switzerland, and in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Bautista is also the Immediate Past President of CoNGO—the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. CoNGO is an international organization which counts about 500 member NGOs worldwide and is involved in facilitating access and participation of civil society in UN debates and decision-making. Mr. Bautista is a distinguished expert on human rights.

Levi Bautista

Mr. J. Fred Arment, Executive Director, International Cities of Peace Organization. International Cities of Peace™ is a nonprofit, tax-exempt association dedicated to connecting, promoting, and encouraging the global cities of peace movement. An Advisory Council of leaders from global Cities of Peace organizations is working to create an all-inclusive, non-polarizing network of world citizens working on the ground to bring peace to their communities. ICP is proud to welcome Ixtapa Zihuatanejo as a “Certified International City of Peace.”

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YOGA FOR PEACE FOR ADULTS (FREE PUBLIC EVENT) – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place: Beach in front of Viceroy Hotel Zihuatanejo

Special Guest Instructors: Jennifer Kim and Master Charles Kim, The Peace School of Chicago.

For more information, contact: Zihuatanejo Peace Committee (755) 112-2119

THE PEACE PARTY! 8:00 pm – until
Place: LOOT in Zihuatanejo

Activities: 8:00 pm – Motown Hustle; 9:00 pm – Live Guitar Show, Music, dancing, hamburgers, and fun!

Sunday, February 8, 2015 – INTERNATIONAL CITY OF PEACE CELEBRATION!

It’s Peace Day in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! And, we’re going to celebrate! Our peace pole monument and all activities for the afternoon are located on the beachfront walkway of our main beach, Playa Principal. WEAR WHITE!

SAILFEST WRAP UP BEACH PARTY, AWARDS & RAFFLE – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Place: Casa Arcadia Restaurant on the beachfront walkway in Zihuatanejo
Activities: Great food, great raffle prized, and fun for all! Food tickets are $100 pesos (donation).

ECO-TIANGUIS COOPERATIVE MARKETPLACE – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This marketplace is located directly across the street from our museum and peace pole monument. It is run by a cooperative of local craftspeople (many women), with artisans, vegan food, natural products, and more. They have planned a wonderful surprise!

PEACE MONUMENT CEREMONY/PEACE WALK – 5:00 pm    
Place: Peace Monument (next to museum in Zihuatanejo). Following the ceremony, walk to Cancha Municipal (main basketball court).

Peace Monument

INTERNATIONAL CITY OF PEACE CEREMONY – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Place: Cancha Municipal (main basketball court) in Zihuatanejo

For the past five years, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has worked together to build a sustainable peace program, as required by the International Cities of Peace Organization, in cooperation with the United Nations. The municipal government has proclaimed the continuation of such efforts. Thus, the community now celebrates its recognition as an “International City of Peace,” joining a sisterhood of 100 other such recognized cities around the world.

Parade of World Flags: The children of Instituto CENDI

This is peace in action! 

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for January 2015

Thursday, January 1, AÑO NUEVO (NEW YEAR’S DAY):  We wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!  Most people in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo spend the day at the beach!

La Madera Beach in Zihuatanejo

 Photo: Courtesy of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Sunday, January 4, 7:30 a.m., 5K DAY OF THE KINGS RACE at Marina Ixtapa: Come out and watch the kids race and have fun. Bring a donation of toys, games, clothes, or any necessities. Help to make it a fun day for all of the kids in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

3 Kings race

 

Tuesday, January 6, DÍA DE LOS REYES MAGOS (THREE KINGS DAY) Three Kings Day is a Christmas Holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and in Spain. In Spanish countries, the children receive their gifts on Three Kings Day rather than Christmas. This celebration itself stems from the New Testament of the Bible, where it is stated that the kings, Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthasar, traveled by night all the way from the farthest confines of the Earth to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. Arriving from three different directions, the kings followed the light provided by the star of Bethlehem, which reportedly lingered over the manger where the Virgin Mary gave birth for many days

Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day is celebrated with festive lights in the streets, Nativity scenes and holiday songs. There is also a joyful parade called the “Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos,” to symbolize the arrival of the kings.  The kings ride upon horses or elaborate floats and throw goodies down to the children lining the streets. This is also traditionally the big opportunity for children to ask the kings for presents.

In the evening, before an early night in bed, children leave out their shoes in a spot where the kings are sure to see them. The religious monarchs, just like Santa Claus, certainly love their sweets, so the children often set out goodies to entice the kings as well as hay to feed their camels. When morning arrives, children delightedly discover that the kings nibbled the sweets, the camels ate the hay, and by their shoes there are wrapped presents. The magical night comes to a close with another Spanish Christmas tradition: a typical breakfast of “Roscón de Reyes,” a ring-shaped cake decorated with fruits symbolizing the precious gems that adorned the royal trio’s lavish clothing.

Thursday, January 15, BIRTHDAY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE:  People in Mexico and around the world will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a hero of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Martin Luther King dreamed that all people would be judged by their personal qualities and not by the color of their skin. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.  Members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force of Southfield, Michigan will be special guests at the Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico, February 2-8, 2015. Dr. Martin Luther King photoRead: Dr. Martin Luther Kings-Principles of Non Violence.

Make your arrangements now!

Monday – Sunday, February 2-8, 2015, CELEBRATION OF PEACE IN IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO: Students, educators, civic groups, business representatives, tourists and families from around the world are invited to fifth annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico and Re-Certification as a “International City of Peace” during the Zihuatanejo SailFest, February 2-8, 2015, sponsored by the” Por Los Niños” Charity. Activities will include music, art and entertainment by the children of Zihuatanejo – all to build schools and to provide student scholarships.

For more information, go to: Zihuatanejo Will Honor Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2015 Celebration of Peace

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for December 2014

Thursday – Saturday, December 4-6, 9 am – 4 pm, 5 K Run at Azul Ixtapa Beach Resort: Come out and run, win, and help a local cause.

Azul Ixtapa Run

Friday, December 5, 5 pm, DAY OF THE IMMIGRANT/ IMMIGRANT OF THE YEAR AWARDS, La Piazza Resort del Mundo Imperial, Zona Dimanate in Acapulco:  The National Migration Institute (INM) in the state of Guerrero will celebrate its fourteenth annual “International Migrants Day” on December 5, 2014. The year, the ceremony will be held in Acapulco to honor several immigrants from within the state, including Patrick Ward Crosby and Dennis Carlton Ferguson from the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area. The award ceremony will be held at La Piazza, the Imperial World Resort in the Diamond Zone at 5:00 p.m. Read the story: Guerrero to Honor Immigrants of the Year for 2014 – Ceremony in Acapulco on December 5, 2014

INVITACION DIA DEL MIGRANTE 2014

Sunday, December 7 and Friday, December 12 at the LOOTon La Ropa Beach in Zihuatanejo: Everyone is invited to join the music, art and fun at Zihuatanejo’s newest hot spot – the LOOT on La Ropa Beach Road. On December 7, Live Music: Zimmer (FRA) and a Pool Party. December 12, Art Event: Erik Sepulva and Juan Ramon Perez Barientos, Music TBA.

LOOT in Zihuatanejo

Friday – Sunday, December 12, 13, 14, SURF OPEN IXTAPA: Enjoy surfing, art, and music!

Surf Open Zihuatanejo

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PROGRAMA- Surf OpenThursday, December 18, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., CONSULAR INFORMATION CENTER FOR CANADIANS, at Hotel Emporio Ixtapa: The Government of Canada would like to invite all Canadians in the Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo area to an information session with the Consular Agency of Canada. The purpose of the session is to provide an overview of the consular services offered to Canadian citizens by the Government of Canada in Mexico. Please click to download more information: Information Session Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Dec 18 2014 flyer

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Saturday, December 20 at 6 pm, POSADA NAVIDEÑA 2014 (Traditional Christmas Party) in La Madera Beach: It’s a local tradition – a Christmas block party. The entire community is invited to come out and enjoy performances by the children, music, food, and a festival of activities.  Happy Holidays!

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for November 2014

Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2, “DIA DE MUERTOS ” (Day of the Dead):  During the first days of November, Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead. This holiday is as important to Mexicans as Thanksgiving is in the USA and Canada. It is a celebration, not of death, but of the continuum of life. Families travel long distances to be with their loved ones on this occasion.  Its origins are distinctly Mexican: During the time of the Aztecs, a month-long summer celebration was overseen by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead. After the Aztecs were conquered by Spain and Catholicism became the dominant religion, the customs became intertwined with the Christian commemoration of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1. The holiday is joyous celebration!  It is a time for the family to pray, to reflect, to honor and to remember their dead. To learn more about this Mexican tradition, read: “Día de Muertos” – Day of the Dead Celebration in Mexico and Day of the Dead Celebration in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero.

Starting November 2, ART GALLERY, LIVE MUSIC, FASHION SHOW AND MORE! at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo: The LOOT is Zihuatanejo’s new concept store, located on the beautiful La Ropa Beach. This month, they will open the Art Gallery and offer a variety of live music from musicians from around the world. Get the schedule of musical performances hear the artists:  Music at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo for November 2014.

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Friday, November 7, 6:00 p.m., “SONG TO ZIHUATANEJO 2”at the Museo Arqueologico de la Costa Grande  (archeological museum) along the beachfront in Zihuatanejo: Presentation of the disco, “Canto a Zihuatanejo 2” by Dr.  Raymundo Lara Valdovinos and the group “Los Porteños.  The public is invited to attend.

Canto Zihuatanejo

Saturday – Monday, November 15-17, 8:00 am – 5 pm, in Zihuatanejo Bay, REGATAS OCEANICAS (Ocean Sailfest):  This exciting international ocean race comes to Zihuatanejo!

Regatas Oceanica

You will enjoy the thrill of watching this sports event. See the video of the REGATAS OCEANICAS race in Cape Town, South Africa.

Thursday, November 27, THANKSGIVING DAY IN THE USA: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has many residents and tourists from the United States. On this day, American families join together to give thanks for the many blessings received during the year. What is this day about? Let’s look at it from the Native American perspective. This day commemorates the time when immigrants from England joined together with the original inhabitants of America to give thanks. Native Americans welcomed these immigrants to their lands, and provided them with food and the necessities for their survival.

Thanksgiving Immigrants

Friday – Sunday, November 28 – 30, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., CAMPUS YOGA: Everyone enjoyed Campus Yoga last year, and now it returns! This year will be even more fabulous.

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For complete information and the schedule of events, go to: Campus Yoga Returns to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on November 28, 29 and 30, 2014!

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico for October 2014

Summer is over. The kids are back to school. But, the action and fun never stops in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico. This month is full of exciting activities and events.

Sunday, October 5, 6:00 p.m., YOUTH TALENT COMPETITION at Cancha Municipal (basketball court) in Zihuatanejo: Come out and support our talented youth! The Municipal Youth Department is sponsoring a talent competition. Young people will sing, dance, act, or whatever! The auditions will be held in Centro Social (municipal social center) on Friday, October 3 at 4 p.m. The final performances will be on Sunday. This promises to be one of the most entertaining events of the year. Let’s rock!

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Thursday and Friday, October 9-10, 1st Conference on Mental Health in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo: The event will be held at Hotel Krystal in Ixtapa. Sponsored by the Psychology Association of Zihuatanejo (Colegio de Psicologas de Zihuatanejo, A.C.) this will be the first conference in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for mental health. The objective is to help elevate the importance of mental health in education, society and business. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 9. The conference begins each day at 9 a.m. Cost is $400 pesos for students and $700 pesos for professionals. (Click on the program images to enlarge them.)

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Monday, October 13, “Día de la Raza” (Columbus Day): Many countries around the world celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492, as a holiday or official celebration. The landing is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States. Since 1970, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October, coincidentally the same day as Thanksgiving in Canada.

In Mexico and in other parts of Latin America, the day is recognized as Día de la Raza (“Day of the Race”). Although the original idea of Columbus Day was to unite the cultures in the Americas, the holiday is very controversial. It is argued that the October 12 actually should be a day of mourning; it was the start date of the imposition of Spanish America, subsequent colonization, conquest of indigenous natives, and enslavement of African people.

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Monday, October 13, Thanksgiving Day in Canada: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has many Canadian visitors and residents. We wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks their good fortunes in the past year.

Wednesday, October 15, International Day of Rural Women: The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on October 15, 2008. This new international day, established by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 on December 18, 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

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Rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In most parts of the developing world they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families’ livelihoods. In addition, they carry out vital functions in caring for children, older persons and the sick.

Friday, October 24, United Nations Day: United Nations Day has been celebrated on October 24 since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. The United Nations works for peace; it promotes maternal health; it combats climate change; it fights poverty; it promotes human rights; it assists refugees; it helps people in emergencies; it feeds hungry populations; it vaccinates children; it works to prevent conflict; it promotes disarmament; and the UN works for primary education for all. Celebrate UN Day! Download this poster: 13-00123 UN Day Poster 1[1]

Saturday, October 25, Revolution 3 Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Triathlon: Swimming, cycling, and running! You can compete, or sit back and enjoy the thrill of watching! Ixtapa residents, remember that the streets will be closed during the morning. For more information, visit: REV3 Mexico Triathlon.

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Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2, “Día de Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”:  This holiday is as important to Mexicans as Thanksgiving is in the USA and Canada. It is a celebration, not of death, but of the continuum of life. Families travel long distances to be with their loved ones on this occasion.  Its origins are distinctly Mexican: During the time of the Aztecs, a month-long summer celebration was overseen by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead. After the Aztecs were conquered by Spain and Catholicism became the dominant religion, the customs became intertwined with the Christian commemoration of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1. The holiday is joyous celebration!  It is a time for the family to pray, to reflect, to honor and to remember their dead. To learn more about this Mexican tradition, read: “Día de Muertos” – Day of the Dead Celebration in Mexico and Day of the Dead Celebration in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero.

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Mexico’s Independence Day, International Day of Peace, and Other Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo-September 2014

September is a special month for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico. During this time, the area joins the nation to celebrate its Independence Day on September 16. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is also the center point in the state of Guerrero for the International Day of Peace celebration on September 21.

Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, starting at 7:00 a.m., SURF OPEN TRONCONES LA SALADITA: Organized by the Asocicación de Hoteles y Restaurantes de Troncones y Saladita (Hotel and Restaurant Association of Troncones and Saliadita), this event promises to be exciting! Get to Troncones Beach at the crack of dawn! It is located a short twenty minutes by highway from Zihuatanejo.

Surf Open

Troncones, located about 20 minutes by highway from Zihuatanejo, is famous for its natural beauty and surfing. City folks – take a look at this video. It rocks!

Saturday, September 13, COMMEMORATION OF “NIÑOS HÉROES (BOY HEROES): On September 13 of every year, Mexico remembers and honors six young cadets, ranging in age from 13 to 19, who died defending their military academy at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City in 1847, when the United States invaded Mexico during the Mexican-American War. There is a monument in Mexico City dedicated to these young men. In reference to these young Mexican cadets, U.S. President Truman said, “Brave men do not belong to any one country.” Read their story: From the Halls of Montezuma: The Story of the “Niños Héroes” (Boy Heroes).

Monday, September 15, FESTIVAL OF THE PATRIOTS IN ZIHUATANEJO and Tuesday, September 16, INDEPENDENCE DAY NATIONAL HOLIDAY:  Viva México! Mexico celebrates its Independence Day! In the early hours of September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople. He called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, thus initiating Mexico’s War of Independence. This event, known as the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) or El Grito de la Independencia (Cry of Independence), is commemorated every year in town squares across Mexico.  The country did not achieve independence until 1821.

Padre Hidalgo by Jose Clemente Orozco

 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople, calling for the revolution.

 The Independence Day ceremony will take place at City Hall in Zihuatanejo in the evening on Monday, September 15. See a play by the students of Zihuatanejo re-enacting the El Grito de la Independencia (Cry of Independence).

Usually, history refers to its war “heroes.” Many women, however, took part in the fight for freedom and liberty in Mexico. Read: Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez – A Heroine of the Struggle for Mexican Independence

Sunday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION at the Peace Monument (next to the museum) in Zihuatanejo: The Municipality of Zihuatanejo joins with the United Nations in celebration of the International Day of Peace. Zihuatanejo is a “Culture of Peace Community,” and participates in various peace education activities for the youth in our area.

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This year’s theme is “The Right of Peoples to Peace.”  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will host a Peace Day Ceremony at our Peace Monument. Everyone is invited!  WEAR WHITE!

Right of Peoples to Peace

September is the rainy season in the tropics, so we will have our major peace event February 2-8, 2015. Please make your plans to attend.

Club Rotary of Zihuatanejo Invites You to the Celebration of Peace, February 2-8, 2015 – Make Plans Now!

Students! Come to the International Youth Peace Conference in Zihuatanejo, Mexico – Or Participate in a Webinar

Zihuatanejo Plans Cultural Dance Festival for the Celebration of Peace – February 2-8, 2015

Saturday, September 27, INTERNATIONAL TOURISM DAY: Celebrate this day and enjoy being a tourist! The World Tourism Organization asks that you reflect upon your responsibilities and impact as a traveler and commit to a more sustainable environment. Respect the local customs and environment. Don’t litter. Take a shower rather than a bath. Choose not to have your linens changed every day. Read how Sustainable Tourism Can Help Solve the World’s Problems — Travel Forever!

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for August 2014

It’s fun in the summertime! It often rains during the evenings in the summer, but the community is still vibrant and alive with activities.

TOUR ZIHUATANEJO’S STATUES OF WOMEN FROM THE REGIONS OF GUERRERO: This month, take a short walking tour in Zihuatanejo to see the beautiful bronze statues of women representing the seven regions of the state. The statues are located along the waterfront promenade and downtown area. Read about them: Bronze Statues of Women Represent the Seven Regions of Guerrero

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Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo: Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more! (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for July 2014

It’s summer time in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! It often rains during the evenings. But, rain or shine, the community is still vibrant. Come join us for the summer!  It’s a special time for kids.

Tuesday, July 1, CANADA DAY: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has a significant population of Canadian residents and visitors who will be celebrating their national day on July 1st, the official independence day of Canada.  On July 1, 1867, with passage of the British North America Act, the Dominion of Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity within the British Empire. At the time of Canada’s independence, slavery had already been abolished in the nation in 1835, making Canada an attractive destination for African Americans fleeing slavery in the United States, where it was not abolished until 1865. (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for June 2014

Summer is a great time in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! Enjoy the nature, and peace of our beachfront community.

Sunday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. (approximately!), DIA DE LA MARINA NACIONAL (NATIONAL MARINE DAY) at the Zihuatanejo Pier: A national holiday, Marine Day is a solemn occasion for the whole nation of Mexico when the National Flag is hoisted at full mast. Zihuatanejo has been an important port since colonial times. There is a navy station at the port and a Naval Hospital in Ixtapa. In 1942, the first of June was established as Marine Day in tribute to all, who with their work, personal sacrifice, participation, and cooperation at all levels, contributed to the birth and consolidation of the maritime sector in the country. The ceremony in Zihuatanejo pays tribute to our local navy personnel and the fishermen, tour operators, watersports operators, marine merchants, and others who care for our oceans and waters.  Everyone is invited to attend.

See the video from last year’s celebration.

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for May 2014

Many international visitors come to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during the winter months, but spring and summer is when it is the most beautiful! There are many activities and special events this month, and of course, you can always have a “beach day” in our town!

Thursday, May 1, INTERNATIONAL LABOR DAY (Día Internaciónal de Los Trabajadores): On “May Day,” Mexico and the world commemorate the struggle of workers for labor rights and freedom to organize its unions. Labor Day is celebrated in Canada and the USA in September. In Mexico, May 1 is a national holiday when the flag should be hoisted at full mast. All banks and governments offices are closed. Most companies have some type of celebration to honor their workers. (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for April 2014

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the place for wonderful Special Events and activities. Mark your calendars and get ready for more sun and fun in paradise!

If you would like your community event posted, send information to: mailto:info@imagine-mexico.com

Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more!

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March Madness! Update on Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for March 2014

It’s a crazy month full of fun and activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.  The month’s not over!  So much is happening that we’re providing this mid-month update.  Enjoy!

Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more!

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Every Saturday Night, 9:30 – 1 am, SALSA NIGHTS AT COCONUTS RESTAURANT in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and dance the night away!  Coconuts, one of our finest restaurants in Zihuatanejo, offers Free Salsa Classes every Saturday night along with the music of local favorite, Juanito Zihua.  Let’s dance! (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for March 2014

March is full of exciting cultural activities along the Mexican coastline of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!  Come out and enjoy a month full of wonderful times.  Here is the calendar for the first part of the month.  Check back for an updates.

Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more! (more…)

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It’s time to Celebrate! Calendar of Events for the Celebration of Peace and Zihuatanejo Sailfest

It’s time to celebrate! Join us for a week of wonderful beach events, cultural activities, music, art and joy!  And, it’s all for the benefit of the children of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Each year, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo conducts Peace Education activities for certification as a “Culture of Peace Community” through the DRD Peace Center in partnership with the United Nations.   This year, our theme is “Education for Peace” and our community will host a Celebration of Peace and receive its peace re-certification at the conclusion of the Zihuatanejo Sail Fest, sponsored by the “Por Los Niños” educational charity. (more…)

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Update on Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for January 2014 / Preview for February

There are so many special events and cultural activities happening in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero that we are publishing this update so you won’t miss out!  If you are up north, Come on down! New International Airline Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for 2014.

We are happy to announce the events of any community group.  Send the details to: info@imagine-mexico.com.   Enjoy the month!

Monday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m., PATRICIA CARRION PERFORMS AT PUERTA DEL SOL RESTAURANT in La Madera Beach:  Come out and enjoy a marvelous evening of great food and fantastic jazz music by Patricia Carrion, who represented Zihuatanejo at the Jazz Festival of Quebec last year.  She sings in English, Spanish and French.  See the menu for Puerta del Sol Restaurant on our Restaurants & Menus Page.

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for January 2014 and Upcoming Months

Wednesday, January 1, AÑO NUEVO (NEW YEAR’S DAY)We wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!  Most people in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo spend the day at the beach!

La Madera Beach in Zihuatanejo

 Photo: Courtesy of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Friday, January 3, KILÓMETRO DEL JUGUETE (TOY DRIVE):  In Mexico, toys are given to children on Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) on January 6th. (See below.)  The Toy Drive is organized by DIF, the local social services department, to ensure that children from low-income families receive a toy too!  Please share the holiday with the children by donating toys at Central Social in Zihuatanejo. (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for December 2013 and Upcoming Months

Thursday, December 5, 5:00 p.m., MIGRANT DAY RECEPTION TO HONOR THE IMMIGRANT OF THE YEAR at Barceló Resort in Ixtapa:  All foreign residents and tourists are invited to attend the 5th Annual International Migrant Day, hosted by the Zihuatanejo Department of Migration. Entry is free.  There will be music, dancing, folklore and food provided by our local hotels and restaurants.  Dress in the attire of your country of origin.

Imigrants NightEach year, the Zihuatanejo Migration Department recognizes a local immigrant for his or her contributions to the community. This year, for the first time, the Migration Department will honor five (5) foreigners as the “2013 Immigrants of the Year”.   How wonderful!  See: Breaking News! Zihuatanejo to Honor Five (5) Foreigners as “2013 Immigrants of the Year” at Reception on December 5th – Everyone is Invited | imagine-mexico.com (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for November 2013

The international tourist season for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is starting with many visitors coming from the cold climates in the United States and Canada.  The upcoming months are full of special events and activities!  Be sure to make your reservations early to come and enjoy our wonderful paradise.

Thursday, October 31 – Saturday, November 2, “DÍA DE MUERTOS”/ DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION:  Families throughout Mexico will celebrate “Día de Muertos” or Day of the Dead this month.  It is a time for the family to pray, to remember and to honor their loved ones who came before.  This holiday is as important to Mexicans as Thanksgiving is to Americans and Canadians.  It’s a time when people travel long distances to be with their families, some coming from as far away as the northern US.

There is absolutely no connection between Day of the Dead and Halloween.  In fact, many Mexican families dislike the modern day promotion of Halloween because it distracts from the tradition of the Day of the Dead holiday. Towns throughout Mexico are colorfully decorated with flowers and families build altars to honor their loved ones.

Many restaurants and hotels in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will also host special dinners and events.

Learn more about this traditional Mexican holiday in our article: “Día de Muertos” / Day of the Dead Celebration in Mexico (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for October 2013

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1-2, SEMI-FINALS FOR MEXICO’S 4TH ANNUAL CHEF OF THE YEAR at Barceló Hotel in Ixtapa:  The Chef of the Year competition (Concurso Concineo del Año de México CCMM) is designed by professional chefs and is one of the most prestigious gastronomical events in Mexico.  Participants will have their recipes judged on factors such as the flavor, texture, nutritional quality, harmony of components, originality and the utilization of Mexican ingredients and cooking techniques.

This year-long competition that began in June 2013 consists of seven (7) Semi-final events, held in different parts of the country, leading up to the final competition to be held in Mexico City in June 2014. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is host to the second of the Semi-final competitions that will include 12 chefs from the states of Guerrero, Michoacán and Morelos.

The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. each day at   Barceló Hotel in Ixtapa.  All activities, including conferences, cooking demonstration and the competition, are open to the public and free of charge.  For more details, read:  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Hosts Semi-finals for Mexico’s Chef of the Year Competition (more…)

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Independence Day, International Day of Peace and Other Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo – September 2013

September is a special month for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico.  During this time, the area joins the nation to celebrate its Independence Day on September 16th.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is also the center point in the State of Guerrero for the International Day of Peace celebration on September 21st.   Following are the latest news and details.

NEWS! Zihuatanejo’s Mayor Eric Fernández was recently honored as one of the Best Mayors in Mexico!  This recognition gives motivation to all residents to work together for a better Zihuatanejo.  Congratulations!

Mayor Erick Fernandez of Zihuatanejo

Friday, September 13, COMMEMORATION OF “NIÑOS HÉROES (BOY HEROES): On September 13th of every year, Mexico remembers and honors six young cadets, ranging in age from 13 to 19, who died defending their military academy at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City in 1847, when the United States invaded Mexico during the Mexican-American War.  There is a monument in Mexico City dedicated to these young men.  In reference to these young Mexican cadets, U.S. President Truman said, “Brave men do not belong to any one country.”  Read their story: From the Halls of Montezuma: The Story of the “Niños Héroes” (Boy Heroes).

Sunday, September 15, FESTIVAL OF THE PATRIOTS IN ZIHUATANEJO & Monday, September 16, INDEPENDENCE DAY NATIONAL HOLIDAY:  Viva México! Mexico celebrates its Independence Day!  In the early hours of September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople.  He called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, thus initiating Mexico’s War of Independence.  This event, known as the “Grito de Dolores” (Cry of Dolores) or “El Grito de la Independencia” (Cry of Independence), is commemorated every year in town squares across Mexico.  The country did not achieve independence until 1821.

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 The Independence Day ceremony will take place at City Hall in Zihuatanejo in the evening on Sunday, September 15th.

See a play by the students of Zihuatanejo re-enacting the “El Grito de la Independencia” (Cry of Independence).

Vicente Guerrero, for whom the State of Guerrero is named, is one of Mexico’s most important national heroes.  He was of African descent.  Vicente Guerrero was a general in Mexico’s War of Independence, he helped write the country’s constitution, he was the nation’s second president and he eliminated slavery during his presidential administration.  Read more about this great hero: President Vicente Guerrero – A Mexican Hero – Died on February 14th  Vicente Guerrero - black

Saturday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m., INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION at the Peace Monument (next to the museum) in Zihuatanejo:  During a time when some people have a negative image of Mexico, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico has partnered with the United Nations to create a “Culture of Peace,” especially among our children.

Starting in 2010, with the help of the Detroit Renaissance District Peace Center in Southfield, Michigan, and The World Peace Prayer Society in New York, public officials, business leaders, community members and students of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo participate in Peace Education activities for an annual certification as a “Culture of Peace Community” in partnership with the United Nations.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the only community in Latin America to receive this recognition.

This year’s theme for the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st   is “Education for Peace.”  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will host a Peace Day Ceremony with entertainment by children. Everyone is invited!  WEAR WHITE! 

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To learn more the community’s Peace Education Program and to download educational materials in Spanish, see: Peace Education / Educación para la Paz en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, México

Friday, September 27, INTERNATIONAL TOURISM DAY/ INTERNATIONAL WATER DAY: In support of United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, the theme of World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013 is “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.”   Celebrate this day by enjoying being a tourist!  The World Tourism Organization asks that you reflect upon your responsibilities and impact as a traveler and commit to a more sustainable water future. Take a shower rather than a bath.  Choose not to have your linens changed every day.  Do not litter. Respect the local environment.  For more suggested activities, see: World Tourism Day 2013.   Also, read our articles:

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for August 2013

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO LISTED AS SAFE FOR TRAVEL BY US STATE DEPARTMENT: The US State Department updated its Travel Warnings for Mexico.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is listed as safe for travel.  Read the story:  U.S. State Department Updates Travel Warnings for Mexico – List of Safe Cities | imagine-mexico.com

Saturdays, August 3 and August 10, CPR LIFESAVING COURSE AT THE RED CROSS IN ZIHUATANEJO:  The public is invited to attend this lifesaving course to be held at the Red Cross (CRUZ ROJA) in Zihuatanejo.  Instruction will be held on both Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.  For more information and reservations, call: 554-2009 or 554-9432.

REd Cross Course

Wednesday – Friday, August 7-9, BACKPACK DONATION PROJECT FOR ZIHUATANEJO SCHOOL CHILDREN:  Your donation can make a difference!  Please help our local school children by donating a backpack or school supplies.  Donations will be received:

  • August 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon at DIF Municipal Office on Calle Agucates, No. 15, Col. Centro in Zihuatanejo
  • August 8, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon in the vestibule at City Hall in Zihuatanejo
  • August 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon in the at Cancha Municipal (Basketball court) in Zihuatanejo

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Continuing through Friday, August 9, PARAISO DE NIÑOS: This summer, kids visiting Ixtapa Zihuatanejo can participate in a variety of fun activities including contests, art lessons, music concerts, theatre, clown shows, films and dance.  A calendar of daily activities is available at the Concierge desk in local hotels or call the Conventions & Visitors Bureau, direct dial from USA or Canada: 011+52+75+553-1270.

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Saturday, August 10, TELEVISA SPORTS (TV) 5K and 10K RUN IXTAPA:  With more than 2,000 participants, this annual event will take place in front of the Barceló Hotel in Ixtapa.  The 10K Run departs at 7:50 a.m. and the 5K Run at 8:05 a.m.  Categories range from Juvenile (15-19 years) to Seniors (60 years +).   Spectators are invited to come out and enjoy the competition.

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Sunday, August 25, FINAL DAY OF REGISTRATION FOR “COOK OF THE YEAR – MEXICO 2013/2014”:   Local chefs get ready for the competition!  The event will take place October 1-2 in Ixtapa.  Recipes of participants are due by August 25.  Participants will include chefs from the states of Guerrero, Michoacán and Morelos.  For more information, visit: www.concursoconcinero.com

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ADOPT A PET! Give a pet a home!  Sterilized animals are available for adoption at SPAZ, the Zihuatanejo Humane Society.  Learn more about them, and make a donation at: www.spazihua.org

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TOUR ZIHUATANEJO’S STATURES OF WOMEN FROM THE REGIONS OF GUERRERO: This month, take a short walking tour in Zihuatanejo to see the beautiful bronze statutes of women representing the seven regions of the state.  The statues are located along the waterfront promenade and downtown area.  Read about them: Bronze Statutes of Women Represent the Seven Regions of Guerrero | imagine-mexico.com

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for July 2013

Monday, July 1, CANADA DAY: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has a significant population of Canadian residents and visitors who will be celebrating their national day on July 1st, the official independence day of Canada.  On July 1, 1867, with passage of the British North America Act, the Dominion of Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity within the British Empire.  At the time of Canada’s independence, slavery had already been abolished in the nation in 1835, making Canada an attractive destination for African Americans fleeing slavery in the United States, where it was not abolished until 1865. Both White men and Black men received the right to vote in Canada’s independent government; Black men had been given the right to vote back in 1837.  Canadian women received the right to vote federally on May 24, 1918.  The Canadian Bill of Rights gave Aboriginals the right to vote on August 10, 1960. Before this date, under the Indian act, an aboriginal would have to give up their aboriginal status in order to be eligible to vote.  Canada Day is celebrated with great delight and national pride. Canada Day festivities include parades, firework displays, summer picnics and a whole host of other fun activities enjoyed by every Canadian citizen. (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for June 2013

Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m., DIA DE LA MARINA NACIONAL (NATIONAL MARINE DAY) at the Zihuatanejo Pier:  A national holiday, Marine Day is a solemn occasion for the whole nation of México when the National Flag is hoisted at full mast.  Zihuatanejo has been an important port since colonial times.  There is a navy station at the port and a Naval Hospital in Ixtapa.  In 1942, the first of June was established as Marine Day in tribute to all, who with their work, personal sacrifice, participation and cooperation at all levels, contributed to the birth and consolidation of the maritime sector in the country.  The ceremony in Zihuatanejo pays tribute to our local navy personnel and the fishermen, tour operators, watersports operators, marine merchants and others who care for our oceans and waters.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for May 2013

Many international visitors come to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during the winter months, but spring and summer is when it is the most beautiful!  There are many activities and special events this month, and of course, you can always have a “beach day” in our town!

Wednesday, May 1, INTERNATIONAL LABOR DAY (Día Internacional de Los Trabajadores): On “May Day,” Mexico and the world commemorate the struggle of workers for labor rights and freedom to organize its unions.  Labor Day is celebrated in Canada and the USA in September.  In Mexico, May 1 is a national holiday when the flag should be hoisted at full mast.  All banks and governments offices are closed.   Most companies have some type of celebration to honor their workers.  Schools are closed until May 6. (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for April 2013

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the place for wonderful Special Events and activities.  Mark your calendars and get ready for more sun and fun in paradise!

Thursday – Sunday, April 4 –7, “LA COPA AMADO” MUSTANG CAR EXHIBITION:  A reunion of Mustang autos, organized by the Mustang Performance Club de Mexico A.C. in conjunction with the City of Zihuatanejo’s Department of Tourism and Economic Development.  The event will consist of exhibitions in Ixtapa and in Zihuatanejo, and a parade.

  • Thursday, April 4, 12 Noon – 7:00 p.m.:  Exhibition on the Golf Course in Ixtapa
  • Thursday, April 4, 7:15 p.m.: Parade of Mustang cars down the main boulevard in Ixtapa
  • Friday, April 5, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Display of generations of Mustangs on the streets in Zihuatanejo – Calle Cauchtémoc, Pedro Ascencio and in Cancha Municipal (basketball court) Copa Mustang Picture

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Special Update: “Carnaval” Calendar and Other Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for March 2013

We are publishing this special update since there are so many special events and activities happening in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during March!  New events have been added!!!!

Carnaval thumbnailCARNAVAL ZIHUATANEJO! Started yesterday – Sunday, March 17 at Cancha Municipal (basketball court) in Zihuatanejo:  We just verified with the Office of Visitors and Conventions that the activities will all be along the waterfront at Cancha Municipal (basketball court) in Zihuatanejo.  The days and times of activities have changed since first announced. Enjoy! (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for March 2013

March is full of exciting cultural activities along the Mexican coastline of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!  Come out and enjoy a month full of wonderful times.

Friday – Sunday, March 1-3, A FUSION OF FLAVORS FROM GUERRERO AND MICHÓACAN at Capella Resort in Ixtapa.   You are invited to enjoy a gastronomic treat with Chef Alexander Branch of Capella Ixtapa and Chef Miguel Baltazar from Morelia.  Don’t miss this event!

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  • March 1:  Cocktail Party.  8:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening full of textures and flavors with exquisite cocktails.   Poolside.  $50.00 USD* per person
  • March 2:  Cooking Expositions
    • 11:00 a.m.: The flavors of Guerrero with Chef Alexander Branch. Cost: $40 USD*/person
    • 3:00 p.m.: The flavors of Michoacán with Chef Miguel Baltazar. Cost $40 USD*/person
    • 8:30 p.m.: Chef’s Table Gourmet Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet dinner hosted by the Chefs.  Cost: $65.00 USD*/person
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February 2013: Mid-month Update of Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

There are so many special events and activities happening in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during February and March that we are providing this special mid-month update.  Mark your calendar and be prepared for more enjoyable days and evenings in paradise!

All Month, Tuesday thru Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., ART, CULTURE AND TRADITION FESTIVAL:  Enjoy spectacular shows, music, dancing, art, food and crafts at this annual festival.  Admission is free!

  •  Tuesday and Thursday in Zihuatanejo at the Municipal Basketball Court (Cancha Municipal)
  • Wednesday and Friday in Ixtapa on the main boulevard in across from Emporio Hotel
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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for February 2013 and Upcoming Months

Sail fest LogoTuesday, February 5th – Sunday, February 10th, Twelfth Annual ZIHUA SAILFEST 2013: Fun and fellowship for “cruisers,” locals, and tourists; come all!  Proceeds to benefit the area’s schools and other educational projects.  Information at Barracruda Bar on Cuauhtémoc Street in Zihuatanejo, or just come to the events of your choice.  There’s something for everyone! BOATLOADS OF FUN!

Schedule of Activities:

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 6 p.m. – Grand Kick-Off Party at Barracuda Bar in Zihuatanejo.  Live Auction at 7 p.m.  Come get a T-shirt, sign up for events, make friends, and benefit the kids.  Live music. (more…)

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Special Events for January 2013 and Upcoming Months in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

tcLogoUSListTrip Advisor Ranks Zihuatanejo One of the Best Destinations in Mexico!  Zihuatanejo received the 2012 Traveler’s Choice Award from Trip Advisor for being one of the Best Destinations in Mexico.   Trip Advisor comments, “While resorts continue to spring up, ‘Zihua’ remains determined to maintain its small-town flavor. . . Because the nightlife is mostly informal, ‘Zihua’ is particularly appealing to couples and those seeking an escape from coastal party towns.”

Tuesday, January 1, Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day)We wish everyone a prosperous New Year.  See the Maya predictions for the new world order:  “Ac Tah” the “Maya Walker” Predicts World Change

Three Kings DaySunday, January 6, Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day)Three Kings Day is a Christmas Holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and in Spain.  In Spanish countries, the children receive their gifts on Three Kings Day rather than Christmas.  This celebration itself stems from the New Testament of the Bible, where it is stated that the kings, Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthasar, traveled by night all the way from the farthest confines of the Earth to bring gifts to the baby Jesus.  Arriving from three different directions, the Kings followed the light provided by the star of Bethlehem, which reportedly lingered over the manger where the Virgin Mary gave birth for many days.    (more…)

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Special Events for the Holidays!

There are so many activities happening in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo over the holidays that we are publishing this Special Holiday Events Schedule:

Friday, December 21, Mayan Prediction for World ChangeRead about the predictions for the future of the world from “Ac Tah” the “Maya Walker”.

Posada de La MaderaSaturday, December 22, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Traditional Christmas Posada in La Madera Beach: Everyone is invited to attend this community Christmas Party with dancing, singing, contests, food, drinks and more!  The party initiates in front of La Gula Restaurant.  Admission is free.

Sunday, December 23, 6:00 p.m., Acapulco Philharmonic Orchestra at “Cancha Municipal” (Basketball Court) in Zihuatanejo: In celebration of the holidays and for the City’s founding, residents and visitors to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo are invited to enjoy this special treat of classical music from one of the country’s best orchestras.  Admission is free.

Saturday, December 22 – Monday, December 31, Christmas Holidays at Capella Ixtapa:  Enjoy live music and a variety of different menus and holiday activities at the various restaurants in Capella Resort in Ixtapa.  Treat yourself to a Spa day!  The restaurants and Spa are open to the public.  Click for details:  2012 Holiday Program at Capella Ixtapa  Happy Holidays - Capella

Holiday Music:  Be sure to listen to The Village Caller Music Show: The Music Of Christmas for our selection of holiday music.  Also, Can You Name that Christmas Song?

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Swimming, Surfing, Music Concerts, Christmas Parties – Special Events for December 2012

Saturday, December 1-2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Playa Linda, Playa El Palmar and Playa La Ropa Beaches, Swimming Event, “Cuarta Travesía Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo”:  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s got beaches! Even if you’re not a swimmer, you will enjoy this swimming competition.  Everyone is invited with no cost for attendance.  To see pictures of past events, visit: Turisterotv Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Friday, Saturday  and Sunday, December 7 – 9, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Ixtapa 2012 RUCCO Surfer and Family Event, Playa Linda Beach in front of the Trailer Park, Ixtapa:  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is known for its great surfing!  The whole family is invited to participate or attend this sixth annual event, designed to integrate and develop the sport in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo community because of its wonderful beaches.  Surfing is not only a sport, but a way to enjoy life.  There will be free surfing lessons for boys and girls, and competition between them after the lessons.  There will be a surfing competition with both Mexican and foreign surf legends.  There will also be sand sculptures, paddle board demonstrations, ecology lectures, beach cleaning and an awards party.  To sign up for the competitions, contact Catcha L’Ola at (755) 553 1384 or see RUCCO SURFER & FAMILIA 07 al 09 de dic. 2012 Playa Linda  Come out and enjoy!

Sunday, December 9, 5:00 p.m., El Pueblito Restaurant in Zihuatanejo, Music Concert by the Children of the Music and Art School of Zihuatanejo:  Please come out and support our aspiring young musicians!  The children of “Escuela de Musica y Arte de Zihuatanejo” invite you to their concert to enjoy a new generation of talented musicians ages from 6 to 17.  Admission is a minimum donation of $20 Pesos. (more…)

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Day of the Dead Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Films and Other Special Events for November 2012

(Started October 30) Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd: Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) Festival in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo“Dia de Muertos” (Day of the Dead) is a cultural tradition honoring deceased love ones. This year, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will host a complete festival with lectures about the tradition, photographic exhibitions, traditional dance and music.  Building “altars” with flowers and tokens of the deceased is part of the tradition.  Local vendors will compete for the “Best Altar.”

  • Thursday, November 1st, 5:00 p.m.: Activities start at the Zihuatanejo Bay with lighting of the area.
  • Thursday, November 1st, 6:30 p.m.:  Alleyway of the Dead in Colonia Playa La Madera.  Starts in front of Hotel Irma and terminates at the Municipal Basketball Court in Zihuatanejo.  Walk the route to see the many alters and decorations. 
  • Thursday, November 1st, 9:00 p.m.: The “SKA of the Dead” musical group.  At the Municipal Basketball Court in Zihuatanejo.   
  • Friday, November 2nd, 7:00 p.m.: Traditional cultural program. Ancient wooden pantheon.  At the Municipal Basketball Court in Zihuatanejo. 
  • Friday, November 2nd, 8:00 p.m.: “Fiesta Mitlatecutli” at the Museum of Archaeology in Zihuatanejo.

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“Noche de Bolero” (Bolero Night) at Che Mangiamo Restaurant in Ixtapa Marina

On Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st, Che Mangiamo Restaurant in the Ixtapa Marina will host “Bolero Night,” with a live concert performance and special dinner.

What is “bolero music”?  It can be described as “smooth, romantic…even sexy,” and is the music spontaneously played during impromptu bohemia-type gatherings.  The history of Bolero music is supposedly a mystery since some say the origin is the same as the Rumba, deeply planted with an Afro-Cuba influence.  Others say it originated from Cuban or Spanish folk dances such as the Danzón and Beguine. (more…)

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Special Events and Observances for October 2012

October 1st  – International Day of Older Persons:  You should always be nice to old people, but on this day of international observance, be sure to spend time with someone “old” – your grandmother, your neighbor or anyone who would enjoy your friendship and companionship.

October 11th – International Day of the Girl Child:  This year’s theme is “Ending Child Marriage,” chosen because child marriage is a phenomenon that violates millions of girls’ rights, disrupts their education, jeopardizes their health, and denies them their childhood, limiting their opportunities and impacting all aspects of a girl’s life.

October 12th – Columbus Day or Native Americans’ Day in the USA/Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in México:  Columbus Day, is celebrated in the United States on the second Monday of October to remember Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.  This holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples.   Not all states or regions in the United States follow the Columbus Day observance.  Instead, they celebrate Native Americans’ Day or Indigenous People’s Day.  Columbus Day is not celebrated in Latin America.  In México, the day in called “Día de la Raza,” or the Day of the Race.  People celebrate through learning from educational resources that focus on the traditions, culture and background of Native Americans.  It is a day to celebrate the heritage of Native Americans and for both native and non-native cultures to unite so the many aspects of native culture can be shared. Cultural activities such as markets and pow wows, which are gatherings of North America’s indigenous people, are held.  In modern times, pow wows involve dancing, singing, socializing and celebrating Native American culture. (more…)

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Viva Mexico! Celebrate Mexico’s Independence on September 15th and 16th

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, the nation of Mexico and Mexicans located throughout the world will celebrate the independence from Spain on September 15th and 16th.  Communities are brightly decorated with the Mexican flag and its colors of red, white and green.

Many people in the USA mistakenly think that May 5th or Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s national holiday.  Cinco de Mayo, however, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army in 1862.  It is a regional holiday, celebrated in the State of Puebla where the battle took place.

The “El Grito de la Indepedencia” (Cry of Independence) is held annually on September 16thin honor of Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spanish rule in 1810. In the early hours of September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople.  He called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, thus initiating Mexico’s War of Independence.  The country did not achieve independence until 1821.  (more…)

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News, Special Events and Activities for August 2012

www.imagine-mexico.com has a New Look!  Our goal is to report positive news and information about the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico area.  After two (2) years of monthly publication, this on-line magazine now has over 16,000 readers from the USA, Mexico, Canada and other parts of the world.  This month, readers will see lots of changes, with new sections and articles, additional photos and videos, music and more.  You’ll also find recommendations for hotels, restaurants, shops and services.  We invite all to vacation and visit our beachside community.

Zihuatanejo Elects New Mayor:  Local and national elections were held in July resulting in the election of Eric Fernández Ballesteros as the president-elect of Zihuatanejo, replacing Alejandro Bravo.  Fernández Ballesteros is a member of the PRI party that governed Mexico for over 70 years. (more…)

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In the Mood for Love? Romance in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Picture yourselves on a white, sandy beach with the tropical blue waters touching your toes.  Imagine the sweet fragrances of exotic Mexican flowers.  A breathtaking sunset… It’s time for love and romance.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is one of the most breathtaking and romantic places in the world.  Surrounded by the seductive waters of the Pacific Ocean, under the radiant Mexican sun and protected by the valleys of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is absolutely one of the most captivating places anywhere. (more…)

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Special Events for July 2012

Paraiso de los Niños (Kids’ Paradise), July through August:  Most international tourists visit the area in the winter months, but summer is another great time to enjoy Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, especially with your kids and young people. (more…)

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