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.

Friday, November 9th – Saturday, November 10th, Hot Air Balloon Festival in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo:  Join us for an exciting weekend of hot air balloons over the ocean!

  • Friday, November 9th5:00 p.m. – “Night Caravan”: Parade of balloons down Ixtapa Boulevard and above Zihuatanejo.
  • Friday, November 9th6:30 p.m. – Exposition:  Exposition of 2 balloons at El Faro and in the parking lot of Hotel Presidente.
  • Saturday, November 10th:  In Ixtapa on Playa El Palmar and in Zihuatanejo on La Ropa Beach.
    • 5:00 p.m. – Children’s workshop
    • 6:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
    • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – A magical night of balloons on the beach!

Thursday, November 15thExhibit Opening of “Pathways to Freedom in the Americas” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan:  An exhibition entitled, “Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared Experiences between Michigan, U.S.A and Guerrero, Mexico” will open at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan on November 15th and will be on display for four (4) months before traveling throughout the state.  “Pathways to Freedom” presents a seldom publicized depiction of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the unfamiliar story of African Americans escaping from slavery in the United States to Mexico, and the contributions made by the states of Michigan, U.S.A. and Guerrero, Mexico toward the abolition of slavery and the extension of freedom to all people.   Read more: Exhibit on Afro Mexicans in Guerrero to Open in Detroit, Michigan in November 2012 |    Click to read: Pathways to Freedom Exhibition Brochure – English

Tuesday, November 20thMexican Revolution Day (Día de la Revolución): Parade in “Centro” Zihuatanejo at 9:00 a.m.   The official day of rest is November 19th.   The anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution of the popular movement which led to the overthrow of dictator José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori and lasted for the better part of a decade until around 1920.  This armed conflict is often categorized as the most important sociopolitical event in Mexico.  To learn more about the Mexican Revolution and to get recipes for this occasion, visit our friends at  See: Celebrate Mexican Revolution Day!

Friday, November 23rd, 12:00 p.m. through Friday, November 30th, 12:00 p.m.Acapulco International Film Festival with shows in Ixtapa ZihuatanejoThe classic 8th Annual Acapulco International Film Festival will be held this month with shows in the colonial city of Taxco and also here in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.   Check your local theater.

Friday, November 30th through Monday, December 3rd – “Sun & Fun”: Familiarization trip (FAM) for travel agents from the U.S. market and Canada organized by the Ixtapa Hotel Association.

Thursday, November 29th, 6:00 p.m. Immigrant’s Night: At Presidente Hotel in Ixtapa.  For the past three (3) years, the Mexican Department of Immigration has honored a foreign resident who has contributed time and talent to the benefit of the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo community.  All foreign residents are invited.  In addition to this year’s honoree, there will be music, food and entertainment.


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