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!

Eco Tianguis

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!

Coconuts Salsa

Saturday, March 15, 9:00 a.m., NATIONAL FLAG & MARCHING BAND DAY:  The Municipality of Zihuatanejo Jose Azueta invites you to join the community at Cancha Municipal (main basketball court) for this national tradition.  For more information about this national activity, see:  Los Mejores Banderas

National Flag Day

Saturday, March 15, 8:00 a.m. #23 CLEAN THE BEACH CAMPAIGN on Playa Linda in front of Azul Ixtapa Beach Resort:  Everyone is responsible for maintaining our environment!  Come out early in the morning and help clean up the beach!  Over 1,700 people have participated and removed over 40,000 lbs. of trash.

March Beach Clean up

NOTE DATE: Sunday, March 16, 7:30 a.m., FOURTH ANNUAL 5K WALK FOR HELENE KREBS ANIMAL FOUNDATION, on Paseo de Viveros in Ixtapa:  Come out and support our local animal shelter.  Helen Krebs was one of the first American women to live in Zihuatanejo.  The animal shelter is named in her memory.  The shelter helps hundreds of stray and injured animals each year.  You can sign up to walk at Casa Marina Restaurant, on the main beach in Zihuatanejo.  A minimum donation of $30 Pesos is requested.  Whether you walk or come to spectate, please support this important cause!  For more information about the Helene Krebs, see: Humane Society of Zihuatanejo Helps and Cares for Local Strays |

Monday, March 17, ST. PATRICK’S DAY / “SAN PATRICIOS” MEMORIAL:  On St. Patrick’s Day, México honors its Irish immigrants who fought during the invasion by the United States in the 1840s.  Read about this interesting part of Mexican history: Mexico Honors Irish Immigrants on St Patrick’s Day – The Story of the San Patricios.

Irish Soldiers of Mexico - thumbnail

Tuesday-Friday, 6 pm – 8 pm, ART, CULTURE & TRADITION FESTIVAL:  Come out for an evening of culture!  Enjoy live music and entertainment, traditional dancing, folk music and more at our annual cultural festival.  It’s free.  Just enjoy!

  • Tuesday and Thursday in Zihuatanejo at Cancha Municipal (main basketball court)
  • Wednesday and Friday in Ixtapa at the Kiosko in front of Nueva Zelanda Restaurant

Art Culture and Tradition

Thursday, March 20, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS:  Don’t worry, be happy!  This day recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.  Everyone is asked to observe this day in an appropriate manner, including education and public awareness-raising activities.

CANCELLED Friday, March 21, OBSERVANCE OF THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING at La Soledad de Maciel Archaeological Site in Petatlán: Participate in a native ritual to celebrate the first day of Spring. Energize and renew yourself.  The site is located about 45 minutes south of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on Interstate Highway. Learn About the Indigenous Cultures of Mexico at the Xihuacan Museum Near Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Pyramid - MR

 Photo by: Margaret Reid

Friday, March 21, WORLD POETRY DAY:  This day celebrates our human creativity and diversity through the oral tradition of poetry.  Poetry can communicate the innermost values of our culture and preserves our history and traditions.  In Zihuatanejo, the tradition is preserved by Sociedad Internaciónal de Poetas, Escritores y Artistas (International Society of Poets, Writers and Artists).


Saturday, March 22, WORLD WATER DAY:  Water is life!  This year, the theme for World Water Day is, “Water Cooperation.”  Water cooperation is a foundation for peace and sustainable development. Water cooperation contributes to poverty reduction and equity, creates economic benefits, helps preserve water resources and protect the environment, and builds peace.  Conserve and protect our water resources!

World Water Day

Sunday, March 23 – Sunday, March 30, CARNAVAL!  One of the most exciting events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!  Join us at the Cancha Municipal (main basketball court) in Zihuatanejo every evening during the week.  There will be music, dancing, singing and CARNAVAL!

Carnaval 2014

Tuesday, March 25, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE VICTIMS OF SLAVERY AND THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE:  For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade. This international day of remembrance, offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system and aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.  This year’s theme, “Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond” pays tribute to the fight against slavery in nations around the world. Haiti was the first nation to become independent as a result of the struggle of enslaved men and women in 1804. This year also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Slave Route Project that has produced multimedia educational materials, available for educators, pupils, and the general public.  For information about African decedents in Mexico, visit:

Remember Slavery

Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 pm, CRUZ ROJA (RED CROSS) FUNDRAISER:  Ambulances, medical supplies, shelter, help when you need it most – that’s the Red Cross.  We are asking all residents and visitors to come out and support this great cause at a cocktail party fundraising event.  Donations are $150 pesos.  Thank you!

Red Cross Responding

Saturday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. 5K and 3K RUN OF COLORS on Paseo La RopaSponsored by CENDI Colegio.  Come out and enjoy and morning of colors and fun as the children and adults get splashed in colors as they run along the road in La Ropa Beach.  Everyone is invited.  For more information or to enter the race, call: 554-5658.

Cendi March 29

Monday, March 31, 11 am – 4 pm, SPRING STREET PARTY IN BARRA DE POTOSI: Barra de Potosi is hosting its first ever street fair and invites you to join in the fun! The village is located about 40 minutes from Zihuatanejo, off Highway 200 (south).  On the main street of the village you will find wonderful food treats and hand-made artisanal treasures.  Learn about the Whales of Guerrero Fluke Project, meet our local tour guides, perhaps take a lagoon tour or try out a kayak and enjoy the beauty of the Last Best Beach!

Place mats on display 3 2013

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