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.

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

Friday – Sunday, May 3-5, 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 complete details and registration information, go to: www.torneodepescazihuatanejo.com

Sailfish Tournament Logo

Sailfish Photo

Sundays in May, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., SUNDAY BRUNCH AT LA CASA VIEJA in La Madera Beach, Zihuatanejo:  Enjoy a wonderful Sunday brunch full of fresh tropical fruits and breakfast favorites.  Cost is $110.00 Pesos per person, children under 10 years $ 60.00 pesos.

Caty at La Casa Vieja

Sunday Brunch at La Casa Vieja

Sunday, May 5, CINCO DE MAYO is NOT celebrated throughout most of Mexico:  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 it is September 16th.

MOTHER’S DAY is Friday, May 10 in most of Latin America and Sunday, May 12 (second Sunday in May) in the USA, Canada and Cuba:  No matter where you are in the world, don’t forget to stop and call your Mother!  Be international and call her twice – on May 10th and on May 12th!  She’ll love it.  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!

ARGENTINE TANGO CLASSES in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo:  Have some fun and learn to tango!  Beginners are welcome.  Classes cost $30 pesos per person.  For additional information: (755) 115-5860.

  • Saturday Mornings at Ixtapa Palace Hotel in Ixtapa:
    • Beginners Class: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • Intermediate Class: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Saturday Afternoons at Imaghine Dance Studio in Zihuatanejo on Avenida Ejido Esquina Galeana #20, Second Floor
    • Beginner’s Class: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday Evenings at Amador Abarca’s in Zihuatanejo.  See the Map to Tango Classes at Amador Abarca
    • Beginners Class: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Intermediate Class: 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Argentine Tango Classes

Wednesday, May 15, TEACHERS DAY in Mexico:  Mexico salutes its teachers on this special day.  Take a mango to your favorite teacher!

Wednesday, May 15-22, “HELLO MEXICO” FESTIVAL in Los Angeles, California:   If you are in the LA area, be sure to attend this event that aims to bring the best of Mexico in film, food and music.  In the course of a week, and with an annual attendance of approximately 25,000 people, the event is held each May in Los Angeles, CA in the Downtown area.  Learn more about the culture, entertainment and Mexican flavor. Tickets can be purchased on site.

Petalan Fair

Tuesday, 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.  What can you do?  See the Facebook Page: Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, May 23, STUDENTS DAY in Mexico:  Spend some time with a special student in your life!

Friday – Saturday, May 24-26, “MORELIA EN BOCA” INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL:  This event will be held in Zihuatanejo’s Sister City of Morelia, Michoacán, about 4 hours drive.  Chefs representing some of the finest restaurants in Mexico will participate.  Chef Alexander Branch of Capella Resort in Ixtapa will be a guest chef.   The cost per person/day is $290 Pesos.  See: www.moreliaenboca.com

Gastronomic Event in Morelia

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