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

Friday – Sunday, December 6-8, NATIONAL SCHOOL OF FOLKLORE DANCE GROUP:  Enjoy this wonderful cultural experience of dance.  Friday and Saturday the event will be at Cancha Municipal (main basketball court) in Zihuatanejo starting at 7:00 p.m.  On Sunday, enjoy the activities at Centro Social in downtown Zihuatanejo from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Forklore Classic

Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m., PRESENTATION OF THE DISCO “SIMPLY BLUE” by AIKEKE ROSE, at El Pueblito Restaurant in Zihuatanejo:  This event is for the benefit of the “Escuela de Música y Artes de Zihuatanejo (EMAZ)” – the school of music and art – and will also include the following artists:

  • Los chiquillos de Zihua
  • Osiris
  • Michelle
  • Balbi
  • Moises
  • Jose Luis Cobo

Tickets are $50 Pesos at the door with proceeds to the music school.  To make reservations, call: (755) 102-8205, (755) 113-3813, or (755) 125-0607.

Presentation Simply Blue

Wednesday – Saturday, December 12-16, 2013, ZANKA FEST in Playa Linda, Ixtapa:  Zanka Fest will be full of art, music and surfing, along with leading national and international speakers.  Organized by a group of entrepreneurs who live and work in Ixtapa  Zihuatanejo, the goal is to promote our area as an eco-friendly, sporting and cultural destination.  According to press releases, music will be provided by world-class personalities like Ewan Pearson, Veronica Vasicka, Lemonade, Otto Von Schirach, Kid606, Eddie Mercury and many more.

Zanka Fest 2

There are two main sites: During the day, activities and concerts will be at the RV Park & Camping Linda Palma, in Playa Linda, Ixtapa.  Exhibitions and night parties will be at LOOT Surf & Lifestyle Store in Playa La Ropa, Zihuatanejo.

The festival promises to be one of the most important surf events in the country and will feature various activities, such as surf camp where the main guest will be Gary Linden, an international legend of the sport.  Ecological activities include beach cleaning and workshops on environmental awareness.

The Zanka Fest is a new way to attract new fans who can admire the beauty of our beaches while benefitting ecotourism.

Friday, December 14, 2013, 3rd ANNUAL PLAYA BLANCA AUDUBON BIRD COUNT hosted by El Refugio de Potosi Wildlife Preserve:  This is an international citizen science project that has been occurring for 113 years. People all around the world take the day to identify their bird species and count every individual bird seen within the count range. That information is sent on to Audubon and complied to create a reading of the status of bird populations.  Birds are important indicators of the health of our planet.  Early signs of significant changes in bird populations help conservationists formulate plans to act to maintain the chain of life that keeps all of us living.


Huge numbers of birds from Alaska, Canada and the USA migrate to Mexico each fall.  Many of the birds you see at home spend their winter here among us, or at least pass through this region on their way further south.  It is important to know how they fare.  Last year, there were only 21 areas in Mexico that participated in this global survey.  We are the only count in Guerrero.

Please join in on the count!  Contact Laurel Patrick at laurel@elrefugiodepotosi.org  for more information.  Read this related article:  El Refugio Wildlife Preserve Teaches Conservation to Students, Residents and Visitors in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Saturday, December 21, 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., 6th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS “POSADA” IN PLAYA MADERA:  A local holiday tradition, this is an open “block party” to celebrate Christmas.  Everyone is invited.  Entry is free.  The celebration is full of fun, food, music, raffles and dancing.  Local children participate in breaking the “Piñatas”.  Come out and enjoy Christmas with the community and experience the tradition of Zihuatanejo! Christmas Posada 2013 in Playa Madera

Tuesday, December 25, MERRY CHRISTMAS!  See this video of last year’s Christmas celebration at Playa Madera, courtesy of the “Comité de Participación Ciudadana Colonia La Madera”.

Coming Soon!

Tuesday – Sunday, February 4-9, 2014, CELEBRATION OF PEACE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ZIHUATANEJO SAILFEST:  Students, educators, civic groups, business representatives, tourists and families from around the world are invited to 4th Annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico and Re-Certification as a “Culture of Peace Community” during the Zihuatanejo SailFest, February 4-9, 2014, 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.

Joint Peace Center and Zihua Sailfest Logos

Liberato “Levi” C. 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, will visit Guerrero, Mexico for the first time to officiate at the event.

Click to receive your invitation: You Are Invited to the Celebration of Peace and Zihuatanejo Sailfest –February 4-9, 2013

Click for: Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo -2014 Schedule of Events.

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