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


Saturday, November 2, 9:00 a.m., FREAKY RACE FOR HALLOWEEN at Parque Aventura (Adventure Park) in Ixtapa:  Come and freak out!  Enjoy this “freaky race” through the Adventure Park, located on Interstate Highway 200 in Ixtapa (on the way to Troncones).  A great time for the family, couples, friends and co-workers!  Work together to overcome the obstacle race where you’ll encounter mud pools, sandbags, suspension bridges and zip lines.  The race is 2 kms. for children, 4 kms. for teens, and 8 kms. for adults. Great prizes, raffles and a fun Halloween party!

Tickets are $230 Pesos for adults and $150 Pesos for children. A portion of ticket sales goes to help flood victims in Guerrero.  Purchase your tickets at Adventure Park the day of the event, or in advance at:

  • Hotel Holiday Inn Ixtapa – in the reception area
  • Mirasol Agency in Ixtapa
  • Tamales Any Restaurant in Zihuatanejo, Ejido 18, Colonia Centro, Telephone: (755) 554-7373
  • Publisee Agency in Zihuatanejo, Plaza Kioto, Colonia Centro, Telephone: (755) 100-6676
  • Parque Adventura on Interstate Highway 200 (to Troncones), Telephone: 044-(755) 113-8311

Freak out!!

Saturday, November 2, Starting at 2:00 p.m., SHRIMP FESTIVAL at Roberto’s Bristo in Troncones Beach: Enjoy a day on the tropical beach of Troncones and fest on fresh shrimp and fish at Roberto’s Bristo.  Take Interstate Highway 200 (north) to the Troncones exit.  Follow the signs to the beach.  Turn right on the beach road to Roberto’s (almost at the end of the road).

The special package for $165 Pesos includes:

  • Tiritas de Pescado (fresh fish strips)
  • Shrimp with coconut mounted on pineapple
  • Surprise dessert
  • Refreshment:  Margarita, Fruit Water, Pop or Beer

Other menus are available.  For more information, call: (755) 103-0019

Camaron Festival in Troncones

Saturday and Sunday, November 16 & 17, FIRST ANNUAL VW AUTO FESTIVAL at Cancha Municipal (main basketball court) in Zihuatanejo:  Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the first VW festival in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.  There will be an exhibition of cars, music, sand and fun!  For more information, visit Facebook: 419 Entertainment.

Saturday, November 16:

  • 12 Noon: Welcome lunch
  • 12 Noon – 6:00 p.m.:  Car Exhibition
  • 6:00 p.m.: Music concert

Sunday, November 17:

  •  12 Noon – 6:00 p.m.:  Car Exhibition

VW Festival

Wednesday, November 20, UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY:  The United Nations recommends the observance of Universal Children’s Day as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It is also a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the welfare of the children of the world.

Continuing through February 2014, EDUCATION FOR PEACE PROGRAM: Starting on the International Day of Peace in September and continuing through February 2014, the children of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will be participating in an “Education for Peace Program” consisting of workshops and activities about peace, diversity and nature.  Local hotels and businesses will also provide career days so that children can learn about various professions in the tourism industry.  Read more:   Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Launches Education for Peace Program with the United Nations for 2013.

Children with Peace Sign

Saturday, November 23, 2:30 p.m., 1st ANNUAL FISH & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL (FESTIVAL DEL PESCADO Y EL MARISCO) at Cancha Municipal (main basketball court) in Zihuatanejo:  Wow!  There’s nothing like fresh fish and seafood from the bay!  This event will really be a treat!  Restaurants and hotels from the bays and beaches in and around Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will put on a gastronomic display of the typical and not-so-typical fish and seafood dishes that are enjoyed in this area.  There will be contests for the best stand and the most delicious and best prepared plates.  It’s a perfect thing to do after visiting the Eco-Tianguis Sanka (local organic produce and products fair) that is held every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 p.m.  Come out and enjoy!


Thursday, November 28, 7:30 p.m., ART SHOW BY GLORIA HERNANDEZ at El Mediterráneo Restaurant on Calle Cinco de Mayo #4 in Zihuatanejo:  Enjoy this exquisite artwork.  Works are for sale.


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