The Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area is host to many tourists and short-term visitors from throughout Mexico and from around the world. Many come in March to attend our Zihua Guitar Festival, along with the many other cultural and community events this month. Enjoy!
Saturday, March 4- Sunday, March 12, ZIHUATANEJO GUITAR FESTIVAL: A week of live music in a beautiful beach front setting. The internationally acclaimed musicians perform, from as far away as Pakistan, Argentina, Australia, Cuba, Spain, Switzerland, and as close as Mexico, the US and Canada. Performances include solos, duos and trios performing blues, classical, flamenco, rock, pop, jazz, and more. The ZIGF offers a week of beach concerts and gala shows in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.
Founded in 2004, the Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival has grown every year in prestige, talent and size. ZIGF is truly a community festival and relies heavily on support from the audience, the community, and the musicians, who donate their time and talent. The operations of the festival are carried out by dedicated community members who volunteer to organize and conduct the event. Individuals and businesses donate funds, meals, airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, audio/visual services and more, making the event a genuine community celebration.
Download the Schedule of Performance Events: Zihua Guitar Fest Schedule
Visit the Zihua Fest website to get a preview video of the performers: 2017 Performers Overview
Here is a sample of the wonderful talent in the festival.
Maria Teresa Olaya Hernandez & Josue Tacoronte Otero (Cuba), Guitar Duo, Queretaro Mexico.
They will be performing at a Gala Dinner at the Viceroy Hotel on Monday, March 6 from 6-8 p.m.
For complete information and ticket purchases, visit: www.zihuafest.com
Saturday, March 11, 6:00 p.m., TRONCONES FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR THE KIDS! Enjoy traditional Mexican dishes, buy beautiful jewelry, and enjoy an evening of fun – all proceeds going to the elementary school in Troncones. There will also be student performances. Activities are at the basketball court.
Sunday, March 26, 7:30 a.m., 5th ANNUAL HELENE KREBS ANIMAL (and humans) RACE: One of our main community events, this annual “animal” run raises money for our local humane society – SPAZ. You can sign up for a $100 pesos donation to have your favorite animal participate. Sign-up March 20-25 at SPAZ in Zihuatanejo, located next to the main basketball court, or at Aquapura Purificadora de Agua in Zihuatanejo. Participating categories are for “little ones,” “big ones,” and “others!” Even if you do not have a pet, come out and see this wonderful event – and DONATE to this great cause! To learn more about SPAZ, read: Humane Society of Zihuatanejo Helps and Cares for Local Strays
Thursdays & Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., MUSIC, ART, FOOD & DANCE in Ixtapa: Ixtapa ROCKS! Join us every weekend for a cultural festival full of art, music, food and entertainment. Activities take place at the kiosk in front of Nueva Zelanda Restaurant in Ixtapa.
Every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ECO TIANGUIS ORGANIC FOOD MARKET, PRODUCTS, & ENTERTAINMENT, across from the museum in Zihuatanejo: It’s a local meeting spot! Enjoy organic food; buy fresh vegetables, honey, and ecological products. Sing, dance, and enjoy life by the ocean. Read: Eco Tianguis Sanka Beachfront Market in Zihuatanejo Offers Organic Foods, Art, and Entertainment
- Saturday, March 11 at 9:30 AM – Presentation of “Remedies of Maria Sabina” by Franco Laurel
Every Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 11L00 a.m., FAMILY BICYCLE DAY on Paseo de la Boquita in Zihuatanejo: What a wonderful activity for the entire family! Come out EVERY Sunday with your family!
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
MARCH is Black History Month in Mexico. The state of Guerrero has one of the largest populations of Afromexicans. Mexico Negro, A.C. (Black Mexican Civic Association) is headquartered in Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero in the Costa Chica region of the state. A memorial celebration recognizing the Afromexican population will take place in Cuajinicuilapa on March 24, 2017. Read: http://imagine-mexico.com/Soy Negr@ – Afro-mexicans Seek Constitutional Recognition During UN Decade of Tribute
Wednesday, March 1, UNITED NATIONS ZERO DISCRIMINATION DAY: Everyone has the right to live with respect, dignity, and pride.
Friday, March 3, UNITED NATIONS WORLD WILDLIFE DAY: All life above the earth, on the earth, and below our waters should be protected and cherished. The Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area is a PLANNED resort community with regulations to ensure the conservation of our wildlife. Whales visit us every year! Read the story: Humpback Whales – These Snow Birds Visit Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Every Year
Wednesday, March 8, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Women have an extremely important role in a tourism area such as Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. They cook, make handicrafts, own businesses, and help to support their families in a variety of ways. We salute all of the women of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!!!!
Monday, March 20, CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTHDAY OF BENITO JUAREZ: Benito Juarez was a famous Mexican president and national hero. His actual birthday in on March 21, but it is celebrated on the third Monday in March.
Sunday, April 9 – Saturday, April 15, SEMANA SANTA: In Mexico, this is the time at the end of the 40-day Lent period, when people throughout the country take their vacations to enjoy the companionship of family and friends. Enjoy this precious time with loved ones.
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