Arts & Entertainment Calendar

An Antonio López Saenz painting.


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Daily Music Notes, Galleries and Weekly Activities.

~The Angela Peralta Theater~

[The Angela Peralta is located on Carnaval, in the Plazuela Machado, Centro. The box office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For many events expect to pay in pesos, not a credit card. It’s best to call ahead – 982 4446, press #103. Even if an event is free, either in the Angela Peralta or at Casa Haas, you must get a ticket from the box office. Tickets are non-refundable; if you wish to exchange your ticket for an upgrade, it has to be on the same day as you bought it.]

The Angela Peralta is closed for the summer… but stay tuned, as Cultura always surprises us with spontaneous last-minute events and concerts.

~Around Town~

(The CMA is the Centro Municipal de las Artes, the school beside the Angela Peralta Theatre. There are three inside spaces: Foro Experimental, Museo de la Música and the small movie theatre, Cinematógrafo, (seats about 50). Casa Haas is located on the corner of Heriberto Frias and Mariano Escobedo – all tickets for all events, even if they are free, must be obtained at the Angela Peralta box office. The Antonio Haas Theatre is located on the Avenida del Mar, across from the Fisherman’s Monument; it’s often referred to as the IMSS theatre and has its own box office.)

On now until Friday July 31: Oaxaca is in Mazatlan with the Fiesta de la Guelaguetza! The tented booths are around the Plaza Zaragoza and are offering the very best traditions from Oaxaca. Cosmetics, soaps, embroidered clothes, wooden toys, jewellery, purses, wallets, textiles, art/handicrafts and traditional Oaxacan food [honey, mole negro, spices, coffee, sweets, chocolate, mezcal] are all for sale. Strolling through the park you’ll hear and see traditional music, pop-up concerts and dance performances which usually take place at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. There are free dance lesson every day from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. There’s a complete outdoor kitchen, with tables and chairs, where you can explore the mysteries of mole and other gourmet treats. Now’s your chance to have a taste of Oaxaca in Mazatlan and the entry is free!

Tuesday August 15: Hot August Nights! @ La Fábula. Hot music and hot food but very cool inside, therefore only 60 tickets are available. Your $200 ticket buys hot, hot, Dani Borrego and the Rumba Kings + a choice of fish and chips or the tender arrachera. Party gets started at 6 p.m.Tickets available: La Fábula, [opens at 7 a.m., every day, on Constitución and Niños Héroes, 669 910 5399] or e mail: Kimberly Brown, or Brenda,

Friday September 8: El Corno Francés a través de la historia concert/ The French Horn through History:  featuring Iván Rogelio, French horn; Rocio González, piano and Marysol Calles, soprano. The audience will be treated to the history of the French horn from the 18th, 19th and 20th century with various composers such as Mozart, Dvorak, Beethoven and Schubert. Casa Haas, 7 p.m., $100.

September 14: Grupo Andart, group art exhibit of Mazatleco artists. More than 20 artists are participating, all with different medias. Galeria Angela Peralta, [upstairs], opening is at 7 p.m., free, everyone is welcome.

Friday August 18: Yuri in concert with herTan Cerquita Tour: this famous Mexican singer/actress and tv host returns once again to Mazatlan. Yuri’s last performance was during Carnaval and this time she’s at the International Centre [MIC], at 9 p.m. Call for tickets and more information, 669 989 6060

Wednesday November 1: Callejoneada del Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead parade: the celebration of this important night (research claims this day has been honoured for 3000 years in Mexico) begins in the Plazuela Machado, around 8 p.m. You’ll see people dressed as skulls, skeletons and Catrinas. Create a costume, apply that all-important make-up and join the parade! In past years, free beer has been tossed into the waiting crowds. Due to all the construction on the streets of Centro the 2017 parade route has not been confirmed. Typically: the route starts on Constitución in the Machado,(La Tramoya, Casa del Caracol,Hotel Melville, El Recreo) turn left at Venus, then onto Sixto Osuna (Museo Arqueológico, then left again at Venustiano Carranza (Museo de Arte, Angelina’s Latin Kitchen), then onto Romantia de la Peña (Colegio Sinaloense) left on Heriberto Frias and ends on Libertad at the Angela Peralta. Many of the shops and galleries in Centro remain open so you can pay respect to the altars they have built. This is a night when everyone quietly utters, “we see you.”

Wednesday November 29 and Thursday November 30. The Elvis Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s.Starring Matt Cage who is the hip-swiveling twenty-one year old Elvis. Save the date! 6 p.m., $850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200.  Tickets go on sale September 1, contact

Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3: Gran Pacifico Maratón, Marathon, fireworks, 8 p.m. on December 2,  Playa Norte, Olas Altas Inn.

Wednesday December 13 and Thursday December 14: The Buddy Holly Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. Starring Jeff Scott “the spirit of Buddy Holly.” Save the date! 6 p.m., $850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200. Tickets go on sale September 1, contact

Wednesday January 3 and Thursday January 4: The Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. Starring the King of Margaritaville, Will Chalmers.  Save the date! 6 p.m.,$850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200. Tickets go on sale September 1, contact

Wednesday January 17 and Thursday January 18: The Roy Oribson Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. Starring Michael Danckert.  Save the date! 6 p.m., $850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200. Tickets go on sale September 1, contact

Wednesday February 7 and Thursday February 8: The Neil Diamond Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. “Will Chalmers is proof that for many Neil Diamond is forever.”  Save the date! 6 p.m., $850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200. Tickets go on sale September 1, contact

Thursday February 8 to Tuesday February 13: Carnaval 2018! “Save the dates” are all here.


Wednesday February 21 and Thursday February 22: The Blues Brothers Tribute Show @ Twisted Mama’s. Back by popular demand it’s the real-life soul brothers, Geoff and Chris Dahl. Save the date! 6 p.m.,$850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200.Tickets go on sale September 1, contact

Wednesday March 7 and Thursday March 8: The Patsy Cline Tribute Show@ Twisted Mama’s. Save the date! 6 p.m., price,$850 and there’s the opportunity for upscale beer/liquor brands if you add $120 or even $200.Tickets go on sale September 1, contact

Sunday March 25 to Saturday March 31: Semana Santa 2018

Monday April 16 to Thursday April 19: El Tianguis Turistico. The city is expecting 10,000 visitors [tour operators, travel agents, airlines, journalists] with a spend of 40 million pesos. This is in addition to remodeling spend of El Faro, Centro and Playa Norte.



Due to the streets of Centro being dug-up [it started in April] many restaurants and bars have closed temporarily – so you may not find your music – this situation changes from day-to-day – call ahead! Mazatlan doesn’t have four seasons, it has two – the slow simmering summer season, moving into the high season which brings events and holidays such as: Day of the Dead, marathons, Christmas, Carnaval, Moto Week and Semana Santa/Easter. There are approximately 40 school and National holidays during the year which many Mazatlecos observe. The majority of them lead to”bridge holidays”/long weekends resulting in restaurants and bars that spontaneously close or open – always best to double check to avoid disappointment. All restaurants and bars are listed in The Directory, click here for address, opening hours and phone numbers – it’s fairly accurate!  Or if you prefer, check out the venue’s FB page. Many of your groups are on The Bandstand, please click here to listen


Mondays: Rafael Rodriguez, (easy/mixed), Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonita Emerald Bay, 7:00 p.m.(have a listen)  Kannon [r ‘n r have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.


Tuesdays: Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], La Palapa at Hotel Torres, 6 p.m.  Kannon (r ‘n r, have a listen) GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m. 


Wednesdays: Kannon, La Corriente, 3 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Hotel Torres’s La Palapa, 6 p.m. Kannon, GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m. (r ‘n r, have a listen)   Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m.


Thursdays:  Kannon, Diego’s, 3:30 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez [easy, h ave a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. Tanya Carrum [have a listen], Coco’s Beach, 7 p.m. Live music, Cheers The Pub, 8 p.m. KraKen, [r ‘n r mixed have a listen], Diego’s, 8 p.m.  Live music,  Pedro y Lola ,8:30 p.m. ZaZ 2.0,[have a listen], Baja Style, 9:30 p.m. Kamaleón [ r ‘n’r have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.Roosterford [reggae have a listen] F.I.S.H., 9 p.m. Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 9  p.m.  Lo que Cantamos Las Mujeres [Heidi Herrera’s band], La Bohemia, 10:30 p.m.


Fridays:  Mundo Sanchez, Kafe-Denda, 6:30 p.m. ♦ Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. KraKen Las Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m. Jazz Fussion [Manuel Cazares piano; Nacho Chávez guitar; Omar Rios percussion and bass], Cafe Pacifico, 8:30 p.m. Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m.  Live music, Pedro & Lola, 8:30 p.m. Kathia y Alexis Espinoza [acoustic rock/pop], 28 Veintiocho, 9 p.m ♦ Everardo Castro [classic Mexican ballads and pop], Los Zarapas, 9 p.m. Live music, Cheers, 9:30 p.m. Iron Deer [reggae], F.I.S.H., 9 p.m. Rootsterford [reggae have a listen], Barracruda’s, 9 p.m. Live music, Coco’s, 9:30 p.m.  ZaZ, Baja Style, 9:30 p.m.  Nissa Acustico Trio, Diego’s, 10 p.m.  Alets Malafama, Copa de Leche, 10 p.m.


Saturdays:  KraKen,[ r’nr, have a listen ] Diego’s Beach House, 4 p.m. Tanya Carrum, [have a listen], Macaws, 6:30 p.m.  Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. Canto Altano (classical Mexican trio, trova, boleros), Casa Loma, 8 p.m KraKen,[have a listenLas Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m  Live music [easy, mixed], Pedro & Lola, 9 p.m.ZaZ, Baja Style, 9:30 p.m.  Corvus Rock Band, Copa De Leche, 10 p.m.


Sundays: Tanya Carrum, [have a listen], Pacific Park Food Truck, 4 p.m. Reggae, Diego’s Beach House, 6 p.m.   Live music La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m.  KraKen [have a listen], Diego’s Beach House, 9 p.m.  Alets Malafama, Copa de Leche, 9 p.m.


Angela Peralta Theatre Galleries: There are two galleries; the upstairs gallery above the theatre is referred to as the Galeria Angela Peralta and hosts revolving shows as does the downstairs in the gallery, Galeria Rubio. Open week days from 9 a.m. to  6 p.m. but sometimes can be closed due to private events. 

September 14 until October 21: Grupo Andart: More than 20 Mazatleco artists are participating in this exciting group show. Galeria Angela Peralta [upstairs].

Casa Etnika, Sixto Osuna #50, 136 0139, open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Filled with clothes, toys, handicrafts, original art, glass, jewellery, they have it all.

Centro Cultural Univeristario: it’s on Rosales, between Melchor Ocampo and Leandro Valle. A huge white building, with many rooms, patios and outdoor spaces. The famous Mazatleco artist, Antonio López Saenz has his own exhibit room there, filled with drawings, paintings and a few sculptures. It’s open to the public, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is part of the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa. It’s a little out of the way but the space and the views of the city are worth seeing as well as Antonio’s wonderful work.

Galeria Baupres: HeribertoFrias #1506 – hours vary [maybe 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and then 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.] call 669 113 0941.

Galeria Nautilus: An art gallery, a gift shop, have various seasonal exhibits. Constitución, #77. Exhibits change every month. 

Gallery Uno: “discover the magic”, on Mariano Escobedo #405, between Athina Spa and Héctor’s Bistro. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturdays from  11 a.m. until 7 p.m. – or by appointment with the owner, JonJuan at 669 120 0239.

Gandarva Bazar, Constitución #616, 136 0665, open Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m.

La Guerencia, Belisario Dominguez #1502B, 981 1036, open Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m.

LOOK Vintage and Modern Gallery: If you wish to a Mark Jay consultation – 669 149 3911 – “I do it all, I’ll do your garden, your office, your house, your bedroom.” Perhaps you’d enjoy Mark’s six videos on decor tips. [LOOK closes on April 8 for the summer season. Look for a new LOOK location in November.]

Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlan: During the year this space (indoors and outdoors) hosts many different art exhibits and workshops.  Located on Sixto Osuna# 76, kitty corner to Macaws. Closed Mondays, open from 9 a.m. 6 p.m. If you wish to call ahead, 669 981 1455

Museo de Arte:  There are three galleries – one collection is in the Sala Antonio López Saenz. Changing exhibits are in both the Sala Roberto Perez Rubio, and Sala Carlos Bueno galleries. Cecilia Sánchez Duarte was appointed the new director in January 2017 and in just a few short months this wonderful space has come alive. [to view Cecilia’s own artwork]

On now:  Salvador Herrera’s photo exhibit: Sinaloa un mundo mágico.

July 13 to mid September: Vótrices


The gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend hours are from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. The Museum is located on Sixto Osuna #71 and Venustiano Carranza, Centro. Call 985 3502 or 981 5592, the phone will be answered in Spanish. [ Cecilia has hosted many videos on Artists Studios, have a look, you’d be surprised by the talent!] 

Nidart, Libertad #45, 985 5991, leather masks, ceramics, jewellery, and much, much more. Open Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m. #17 on ArtWalk

Valladolid Gallery: It’s inside the Valladolid College, on Belisario Dominguez #53. Every month there is a different show – it ranges from group art shows, art installations to poetry readings. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Mazatlan Film and Theater at El Recreo is a not -for- profit community centre, located in Centro on Constitución #209. It’s closed until the fall; for “winter” events look for their calendar in October – such as movies, playreadings, special presentations and weekly activities it’s all here. 


Wednesdays:  Mercado Organico de Mazatlan/Mazaltan Farmers Market, Baja Style Restaurant 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.[on Camarón Sábalo #2601, next to Los Zarapes – 16 vendors and growing – honey, cheese, dairy chicken and eggs, Rico’s coffee, chocolates and Baja serves breakfast.] RETURNS IN NOVEMBER.
Thursdays:  Bailes de Salón/ ballroom dancing, really any type of dancing, Plaza Zaragoza, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., music provided, everyone is welcome.

Fridays:  AA meeting, closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, every Friday at noon, Melville Hotel, contact 981 0149, or 669 107 6931 or e mail: for more information.

Saturdays: Organic Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, in the Plaza Zaragoza, RETURNS IN NOVEMBER ♦The arts and crafts bazaar in the Plazuela Machado. Original designs,jewellery, purses,  – it’s a super shopping spot from  5 p.m. to 11 p.m.