Arts and Entertainment Calendar

An Antonio López Saenz painting.

Daily Music, Galleries and Ongoing.

~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 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please call ahead to be sure it’s open – 982 4444 ext. 103. Tickets for Casa Haas must be bought at the box office – even if an event is free at Casa Haas, you still need to get your ticket at Angela Peralta 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 new Cultura team is “massaging” the website and the online feature. On April 23, 2019 the new Director of Cultura, Marsol Quiñónez Castro, was announced. The press receives details for concerts and events via a WhatsApp group and often details are lacking such as prices, backgrounds – please be patient until the Cultura team problems are resolved.]

Sunday September 8: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán:  6 p.m., $400 – $1000.

~Around Town~

Friday July 26: Nirvana/Foo Fighters Tribute by Mavericks, La Juana, 9 p.m.

Saturday July 27: Reik in Concert: this famous Mexican band [Mexicali, Baja] will perform their hit standards all pop, rock and Latin pop, MIC [Mazatlan International Center], 8:30 p.m.Tickets available at MIC 669 989 6060 or $520- $8,500.

Friday August 2: AC/DC Tribute, Life en Español Centro, 10 p.m., 669 159 0161

Friday August 30: The Doors Tribute, by Strange Days, Life en Español, 10 p.m., 669 159 0161

Friday September 6: Gloria Trevi in Concert: 9:30 p.m. MIC, 669 989 6060

Sunday September 15:Independence Day, the evening. Mexico celebrates 209 years of independence, with a grand fiesta in the Plazuela República, Town Hall Square. El Grito, the cry of independence, is yelled across the square by all the people, and it’s led  by Mayor Luis Guillermo “El Quimico” Benitez Torres.  The famous Grito de Dolores is a massive synchronized call that dates back to 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla cried out to his parish in the small town of Dolores – cried out against the Spanish colonial rule after 300 years. Today, the mayor calls out something relevant to the history, and the crowd yells VIVA! If you decide to join this celebration you’ll be safe responding with two words: Viva Mexico! While the Grito starts close to midnight the music begins at 6 p.m. The program is always exciting with many musical acts and there is always a glorious display of fireworks to close the celebration. Monday,September 16th “is the real date of Mexican independence” and continues with more parties and the annual commemorative parade that usually goes along the Malecon [parade route could change] and begins around 8 a.m. Monday will be a national holiday – banks, schools, government offices etc. will be closed.

Friday 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 and the annual parade, callejoneada, beings around 8 p.m.You’ll see people dressed as skulls, skeletons and Catrinas or giant puppets. Create a costume, apply that all-important make-up and join the parade! 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.” [perhaps you’d like to read a more in-depth article on the history of Dia de Muertos.] There will be constant surprises on the streets, in the Machado, in the Angela Peralta Theatre and in the Museo de Arte.

Saturday November 20 and Sunday December 1: Pacific Marathon/Gran Maraton Pacifico. It’s rated as one of the top ten marathons in the world due to our landscape and climate. Running routes have not been established but expect road closures and detours. Usually there is an amazing fire works displays at 8 p.m.on Saturday. Some years it’s on the Malecon, last year it was inland at Parque Central, all tbd.

Monday January 27 and Monday March 2: Mazatlan Rocks the Beach Returns!  It really never left because people can’t get enough of the rock n’roll line-up that the organizers offer you – so many great local bands at a low price. Save the dates, still at Sumbawa.

Thursday February 20 – Tuesday February 25: Carnaval, 2020!

Friday March 6, Saturday March 7, and Sunday March 8: The Second Annual San Francisco Quilt Shop Festival/Art Craft and Quilt Festival/ International Quilt Festival!  Call it what you will, last year’s festival was a great success and this year promises to be bigger and better. It takes place in Venados baseball stadium – lots of parking, handicap accessible, and a wonderful space to display all the gorgeous quilts that Linda Hannawalt and her team [plus invited guests] will be displaying. Many will be for sale too. Save the dates!



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. When you phone, ask the restaurant ” a qué hora comienza tu musica? – what time does your music start, as that seems to change too!. Most of the 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:  Mr. Rio, 28/Ventiocho, 7 p.m. Rezaka, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m. ♦ Rafael Rodriguez, (easy/mixed), Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7:00 p.m.(have a listen) Kannon [r ‘n r have a listen], GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: Brenster’s Beach Bash, [have a listen, or read Brenster’s profile where you can hear his original jingle] returns in November, Diego’s, 2 p.m.[ if you book your hotel at Star Palace, Pacific Palace, Oceano Palace or Luna Palace whisper the secret word, “Brenstervip” and you’ll receive a special VIP hotel rate and a free ticket to Brenster’s Beach Bash.]   Kannon, GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.  Alets Malafama, Cheers, 9:30 p.m. 

Wednesdays: The Truth and Friends,[various blues musicians change it up every week] Diego’s, 3 p. Live music, 28/Veintiocho, 7 p.m. ♦ ZaZ,  Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.  Kannon, GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m. (r ‘n r, have a listen Live music,  Pedro y Lola, 8:30 p.m.  Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m Alets Malafama, Cheers, 9:30 p.m.

Break [ pop, acoustic rock with cello]

Thursday: Noche de Karaoke, La Fábula, 6 p.m.♦ Live jazz, Casa Loma, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m.♦ Daniel Garcia [dinner music] Gaia Bistro, 7:30 p.m. Malavista S.C., Pedro y Lola, 8:30 p.m. Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 9 p.m BuenTrip, Cheers, 9:30 p.m..♦  KraKen, Simba Sport Bar, 10 p.m. Lo que Cantamos Las Mujeres [Heidi Herrera’s band], La Bohemia, 10:30 p.m.

Fridays:  Reecuentros [ rock ‘n roll], LM Restobar, 6 p.m. followed by the music of Jose y Zujey  ZaZ,  Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.  Mr. Rio, Veintiocho/28, 7 p.m. ♦ Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m La Cura [dinner music], Gaia Bistrot, 7:30 p.m. ♦ KraKen, [have a listen] Las Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m.  Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m.  Break [pop, rock acoustic with cello] Via Condotti, 8:30 p.m.Everardo Castro [classic Mexican ballads and pop], Los Zarapas, 9 p.m.  La Rezaka, Cheers, 9 p.m.  Live music, Barracruda’s . Malavista, La Fábula, 9:30 p.m.  Live music Simba Sport Bar, 10 p.m. Vilanova, Diego’s, 10 p.m.

Saturdays: KraKen, Diego’s, 4 p.m. Alets Malafama, Lucky B’s/Pinups, 8 p.m.♦ Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. ♦ Los Cryps,[rock n’ roll] Gaia Bistrot, 8 p.m. ZaZ, La Mayahuel, 930 p.m.Jazz, Casa Loma, 8;30 p.m KraKen,[have a listen] Las Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m.♦ Malavista S.C., Via Condotti, 8:30 p.m♦ Live music, Los Zarapes, 9 p.m. Son de Tres,[“music to dance to”] La Catrina, 9:30 p.m.  La Rezaka, Cheers, 10 p.m.

Sundays:  Marimba, Gaia Bistro, 2:30 p.m. ♦ Break [pop, rock acoustic with cello] Cafe Pacifico [Plazuela Machado], 7:30 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez, Heriberto Frias, between Gaia Bistrot and Casa Canobbio, 8 p.m. [have a listenReggae, Diego’s Beach House, 5 p.m. Live music,  Pedro & Lola, 7 p.m ♦ Live music La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m. Alets Malafama, La Mayahuel, 9:30 p.m.  La Rezaka, Cheers, 9:30 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.

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 Made, Miquel Aleman #927 [almost at the docks], open Monday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The hours reflect this is a not-for-profit gallery. Made is owned and operated by three artists: Cristiano Gabrielli [he has the Italian influence], Vanya Saavedra [dancer for Delfos] and Germán Torres. Call 669 129 1683.

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.

Escarabajo Azul, Belisario Dominguez #1809, open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays. It’s an eclectic gallery with jewellery, and many works of art by the talented and quirky Agustin Castillo. Agustin represents other artists as well.

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

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

Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlan/MUSAM: 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 slowly this wonderful space has come alive. [to view Cecilia’s own artwork] [During Semana Santa/Easter/Holy Week and other National holidays] the Museo is open by appointment only – please call 669 163 0248. Due to misuse and disrespect of the bathrooms, they are no longer open to the public. You may wish to read a detailed  profile on the Museo de Arte.

On Now: Vida,/ Exposición de Mujeres Artistas – an exhibition of female artists, 22, celebrating life!   Also a group show with artists from Concordia, Escuinapa, Rosario and San Ignacio called Trópico Sur, Ruta del Arte,in the Galeria Roberto Pérez Rubio.

Art exhibition by del Acervo, Sala Antonio López Sáenz, 7 p.m., free, everyone is welcome. The show goes on until July 25.

The galleries are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 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.  MF&T returns in October with many exciting events [movies, house tours, Spanish lessons, special presentations etc. etc. ] – it’s all here.


[“Ongoing” covers events, tours, special stores, that don’t have dates, but days – hence they are ongoing during the season.]

Monday to Friday: Flavor Teller Street Food Tours. Tour leader Maaike Hoekstra will take you on a unique journey of Mazatlan street flavours. [“all safe and clean!” so say all of the participants]. “The Flavor Teller gave us the gift of seeing a side of Mazatlan that not many tourists get to see.” Flavor Teller is approaching its second year and is currently #1 on Trip Advisor in this category. The tour leaves the Plazuela Machado at 10 a.m. and returns around 1 p.m.  Be sure to visit the website.

Learn to tango with Dalila Garcia. Please give Dalila a call [she speaks English] for more information – 644 420 4044.or e mail:

Dalila is giving lessons all summer and fall. The venues change, give her a call!

Culinary creator, Paola Osuna recently launched Tomatl – food tours [tacos and mezcal and  Pata Salada] and cooking classes. “Authentic and compelling experiences with local guides”. For days, times and location contact Paola at 669 171 4800, or visit her website.