Arts & Entertainment Calendar

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[The Angela Peralta is located on Carnaval, in the Plazuela , 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.]

Monday April 23-Sunday April 29th: Danza José Limón, the annual José Limón dance festival. Various dance companies from the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico have been invited to participate. The Festival is under the direction of its founder Héctor Chávez Fierro. Every year these dancers honour José Limón who was born in Culiacan in 1908 and went on to take the New York dance scene by storm and captivated audiences with his creativity wherever he performed.

Monday April 23: Pearson Widrig Dance Theater [formed in 1987, New York City] performs “Golden”. 8 p.m. $80-$120.

Wednesday April 25: Grupo  4×4 from Costa Rica perform “Cuerpo Vacio”, 8 p.m. $80 – $120.

Thursday April 26: En Tercera persona, 8 p.m. $80 – $120.

Sunday April 29th: Delfos Danza Contemporánea presents “Estado Latente” as part of the José Limón festival. **note, now at 8 p.m. [not at 6 previously advertised] One performance is created by co-director Victor Manuel Ruiz with music by Bach [Camerata Mazatlan]. a second performance is created by co-director Claudia Lavista with music by Thomas Gueglio and Ben Melsky. $250 of which a portion of the proceeds will go to Delfos’s community outreach projects called Danza y Conciencia.

Thursday May 3 and Thursday May 31: 30 años de literatura mazatleca: for Spanish speakers only, this conference will discuss 30 years of Mazatlan literature. Each evening will offer a different panel of writers. 7 p.m., entrance is free.

Sunday May 6: Encuentro de Academias: various dance schools/academies perform their selected pieces. $80-$150, 6 p.m.

Monday May 7 – Saturday May 12: V Muestra de Teatro/5th annual theatre show. For Spanish speakers only, actor and organizer Javier Dia Dalannais has created many interesting theatre nights. They will be at the Angela Perlata and at Casa Haas, details below.

If you are bilingual you may enjoy these theatre performances. They are either at Casa Haas or the Angela Peralta. $80-$100.

Saturday May 12: Fuerza y encanto – a joyful Camerata Mazatlan concert [strength and charm] under the direction of Maestro Percival Alvarez. The Mazatlan musicians will play Beethoven’s symphony No. 5 and Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez”. The Camerata wishes to turn their talent towards these two works that have become icons of Western culture. $100 – $220, 8 p.m.

Saturday May 19 – Friday May 25: Delfos Danza celebrates 25 years! Claudia Lavista and Victor Ruiz have not only been dancing and choreographing and touring with their wildly popular [and famous] Delfos dancers but they also run the school known as EPDM – Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlan. No doubt over the years you have seen creative performances from both Delfos and the students from EPDM. All dance details and times to be confirmed.

Saturday May 26: Los sonidos del Siglo XX/the sounds of the 20th century. Camerata Mazatlan will perform pieces from Gustav Holst, Peter Warlock, William Walton and Antonin Dvorak – all under the direction of Maestro Percival Alvarez. “The Camerata has prepared an acoustical arsenal to surprise the public!” $100-$220, 8 p.m.

Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16: La bella durmiente/Sleeping Beauty ballet. Maestra Zoila Fernández will be directing 112 ballerinas from the ballet school – Escuela de Ballet Clásico del Instituto de Cultura de Mazatlan – for this classical and beloved ballet. Maestro Percival Alvarez will be conducting the Camerata Mazatlan. A portion of this ballet was presented in 2014, but in this performance the complete work will be performed with new costumes and spectacular scenery. $100 – $200, 8 p.m.

Saturday July 7: Graduation dance of the XVII EPDM Dancers: gratuates of EPDM – Escuel Profesional de Danza de Mazatlan, under the direction of Claudia Lavista and Victor Ruiz always perform creative vignettes. Students from EPDM have won the National Dance Prize twice. $100, 8 p.m.

Saturday July 14: Cuatro sinaloenses de cuidado/four Sinaloans to be careful of. Get ready! What a line up: tenor Carlos Osuna; baritone José Adán Pérez; tenor José Manuel Chú and pianist Joel Juan Qui. The program will featuring everything from Nessun Dorma to Funiculi Funicula and of course much, much more, “music from around the world.” $180 – $350, 8 p.m.

~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. 

Wednesday April 25: Concert Duo – back by popular demand! Featuring violinist Nina Farvarschcuk and pianist Jesús Eduardo Pérez Franco. Expect selections from Grieg and Schubert. Casa Haas, 8 p.m., $150.

Thursday April 26 – Sunday April 29: Trópico Sur – an exciting art fair featuring four towns:  For the first time ever, artists from Concordia, Escuinapa,and  Rosario will be displaying their artwork and artisan crafts; local Mazatlan artists will be included too. The art fair is designed to bring these three areas to you, and also merge local Mazatlan artists, so you can experience the different regional styles. The Museo de Arte Mazatlan manages the small museums and art galleries in these towns, so chances are their art and crafts may be new for you. And most everything will be for sale if something catches your eye. This fiesta is just getting started so there could be regional food, drinks [local non -alcoholic, as well as Tres Isla and Tres Brujas beer] and music too. The opening is on Thursday 26 at noon featuring El Rosairo; Friday features Escuinapa;  Saturday celebrates dia los niños/children with games, clowns etc. and Sunday features Concordia from noon – 8 p.m. entry is free! [Museo de Arte is on the corner of Sixto Osuna #71 and Venustiano Carranza.]

Friday April 27:Festival de SKA: Bands Cirko Kandela and Sound Karnaval pay tribute to Guadalajara’s Panteón Rococó – SKA -the famous Jamaican/calypso/jazz and blues sounds that originated in the 1950s – pre reggae. Shrimp Bucket, 8 p.m., please reserve, 159 0181.

Friday April 27: Grupo Los Innato from Mexico perform “No/nato,” Casa Haas, 8 p.m. [part of the José Limón dance festival].$100

Saturday April 28: Pasión Latina, Alma Mexicana: with baritone Manuel Bernal Dávalos, Casa Haas, 7 p.m., $150.

Saturday April 28: Grupo Danza joven Sinaloa perform “Danzón Márquez,” Plazuela Machado, 8 p.m. Free.

Saturday April 28: Combo “Lo mejor del Rock en Español @ Coco’s Beach Club. Taking the best of rock, The Combo Group: César López “El Vampiro” + Jorge Guevara + Mauricio Claveria. 8 p.m. Please reserve, 913 1515.

Wednesday May 2 – Sunday May 6: La carpa, encuentro de artes escénico/ the meeting [the big top]of the scenic arts. Cultura and Plataforma Colmena have brought together in this 3rd anniversary artists from Czechoslovakia, Costa Rica, Columbia, Ecuador, Spain and Mexico who will be performing in various places – Casa Haas, Olas Altas, Heriberto Frias at Mariano Escobedo, Plazuela Machado. This “hive” of artists will consist of musicians, circus dancers and actors who will not only perform but will also offer workshops. More details to follow.

Saturday May 5: Cinco de Mayo fiesta @ Friends Diner featuring the fabulous singerTanya Carrum, $100, 6 p.m. please rsvp, 913 6066. [Why is Cinco de Mayo celebrated? Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. Mexican independence day is on September 16.  Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla when 4,000 Mexican troops defeated 8,000 French troops.]

Thursday May 10: Dia de las Madres, Mother’s Day

Sunday May 27: Miedo come todo…Sueños al vuelo: dance [fear eats everything, dreams can fly] by the group Flores Teatro Danza. Casa Haas, $100, 1 p.m.

Thursday May 31: Sonidos de Mexico y España/Sounds of Mexico and Spain: Mezzo soprano Mariela Angulo was born and raised in Sinaloa and tonight she’ll be accompanied by Slovakian violinist Róbert Márkus and Mexican pianist, Rosa Maria Valdez. Mariela is described as a “dramatic mezzo soprano” and promises to perform the best music of Mexico and Spain. Casa Haas, $120, 7 p.m.

Friday June 1: A las flores de mi vida: concert, “to the flowers in my life” with the talented tenor Jorge Echeagaray and pianist Sergio Castellanos, Bryan Correa, guitar and Aldo Gutiérrez, percussion. Expect a romantic evening where Jorge pays tribute through love songs to all the “flowers” in his life. Casa Haas, $150, 8 p.m.

Saturday June 2: Sólo Boleros with Flor Estrada: Flor does it all from opera to Cole Porter, she’s a dynamo on stage. Through boleros she’ll explore the different genres [Spain, Cuba, Vietnam] of bolero music. Flor will bring back the golden age of the bolero when it was played on every radio, film and tv in Mexico. Casa Haas, $120, 7 p.m.

Thursday June 7: Art exhibit, Expresiones, Galeria Rubio, [street level, beside the Angela Peralta] 7 p.m.,free, everyone is welcome.

Friday June 8: Cada Cosa en su Lugar/Everything in its Place” : a play in Spanish where actor and teacher Giovani Amenta directs six actors – all students of the first year of the Theater Workshop of the School of Arts of Cultura. It’s a fun play about a entanglement between an experienced thief, a clueless housewife and a group of people who will make a simple robbery a difficult feat – a farce in other words! Casa Haas, $70, 7 p.m.

Saturday June 9: Dia de la Música! Cancelled last year due to all the street construction in Centro and it’s back and we can’t wait! It will be six hours of all kinds of music – jazz, flamenco, classic, pop, opera, rock, funk, banda, bolero, trova, reggae and salsa to name a few! Stages and invited musicians to be confirmed but it usually starts around 7 p.m. All free!

Thursday June 14: Art exhibit, Ecos y Espejos, Echos and Mirrors, Galeria Angela Peralta [upstairs], 7 p.m., free, everyone is welcome.

Friday June 29: Dios es un Bicho: for Spanish speakers only, [God is a Bug], actor and theatre director Giovani Armenta presents this drama. Casa Haas, 7 p.m., $70.

Carnaval 2019! Thursday February 28 – Tuesday March 5, 2019.



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:  Wingin’ It, [Rob Lamonica and Lori Davidson [have a listen], Via Condotti, 6 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, doors open at 1 p.m, the show is at 2 p.m.[have a listen, or read Brenster’s profile where you can hear his original jingle] [$300 all you can drink or $80 cover, last show is April 24]] Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], La Palapa at Hotel Torres, 6 p.m ♦ La magia del Sax, Sergio Avila,[have a listen and/or read his profile.] Emerald Bay, Pueblo Bonito, 6 p.m. for “steak” night Kraken, Diego’s, 6 p.m.  Rezaka [ r ‘n r], La Catrina, 7 p.m. Adiccion, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m. Rob Lamonica’s Jazz Jam, La Bohemia, 7:00 p.m.  Kannon (r ‘n r, have a listen) GusGus GZ, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: Marco & The Truth, Diego’s, 3 p.m.  Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Hotel Torres’s La Palapa, 6 p.m Suki & Ebano [mixed], Friends Diner, 6 p.m. La magia del Sax, Sergio Avila,[have a listen and/or read his profileTopolo, 6:30 p.m.  Tanya Carrum, [have a listenLa Catrina, 6:30 p.m.♦ Mundo Sánchez, Kafe-Denda,[have a listen] 7 p.m. Rex Rocks, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m. RIO – Rob Lamonica, Nacho [Ignacio Chavez] and Omar Rios,[have a listen] La Bohemia, 7 p.m.Tanya Twain, 28, 7 p.m. Smooth Jazz with Alexander, La Fábula, 8 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 KraKen, Diego’s, 9 p.m.

Thursdays: Kannon, El Velero [Stone Island] 3 – 7 p.m.  Noche de Karaoke, La Fábula, 6 p.m.  Wingin’ It [Rob Lamonica and Lori Davidson], Water’s Edge 6:30 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m. Rex Rocks, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.♦ Chain Michael Blues, 28, 7 p.m. ♦ Alexander Halim’s sax, La Barra Gourmet, 7:30 p.m La magia del Sax, Sergio Avila,[ have a listen and/or read his profile.] Agatha’s, 8 p.m. Live music, Cheers The Pub, 8 p.m. KraKen, [r ‘n r mixed have a listen], Diego’s, 9 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:  Noche Mexicana,[ free Mexican fiesta show, mariachi, regional dancers, fireworks!] Aca Los Charros, 5 p.m  La Rezaka, Cheers, 6 p.m.♦ Maricruz and Chava [romantic bilingual singers], El Rincón de Nasha, 6 p.m. ♦ Mundo Sanchez, Kafe-Denda, 6:30 p.m.Rafael Rodriquez [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar, Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m  Wingin’ It, [Rob Lamonica and Lori Davidson, have a listen], La Fábula, 6:30 p.m.  Kannon, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m. Chain Michael Blues, 28, 7 p.m. Alexander Halim’s sax, La Barra Gourmet, 7:30 p.m. KraKen Las Flores Hotel, 8:30 p.m.  Live music, La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m. Everardo Castro [classic Mexican ballads and pop], Los Zarapas, 9 p.m. Te Para Dos, F.I.S.H., 8 p.m Malavista SC, La Fábula, 9 p.m. Alex Malafama, Barra Al Mar, 9 p.m. Rootsterford [reggae have a listen], Barracruda’s, 9 p.m.  Rex Rocks, Coco’s, 9:30 p.m. Nissa Acustico Trio,[have a listen] Diego’s, 10 p.m. 

Saturdays: La Rezaka Sunset Party [open bar $199], Shrimp Bucket, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.♦ KraKen,[ r’nr, have a listen ] Diego’s Beach House, 4 p.m Patricio Salas [romantic bilingual singer], Restaurant El Rincón de Nasha, 6 p.m. The Troubadours,[Rob Lamonica, Dave Oakey] La Fábula,  6:30 p.m. Adiccion, Twisted Mama’s, 7 p.m. Tanya Carrum, [have a listenWater’s Edge Bistro, 7 p.m. ♦ Rafael Rodriquez, [easy, have a listen], Kelly’s Bar at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, 7 p.m Kannon, Lucky B’s, 7 p.m.♦ Tanya Twain, 28, 7 p.m.   Alexander Halim’s sax, La Bohemia, 7 p.m. Canto Altano (classical Mexican trio, trova, boleros), Casa Loma, 8 p.m KraKen,[have a listen] Las Flores Hotel, Buen Trio, Barra Al Mar, 9 p.m.  Live music Hoy Toca Sport Bar, 9:30 p.m.  Te Para Dos, Cafe Pacifico, 9 p.m.

Sundays: La Magia del Sax, Sergio Avila, [have a listen and/or read his profile] Torres, La Palapa, 9 a.m. and then at Vittorio’s, 2 p.m. Buen Trio, Barra Al Mar, 5 p.m.  La Rezaka, Cheers, 6 p.m. Rafael Rodriquez, Heriberto Frias, between Gaia Bistrot and Casa Canobbio, 6 p.m. [have a listenReggae, Diego’s Beach House, 6 p.m. The Troubadours [ Rob Lamonica, Dave Oakey and often special musical guests – country, rock a little of everything] Pedro & Lola, 6:30 p.m. Rootsterford, El Pata Latino, 7 p.m.  ♦ Jazz and Blues, La Fábula, 7:30 p.m Live music La Fonda de Chalio, 8:30 p.m. Live music, 28/Veintiocho, 8:30 p.m.  KraKen [have a listen], Diego’s Beach House, 9 p.m.   Los Brownies, Hoy Toca Sport Bar, 9:30 p.m.  Te Para Dos, Vancouver Wings GZ, 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.

On Now: La magia de la Materia, this travelling art show, The Magic of Matter,  [for two years it was displayed at Bellas Artes in Mexico City] pays homage to the famous painter and sculptor Adriano Silva [born in Querétaro 1925 – 2016]. Galeria Rubio, [street level, beside the Angela Peralta]. The show continues until May 12.

On April 16:  Poética de la tierra a Juan Rulfo: an art exhibit. Artist, Aliria Morales pays homage to the popular Mexican poet/writer and photographer Jaun Rulfo[ Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez Rulfo Voizcaino, 1917-1986]. He is best known for two literary works, El Llano en llmas a collection of short stories and his novel Pedro Páramo. Galeria Angela Peralta [upstairs],  – the show continues until May 19.

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.

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. ON NOW: Juan Carlos Vargas’s exhibit.

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.

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 in just a few short months this wonderful space has come alive. [to view Cecilia’s own artwork] [During Semana Santa/Easter/Holy Week [dates vary each year] 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.

On Now : Manon Côté’s Memorias del Tiempo in the Galeria Carlos Bueno. French Canadian artist Manon Côté’s exhibit is a mixture of textiles, prints and murals.

On Now:  Artist Gilberto Hulse’s exhibit: Lineas, sonidos, desfiguras [an homage to Roberto Pérez Rubio] ,in the Galeria Roberto Pérez Rubio.

On Now: Alwin Van der Heiden’s photography exhibit, La Cuenca:el origen del agua/the basin, the origin of water, mobile gallery – in the courtyard

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 ha 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 the fall. Look for its calendar – it’s all here.


Mondays and Tuesdays: Cooking classes with Chef Alastair of Water’s Edge. Each class cost $1200 per person, and is limited to only eight people. In the intimate setting Chef will take you through the farm-to-table experience creating great meals with a wine pairing with each course. Classes are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Learn the secrets of chef inspired meals.” Please call 136 0895 to reserve, or e mail:
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.