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The Cultural Festival in Mazatlan

by Craig Zabransky on November 22, 2011

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For over forty days, the 2011 Cultural Festival in Mazatlan will showcase music, dance, opera along with some visual art exhibitions. The festival opened on October 20th showcasing a Taiwanese percussionist performance and continues through December with its Christmas Gala.

inside the Angela Pearlta Theatre

The festival is all around city, but the it’s cultural headquarters is right in the heart of Mazatlan. It’s in old town. Inside the restored and revitalized theater visitors and the locals can view and enjoy most of the major festival events.

I arrived at the Angela Peralta Theater to see the Mozart Requiem on November 1st, just before the “Dia de los Muertos” celebration parade arched though the cobblestone streets.  Upon entering, I instantly thought, the theater itself is an attraction. Impressive. Then, after exiting after the performance I left inspired and uplifted, the way I like to leave any theater. Great performance. Bravo.

So if you are in town, definitely consider it a great way to enjoy a night of your holiday.

the Mozart Requiem

Mazatlan Cultural Festival Major Events:

All major events are performed at the Angela Peralta Theater at start at 8pm unless otherwise noted. The remaining events are:


  • La Fille Mal Gardée: Friday Nov 18th & Saturday Nov 19th
  • Broadway Magic - Saturday, Nov 26th & Sunday, Nov 27th (at 10am)
  • Deja Donne, Ps. Martina La Ragione Monday Nov 28th
  • Deja Donne, - Not Made for Flying, Tuesday Nov 29th


  • Alberto Cortez Concert, Thursday, Dec 1st
  • Orquesta Mexicana de Tango, Saturday Dec 3rd
  • Delfos: Cuaderno Viaje [Travel Diary] Tuesday Dec 6th, Wednesday Dec 7th
  • Titan Symphony Saturday Dec 10th
  • The Nutcracker,  Tuesday, Dec 13th  & Wednesday, Dec 14th (6pm and 830pm)
  • Christmas Gala Friday, Dec 16th & Saturday, Dec 17th

Hopefully you have a chance to see a performance, and if you do, please tell us about it.

photos: Craig Zabransky


Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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  • http://retireinnayarit.com/ Rick

    This cultural festival offers some great festivities. I’m thinking of retiring to Mexico and have not decided on a place yet, but Mazatlán is high on my list and it’s good to see a look at the happenings in the area to get a feel for the area. I’ve linked to this list on my blog for retirees to Mexico, thank you. Best, Rick

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ Craig Zabransky

      Rick, yes, some great events indeed…. it seems you are considering Nayarit, but if you like culture, and city life, definitely look at Mazatlan. Anything you want to ask, please let me know, I frequent Mazatlan often, and often for long stays…

      stay adventurous, Craig

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