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COMING IN MEXICO, 4/2006 

May 8-14: Canadian Tour - Mazatlan Corona Classic – Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Considered one of the most important golf events in the world, the Canadian Tour will make its first stop in Mexico in Mazatlan and receive 156 players from 15 different countries. The purse this year is $125,000. www.cmcgolf.com  TBD: Acapulco Boat Show – Acapulco, Guerrero. Aimed at fostering an interest in sea and water sports, as well as to promote Mexico’s nautical market, this exposition features everything from mega yachts to aquatic motorcycles. National and international exhibitors include manufacturers, distributors and marina service providers. Boat owners, prospective buyers and sea lovers in general are welcome to attend. www.acapulcoboatshow.com 

May 8: Vineyards Flowering Festival – Ensenada, Baja California. Noon - 5pm. Family fair with games, regional foods, wine and live entertainment at Mogor Badan Winery, Carr. Tecate -Ensenada Km. 83.5 in Valle de Guadalupe. Admission: $2/children, $10/adults (includes wine tastings from different wineries). Info & tickets: Viajes Damiana, tel. (646)178-3136 or Baja California Winemakers Association, tel. (646)178-3038; email: brac@telnor.net  TBD: Canadian Tour - Michelin Morelia Classic – Morelia, Michoacan. Considered one of the most important golf events in the world, the Canadian Tour will make its final stop in Morelia.  www.cmcgolf.com  TBD: 18th Alarconian Theatrical Festival (XVIII Jornadas Alarconianas) – Taxco, Guerrero. The picturesque silver mining town of Taxco will host 10 days of artistic and cultural events including literature, music, theater, dance, opera and artworks presented by local artists. www.guerrero.gob.mx/dominios/turismo/taxco.htm   TBD: Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship – Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. This annual competition attracts more than 60 qualifying teams from 33 countries representing 250 international anglers and their guests to Cabo San Lucas and the Los Cabos area for four days of intense fishing on 44 local charter boats. Each team is allowed to weigh two fish of each species on each day of fishing, and top prizes include engraved gold and stainless Rolex watches. http://www.igfa.org/tour_os_2006ud.asp  TBD: Morelia Organ Festival – Morelia, Michoacan. Morelia will celebrate once again the XXX International Organ Festival, gathering together organists from around the globe. Held in the majestic pink stone cathedral of Morelia, this event is renowned for its spectacular performances, complemented by art exhibits throughout the city. Contact: imcultura@michoacan.gob.mx

May 21 - Jun 6: International Wine and Cheese Festival (Feria Internacional de Queso y Vino)– Tequisquiapan, Queretaro. The enchanting town of Tequisquiapan hosts this annual wine and cheese festival, bringing together wine and cheese producers from all over the country. Visitors will also enjoy regional cuisine, concerts, handicrafts and other cultural events. www.tequisquiapan.com.mx/index.php 

May 17- 21: International Cup Vallarta Soccer – Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. If you like soccer and the beach, this is a great opportunity to visit Puerto Vallarta. The Committee responsible for this event is formed by the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta, the tourism board, and is also supported by the Football Soccer Association. For the third consecutive year, this event will take place in one of the most beautiful and visited places internationally. For more information, visit: www.vallartadeportes.com  TBD: XXI Huatulco Sail Fishing Tournament (XXI Torneo Internacional de la Pesca de Pez Vela) – Huatulco, Oaxaca. Huatulco, an excellent site for sport-fishing and surfing, hosts this popular annual tournament, now in its twenty-first year.

May 27: 22nd Annual Triathlon Banamex – Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. Hundreds of athletes will run, swim and bike along the scenic coasts of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Winners take home trophies and cash prizes. www.asdeporte.com 

May 28: The Horse Festival – Ensenada, Baja California. Organized by Cucapa Equestrian Ranch, in the valley of Guadalupe, close to Ensenada, this event gives you a taste of Baja California. The day is filled with exhibitions of equestrian arts in all its disciplines, combined with art, food and wine. For more information, visit: http://www.diadelcaballo.com  

 

 

 

COMING IN MEXICO, 3/2006 

April 3-7: International Guitar Festival of Morelia – Morelia, Michoacan. Michoacan, with its rich musical traditions and home to one of the oldest conservatories in Latin America, is the perfect host for this popular guitar festival. The program features recitals, contests, conferences, seminars and expositions, with local as well as international artists participating from Venezuela, Chile, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Cuba and the Czech Republic.  

April 9-16: Sardine Fishing Ritual – Tacotalpa, Tabasco. In the picturesque village of Tapijulapa, an enchanting cavern known as the Cave of the Sardines (Cueva de la Sardina) is the site of an annual religious ritual with preHispanic roots. The ritual involves fishing for sardines for the purpose of imploring Mother Nature to bring sufficient rain for the crops. The more sardines caught during the ceremony, the better the harvest will be. Cultural festivities are celebrated prior to the ritual, starting on March 13 to 19.  

April 9-16: Holy Week – Nationwide. Beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter Sunday, the week’s religious celebrations include reenactments of the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion. The most renowned celebrations are held in Mexico City, Patzcuaro, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, San Cristobal de las Casas and Taxco.  

April 15-May 13: San Marcos Fair – Aguascalientes. A colorful three-week festival featuring handicrafts, bullfights, folk dancing, games, cockfights, fireworks, cultural events and local cuisine. The National Poetry Prize and a traditional competition of typical dress also take place during this international celebration.  

April 7-16: Cultural Festival of Zacatecas – Zacatecas. This festival features displays of literature, dance, theater, music and art in several venues throughout Zacatecas State. www.zacatecas.gob.mx/agendacultural05.htm  

April 8-15: Polo Tournament “Gran Copa Agua Alta” – Costa Careyes, Puerto Vallarta. Costa Careyes is located 2 ½  hours south of Puerto Vallarta and a little more than an hour north of Manzanillo International Airport on the Mexican Pacific Coast, on the famous Costalegre. http://www.mexicopolo.com/  

April 20-30: Newport Beach Film Festival – Rosarito, Baja California Norte. Each spring, Newport Beach rolls out the red carpet during its annual Film Festival showcasing hundreds of features, short films, documentaries and animation movies from around the world. In addition to film screenings, the festival includes several galas and yacht parties, as well as the rare opportunity to interact with directors and screenwriters during question and answer sessions that provide an inside look into the film industry. www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com  

April 28-30: 59th Annual Newport Beach to Ensenada International Yacht Race – Ensenada. yachting competition originating in Newport Beach, California, to Ensenada, with more than 50 participating yachts, featuring a festival and ceremony upon their arrival in Ensenada.  

TBD: Xalapa Fair – Xalapa, Veracruz. Referred to as the Athens of Veracruz, the capital city of Xalapa is bursting with culture. The Xalapa fair dates back to the 18th century and offers a variety of artwork, handicrafts and unique products from the region at excellent prices. 

April 28-May 14: Tabasco Fair 2006  – Parque Villahermosa, Tabasco. Famous for its Olmec artifacts, Villahermosa Park hosts this colorful state fair where 17 counties share their best in cuisine, arts and crafts. Visitors can also enjoy the colorful boat parade over the Grijalva River and the outdoor theater in the evenings where plays are presented by each county. www.tabasco.gob.mx

April 22: Rosarito to Ensenada Fun Ride – Rosarito Beach, Baja California. Head south of the border with 10,000 of your closest amigos for this fun cyclist ride along the Pacific Coast and inland through rural countryside from Rosarito Beach to Ensenada. The event course is 50 miles of paved highway on the old Free Road from Rosarito Beach south to the city of Ensenada. Avid cyclists should finish in two hours, with the average time to complete being 4 ½  hours. www.rosaritoensenada.com