Acapulco Travel Guides

January

The Acapulco Fair: offers rides, games, shopping and food and is ideal for visitors with children. It takes place near the Convention Centre.

February

Carnival: is a weeklong celebration leading up to Lent. Catholic or not, the locals party with carnival rides, cotton candy and revelry everywhere you look. Many of the streets are cordoned off to accommodate street parties and parades.

The Acapulco Philharmonic Orchestra: begins its season at Juan Ruiz de Alarcon Theatre in the Convention Centre.

March

The Presidential Birthday: is a national holiday celebrating Benito Juarez, Mexico’s president from 1859 to 1872. Most businesses are closed for celebrations.

Spring Break: from North American universities turns much of the city into a massive party which seems to have no bounds. Be warned.

April

Easter Holiday (Santa Semana): is Acapulco’s busiest time of the year. The residents of Mexico City flock here to take part in the many religious celebrations, so book early if you want to visit during Easter.

May

Cinco de Mayo: is one of Mexico’s biggest holidays celebrating the defeat of French troops in 1862. Most banks and businesses are closed for the festivities which take have a traditional Mexican flair.

The Acapulco Boat Show: is one of the country’s leading nautical events, showcasing boat equipment along with a fishing competition.

June

Acapulco Fest (Acafest): is the city’s main music festival which draws in hoards of music fans which pack the Costera. Concerts are held at the Convention Centre.

August

Feast of the Assumption: is a public holiday celebrated intensively in Acapulco and throughout Mexico with a number of religious processions and ceremonies.

September

Independence Day: Mexico’s independence from Spain is celebrated in the same way as independence memorials from any country, with fireworks, drinking and exuberant joy.

September

Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day): celebrates Columbus’s discovery of Mexico and the beginning of the mestizo race of people which make up a large majority of the population. Parades, carnivals and outdoor concerts blanket the city, and fireworks light the skies after dark.

November

The Day of the Dead: this is an important three-day festival throughout the country which honours the dead with candy skeletons, candles, music and processions. The zocalo is the best place to observe the festivities, which is one of the highlights of the Mexican calendar.

December

Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe: this is Mexico’s patron saint and the special day sees citywide celebrations for two days. Street parties, carnival rides, folk music concerts and dancing make for an incredible atmosphere. This is one festival not to miss.

The annual UFO Conference: gathers in Acapulco each year to discuss the latest theories and sightings.

National Holidays

New Year's Day: 1 January
Anniversary of the Constitution: 5 February
Benito Juárez Day : 21 March
Labour Day: 1 May
Battle of Puebla Day: 5 May
President's Address: 1 September
Independence Day: 16 September
Dia de la Raza/Columbus Day: 12 October
Dia de los Muertos/Days of the Dead: 2 November
Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution: 20 November
Virgin of Guadalupe: 12 December
Christmas Day: 25 December
Semana Santa: date varies each year
Easter: date varies each year