Semana Santa

Remember to book accommodation well ahead if you are planning to be here around Semana Santa, when Mexicans descend on the city for massive celebrations (or July and Aug, when families pack the hotels and beaches).

Carnival

You should also plan around the massive carnival held here in February, which involves a massive firework display known as the Combate Naval and is one of the world’s largest, dating back to the 1840s.

First Friday Art Walks

The centro histórico has become a magnet for Mexican and international artists in recent years; you can get a taster of the scene on the First Friday Art Walks (Nov–May 3–8pm; free; wartwalkmazatlan.com), held every first Friday of the month, when 21 galleries and over 35 artists open their doors for self-guided tours (pick up maps at hotels or at the website).

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