Mazatlán Celebrates Fall Calendar of Events on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

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The coastal city of Mazatlán hosts a full array of unique events this fall, from world-class sporting events and fishing tournaments to culinary fairs, music and dance festivals, holiday celebrations and more. Beyond the festivities, visitors discover rich culture, authentic cuisine and golden-sand beaches that stretch for 16 miles in this destination known as 'The Pearl of the Pacific.'

Mazatlán is home to a wide range activities throughout the year, from world-class sporting events and fishing tournaments to culinary fairs, music and dance festivals, holiday celebrations and more.

Mazatlán is home to a wide range activities throughout the year, from world-class sporting events and fishing tournaments to culinary fairs, music and dance festivals, holiday celebrations and more. Already in 2010, the destination has hosted the Canadian PGA Tour; the annual Mazatlán Carnival, the world’s third-largest Mardi Gras celebration; and International Motorcycle Week, which brought more than 300,000 visitors to the city.

Beyond the festivities, visitors can immerse themselves in rich culture, authentic cuisine and more in a picturesque setting amid the golden shores of Mazatlán. Below is a sampling of 2010 highlights for fall:

October TBA    
WTA Futures International Tennis Tournament – This tournament brings 32 of the world’s rising young tennis stars to Mazatlán to compete for a $10,000 U.S. purse. More than 15 countries will be represented in the international event, including Russia, Argentina, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Italy, France, Canada and the U.S.
Location: El Cid Golf & Country Club
Mazatlán, Mexico

Nov. 1 – Dec 15    
Mazatlán Cultural Festival – This month-long festival celebrates the city’s rich heritage and historical roots with daily cultural events in Old Mazatlán. Performers travel to Mazatlán from China, Cuba, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the U.S. to stage a variety of theatrical productions. Locals and visitors enjoy festivities ranging from opera and rock concerts to ballet and drama performances, art exhibits and photography shows.
Location: Mazatlán, Mexico

Nov. 2 – 5    
Fiesta Amigos de Mazatlán – This four-day “Big Festival of Friends” celebrates the destination’s continued growth, rich culture and fabulous cuisine. Presented by the City of Mazatlán, the Mazatlán Hotel Association and the State of Sinaloa, Gran Fiesta Amigos extends a warm greeting to travel partners in recognition of their ongoing support for this vibrant and thriving tourism hotspot on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Festivities include cultural performances, receptions, award dinner galas and tours showcasing the city’s modern resorts and rich cultural heritage.
Location: Mazatlán, Mexico

Nov. 10 – 13    
Marina El Cid Billfish Classic ¬– Widely referred to as the "Billfish Capital of the World," Mazatlán is home to the annual Billfish Classic sponsored by El Cid Resorts. This tournament combines world-class billfishing with the destination’s warm hospitality. Anglers are encouraged to release their catches and will accumulate points for every billfish they release to ensure the conservation of this species. Competitors are eligible for daily jackpots along with the grand cash prize.
Location: Marina El Cid
Mazatlán, Mexico

November 9-15    
El Cid International Golf Tournament- El Cid Country Club hosts the annual International Golf Tournament. This golfer’s fantasy is home to a beautifully groomed 27 championship hole course. Amatuer golfers from around the world travel here to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, vacation packages and more.
Location: El Cid Granada Golf & Country Club
Zona Dorada, Mazatlán, Mexico

December 3 – 5    
Pacífico Marathon – The world’s top athletes converge in Mazatlán to compete in this annual marathon, rated one of the top 10 in the world. Running conditions are ideal in this seaside destination, with picturesque scenery, ocean views and warm weather. Contestants compete in a weekend of races that include a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon.
Location: Mazatlán, Mexico

December TBA    
AXN Film Festival – This competitive festival showcases film entries from across Latin America. From the hundreds of short films submitted each year, only ten finalists will be selected to compete for top honors and prizes. Judges include renowned directors, actors and writers.
Location: Mazatlán, Mexico

For more information on these highlights or a full calendar of 2010 events in Mazatlán, visit http://www.gomazatlan.com.

About Mazatlán

Mazatlán is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. As Mexico’s second largest coastal city, Mazatlán has nearly 600,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlán and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two. Mazatlán has an international sport-fishing reputation. Sites of interest include: the Angela Peralta Theater, Archeological Museum, Republic Plaza, Ocean Museum, Botanic Garden, San Jose Chapel and the world’s second-tallest lighthouse. Transportation is available via the local “pulmonías” or four-person open-air vehicles that have become a symbol of the city. Visit Mazatlán on the World Wide Web at http://www.gomazatlan.com.

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