Events in Acapulco

The calendar of events in Acapulco includes international events, such as festivals, competitions and congresses that take place in the port city. What are the most important events in Acapulco?

There are various events: from adventure, sports, dance, jazz or classical music, gastronomic festivals, cultural and traditional events or whatever – you will find it in Acapulco during the year. Where are the events in Acapulco?

Most of the events are in the Imperial World Forum, Acapulco Convention Center and you can also find events at sea or hotels

Enjoy exciting events in acapulco throughout the year.

Visitors looking for things to do in Acapulco won’t be disappointed once they discover the city’s extensive calendar of local festivals and events. Each year, highlights include the Holy Week celebrations (Semana Santa) in April, the Acapulco Music Festival (Festivales de Acapulco) in May, and the spectacular cliff-diving shows (La Quebrada), where locals brave and reckless jump from the highest cliffs, diving some 30 meters / 100 feet into the waters below. This event is not to be missed and is cheap to watch.

Events in Acapulco Traditional


  • Three Kings Day – In early January, after the general Christmas festivities, Three Kings Day is celebrated throughout Mexico and is a time for giving and receiving gifts. Many restaurants offer large buffets during the event.


  • Candelaria: in early February, a national event with an afternoon parade along Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán, with carnival floats, marching bands, and costumed dancers. The fireworks over the bay of Acapulco are the highlight
  • Acapulco Carnival – In mid-February, which takes place just before Lent and lasts all week, with colorful carnival processions, food stalls, street entertainment and plenty of opportunities to party.


  • French Festival – March/April, a popular cultural event in Acapulco, celebrating all things French. Various movies will be screened, fashion shows will be held, and lots of French haute cuisine will be on offer.
  • Mexican Open Tennis Tournament – ​​Mid-May clay court tennis tournament, attracting many famous players from around the world, held each year on the grounds of the Fairmont Princess Hotel.


  • Holy Week – early April, also known as Holy Week and features many Easter-related events at the end of Lent. Among the many highlights are the confetti-filled artificial eggs, which break on top of people and always draw huge crowds. During Holy Week in Acapulco there is always a lot of action around the beaches and clubs.
  • Tianguis Turistico: In mid-April, the country’s annual tourism fair is held here during the second or third week of April.
  • Children’s Day – end of April, an opportunity for children from all over Acapulco to join in the fun and also try their hand at surfing


  • Acapulco Festivals (Festival de Música de Acapulco): In mid-May, lasting about a week, this event features a selection of international and Mexican music at various venues throughout the city center.
  • Annual Boat Show – in mid-May, held each year at the Acapulco Yacht Club, with many spectacular boats of all sizes and prices.
  • Skimfest: In mid-May, an exciting surfing competition takes place in Acapulco around Playa Condesa
  • Acafest – end of May, annual music festival that draws huge crowds from all over the country


  • Festival de Cine Negro (Black Film Festival) – early June, with film screenings in various theaters.
  • Dia de la Marina: in early June, a day of celebration in Acapulco and many other coastal towns and cities around the coast of Mexico, in honor of the Mexican Navy


  • There are no significant events in Acapulco during the month of July


  • There are no significant events in Acapulco during the month of August


  • El Grito de Independencia: September 15, a day when the locals of Acapulco gather to celebrate and shout ‘Viva México’, with fireworks, food and excitement around the Zócalo.
  • Dia de la Independencia (Independence Day) – September 16, a day of national celebrations, with festivities throughout the city, lasting until the wee hours of the morning.


  • Dia de la Raza – In mid-October, a national holiday in Acapulco and throughout Mexico on October 12, where the streets are filled with crowds watching parades and celebrating this Mexican event, in honor of Columbus and his discovery of Mexico. A fireworks display over the bay ends the day
  • Guerrero State Anniversary: ​​At the end of October, an annual event that dates back more than 150 years and is based in the Convention Center. Discounted admission is available at the Museo de Historia, where you can enjoy fascinating information about Acapulco’s past
  • All Hallows Eve – 31 de octubre, una versión mexicana de Halloween, donde los niños se disfrazan de demonios, fantasmas, brujas y esqueletos. En All Hallows Eve, Acapulco también presenta desfiles fantasmales y muchas fiestas temáticas.
  • Espectáculo aéreo de Acapulco: finales de octubre / principios de noviembre, con emocionantes formaciones de vuelo y acrobacias aéreas sobre la bahía de Acapulco


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): early November, an ancient pre-Hispanic event where past lives are remembered. However, this is a fun time and you can expect live music, parties and parades, especially around the many cemeteries and the Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución)
La Revolución Mexicana – In mid-November, a patriotic Mexican festival with events throughout downtown Acapulco, including a long parade, lots of food, craft stalls, music, and fireworks on the Malecon area
Festival de Cinema Française (French Film Festival) – end of November, with screenings of feature films and short films from France


Posadas de Navidad: Mid to late December, a large part of the Christmas festivities in Acapulco, with a nativity procession leading to the town square
Festival de la Virgen de Guadalupe / Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe – December 12, around Costera Miguel Alemán, with carnivals, street parties, endless flowers, live music, and lots of tasty Mexican food, celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe. The processions lead to the cathedral and feature children dressed in traditional costumes. A religious statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe stands underwater near Caleta beach and can be viewed on this day from glass-bottom boats.
Acapulco Fair: From the end of December to the beginning of January, with carnival rides, games and many stalls located in the city’s convention center

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