Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Barra de Navidad and Melaque Events, Fiestas and Celebrations Calendar 2011-2012

Father's Day Fishing Tournament in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco - June 23


September 2011

Barra de Navidad and Melaque Events, Fiestas and Celebrations Calendar 2011-2012



  • Sep. 1: Christ of the Hurricane Anniversary Celebration / Celebración del Aniversario del Cristo del Ciclón. More info.:Contact  Barra de Navidad Church. Note: Video of Celebration by Costalegre blog
  • Sep. 15-16: Mexican Independence Celebration. Where: Barra de Navidad Main Square.

Baby Sea Turtles Preservation Program organized by ECOBANA group
October 2011
  • Oct: Baby Sea Turtles Preservation and Release Program. Rescue of sea turtles egg nests begins at the end of October. Release of Baby turtles in Dec and Jan in the Barra de Navidad Bay. The first release of baby turtles is expected to be between 23 and 26 of December. Where: Turtle Hatchery in Malecon of Barra de Navidad. Info: Contact Sidronio Madero of ECOBANA Ecological Group at sidroniomadero@hotmail.com or in the Delegation of Barra de Navidad office  . Note: October release of Baby Turtles article and Sea turtles release post.
  • Oct.1 2nd Swimming Contest/Travesía Acuática Barra de Navidad-Melaque "Ing. Carlos Orozco Santillan". Where: From Barra de Navidad malecon to El Dorado in Melaque at 8:00 am.
  • Oct. 28: 46 days of Rosaries dedicated to Lady of Guadalupe begin and end on December 12 with the Lady of Guadalupe Feast Celebrations.

Mexican Revolution Anniversary in Barra de Navidad
November 2011
  • Nov. 1-2:  Day of the Dead Celebrations. Where: Visits of families to the cemetery in Cihuatlan and mass celebrations at the local churches. Note: Day of the Dead in Mexico post.
  • Nov 46 days of Rosaries dedicated to Lady of Guadalupe continue during November and end on December 12 with the Lady of Guadalupe Feast Celebrations.
  • Nov 19: Music and Dance Marathon in Melaque. Where: Main Square 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
  • Nov. 20: Mexican Revolution Anniversary Celebration in Barra de Navidad parade and verbena. Where: Parade: Main streets of Barra de Navidad. Note: Schedule of the Mexican Revolution Celebration in Barra de Navidad parade schedule. Verbena, toritos and castillo in the Jardin (Main Square) at 7:00 pm
Mexican Revolution Celebration - Verbena in Barra de Navidad
  • Nov. 21:  Anniversary of the Expedition that sailed from Barra de Navidad in 1564 to The Philippines. Where: Malecon Barra de Navidad at 6:00 pm. 
  • Nov:: Baby Sea Turtles Preservation and Release Program. Rescue of sea turtles egg nests begins at the end of October. Release of Baby turtles in Dec and Jan in the Barra de Navidad Bay. The first release of baby turtles is expected to be between 23 and 26 of December. Where: Turtle Hatchery in Malecon of Barra de Navidad. Info: Contact Sidronio Madero of ECOBANA Ecological Group at sidroniomadero@hotmail.com or in the Delegation of Barra de Navidad office  . Note: October release of Baby Turtles article and Sea turtles release post.

Virgin of Guadalupe parade and floats in Cihuatlan
 December 2011
  • Dec 1st: First Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony ever in Barra de Navidad. Lighting and decoration of the Monumental Christmas tree of Barra de Navidad for the first time will be celebrated in Barra de Navidad. Lighting and blessing of the Christmas tree, Christmas music, verbena and entertainment for all the families. Where: Barra de Navidad Jardin (Main Square) around 6:00 pm.
  • Dec. 3rd. Sky lanterns or Mini Hot Air Balloon workshop Where: Barra de Navidad Public Library this evening. Bring scissors, tissue paper (papel de china), white glue  More info. Contact Sidronio Madero of ECOBANA Ecological Group at sidroniomadero@hotmail.com or in the Delegation of Barra de Navidad office
  • Dec. 3rd. Pilgrimage in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe to the Holy Cross Church (Parroquia de la Santa Cruz) in Cihuatlan of people from Barra de Navidad, Melaque, Jaluco, Infonavit and El Aguacate. People of Barra de Navidad participating in this pilgrimage will gather at midnight. The entire group will arrive to Cihuatlan for the celebration of the mass at 5:00 am on Dec. 4th.
  • Dec. 11: Lady of Guadalupe eve celebrations. "mañanitas" serenade to our Lady of Guadalupe with Mariachi music after the 10:00 pm mass. Where: Barra de Navidad church.
Serenade to our Lady of Guadalupe in Barra de Navidad
Floats and Parade 5:00 pm.Virgin Of Guadalupe festivity on Dec. 12 in Cihuatlan, Jalisco
  • Dec. 15: Traditional Mexican Posada Fundraiser for Lazaro Cardenas town school. Where: Lázaro Cárdenas jardin (main square). There will be food, pinata, etc. This is a fundraiser towards the school children and donations are accepted. Lázaro Cárdenas town is 10 min. driving from Melaque.  If you are interested in attending gathering together Dec. 15 at 5:30 pm at the Melaque jardin (main square). 
  • Dec. 15-24: Traditional Mexican Posadas downtown Barra de Navidad. Where: In all the different sectors of Barra de Navidad. More info.: Posadas in Barra de Navidad 2011. Note: Las Posadas and Nativity Scene - Christmas Mexican Traditions in Barra de Navidad post.
  • Dec. 16-24: Traditional Mexican Posadas in the barrio "San Felipe de Jesus" at 6:00 pm. Where: Barrio church (O. Indico and Ejidatarios streets). More info.:  More info.: Posadas in Barra de Navidad 2011.    
Traditional Mexican Posadas in Barra de Navidad barrio "San Felipe de Jesus"
  • Dec. 1- Jan 6: Donation of Children's toys for The Wise Men (Día de Reyes) celebration on January 6 2012. Please drop off toys at the Barra de Navidad delegation. Address Av. Veracruz #179 besides the Main Square. Toys will be given to children during the Wise Men (Día de Reyes) celebration at the Main Square in Barra de Navidad.    
  • Dec. 16-22: Festival Del Mar Where: Melaque. More Info.: Festival del Mar Melaque Website.
  • Dec. 16: Festival del Mar parade. Where: Melaque 4:30 pm. More Info.: Festival del Mar Melaque Website.  
  • Dec. 16: Miss Costalegre 2011 competition "Nuestra Belleza Costalegre 2011". (Festival del Mar) Where: Melaque jardin at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.
  • Dec. 17: Swimming Contest/Travesía Acuática Barra de Navidad-Melaque. Where: From Barra de Navidad malecon to Melaque More Info.: Festival del Mar Melaque Website.
  • Dec. 17: International Golf Tournament Grand Bay - Rotary Club Costalegre Where: Grand Bay Isla Navidad Hotel Golf Course .Registration and Fees no later than Dec. 10th. at progolf@islaresort.com.mx or terrymac@liver.ca. More info.: Contact Costalegre Rotary Website or attend the weekly meeting every Wednesday at Cabo Blanco Hotel at 9:00 am.
International Golf Tournament Grand Bay -  Dec. 17 2011 - Rotary Club Costalegre
  • Dec 18: Renowned Mexican guitarist Paco Rentería concert at Festival del Mar 8:00 pm. where: Melaque jardin.
  • Dec. 18: Art Show Where: Rooster Restaurant in Barra de Navidad from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. 
  • Dec. 18: Traditional Mexican Posada at Barra de Navidad church after 7:00 pm mass. Rosary and posada outside the church.
      Posada in the Barra de Navidad Barrio San Felipe de Jesus
      • Dec. 19-20  Skimboarding Tournament "Festival del Mar" Where: Melaque beach 10:00 am.  
      • Dec. 21: Renowned Mexican Musician and Artist Paco Padilla concert in 'Festival del Mar' Where: Melaque jardin  9:00 pm.
      • Dec. 22: Traditional Mexican Posada in Barra de Navidad barrio church located in Oceano Indico and Ejidatarios streets
      • Dec.: Baby Sea Turtles Preservation and Release Program. Rescue of sea turtles egg nests begins at the end of October. Release of Baby turtles in Dec and Jan in the Barra de Navidad Bay. The first release of baby turtles is expected to be between 23 and 26 of December. Where: Turtle Hatchery in Malecon of Barra de Navidad. Info: Contact Sidronio Madero of ECOBANA Ecological Group at sidroniomadero@hotmail.com or in the Delegation of Barra de Navidad office  . Note: October release of Baby Turtles article and Sea turtles release post.
      Mexican Nativity Scene - Traditional Mexican Christmas Celebrations
      • Dec. 24: Noche Buena. Christmas Celebration. In Mexico families celebrate Christmas on Dec 24th. Families and friends organize a traditional dinner and attend mass at night. Christmas presents are exchanged also. Christmas Traditions.
        Traditional Mexican Nativity Scene
        • Dec 25: Navidad - Christmas Day . Christmas Dinner is served at several restaurants around Barra de Navidad and Melaque.
        • Dec 25: Christmas Parade in Barra de Navidad. 8:00 pm Where: Barra de Navidad and Barrio streets. When: Evening.
        • Dec. 30-Jan 1 ECOBANA Turtle Preservation Program Exhibition. Where: Turtle Hatchery in Malecon of Barra de Navidad. Info: Contact Sidronio Madero of ECOBANA Ecological Group at sidroniomadero@hotmail.com or in the Delegation of Barra de Navidad office 
        • Dec 31: New Year's dinner is served at different restaurants. New Year's Parties with live music or DJs are organized in different locations like: Cabo Blanco Hotel, Ava Restaurant, Restaurant at the Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad, Club de Leones in Cihuatlan (Lions Club) etc. 
          3 Wise Men Festivity in Barra de Navidad
          January 2012
          • January 6:  Wise Men  / "Día de los Reyes Magos" Celebration for children in Barra de Navidad Main Square. Posada, Music, Antojitos. Toys donated will be given to children. This is an event for all ages. Time: evening. 
          Jan. 6 - "Rosca de Reyes" Wise Men Celebration Bread
          • January 6: Dia de los Reyes Magos / Wise Men Celebration. Traditional "Rosca de Reyes" bread will be for sale in different bakeries and grocery stores. It is a tradition that those who find a baby Jesus doll in their piece of bread must  organize a party on February 2nd. "Dia de la Candelaria" celebration.
          CISCO'S AMIGOS Barra de Navidad Bingo & Silent Auction Thur. Jan 12. 2012
          • January 12: CISCO'S Amigos Barra Bingo & Silent Auction. Where: Roosters Restaurant in Barra de Navidad. When: Starts at 2:00 pm. Auction closes at 3:30 pm. $100 pesos gets you 9 cards. Come for prizes and fun. Beer and wine will be sold. Light snacks will be served. All proceeds go to CISCO' S AMIGOS free SPAY AND NEUTER CLINICS Melaque.
          • Jan 13-16: "Fiestas Taurinas"/Bull Fighting Fiesta El Aguacate. Bull Fighting, Rodeo and Music Where: El Aguacate Bull Fighting ring and Main Square.
          Barra de Navidad XXXVII International Fishing Tournament - Source: Nautica de Guadalajara
          • January 18-21: Barra de Navidad XXXVII International Fishing Tournament Sail Fish, Marlin and Dorado organized by “Club de Pesca Barra de Navidad A.C.". Where: Barra de Navidad Bay and Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad Marina. More info.: Visit Nautica Guadalajara for registration and details information.
          • January 20 : 3rd Annual Benefit event for CAM Cihuatlan. Where: Esmeralda Restaurant in Melaque 5:00 pm. More info. CAM Cihuatlan site. 
            Rotary Club Costalegre's Annual Chilli Cook-Off in Barra de Navidad

            Costalegre Rotary Club Chili Cookoff 2012  - Barra de Navidad jardin Jan 29th
            •  Jan 29: Rotary Club Costalegre Annual Chili Cook-Off. Where: Main Square/Jardín Barra de Navidad. Info.: Contact Costalegre Rotary Website for more information.
            Olive Ridley Baby Sea Turtles release in Navidad Bay
            February 2012
            Feb. 2nd Candlemas Celebration
            • February 2: Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas Celebration). It is a tradition that those who find a baby Jesus doll in their piece of bread of the "Rosca de Reyes" on Jan. 6th must  organize a party on February 2nd. "Dia de la Candelaria" celebration and serve tamales.
            Barra de Navidad barrio Saint Philip Saint Philip of Jesus Festivity 2012
            • Feb 2-5: Barra de Navidad Barrio  Saint Philip of Jesus  Patron Saint Festivity. Fiestas Patronales de San Felipe de Jesús en Barrio San Felipe de Jesús en Barra de Navidad. Pilgrimages, Fireworks, Floats, Kermess and Mass. Where: Barra de Navidad Barrio. O. índico and Nueva España streets. More info.:Barrio Chapel. Note: Barrio San Felipe de Jesus Patron Saint Festivity post. Patron Saint Philip of Jesus Festivities 2012 in the barrio in Barra de Navidad.
            • Feb 8: Chynna Benefit Concert at Casino (east of Sand's Hotel) performing Rabí, Lalo, Bandidos, Bonnie Gibson, Exito, Encuentro Norteño, Mike & Gary and more... Doors open at 6 pm $100 pesos donation. 
            • Feb 09-13: "Fiestas Taurinas"/Bull Fighting Fiesta Villa Obregon. Bull Fighting, Rodeo and Music Where: Villa Obregon Bull Fighting ring and Main Square.
            Feistas Taurinas Villa Obregon 2012
            Costalegre Rotary Club Valentines Day Dinner Dance Auction
            Feb 16 Jarro Beach Sport Bar 7:00 pm   
            • Feb 16: Fundraising event at to help support expenses of Ambulance in Barra de Navidad Where:   Jarro Beach Sport Bar 7:00 pm Music: Romances del Mar band. Tickets $50.00 pesos at the door. Organizers: Comite de Apoyo al Centro de Salud y Saneamiento Ambiental A.C.
            Grupo ECOBANA III Maratón Ecociclista Feb. 19 9:00 am

            • Feb 19: III Maratón Ecociclista. Bring your bicycle and join us on a tour Barra de Navidad - El Rebalse. Where: Start at 9:00 am at IMSS El Aguacate (by the highway in Brisas de La Navidad ). Organizer: ECOBANA Group.  Info: Contact Sidronio Madero of ECOBANA Ecological Group at sidroniomadero@hotmail.com or in the Delegation of Barra de Navidad office  Phone:   35 5 53 99 / 315 107 70 37   

            Lent Season Food - Tortitas de Camarón and Smoked Marlin Salpicón de  Marlín
            El Padre Marcelino (QEPD) dando ceniza a niños en el barrio - Ash Wednesday in Barra de Navidad
            Ash Wednesday - Miércoles de Ceniza in Barra de Navidad
            • Feb 22: Ash Wednesday.Begin of Lent Season. Barra de Navidad Church 12 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm. Look for Lent Season food (comida de cuaresma) on Ash Wednesday, every Friday and during Holy week at different restaurants and "cocinas economicas". Note: Lent Meals in Barra de Navidad post.
            • Feb 24 Día de la Bandera
            • Feb 25 Russian State Ballet Where: Auditorio Manuel Molina Valle Manzanillo Col. 8:00 pm.
            Russian State Ballet - Auditorio Manuel Molina Valle -Manzanillo Col. 
            Mardi grass parade in Barra de Navidad Jalisco 2012
            • 23 Feb - Mar 4 : Carnaval Costalegre/Mardi Grass Carnival . "Quema del Mal Humor"/Burning of the Bad Mood party ,Parade, Batucada, Jazz and Rock bands, Carnaval Costalegre Queen Coronation dine and dance party, Ugly King (Rey Momo), Jaripeos. Sports and Fishing Tournaments, Fish Fair , Art crafts exhibition, Cultural and Artistic Events, "Feria Taurina, Jaripeos" Where: Barra de Navidad Malecon, Street of Joy (López de Legazpi street),  Main Square, Portable bullfighting ring in Barra de Navidad. More Info: Carnaval Costalegre Schedule
            • Feb 23 "Quema del Mal Humor"/Burning of the Bad Mood parade and ceremony.
            • Feb 23 - Feb 24 18:00 Pool Tournament Where: Jarro Beach Sports Bar. 
            • Feb 24 Carnaval Costalegre Queen Coronation dine and dance party.
            • Feb 25 Fishing Tournament "Torneo de los Amigos". 
            • Feb 26 - 11:00 Volleyball Tournament Where: Barra de Navidad beach by the Bus depot.
            • Feb 26 Fish Fair in Barra de Navidad / 3era. Feria del Pescado. Fish and Gastronomic Exhibition. Sport and Music Events. Where: Barra de Navidad Malecon. This is event is part of Carnaval Costalegre.
            • Feb 26 - 22:00 Carnaval Costalegre King Selection and Coronation (Rey Momo) Where: Jarro Beach Sports Bar.
            Mardi Grass Parade
            • Feb 28 Carnaval Costalegre Parade Floats/Mardi Grass Parade along streets of Barra de Navidad, Melaque, Villa Obregon, Jaluco to finish coming back to Barra de Navidad.
            • Feb 23-28  Cultural and Artistic Events Where: Barra de Navidad jardin. 
            • Mar 01 - 18:30 Farola  y Cabalgata / Horse Parade Where: Barra de Navidad streets. 
            • Mar 2-4 Jaripeos Feria Taurina in Barra de Navidad. Where: Portable Bullfighting ring next to Barra de Navidad jardin.
            • Mar 04 18:00 Jaripeo Baile / Dance Party Music: Norteño Banda "Los Arrayanes del Pueblo "                Where: Portable Bullfighting ring.
            March 2012 
              Visita Pastoral Señor Obispo Gonzalo Galvan Castillo a nuestra Parroquia San Antonio de Padua - Barra de Navidad
              • Mar 01-Mar03 Pastoral Visit of Bishop Gonzalo Galván Castillo to our church San Antonio de Padua in Barra de Navidad. 12:00 pm Mass 5:30 pm Reception and Procession from the Fish glorieta to the church with songs. 6:30 pm Welcome liturgy and Mass.
              • Mar 03  Pastoral Visit of Bishop Gonzalo Galván Castillo - 9:30 am Encounter with Children 10:45 am Encounter with fishermen, hotels and restaurants owners visit, 5:00 pm Encounter with parishoners. 6:00 pm Closing Visit Mass and anointing of the sick.



                X3M (Victoria Skimboards distributor in Mexico) Skim Melaque Contest 2012 in Melaque
                • March 9-11 : X3M (Victoria Skimboards distributor in Mexico) Melaque Skim Contest 2012 Where: Melaque beach More info: X3M Website
                St. Patrick Festivities in Melaque
                • March 8-17 : St. Patrick Festivities in Melaque (Fiestas Patronales de San Patricio en Melaque).Mass Services, Pilgrimages, Floats and Mexican Fireworks. Check St Patrick 2012 Program. Where: San Patricio Melaque Church, Main Square.   
                • March 16-25: Feria Taurina San Patricio 2012. Bullfighting, Jaripeo, Live Music events.Where: San Patricio Melaque bull fighting ring.
                March 24, 31, April 07 Art Show at Veleros Restaurant in Barra de Navidad.  
                • March 24, 31, April 07 Art Show at Veleros Restaurant in Barra de Navidad.  
                April 2012 
                Palm Sunday in Barra de Navidad
                Holy Friday in Barra de Navidad

                • April 15 Colonia Ejidal in Barra de Navidad Patron Saint "Señor de la Misericordia" festivity. More information at Barra de Navidad church.
                XXXVIII Cultural and Sports Week in Cihuatlan
                • April 20-26 XXXVIII Cultural and Sports Week in Cihuatlan.
                • April 15 - June 15 ECOBANA Navidad Bay Ecological Group Fundraising campaign  
                  Sea Turtle Preservation and Conservation Program. Donations can be brought to the Barra de Navidad delegation. More information: ECOBANA Fundraising Campaign.


                May 10 - Feliz Día de la Madre! - Happy Mother's Day!
                May 2012
                • May 3: Day of the Holy Cross/Día de La Santa Cruz. Most important religious festivity for construction workers.
                • May 10: Día de la Madre: Mother's Day in México. One of the most important celebrations in México.
                • TBD April 24 - May 10: Feria Cihuatlan 2012. Traditional Bull fighting, Jaripeos, Fireworks, Music and Religious Festivities of La Santa Cruz in Cihuatlan. Where: Monumental Bull fighting ring and several locations in Cihuatlan. More info.: Contact Cihuatlan Municipality.
                • May 15 - Hurricane Season begins
                • May 24,25 - Hurricane Bud
                June 1st. National Navy Day Celebration in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco - Mexico


                St. Anthony of Padua - Patron Saint festivities in Barra de Navidad - San Antonio de PaduaFiestas Patronales de Barra de Navidad 0 June 5-13 Junio

                June 2012
                • June 1st: Dia de La Marina Nacional/ National Navy Day. Official Ceremony at the Barra de Navidad Malecon. via Grupo ECOBANA - Everybody invited to the Official Ceremony Celebration of National Navy Day. Events start at 9:00 am. Religious act followed by a Civit Act., Flag honors. and speech by  Sea-captain Alfonso Rodríguez.  A flotilla of ships will sail to pay a tribute with flowers to elements who died while carrying out their duty. 
                • June 7 : Jueves de Corpus (Día de las Mulas) - Feast of Thursday of the Body of Christ.
                • June 5-13: St. Anthony of Padua - Barra de Navidad Patron Saint festivities. Bishop Gonzalo Galván visiting Barra de Navidad for these celebrations.
                Junio 13 2012 - Barra de Navidad festejando a su Santo Patrono San Antonio de Padua. De parte del Padre Cesar Hernandez Aguilar: "Hoy es el mero día. Si Dios y San Antonio lo permiten, tendremos: 
                -Peregrinación iniciando en la entrada de Barra, en la esquina del campo de futbol. 
                -La misa solemne a las 8:00 p.m.
                -9:00 p.m. En el Jardín, la presentación del Ballet Xalisco y el cantante Joel Castillo.
                -10:30 p.m. Un vistoso Castillo, algunos toritos y música con Banda, para amenizar la fiesta.
                Los esperamos. 
                San Antonio de Padua, Ruega por nosotros."
                  - June 09 7:00 pm Pilgrimage starting by the Fish statue.
                          - June 13 7:00 pm Pilgrimage starts by the football field in Nueva España Ave.
                                          8:00 pm Solemn Mass
                                          9:00 pm Verbena performing Ballet Xalixco and Singer Joel Castillo
                                         10:30 pm Mexican Fireworks, toritos and traditional Mexican Banda music.
                • June 13: San Antonio de Padua Patron Saint of Barra de Navidad Festivities.
                • April 15 - June 15 ECOBANA Navidad Bay Ecological Group Fundraising campaign  
                  Sea Turtle Preservation and Conservation Program. Donations can be brought to the Barra de Navidad delegation. More information: ECOBANA Fundraising Campaign.

                  Father's Day Fishing Tournament in Barra de Navidad

                • June 23 Father's Day Fishing Tournament in Barra de Navidad.  Dorado Fish. Where: Barra de Navidad malecon. Registration and More Information: ricardoguijarro17@hotmail.com and at the Barra de Navidad jardin on June 22nd. at 6:00 pm.


                 Notes: This Barra de Navidad and Melaque calendar is based on last year calendar. Some dates and events marked as TBD are not defined yet, so, I will update it as soon as the date is defined or the event is confirmed. All events are subject to change even when a date has been confirmed, so please check this calendar days before the event's date.
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