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The Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival is a community-funded, musician-supported festival that puts on a world class show with a tiny budget and a group of big-hearted volunteers, every March on the beautiful Zihuatanejo Bay in Mexico. We are all about stringssandsunsets

Guitarists from all genres – rock, pop, jazz, blues, flamenco, Americana, classical, world fusion – and from all corners of the globe come together for a week of camaraderie and musical collaboration.

Playa la Ropa in Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Zihuatanejo, Mexico


You may recognize the name from the movie, The Shawshank Redemption or maybe it’s been whispered like the waves in your dreams. Zihuatanejo is a little beach town on a beautiful bay on the Pacific coast of Mexico. We are just a 10 minute drive from the resort town of Ixtapa for a vacation that offers the best of both worlds – the traditions and color of a Mexican fishing village and access to modern luxury in our gorgeous hotels, some of which are regularly listed in Top 10 lists in magazines such as Travel & Leisure and Conde Naste Gold.

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is ranked second in the world for sail fishing and there are several prime surf spots within an hours’ drive (as well as some fun breaks right on the bay at Playa las Gatas!). Walk around our cozy downtown and you’ll find international gourmet cuisine as well as authentic Mexican fare that is as delicious as it is economical. We have a wide variety of shopping in clothing boutiques, art galleries and artisan markets. Fill your market bag at our traditional central mercado or visit our modern grocery stores including a Comercial Mexicana and Sams Club.

With miles of pristine beaches for swimming, snorkeling or swaying in a hammock, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a vacation destination for the entire family, for poets, for sport-enthusiasts. Come for a romantic getaway, for a reunion with friends or to simply reconnect with nature and yourself.


Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the 2016 Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival?

March 4-13, 2016.

We are currently accepting applications for interested guitarists – submissions close June 30. We will announce our 2016 lineup in September and our official schedule will be published in January 2016.


Who are the artists who will be playing at the 2016 Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival?

We are currently accepting applications for interested guitarists – submissions close June 30. We will announce our 2016 lineup in September and our official schedule will be published in January 2016.


When & How can I buy passes for the 2016 festival?

Pre-sales will open for the 2016 Festival in November 2015. All pre-sales will be conducted through this website so stay tuned!


What about tickets to an individual event?

Tickets for individual events will be available at the door.

Individual ticket prices are as follows:
Opening/Closing Concerts: 150 MXN cover charge
Beach Shows: 100 MXN cover charge
Gala Dinners / Gala Cocktails: 200 MXN cover charge

*Prices only cover the cost of entrance. Food and drink prices are extra. Gala Dinners / Cocktails have limited seating and you must make a reservation to ensure a seat. Online reservations will open February 22, 2016.


Are kids welcome at the festival?

Children are very welcome at the festival! The opening/closing concerts and beach shows are in open air with plenty of space which makes them quite kid friendly. The galas are sit down dinners in upscale restaurants, often featuring classical music which requires quiet attention. Please use your best judgement to decide if galas are an appropriate choice for your children. Children under 4 are FREE. 12 and under are half-price.

Don’t forget our Free Children’s Concert every year!


Have another question? Please contact us with any concerns, questions or comments!



Have another question? Please contact us with any concerns, questions or comments!


Volunteer with ZIGFJoin the 2015 ZIGF Founders' Club Sponsor the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival


The Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival has been fortunate to partner with very generous and enthusiastic partners over the years. These are the small businesses, hotels, restaurants and organizations who are making Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo a beautiful and friendly place to live and make music all year long. We encourage you to help us support the local businesses who support us!

Want to Sponsor the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival?

Villa Vera El Tradicionional

Hotel Villa Vera

“El Tradicional” en Centro Zihuatanejo

Colonia la Madera

Colonia La Madera

Comité de Participación Cuidadana Col. La Madera

L.I.V.E. Entertainment

L.I.V.E. Entertainment

Official ZIGF Production Team

Coconuts Restaurant Zihuatanejo

Coconuts Restaurant

ZIGF Gala Venue www.coconutszihua.com

Blind Onion Pizza

The Blind Onion




ZIGF Official Photography & Video Team

Another Day in Paradise

Another Day in Paradise


Connell & Associates

Connell & Associates

Mexican Attorneys & Consultants www.mexicolaw.com.mx

Viceroy Hotel and Resorts Zihuatanejo

Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

ZIGF Gala Venue www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/zihuatanejo


Paradise Properties




Surf & Lifestyle Store


Mexico Beach NEW 500 x 500 web

Mexico Beach Property

Real Estate in Zihuatanejo


Europcar 500 x 500 web


Rental Cars in Zihuatanejo


Peninsula 500 x 500 web


Ixtapa Marina Condos


Lopez Impresores 500 x 500 web

Lopez Impresores

Printing and Copies in Zihuatanejo

OCV 500 x 500 web


Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Office of Visitors and Conventions


Galindo Abogados 500 x 500 web

Galindo Abogados

Zihuatanejo Attorneys


City of Zihuatanejo 500 x 500 web

The City of Zihuatanejo

The City of Zihuatanejo


Bistro del Mar 500 x 500 web

Bistro del Mar

on Playa Madera


Por los Ninos 500 x 500 web

Por Los Ninos

building schools in Zihuatanejo


Emporio Ixtapa

Emporio Ixtapa

Emporio Ixtapa


Las Brisas

Las Brisas

Las Brisas Ixtapa