Welcome to Zihuafest.info : The Official Website of the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival

The Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival
thanks our amazing 2015 Artists:

José Luis Cobo»

from Zihuatanejo, MÉXICO
(son, trova, Latin)

Adrian Raso»

from Guelph, CANADA
(Gypsy Jazz)

Asif Sinan»

from Karachi, PAKISTAN
(contemporary fusion – jazz & Indian Classical, Sufi)

Axemunkee & Mary Zoo»

from Boston, MA, USA / Switzerland

Josue Tacoronte Otero»

from Havanam, CUBA & MEXICO
(flamenco, latin)

The Croweaters»

from San Francisco, CA, USA
(folk, country, rock, jazz)

Duo Agogo»

from Melbourne, Australia
(Brazilian choro music)

Fausto Palma & Morgan Szymanski»

(world music)

Hogan & Moss»

from Marfa, TX, USA
(scorch folk)

Kristin Sweetland»

from Toronto, CANADA
(folk / rock)

Magela Oquendo Romero»

from Havana, CUBA
(classical guitar)

Tres Hombres»

from Dallas, TX, USA
(flamenco, latin, fusion)

Diego García “El Twanguero”»

from Madrid, SPAIN
(Spanish finger style, Latin-Twang)

(click any artist photo or name to be taken to their full bio
with videos & social media links)


About ZIGF

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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 2015 Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival?

March 6-15, 2015

Our official schedule is now posted HERE. You can download a printer-friendly program by clicking HERE.


Who are the artists who will be playing at the 2015 Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival?

Our 2015 festival will feature a few returning favorites from festivals past and some new exciting acts. They will be traveling from Switzerland, Spain, Pakistan, Cuba, the UK, Canada, the United States and Mexico City, all to share the festival stage here in beautiful Zihuatanejo.

CLICK HERE to view our entire lineup of artists, read their bios and watch videos.


I bought a Platinum Pass/Founders’ Club membership through the Kickstarter Campaign. What do I do now?

Thank you for being one of our amazing Kickstarter backers! You can pick up your pass at the ticket office every day between 3 and 6pm in Colonia la Madera on Calle Adelita (in front of Rubens Hamburgers). You can also pick it up at our new Meet the Artists Brunch on Sunday 8 March or at our Will Call table at the Opening Concert.

I bought a pass online – what do I do now?

Your print-at-home ticket is your receipt, bring it with you to the Ticket Office the Week before the Festival or to the WILL CALL table Opening Day, to pick up your Platinum Pass (it will be a badge with your name on it, it looks snazzy and you can wear it around your neck all week.)


When & How can I buy passes for the 2015 festival?

Today! Pre-sales passes are now available, go to our Tickets page for more information

Platinum Passes are $110 USD (approx. 1475 MXN) include in & out privileges to opening concert, closing jam, all beach and gala concerts.

Want even more access? Join our Founders’ Club for $250 USD (approx. 3355 MXN). Founders’ Club members receive VIP access to private artist events; entrance & reserved seating at opening & closing concerts; in & out privileges to all beach and gala dinners; with other perks!

*Prices only cover the cost of entrance. Food and drink prices are extra. Gala Dinners / Cocktails have limited seating. You must make a reservation to ensure entrance.  (This applies to Founders’ Club, Platinum Pass and individual ticket holders.)


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. You must make a reservation to ensure entrance.  (This applies to Founders’ Club, Platinum Pass and individual ticket holders.)


I made a reservation and then I made a change to it. I received an initial confirmation email but no email to confirm the change. How do I know the change was successful? 

It should have given you a success message that the change was made, if you didn’t see that or don’t remember, you can log back in and click on Change A Reservation, when you put in your reservation information it will pull up the updated information.


Where & When is the Opening Concert?

The 2015 ZIGF Opening Concert will be held on Sunday, March 8 on Playa Madera in Zihuatanejo. We will have the entire beach cordoned off for an amazing beach concert experience with seating for 1000 and local restaurants will be offering a wide variety of delicious and affordable food.

The festival will again be operating a beer tent with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink service at accessible prices.

There are 3 public access entrances to the beach: the main street access at Hotel Palacios in Colonia Madera, stair access from Calle Adelita or via the Madera beach walkway which is entered via foot bridge near the archeological museum in Centro. If you are picking up a Founder’s Club or Platinum Pass, these will be available at the “Will Call” table at the main street access entrance, located in front of Bistro del Mar restaurant.

The Opening Concert is an exciting musical extravaganza with four hours of incredible international music. Each artist will perform 2-3 songs to offer a preview of the musical magic that is to come throughout the week! The cover charge is $20 USD per person (270 MXN) – that’s right, $20 USD for FOUR HOURS of music!

Doors open at 6pm. The concert starts at 7pm and ends around 10pm. Seating is 1st come, 1st serve – we have plenty of seats so there is no need to show up hours early. (You won’t be allowed to enter before 6 anyway!)

**Founders’ Club members have reserved front-row seating at all beach concerts!**


When and where will the other concerts be?

We will have nightly beach and gala concerts Monday through Friday of the festival as well as special workshops, the free children’s concert, our public presentation in La Cancha and our closing jam concert on Playa Madera..

Download a printer-friendly version of our program by clicking here.

View the entire schedule with venue information and make reservations by clicking here.


Where is La Cancha?

La Cancha (the court) is the waterfront town square in downtown Zihuatanejo on Paseo del Pescador. It is named for the basketball court at its center and is sometimes referred to as the Zocalo which is the traditional term for a town square in Mexico. Ask any taxi to take you to “La caan-cha” and they will know exactly where you want to be.


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 on Wednesday from 1:30 – 3 PM at Casa de la Cultura!


Can you recommend a place to stay?

Yes! This year we are partnering with some of our favorite local boutique hotels to offer great discounts to our fans for the week of our festival! Everyone one of our Accommodations Partners has amazing views, exceptional service and has been a long time supporter of the festival. Visit our Accommodations Page for more information on these great hotels – and their awesome ZIGF discounts!

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