This week presents a hodgepodge of fun activities for visitors to Merida. If you’re fortunate enough to be spending a few days in the Yucatan state capital you can choose from events as varied as a parade of horse-drawn carriages carrying local artists and a good old-fashioned chili cookoff.
Monday, March 21 to Sunday, March 28: The 9th International Festival of Intimate Theater. Organized and hosted by El Centro de Investigación Escénica El Teatrito, the 2011 festival, called International Encounter: Roots, brings to Mérida theater companies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Mexico, and Venezuela. El Teatrito is located at Calle 25 # 91 at the corner of 14th, Colonia Chuburná de Hidalgo, Mérida. For Further Information: http://elteatrito.com/; firstname.lastname@example.org; +52 (999) 178-0796
Wednesday, March 23, 9:00 pm: Yucatán Youth Symphonic Orchestra Concert. Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucatán performs in a concert titled, Three Grand Pianists, at the Teatro Armando Manzanero. On the bill are musicians from Spain and Austria who will play works by Mozart and Beethoven. Watch the young musicians in action on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo7OU_tF6bQ. Cost: Adults, $50 pesos. Students with ID and Senior Citizens, $30 pesos. For Further Information: Teatro Armando Manzanero
Wednesday, March 23, 8:00 pm: Carteles Cinematográficos – an exhibition of film posters. This family-friendly event takes place in the Centro Cultural José Marti, one of Mérida’s most active arts centers, in Parque de las Américas. Cost: Free. For Further Information: +52 (999) 1719-3000; email@example.com
Saturday, March 26, 7:00 pm: Lo Nuestro – Parade of Yucatecan Artists in Carriages. Imagine this: Mérida is honoring its artists by giving them a parade! They will ride in horse-drawn carriages from the Monument to the Flag and to El Remate, which is the square at the foot of Paseo de Montejo. Stick around after the parade and enjoy the weekly Noche Mexicana, a street party with music, dancing, food stalls, and craft stands. Cost: Free
Sunday, March 27, 12:00 pm: Annual Chili Cookoff and Bazaar benefiting Mérida English Language Library. Local expatriates meet up each year for an old-fashioned chili cookoff, which is a largest fundraiser of the year for this Mexican not-for-profit organization. Taste some chili, shop at the antiques and artisans’ bazaar and support this important local resource. Location: At the home of the U.S. Consul: Calle 33 No. 378-A between 6 and 4, Col. Montebello. Admission: $100 pesos for adults, $50 pesos for children. Tickets are on sale in advance at the library. For Further Information: http://www.meridaenglishlibrary.com/; +52 (999) 924-8401; firstname.lastname@example.org