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Mazatlán is known for its vibrant Mexican fiestas and equally colorful local bar scene, where dancing on bars, atop tables, and inside cages can be a nightly event. Traditional mariachi groups, tambora bands, and live romantic music create a festive mood in many restaurants and hotel bars.

A free fireworks show usually takes place Saturdays at 8pm on the beach fronting the Hotel Playa Mazatlán, Av. Playa Gaviotas 202, in the Zona Dorada (tel. 669/913-5320 or 989-0555). The display is visible from the beach and from the hotel's La Terraza restaurant. The same hotel presents Mazatlán's most popular Fiesta Mexicana (www.laoriginalfiestamexicana.com), complete with buffet, open bar, folkloric dancing, and live music. Fiestas begin at 7pm on Saturdays; try to arrive by 6pm to get a good table. Tickets are 360 pesos. Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay (tel. 669/989-0525) offers a Fiesta Mexicana on Wednesday nights at 6pm in La Cordeliere Restaurant for 300 pesos.

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