Friday, February 21 is International Mother Language Day, a worldwide annual observance to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.
To mark this day, the fourth Intercultural Indigenous Festival will be held in the large Plaza de las Americas facing the Zapopan Basilica, from February 21 through Sunday, February 24.
The event centers around a series of free workshops in which participants can learn more about some of the many diverse native languages in Mexico, such as Tzotzil, Wixarika, Mzahua, Mixteco and Purepecha. These begin each day at noon. Later, indigenous cultural groups present dance, music, poetry and theater from around 4:30 p.m.
The festival will also welcome vendors from all over Mexico showcasing traditional regional foods and crafts. They will set up each day at 10 a.m.
Coffee & gourmet food expo
Interested in coffee and gourmet food, either as a professional or an avid consumer? Then head over to Expo Guadalajara Thursday, February 27 through, Saturday, February 29, for the 10th edition of Expo Cafe & Gourmet.
Although this large trade show is mainly focussed on those working in the hospitality and retail sectors, it still offers plenty for the layperson – not least great taste experiences of dozens of gourmet products, drinks and coffee.
It is definitely a good place to go if you are a chef or banqueter, or you operate a hotel, restaurant, cafe, gastronomy school or retail food and beverage business, since all the latest trends and equipment in the sector will be on display.
The show generally draws around 16,500 visitors each year, split half and half between professional buyers and consumers. The entrance fee for visitors is 90 pesos each day.
Karting grand prix
To the annoyance of some motorists who got very little warning, the Gloreita Niños Heroes has been cordoned off for this weekend’s karting spectacle – Guadalajara Grand Prix Wings Army – which ties into the city’s celebrations for its 478th anniversary.
The track winds around the famous monument situated at the intersection of Niños Heroes, and also takes in several blocks of Avenida Chapultepec. Some of the best karters in Mexico and other nations will be participating in the event, running Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15. Races are held throughout the three days, starting from 8 a.m. Free entry to watch.