Jun 10, 2009, 6:15 PM
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I have an apartment in Tlaquepaque, which is where I frequently spend my weekends. On Friday nights in Tlaquepaque they have "Noche de Ronda" with free entertainment in parque Hidalgo, over near the two big churches. It is under cover, usually starts with a little something for the kids, may be folk dancers, mariachis, ranchero singers, even sometimes the Jalisco Philharmonic. And then there are fireworks. The streets are busy and fun. Ends around 10.
Re: [gpkisner] What to do for two days in Tonala and Tlaquepaque
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I know Esperanza doesn't like the food there, but for entertainment and, I think, good food at a fair price, on Saturday from 2 - 4 at El Patio on Independencia you can enjoy one hour of a very pleasant duet singing traditional songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s (Mexican songs) and then at 3 they have a female mariachi group that rocks the house. Friendly atmosphere, lots of fun.
If you like horsemanship and rodeos, not too far away is the Lienzo de Charros just near Parque Agua Azul - about a 10 minute taxi drive. The event begins at noon and costs 30 pesos. Bring your own cushion or rent one for a couple of pesos. Refreshments are available. Live music. Amazing feats of horsemanship representing skills needs for cattle herding on large haciendas.
Skip the food, but do have a drink in the evening at the Parian. This is in the center of tourist Tlaquepaque and a famous landmark. It's a gazebo surrounded by about 17 restaurant/bars. I use the term restaurant lightly. The entertainment is great and varied: folk dancers, mariachis, or ranchero singers. Always a surprise. Besides that there are roving mariachis who will play your favorite song for 120 pesos.
The Ceramics Mueseum on Independencia is well worth a visit, as is the museum shop. Right across the street is Bustamante's gallery/store which is kind of an eye opener.
For excellent cuisine I recomment El Nahual on Juarez, up past the Parian or a new restaurant, Tlaquepasta, in Quinta Don Jose. The chef is superb. Other good restaurants are Casa Fuerte on Independencia and Adobe. Adobe now has a conjunto of musicians from Vera Cruz for Carribbean flavor music.
Sunday is tianguis day in Tonala. It is a huge shopping market, about 15 minutes from Tlaquepaque. If you don't like crowds, this is not for you. If you don't mind crowds, it's an experience. You can observe glass blowers in a little mall on the main market street.
Sunday in Tlaquepaque is family day. Everyone is out and about. There are street entertainers, food stands, and given the current economic environment, some of the shops are staying open later.
(This post was edited by Georgia on Jun 10, 2009, 6:20 PM)