Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit Events Calendar

Puerto Vallarta has a unique international ambience where foreign visitors and local residents share an uncommon cultural acceptance. Mexican festivals and holidays blend in with Saint Patrick's Day, Canada Day, and 4th of July festivities. Yearly events in Puerto Vallarta encompass a broad range of interests and enthusiasms covering everything from Mariachi, Cultural, International Film, Fine Arts, Gourmet Festivals to Fishing, Tennis and Golf Tournaments.

Also, here are a few upcoming special events happening at Vallarta Adventures. Be sure to check back often to see what exciting events we're planning next.

ENERO:

Jan. 1: New Year's: The New Year's Day around the world. Enjoy a walk along the boardwalk, most of the shops and restaurants downtown are open.

Jan. 6: Three King´s Day: A day to share the traditional Rosca de Reyes and exchange great gifts. 

Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30-24 Vallarta Cup Race Series.

Jan. 16-24: Patron Saint Festivities for Our Lady of Peace

Jan. 2-30: Vallarta Race Cup Series, feel the thrill of the water, check www.vallartayachtclub.com

Jan - March 15: Whale Watching, if you haven´t seen humpback whales yet, this is the time to enjoy a beautiful spectacle of nature in the Bay of Banderas. Each year, between December and March Humpback Whales migrate to the calm waters of Banderas Bay to mate and give birth to their calf.

Jan. 27 a Feb. 01: Photo exhibition and competition at Vallarta Botanical Garden. For more information visit: www.vallartabotanicalgardensac.org

Jan. 27 - 31: Sayulita Festival.

Jan. 26 a Feb. 02: International Migratory Bird Festival

FEBRUARY:

Feb. 5: Recognizes the implementation of the National Constitution into law.

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day, enjoy it at any of our romantic settings or local restaurants.

Feb. 17-21: National Championship "Charro Vallarta", a competition of the best 38 teams in the country, Horsemen (charros) and skirmishes will compete for the 6 first places in two finals, taking a bag of 900,000 pesos in prizes. For more information: campeonatovtacharro@hotmail.com

Jan. 23-28: Flower and Garden Show at the Botanical Gardens. Visit www.vallartabotanicalgardensac.org

Feb. 24: Mexican Flag Day, Is when the military, citizens and officials parade with the green, white and red to show their patriotism.

Feb. 26-28: Writer's weekend workshop, The fourth annual Puerto Vallarta writer's weekend. Visit www.puerto-vallarta-writers-group.com

MARCH

Mar. 1-15: Annual Huichol Festival "Wixaritari Takei Kie", From 10 am to 9 pm in Plaza Caracol, free admission, come to experience the traditions, music, art and food of this wonderful culture.

Mar. 8: International Woman's Day

Mar. 16-20: XVlll Banderas Bay Regata. Hosted by Vallarta Yacht Club at Paradise Village Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta. Visit this website for more information: Banderas Bay Regatta

Mar. 1 thru 31: Spring Equinox Musical Festival, by los Muertos Beach, come greet the spring with live jazz, blues and rock performed by national and international artists

Mar. 21: Benito Juarez Birthday, honors the humble, indigenous former Mexican president whose egalitarian world view was likened to that of his contemporary, Abe Lincoln.

APRIL

International Symposium of Fireworks at Puerto Vallarta, for the first time, Puerto Vallarta will host these fireworks extravaganza, bringing the pyrotechnics industry worldwide, during the event will be demonstrations and fireworks shows. The fireworks will be presented by different countries around the world, for more information visit: www.isfireworks.com

April 4, 2010 :Easter Sunday and Daylight Savings Time in Mexico. Spring ahead 1 hour!

Apr. 5-12: Holy Week, highest holiday week of the Catholic faith.

Apr. 1-30: Puerto Vallarta Dance Festival, The annual Puerto Vallarta dance festival give you a chance to see the repertories of seven city's dance & ballet schools in Los Arcos. Free admission.

Apr. 30-May 3: V American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic 2015 - Punta Mita, Mexico’s most exclusive tourism development located on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula, offers three days of extraordinary culinary experiences along with a two-day golf tournament on the exquisite Pacífico and Bahía golf courses. The event was created to pair the best wines and local and international dishes with the best golfers and chefs. Find all the details here: http://puntamitagourmetgolf.com/es/

MAY

May 1: Labor day, has unions parading in the streets.

May 3: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Feast of the Cross, brings to a close an entire week of Patron Saint Festivities in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. During this time, the community and its environs come together to celebrate cultural, sports, artistic and religious events.

May 5: Commemorating the defeat of the French at Puebla Battle in 1862.

May 1-4: Built for speed regatta, visit www.vallartayachtclub.com

May 10: Mother's Day, families gathering around the Queen for a Day to sing Las Mañanitas at midnight the night before.

May 10-17: The ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championship is set to take place in Mexico for the very first time in 2015, and Sayulita—Mexico’s SUP Mecca and the Riviera Nayarit’s Surf Capital—is the place to be. Mexico’s SUP Team has already participated in three previous championships and is mostly comprised of paddlers and surfers hailing from the Riviera Nayarit. http://www.isasurf.org/events/isa-world-supand-paddleboard-championship-wsuppc/

May 13-17: VII Copa Vallarta Soccer International, a tournament for all soccer "aficionados". To be part or more information visit  www.vallartadeportes.com

May 16-19: International Sports Classic, lively Competition of different sports with the participation of national and international athletes.

May 15-31: Restaurant Week, the Fifth annual restaurant week, exceptional three-courses menus are offer with price reduced up to 50% off the regular menu for more information about participant restaurants visit
www.virtualvallarta.com/restaurantweek

May 22-24: Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival, Bucerías, the Wind Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, is the ideal stage for kite surfing and other aquatic sports fueled by the ocean breeze; small wonder that approximately 200 national and international competitors are expected to flock to the Wind Festival. More information at: http://thekitezone.com/

May 30: Riviera Nayarit Mountain Bike The mountains of Higuera Blanca is the meeting place for over 300 riders who will gather for a tour along one of the most scenic and fun routes of the domestic Lijacim race; with its 26 categories, it has something to offer every kind of mountain bike enthusiast.

May 31: Puerto Vallarta Anniversary, celebrate with us the 91 anniversary as a municipality and the 41 of being upgraded to city.

Meetings and Conventions. The Riviera Nayarit CVB Groups and Events Department co-organizes private meetings and conventions for academic, professional and industrial clients who gather in Nuevo Vallarta, their favorite destination for their most important events.

JUNE

Jun. 1: Navy Day A grand military parade will take over the historic Puerto de San Blas by land and by sea, organized by the 6th Naval Zone in order to commemorate the armed forces that protect and serve the Mexican nation.

Jun. 7-9: Meeting Place Mexico 2009 "The Meeting and incentive market" for more information visit www.meetingplacemexico.com

Jun. 27-28: VW Riviera Fest. La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is another magnet for classic and modified Volkies. Over 150 vehicles will be displayed at the Marina Riviera Nayarit during this family-friendly event. https://www.facebook.com/clubwagenvolks/likes.

Jun. 29: Batalla de Santos in Mexcaltitán. This patron saint feast commemorating saints Peter and Paul includes one of the most iconic traditional ceremonies on the Isla de Mexcaltitán, the birthplace of Mexican heritage: a pilgrimage that emulates the Mexicas, or Aztecs, who left Aztlán to establish the great city of Tenochtitlán. http://www.santiago-ixcuintla.gob.mx/

JULY

Enjoy the beach, sun & outdoor activities in Puerto Vallarta
Sea Turtles

By this month the adults sea turtles arrives to the beaches to egg lay, and after 45 to 50 incubation days have elapsed, the releases start, around the last days in August. Summer and fall are the best seasons to participate in this marvelous experience.

Jul. 9-12Punta Mita Beach Festival. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, in conjunction with Punta Mita Expeditions, Punta Mita Resorts, and the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau, is ready to welcome the Third Annual Punta Mita Beach Festival. Taking place July 9-12, 2015, the celebratory summer event takes full advantage of the renowned beachfront resort’s unparalleled destination. This entertaining weekend promises to be one to remember, with activities ranging from surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, stand up paddle, and yoga to sandcastle building for the kids and unparalleled culinary offerings featuring the freshest delicacies of the ocean.

Jul. 11-12State Surf Selective. State Surfing Tournament in search of the best local talent to represent the state of Nayarit, which is organized by the Association of Surfing State of Nayarit.

Jul. 23-258th Fishing Tournament Bahia de Banderas. Fishing tournament organized by the fishing club of Banderas Bay, said Fishing Club aims to achieve, along with the other fishing tournaments taking place in the region, make Riviera Nayarit is recognized as an international destination for sport fishing. Headquarters: Riviera Nayarit.

AUGUST

Ujena Bikini Jam

An international bikini jam, a huge event searching for new talent. For more information visit www.ujenajam.com

Sea Turtles

Don't miss this marvelous experience, the sea turtle release began by the last days of August.

SEPTEMBER

Sep. 1: President's State of the Nation Address is televised throughout the country.

Sep. 14: Day of the Charros, brings a morning parade of beautifully outfitted cowboys and cowgirls on horseback through the heart of town. Continuing festivities include traditional food and dancing, along with rodeo competitions demonstrating skill and showmanship.

Sep. 15: El Grito de Dolores, the cry for liberty at Dolores Hidalgo in 1810, is perhaps the most emotionally powerful holiday for the patriotic and those who love this country. Every mayor in Mexico stands on his balcony, which always overlooks the Main Plaza, and yells out the names of Mexico's Founding Fathers. The crowd gathered below responds in unison with a heartfelt "Viva" after each name, culminating with a resounding "Viva Mexico!"

Sep. 16: Independence Day. This is a countrywide celebration that Puerto Vallarta and every one of the 23 coastal microdestinations in Nayarit will be celebrating. You’ll find a party waiting for you everywhere. 

Sep. 26: 3rd Flamingos 3-5K Race, This is a recreational race, mainly to encourage the love of sports and give runners one more excuse to come vacation in the Riviera Nayarit.

Sep. 26: San Francisco Patron Saint Festivities The local Patron Saint Festivities in San Francisco—better known as San Pancho—are a very Mexican tradition held every year. Come enjoy the dances and the local verbena with its unique flair in this, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

OCTOBER

Vallarta Yacht Club opens for season
The nonprofit Vallarta Yacht Club opens for a season packed with sailing and parties.

Oct. 4.7 7th Annual Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica16 Art Galleries with more than 300 artists are involved. Every Wednesday from 6:00 PM ­ 10:00 PM, free admission, complimentary wine, self guided. For more information visit www.vallartaatwalk.com

Oct. 12: Columbus Day, commemorating the discovery of America in 1492.

Oct. 14-18: 4th International Sport Fishing Tournament in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle One of the most important sport fishing tournaments in the Riviera Nayarit is held in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Dozens of boats will be seeking to break the records for Tuna, Marlin, Mahi Mahi and Sailfish and take home the top prizes.

Oct. 29 -08  thru May 27-09: Art Walk Season, 16 Art Galleries with more than 300 artists are involved. Every Wednesday from 6:00 PM ­ 10:00 PM, free admission, complimentary wine, self guided. For more information visit www.vallartaatwalk.com

Oct. 30-31: 4th International Sport Fishing Tournament in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Litibú will host for this sporting event for those who are prepared to brave the Swimming, Biking and Running portions on the beaches and mountains of the Destination. You can’t miss it!

NOVEMBER

Nov. 1-2: Day of the Dead, akin to Halloween but in Mexico on this date is when the deceased are said to return to this plane. Families flock to graves with food and tequila for themselves as well as the departed, often taking musical instruments to play. You'll see marigolds - the sacred Aztec flower of death - all over town, as well as highly creative altars.

Nov. 6-8: II Rincón de Guayabitos Bike Fest, There will be three days of family activities on the beach at Rincón de Guayabitos, plus a photo and antique bike expo, music and a verbena. For more information visit http://www.bikefestguayabitos.com/

Nov. 16-22: XXI International Festival Gourmet. This year it celebrates its 21st anniversary in the presence of some of the best chefs on a global level and the participation of over 30 restaurants. There will be cooking demos, workshops, chats, theme nights and plenty more activities to please the palate. Want to know more? Visit http://www.festivalgourmet.com/

Nov 21: 7th Riviera Nayarit Touristic Half Marathon and 10K, Nuevo Vallarta will host the event and it’s expected to be even bigger this year, as has been the case every year since it began. Do you want to go for a run in Mexico’s hottest beach destination? Visit http://www.mediomaratonrivieranayarit.com/.

Nov. 15: Copa Vallarta (Vallarta Cup) Golf Tournament, this annual program golf event is held at Vista Vallarta & El tigre with a purse of $ 200,000 pesos and other prizes. www.vallartagolf.com

Nov. 12- 22: International Gourmet Festival, in its 15th edition the Gourmet festival is better than ever, this festival involves the best restaurants at the bay area in a celebration of the cuisine. www.festivalgourmet.com

Nov. 11 ­-14: International Sailfish & Marlin Tournament, this extraordinary annual event 54 year takes place in Banderas Bay with cash prizes for those catching the big ones. www.fishvallarta.com

Nov. 20-22: International Sailfish & Marlin Tournament, this extraordinary annual event 54 year takes place in Banderas Bay with cash prizes for those catching the big ones. www.fishvallarta.com

Nov. 20: Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, from 1910 - 1917, is marked by parades.

DECEMBER

Dec. 1 - 12: Processions for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Daily processions to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe happen round the clock - as does bell ringing - people walking on foot from as far away as Mismaloya. Wearing white, holding candles and singing to Vallarta's patron saint,  neighborhoods, hotels, businesses and civic associations form processions, all of which end in a church mass. The final day brings a huge parade with lots of beautifully decorated floats.

Dec. 5:  3rd Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 15th

Dec. 11:  26° 26th Anniversary of Banderas Bay

Dic. 11:  26° XXII Baja Ha-Ha / 4th Sailors’ Splash

Dic. 12-20:  10th Sinergiarte Festival

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve, the traditional family dinner happens on this date, usually after a midnight mass, with good home cooking, ponche (hot punch with chunks of fruit), sidra (fermented cider served cold) and gifts - primarily for the children.

Dec. 25: Christmas Day, is for recovering from the festivities, enjoy the family and go to the beach.

Dec. 28: Holy Innocent's Day, is the Mexican April Fool's Day, so don't believe a word you hear! (could be a joke)

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve, is celebrated with a special dinner as it is in much of the world. The traditional 12 grapes are eaten at midnight, a wish made before downing each one.

I Madonnari
Usually celebrated by the first weekend of December, show your talent to Puerto Vallarta painting on the floor of the main plaza.

Puerto Vallarta Film Festival
Celebrate and enjoy the International movies by the second week of December  for more information visit www.vallartafilmfestival.com

December thru March 23rd, 2010
Get front row seats to a beautiful spectacle of nature the play of the humpback whales. Every year, between December thru March Humpback Whales migrate to the calm waters of Banderas Bay to mate and give birth.

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