Exciting Events in Puerto Vallarta
With its white-sand beaches, rich arts scene, and delicious cuisines, Puerto Vallarta is a prime vacation destination. The vibrant city offers many year-round events that you should incorporate into your travel itinerary. That’s why we provide a helpful guide on upcoming Puerto Vallarta events to take full advantage of what the city has to offer.
Upcoming 2020 Events in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta offers several exciting opportunities to participate in local events and Mexican celebrations that foster an enriching travel experience. The following are events that explorers of all ages can enjoy.
Whale Watching Season - January 1, 2020 - March 23, 2020
From mid-December to March, a large community of Humpback whales arrive near the coast of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to mate and bear calves. This is a wonderful time to get on a boat and watch these glorious migratory species. You may see many mothers sloshing in the waters with their young! Vallarta Adventures Whale Watching tour is the only one with special hydrophones to listen to the unique way they communicate underwater.
South Side Shuffle - January 10, 2020 - April 3, 2020
Every other Friday evening, Basilio Badillo and Constitución turn into both a street party and an open-house art gala that attracts both locals and visitors. Local art galleries and shops offer refreshments and a festive environment to peruse and enjoy live music while dancing. It’s a great way to celebrate the end of the week and immerse yourself into the local culture.
South Side Shuffle will occur during these upcoming Fridays:
January 10, 2020
January 24, 2020
February 7, 2020
February 21, 2020
March 6, 2020
March 20, 2020
April 3, 2020
Eighth Annual Puerto Vallarta Chili Cook-Off - February 22, 2020
The Puerta Vallarta Chili Cook-Off is a great Mexican celebration that will have 30 chili vendors, live music, desserts, and plenty of drinking opportunities from beer to martini bars! Not only is it a great way to enjoy a diverse array of chilis from local cooks, but to meet both locals and travelers. It is advised that you purchase your ticket for this fun-filled day early to not only save $50, but to also allow for early entry into the festival.
Puerto Vallarta Yoga & Tea Retreat - April 22, 2020 - April 30, 2020
Located in Conchas Chinas, the Casa Aventura houses a peaceful yoga and tea retreat. This home is a multilevel, six-bedroom pad with amazing views of the south end of the Bay of Banderas. You’ll receive two meals a day from a private chef and along with yoga and tai chi classes, you get to go on adventurous excursions such as snorkeling and parasailing, and take tea/herb tours. Better yet, you’re only a 10-minute walking distance away from the beautiful white sandy beaches Puerto Vallarta is known for.
Art & Market Marina Vallarta - October 2019 - May 2020
Every year and every Thursday, from October to May, you can peruse the quaint streets of Puerto Vallarta eating savory Mexican dishes and looking at beautiful locally handcrafted items. There is also live music which makes for a very festive event. This lovely night market that takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., is a wonderful opportunity to grab an authentic meal and shop for unique souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones. Marina Vallarta is located on the northern edge of Puerto Vallarta.
Free Malecon Sculpture Tour - January 2, 2020 - April 16, 2020
Galeria Pacifico owner, Gary Thompson leads a free sunset tour every Thursday providing history and relevant information about the artists of the sculptures around town. Thompson points out fine details of each artwork that illustrates its significance. Though it may simply be a walking tour, it’s a great way to immerse yourself in the Mexican celebrations and traditions of the art scene in Puerto Vallarta. It’s a fun and educational experience that lasts for about two hours.
Turtle Releasing Season - June 1, 2020 - December 30, 2020
Every year from June till December, you can help local wildlife by visiting one of the many turtle camps along Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, San Pancho, and other places of the Riviera Nayarit. At these beaches, you can participate in the release of baby turtles who will return to one of these beaches to lay their own eggs when they reach adulthood. These releases are usually planned towards the end of the afternoon so the baby turtles have more time to swim into the ocean depths by nightfall which keeps them out of sight from predatory birds and increases their chances of survival.
Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta November 2, 2020
One of the most important festivities in Mexico is Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on November 1st at midnight.
In Puerto Vallarta, the Day of the Dead is a week-long festival that includes displays of beautiful shrines along the Malecon (boardwalk) that can also be found in town squares, and at art exhibitions during the celebration. The week-long festivities also include folkloric ballets, mariachis, and Catrinas (painted skeleton mask) contests, allowing locals and foreign tourists to experience the traditional and modern culture of our ancestors.
Another amazing thing to do in Puerto Vallarta during Day of the Dead in 2020 is to witness the famous dinner show Rhythms of the Night. This show lights up the night with colorful shrines, live music, and traditional Mexican dishes such as mole negro, tamales, pan de muerto, and churros.
Explore with Us
Be sure to visit Puerto Vallarta during these events and book a tour with Vallarta Adventures to experience more of the vibrant city with quality guided tours that are filled with safe and fun adventures that will create lifelong memories for you and your loved ones. Through our services, you will experience all of the Mexican celebrations and traditions the city has to offer.