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Puerto Vallarta Events

Puerto Vallarta has a lot to offer, to Mexicans as well as to foreigners. While Vallarta still has the charm of an old Mexican town, it also has a unique international ambience where foreign visitors and local residents share an uncommon cultural acceptance. Yearly events in Puerto Vallarta cover everything from Mariachi, Cultural, International Film, Fine Arts, Gourmet Festivals to Fishing, Tennis and Golf Tournaments.

January

Jan. 1: New Year's Day: It's the most laid-back holiday, people taking it easy after the night before, perhaps walking on the Malecon or going to the beach.
Jan. 6: Day of the Kings: A favorite amongst children, because they get new toys in honor of the three kings who took gifts to the baby Jesus. A traditional cake called Rosca de Reyes is served, and whoever finds a tiny plastic baby in their piece has to make the tamales for a party February 2.
Jan. 2-30: Vallarta Race Cup Series, feel the water emotion and visit www.vallartayachtclub.com

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.
Feb. 23-28: Flower and Garden Show at the Botanical Gardens.
Feb. 24: Mexican Flag Day, Is when the military, citizens and officials parade with the green, white and red to show their patriotism.

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.
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

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.

May

May 1: Labor day, has unions parading in the streets.
May 5: Commemorating the defeat of the French at Puebla Battle in 1862.
May 1-4: Built for speed regatta.
May 10: Mother's Day, families gathering around the Queen for a Day to sing Las Mañanitas at midnight the night before.
May 13-17: VII Copa Vallarta Soccer International, a tournament for all soccer "aficionados".
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 31: Puerto Vallarta Anniversary, celebrate with us the 91 anniversary as a municipality and the 41 of being upgraded to city.

June

Jun. 1: Navy Day, brings a colorful, morning parade of all the navy ships in port, followed by tour boats and fishing boats flying their nautical flags.

July

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.

August

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, marks Mexico's liberation from the Spanish in 1810.

October

Vallarta Yacht Club opens for season
The nonprofit Vallarta Yacht Club opens for a season packed with sailing and parties.
Oct. 12: Columbus Day, commemorating the discovery of America in 1492.
Athletes from 42 nations from all over the Americas will be competing in multidisciplinary sports, Guadalajara will be the host city and Puerto Vallarta is honored to co-host the following sports: sailing, open water marathon and the triathlon.

November

Nov. 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. 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. 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.
December thru March 23rd
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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