January

JANUARY 2018

Saturday 6, 13, 20, 27
Vallarta Cup Race Series
About 20 sailboats will participate in this series of races, which not only serve as competition but also inspire moments of camaraderie among the assistants thanks to the traditional Saturday theme parties held after every race at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
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January 13 – 14
Nuevo Vallarta Car Show
The Nuevo Vallarta Car Show will host a new car and bike exhibit, which is a multi-brand event of its kind in the region.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
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January 16 – 24
Our Lady of Peace Patron Saint Festivities

In order to celebrate their patron saint, local citizens head out on a maritime pilgrimage on their gaily-festooned boats from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle to Bucerías.
Location: Bucerías
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January 27 – 28
Torneo Nacional de Voleibol de Playa Copa Guayabitos
There are $20 thousand pesos in prizes for the freestyle category for both men and women; the categories Sub-15 and Sub-17 will participate as guests.
Location: Rincón de Guayabitos
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January 28 – February 4
San Blas International Migratory Bird Festival
San Blas is undoubtedly one of the top migratory and endemic bird watching areas on the continent. Several artistic and cultural activities revolving around the birds will be held during the festival, as well as tours along the traditional observation routes.
Location: San Blas
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January 31 – February 03
American Divas Culinary Fest
The Greek themed event includes a number of exciting activities, such as talkshows, cooking classes, chopped challenges, wine tastings, and extravagant meals. The splendid affair, where participants will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with Celebrity Chefs, enthusiastic foodies, and other resort guests.
Location: Flamingos – Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit Hotel
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January 31 – February 04
Festival Sayulita
Now in its fifth year, the Festival is ready to party with the tagline “Movies, Music, Drink and Life.” And there will be plenty of that for visitors: movies and short-length films projected on huge screens on the beach, food and drink, physical activities and a fantastic concert headlined by Dirty Heads and Nortec Collective.
Location: Sayulita
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February

FEBRUARY 2018

January 28 – February 4
San Blas International Migratory Bird Festival
San Blas is undoubtedly one of the top migratory and endemic bird watching areas on the continent. Several artistic and cultural activities revolving around the birds will be held during the festival, as well as tours along the traditional observation routes.
Location: San Blas
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January 31 – February 04
Festival Sayulita
Now in its fifth year, the Festival is ready to party with the tagline “Movies, Music, Drink and Life.” And there will be plenty of that for visitors: movies and short-length films projected on huge screens on the beach, food and drink, physical activities and a fantastic concert headlined by Dirty Heads and Nortec Collective.
Location: Sayulita
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February 3
San Blas Patron Saint Festival
This Catholic celebration includes pilgrimages, dances and fireworks. The most special pilgrimage happens aboard skiffs towards the white stone, in order to be blessed and ask for a good fishing season.
Location: San Blas
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February 3, 10, 17 y 24
Guayabitos Festival
This festival has been celebrated every Saturday of the month for the past 11 years, offering a varied mix of performing arts on the main plaza.
Location: Rincón de Guayabitos
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February 10
Matanchén Bay Open Water Swim
New challenge, new location. This second edition of this open water tournament in the waves of San Blas is open to all the country’s swimmers for 1k, 3k, and 6k competitions.
Location: San Blas, Bahía de Matanchén
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February 11 – 13
Mita Tech Talks
Punta Mita welcomes experts in the latest technologies, gadgets, launchings, innovations and trends in order to address the demands of a new century and its invitation to modernize.
Location: Punta Mita
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February 12
Children’s Art Festival and Gala Fundraiser
10th annual Children’s Art festival and Gala fundraiser. Support the Entreamigos library and children’s programs in San Pancho. Paired tastings and 3 course dinner included. Live music, raffles and much more! Tickets $1000 MXP / $50 USD.
Location: San Pancho
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February 12 – 13
Gala Vallarta – Nayarit
Gala Vallarta is an event that allows international and national wholesalers and operators to meet with hoteliers from Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit in order to take part in pre-established business appointments.
Location: Puerto Vallarta y Riviera Nayarit


February 16 – 18
PVR & Riviera Nayarit National Flag Football Open Tournament
All teams, clubs, groups and educational institutions are invited to participate in the 1st. Pacific Flag Open Tournament 2018. Sub and Free categories, as well as free mixed.
Location: Ciudad Deportiva de Bahía de Banderas, San José del Valle; Nayarit.
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February 17
Flamingos Canamex Cup
North America is looking for the best golf team in the area, a title that’s being disputed between Mexico, the United States and Canada at the Flamingos Golf Course, the oldest in the region.
Location: Flamingos
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February 18
Taste of Lo de Marcos
Taste of Lo de Marcos
Attendees will enjoy the best of the town’s gastronomy as well as help fund resources for Amigos de Lo de Marcos and the local Citizens’ Action Committee to help promote culture..
Location: Lo de Marcos
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February 23 – 25
La Patrona Polo Cup
A fun weekend of Polo with delicious food and lots of attractions, come and discover La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club.
Location: San Francisco
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February 23 – 25
San Pancho Music Festival
Prepare for three days of great music with local, national and international artists at the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit. The Plaza del Sol will once again host these top-level shows.
Location: San Francisco
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February 25 – March 04
Swingbreak Festival
Swing dance teachers and professional international musicians will be on-hand to share their knowledge, their joy and more during this week, which will be filled with dancing and music.
Location: San Francisco
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February 28 – March 04
Bahía Riviera Nayarit Cup
Children, teens and their families will enjoy this tournament featuring Mexico’s most beloved sport: soccer. There are cash prizes as well as visors with professional team logos.
Location: Riviera Nayarit
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March

MARCH 2018

February 25 – March 04
Swingbreak Festival
Swing dance teachers and professional international musicians will be on-hand to share their knowledge, their joy and more during this week, which will be filled with dancing and music.
Location: San Francisco
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February 28 – March 04
Bahía Riviera Nayarit Cup
Children, teens and their families will enjoy this tournament featuring Mexico’s most beloved sport: soccer. There are cash prizes as well as visors with professional team logos.
Location: Riviera Nayarit
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March 2 – 3
Regional Tax Forum 2018
The Instituto de Contadores Publicos de Nayarit invite to the Regional Tax Forum 2018. The organizer of this event is the president L.C.P.C. Isabel Estrada Jiménez, president of the board of directors of the Instituto de Contadores Publicos de Nayarit.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
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March 2 – 4
Wesmex International Small Boat Regatta
The Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta is happy to welcome this regatta once again; it’s considered one of the top five regattas in the Mexican Circuit by the associations in the Optimist, Laser, Windsurf and 420 classes.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
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March 3 – 4
Chacala Surf Fishing Tournament
The Riviera Nayarit is a privileged location for sport fishing and events like this are proof positive; the tournament seeks to boost eco-conscious surf fishing.
Location: Chacala
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March 4
“Run On Wings” 5K Fun Run
Participants can walk, run or ride their bikes; there will also be a fair complete with carnival games and raffles; the money raised will go to the Punta de Mita Sports Community Center.
Location: Punta Mita
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March 9 – 11
National Cheerleader Competition
The 2018 National APEN All Star Mexico Competition is back for its seventh year in the Riviera Nayarit. Approximately 20 teams from different states around the nation will show off their talent in categories including Choreography or Dance and Acrobatics.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
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March 15 – 18
Greg Norman Professional Golf Tour
The Mexico’s Editon of this professional golf tour. It will be held in Nuevo Vallarta, at the famous Greg Norman Golf Course in Vidanta.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta – Vidanta
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March 15 – 19
Puerto de Chacala Music Festival
With something for everyone, this artistic and cultural event is a four-day celebration for locals and visitors alike to enjoy music, good food, a fun atmosphere and plenty of beach time.
Location: Chacala
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March 20 – 24
Banderas Bay International Regatta
Over 25 boats and more than 200 participants from Mexico, the United States and Canada will be competing for the trophy in this friendly competition, considered to be the coolest in the world.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
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March 21 – 24
The San Pancho Children’s Circus
Talented children and teens from the Riviera Nayarit will engage in circus acts of the highest caliber in the town of San Pancho under the watchful direction of Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil.
Location: San Pancho
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March 22 – 25
Batizado Capoeira Art Festival
The history of this martial art of Brazilian origin continues in San Pancho. World-class masters will be on-hand to share their knowledge in classes, workshops, conferences and the grand graduation ceremony.
Location: San Pancho
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March 25 – 31
Holy & Easter Week
There’s no excuse for staying home this Easter Week! The Riviera Nayarit wants your vacation stay to be unforgettable.
Location: Riviera Nayarit
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March 31 – April 2
Festival del Chocolate / Chocolate Festival
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is paying tribute to one of Mexico’s most traditional and ancestral delights. Come and savor the exquisite aromas and flavors of chocolate during this unique experience.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta – Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit



April

APRIL 2018

April 4 – 7
2018 Jaguar Polo Cup
Polo tournament including a movie night, culinary tastings, live music, children’s activities and, for those who want to try the “sport of kings,” there will be clinics and classes led by Sebastian Dawnay, who will share his knowledge.
Location: San Francisco – La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Center
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April 8
Oyster Festival
One of Bucerías’ most iconic events is the yearly Oyster Festival, which celebrates local divers with a popular feast that showcases the sense of community shared by the locals. They elect a festival queen, search for the largest oyster and offer visitors a delicious selection of dishes.
Location: Bucerías


April 21
Riviera Nayarit Open Water Swimming Tournament
One of the most intense competitions in the Destination takes place in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. It’s quite the show to see the swimmers break the line and race to be the first to reach the finish.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
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April 21 – 22
19° Guayafest 2018

About 300 of these German-designed cars will converge on the streets of Guayabitos during this family-oriented event, among them Bugs, combis and other retro styles.
Location: Rincón de Guayabitos
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April 25 – 29
LIX Congress of the Mexican Association of Hematology Studies
Academic program where each symposium and conference were designed to promote the comprehensive training of hematology professionals.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
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April 26 – 29
Cuisine of the Sun
At Villa La Estancia Flamingos, the star-studded event curated for the third time by Food Network celebrity chef and USFOODS culinary specialist, Penny Davidi, Brings together some of the biggest names in the food and wine industry. Including elegant dinners, beachside BBQs, poolside degustations and much more.
Location: Flamingos
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April 29
Children’s Fishing Tournament
Once again the Riviera Nayarit CVB celebrates children with a recreational sports event, where they can learn fishing techniques in a family environment at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
Location: Marina Riviera Nayarit @t la Cruz de Hunacaxtle



May

MAY 2018

May 3
Patron Saint Feast of the Holy Cross
This religious tradition welcomes all the people of the towns in the region of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle to enjoy a lovely festival in the village’s main plaza.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle


May 6
Guayabitos Surf Fishing Tournament
The Riviera Nayarit is a privileged location for sport fishing and events like this are proof positive; the tournament seeks to boost eco-conscious surf fishing.
Location: Rincón de Guayabitos
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May 6
International Altruism Festival
This festival has been around for many years, looking to help different associations that provide aid to the people of the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta. This time around it will be held at the Marriott hotel with music and food in an environment of solidarity.
Location: Marriot Puerto Vallarta
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May 15  – June 10
Restaurant Week 
This restaurant festival takes place for two weeks in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, where culinary outlets will offer three-course prix fixe menus. It’s a fantastic opportunity to try out new eateries..
Location: Banderas Bay
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May 18 – 20
Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival
This is without a doubt one of the destination’s anchor festivals and it’s among the top 10 best of the year thanks to its wow factor, the amount of participants and, above all, the perfect conditions for kitesurfing in Riviera Nayarit.
Location: Flamingos
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May 20
Jarretaderas Shore Fishing Festival
Shore fishing tournaments are held year round in different villages around the Riviera Nayarit, with Jarretaderas next on the list. The entire purpose of the exercise is for families to come together and have a great time while the participants show off their fishing skills.
Location: Jarretaderas
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May 25 – 26
RHA Festival
Lovers of electronic music—particularly the house style—will surely enjoy this festival in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, which presents a stellar lineup with over a dozen additional Djs.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
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Riviera Nayarit Mountain Bike
Mountain bike lovers rejoice: this is your perfect event, which combines the beach at Litibú with the mountain at Higuera Blanca for an amazing event. Cyclists 18 years and older are welcome to ride till the wheels come off!
Location: Litibú / Higuera Blanca, Nayarit
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June

JUNE 2018

June 1
Navy Day
A grand military parade will take over the historic Puerto de San Blas, Rincón de Guayabitos and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle by land and by sea, in order to commemorate the armed forces that protect and serve the Mexican nation.
Location: Riviera Nayarit


June 1 – 3
Guayabitos Moto Fiesta 
This event was born of the desire to give motorcycle enthusiasts a place where they can show off their spectacular machines to the general public and enjoy time together.
Location: Rincón de Guayabitos
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June 9
1st Riviera Nayarit Rock Festival
The best booking of the festival is the Mexican band, Pantheon Rococo, who recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Local groups as Sal de Mar, Renglón and The Black Hardies complete the lineup!
Location: Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta – Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit
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June 13 – 17
58th Annual San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament
One of the Riviera Nayarit’s signature events, the San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament celebrates its 58th year of adrenaline-pumping moments for lovers of deep-sea fishing.
Locaton: San Blas
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June 23 – 24
Sayulita Pee Wee Surfing League
Sayulita will host this youngsters’ surfing league, which encourages new talent in a sport that has produced big names on a national level.
Location: Sayulita
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June 24 – July 1
2018 North American Optimist Championship
This one of seven continental championships held around the world for Optimist Sailing, and has the backing of the Mexican Sailing Federation (FMV, by its acronym in Spanish) the endorsement of the IODA and the World Sailing Federation.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta / Vallarta Yacht Club
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June 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.
Location: Mexcaltitán

July

JULY 2018

July 15
Open Karate Tournament
Karate Shotokan Championship, organized by the Shotokan International Federation, Mexico’s Occidental Region. Categories: Children, Youth and Adults, Modality: Kata and Kumite Individual.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta / El Tigre Sports Club
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June 24 – July 1
2018 North American Optimist Championship
This one of seven continental championships held around the world for Optimist Sailing, and has the backing of the Mexican Sailing Federation (FMV, by its acronym in Spanish) the endorsement of the IODA and the World Sailing Federation.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta / Vallarta Yacht Club
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July 21 – 22
VI Sea Turtle Festival
This festival, held in the community of Platanitos, serves up activities aimed at protecting the environment and the conservation of the sea turtles.
Location: Platanitos
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July 26 – 28
12th Bahía de Banderas International Fishing Tournament
Organized by the Bahía de Banderas Fishing Club, this traditional event that focuses on catching marlin and tuna returns to the waters off of the Riviera Nayarit with a slew of national and international participants.
Location: Riviera Nayarit
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August

AUGUST 2018

August 4 – 5
Sayulita Pee Wee Surfing League
Sayulita will host this youngsters’ surfing league, which encourages new talent in a sport that has produced big names on a national level.
Location: Sayulita
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August 4 – 5
6th Punta Mita Beach Festival
This fun family summer event mixes sports, gastronomy and luxury in Mexico’s most exclusive residential community.
Location: Punta Mita
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August 6 – 15
Corn Festival
A visit to Jala and Xalisco this August can be a great way to experience the Riviera Nayarit and its traditions. Located just a short distance from the coast of Nayarit, the communities of Jala and Xalisco plan all sorts of events including dances, entertainment, horse races and cockfights. The festivities originated with the celebration of Our Lady of the Assumption and in Jala the biggest ear of corn wins a prize.
Location: Jala
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August 7 – 10
Masters Of The Kitchen
Culinary Event with the presence of renowned chefs at an international level; Gilles Epie, Rob Gentile, Elizabeth Falkner among other international chefs.
Location: Flamingos
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August 8 – 12
Nayarit National Children and Youth Championship 2018
Surfing national pre-selective for the Junior World Championship 2018; women’s and men’s branches in their categories Sub 18, Sub 16, Sub 14 and Sub 12.
Location: Sayulita
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August 16 – 18
Grupo Delfin National Convention Program
The National Convention for Scientific and Technological Research of the Pacific is derived from the Inter-Institutional Program to Strengthen Research and the Pacific Graduate Program, and is also known as the Delfin Program.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta


August 26
San Blas Pee Wee Surfing League
It will be San Blas’ turn to receive this traveling tournament, which visits the different seaside villages along the coast of Nayarit in an effort to discover new talent in this extreme sport.
Location: San Blas
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September

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 6 – 8
Wellnessing Getaway by Grand Velas
Uplift your spirit surrounded by the splendor of the Riviera Nayarit, as we explore themes of holistic wellness from a variety of practices and traditions. Special day pass: $950 pesos per person, per day with access to all activities except dinner (which has an additional charge of $500 pesos).
Location: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit – Nuevo Vallarta
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September 8 – 9
San Pancho Pee Wee Surfing League
It’s San Pancho’s turn to welcome the iterant surfing tournament, which travels through the coastal villages of Nayarit in search of new talent for this extreme sport.
Location: San Pancho
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September 15 and 16
Independence Day Festivities
The celebration of the Independence Day Festivities is one of our most treasured traditions, and the Riviera Nayarit makes the Grito, or yell, a very special occasion. The festivities begin on the evening of the 15th with the Grito de Independencia, a ceremony that’s replicated in nearly every plaza in nearly every coastal town, along with fireworks and fairs. The celebration continues on the 16th with a military and sports parade to commemorate another year of Mexico’s Independence.
Location: Riviera Nayarit


September 22 – 23
San Blas Pee Wee Surfing League
It’s San Blas’ turn to welcome the iterant surfing tournament, which travels through the coastal villages of Nayarit in search of new talent for this extreme sport.
Location: San Blas
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September 26 – October 4
San Francisco Patron Saint Feasts
Fairs, dances and jamborees with a special twist are a specialty of the Riviera Nayarit’s Cultural Capital. These festivities honor San Francisco, also known as San Pancho, and are a very Mexican tradition.
Location: San Francisco


September 29 – 30
Riviera  Fest 
Exhibition of VW cars organized by the ANCVM (National Association of Volkswagen Clubs of Mexico).
Location: Marina Riviera Nayarit en la Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
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September 29 – 30
Riviera Nayarit Fashion Weekend
Fashion Show and pool party, an event that mixes music, fashion and destiny, as well as showing the new trends of the season.
Location: W Punta de Mita Hotel


October

OCTOBER 2018

October 13 – 14
San Pancho Pee Wee Surf League
This itinerant completion continues its rounds through Nayarit’s coastal towns, hoping to discover the next big thing in surfing. The next competition will be in San Pancho. Competitors must be minors between the ages of 4 and 12.
Location: San Pancho
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October 13 – 14

4th Guayabitos Athletic Race
Pedestrian race with different categories, among them youths, masters and open, divided into men’s and women’s divisions. The race is celebrated through the main avenues of Rincon de Guayabitos and Los Ayala.
Location: Rincon de Guayabitos
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October 14 – 18
10th Vallarta – Nayarit Gastronomica
This is a gourmet weekend when professionals and lovers of gastronomy can come together to enjoy different events in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. There will be workshops, pairings, tastings, dinners and special events for academia, culinary professionals and the most demanding foodies.
Location: Riviera Nayarit – Puerto Vallarta
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October 27
ABH Aquatic Marathon
Considered one of the top open water competitions in Mexico, this national series will see swimmers from 10 different states around the nation compete in the “Mexican Pacific’s largest pool,” including Nayarit, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Puebla, Michoacán, San Luis Potosí, Nuevo León, Colima, Guanajuato and the Estado de México.
Location: Rincón de Guayabitos
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October 31
Christ the King Day
The festivities in honor of Christ the King are very special, particularly in the community of Ixtlán del Río, Nayarit. They’re celebrated on the last Sunday in October, though a novena is held beforehand with the participation of the surrounding neighborhoods, which compete to have the best pilgrimage and float. The celebration is open to the entire family where peace and harmony reign.
Location: Ixtlán del Río

November

NOVEMBER 2018

November 1 – 2
Day of the Dead
Even though it’s not one of the most deeply rooted traditions in the region, the local cemeteries fill up with colorful flower arrangements in remembrance of the dearly departed. In Sayulita Pueblo Mágico there are altars, pilgrimages, mass, and a procession to the cemetery.
Location: Sayulita
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November 1 – 4
Vidanta Wellness Retreat
Led by world-renowned health expert, Deepak Chopra – globally recognized as a pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation – the weekend retreat will offer a series of conferences, workshops and activities.
Location: Vidanta – Nuevo Vallarta
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November 3 – 4
13th Punta Raza Shore Fishing Tournament
Fishing aficionados have a date at the Punta Raza Beach Club, the El Monteón access to the sea, so they can participate in this family tournament that includes the region’s professionals and amateurs.
Location: Punta Raza
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November 16
Jazz Festival
The Riviera Nayarit Jazz Festival will be honored with the music of  Karen Souza and its new album Velvet Vault.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta – Palmeiras Garden

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November 18
Flavors of Punta Mita
An event that brings together some of the favorite local chefs, restaurants, tequila makers, wineries, guest DJs and mixers to show off their current and new proposals for the next season. There will be culinary delights from the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, the St Regis Punta Mita Resort, Sí Señor, Tuna Blanca, Si Sushi, Blue Shrimp, Margarita, Spicemarket, Sufi, Punta Mercedes, Boca Deli, and more.
Location: Punta Mita
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November 23 – 25
San Blas Motomanía
The VI San Blas Motomanía 2018 is one of the destination’s anchor events with the participation of over three thousand bikers from 15 states in the Republic. The esplanade of the iconic port of San Blas is the main gathering place for the activities, which include contests, live music and exhibits.
Location: San Blas
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November 23 – December 02
XXIV International Gourmet Festival
This festival celebrates 24 years of positioning Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic at the top of the international culinary world. It will include the participation of internationally renowned chefs in charge of bringing in new ideas to the table.
Location: Riviera Nayarit
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November 24
10th Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon
The Riviera Nayarit is happy to welcome all runners and their families to participate in the 10th Riviera Nayarit 21K and 10K that takes place every year in Nuevo Vallarta. The competition is endorsed by the Mexican Federation of Athletic Associations, and approved by the International Association of Marathons and Races (AIMS).
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
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November 27 – 30
Culinary Fest by France Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
An unprecedented event with the culinary inventiveness of Guillaume Morancé, Maître Cuisinier de France and Executive Chef of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit; Raúl Hernández, Executive Chef of the Piaf restaurant; and as a special guest, Steve Benjamin, disciple and protégé of the “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon, bearer of a Michelin star for his outstanding work as Executive Chef at L’Atelier restaurant in Las Vegas; winner of the Chopped! of Food
Network; and Executive Chef of Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills.
Location: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
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November 29 – December 02
3rd Commercial and Cultural Wixarika Expo
For the third consecutive year, the Magical Town of Sayulita is hosting this event with the participation of 25 Wixarika groups, who will offer their extraordinary cultural riches with hands-on workshops for embroidery, beadwork, painting and more, as well as the Indigenous Paradise and Culinary pavilions, the latter offering a variety of traditional meals from Nayarit. The Traditional Medicine Pavilion is a standout, with the participation of four traditional healers.
Location: To Be Defined
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November 29 – December 02
Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic 2018
The Punta de Mita Foundation is extending an invitation to its charity events that help the community. The game format is the Foursome A GoGo. The organizations that will benefit are Peace Punta de Mita, the Punta de Mita Foundation and the Community Project for a center that will become the meeting place for cultural and personal enrichment in the northern area of Bahia de Banderas.
Location: Punta Mita
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To Be Defined
Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic
The Punta de Mita Foundation is extending an invitation to its charity events that help the community. The game format is the Foursome A GoGo. The organizations that will benefit are Peace Punta de Mita, the Punta de Mita Foundation and the Community Project for a center that will become the meeting place for cultural and personal enrichment in the northern area of Bahia de Banderas.
Location: Punta Mita
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December

DECEMBER 2018

November 23 – December 02
XXIV International Gourmet Festival
This festival celebrates 24 years of positioning Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic at the top of the international culinary world. It will include the participation of internationally renowned chefs in charge of bringing in new ideas to the table.
Location: Riviera Nayarit
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November 29 – December 02
3rd Commercial and Cultural Wixarika Expo
For the third consecutive year, the Magical Town of Sayulita is hosting this event with the participation of 25 Wixarika groups, who will offer their extraordinary cultural riches with hands-on workshops for embroidery, beadwork, painting and more, as well as the Indigenous Paradise and Culinary pavilions, the latter offering a variety of traditional meals from Nayarit. The Traditional Medicine Pavilion is a standout, with the participation of four traditional healers.
Location: To Be Defined
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November 29 – December 02
Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic 2018
The Punta de Mita Foundation is extending an invitation to its charity events that help the community. The game format is the Foursome A GoGo. The organizations that will benefit are Peace Punta de Mita, the Punta de Mita Foundation and the Community Project for a center that will become the meeting place for cultural and personal enrichment in the northern area of Bahia de Banderas.
Location: Punta Mita
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Chili Cook Off & Taste of Nuevo Vallarta
Marina Nuevo Vallarta’s boardwalk (malecón) will host the 6th Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and the 18th Chili Cook-off, organized by the Vallarta Yacht Club. Same as every year there will be superb tasting plates offered by participating restaurants as well as extraordinary chili cooked by professionals and amateurs
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
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December 1 – 12
Our Lady of Guadalupe Patron Saint Feast
From December 1-12, Sayulita and its environs will be immersed in the passion its citizens feel for the Virgin of Guadalupe. The patron saint feasts in this micro-destination of the Riviera Nayarit are very popular and begin with the novena—nine days of pilgrimage from the different neighborhoods and areas to the small sanctuary consecrated to the Virgen Morena (Dark-Skinned Virgin), located in the main plaza.
Location: Sayulita


December 6 – 9
Riviera Nayarit Polo Cup
Experience the passionate Sport of Kings in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. The equestrian competition welcomes some of the top international players; there will also be art exhibits, music, fashion and culinary events.
Location: San Pancho
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December 10
Baja Ha Ha / Sailor Splash
A nautical rally, between 120 and 150 boats will be arriving at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle for this impressive show of sails.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
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December 11
Bahía de Banderas Anniversary
The municipality of Bahia de Banderas, the cradle of the Riviera Nayarit, is celebrating the 28th anniversary of its creation this year. The Nayarit State Congress approved the Decree on December 11, 1989, thus creating the county as jurisdiction 20 in the State of Nayarit. To celebrate the event there will be music shows, and civic and sporting events at the county seat, Valle de Banderas.
Location: Valle de Banderas


December 14 – 16
Riviera Nayarit Show Jumping Circuit
With the purpose of promoting equestrian activities in the region, La Patrona Polo & Club Ecuestre will host the edition of Show Jumping Circuit.
Location: San Pancho
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December 26 – 30
13th Sinergiarte Festival
The aim is for the multicultural content it presents to express the responsibility both humans and the community at large have during this very profound transformation that’s taking place in our times. There will be exhibitions and workshops for dance, theater, music, literature, performance, photography, video, multimedia, painting, sculpture, martial arts, sports and other disciplines.
Location: San Pancho
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January

JANUARY 2019

January Saturdays 5, 12, 19, 26
Vallarta Cup Race Series
About 20 sailboats will participate in this series of races, which not only serve as competition but also inspire moments of camaraderie among the assistants thanks to the traditional Saturday theme parties held after every race at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta. Entry Fee: $800 MXP or $200 MXP per race
📍 Nuevo Vallarta Vallarta – Vallarta Yacht Club
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January 12 – 13
Nuevo Vallarta Car Show
If you love cars, you can’t miss the Nuevo Vallarta Car Show taking place in the Riviera Nayarit, an event organized by the Wolfs Bugs Nuevo Vallarta club where over 300 exhibition-ready cars and motorcycles will be on display.
Entry Fee: $200 MXP per vehicle | The general public can access the event with a cause for $20 MXP
📍 Nuevo Vallarta – FIBBA Parking Lot
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January 16 – 24
Our Lady of Peace Patron Saint Festivities
In order to celebrate their patron saint, local citizens head out on a maritime pilgrimage on their gaily-festooned boats from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle to Bucerías. This is one of the most deeply rooted traditions of this coastal village in the Riviera Nayarit. There is a full program for the week, including religious services as well as sports, artistic, and cultural activities.
📍 Bucerías
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January 27 – February 3
San Blas International Migratory Bird Festival
San Blas is undoubtedly one of the top migratory and endemic bird watching areas on the continent. Several artistic and cultural activities revolving around the birds will be held during the festival, as well as tours along the traditional bird watching routes.
📍 San Blas
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30 January – 3 February
Festival Sayulita
The Festival is ready to party with the tagline “Movies, Music, Drink and Life.” And there will be plenty of that for visitors: movies and short-length films projected on huge screens on the beach, food and drink, physical activities and a fantastic concert headlined by a surprising band.
📍 Sayulita
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To Be Defined
National Volleyball Tournament – Guayabitos Cup
There are $20 thousand pesos in prizes for the freestyle category for both men and women; the categories Sub-15 and Sub-17 will participate as guests.
📍 Rincón de Guayabitos
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February

FEBRUARY 2019

January 27 – February 3
San Blas International Migratory Bird Festival
San Blas is undoubtedly one of the top migratory and endemic bird watching areas on the continent. Several artistic and cultural activities revolving around the birds will be held during the festival, as well as tours along the traditional bird watching routes.
📍 San Blas
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30 January – 3 February
Festival Sayulita
The Festival is ready to party with the tagline “Movies, Music, Drink and Life.” And there will be plenty of that for visitors: movies and short-length films projected on huge screens on the beach, food and drink, physical activities and a fantastic concert headlined by a surprising band.
📍 Sayulita
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February 2, 9, 16 y 23
Guayabitos Festival
This festival has been celebrated every Saturday of the month for the past 11 years, offering a varied mix of performing arts on the main plaza.
📍 Rincón de Guayabitos
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February 3
San Blas Patron Saint Festival
This Catholic celebration includes pilgrimages, dances and fireworks. The most special pilgrimage happens aboard skiffs towards the white stone, in order to be blessed and ask for a good fishing season.
📍 San Blas
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February 10 – 12
Mita Tech Talks
Punta Mita welcomes experts in the latest technologies, gadgets, launchings, innovations and trends in order to address the demands of a new century and its invitation to modernize.
📍 Punta Mita
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February 11 – 12
Gala Vallarta – Nayarit
Gala Vallarta is an event that allows international and national wholesalers and operators to meet with hoteliers from Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit in order to take part in pre-established business appointments.
📍 Puerto Vallarta y Riviera Nayarit


February 22 – 24
San Pancho Music Festival
Prepare for three days of great music with local, national and international artists at the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit. The Plaza del Sol will once again host these top-level shows.
📍 San Francisco
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February 23
Matanchén Bay Open Water Swim
New challenge, new location. This second edition of this open water tournament in the waves of San Blas is open to all the country’s swimmers for 1k, 3k, and 6k competitions.
📍 San Blas, Bahía de Matanchén
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February 27 – March 03
Bahía Riviera Nayarit Cup
Children, teens and their families will enjoy this tournament featuring Mexico’s most beloved sport: soccer. There are cash prizes as well as visors with professional team logos.
📍 Riviera Nayarit
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To be defined
Flamingos Canamex Cup
North America is looking for the best golf team in the area, a title that’s being disputed between Mexico, the United States and Canada at the Flamingos Golf Course, the oldest in the region.
📍 Flamingos
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Taste of Lo de Marcos
Taste of Lo de Marcos
Attendees will enjoy the best of the town’s gastronomy as well as help fund resources for Amigos de Lo de Marcos and the local Citizens’ Action Committee to help promote culture..
📍 Lo de Marcos
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March

MARCH 2018

February 27 – March 03
Bahía Riviera Nayarit Cup
Children, teens and their families will enjoy this tournament featuring Mexico’s most beloved sport: soccer. There are cash prizes as well as visors with professional team logos.
📍 Riviera Nayarit
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March 03 – 10
Swingbreak Festival
Swing dance teachers and professional international musicians will be on-hand to share their knowledge, their joy and more during this week, which will be filled with dancing and music.
📍 San Francisco
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March 05 – 09
Banderas Bay International Regatta
Over 25 boats and more than 200 participants from Mexico, the United States and Canada will be competing for the trophy in this friendly competition, considered to be the coolest in the world.
📍 Nuevo Vallarta
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March 11 – 16
Puerto de Chacala Music Festival
With something for everyone, this artistic and cultural event is a four-day celebration for locals and visitors alike to enjoy music, good food, a fun atmosphere and plenty of beach time.
📍 Chacala
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March 15 – 17
National Cheerleader Competition
The 2019 National APEN All Star Mexico Competition is back for its seventh year in the Riviera Nayarit. Approximately 20 teams from different states around the nation will show off their talent in categories including Choreography or Dance and Acrobatics.
📍 Nuevo Vallarta
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March 20 – 23
The San Pancho Children’s Circus
Talented children and teens from the Riviera Nayarit will engage in circus acts of the highest caliber in the town of San Pancho under the watchful direction of Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil.
📍 San Pancho
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To be defined
Chacala Surf Fishing Tournament
The Riviera Nayarit is a privileged location for sport fishing and events like this are proof positive; the tournament seeks to boost eco-conscious surf fishing.
📍 Chacala
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To be defined
Wesmex International Small Boat Regatta
The Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta is happy to welcome this regatta once again; it’s considered one of the top five regattas in the Mexican Circuit by the associations in the Optimist, Laser, Windsurf and 420 classes.
📍 Nuevo Vallarta
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“Run On Wings” 5K Fun Run
Participants can walk, run or ride their bikes; there will also be a fair complete with carnival games and raffles; the money raised will go to the Punta de Mita Sports Community Center.
📍 Punta Mita
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To be defined
Batizado Capoeira Art Festival
The history of this martial art of Brazilian origin continues in San Pancho. World-class masters will be on-hand to share their knowledge in classes, workshops, conferences and the grand graduation ceremony.
📍 San Pancho
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