January 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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
Westmex 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 – 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 – 25
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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April 2018

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: To Be Confirmed



May 2018

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 12
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 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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To Be Defined
International Miss & Mr. Hispanoamerica
Beauty contest final stage, where the elected Miss and Mr Mexico become the country’s tourist ambassador, based on beauty peagents international regulations.
Location: To Be Defined
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To Be Defined
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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June 2018

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 16 – 17
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 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 27 – 30
Beyond the Border
Culinary festival with the participation of international guest chefs as: Martita Jara, Katsuji Tanabe and Marcel Cocit; and more gourmet surprises.
Location: Flamingos / Villa La Estancia
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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



To Be Defined
Fashion Show Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
The cutting edge fashion and design event is taking place for the fourth consecutive year in the destination. This year the runway will feature a collection created exclusively for the hotel.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta / Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
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To Be Defined
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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July 2018

JULY 2018

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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To Be Defined
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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To Be Defined
Abierto Mexicano de Surf (AMS – Mexican Surf Open)
Mexicans and foreigners, professionals and amateurs: all surfers are invited to participate in this competition, which offers 100 thousand pesos in prizes and will take place in San Pancho.
Location: San Pancho
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To Be Defined
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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To Be Defined
Corona Sunsets San Pancho – Riviera Nayarit
This spectacular sunset Corona concert returns to the Riviera Nayarit, which will host nine national and international DJs. Thousands of attendees will be on hand to enjoy this magical spectacle.
Location: San Pancho
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