Riviera Nayarit Events Calendar - Pacific Coast Mexico
January

JANUARY 2021

January 15, 16, 22, 23
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.
📍 Nuevo Vallarta Vallarta – Vallarta Yacht Club
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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 17 – 24
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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February

FEBRUARY 2021

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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March

MARCH 2021

March 29 – April 09
Holy & Easter Week
There’s no excuse for staying home this Easter Week! The Riviera Nayarit wants your vacation stay to be unforgettable.
📍 Riviera Nayarit



April

APRIL 2021

March 29 – April 09
Holy & Easter Week
There’s no excuse for staying home this Easter Week! The Riviera Nayarit wants your vacation stay to be unforgettable.
📍 Riviera Nayarit



May

MAY 2021

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.
📍 La Cruz de Huanacaxtle


May 29 – June 05
2021 Optimist North America Championship
This is one of the most important world regattas for the Optimist Boat class and one of the seven continental championships approved by the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA); it also has the support of the Mexican Sailing Federation (FMV) and the World Sailing Federation.
📍 Nuevo Vallarta
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June

JUNE 2021

May 29 – June 05
2021 Optimist North America Championship
This is one of the most important world regattas for the Optimist Boat class and one of the seven continental championships approved by the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA); it also has the support of the Mexican Sailing Federation (FMV) and the World Sailing Federation.
📍 Nuevo Vallarta
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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.
📍 Riviera Nayarit


June 29
Mexcaltitán Battle of the Saints
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.
📍 Mexcaltitán



July

JULY 2021

August

AUGUST 2021

September

SEPTEMBER 2021

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.
📍 Riviera Nayarit


September 26 – October 04
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.
📍 San Francisco


October

OCTOBER 2021

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.
📍 Ixtlán del Río


November

NOVEMBER 2021

POSTPONED: November 2021
12th Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon
With an excellent and a unique setting, the Half Marathon & 10K Riviera Nayarit is held every year in one of the most beautiful beach tourist destinations in the world. With the participation of runners from Mexico and all around the World, many people consider that this is one of the most beautiful and fun races due to its beautiful route.
📍 Nuevo Vallarta
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December

DECEMBER 2021

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.
📍 Sayulita


December 11
Bahía de Banderas Anniversary
The municipality of Bahia de Banderas, the cradle of the Riviera Nayarit, is celebrating the 31st 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.
📍 Valle de Banderas

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