Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Walk around the charming cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta and you'll find unique, artisan treasures and souvenirs around almost every corner. But, one of the best places to procure gifts and absorb the local culture is at the Marina Vallarta Art & Market, held all along the Marina Malecón every Thursday from 6:00 until 10:00 pm.
This lively market features culinary delights, locally-made art and live music. Held along the Marina Vallarta Malecón with up to 200 vendors, shoppers will find everything from hand-painted art and silver jewelry to homemade bread and locally-sourced tequila to traditional cigars and leather huaraches.
In addition to an assortment of treasures, the vibrant market entertains tourists and locals, alike, with thrilling live performances. Folkloric dancers, Mariachi, a Huichol group and others all make the market a memorable and festive experience.
The Market's festive atmosphere is amplified during holidays and at special times of the year, the event's organizer explained. "This year, we started off with everything that involves Día de Muertos (and Halloween for the American community); next we'll have Thanksgiving items; in December it becomes a Christmas market; in January we have roscas and other articles for Three Kings Day; in February the market is filled with jewelry and gifts for El Día del Amor y la Amistad (Valentine's Day); in March we dress up for spring; and in April and May, gifts for mothers are offered, so there is something for each monthly celebration from October through May."
Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy this seasonal attraction on Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. After you've explored all of the Marina Vallarta Art & Market booths to your heart's delight, you can end your fun-filled evening at one of the many restaurants and bars in this vibrant area.
The Marina Vallarta Art & Market runs every Thursday through May 2020. For more information, visit Art and Market PV on Facebook.