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From live music to cultural festivals, charity events and special interest group meetings, there's always something fun to do in Puerto Vallarta. Events in the Banderas Bay area encompass a broad range of interests and enthusiasms covering everything from Mariachi, Cultural, International Film, Fine Arts, and Gourmet Festivals to Fishing, Tennis and Golf Tournaments.
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A December to Remember with More Shows Than Ever!
This week's cooler temperatures remind us that the holidays are just around the corner, which means that it is time to celebrate! And there's no better place to put you in a festive mood than Act II STAGES, where a full line-up of music & theater will make it a December to remember.
Festival Gourmet Menu Continues at Kaiser Maximilian
During the XXII Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival two assistants to one of Austria's most decorated chefs served up some of the best Austrian cuisine that has ever been available in Vallarta at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant. The special menu they created will be available through December 17.
Weekend and Upcoming Events in Vallarta-Nayarit
Banderas News Team
Here in Puerto Vallarta, the holiday season is a nonstop ride of families, fiestas, and fun. From live music and theater to cultural celebrations and charity events, there's something fun for everyone to enjoy! Here's a look at some December happenings that you won't want to miss.
December Fun at Vallarta's Boutique Dinner Theatre
Here's what's playing this month at the Boutique Dinner Theatre in Puerto Vallarta: Mikki Prost launches a new show; T.J. Hartung puts an original twist on Charles Dickens' classic, 'A Christmas Carol,' and more exciting dinner-and-a-show entertainment upstairs at Nacho Daddy.
Puerto Vallarta Honors Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Every year during the first twelve days of December, the streets of Puerto Vallarta come alive with festivities, processions and religious fervor culminating with the celebration of 'El Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe' (the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe) on December 12th.
Toys for Tots Vallarta Fundraisers This Weekend
The Toys for Tots December fundraisers are always among the most popular seasonal events in Puerto Vallarta. This year, the Golf Scramble will be played on December 10th at Vista Vallarta course, and the Gala Dinner Dance will be held on the 11th at CasaMagna Marriott Resort.
Season 3 of Tianguis in Lo De Marcos Opened with Flair
Galvan Real Estate
Shoppers and artisans alike enjoyed a successful opening of Tianguis Lo De Marcos' Third Season on Saturday, November 5. The weekly market has gained the support of the town's merchants, many of whom report increased sales driven by the appearance of new faces in the Pueblo.
Headliner Events to End the Year in The Riviera Nayarit
Travelers visiting the Riviera Nayarit in December will have an abundance of things to see and do, as the cuisine, adventure and cultural events and experiences that make 'Mexico's Pacific Treasure' such a highly sought-after destination will end 2016 with a flourish.
Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concerts
Vallarta-Nayarit will be treated to an amazing evening of Christmas music, featuring the Vallarta Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Oliveros, at the American School in Marina Vallarta on December 11 and the Paraiso Salon at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta on the 12th.
Adult BINGO at The Palm Cabaret Benefits PuRR Project
On Monday, December 12 we'll be playing Adult Bingo at The Palm Cabaret and Bar Puerto Vallarta for great prizes like gift certificates to some great restaurants, tickets to shows at The Palm, bottles of adult beverages, edible underwear, adult water pistols and more, to benefit PuRR Project.
Gypsy Rumba at The Palm Cabaret and Bar Bucerías
Juan Pablo Corona
The Palm Cabaret and Bar Bucerias, a new concert venue in the Riviera Nayarit that has the same soul and energy as The Palm Cabaret and Bar Puerto Vallarta, is kicking off its first season with the fresh and energetic sounds of Gypsy Rumba every Monday at 8:30 pm through March 27, 2017.
Spend a Day at the Puerto Vallarta SPCA Sanctuary
Ordinary people come to Vallarta to vacation. Extraordinary people come to Vallarta and volunteer! Spend a rewarding afternoon cuddling with the animals at Puerto Vallarta's SPCA. Our dogs and cats are awaiting 'forever homes,' and need your help to jump start their socialization.
Free Malecón Sculpture Walking Tours Every Tuesday
The Puerto Vallarta Malecón Sculpture Tours, created and conducted by Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson, have returned for the 11th season. These free walking tours take place every Tuesday at 9:30 am, starting at the Millennium sculpture next to the Hotel Rosita.
IFC Puerto Vallarta Home Tours Every Tuesday and Wednesday
Every Tuesday & Wednesday, the International Friendship Club provides one of the most popular tourist activities in all of Puerto Vallarta, their always special Home Tours. So put on your walking shoes, grab your camera, and get ready to enjoy a fun-filled day of discovery, while helping the less fortunate.
Talks about Mexico for Expats in Puerto Vallarta
You don't need to learn Spanish to connect with Mexico! If you are an English-speaking expat in Puerto Vallarta, come to Connect with Mexico and discover your adopted country anew. The next weekly conversation on Mexico will be held at ArtVallARTa on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
December Events Schedule for ExPats in Vallarta
ExPats in Vallarta, a totally social group with informal fellowship and assistance for Expat residents or visitors living, working or investing around Vallarta or considering it, has announced their schedule of events for December. Come see old friends and make some new ones!
Democrats Abroad Tuesday Film: 'Where to Invade Next'
As part of their Every Tuesday Night Film series, the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is proud to present 'Where to Invade Next.' This 2015 documentary by Michael Moore will be shown at The Jazz Foundation in downtown Puerto Vallarta on December 13 at 7 pm.
Amy & Friends Every Tuesday at The Palm Cabaret Bucerías
This week, Amy Armstrong began her regular Tuesday night show, 'Amy & Friends,' at The Palm Cabaret and Bar Bucerias. She was joined by Luis and Andrea of 'Bohemia Viva' fame, who entertained the audience with their amazing vocals, totally in sync harmonies, timing and stage presence.
Purr Project Offers Cat Lovers 'Superior' Vallarta Tours!
You've heard about the 175+ cats and kittens living happily at Puerto Vallarta's feline shelter. Now you can meet them! Purr Project is offering visits to the ranch in roomy, 10-passenger air-conditioned vans every other Wednesday. The next tour is set for December 14, 2016.
Wednesday Night BINGO for Puerto Vallarta Charities
The biggest and best Charity BINGO night in town is held every other Wednesday at 4 pm at Nacho Daddy Restaurant & Bar on Basilio Badillo. Come out and have some fun while supporting two very special Puerto Vallarta charities: Pasitos de Luz and the Colina Spay & Neuter Clinic.
2016-2017 Centro Historico ArtWalk Every Wednesday
Art lovers can explore numerous artistic offerings during the Puerto Vallarta Centro Historico ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of 8 downtown galleries with cocktail exhibitions that can be enjoyed every Wednesday evening from 6-10 pm from October 26, 2016 through May 31, 2017.
Vallarta Garden Club Meeting & Wine Reception at OPC
In a town that relies on tourism, the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club's mission of 'Beautifying Vallarta' makes all other endeavors here more successful. Join us at the Oficina de Proyectos Culturales for our December Membership Meeting & Wine Reception on the 15th from 5-7 pm.
Celebrate the Holidays as PVGMC Presents 'Hallelujah'
Make sure your December plans include the Puerto Vallarta Gay Men's Chorus's annual holiday musical celebration. This year's show, 'Hallelujah' will be presented on the Main Stage at Act II on December 15 & 16 at at 8:00 pm, and on December 17th at 4:00 and 8:00 pm.
Line Up of Tribute Shows at Luna Lounge Bucerías
With each new season, Luna Lounge continues to bring in first class, musical tribute shows. Their delicious dinners, satisfying drinks and extraordinary entertainment draw folks from all over the Puerto Vallarta area and have helped to put Bucerias on the map for evening fun.
South Side Shuffle Offers Fun and Friendly Shopping
Banderas News Team
Starting Friday, November 18, 2016, and every other Friday through April 21, 2017, Puerto Vallarta's Zona Romantica will come to life from 6 to 10 pm as locals and tourists alike head over to Basilio Badillo and Constitution streets to do the South Side Shuffle.
June Rosen Lopez Holiday Jewelry Party, Dec. 17 & 18
Whether you are looking for a unique Christmas gift, or an exceptional piece of jewelry for yourself, Galería June Rosen Lopez should be a must on your list of places to visit when shopping in Puerto Vallarta. Don't miss June's annual Holiday Jewelry Party and Sale on December 17 and 18.
Fourth Annual Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Party
The PV Garden Club is delighted to announce the 4th Annual Puerto Vallarta Garden Club party in celebration of their continued efforts to beautify our city. You won't want to miss this spectacular event, scheduled to be held at Oscar's Restaurant on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
Fourth Annual Southside Pub Crawl Set for February 7
The Cheeseheads' fourth annual 'Southside Pub Crawl' is set to take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. For those not familiar with this event, it is a friendly gathering of PV fanatics that spend an afternoon walking around the south side of Puerto Vallarta and visiting different 'pubs.'
'Married and Looking on Rocket Fuel' at Act II, February 7-9
Daniel R. Mininni
Act II Stages is absolutely thrilled to welcome the sensational Lorena Peril, and her sidekick/hubby, Ray Jon Narbaitz, back to Puerto Vallarta this season. From February 7-9, 2017, this Dynamic Duo will present their new show, 'Married and Looking on Rocket Fuel,' for 3 shows only.
US Softball Teams Compete in Vallarta College Challenge
Triple Crown Sports
The 10-team field of high-caliber D-I fastpitch programs that will make up the 2017 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge is set for two sessions in February. This preseason event will bring several of the most accomplished US college teams to Vallarta's Nancy Almaraz Stadium.
Vallarta Botanical Garden to Welcome Renowned Sculptor
Vallarta Botanical Gardens has invited sculptor Todd McGrain, renowned for his bronze abstracts commemorating some of the magnificent bird species of North America that have been driven to extinction, to participate in the March 2017 Vallarta Bird Festival - and perhaps install a sculpture.
ONGOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Vallarta-Nayarit Whale Watching Season Opens December 1
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico offers many ecological tours, but nothing compares to the thrill of whale watching on Banderas Bay. The 2016-2017 whale watching season officially opens December 1, giving everyone a chance to discover the wonderful world of whales while vacationing in Vallarta.
Art Exhibition Opens at Vallarta Botanical Garden
On Sunday, November 27, a crowd of visitors to the Vallarta Botanical Garden, including locals and tourists from all over the world, attended the inauguration of the final installation of the popular art exhibition, 'Aves y Sus Hábitats' (Birds and Their Habitats), which will be on display until the end of December.
Democrats Abroad Weekly Film Series at The Jazz Foundation
The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is launching its 7th Annual Film Series on November 22, 2016 in a new location. The Jazz Foundation in downtown Puerto Vallarta will host this fun and friendly event every Tuesday night at 7:00 pm through April 4, 2017.
New Historic Vallarta Tour for Wheelchair Travelers
Puerto Vallarta's accessible Malecón is now the site for historic walking tours for wheelchair travelers. This tour, offered by Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours, follows the flat Malecón along the shore of Banderas Bay, and is ideal for those with mobility limitations.
'Del Acstracto Ranchero al Naquismo Mágico' at OPC
'Del acstracto ranchero al naquismo mágico,' an art exhibit curated by Carmen Villoro, will open at Puerto Vallarta's Oficina de Proyectos Culturales (OPC) on Saturday, October 8 from 7-9 pm. This exhibition includes installation, painting, and graphic works by Mexican artist Gil Garea.
It's Sea Turtle Nesting Season in Puerto Vallarta
Created in 1981, the Puerto Vallarta sea turtle conservation program now draws thousands of tourists to the shores of Banderas Bay every summer for the annual turtle hatching season, which runs from late June to December, and offers turtle-loving travelers an educational vacation experience.
Salty Dog Voyages: Banderas Bay Luxury Yacht Cruises
If you want to explore the natural wonders of Puerto Vallarta's Banderas Bay, but don't want to take a typical 'Booze Cruise,' then Salty Dog Voyages are perfect for you! Climb aboard Salty Dog's 58-foot Azimut yacht for a truly luxurious day on the water that you will never forget.
Las Caletas: Family Fun in Puerto Vallarta
If you've never been to Mexico's beloved Puerto Vallarta before, you'll most likely have a hard time narrowing your must visit list down to a few attractions to fit your time there. Yet some attractions in Vallarta are better than others, especially for family travelers with kids in tow.
10 Fun & Free Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta
With a colorful blend of the old and the new, Puerto Vallarta offers an unrivaled combination of simple pleasures and sophisticated charms. As a world-class destination, you might think you have to be among the rich & famous to have a great time - but you'd be mistaken...
Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping Adds Two New Tours
Get ready for two new, fun-filled tours offered by Vallarta Bar Hopping, great for both tourists and locals. Paint the Town Red and Art Tour PV are easy ways to enjoy the best Puerto Vallarta has to offer whether you are on-your-own tourist, local or want to meet new friends.
Sunday Brunch at Si Señor Beach on Playa Los Muertos
Si Señor Beach Restaurant on Vallarta's famous Playa Los Muertos is serving a delicious Mexican-style brunch every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Once you have experienced brunch Si Señor style, this awesome weekend meal becomes less of a treat and more of a necessity.
Discovering El Nogalito's Enticing Attractions
Not much has changed since we first visited El Nogalito many years ago but, since then, this small community nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre approximately twenty minutes south of Puerto Vallarta has added some very enticing attractions.
Puerto Vallarta's La Isla Rio Cuale River Walk
La Isla Rio Cuale is a beautiful natural area that offers visitors entertaining, educational and cultural activities. This cool and refreshing oasis in the heart of downtown Vallarta is a great place to spend an afternoon - and it just keeps getting better!
Learn Vallarta Offers New Rural Organic Farm Walk
If you are wondering what it's like in the rural countryside away from busy Puerto Vallarta, take a day and enjoy the beauty and fresh mountain air of quiet El Tuito on Learn Vallarta's new Rural Organic Farm Walk. Walk through town, then the countryside, to visit a working farm.
Mysore Yoga Classes at Westin Puerto Vallarta
The Westin Resort and Spa Puerto Vallarta, in collaboration with internationally renowned yogi, Wayne Krassner, is offering 'Mysore' style yoga classes as part of the Westin Wellbeing Movement, a campaign designed to improve the welfare of its guests and associates.
ART VallARTa Creative Clay Cooking Classes & Workshops
Banderas News Team
This October, ART VallARTa will be reopening with weekly classes and events. And, since food is Art when prepared with heart and soul, owner Nathalie Herling will be conducting 'The Art of Creative Clay Cooking' classes and workshops in the studio's Mexican tile ART Kitchen.
Investours Mexico becomes Human Connections
The Mexico branch of the international non-profit called Investours is now a new, independent organization called Human Connections. This transpired on June 1. Elly Rohrer, former Director of Investours Mexico, closed the existing program and founded Human Connections in its place. Tours began October 1.
Puerto Vallarta Zoo: A Truly Unforgettable Experience
Located 35 minutes south of downtown Puerto Vallarta in beautiful Mismaloya, 'Zoologico de Vallarta' is built into the side of the Sierra Madre mountains, taking full advantage of the natural setting to create a lush, tropical experience for both zoo residents and visitors.
Ladies Outdoor Club Adventures (L.O.C.A.)
For Women Travellers in Puerto Vallarta
Ladies Outdoor Club Adventures P.V. (L.O.C.A.) is not only a great place to network and make new friends, but also a place to challenge your fears and push your limits while having the time of your life with like-minded women who have a passion for the outdoors.
Discover Puerto Vallarta's Own Garden of Eden
Hidden in the jungle about a half-hour drive south of Puerto Vallarta is an oasis of beauty reminiscent of Babylon's Hanging Gardens with a nod to Adam and Eve. Bring your hiking boots, your camera, your appetite, and your soul to explore Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
It's Always a Great Time to Visit Estero El Salado
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a natural sanctuary, where rivers, jungles, mountain and sea come together to provide a wide variety of eco-tourism options and an endless array of outdoor adventures. One example is Estero El Salado, an urban eco-reserve in the city's Hotel Zone.