Puerto Vallarta Annual Events Calendar
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    Beef Dip gay week | Carnival | Club Atlantis Vallarta | Cowboy Championship | Duckaton Gay Center Benefit | Festival Gourmet
Gay Thanksgiving Latin Fever | Halloween | Mardi Gras | Olivia Lesbian Travel
Our Lady of Guadalupe festivities | Poetry at the Sea | Restaurant week | Vallarta Gay Pride | Vallarta Writers

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Calendar of Events
Contact Info
Community Groups
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Gay Beach
Gay Cruises Tours
Gay Links etc
Gyms - Spas
Lesbian Vallarta
Malecon downtown
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Puerto Vallarta beaches
Restaurant dining
Shopping & malls
Straight Nightlife
Tourist Info
Vallarta Climate
Vallarta Gay Pride
Vallarta Photos

puerto vallarta things to see and do on the malecon boardwalk
the seahorse statue, the main symbol of Puerto Vallarta Mexico


puerto vallarta beef dip Steve Buczek'sJanuary

January 6 - Day of the Kings or Dia de los Reyes
Celebrated in Mexico the Day of the Kings has become a traditional gift-giving day for children, in memory of the three wise men who tradition says followed the Star of Bethlehem and brought gifts to Christ in the manger. Ends the 12 days of Christmas. Some of the local Puerto Vallarta charities make a point of delivering thousands of toys to needy kids in town.

January 26, 2013 - 3rd Annual Gay Diversity Day at the Botanical Gardens **
Now an annual event for the Puerto Vallarta gay and lesbian (LGBT) community, one of the goals is to raise awareness, meet and enjoy our community, as well as fund raise for the gay-founded Vallarta Botanical Gardens. On Jan 26, 2013 there will be the 3rd annual Diversity Day at the Gardens from 11am-9pm. A day filled with fun! Includes the River Jamboree, Tea dance with DJ Jesus, workshops, speed dating, line dancing, the Vendor Mart, and their famous "Bonfire of the Vanities" - all starting at only $250 pesos person, which includes the entrance fee and a free cocktail. Diversity Day is a "mix-in" with the other Garden guests, but gay guys and gals are encouraged to wear green shirts to show solidarity and strong numbers.

January 24-31, 2016 - Annual Beef Dip Leather & Bear Week in Puerto Vallarta  **
Steve Buczek's annual Leather & Bear Week in Puerto Vallarta will be held from Jan 24-Jan 31, 2016. Entertainment venues and hosts for Beef Dip 2015 include the two host hotels: Torre de Oro (formerly The Abbey gay hotel) and the Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea, celebrations on several occasions at gay nightclub C.C. Slaughters featuring local DJ Marko as well as at Los Amigos gay bar. Activities also include cocktail, comedy, dance and pool festivities; the BeefDip booze cruise; pool and sunset dinner parties at Mantamar beach resort-restaurant; Bears on Line Canopy River zipline tours; and Wild Trek ATV off road adventures.

Every Saturday in January - Puerto Vallarta Race Cup Series
Each Saturday in January the Vallarta Yacht Club sponsors sailboat distance racing. Check their website for details, Mike Danielson is the event chairperson, Tel: 297-2222

January 29-February 1, 2015 - Puerto Vallarta 4th Annual International Charro Championship
The competition includes over 25 of the best Charro or horseman teams from all over Mexico demonstrating their roping and bull riding skills. This year 17 Escaramuzas, the women of the charro community, will also compete for prizes. Contact


vallarta girl 2011 celebration-activities in PV mexicoFebruary 5 - Constitution Day
Celebrations around the signing of the Mexican Constitution on February 5, 1917, the first such document in the world to set out social rights, it also guaranteed the supremacy of the State over the catholic church.

February 14 - Saint Valentine's Day

February 16-20, 2012 - Vallarta Girl 2012   **
After their first successful inaugural year in 2011, Vallarta Girl will be back in 2012 as many women and hip DJs return to Puerto Vallarta, one of Latin America's most popular gay vacation-resort destinations. From Thursday, Feb 16 through Monday, Feb 20, 2012, there will be events at the beaches, nightclubs, jungles, and rivers of Puerto Vallarta. Lesbian party-goers will enjoy 4 nights and 5 days of fun in the sun. Vallarta Girl events and attractions will include beach parties at El Dorado restaurant and Lido Beach Club, a jungle adventure in Nogalito with canopy zipline, nightlife parties at Hyde and other locales, the Cuale River horseback riding adventure, and final day brunch at famed Daiquiri Dick's. Photo at left: The Real L Word's Whitney, Rose, and DJ Lezlee with our NYC gurl plus VallartaGirl co-producers DJ Kimberly S. and Tanya at the El Dorado - picture thanks to Vallarta Girl and gogayPV

February 17, 2015 - Mardi Gras, once the Puerto Vallarta (Gay) Carnival Parade  8pm  **
Puerto Vallarta's annual Mardi Gras Parade will hit the streets on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 8pm. Festivities and the parade of floats of this city-sponsored event will start in front of the Municipal Stadium near the Sheraton Hotel and will travel south along the famed downtown malecon and then through Old Town to Olas Altas street. More than 20,000 spectators are expected. The first part of the parade up to the South Side is G-rated, with not even a suggestion of sexuality, but after crossing the Cuale River into the Romantic Zone supposedly all rules are off and anything goes. See photos from past Puerto Vallarta Gay Carnival festivities in February 2010 and 2012 and March 2011, when it was more organized and run by the gay and artistic communities before being largely taken over by the government, though this year promises to be grander and more diverse than 2014.

February 20-28 - Annual Flower & Garden show
The Botanical Gardens has it's annual Flower and Garden show Feb 20-28, 2015, for a full week of garden-related lectures, presentations and demonstrations. Break up the day with lunch at the Hacienda de Oro Restaurant as you enjoy the Garden's beauty and learn about local plants in their natural environment. Be sure to check the Vallarta Botanical Gardens calendar for updated information regarding this event.

February 24 - Flag Day/Dia de la Bandera
A national holiday celebrated annually in Mexico since its establishment in 1937 by President Lazaro Cardenas.

puerto vallarta gay community center charity fundraiser duckatonFebruary 25, 2015 - Duckaton - Vallarta GLBT Center fundraising event 7pm-11pm  **
The Duckaton 6, an annual fundraising benefit for the SETAC Puerto Vallarta Gay & Lesbian (GLBT) Center takes place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. The 6th Duckaton event will once again be held and hosted at the Boana Torre Malibu condo-hotel, located at 325 Amapas street, just up the hillside from the well-known Los Muertos gay beach. There will be a local DJ and also mariachi band for entertainment, food from some of the town's finest restaurants, an open bar, and of course SETAC's famous rubber duckies floating in the pool! Tickets on sale starting February 1, at the SETAC community center at 427 Constitucion street, Tel: 224-1974 or the Torre Malibu condos. Donation of 350 pesos in advance, 450 pesos at the door and 250 p. for locals.


March 1-15 - Annual Huichol Festival "Wixaritari Tatei Kie"
Annual festival at the Plaza Caracol on Blvd. Francisco Medina at Km 2.5. Experience the art, food, traditions, ritual dances, music and songs of the Wixarika de Tateikie indigenous culture native to the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. More than 50 artisits will be exhibiting their art. Traditional and local music shows start at 6pm. Free.  Daily, 10am-9pm

March 3-7, 2015 - Banderas Bay Regatta
The yearly Banderas Bay Regatta for five days every March is now in its 23rd season and provides a competitive opportunity for many classes of cruising ships and race boats. The Regatta is a non-profit event hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club. The pleasant climate and consistent winds in Banderas Bay in March provide for a near ideal sailing venue. Sponsors include Grupo Lloyd, O'Rourke & Associates, Opequimar, Paradise Village Marina, PV Sailing, the State of Nayarit and Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group.  Tel: 297-4963, Cell: 044-322-728-6684

gay puerto vallarta carnival - part of what I consider gay pride mexicoMarch 3-8 - Spring Fever Carnival 2011  **
The Puerto Vallarta Gay Pride and Carnival Parade this year will be part of the larger festivities and celebrations of the Spring Fever Carnival 2011. Spring Fever will include parties every night with international DJs, guest performers and lots of fun Club Papi dancers. Guests and entertainers at Puerto Vallarta nightclub Manana will include DJ Manny Lehman, DJ Dan De Leon, singer Pepper Mashay (“Dive in the Pool!”), the incredible Flava, and others to be announced. Go to these websites for further information regarding Puerto Vallarta Spring Fever Carnival and the Puerto Vallarta (Gay) Carnival. Sponsors include Abbey gay hotel, Alaska and Horizon Airlines, Casa Cupula gay guesthouse, nightclub Manana, Club papi, Latin boyz, Manhunt and Obsidian PV.

March 6-8, 2015 - Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference
Each year with a different theme. The tenth annual Puerto Vallarta Writer's Group conference weekend will be held in March 2015, once again at the Los Mangos public library and the theme this year is "Leaving our Mark - Awakening More than Memoir". Speakers to include James R. Callan, Sarah Cortez, Donna Dahl, Melissa Frost, Caleb Pirtle, Thomas Pulley, Carmen Rodriguez and Evelyn Bryn from White Bird Publications. It will feature an agenda spanning memoirs, song writing, social media, dialogue and consciousness in writing. The Writers Group has weekly meetings every Saturday, 10:30am-Noon in the Red Room of the Act II Theater, located at 300 Insurgentes, corner of Basilio Badillo street on the South Side.

March 21 - Birthday of Benito Juarez
National holiday celebrating Benito Juárez, born in Oaxaca in 1806, who was the first and only full-blooded indigenous national ever to serve as President, where he served 5 terms from 1858-1872. A great liberalizer, he was dedicated to democracy and equal rights for indigenous peoples.


April 16-18, 2012 - World Economic Forum of Latin America
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico hosted the 2012 World Economic Forum of Latin America from April 16-18, 2012. The forum attracted leaders from business, academia, civil society, government and the media from across Latin America to discuss the global and regional economies.

April 22-25, 2015 - Poetry at the Sea
The 5th annual Poem by the Sea organized by the Univ of Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta's Tourism Bureau include poets Krystyna Lenkowska (Poland), Coral Bracho (Mexico), Mara Lee (Sweden) and Patrick Quiller (France) as well as participant poets from Mexico, Uruguay, France, Spain, and Quebec. Prior years we've seen and heard from Zelene Bueno, Ana Belen Lopez, Carmen Villoro and others from Mexico, Colombian Juan Manuel Roca, American Ilan Stavans, Magnus William-Olsson from Sweden, Iraqi Jasim Mohamed and Annunziatia Rossi from Italy.  Poetry readings and recitals, film screenings, literary workshops and book presentations are planned.

Benoit and friend out carousing at a gay clubApril 25-28, 2013 - 7th National Folkloric Dance Festival
Held at various locations throughout the city of Puerto Vallarta and presenting dance companies from 8 or 9 different States, including the local Vallarta Azteca Folkloric Group, Mixcoatl from Aguascalientes, Tequexquicalli of Queretaro and Tezcatl Tlalli from Zacatecas.

April 28-May 1, 2011 - First Puerto Vallarta International Gay Film Festival  **
Discontinued. The Puerto Vallarta International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival mission: "To enrich, entertain and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience with a focus on Mexican filmmakers and Spanish language films." Monthly screening series with the feature documentary Make Up by Pavel Cortés on October 30th, 2010, poolside at Casa Cupula in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


May 1-28 - Cultural Festivals of May
The city-municipality of Puerto Vallarta, local businesses and artistic groups sponsor all types of performances throughout the town to showcase the talents of local and national artists. There are many concerts and dance performances in the Vallarta Theater, main downtown Los Arcos amphitheater, Los Mangos Library and at the Cuale Cultural Center, as well as art and photography exhibits, folkloric ballet and mariachi bands in Hidalgo Park and other locales and neighborhoods.

May 1 - May Day
Labor Day or International Workers' Day is a holiday duly celebrated by Mexican unions and its members in parades and gatherings nationwide.

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's triumph at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 against the French invasion. Cinco de Mayo has limited significance in Mexico, although it is a national holiday, but the date is observed in festive celebrations by many Mexican-Americans in the USA.

May 4, 2014 - 10th Annual Altruism Festival
Charity benefit put on at the CasaMagna Marriott Resort and Spa which includes culture, music and dance plus food presentations by over 35 Vallarta restaurants and eateries. All proceeds raised in this Puerto Vallarta charity festival are distributed among two dozen charities including: AGAPE, Amigos de la Cruz (APERCH), Between Friends of San Pancho, Casa Infantil Mojoneras, Botanical Gardens Vallarta, Childrens' football school Pumas Vallarta, DIVAC Disabled Vallartenses, Esperanza-Grupo for cancer survivors, Fundación Asistencial Down de PV, International Friendship Club IFC, Manos de Amor por Bahía, Nayarit library, Paraíso Felino, PEACE, Proyecto Pitillal busca un amigo, Puerto Vallarta food bank, Vallarta Los Mangos library, Rotary Club, DIF, Santa Barbara rehabilitation clinic, Senior Center CAIAM, the SPCA, Toys for Tots, and Women's Association of Vallarta. Up to 1,600 people have attended this special event. At least 40 local Puerto Vallarta businesses sponsor the Altruism Festival. (My note: Too bad none of these funds go to any gay outreach or AIDS-related organizations.)

May 10 - Mothers Day
Mexico is still at heart a matriarchal society, so mothers receive special attention starting at midnight on May 9 with the singing of Las Mañanitas.

May 15-31 - Annual Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week
Vallarta Lifestyles' Restaurant Week during which many of the Banderas Bay area's finer restaurants offer enticing special three-course menus at a fixed price each year from May 15-31, 2015. Participating Vallarta restaurants include: Amapas Sunset, Archie's Wok, Barcelona Tapas, Cafe des Artistes, Coco Tropical, Daiquiri Dick's, El Arrayan, Hacienda San Miguel, Kaiser Maximilian, La Estancia, La Leche, La Palapa, Le Kliff, Los Chilaquiles, Mezzogiorno, Si Senor, the River Cafe, Thierry's Prime, Trio, Vista Grill and Vitea. Endorsed by the Puerto Vallarta municipality, the PV tourism bureau (FIDETUR), and the local Hotel and Motel Association. Since 2004.

annual puerto vallarta pride 2013- 2015May 21-28, 2017 - Vallarta Gay Pride Celebrations & Parade  **
The town's 5th annual "Vallarta Pride" event will take place during the week of May 21-28, 2017. Visit my Gay Pride page for more info and photos from previous parades and festivities.

The festivities in 2015 had an auspicious beginning Friday evening with a cocktail kick-off at 9pm at the Taste restaurant located at the lovely Casa Cupula boutique hotel, and continue for 3 days celebrating local Gay, Lesbian and Transgender culture. The festive proceedings will include a mass commitment ceremony at Lido Beach Club on Saturday at 11:00am; a Vallarta Pride fashion show at the Blue Chairs Beach Club on Sat at 2pm; a Tea Dance "Heat" beach party at El Lido and the Blue Chairs starting Sat afternoon at 4pm; and to top the day off, starting around 8pm there will be Themed Night Parties at participating gay bars, lounges and nightclubs. Visit here for up-to-date and complete info about 2017 events, sponsors, news and picture galleries.

Saving the best for the last, there will be a fabulous Vallarta Pride Parade on Sunday at 4pm strutting and waving through various streets of the South Side, eventually ending up at the Lazaro Cardenas Park for Vallarta Pride Festival 2013 with more celebrations, dance and music.

The local Tourism Department at City Hall, led by Director Carlos Gerard and Sub-Director Enrique Tovar, aims to increase tourism to the town. The three day Pride/Orgullo event was created to celebrate the unique atmosphere and culture that has contributed to Puerto Vallarta's success as a international travel and gay tourist destination. One of the main organizers Bill Hevener said, "The event will not only increase tourism and celebrate diversity, but promote tolerance and unity to the many communities that make up Bahia de Banderas." Pride will once again coincide with the quite popular Restaurant Week going from May 15-31.

May 18-21, 2015 - International Meeting of Clowns
Vallarta will host the 2015 Meeting, organized by the Mexican Association of Clowns Without Borders. More than 300 clowns/payasos from various Mexican states will participate in the festival, with open competitions for individual performance skills, children clowns, juggling, clown makeup and balloon twisting. Lots of smiles and laughs anticipated!

May 31 - Puerto Vallarta Anniversary
City-wide festivities occur as the town commemorates its 97th anniversary as a municipality (1918) and its 47th being designated a city in 1968.


June 6, 2015 - Guadalajara Gay Pride Parade  **
Traditionally taking place on the first Saturday of June each year since 1996 in Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco and the second largest city in Mexico. Known as the "Marcha de la diversidad Guadalajara" or the Diversity March or Parade, 3pm-8pm. A number of Puerto Vallarta gay businesses and organizations participate. Several tens of thousands of people attend, watch and celebrate, and the week before the parade was noted for cultural events and the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Guadalajara. Gay life in the city has expanded enormously since the late 1980s.

charro mexico cowboy - photo by william clarkJuly

Six of the seven marine species of turtles come to the beaches of Mexico to lay their eggs, and the country has an advanced conservation and protection program. From July to December there are turtle release programs at some local hotels and with various local ecological groups.



September 16 - Independence Day
Commemorating the beginning of Mexico's war of independence from Spain (1810-1821), started by Father Miguel Hidalgo of Querétaro with his famous 'Grito de Dolores' of independence, and which eventually established the Republic of Mexico (the United Mexican States).


garbo bar and gay vacations in puerto vallarta mexicoOctober 2016-May 2017 - Art Walk  Puerto Vallarta Downtown
The ever-popular Old Town Art Walk this year has eight (8) participating Vallarta art galleries which host complimentary cocktail receptions and expositions on Wednesday nights from 6pm-10pm during the high season winter months starting October 26, 2016 and continuing until May 31, 2017. People wander from gallery to gallery in search of art, interesting conversation and the perfect glass of wine, certainly a good way to meet some local artists and hopefully make some new friends. Galleries participating this year are: Colectika, Galeria Nordsouth, Corsica Galeria de Arte I and II, Caballito del Mar, Pacifico Gallery, de Ollas and The Loft Galeria. Look for a map at your hotel or in participating galleries. Main info here for the handy Art Walk map.

October 25-November 1, 2015 - Gay Mexican Riviera Cruise - Atlantis Events **
The 2,400-passenger Norwegian Jewel sails from Los Angeles to the best of Mexico, first visiting Cabo San Lucas on Oct 27 for a full day, and then on to gay-friendly Puerto Vallarta with arrival on October 28 at 12 Noon until departure at 7pm. From here it's on to lovely Mazatlan for a full day on Oct 29, and then back at sea for two days to Los Angeles. Cruise includes performances by Kathy Griffin, Deborah Cox and top gay and lesbian talent from around the world, as well as DJs Abel, Wayne G, and Pagano hosting seven nights of parties and t-dances. Info for this Atlantis event.

October 31 - Halloween  **
Halloween or All-Hallows-Eve is widely celebrated in Puerto Vallarta: there's trick-or-treating by the kids earlier in the evening in their neighborhoods, and then the adults head out to the many of the local gay clubs and nightlife spots late at night where there are contests for the best costumes. So plan on dressing up!


November 1-2 - Day of the Dead
On November 1-2 each year the Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead (Nov 1, All Saints Day and Nov 2, Dia de los Muertos or All Souls Day) to remember those who have died and on this day return for a visit. Altars are constructed on which photos, flowers, food, sweets, and other mementos and offerings to the departed are placed. For interesting info and many great photos of the Vallarta Day of the Dead.

gay cruises Atlantis october 2011 in puerto vallartaNovember 1-8, 2015 - Club Atlantis Vallarta  **
This year there is one week of Club Atlantis fun in the sun, gay friendship and entertainment on the beautiful beaches of Nuevo Vallarta, some 30-40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. The event takes place at the recently renovated, all-inclusive 5-star Hard Rock Hotel resort which has room amenities, swimming pools and jacuzzis, a gorgeous stretch of beach, sauna/steam bath, six restaurants, piano bar, outdoor T-dances, sports facilities, nightly events and parties, and a gay-friendly staff. For more information about the Nov 1-8, 2015 events visit here.

November 1-8, 2014 - Olivia Travel - Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta  **
Lesbian women's week plus one day in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit just north of Puerto Vallarta at the beachfront, luxurious and recently renovated Hard Rock Hotel. Details about the all-inclusive 8 day-7 nights getaway by Olivia Travel on the Mexican Riviera coast. Accommodations, beverages, food and entertainment are included. Activities to include beach volleyball, tennis, basketball, miniature golf, bicycles, beach soccer, billiards and access to the Body Rock fitness center.

November 16-19, 2016 - International Sailfish and Marlin Tournament
The annual Vallarta Fishing Tournament is now in its 61st year, since 1956. Sponsors include the State of Jalisco, Mercury, Opequimar, O'Rourke, Tecate, and Zaragoza. In an effort to protect wildlife and help preserve fish species, only marlin over 100 kilograms, sailfish of more than 35 kilos, tuna over 30 kilos and mahi-mahi over 10 kilos will qualify. Sailfish teams may also participate in the mode of catch and release. Tel: 225-5467

festival gourmet celebrations at the puerto vallarta mexico Gala DinnerNovember 12-20, 2016 - Puerto Vallarta Festival Gourmet
The annual Vallarta Festival Gourmet (Festival Gastronomico) in November features the culinary talents of local chefs from Vallarta and the neighboring State of Nayarit, as well as guest chefs from internationally acclaimed restaurants and hotels. Highlights of the international Gourmet Festival include cooking classes, cheese seminars, chefs hell raising party, tequila madness night and the Gourmet brunch at Café des Artistes. Participating Puerto Vallarta restaurants have included Cafe des Artistes, Coco Tropical, Kaiser Maximilian, La Palapa, Le Kliff, Porto Bello, the River Cafe, Thierry's Prime Steakhouse, Tikul, Trio and some 15-18 or so other restaurants and PV hotels including Andrea at Hotel Velas Vallarta, El Patio at Dreams Villamagna, Gaviotas at Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center, La Casona at Villa Las Estancia, Las Casitas at CasaMagna Marriott, L'isola at Fiesta Americana Hotel, and Westin Resort & Spa. Since 1994.  Tel: 222-2247

November 18, 2014-April 8, 2015 - Home Tours/Botanical Garden & Zoo Tours, with the International Friendship Club
Take a tour through some of Puerto Vallarta's and Banderas Bay's most beautiful homes and villas, or enjoy a private tour of the Botanical Gardens and an escorted visit through the local Zoo with knowledgeable and friendly volunteers. Sponsored by the International Fellowship Club (IFC), the donation goes to various Vallarta charities. Meet at Sea Monkey restaurant located on Los Muertos beach at calle Aquilas Serdán. Home tours, Tues and Weds, 10:30am-2:30pm; Botanical Garden and Zoo tours, Thurs, 10am-3pm, only from Dec 5, 2013-Mar 13, 2014. Ticket sales at 450 pesos opens at 9am on tour day; advance reservations may be made at the IFC office or on-line. Try to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a camera. For further info call Tel: 222-5466 or visit the International Friendship Club Tours website for more details and registration.

November 20 - Revolution Day or Día de la Revolución
Anniversary of the start of the Mexican revolution lead by Francisco Madero on November 20, 1910 which overthrew the 34 year dictatorship by Porfirio Díaz Mori. The 10 year revolution-civil war eventually created the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) which ruled Mexico for 72 years.

November 20-23, 2011 - International Expo and Business LGBT, Puerto Vallarta   **
First International Gay and Lesbian Expo in Puerto Vallarta is taking place over several days from Nov 20-23 at the President Intercontinental Resort. The objectives are "to be a showcase and business platform for buyers and sellers who drive national and international products and services to the LGBT community." Among service providers are major airlines, cruise ships, hotels, restaurants, travel operators, travel agents and tourism boards. Further info at International Expo LGBT Puerto Vallarta. This is the first time Mexico has hosted such a Gay Expo and perhaps it should be noted there was no support or assistance from the Mexican federal or state agencies such as Sectur, the Secretary of Tourism. The
2nd International Expo LGBT was held in Cancun from September 6-9, 2012, and then again in Vallarta from June 12-14, 2014.

puerto vallarta club manana - during vallarta fever 2009 in mexico
November 27-30, 2015 - Thanksgiving week - Latin Fever 2015  **
The boyz are back in town! Will Gorges and Gilles Belanger, who brought Latin Fever to Vallarta for many years, started up again with their 5 day gay and lesbian PVR Music & Culture in 2013....and continue now into 2015. Scheduled events to date include: Nov 27 Sunset Party at the beachfront Blue Chairs Rooftop, 6pm; Nov 27 Welcome Party at famed Paco's Ranch, 10pm; Nov 28 Thanksgiving Party at Enter Nightclub, 10pm; Nov 29 at Almar Beach Club with DJ Manny Lehman, 9pm; Nov 30 Splash Party at Blue Chairs Rooftop, 4pm; Nov 30 the legendary White Party at Oscar's restaurant on the Cuale river Island, 9pm; and Dec 1 Adios PV Party at new CC Slaughters gay nightclub, 10pm. The official DJ lineup features: Manny Lehman (LA), Hector Fonseca (NYC), Isaac Escalante (MEX) and Kidd Madonny. Check out up-to-date information and tickets on Will Gorges presents Latin Fever 2014.

November to April, each year - Walking Art Tour of the Puerto Vallarta Malecon
Galeria Pacifico sponsors a Public Sculpture Walking Tour that starts at 9:30am every Tuesday at the Millennium sculpture near the Hotel Rosita at the north end of the PV Malecon. You might be able to meet some of the sculptors of the statues and hear them speak about their work along the mile long malecon. Galeria Pacifico owner Gary Thompson acts as your guide and talks about the present local art scene. The Walking Art Tour every Tuesday, 9:30am-11:30am, Nov 15 to April 10. Free, no reservation. For further information call the Puerto Vallarta Pacifico Gallery, Tel: 222-1982


December 1-12, each year - Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Festivities and processions involving tens of thousands of Puerto Vallarta inhabitants and visitors, who each year pay homage to commemorate the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to the peasant Juan Diego on December 12, 1531. According to tradition, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak of Juan Diego, and to this day it is on display in Mexico City at the Basilica of Guadalupe which was constructed at the site of the appearance. Here in town, hundreds of local PV businesses and their employees have processions from their place of employment through the streets of Vallarta during the celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe (see photos and read more info) and end up at the local downtown church, often referred to as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

December 5-10, 2016 - Puerto Vallarta Pro Am Golf Championship
The annual Golf Cup on the Vista Vallarta Golf course. Presented by the Fideicomiso of Puerto Vallarta. The Cup featured play on the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course. The Pro Am is open to both male and female participants, professional and amateur.

December 20-31, 2014 - International Fireworks Festival
Vallarta will host a new annual event starting in Dec 2014: the International Fireworks Festival, with participants from 4 different countries: Italy, USA, Canada and Spain, and five Mexican states: Jalisco, Puebla, Zacatecas, Sonora and Mexico State. The 11 day/evening event will include a variety of cultural activities including dance, music and art exhibitions. Fireworks will be set off from three different spots: Los Muertos Pier, the downtown Malecon and the Peninsula Plaza area, and will last approximately twenty minutes each. Supported by the Jalisco Ministry of Tourism, the National Council for Culture and the Arts, and Puerto Vallarta's municipal government and the Hoteliers Association.

December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017 - New Years week, Gay Celebrations  **
Will Gorges and Gilles Belanger, who brought the annual Latin Fever to town for many years, are also organizing festivities again for New Years in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. So check out here for further info on their gay NYE PVR 2016-2017 activities.

latin fever 2014 nov 27-30
Gay festivities - Latin Fever by Will Gorges (formerly known as PVR Music & Culture)
November 27-30, 2014

image thanks to cuates y cuetes
November 20 Revolution Day or Día de la Revolución celebrations
at Cuates y Cuetes bar on Los Muertos beach

PV botanical gardens - photo thanks to chuey reyes
January 26, 2013 - 2nd Annual gay Diversity Day
at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Photo from the 1st International Gay (GLBT) Business in Puerto Vallarta
in November 2011


"To the dead, internment, and to the living, enjoyment."  - Mexican proverb

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