The Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra is delighted to invite you to the first concert of their 14th season, Concierto Navideño 2018.

In addition to classical favorites, traditional, and popular Christmas music, the concert will feature the Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra by Cimarosa with soloists Klaus Liebetanz and D'Rachael. The program also includes Dance of the Tumblers (Rimsky-Korsakov), Villanesca (Granados), Capriccio Italien(Tchaikovsky), Berceuse and Finale from the Firebird Suite (Stravinsky), as well as a selection of popular and traditional Christmas music.

The first performance of this concert is on Sunday, December 16 at The American School of Puerto Vallarta, Albatros 129, Marina Vallarta; and the second on Monday, December 17 at Salon Paraiso, Paseo de los Cocoteros 67, Nuevo Vallarta. Both concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Admission is 200 pesos for adults and 80 pesos for children. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit, or IAMPuertoVallarta on Facebook.

Since its inception as a small ensemble the Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra has grown to be a full-sized orchestra, being the only community orchestra in the Bay Area. Directed by Daniel Oliveros, the PVCO houses local and international musicians with over 40 artists from +8 countries all joining their talent to produce the highest level of formal music in the whole region. The PVCO is part of a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and instruction of music at all levels, Instituto de Artes Musicales or IAM PV.

Source: Banderas News

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From December to March, it is the official whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta, a destination characterized by having natural resources to shelter more than two thousand cetaceans that cross the Pacific Ocean each year, from North California to Bahia de Banderas.

In a statement, the Puerto Vallarta Tourist Board informed that in the destination there are several service providers that offer this activity. Therefore, it said, it is important that when booking it, it is checked that the vessel has the federal permit from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat, for its acronym in Spanish).

In addition, it said, to make the trip much more pleasant, it should be accompanied by a biologist, who will explain the precautionary measures that should be considered when making the trip. The "marine giants", as they are also known, give a show with jumps and flutters, which can be observed just a few meters away from the boat or between 200 and 500 meters from the beach.

He added that Puerto Vallarta is one of the most complete sun and beach destinations in the Mexican Republic, having a wide variety of ecotourism activities, without neglecting its responsibility to the environment.

You can read more about whale watching in Vallarta HERE.

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Jorge Chávez, Chief Editor over at Vallarta Lifestyles, published an article detailing the history and importance of pilgrimages in Puerto Vallarta.

Considered as a tradition consecrated by religious people, pilgrimages are also a cultural event that brings together hundreds of people around the Virgin of Guadalupe. It is a very important custom for most Mexicans and in Puerto Vallarta it has been commemorated in a peculiar way since 97 years ago.

But, what are the pilgrimages in Puerto Vallarta? They are walks made by believers of the Virgin of Guadalupe who come to thank her for all the favors received. Despite the years, the mechanics remain practically the same: people congregate at the intersection of Juárez and 31 de Octubre streets and from there, they go to the parish in a procession accompanied by chants, praises, band music and/or mariachi. 

In addition, the pilgrimages have become a celebration of friendship between Vallartans and visitors, being a cultural attraction of Puerto Vallarta. As food is an essential part of any celebration, along Juárez street, as well as in the Plaza de Armas, you can find a variety of stalls offering typical food such as tamales, atole, elotes, enchiladas, pozole, tostadas, churros, sopes, gorditas and much more.

The peak of these celebrations is the night of December 11th, with the “Magna Peregrinación de los Hijos Ausentes y Desfavorecidos” (Great Pilgrimage of the Absent and Disadvantage Children), where attendees come with typical manta costumes. At midnight, already gathered in the parish, they sing a related song with her anniversary and a mass of thanksgiving is held.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles


The event is set to take place at The River Café on Wednesday, December 5th at 12:00 noon.

Every year in December, Puerto Vallarta Garden Club members look forward to celebrating the season at our annual holiday luncheon. This year's party, set to take place at The River Café on Wednesday, December 5th at 12:00 noon, promises to be a festive affair!

A delicious buffet will be served and holiday entertainment will be provided by the talented pianist, Jean-Guy Comeau, who many of you know as one of Puerto Vallarta's most accomplished musicians.

Jean-Guy has been performing in different venues in Puerto Vallarta, such as Los Mangos Cultural Center and Library, The Palm Cabaret, Boutique Theatre and Incanto, for several years. A member of the "Vallarta Vocalist Ensemble," he is also an accomplished singer who enjoys being part of the local cultural scene, making music with wonderful musicians and presenting interesting repertoire in the field of jazz, classical and Latin music.

Source: Banderas News



"Mi Amigo Sin Pelo" is  set to be held on December 16, 2018 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm at Los Arcos del Malecón.

Organized by the Asociación Femenil Vallartense (Vallarta Women's Association) to raise funds for children's cancer treatments, the event is in its 10th consecutive year and aims to raise public awareness; to unite and empathize with those who suffer from this disease. Translating literally to "My Friend Without Hair," the event features all kinds of family-friendly fun and games, including a zipline provided by the Puerto Vallarta Civil Protection and Fire Department, and the public is invited to actively participate by making contributions and/or by cutting their hair as a solidarity gesture.

All of the event's proceeds will benefit the Center for Children with Cancer (CANICA). Each year more than a thousand children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in Jalisco, and the center provides support for minors in Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, and other parts of the state.

The President of the Vallarta Women's Association, Evelia Basañez, said that they are currently providing financial support to 15 Puerto Vallarta families whose children are receiving treatment for cancer in Guadalajara. These families must travel to the capital city up to four or five times every month, and the money raised will be used to help solve transportation problems in getting these children to the treatment center.

Source: Banderas News