Vallarta Celtfest will be held on March 10th from 4 to 10 pm at Parque Lazaro Cardenas in Old Town. Vallarta Celtfest is a collaboration between Murphy’s Irish Pub and the Jay Sadler Project, combining great entertainment with a great charity to raise money for the many worthy JSP projects all around the Bay of Banderas.  

The mission of Vallarta Celtfest is to promote awareness and appreciation for Celtic Heritage, and to offer a grand event for both the tourists and locals of Vallarta.  Vallarta Celtfest is a celebration of Celtic traditional music, dance, food & beverage, and culture.

This is the 3rd year in a row for this event and is run by Jon Murphy, of Murphy’s Irish Pub.  During the previous two years Vallarta Celtfest the event was held on the Malecon in front of Murphy’s Irish Pub, but due to popular demand, the decision was made to move the venue to Lazaro Cardenas Park where larger crowds could be accommodated.   

Live entertainment line-up will be top notch this year including: The Guadalajara Trio (Irish Dancer with Fiddle and Uillean Pipes), La Trez Cuartoz , Dave Whitty from St. Johns Newfoundland, and Elk Run & Riot from Albert Canada. Additional sponsors for this event include: El Terrible Brewing, Los Muertos Brewing, and Los Mercados.

Also, on Wednesday, March 13th Murphy’s Irish Pub will be hosting a Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day for charity (Jay Sadler Project) event.  Traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, or Guinness Beef Stew will be served for the cost of $250 pesos.  Includes 1 premium drink (Guinness, Craft Beer, Wine, Bailey’s, Jameson, or Irish Coffee). 2 seating’s available: Noon to 3pm and 5pm to 8pm. Reservations encouraged (322 113 0373). Live music performed by Dave Whitty from St. Johns, Newfoundland.


On Sunday, March 10th at 8:00 pm some of Puerto Vallarta's finest men will take the Teatro Vallarta stage to compete in 'What A Drag!' - PV's 5th annual drag competition for straight men - to raise money and awareness for victims of domestic violence.

What started out in 2015 as a fun way to raise money and awareness for victims of domestic violence in the Banderas Bay area has become the hottest ticket in town - and one of the most anticipated yearly events in Puerto Vallarta. And if you've ever attended, you know why. Every year a few brave men trade in their boots for high heels and get up on stage (in drag) to brazenly entertain the audience with their hilarious antics - all to raise money for the Banderas Bay Women's Shelter.

Each contestant has a Fairy Drag Mother to help them with costuming, makeup and talent, and 'Miss What a Drag' is selected by the audience. Watching these brave straight men bravely and brazenly vie for the 'Miss What A Drag' crown in a competition that includes talent - from hilarious skits to singing, dancing and lip-synching - to evening wear and racy Q & A rounds, is an experience you won't soon forget.

To date, 'What A Drag!' has sold-out every year, and has raised over $2.4 million pesos to support the shelter, which offers women and children who are victims of domestic violence with an immediate, temporary and safe living environment. This year, event organizers have set the goal at $1,000,000 pesos, and you can help them reach it by becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets, or both!

Teatro Vallarta is located in El Centro at Uruguay 184, just south of Ley's grocery store on the main street as you enter downtown. For more information, visit the What a Drag Vallarta Facebook event page.

Source: Banderas News


In mid-february Solidaridad Ed Thomas AC (SETAC) presented the campaign "Let's talk about PrEP," which aims to educate the general population and promote awareness of the medical treatment that helps to prevent the transmission of HIV among the most vulnerable groups.

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a medical treatment that helps to prevent the acquisition of HIV, focused on the populations most exposed to the virus, as part of a combined prevention strategy, along with the use of condoms, medical monitoring, and periodic tests.

Prof. Francisco Javier Arjona, Director of SETAC, welcomed personalities from the health sector, local government, educational centers, and civil society. Among them were the ImPrEP teams from Brazil and Mexico City, led by Dr. Brenda Hoagland and Dr. Galileo Vargas respectively. (The "ImPrEP" project is an initiative funded by UNITAID of the United Nations.)

Prof. Arjona spoke of the challenges that arise when implementing a program of this type in a city like Puerto Vallarta because of the high mobility (both national and foreign people) the city has. Currently, the protocol has 83 PrEP users, and it's planned to reach approximately 300 users by the end of this year, of which 80% are Mexican users.

At the actual launch of the campaign, Prof. Arjona showed videos, posters, and graphics to promote PrEP to the general public. These materials can be accessed through webpage.

Source: Banderas News


Riviera Nayarit has earned one of the most prestigious international awards in the world: the Travvy 2019/Silver in the category of “Best Honeymoon Destination.”

The Travvy Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the travel industry, which is why receiving one of these statues and attend the awards ceremony organized by travAlliancemedia is considered a top honor.

This year close to 280 awards were presented during a gala held at Gotham Hall in New York City honoring the top travel companies that offer premier experiences within the 139 categories including destinations, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, and tour operators.

What makes the #Travvys2019 stand out from other industry awards is the winners are chosen by travel agents who work with and have direct knowledge of each of the nominated categories, companies, and organizations.

The Riviera Nayarit attracted the attention of travel agents thanks to an idyllic scenery perfect for destination weddings, honeymoons or wedding anniversaries—a matchless setting of luxury and nature.

Source: Riviera Nayarit Blog


The Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra will hold the last two concerts of the 2018/2019 season on on Sunday, March 3, at 7 pm at the American School of Puerto Vallarta (in between Plaza Marina and the Airport), and Monday, March 4, at 7 pm at Salon Paraiso in Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta.

The Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra (PVCO) is delighted to invite you to the last two concerts of the 2018/2019 season. In addition to some works of the baroque and early classical periods, the concert will feature the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E-minor by Vivaldi with Emmy-award winning soloist Don Moline.

Other works to be performed are Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Figaro's Wedding by Mozart, Concert for Strings in G Major by Vivaldi, Excerpts of Water Music by Handel and Excerpts from Sheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov.

The PVCO is part of a non-profit organization, Instituto de Artes Musicales, or IAMPV. IAMPV is an educational music institute whose mission is to bring the joy of music to the children and young adults of the greater Puerto Vallarta area. This is accomplished through a comprehensive program with many levels of instruction and different musical disciplines. Musical instruments are provided to beginning students.

Concerts will be on Sunday, March 3, at 7 pm at the American School of Puerto Vallarta (in between Plaza Marina and the Airport), and Monday, March 4, at 7 pm at Salon Paraiso in Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta. The price of admission is 200 pesos for adults, and 80 pesos for children.

Source: Banderas news

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