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The 6th Annual Art Auction presented by the American School of Puerto Vallarta is taking place on Thursday, February 21 at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita.

Save the date! The 6th Annual Art Auction presented by the American School of Puerto Vallarta is taking place on Thursday, February 21 at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, this annual auction is one of the most anticipated art events of the year and will showcase art created by regional, local, and American School student artists. What could be better than Art with a Cause? All proceeds benefit the American School of Puerto Vallarta Arts Center, the Fundación Punta de Mita, and Peace Punta de Mita.

Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket today!

  • Cocktails, Appetizers and Silent Auction: 5:30 pm
  • Live Art Auction: 7:00 pm

Tickets are available at the American School of Puerto Vallarta.

Source: livepuntamita.com

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With Mardi Gras just a few months away, Puerto Vallarta is gearing up for a special edition of its annual parade. This year's three-kilometer-long carnival parade will begin at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5th in the hotel zone and proceed on the world-famous Malecón to Los Muertos Pier.

Observers should be prepared to catch some beads and revel along with incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, street performers and dancers, all part of the family-friendly festivities branded as CarnavalPV. The friendly tenor of Puerto Vallarta and its yearly carnival is brought to the forefront by the diverse merrymaking crowd that is drawn and welcomed by the event: "gay, straight, light, dark, male, female, old, and young, all for a collective purpose, to get as many beaded necklaces as possible. Don't miss the fun," said CarnavalPV organizers, Gary Green and Tim Longpré, in a press release.

Businesses, organizations, schools and individuals can sign up and register their floats and troupes through email at info(at)carnavalpv.com or join the conversation at the festival's Facebook page. $10,000 pesos will be awarded to the most creative entry. Incanto, Andales on the Bay, and Reinas Bar captured the top creative honors in 2018.

Organizers said last year's event brought over 30,000 cheering residents and tourists from all walks of life together on the city streets to be wowed by floats and parade participants celebrating the diversity of the city. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is best known in New Orleans but celebrated in many cities around the world. Fat Tuesday refers to the day when many people eat fattening foods and stock up before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

Source: Banderas News

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Every Saturday of February the stage in the main plaza of Riviera Nayarit’s heart will display different cultural and artistic demonstrations for the delight of everyone assisting.

Dr. Alejandro Rafael Chávez Bustos, President of the Compostela Municipality Hotel Association, noted 2019 marks the festival’s fourteenth edition, inviting the general public to come and enjoy for free the different shows and presentations that have been prepared, he explained the event is organized by the association he presides with the support of the state’s government through the Tourism Promotion Trust of Nayarit, which helps boost the tourism in the region.

The Guayabitos Artistic and Cultural Festival began this past Saturday, February 2nd, with the performances of guitarist Silverio Jimenez and his group Los Hijos del Ahuizote, plus the Mariachi Joya de Mexico, and for next Saturday, February 9, activities will start with ComposRock y once again Los Hermanos Aguascalientes and their International Violins, who have proven their interpretative capabilities on our stage before.

For February 16 we’ll welcome Mexican folklore in our Festival with the TinToc Ballet plus the Falsa Orquesta Cubana will get people dancing and to close out the event on February 23 we’ll have Grupo Arcano, the siblings from the city of Tepic, Nayarit will perform their modern take on violin music with a special set they’ve prepared for the occasion.

Source: Hoteles de Guayabitos (Spanish)

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Puerto Vallarta’s terminal is scheduled to receive 170 international cruise ships this year, up from the 138 ships that arrived at our shores in 2018.

The average expenditure from international cruise ship tourism arriving in Puerto Vallarta recently grew from $98 to $120 per tourist during their stay between 8 and 12 hours in the city.

A recent poll by the API (Integral Port Administration) revealed that tourists increased their expenditure. According to the API Vallarta, out of the big cruise ships 85% to 90% passengers disembark, and once on land they spend in tourist services, shops, transport and crafts, among many others.

This means disembarking passengers have started spending more money in the city, which increases the economic potential of businesses, shops and other services offered in the Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit region.

The businesses seeing the biggest benefit are those focused on tours, whether it’s on local ships touring the beaches of the area or terrestrial vehicles visiting natural sanctuaries and the mountain range, also taxi services and even public transportation once visitors go downtown.

Source: Vallarta Opina (Spanish)

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The Vallarta Book Fair is now underway at the Plaza de Armas in Puerto Vallarta, this event will bring together more than 40 editorials presenting their most recent releases and with honor guest, writer and poet, Javier Sicilia in a literary evening.

Tourism goes hand in hand with art, culture and sports. Puerto Vallarta is an open museum where you can breathe art and culture while you stroll through the Malecon, plaza de armas, Hidalgo park, Lazaro Cardenas square and other zones in the city, said mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña, when he opened the fourth edition of the Vallarta Book Fair 2019 this past Thursday.

With his spouse by his side, Candelaria Tovar de Dávalos (DIF President); Marina de los Santos Álvarez, Director of the Vallarta Culture Institute (IVC); Osvaldo Juárez Ortega, president of Mecenas del Libro, A.C. Foundation and the current president of the Culture Commission, Luis Alberto Michel Rodríguez, the mayor reiterated these kinds of events must be supported and strengthened.

The fourth edition of this event is the result of the Mecenas del Libro A.C. Foundation and the IVC, whose president, Marina de los Santos, explained for 11 days more than 40 editorials presenting their most recent releases and thanked them for their trust in the project.

De los Santos noted the presence of writer and poet, Aguascalientes National Poetry Prize 2009, Javier Sicilia, who will head a literary evening next Tuesday, January 29 and 6:00 pm local time, and also pointed out the fair has wide Schedule of activities and is expecting to draw over 30 thousand people.

Source: Diario de Vallarta & Nayarit (Spanish)

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