Sunday, March 1, is the date for 'Music Under the Stars', a musical event in benefit of IAMPV, ‘a non-profit, music education institute dedicated to enriching the lives of all of those in the Banderas Bay Area and Mexico.’

The March 1 event will feature all types of music, from Jazz and classical to traditional Mexican music, and even Rock/Pop. Some of IAMPV's students groups will be showcased, including the beginning orchestra, the string quartet, and the Salty Paw Jazz group. There will also be performances by a variety of professional musicians who are affiliated with IAMPV - a classical trio (Klaus Liebetanz, Jean-Guy Comeau and Mary MacLachlan), Patsy Meyer, "Tajin," and a Rock and Roll group playing music for dancing.

Celebrating all of the music of the Bay of Banderas, the 'Music Under the Stars' event will be held at the school's new home, The Gourmet Station, which they share with the University of Guadalajara culinary school. It is located at the N.E. corner of Libramiento and Francisco Villa and has plenty of parking.

Tickets, available at or at the door, are $600 Pesos and include a welcome drink plus pizza. There will also be a cash bar, a 50/50 draw, a silent auction of some local artists' works, and lots of great music for dancing! Come out and have some fun, take a tour of IAMPV's new school, and support music education for the children of Puerto Vallarta.

Event proceeds will help the Institute of Musical Arts finance the educational and musical projects that comprise it, like the Vallarta Symphony Orchestra, Flute Ensemble and the Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra, which is a student Big Band group that has been performing throughout the entire Banderas Bay area.

Source: Banderas Bay


The Music Festival is a cornerstone event that has contributed to San Pancho being recognized as “the Cultural Heart of Riviera Nayarit” for the last 10 years. The Festival is held in the Plaza del Sol, across from the church in San Pancho, Nayarit.

We have made a few changes this year that you may notice. In remembrance of our dear friend and fellow musician Dave Fisher, we have named the principal stage in the plaza the “Dave Fisher Stage.” To help us remember the Festival’s roots, we have named the original plaza stage the “Puerco’s Garden Stage.” We have a number of new groups performing this year, including Ahi Na’ Ma, Batala San Pancho, Bryan Spainhower, Trio Veracruzano, Trio Tres Aires, The Simon Lusby Band, Trem de Minas.

We work on a shoestring budget and depend greatly on the unpaid hours of our Festival committee and volunteers, but donations are the only way for us to cover operational expenses, such as an honorarium for every musician, sound and light equipment rental, design and promotion, security, cleanup, food and drinks for the musicians, etc.

Check out the full festival schedule HERE.

Source: San Pancho Music Festival




The ninth annual Riverfest will be held next Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1st at El Rio BBQ Bar.

It’s almost here… the ninth annual Riverfest! We would love to see you, our valued friends and supporters, at our biggest Puerto Vallarta fundraiser of the year, on Saturday February 29th and Sunday March 1st.

We will be back for our 9th year at El Rio BBQ Bar , with all proceeds going to help us continue giving kids with disabilities the best possible start in life. We have brought in 12 of Vallarta’s favourite musicians and bands over two days. We are sure this year’s music will be another highlight weekend! Doors open 11.30am to 7pm both days.

Entry is just a $100 peso donation at the gate on Saturday and Sunday

Click here for the event poster.

For full Riverfest details, including band times, just visit

Source: Press Release


Vallarta – Nayarit won several trophies at the 6th Travvy Awards, organized by travAlliancemedia.

Recently, Vallarta · Nayarit was recognized with six Travvy Awards, during the 6º edition of this ceremony, organized by travAlliancemedia, in charge of awarding —with gold and silver trophies— the best destinations, airlines, cruises, hotels, tour operators and travel agencies that provide an exceptional travel experience.

Unlike the awards created by traveling publications, where readers can vote for its favorites, in the Travvy Awards only the most well known travel agents of the US are able to vote, people with professional experience that can identify the elements that shape turistic excellence.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Puerto Vallarta is having the best cruise arrival season it’s seen in over a decade, January numbers report the highest amount cruise ships arrivals when compared to the same month in the past twelve years.

According to the numbers reported by the API (Port Administration), in January 2020 Puerto Vallarta saw twenty six ships dock, while 2019 reported twenty five, twenty two in 2018, seventeen in 2017, thirteen in 2016, 2015 and 2014, ten in 2013, fourteen in 2012, nineteen in 2011, twenty one in 2010 eighteen in 2009 and twenty nine in 2008.

However, 2020 still reported the highest number of visitors, with 114,841 passengers arriving through cruise ships.

This confirms that international cruise ship tourism is still growing in the region.

Source: AZ Noticias (Spanish)