The Festival Gourmet International will celebrate its 25th edition from November 19-24, 2019, with over 30 international chefs participating.

A Puerto Vallarta tradition, the Festival features renowned international chefs who come to share their culinary secrets with local chefs, treating diners to unique menus created especially for the occasion; Theme Nights, made memorable by magnificent gourmet menus paired with excellent wines; Cooking Demonstrations by some of Vallarta's most recognized chefs; Gourmet Safaris - culinary expeditions to four different restaurants; and many other "tasty" events.

"The International Gourmet Festival makes Puerto Vallarta a benchmark in world cuisine," said Javier Aranda Pedrero, director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. "It brings attention to our excellent restaurants, many of them offering spectacular views of the Bay of Banderas and its beautiful beaches - an ideal setting for patrons to enjoy delicious gastronomic offerings while enjoying the most spectacular sunsets on the Mexican Pacific."

A lot has changed since the event's inception in 1995. Over the past few years, the Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival has expanded to include fine dining restaurants in the Riviera Nayarit and Tepic. In fact, 30 restaurants and hotels in the greater Banderas Bay area are participating in this 25th edition.

Source: Banderas News


The third edition of the Puerto Vallarta Marathon has been announced for April 2020, and is expected to gather three thousand athletes, according to Humberto Muñoz, the marathon’s General Director.

“This 2020 edition, our third, will take place on April 26, and will offer three distances; Marathon with 42km and 195m, Half Marathon with 21km and 97m, and a recreational race with 5km.”

The director noted they have high expectations for the marathon, with over three thousand athletes expected to race through the streets of Puerto Vallarta.

He also noted that the announcement is being made this far in advance because the participants of the marathon require time to schedule and train, which means around four months to get ready for the event.



Starting on October 25th and continuing through November 3rd, the dearly departed will rise from their graves and join the living in celebrating one of Mexico's most beloved traditions, El Día de Los Muertos.

From October 31st till November 3rd come and discover the multiple cultural and artistic activities that Puerto Vallarta has prepared for you to enjoy the traditional Day of the Dead Festival. Be a part of the excellent folkloric atmosphere, full of music, flavors and colors of the altars and offerings exhibitions throughout the downtown.


Some of the highlights of Puerto Vallarta's 2019 Day of the Dead Festival are: the colorful Day of the Dead altars and Catrina displays in various public places; free tours of a local cemetery with a guide who explains Día de Los Muertos and its traditions; and all kinds of music and dance performances, street parties, costume contests and family fun - everywhere you turn!

One of the most popular events on November 2 is the traditional ¡La Muerte está Viva! parade that departs from the cemetery on San Salvador street (a.k.a. Panteon de la 5 de Diciembre) at 5:00 pm; winds through downtown in a colorful procession of Catrines and Catrinas, floats and musicians; and ends at Lázaro Cárdenas Park, where La Catrina Mexicana, a Mexican Kermes, features live music and dancing, booths selling traditional Mexican food and more from 6:00-10:30 pm.

CLICK HERE for the full schedule of events.

Sources: Visit Puerto Vallarta & Banderas News


During this year’s Day of the Dead festivities, Riviera Nayarit recommends two micro destinations that stand out thanks to their colorful celebrations and customs: Sayulita and Bucerias.

Long live the dead! in Sayulita, a magical town: Sayulita witnessed the creation and consolidation of their ¡Viva los Muertos (Long Live the Dead!) festival, an event focused on spreading the different artistic expressions that come to love between October 31st and November 2nd.

During the celebrations, the streets are full of color and the scent marigold flowers fills the air. Some of the highlights are the Altar contest at the public square, the catrinas, the saw dust carpets, among others.

This festival will conclude at the main square with mariachi, folklore ballet, the altar contest and the bands Turquesa and Sonora Dinamita.

For more info, you can visit their official Facebook page.

Day of the Dead Festival in Bucerias: The celebration begins on November 1st, at 5:30 pm at Refugio del Mar hotel’s restaurant, Lupita’s. The children of Manos de Amor and The Migrant School will be participation in the event.

At 6:30pm begins the Skull Parade, starting at the corner of Benito Juárez and Lazaro Cárdenas, going through Lazaro Cardenas to the main square downtown.

The festivities continue at 7:15pm with live entertainment including the Mariachi Internacional, folklore ballet ‘Tradiciones,’ and singer Cheko Ruiz; closing with the altar and fireworks contests winners.

You can read more over at their Facebook page.

Source: NotiVallarta (Spanish)


The festival will take place on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 2019 within the framework of World Migratory Bird Day; this year the focus is on the environmental threat caused by plastic pollution.

The San Pancho Center and Observatory for the Study and Conservation of Birds invites the general public to the III San Pancho Migratory Birds Festival to be held Saturday October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 2019, in San Francisco, Banderas Bay, the “Cultural Capital” of the Riviera Nayarit. 

As it does every year, the event will include cultural activities, workshops, conferences, and bird watching tours in different spots and along different routes established by the festival organizers. All activities are free of charge.

Biologist Luis Morales-Vallín, managing director of the San Pancho Bird Observatory, said the event is being held during the celebration of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), which this year focuses on the environmental threat caused by plastic pollution. Its slogan this year is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.”

Source: Riviera Nayarit Blog