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Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

Team Angels - PVAngels
April 25, 2016

Following is just an overview of all the events and festivities happening this week in Vallarta-Nayarit.

Mezcal Week in Riviera Nayarit - Monday through Wednesday

Thirteen restaurants around Banderas Bay in Riviera Nayarit would like to introduce you to this antique and traditional Mexican beverage by launching the “Semana del Mezcal” (Mezcal Week) from April 15th to 27th.
Each day a different restaurant offers a 3 course menu including a Mezcal matching every course.

Laser Masters Radial Championship - Monday through Saturday

Now in its sixteenth year, the Laser World Championship is set to take place for the second place in Mexican waters, hosted this year by the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit.

The world championship is divided into four stages: the Laser Radial Women’s World Championship took place from April 12-20, with the Laser Masters World Championship – Radial taking place from the 22nd to the 30th. The Laser Standard Men’s World Championship runs from May 10-18 and the Laser Masters World Championship – Standard will close out the event from May 20-28.

This competition is the most important event in the Vallarta-Nayarit FMV CUP 2016: besides winning the title of best in the world, the participants are also looking to win tickets to the 2016 Olympic Games that will be celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Festival of Patron Saint La Cruz - Monday through Sunday

The annual Festival of the Patron Saint of La Cruz will commence Sunday evening April 24, 2016 with the Opening Celebration Parade. The parade begins at 6:30 and winds through the village, ending at the plaza around 7:00 pm.

The celebration/fiesta lasts 10 days, from the 24th of April to the 3rd of May, which is on the calendar as the "Dia de la Santa Cruz."

The carnival in the village square is also full of delightful rides for the children ...and as Saturday, April 30th is the "Dia del Nino " that would be a good day to see the smiling faces of the children of La Cruz.

On the 3rd of May, Santa Cruz Day, there is a morning pilgrimage of the fishermen along the marina to the church for a special blessing at the 12:00 mass. Watch for the decorations and use of the colours of pink, purple and blue.....but we are not sure on their origin????

On Sunday, May 1st, the big event is the crowning of the Queen of La Cruz in the evening starting at 9:00 pm....do not miss this one!!! She will be chosen from among 5 beautiful contestants and will reign over La Cruz for the next year.

Ceviche & Aguachile Market at the Pier - Tuesday

Every Tuesday there is a Ceviche and Aguachile Market taking place on Francisca Rodriguez, the walk-street leading to the Los Muertos Pier in Old Town Puerto Vallarta.

Come and enjoy a variety of ceviche and aguachiles prepared by neighbors, merchants and restaurateurs of the region in this culinary and cultural weekly event.

Enjoy an amazing variety of culinary delights such as coconut shrimp ceviche and return each Tuesday throughout the season between 12:00 and 4:00 pm to sample all the delicious selections while being entertained by live music.

Downtown Vallarta Art Walk - Wednesday

Puerto Vallarta has established itself as a vibrant center of art creation, exhibition and promotion. An important contribution to the city´s art scene is Puerto Vallarta´s ArtWalk which this year will be held every Wednesday, 6:00 - 10:00 pm through May 25, 2016.

The participating galleries in Centro Historico offer works by important national and international artists. Remarkable paintings, exceptional sculptures, fine ceramics, blown glass and other types of noteworthly art are offered.

Karaoke Party at The Encore - Thursday

Join us every Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the Encore Bar and Lounge where we will be welcoming locals and visitors.

This is the biggest party of the summer in Puerto Vallarta with the Karaoke beginning at 7:00.

Spend your Thursdays of the summer months in air conditioned comfort at the Encore with Carol Smith, Alfonso Lopez and guest hosts each week and watch your friends sing a song as you cheer them on.

Bugambilia Festival - Thursday through Sunday

The annual Bugambilia Festival (Bougainvillea) includes four days of 100% free family fun from April 28 - May 1 in the heart of Puerto Vallarta with artistic, cultural, ecological and musical events.

Enjoy the maritime parade contest, theater plays, dancing, musical bands, interesting workshops, artisan pavilion by ethnic group: Huichol from Jalisco performing live as well as different artists, culinary expo and sale, parade along the boardwalk featuring “Charros” show and more.

In this fourth edition of the Bugambilia Festival, exhibitions and activities will take place around the Town Square by the Malecon beginning at 10:30 am and continuing until 11:00 pm.

Fishing Tournament for Kids - Saturday

The Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to welcome the 2nd Annual Riviera Nayarit Children’s Fishing Tournament on Saturday April 30, 2016, with the full support of the Banderas Bay Fishing Club.

Approximately 800 kids will be welcomed from 8:00 am through 11 am — a big jump from the 600 welcomed last year—to take advantage of this free friendly competition, which encourages sport fishing and environmental awareness in a family atmosphere.

The kids will fish off the pier, with the only requirement being that each one be accompanied by an adult. All children will receive a free commemorative t-shirt, a ball, a bag of candy, food and beverage.

Wake-Up Radio Show in English - Saturday

The Saturday morning Wake Up Show hosted by Michael Nolen broadcast from the University of Guadalajara at Puerto Vallarta, set your radio dial to 104.3 fm every Saturday morning from 9:00 until 10:00 am. You can also tune in online.

This show is all in English and is a non-profit show paid for by the University.

The broadcast includes information about everything going on at the PV University of Guadalajara and how you, the English-speaking community, can become involved.

Shore Fishing Tournament for Kids in San Blas - Sunday

The 2nd Annual Children’s Shore Fishing Tournament will take place on the Las Islitas beach in San Blas. This is a free event and is organized by the Tepic Surf Fishing Club.

This event takes place on Sunday, May 1st, 2016, and there will be only one category for children from 4 through 14 years of age. The fishermen will use rod, reel and bait.

Prizes have already been secured for the top four entries, but as more sponsors become available that could extend to the top seven. Winners will be defined by the weight of their catches.

Beers, Boys & Burgers Pool Party - Sunday

Want to see hot guys in swimwear every Sunday? And top off that view with unlimited juicy burgers and cold beer? Then our Beers, Boys & Burgers event at Hotel Mercurio is your perfect Sunday Funday!

Every Sunday, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the pool at the Hotel Mercurio is the hottest scene in the city for hot guys in their sexiest swimwear making it a favorite hangout for both residents and visitors.

Farmers Markets in Vallarta-Nayarit - Every day of the week

There's a lot more going on in Vallarta-Nayarit this week, so check out our Events Calendar.

Another way to spend some very worthwhile time in Vallarta-Nayarit is to volunteer at one of the Banderas Bay non-profits that will welcome you with open arms. It will make you feel good too! You will see the tabs above for all the categories.

  Learn more about Vallarta Yacht Club

  Learn more about Amigos de La Cruz

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