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November 2018 Events Not to Miss in Vallarta-Nayarit

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Marc Murphy - Riviera Nayarit CVB
November 1, 2018



November is one of the busiest months of the year with a calendar filled with cultural, culinary, and sports activities, plus social activities and dash of Mexican tradition. It’s the start of the best season to be in the Riviera Nayarit.

The Riviera Nayarit and event organizers are announcing 12 events this month that will not only attract thousands of visitors but will also generate an important revenue for the area.

Keep reading for a taste of what Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has to offer visitors, residents, and locals:

Day of the Dead (November 1-2)
Although this isn’t one of the most deep-rooted celebrations in the region, nonetheless the local cemeteries are brimming with floral arrangements in memory of the dearly departed. Every year the Magical Town of Sayulita celebrates the ¡Vivan los Muertos! Festival with a varied program that includes an altar exhibit, pilgrimates, and a nighttime procession to the cemetery. Click for more info.

Vidanta Wellness Retreat (November 1-4)
This new and unique project focused on health and wellness features special guest Deepak Chopra, who is known around the world for pioneering holistic medicine and personal transformation. The event includes a series of conferences, workshops, and activities open to members as well as the general public. Visit the page.

13th Punta Raza Shore Fishing Tournament (November 3-4)
Fishing aficionados have a pending appointment at the Punta Raza Beach Club—El Monteón’s window to the sea—to participate in this family tournament that welcomes professional and fishing enthusiasts from the region. Among the unique characteristics of this tournament: they award a symbolic award to the largest catch in the different categories. More details here.

1st Riviera Nayarit Jazz Festival (November 16)
Come enjoy the Riviera Nayarit Jazz Festival with Argentine singer Karen Souza and new material from Velvet Vault, produced by her in collaboration with Japanese musician Toku. The event will be held at Palmeiras Jardín de Eventos in Nuevo Vallarta. Tickets are available at Galerías Vallarta, Súper Colchones Plaza Marina and Plaza Lago Real, and Notaría Careaga in Paradise Village (from Monday through Friday). Tickets include open international bar and hors d’oeuvres. Watch the video.

San Blas Motomanía (November 23 – 25)
This is one of the destination’s anchor events and includes the participation of over three thousand bikers from 15 states in Mexico. The town is bursting at the seams during these few days and the parade of bikes down the port’s main streets is a sort of kick-off for high season. It all takes place at the esplanade of the iconic port of San Blas: contests, live music, and exhibits. For more information.

XXIV International Gourmet Festival (November 23 – December 2)
For 24 years, this festival has put Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and Tepic at the top of the international culinary world. Top international chefs bring new ideas to the table and over 30 restaurants and hotels participate as well, transforming these destinations into the consummate culinary, entertainment, cultural, and tourism showcase. For more information.

10th Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon (November 24)
This is an open invitation to all runners and their families to participate in the 10th Riviera Nayarit 21K and 10K. This race is endorsed by the Mexican Federation of Athletic Associations and authorized by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). The race’s excellent organization and the local natural landscapes are just two of the elements that continue to position this event among the top of its kind in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. For more information.

Culinary Fest by France Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit (November 27-30)
This is unprecedented event will feature the culinary genius of Guillaume Morancé, Maître Cuisinier de France and Executive Chef at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit; Raúl Hernández, Executive Chef for Piaf restaurant; and special guest Steve Benjamin, disciple and protégé of Michelin-star chef Joël Robuchon, Executive Chef for Las Vegas’ L’Atelier restaurant; winner of Food Network’s Chopped!; and Executive Chef at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. For more details.

3rd Wixarika Nayarit Cultural and Commercial Expo (November 29 – December 2)
For the third year in a row, the Magical Town of Sayulita will host this event that includes the participation of 25 Wixaritari groups offering their extraordinary cultural riches in demonstrative workshops showcasing embroidery, beadwork, painting, etc. as well as the Indigenous Paradise and Culinary Pavilion. The latter includes a variety of traditional Nayarit food. Of note is the Traditional Medicine Pavilion with the participation of traditional medicine doctors. More information.

Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic 2018 (November 29 – December 02)
Every year this event, organized by The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resorts, welcomes renowned wine experts, tequila masters, chefs, and visitors to be a part of a three-day gourmet tour de force that includes a series of wine and tequila tastings, parties, gourmet meals and cooking classes, along with a two-day golf tournament on the famous Pacífico and Bahía courses, both designed by Jack-Nicklaus. Visit their page.

Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic (TBD)
The Punta de Mita Foundation extends an invitation to its fund-raising events for the local community, including the well-known Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic at the Punta Mita Golf Course. The play format is the Foursome A-GoGo. The tournament benefits Peace Punta de Mita, the Punta de Mita Foundation, and the Community Project, which will become a cultural and personal enrichment center for the northern area of Bahía de Banderas. Click here.

Flavors of Punta Mita (TBD)
The winter season has arrived and with it, Punta Mita’s most delicious flavors in an event that brings together some of the area’s favorite chefs, restaurants, tequila makers, cellars, guest DJs, and mixologists to demonstrate their new and signature proposals for the upcoming season. Click for details.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) reaffirm their commitment to the strategic promotion of the destination, pursuing areas of opportunity and consolidating new markets to increase the number of incoming tourists, together with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit via the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).

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