Full Calendar of Events for May in and Around Puerto Vallarta

Barbara Peters - Galeria Vallarta
May 2, 2013

May is one of our most beautiful and event filled months of the year and it is unfortunate that so many people leave for the north early and miss our celebrations.

We welcome all our new visitors and local residents who can enjoy these special events and help our local charities.

On Saturday, May 4, you can celebrate the start of Cinco de Mayo, a traditional Mexican holiday at The Paradise Community Center with two of Banderas Bay's most popular musicians, Jorge Acosta and Eduardo Leon, for a unique evening of entertainment with Jorge's smooth baritone voice and Eduardo's Flamenco guitar as well as an opportunity to support CompassionNet. The gates open at 6:00 pm with the Mexican food court and Paradise Cantina open to the public. The Cinco de Mayo concert begins at 8:00 pm. Advance tickets are 200 pesos or 250 at the door which includes a margarita or other beverage.

On Sunday, May 5, is the date for the 9th annual Altruism Festival to be held at the beachfront gardens of the Marriott CasaMagna Hotel starting at 6 pm. The festival will feature a wide range of activities including food demonstrations from more than 40 of Puerto Vallarta's finest restaurants, live music and dance, and cultural presentations. Admission price is 300 pesos in advance and 400 at the door. All proceeds raised from the festival will be evenly distributed among the 24 benefiting charities.

The Mini Kiteboard World Cup, a kitesurfing competition that will assemble the best international competitors of this sport when it takes place on the waters in front of the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta on May 9 - 12. Sean Farley from Colima and ex world champion of the specialty, will be in Riviera Nayarit to recieve – unaffortunately not to compete - a large number of world-class participants from the United States, Canada, France and approximately 20 other countries. Kitesurfing is a dynamic, young, athletic, and appealing sport. Riders mount a surfboard that is powered by a kite, a combination that allows athletes to attain high speeds on the water and make spectacular leaps. Enjoy the show that these riders offer in the bay. We recommend to visit Hard Rock Hotel from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm because it is the right moment for the riders to get good winds. Entrance will be allowed for free through the gardens of the hotel. Learn to kitesurf with the half hour classes that will be taught no-charge on an special area.

May 10 is the traditional date for Mother´s Day in Mexico and is celebrated with special dinners in our many fine restaurants, fresh flowers and special gift items such as jewelry or clothing. You can find many unique handmade gifts, pastries and specialty foods at the Saturday market at the Paradise Center, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. This is the only market that will continue all through the summer.  

From May 15-31, is Restaurant Week for the ninth year in a row, some of the most recognized restaurants in Puerto Vallarta will once again be offering special three-course menus, with three choices per course, at fixed prices of either 189 or 299 pesos. Thirty-five restaurants will participate in this year's edition of one of Vallarta's most important culinary events, seven of which are first-time participants. Many venues will also feature live entertainment to enhance your dining pleasure.

Puerto Vallarta's "Best Asian Restaurant" Archie's Wok invites you to take advantage of their Early Bird Specials. From 2:00 until 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, take 50% off your second entree and enjoy 2x1 on National labels of liquor and non-alcoholic drinks when you pay in cash. Discover a world of flavors at Archie´s Wok. Ask about their "gluten free" options.

On Friday, May 17, Galeria Vallarta presents "Distinct Worlds" an art show featuring Oswaldo Orozco with realistic oil paintings with a social message and Francisco Medina with colorful texturized abstracts. Cocktail inauguration from 6:00 until 9:00 pm with free refreshments.

From May 17-25, the Bougainvillea Festival takes place where over 35 events are planned throughout the 9 day festival, all of which are open to the general public with no admission charge. The event will kick-off with a Malecon Candlelight Procession on Friday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 pm at the Rosita Hotel at the north end of the Malecon. Floral sculptures will be placed in numerous locations throughout the city. Artisans booths, selling everything from handicrafts to plants and pottery, will be open daily at Lazaro Cardenas Park

The Catrina Parade and Contest will begin at Hidalgo Park on Saturday, May 18, at 6:30 pm. Leaving from this location, Catrinas, followed by a Crowns of the Dead procession, will travel along the Malecón picking up more Catrinas along the way. The parade will end at Lazaro Cardenas Park, where the awards ceremony will take place for the best Catrina in Puerto Vallarta!

Following Saturday's Catrina Awards Ceremony, Puerto Vallarta Bugambilia Festival 2013 will present a "Fiesta Mexicana" – a party on Calle Olas Altas, where everyone will enjoy our wonderful Mexican culture.

On May 19, the Pet Parade and Contest will start at Hidalgo Park on Sunday, May 19, at 6 pm, continue down the Malecón and end at Lazaro Cardenas Park, where the awards ceremony will take place. The contest will be divided into three categories: large pets, medium pets, and small pets.

On May 22, Vallarta en Bici is sponsoring a Night Bike Ride/Parade with decorated bicycles leaving Marina Vallarta at 9:00 pm and ending at Lazaro Cardenas Park with an awards presentation.

At 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23, meet at the Central Plaza near the Church and take a free guided walking tour of Old Town Vallarta where you'll enjoy incredible vistas, discover some of the region's indigenous plants and learn a little bit of Old Town's history along the way.

On May 24, the Bugambilia Festival Floral Float Parade will depart from the Agustin Flores Contreras Municipal Stadium car park at 5:00 pm. All floats will take the main road to the Hotel Rosita, where the floats will be divided into two groups. Small decorated cars and floats will travel along the Malecón and larger conveyances will take the street behind the Malecón. All floats will reconvene at the corner of Ignacio L. Vallarta and Basilio Badillo, and continue down to the parade route's end at Lazaro Cardenas Park.

There are many other activities scheduled throughout the festival, Including a Flash Mob, a Charro Parade, a Flowers and Fairies Contest for Children, an Amateur Singing Contest, and more!

The Vallarta Pride 2013, Homage to Frida Kahlo, will be held over the weekend of May 24-26 with a number of events including a parade of around 50 floats sponsored by local businesses.

May concludes with the "Fiestas de Mayo" annual celebration of the anniversary of Puerto Vallarta. The Municipal administration presents musical event and fireworks.

For even more events happening around Banderas Bay, visit our Events Calendar.

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