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Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico, known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage. The summer season in Banderas Bay is often referred to as the low season as the weather become hot and humid, and the flow of tourist dimishes. The summer rain sets in from June to October, bringing humid hot days, stormy nights, and rivers where there used to be roads. Despite the change in weather many stay all year and love the summer in PV. A slower pace, incredible sunsets, exciting thunder storms. Summer in Puerto Vallarta is both hot…and hot!
In summer 2023, the city is set to host a variety of exciting festivals that will attract visitors from all over the world, and also gives locals a ton of options for fun events. Here’s a look at some of the top festivals to check out in Puerto Vallarta:
Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week: This festival celebrates the culinary scene in Puerto Vallarta. Taking place May 15th to June 10th. Restaurant Week is my kind of week (it’s a week that lasts almost a month!) and offers special menus and discounts at participating restaurants. Prices vary depending on the restaurant. You can find more information on their website: https://restaurantweekpv.com
Lesbian Pride 2023: Kicking off the summer of 2023 with amazing activities is the 5th annual “Lesbian Fest” which runs from May 22nd to May 29th. Super fun events such as Canopy River Ziplining, Speed Dating, Drag Shows, a Shopping Tour, a Taco Tasting Tour, Mexican Cooking Class, Beach Volleyball and the famous Black & White Attire Party are only some of the activities planned. This aint your grandmas Lesbian Fest (unless you brought your grandma). The ticket prices and the full schedule of events are found on the the festival’s website: https://visitpuertovallarta.com/events/puerto-vallarta-lesbian-pride-2023#
Vallarta Pride 2023: Pride runs from May 19 to May 28, 2023. Puerto Vallarta is a popular destination for the LGBTQIA+ community, and the city’s annual Pride celebration is a highlight of the summer season. Many events take place in the Romantic Zone, such as the iconic parade, but check the schedule here outandaboutpv.com for a variety of activities, including dance parties, contests, and cultural events. Visitors can also enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife, which is especially lively during Pride. Vallarta Pride has also released a series of videos with the theme “be proud of your nature” that includes local LGBTQIA+ stories.
Get the full schedule with Out & About at https://outandaboutpv.com/vallarta-pride-releases-schedule-for-2023-pride-festival
Puerto Vallarta Mariachi Festival: This festival runs from June 27th to July 1st, 2023 in the Old Town area. It celebrates traditional Mexican mariachi music and culture with performances, dance events, and cultural displays. The festival is dedicated to the mariachi culture, in favor of Mexican roots, the education and the professionalization of the new generations of musicians.
Workshops, conferences and shows are part of the general program of Al calor del mariachi, Summer Festival at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and the Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center. The educational program will include three consecutive days of professional workshops and master classes for mariachi (intermediate and advanced levels) by Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán and the General Director, Ángel Martínez.
The Grand Public Concert will be at the Los Arcos outdoor theatre on the Malecon and the Grand Concert of the Mariachi Femenil Nuevo Tecalitlan at the Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center. Most of the funds raised by the festival will be used to support the professional education of outstanding musicians. More info and ticket prices can be found at www.allevents.in
Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica: Foodie enthusiasts get ready for the biggest culinary event of the year! From September 29 to October 7, 2023, Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica will bring together the most creative and innovative chefs and mixologists from Mexico, Latin America, and Europe for a week-long celebration of food, drink, and culture. The event will take place at the Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta Hotel, which will serve as the main venue for the festivities. With its stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and its luxurious amenities, the hotel is the perfect setting for this gastronomic extravaganza. This year’s theme, “The Cooking Factor: Cooking a New Era,” promises to inspire attendees with innovative ideas and fresh perspectives on the culinary arts. Whether you are a professional in the food industry or simply a food lover, there will be something for everyone.
The schedule of events will feature exclusive dinners in breathtaking locations throughout the bay, as well as wine tastings by the best sommeliers in the region. There will also be tastings and gourmet workshops for professionals and the general public, providing an opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most talented chefs and mixologists.
One of the highlights of the event will be the presence of Michelin Star, 50 Best and Top Chefs, who will showcase their signature dishes and share their expertise with attendees. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best and to taste some of the most exquisite dishes from around the world.
Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica is not just about food and drink. The event also celebrates the culture and traditions of the region, with live music, dance performances, and art exhibitions showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Mexico.
If you are looking for an unforgettable culinary experience, make sure to mark your calendar for this one. With its world-class chefs, stunning locations, and unique cultural offerings, this event is sure to be the highlight of the year for food lovers from around the world set in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
For more information and updates on the schedule of events, visit the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica page at https://www.facebook.com/VallartaNayaritGastronomica.
Foodies, Nudies, Music Lovers & Pride: Overall, summer 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting time in Puerto Vallarta. With a variety of festivals celebrating everything from Mexican culture to fine dining, to music, to pride…there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a foodie, a nudie, a music lover, or simply looking to experience the vibrant culture of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is the place to be.