Festivals & Fiestas in Puerto Vallarta - Fall 2018 Events

Festivals & Fiestas

Fall 2018


Independence day

Mexican Independence Day, also known as 'Dia de la Independencia', is a holiday that celebrates the "cry of independence" that took place on September 16th, 1810. This started the Mexican revolt against the Spaniards, following the day of the 'Cry of Dolores' (El Grito de Dolores), on September 15th. 

In Puerto Vallarta, Fiestas Patrias is a citywide celebration for locals & visitors, honoring the Mexican Independence Day w/ 3 days & nights of fun, entertainment & nightlife. The Hidalgo Park, the Plaza de Armas, the Arches of the Malecon, and all Puerto Vallarta gets in party mood to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day. 

Event Dates:

  • September 14th-16th

Mexican Independence Day

Monthly Vallarta Networking Expo

Join the local Department of Enthusiasm for this exciting event consisting almost entirely of beer. Guests are invited to exchange business cards, learn more about other members of the community, and generally enjoy life.

This is a friendly get together to help grow each others businesses through broadening our network in Vallarta. A fulfilling afternoon of "productivity!"

Facebook: Event Details

Event Date:

  • September 22nd

Monzon Brewery

Riviera Nayarit Fashion Weekend

A Fashion Show event that mixes music & fashion at the most trendy destination in the area while showcasing the hottest fashion trends of the season. Taking place at the W Punta de Mita hotel, National & International media is expected to attend, as well as influencers and celebrities.

Website: PV Trendy 

Facebook: PV Trendy

Event Dates:

  • September 29th-30th

Fashion weekend Riviera Nayarit


San Francisco Patron Saints Feasts

Fairs, dances and jamborees with a special twist are a specialty of the Riviera Nayarit's Cultural Capital. These festivities are a major Mexican tradition, honoring San Francisco, also known as always booming San Pancho.

Event Date: 

  • September 26th - October 4th

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Art Walk

Art Walk starts off at the end of October and goes through the end of May. This casual but free style event features the most unique art available in Puerto Vallarta. All supporting local artists, the galleries offer complimentary wine & a weekly supply of new & unique artwork. 

Each gallery is open from around 7pm - 10pm. Bring your appetite because there are several fantastic little restaurants located in the nooks of the historic streets in centro Puerto Vallarta. 

Event dates: 

  • Every Wednesday from end of Oct-May


ConComics Vallarta 

ConComics returns to the Los Mangos Library accompanied by: Ricardo Silva, Melissa Gedeon, Alma Delia Perez, Habib Gedeon, Mark Winslow & Louis de Lille. 

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Event Date:

  • October 13th & 14th

Concomics Vallarta

LASOS Summit 2018

LASOS Summit 2018 arrives in Puerto Vallarta. This high level forum brings together entrepreneurs, investors, developers, suppliers and government, with the aim of exploring and identifying the opportunities that the Latin American market offers to the tourism sector.

The event will be held from October 16 to 18 at the Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta Hotel. Attend with us this important event that drives the growth and evolution of our Tourism Industry, and brings together knowledge, technology, experience and marketing. You can’t miss it!

Website: LASOS Summit

Event Dates:

  • October 16th-18th

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Halloween 2018

This holiday is taken to a whole new level with Puerto Vallarta's mix of culture, celebration, food & entertainment surrounding the 48 hours of Halloween. 

With so much to see & do, you can choose to catch a folklore show on the Malecon, check out the house of fear in the hotel zone, follow the dressed-up & dazzled parade through centro or spend a night on the town with the sexy 20-somethings partying the night away.

The best plan is to start at the McDonald's across from Restaurant El Malecon in centro Puerto Vallarta & walk south. You'll have so many opportunities for traditional food, drinks & entertainment you wont even realize you're about to walk 2 miles. 

Don't forget that this holiday is just before the famous 'Day of the Dead' celebration in Mexico, so most of the locals will be celebrating with painted faces, flower arrangements & tributes to their lost family members. 

Event Date: 

  • October 31st

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Day of the Dead

The city of Puerto Vallarta holds a grand celebration for one of Mexico's most important traditions. "Dia de Muertos", a name given to the beautiful tribute the Mexicans pay to those who have already passed on, is a tradition that plays a major roll in the culture, heritage & pride of the country. The celebrations include art exhibitions, folkloric ballet, Mexican nights, mariachis, and catrinas contest, & are located all over Puerto Vallarta & the famous Malecon boardwalk.

Website: More Info

Event Date:

  • October 27th - November 5th


63rd Tournament of Marlin & Sailfish Fishing

The 63rd International Tournament of Marlin & Sailfish Fishing held in Puerto Vallarta is considered the best fishing tournament in Mexico. 

Enjoy a competitive sport fishing event in the abundant waters of the Bahía de Banderas. 

Website: Fish Vallarta

Event Dates:

  • November 14th-17th

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Mexican Revolution Anniversary

A parade through the center of town marks the anniversary celebration of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1917. Banks and public government offices remain closed.

The parade will take place on November 20 at 9:00 am with the start point by Morelos Street by the Main Square and continue along Paseo Diaz Ordaz to conclude near the calle Uruguay.

Event Date:

  • November 20th

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The Gourmet Festival

The Annual Gourmet Festival is a world-class dinning experience hosted in Puerto Vallarta featuring chefs from the International Gourmet stage, enriching the festival with sensational art & contemporary cuisine. 

Website: Gourmet Festival

Event Dates:

  • November 23rd - December 2nd

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