Over the years, Puerto Vallarta has proudly positioned itself as “Gay Friendly” destination, position which is strengthened year by year. It is because of this, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community decided to hold it’s first annual Gay Pride weekend in this luscious city, from the 24th to the 26th of May. The events and festivities were supported and sponsored by Puerto Vallarta’s city hall, clubs, bars, hotels, restaurants all from the Romantic Zone, and your very own Palmera Vacations!
Pride Weekend consisted of extensive amounts of events, with opening and closing ceremonies, the coronation of the Gay Pride Queen 2013, symbolical weddings, an underwear parade, art expos, and the official Gay Pride Parade. The funds that were raised were to benefit the SETAC, the Asilo San Juan Diego A.C., and the The Santa Barbara Physical Rehabilitation Clinic of Vallarta AC.
The events held from the 24th through the 26th had a few goals in mind; to unite the community and raise awareness for gay rights, and to promote Puerto Vallarta as a Gay tourist destination. All involved were very pleased with the outcome of this landmark event and the reaction among the community was a very positive one. Without a doubt, this is the first of many Vallarta Prides!
With the purpose of reinstating May as a cultural month, the Garden Club of Puerto Vallarta and volunteers are organizing a grand and majestic festival to pay homage to one of the icons of Puerto Vallarta; The Bugambilias flower. Said festival will be taking place during the dates 17th to 25th of May.
The week long colorful celebration kick off with a candle lit walk across the Malecon, followed by an homage to Mexico through a “Fiesta Mexicana”. Floral placements will be placed in strategic points of the city to ensure everyone gets a little color in their life. The festivities continue with a flower parade through the city center, contests, sporting events, art expositions, native dancing and non stop rich local culture.
Completely open to the public, and free of any admission charges, the objective of the festival is to unite the community and retake our local culture, while at the same time create a consciousness in the minds of the attendees to preserve Puerto Vallarta’s natural beauty.
Puerto Vallarta is a true artistic Icon; it has become a very important center of creation, exhibition and art promotion by having more galleries than any other beach destination where you can find contemporary and modern expositions of the most renowned Mexican and foreign artist; abstract paintings and a wide selection of more traditional styles such as engravings, watercolors and oils. You can also find other collection items such as hand manufactured jewelry and crystals, original sculptures and fine Mexican crafts. Even the sculptures that line the boardwalk.
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Due to all this growth, the Art Walk was created; this is not a guided circuit, the idea is to motivate the interested audience, collectors and visitors to take the opportunity to walk through the participating gallery facilities during the evening so they can appreciate the great variety and quality of their catalog.
The Art Walk started October 31st. 2012 and ends on April 24th. 2013, taking place every Wednesday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. These are the participant galleries for this season:
- Galería Colectika
- Galería Whitlow
- Galería Corsica I
- Galería Corsica II
- Art Gallery Millan
- Galería Pacífico
- Galería Caballito de Mar
- Galería Uno
- The Loft Galería
- Galería de Ollas
- PV Santana Galería
- Galería Ana Romo Art
- Galería Rodo Padilla
This year there are more galleries participating and since all are in the Historic Center, the distance from one to another is fairly a short walk, makes it fun and a great way to get to know the exhibiting artists. Come and enjoy, in the majority of the cases a courtesy glass of wine.
This is a real opportunity to have a wonderful Art Walk experience throughout Downtown Puerto Vallarta in which all of these galleries undoubtedly will receive you with a warm welcome.
If you’re lucky to be here, please do not miss it.
From November 8 to 18 will be held the XVIII edition of the International Gourmet Festival Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit 2012, an event that has managed to position Puerto Vallarta on the international culinary field: This time the event will be decked with participation of 27 restaurants, 15 hotels and the presence of renowned chefs from 29 countries.
Attendees can enjoy a tasting menu or a la carte eating food prepared by celebrity chefs; it aims to develop gourmet cooking demonstrations and discourses, lectures and wine and cheese tastings, in environments ranging from casual to elegant Mexican bistro-gourmet.
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit boast excellent restaurants of worldwide recognition. Many of them, with a sumptuous view of the spectacular bay and beautiful sandy beaches. It is a delight to enjoy delicious dishes that blend the palate, combining with the warm atmosphere of the Mexican hospitality.
The wine festival began in 2007, now celebrating its fifth edition in March 22-29, 2012, where in addition to tasting and pairing also offers all kinds of samples made with extracts of wine, poetry and photo contests, live music, dance, lectures, classes and conferences, all revolving around wine culture, the aim of the festival is to offer visitors the experience of wine in all its expressions.
This major international event brings together national wine production houses, distributors and more than a dozen specialty restaurants and hotels in Bahia de Banderas and the Riviera Nayarit who offer delicious tastings.
If you are a person who usually give a tasteful touch to your meetings while enjoying your stay in Puerto Vallarta can also surprise your friends back home with your new knowledge in branding, production, types of wine and how combining them with food.
One of the most representative ways to exhibit our culture, its customs and traditions of our country is through folk dance, each state has its own distinctive identity that differentiates each region of Mexico.
Here in Puerto Vallarta folk ballet “Xiutla” takes this purpose to its maximum expression, with more than 17 years performing, 1,500 representations, national and international tours.
It’s a truly delightful artistic experience to see these young artist unfold on stage, its founder and director Professor Carlos Enrique Barrios y Limon continues with performances each Friday at 7:30 from now until April 27th, 2012 at the Lazaro Cardenas Park in the Romantic Zone, where they have had unprecedented success with locals and tourists.
It is worth mentioning that the clothing used is made and assembled in each region of origin, therefore they are highly handcrafted items.