Celebrate the Traditions of Mexico with Cuisine, Fall Fiestas and Folklore

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Visiting Mexico during a national holiday or annual festival presents a unique opportunity to enjoy its cultural traditions and heritage. As Mexico’s Festival Capital, Puerto Vallarta puts on big colorful events, with competitions, music and a helping of delicious local cuisine to mark each occasion.

Following are some of the upcoming events and celebrations Puerto Vallarta will be hosting from October to December 2015.

Dios De Los Muertos, October 31- November 2, 2015

Pre-Hispanic religion, life, death, and art come together in honor of deceased family members and friends. For the Mexico culture, costumed participants and parades of colorful skeleton dolls are as close to Halloween as you can get. In Puerto Vallarta, the cemetery located on 5th of December is the site of traditional Day of the Dead observances, but of course relatives honor their ancestors at their own family burial sites. The City sponsors an altar competition in the main square, and the Asociacion Vallarta Centro organizes themed art workshops – great fun to see the contestants’ work.

Puerto Vallarta International Half Marathon & 5K - November 8, 2015

After seven successful years, the Puerto Vallarta International Half Marathon is expecting 1,600 runners from Mexico, the US, Canada and countries as far off as Kenya. Join the estimated of 15,000 spectators who will be there, and raise a margarita to cheer them on.

International Sailfish & Marlin Tournament – November 12-15, 2015

The 59th edition of this annual fishing tournament brings together fishers from around Mexico and the Pacific coast to test their reels in Banderas Bay, which has a surprising diversity of deep sea fishing options. Root for your favorite boat to win cash prizes for the biggest catch, then have some grilled parga for dinner. 

International Gourmet Festival - November 13-23, 2015

Puerto Vallarta’s favorite food festival takes place over a 10-day period before Thanksgiving, and we know you’ll be grateful for the tasty samplings on display throughout this walkable seaside village. After 20 years, opening night will expand to the newly renovated Los Muertos Pier, followed by a cocktail party to welcome the 30 famous chefs in attendance. Expect culinary safaris, meet n’ greets with chefs, and themed nights offering distinct dishes – not all spicy -- from cities around the world.

The Fiesta de Guadalupe - December 12, 2015

The feast day of Mexico’s patron saint, Guadalupe or the “Queen of Mexico,” is celebrated on the same day as Puerto Vallarta’s founding. On December 12, the Church of Guadalupe hosts a midnight ceremony that will be live-streamed nationwide. Come while hotel rates are still in low season for the thrill of seeing streets full of mariachis and other performing artists, hand-painted statues and enormous flower sculptures. The mass is capped off by a festival on the waterfront promenade with fireworks and more food.

Christmas – December 24-25, 2015

Christmas (La Navidad) is widely celebrated in predominantly Catholic Mexico with nearly two weeks of festivities. Beginning December 15, see Las Posadas or nightly processions of colorfully dressed characters carrying icons and statues, which symbolize Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Spend Christmas Eve in El Centro outside the Church of Guadalupe where piñatas, live music and dancing continue into the night.

New Years – December 31, 2015 - January 1, 2016

Puerto Vallarta’s New Year celebration takes place on the Malecon, the best place to watch the fireworks display over Bahia de Banderas. Afterwards, take the whole family to the cobblestone streets of the Romantic Zone for music, dancing and fresh tacos. The locals celebrate midnight by eating the 12 ‘grapes of happiness’ -- one grape every time the clock strikes – a vestige of the Spanish tradition.

Puerto Vallarta Trip Planning Tips

Autumn travel provides many memorable opportunities to experience these cultural celebrations first hand. No need to speak Spanish either; the local community welcomes international visitors interested in their traditions. The Puerto Vallarta tourism office provides information on accommodations, dining and other activities during the season. 


This post is sponsored by Puerto Vallarta Tourism; we'll be participating in a fun twitter.com/#famtimePV Twitter chat October 8, 2015 at 8pm EDT to talk more about this destination. Stay tuned!

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