Puerto Vallarta is always finding reasons to celebrate and this May is no different. For the month of May Puerto Vallarta will be celebrating everything from local culture to Pride Festival to sports to the vibrant gastronomy of the city. Festivities have already began with the International Folk Festival, the Puerto Vallarta Open and the International Symposium on Fireworks already taken place but the following are just some of what is happening in Puerto Vallarta.
May is Puerto Vallarta’s birthday! This year it celebrates 101 years as a municipality and 51 as a city. To commemorate this, each year the local government organizes the “Festival Cultural de Mayo,” a month-long, city-wide event that showcases the local culture. National and international artists participate in various concerts, events, and happenings all over the city and surroundings, bringing to life the sounds and rhythms of both Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the world.
From May 13 to 19, Puerto Vallarta will host the Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship 2019. With the participation of the 16 best national beach soccer teams in the region, the 2019 edition is the fourth time that the destination receives this great championship. The two best-ranked teams in the competition will also ensure qualification for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019.
Foodies will flock to Puerto Vallarta for its annual restaurant week. Kicking off May 15 through June 10, participating restaurants all across the city will offer special menus at discounted rates for diners looking to try the very best that Puerto Vallarta’s plates have to offer. Menus will be three courses, with three options available for each, and menu prices often discounted up to 50 percent. Sixty-one restaurants will be participating in this year’s event.
Following the success for the first two editions, Down Puerto Vallarta is returning to town on May 18 and 19, 2019, for its third rendition, bringing the best extreme bikers in the world to the streets of the historic downtown. Cyclists from 12 countries, including Chile and Brazil, will descend on Puerto Vallarta for a week of high-energy racing on back roads that run from the Cerro de la Cruz mirador to the Malecon below. Competitors will be racing to win more than $15,000 in prizes. Spectators will be in awe as cyclists navigate the steep slopes, dramatic descents, stairways, narrow alleys, and sharp turns of the Centro Historico of the city. Following the race, visitors can watch the bikers show off their skills, performing bike tricks, acrobatics, and flips on ramps constructed specifically for this freestyle competition.
Celebration is in full swing May 19-26 when Vallarta Pride Festival comes to town. This annual, energetic event pays tribute to the LGBT community for seven full days of artistic and cultural events, concerts, film projections, parades, beach parties, and endless fun at venues all across the city.
The Mexica Beach VolleyBall Open that draws together the best national ranked players. The setting will be Playa Camarones from May 25-27, and access is free. A total of 104 teams will attend, both male and female, divided against three different categories.