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Puerto Vallarta Events in 2023

EVENTS | Published on 31/01/2022
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What makes Puerto Vallarta such an exciting place to vacation is its lively downtown. From live performances on the Malecon to fishing tournaments at the beach, there’s always something to try on the Vallarta event calendar 2023, and with the variety to choose from, there something that will interest every traveler. As you start to set your vacation itinerary, make sure to catch a few of these upcoming events in Puerto Vallarta to experience the city like a local.

International Charro Championship

Charro is the country’s national sport, a tradition protected by UNESCO, and a series of thrilling, adrenaline-pumping events that showcase riders’ horsemanship. The International Charro Championship, from January 31 to February 5, 2023, is already one of the most highly anticipated upcoming events in Puerto Vallarta. If you head to the charro arena, you’ll find some events similar to American rodeo and some that are uniquely Mexican. In downtown along the Malecon, there will be some free events, including a parade, photo exhibition, and mariachi concerts. Of all the activities in Puerto Vallarta, the charro competitions give you a true taste of authentic Mexican tradition.

Puerto Vallarta Marathon

Athletes around the Bay of Banderas are already training for the Puerto Vallarta Marathon on April 3. With a full marathon, half marathon, and 5k, runners of all ability levels can compete, even if they haven’t been training for long. All the races start and end in the same location, making it easy for friends and families to meet up at the finish line. Throughout the year, there are several other running events in Puerto Vallarta, including a fall half marathon. 

Vallarta Pride Festival

Vallarta Pride is an eight-day festival with parties, parades, concerts, films, and art shows from May 23-May 30. Many of these are free events and are open to the public. The main Puerto Vallarta events 2023 has during Pride take place in the downtown gay zone and are open to people of all sexual orientations. While the city is welcoming and inclusive all year long, this is a special week of activities in Puerto Vallarta to celebrate life and love.

Restaurant Week

At the same time as Vallarta Pride, the top restaurants of Puerto Vallarta prepare special menus showcasing their iconic flavors for Restaurant Week, an annual highlight on the event calendar 2023. If you’re traveling to Puerto Vallarta between May and June, be sure to check out the list of participating restaurants and make reservations since sampling the culinary delights of Restaurant Week is one of the favorite activities in Puerto Vallarta for both locals and travelers. No matter how many restaurants you try, this is one of the tastiest Puerto Vallarta events 2023 has that you won’t want to miss. 

International Marlin and Sailfish Tournament

Some of the most popular Puerto Vallarta events 2023 will have are the fishing tournaments, and the International Marlin and Sailfish Tournament is one of the longest-running. Each November, local and international sportsmen compete to haul in the biggest catch. Hanging out on the beach by the Vallarta pier to watch the official weighing and to sample the freshly caught fish is one of the free events that draws a crowd every year. 

Attending these upcoming events in Puerto Vallarta makes your vacation one of a kind as you dive into the local culture. Whether you’ve already booked your vacation or you’re just starting to make plans, be sure to check out the event calendar 2023 to find out what’s going on around town.

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