San Pancho Living
Events In & Around San Pancho
Events include cherished traditions, fundraisers for local nonprofits and entertaining celebrations. All are delightful ways to jump into San Pancho living.
2017 late September: San Pancho Days. San Francisco, fondly called San Pancho, honors its namesake Saint Francis of Assisi during this nine-day festival. Celebrated for more than 40 years, San Pancho Days includes food, drinks, music, rodeos, fireworks, parades and colorful traditions.
2017 late October: Halloween Pet Parade, 6 pm. Proceeds benefit the San Pancho Spray and Neuter Clinic
2017 dates TBD: San Pancho’s Dia de los Muertos and La Catrina parade (Nov. 2 at 6 pm). In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead,) is a time to honor and reconnect with deceased friends, family members and ancestors in a festive spirit of remembrance and celebration.
La Catrina, created in 1910 by lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada as the Mexican Revolution was beginning, became a symbol of people ashamed of their Indian origins and wore European clothing and makeup to make their skin look whiter. La Catrina has come to symbolize Dia de los Muertos and Mexican’s willingness to laugh at death, as it makes everyone equal in the end.
2017 dates TBD: La Patrona Polo Cup
25: Christmas Day
31: New Year’s Eve
1: New Year’s Day
2018 dates TBD: Festival Sayulita attracts enthusiasts of Mexico, film, spirits, food, music and surf. Creative and provocative films are shown in various venues throughout the town. Additional events include spirits and food pairings, master tastings, beach-front film venues, private screenings, surf competition, yoga, and live music. This is a nonprofit event with a goal to build a cultural center in Sayulita.
2018 dates TBD: San Pancho’s 17th Annual Music Festival. Three evenings of vibrant, eclectic performances showcasing professional and excellent amateur musicians from the Puerto Vallarta region plus the U.S., Chile, Guatemala, France and Germany. No admission charge; performers are not paid. Donations are accepted. Proceeds from sales of music and video CDs go directly to the performing artists.
2018 dates TBD: Circo de los Niños annual fundraising performance. Local children and teens showcase hundreds of hours of training and rehearsal in four jaw-dropping, sell-out evening shows. Tickets available online starting February 1.
9-16: Semana Santa (Easter week)
9-16: Polo, Jaguar Cup. La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club
26-30: El Festival de Arte Mujeres Creadoras (women’s art festival) in San Pancho. Mujeres Creadoras promotes women’s autonomy through art. This festival showcases work produced by local, national and international artists.
Date to be determined: Mujeres Por Amora a San Pancho’s Wine and Canapés fundraiser. This organization of business women in San Pancho works to maintain and beautify San Pancho, and create the best quality of life for residents and visitors. It supports street sweeping, beach clean-ups, beautification projects, and sound development.
15-31: Restaurant Week in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit, with 42 prestigious restaurants offering special menus with prix-fixe three-course meals for less than 400 pesos. Sponsored by Vallarta Lifestyles.
San Pancho Weekly Market
Tuesdays, 10 am – 1:30 pm, Mercado San Pancho, Plaza del Sol in San Pancho (main square across from the church)
When you mix a full moon’s reflection on the ocean with the sound of waves and tropical air… well, it’s magical. This was taken from Casa Mar Azul’s terrace. Casa Mar Azul San Pancho photo.
Full moons 2017
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