San Pancho Living
Events In & Around San Pancho
and Full Moon Calendar
Events include cherished traditions, fundraisers for local nonprofits and entertaining celebrations. All are delightful ways to jump into San Pancho living. For full moon dates, scroll to the end.
Sept. 15: San Pancho’s Mexico Independence Day parade
Sept. 16: Mexico Independence Day
Late Sept.-early Oct.: 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.
Late October: Halloween Pet Parade. Proceeds benefit the San Pancho Spray and Neuter Clinic
1-2 or TBD: San Pancho’s Dia de los Muertos and La Catrina parade. 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.
First Sunday in Nov.: San Pancho’s Tierra Tropical (aka La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club) Sunday Polo Brunch resumes for the season.
25: Christmas Day with beach cleaning organized by Entreamigos
Dates TBD: Annual San Pancho Collective Cultural Festival
31: New Year’s Eve
1: New Year’s Day
Feb. 28-March 1, 2020: San Pancho’s 20th 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. 5:00 pm up to to 11:00 pm at Plaza del Sol. No admission charge; performers are not paid. Donations are accepted online. Proceeds from sales of music and video CDs go directly to the performing artists.
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.
April 5-11: Semana Santa (Holy week)
April 12: Easter Sunday
April 12-18: Semana de Pascua (Easter week)
Dates TBD: 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.
Dates TBD: Restaurant Week in the Riviera Nayarit, sponsored by Vallarta Lifestyles
San Pancho Weekly Market
Tuesdays, 10 am – 1:30 pm, San Pancho Mercado Artesanal. Held in Plaza del Sol, 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.
Full moons 2019-2020
March 9 (Super Full Moon)
April 7 (Super Full Moon)
October 31 (Blue Moon)
Want more about San Pancho living? Go to Things to Do in San Pancho: 2 Hours or Less, Things to Do in San Pancho: Half Day, Festive Shopping at Weekly Markets, or San Francisco, San Pancho—no matter what you call it, you’ll feel at home