Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, a gay city of contrasts that mixes tradition Mexican culture with sunny beaches, jungle adventure, arts and culture and fabulous gay clubbing. Relax on beautiful beaches and enjoy the lush landscape of the jungle and mountains. Wander the streets of the Zona Romantica gayborhood and visit charming cafes and exclusive restaurants. Get your adrenaline pumping by day with land, sea and air adventures and at night with all the excitement found in one of the country’s top nightlife destinations. Puerto Vallarta is one of the most important LGBT destinations in Mexico, the first city to be Gay Travel Approved in the country. Here is the Gay Events Calendar in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.
Visiting Puerto Vallarta during a major festival or event is not only a great way to see the city, its landmarks and learn its history, but also to immerse yourself in the local gay community. Whether it is gay pride, music, art, food, sports or dance as the theme, gay friendly Puerto Vallarta has it all! Here are some of the major gay events in Mexico’s number 1 gay destination for LGBT travelers to enjoy.
End of Jan/Feb. Beef Dip Bear and Leather Week. Steve Buzcek from Canada brings his world famous gay bear and leather week to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Held annually the last week of January, this popular fetish week sees thousands of bears from all over the world roaming the streets of Puerto Vallarta. Popular events during the week include parties at CC Slaughter’s and Mantamar Beach Club, as well as a charity fundraiser swimwear fashion show benefiting Los niños de Magisterio, Setac and Rise Orphanage. To date Beef Dip has helped raise over $44,500 in the last few years. for these charities.
Mardi Gras. The annual parade celebrating Mardi Gras in Puerto Vallarta held on fat Tuesday normally begins in the hotel zone and proceeds through the world-famous Malecon to Los Muertos Pier. Previous parades saw over 30,000 cheering residents and tourists from all walks of life together on the city street curbs to be wowed by floats and parade participants celebrating the diversity of our city.
Semana Santa. Holy Week is one of the busiest times in Puerto Vallarta jammed with people, parties and events. CC Slaughter’s normally imports international dj’s and it is usual to find Jubileo or Arena sponsoring gay circuit parties at Mantamar.
May is a month filled with culture and events in Puerto Vallarta. Restaurant Week food festival takes place every year from May 15 to June 10. During these two weeks, the participating restaurants offer innovative three-course menus, with three options available for each course to delight both residents and visitors alike seeking to explore our destination’s outstanding cuisine at a reduced price. Vallarta Gay Pride (held the week before Memorial Day in the US) is a week festival of arts and culture events, concerts, entertainment, films, fun, lots of partying and our fabulous Pride Parade.
September 16th is Mexican Independence Day. Puerto Vallarta is full of LGBT national travelers enjoying the gay beach. Several gay travel agencies bring groups from Mexico City, Guadalajara, Colima, Tepic and Leon to enjoy a nice weekend of parties on the gay beach in front of Blue Chairs and Manatamar.
At the end of October into early November, Puerto Vallarta celebrates “Day of the Dead” It is a week-long celebration with art shows, parades, and dances along with other festivities where Art, religion, life, death, sadness, and humor all come together. It is topped off with “La Caravana de la Muerte” Parade at the end of the week followed by a big party and fireworks. Everywhere you look throughout the week you will find bright colours and flowers. The Malecon, the Plaza des Armas and the areas surrounding are all brightly decorated with the Dia de Los Muertos altars from different organizations, restaurants, hotels and community groups.
The Christmas spirit in December abounds as friends and families gather throughout the holiday season, cheerfully wishing each other the best and celebrating the simple things in life. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Mexicans are known to attend a variety of posadas, christmas parties, in which they share in the magic of the season while celebrating with loved ones. There is also the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the beginning of the month, where masses of “Vallartenses” parade through the center of town in an elaborate display that shows off their religious devotion and vibrant Mexican culture. These parades, which take place on the first 12 nights of December, create a magical scene for visitors who are welcomed by the crowds and invited to participate in one of Vallarta’s largest events of the year.
And finally, nothing compares to New Year’s in Puerto Vallarta. Look for Palm Springs party producer Jeffrey Sanker to bring the White Party to Puerto Vallarta at Mantamar and Will George to bring an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party to Oscar’s with special DJ’s, fireworks, and more. Celebrate the New Year in style with great music, good times and hot guys in Puerto Vallarta!