Punta de Mita Events

2019 Punta de Mita Events Calendar

Visiting Punta de Mita means immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Mexico! But this area’s ambiance, natural beauty, and cultural richness aren’t all there is to experience. Mexico has a long list of fascinating and fun holidays you can celebrate with us, along with sporting events, festivals, and annual events for every interest.

When you’re planning your Punta de Mita vacation, this calendar can help you decide when you want to visit to get everything you want out of your getaway!

 

DECEMBER - MID-MARCH

The best time for whale watching in Punta de Mita is December through mid-March when the migrating Humpback whales come to Banderas Bay to calve. There, these fascinating gentle giants begin teaching their young to hunt and breach - and our eco-tours give you a front row seat.

 

JANUARY

January 1 - New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo)

This national holiday is celebrated widely with fireworks and other special events you won’t want to miss! A stroll along El Malecon bay is the perfect way to welcome in the new year in Mexico.

January 6 - Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes)

This traditional Mexican holiday of gift giving is a wonderful day to nibble rosca de reyes and drink warm chocolate. Why not bring a special toy or book to donate to one of the many toy drives?

 

FEBRUARY

February 5 - Constitution Day

This national holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico with parades, picnics, fairs and festivals, concerts and boisterous street celebrations.

February 14 - Friendship Day (El Día del Amor y la Amistad)

Here in Mexico, love and friendship are both celebrated on this special day! Restaurants and live music venues are usually fully booked well in advance of El Día del Amor y la Amistad - so plan accordingly.

February 24-28 - Punta Mita Invitational PRO-AM

An exclusive invitational event in luxurious Punta Mita where guests play alongside tour pros from the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Web.com Tour, Symetra Tour, PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

 

MARCH

Mach 1 Annual Punta Mita Carnival - Carnival Golf Cart Parade

The theme is different each year as we pay homage to a very important and beautiful part of our home and community. Dance the night away to the music of our Resident DJ and a live band, as Chef Pato Pérsico and his culinary team serve a traditional Carnival dinner with live cooking stations and an open bar.

Chat, mingle, drink and dance the night away at Punta Mita’s most mysterious don’t-miss event…. you never know who’s hiding behind the mask!

March 16 Punat Mita Game Fishing Tournament

The tournament is open to all Club Punta Mita Members and their guests, challenging amateurs and experienced anglers in a fun-for-all competition.

All month long - Banderas Bay Regattas

Punta de Mita’s beautiful Banderas Bay fills with sails each year between late February and March as sailors from all over the world converge on these calm waters to test their skills.

The First Tuesday - Carnival Day

Many people plan their Punta de Mita vacations around this colorful celebration where incredible floats, elaborate masks and awe-inspiring stilt walkers take over the streets. 30,000 residents and tourists gather each year to enjoy the spectacle!

 

APRIL

Semana Santa and Pascua

Punta de Mita sees its largest influx of vacationers during the pre-Easter Holy Week/spring break, as many families from around Mexico visit to enjoy the area’s beaches and natural beauty. Expect more crowds!

April 25 - Punta Mita Golf Kitchen

This special event was created in Paradise and features Guest Chefs from some of the most prestigious Golf Clubs and Resorts in the USA and Mexico.

This exciting journey over three nights and four days in and around Punta Mita will allow you to explore their world of Food, Chefs, Fine Wines, and Cocktails.

April 30 - Día del Niño (Children's Day)

This isn’t an official national holiday but schools, malls, restaurants, parks and toy stores all hold special celebrations (and sales) so if your Punta de Mita vacation overlaps this holiday and you’re traveling with kids, look for opportunities to join the party!

 

MAY

All month long - May Cultural Festival (Festival Cultural de Mayo)

This annual celebration is actually an entire month of events and activities designed to highlight the contribution of artists, painters, musicians and actors. If you love Mexican art and culture, plan your visit in May!

All month long - Fiestas de Mayo (May Fiestas)

Experience the traditional fairs of Mexico in the charming neighborhood of El Pitillal! There you’ll find all of the games and attractions you could wish for plus livestock exhibits, entertainment and delicious foods and drinks throughout the month.

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo

This national holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla (not Mexican independence) and isn’t that big of a deal in Punta de Mita. That said, bars and restaurants that cater to tourists may be packed. 

May 10 - Mother's Day (Día de la Madre)

Mothers are revered here in Mexico, so if your Punta de Mita vacation overlaps Día de la Madre you may find that there is more traffic and fewer restaurants taking reservations.

 

MAY - DECEMBER

Banderas Bay created a community-wide preservation program that includes educational projects that debut from May through December, turtle release ceremonies and nighttime sea turtle tours, along with the annual creation of protected nurseries for turtle eggs. The area’s coastline is one of the most important breeding grounds for multiple species of sea turtle, and the preservation program ensures that sea turtles will thrive for years to come.

 

JUNE

June 1 - Navy Day (Día de la Marina)

This celebration honors the memory of those who sailed out in the ship "Tabasco" in Veracruz - the first Mexican merchant ship - along with all sailors who’ve lost their lives on the sea. Captains lay wreaths of flowers in the waters of Banderas Bay in a ceremony that is followed by sailing competitions, parties, fireworks and general revelry.

 

JULY

July 31 - Punta Mita Surf Camp

Punta Mita invites you to the Second Edition of the Surf Camp. Surfing the famous waves of Punta Mita and truly immerse yourself in its breathtaking beauty.

 

AUGUST

August 03 - Punta Mita Beach Festival

The Punta Mita Beach Festival has become the highlight of the summer, featuring entertaining family-friendly activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, stand up paddle, yoga, windsurfing, kayaks, outrigger canoes and kite-surfing, for all levels and abilities.

 

SEPTEMBER

September 14 - Charro Day

If you love Mexican cowboys, make sure your Punta de Mita vacation overlaps with this fascinating cultural celebration! Beginning at 10 a.m., Charros parade through the streets in their elaborately decorated jackets, pants and sombreros on horses equally decked out. There are traditional displays of roping and bullfighting plus plenty of good food and dancing.

September 15/16 - Independence Eve & Mexican Independence Day (Fiestas Patrias)

This holiday is actually celebrated throughout the month, with the famous Independence Eve celebrations on the 15th. That’s when you’ll hear cries of “Viva Mexico” followed by an amazing firework display, music and dancing, an abundance of food and a general atmosphere of revelry. The festivities continue the next day, with more fireworks, parades and even more partying.

 

OCTOBER

Begins in October - Art Walk

This cultural event starts at the end of October and runs until the end of May. Dozens of Punta de Mita art galleries stay open late, attracting visitors with a free drink, beautiful classical and contemporary art and the promise of scintillating conversation.

October 31 - Halloween

Halloween celebrations in Punta de Mita are similar to those in the United States, but the costumes tend to be both more elaborate and more ghoulish. Costume contents are serious business here, with venues offering up cash prizes in the thousands.

 

NOVEMBER

November 1 - All Saints’ Day (Día de Todos Los Santos)

This somber prelude to the Day of the Dead honors the souls of children who have passed on. You’ll see beautiful altar exhibitions throughout Punta de Mita.

November 2 - Day of the Dead (Día de Los Muertos)

Thanks to movies and TV, more people know about the graveside vigils featuring food and drink laid out on bright altars for departed ancestors that are the heart of this celebration. 

November 20 - Mexican Revolution Anniversary

Yet another parade through the center of town marks the celebration of the Revolution of 1910-1917!

 

DECEMBER

Dates vary - The Surf Classic in Sayulita

Sayulita Nayarit is famous for its surfing and it is wonderfully close to Punta de Mita, which means there’s no reason you can’t go to this annual event that draws surfers from all over the world.

December 1-12 - "Guadalupe" Processions

This 12-day series of processions bears the name of the patron saint of both Punta de Mita and of Mexico and is a sight to behold, with folk dancers, floats, beautiful singing and even fireworks.

December 16 to December 24 - Christmas Week

Throughout Punta de Mita, everyone celebrates the birth of Christ with gatherings called “posadas,” where people re-enact Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Processions travel to designated homes to ask for lodging in song, and the party begins when the host throws open the door.

December 31 - New Year’s Eve

In Mexico, the end of the year is celebrated with fiestas big and small in clubs, hotels, and restaurants. Live music is everywhere and parties routinely last into the morning.

 

Of course, there are other, less widely celebrated holidays in Mexico, as well as theater performances, concerts, art shows, sporting events and more all year round. When you book your vacation with us, be sure to ask about what will be happening in and around Punta de Mita during your stay!

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