June 2019 Events for Riviera Nayarit

June Events for Riviera Nayarit

8th National Congress for Mexican Regional Dance (June 6-9)
The Riviera Nayarit will host the 8th National Congress for Mexican Regional Dance from June 6ththrough the 9th; this event is organized by Veltour travel agency together with the Diplomados de Danza Regional Mexicana (Regional Mexican Dance Graduates) to promote tourism, particularly Mexican folklore and culture. Host hotel Reflect Krystal Grand in Flamingos-Nuevo Vallarta is expecting over 600 participants from dance schools in Guanajuato, Michoacan, Mexico City, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Sinaloa. The event is open to the public.

59th San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament (June 27-29)
The Historic Port of San Blas is set to welcome the 59th San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament from June 13th through the 17th at the Marina Fonatur. The event’s main organizer is the Tepic Sport Fishing Club. Participants will compete in three categories: Sailfish, Marlin, and Mahi-Mahi. This tournament is considered the best of its kind in the Mexican Pacific, and one of the top ten best events of the year in the Riviera Nayarit.
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Battle of the Saints in Mexcaltitán (June 29)
Among the most iconic traditional ceremonies are the patron saint festivities for saints Peter and Paul on the Island of Mexcaltitán, the birthplace of Mexicanness. The celebration includes a pilgrimage emulating the Mexicas or the Aztecas, who left Aztlán to establish the great city of Tenochtitlán.

Sayulita Pee Wee Surfing League (TBD)
Sayulita will be hosting the surfing league for minors, which seeks to encourage new talent in a sport that has produced so many great examples on a national level. The league is presented by Ramos Shapes, Sunset Bungalows, and Los Rudos SurfShop under the competition formats established by the World Championship Tour Top 33 via the World Surf League (WSL), the ISA (International Surfing Association), and the Nayarit State Surfing Association (ASENAY), with the support of the local surfing clubs from the different host destinations.
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Our Latest Community Clean-Up Event; in Emiliano Zapata on June 1, 2019

This Saturday morning, June 1 from 10 am to Noon, our RE/MAX team and the public are getting together at the corner of Aguacate and Manuel Dieguez in Emiliano Zapata, El Centro.

We will meet at there and do some great community work; for our communities, that have given us so much!

We will supply the trash bags, gloves, water and snacks. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen.  Please come and show your support for a clean and healthy community!

Thanks!!

Todd Bates

SETAC takes over the popular Pulpito Drag Derby

SETAC takes over the popular Pulpito Drag Derby

Púlpito Drag Derby
Friday May 24, 4pm-8pm
Along Pulpito Street and Olas Altas

This year’s Vallarta Pride Festival will once again feature the Púlpito Drag Derby, one of the most unique block parties in the world! After several years of being organized by the Amapas Neighborhood Association, 2019 will mark a “changing of the guard,” and SETAC, Vallarta’s LGBT Community Wellness Center, is taking over the reins of the event. They have made several major changes and additions to the event, designed to make it bigger, better and more fun than ever before!

New features!
1) Food Court. This year’s Púlpito Drag Derby will feature food stands for the first time ever! Several local restaurants and eateries, including some long-time participants at the Saturday Tianguis at Lázaro Cárdenas Park, will have a tent and sell their food items. Participants confirmed so far are Ché Vallarta, selling Argentine empanadas; Sabores Helados, selling gourmet ice cream; Perros Locos, selling gourmet hot dogs; Hotel Mercurio’s famous sliders from Beers, Boys, and Burgers; Charlie’s Tacos selling tacos al pastor, and Mr. Cabos selling their fish tacos.

2) Men’s Swimwear Fashion Show. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., several local male models will start strutting their stuff on the main stage, wearing swimsuits designed by Mercurio Swim, Zuppos, Amsterdam, and Andrew Christian.

3) New Challenges for the Drag Contestants. They have arranged for several new contests, taking advantage of the presence of male models! These include, among others, an arm-wrestling challenge against the models, a “dunk the model” booth, and a toilet toss! Each of the challenges will once again be sponsored by a local business.

4) Closed-Circuit Video. Designed to address one of the bigger attendee complaints from previous years, this year’s event will feature several cameras capturing all the action from the stage and the various challenges and display it live on a large LCD screen behind the main stage.

Schedule of Events
4:00 PM – Gates Open
5:00 PM – Men’s Swimwear Fashion Show
5:45 PM – Main Drag Show
6:30 PM – Drag Challenges
7:40 PM – 8:00 PM
“Lip Synch for Your Life” and Winner Announced!

TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL, ‘AVENUE Q’ RETURNS

TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL, ‘AVENUE Q’ RETURNS

AVENUE Q is a delightful, laugh-out-loud American musical that was performed on Broadway from 2003 to 2009. The play was a resounding hit with Vallarta audiences in the past and this week it returns to Act II Entertainment. Make sure to see this utterly delightful musical, that will grace the Main Stage of Act II on May 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 & 25 at 7 pm.

Audiences will once again be enchanted by this fresh and funny story, that won the prestigious 2004 “Triple Crown” for Tony Awards…. BEST MUSIC, BEST SCORE and BESTBOOK! The story of AVENUE Q takes place in New York City and the street is Avenue Q. This is the only address you can afford when you’re fresh out of college, out of a job, or adrift looking for your purpose in life. The story is a coming-of-age parable that satirizes the issues and anxieties of entering adulthood. Filled with humor, a catchy score and full-sized puppets brought to life by cast members, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that quickly became a favorite for Vallarta audiences and now returns for the month of May!

Although the show is very similar to a children’s show where puppets are friends, the story addresses humorous adult issues and is not recommended for children. It is directed by Act II Entertainment’s Musical Director, Alfonso Lopez, and features some of Act II’s superb players. Avenue Q is the perfect choice for those of us who may be wondering how we got to this point in our lives and what our purpose is. You’ll laugh at the serious and rejoice at the marvel of this modern-day musical! Avenue Q is an enjoyable entertainment choice, so make sure to see it in May on The Main Stage!

For information or tickets go to www.actiientertainment.com

THE VERY BREAST OF JOANNA! AT THE RED ROOM

THE VERY BREAST OF JOANNA! AT THE RED ROOM

JoAnna (aka Joe Perry) is taking the stage at The Red Room for four shows only at 9:30 pm on April 17, 21, 24 & 28. Having just completed another hugely successful season with Chi Chi Rones in Dueling Drag Divas at Act II, audiences will be thrilled to see this creative and amazingly talented entertainer once again at The Red Room before the season winds down.

JoAnna sings LIVE with her own voices (no lip sync) and a soaring range. Her infamous and uncanny celebrity impersonations are legendary and make for a night of great entertainment! Her show features everything from pop to rock to jazz standards. She’ll amaze you with numbers from Adele, Patsy, Cyndi, Judy, Cher Eartha, Amy and many more! You’ll hear clever versions of favorite songs that JoAnna delivers with side-splitting humor and fabulous parodies.

JoAnna is celebrating her 13th season as a headline performer in Puerto Vallarta! She started out in NYC, and has won numerous awards, including “The Best Patsy Cline Singer” at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She is well-known for her amazing impressions, and can do amazing impersonations of our favorite musical stars, past and present! In addition to PV, JoAnna has enjoyed 6 successful performance seasons in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and 8 spectacular summers in Ogunquit, Maine! The New York Times has hailed her as “One of the Best!” and the Florida Sun writes that she is “Beyond impressions, Parody and Burlesque.”

Danny Mininni, Act II’s founder recently shared this about JoAnna. “13 years ago when I first moved to Puerto Vallarta, I was on the beach and this man walked up to me and said hey you want to see a show. We chatted a bit and he told me he did this show at Peter Deep’s Club Mañana, they had a small showroom back then. This was my FIRST introduction to PV Cabaret, well really the first time I had ever seen this sort of show. ALL LIVE SINGING DRAG QUEEN SHOW. I will never forget it. It was Aunt JoAnna back than and she shared the show with Kim Kuzma and I thought ohhhh they need to have their own shows. I call her the longest living PV Draq Queen, Join us this Wednesday when Joanna returns as a solo act reliving all her crazy shenanigans”

So don’t miss this limited engagement of ‘The Very Breast of JoAnna,’ The Gal With a Gazillion Voices on Wednesdays and Sundays for ONLY 2 weeks. Come see a true star of Drag and enjoy the incredible talent of JoAnna!

RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS WITH RECORD PARTICIPATION

RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS WITH RECORD PARTICIPATION

The Riviera Nayarit has confirmed its participation in Restaurant Week, a gourmet festival that will be held from May 15th through June 10th with the inclusion of 12 of the destination’s restaurants—double the number of registrants from 2018.

Generally speaking, this is the second year in a row the record for participating restaurants has been broken with 62 restaurants preparing for the 2019 event(the previous record was established in 2018 with 59 participants).

The event is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto VallartaTourism Trust. Restaurant week is one of several top culinary events held in the region.

Participants comprise a wide range of types of cuisine and are located all along Banderas Bay, providing local and foreign diners with the opportunity to taste the varied flavors of the destination at reduced prices.

Throughout the event, these venues will offer innovative, three-course menus (with three different options each) and will be grouped into three price categories: $289, $399 y $466 MXN per person, which in some cases represent a discount up to 50 %. Note that tips and beverages are not included in these prices.

This year’s 62 participating restaurants are: Amadeo’s Bistró, Archie’s Wok, Azafrán, Barcelona Tapas, Barrio Bistro, Bistro Limón, Bistro Teresa, Bistro Orgánico (Hotel Cielo Rojo), Blanca Blue, Boccon di Vino, Boquería Hidalgo, Café des Artistes, Coco Tropical, Daiquiri Dick’s, Di Vino Dante, Eclecticos, El Arrayán, El Dorado, El Patrón Viva Vallarta, Eugenia, Gaviotas, Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Kaiser Maximilian, La Cappella, La Cigale, La Leche, La Palapa, Layla’s Restaurante, Le Bistro Café, Le Kliff, Lobster Paradise, Lupita Mexican & Seafood, Mark’s Bar & Grill, Mérida Grill, Mikado, Nicksan, No Way José!, Ocean Grill, Ookii Sushi, OPA Greek Bistro, Oso’s Fish Market Restaurant, Pal’Mar Sea Food & Grilled Garage, Pezlimon, Pizzeria La Dolce, Porto Bello, Restaurante Icú, River Café, Sapori di Sicilia, Seasons PV, Serrano’s Meat House, Si Señor Beach, Sonora House, Spice Market, The Blue Shrimp, The Iguana, Tintoque, Trio Mediterranean, Tuna Blanca, Umai, Venazu and Vitea.

The 16 restaurants joining Restaurant Week for the very first time are: Amadeo’s Bistro, Bistro Limon, Boquería Hidalgo, Eclécticos, El Patrón Viva Vallarta, Eugenia, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, Lobster Paradise, Ocean Grill, Ookii Sushi, OPA Greek Bistro, Pal’Mar Sea Food & Grilled Garage, Sonora House, Spice Market, Umai and Venazu.

Vallarta is Planning Semana Santa Activities

Vallarta is Planning Semana Santa Activities

Semana Santa is fast approaching! The municipal government in Puerto Vallarta is busy preparing family friendly events to be enjoyed over the two-week holiday.

The city will set up four stages on the Malecón, where people will be able to enjoy free entertainment, including traditional Mexican dance, live music, circus shows and more.

Municipal tourism director Ramón González Lomelí says that the city’s two ‘Turicletos,’ pedal-powered by as many as 20 people at a time, as well as a train will be put on the Malecón during semana Santa.

To promote tourism and encourage visitors to check out the city centre, González Lomelí said that these are just some of the activities that the city has planned.

The celebrations will continue into the month of May with other events including the 13th Festival Vallarta Azteca del Folclor from April 28 through May 5 with a week of shows around the city, the Puerto Vallarta Open ATP Tennis Tournament from April 29 through May 5 held across from Villa del Palmar in the Hotel Zone, and the 2019 Down Puerto Vallarta Extreme Bike Race is on again on May 18 & 19.

Salud! National Tequila Day is coming up on Saturday

Next Saturday is National Tequila Day.Next Saturday is National Tequila Day.

Salud! National Tequila Day is coming up on Saturday

The celebration begins today in Guadalajara with Tequila Cocktail Week

Restaurants and tequila producers in Guadalajara, Jalisco, are preparing to say “Salud!” and celebrate the first-ever Tequila Cocktail Week.

Following the approval last year by the federal Congress to celebrate National Tequila Day on the third Saturday of March, 25 “iconic” restaurants and 15 tequila producers have joined together to celebrate for an entire week, starting today and concluding on Saturday.

The president of the National Chamber of the Tequila Industry (CNIT) said that special tequila-based cocktails will be prepared in the restaurants with 40 different brands provided by producers.

Twenty-four amateur mixologists from around the country will also get the chance to show their prowess in a cocktail contest.

Visitors to the capital of Jalisco will have the opportunity to visit the Tequila Route and the Altos de Jalisco, the two main tequila-producing regions in the state.

“The celebration of this date makes the industry and the whole country proud; our beverage is found in over 120 countries, and at least 70,000 people are involved in its production, a sign of its importance in the cultural and economic development of our country,” said Rodolfo González González.

National tequila production last year was 300 million liters, 222 million of which were exported. It has been predicted that tequila will be the second fastest growing alcoholic beverage in terms of sales growth internationally by 2021, behind whisky.

Source: El Economista (sp)

Check out Kathleen Carrillo at Southside Shuffle!

Check out Kathleen Carrillo at Southside Shuffle!

This Friday, February 8, 6-10 check out the show in her gallery (Calle Constitucion 325) featuring seventeen of Kathleen Carrillo’s new works soon to be mounted at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta de Mita.

Her latest collection “Speakeasy/Cabaret” shares works about nightlife, Jazz, dancing and a bit of the dark side. These can be seen at her gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

Kathleen has just opened her second Gallery in Carlsbad, California, in North San Diego County.  She will be spending most of the summer months in this new gallery while continuing to be dedicated to her patrons in the winter months in the Puerto Vallarta gallery.

Watch her latest episode of Colour In Your Life, a PBS affiliated series about artist and their lives, which aired in Australia and Europe last week.  Find it on YouTube: Colour In Your Life, Kathleen Carrillo.

You can call Kathleen at the gallery 322 222 9879, or her US phone 858 261-8129.  Gallery located at Calle Constitucion 325 in Old Town!  See you there.

Painting Credit: “Mixed Signals At The Cabaret”

The Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Fair, Coming Feb 16, 2019!

Please save the date for our Annual Real Estate Fair!

There are several speakers, about immigration, taxes and health care.

Of course, there will be 20 realtors there, a mortgage broker, as well as several other service providers for our market here.

The hours are from 9 am to 2 pm, February 16, 2019 at the Rivera Molino Plaza, Ignacio Vallarta 130, just past the bridge into Old Town.

Of course, all of the presenters will be offering information, hand-outs and most importantly, be there to answer any and all questions you may have.

All are invited!

Gracias,  Todd Bates.