Puerto Vallarta, Winter Events.

Winter is merry and bright in sunny Puerto Vallarta! December kicks off the city’s liveliest season with a splash of arts, culture, and even coffee. Dance, drink, and dine at Festival Sayulita, sail on Banderas Bay, embark on the Whale Watching Ocean Safari of a lifetime, and much more—these winter events in Puerto Vallarta are not to be missed.

Historic Center ArtWalk – Wednesday Evenings, October-May


Immerse yourself in the arts and culture of Puerto Vallarta, each Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. More than a dozen galleries feature the work of local artists, all with an eye to celebrating the past, present, and future of Mexican folk art.

Stroll along the streets among other art-lovers and the artists themselves, then top off the evening with a visit to Café Des Artistes. Gourmet cuisine pairs with stunning surroundings and a collection of art cultivated by founder and Chef Thierry Blouet to craft a truly magical experience.

Whale Watching With Oceanfriendly – December 8, 2018 – March 23, 2019


Winter is whale season in Puerto Vallarta; beginning in early December, dozens of exotic maritime species make Banderas Bay their home, including Humpbacks, dolphins, sea turtles, Orcas, and countless rare bird species.

View a dizzying array of creatures in their natural habitat in the company of wildlife experts and trained nature photographers on a Whale Watching Ocean Safari. Enjoy lunch and snacks on the water in the company of marine scientists and conservationists—Oceanfriendly is in the business of crafting once-in-a-lifetime experiences, beneficial for both visitors and wildlife.

Coffee Fest Puerto Vallarta – December 16, 2018


Kick off your winter break with a jolt at Coffee Fest Puerto Vallarta, a day of celebration for everyone’s favorite caffeinated beverage.

Sip java from dozens of participating companies and groove with live music among fellow coffee-lovers. Located on El Malecón, Vallarta’s 12-block action-packed esplanade, you can hop from boutique to gallery as you savor a great cup of joe (or three!).

Vallarta Cup – January 6, 13, 20, 27th, 2019


Banderas Bay in wintertime is a sailor’s delight. Show off your sailing chops each Saturday in January at the Vallarta Cup, one of Puerto Vallarta’s most thrilling winter events.

Races feature boats from 23 to 50 feet in length and span the gorgeous Banderas Bay from Puerto Vallarta up to La Cruz. After an exhilarating day of sailing or spectating, racers and guests can head to the Vallarta Yacht Club to celebrate their triumphs with fellow sailors.

Festival Sayulita – January 31, 2019 – February 4, 2019


Looking for a bohemian beach festival to spice up a wintery week? Search no further: Festival Sayulita is a five-day celebration of great music, indie films, incredible food, and local libations.

Attend screenings of 60+ international films and showcases for local and well-known musical artists. The Jungle ¡Live! concert is the festival’s pinnacle, drawing thousands with a line-up of world-class musicians. Sip craft beers, wines, and cocktails made with local spirits throughout the festival.