Art & Culture

Puerto Vallarta not only offers you a beautiful and entertaining vacation with so many options of activities and a vibrant city and tropical environment. If you are also looking for the perfect setting to fill your soul with the beauty of art and culture surrounded by the natural, historic downtown, then Puerto Vallarta is the place you’ve been looking for. Puerto Vallarta is definitely an inspiring place for artists and art lovers. On this page you will find more information about the art & culture scene in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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Night of the Iguana

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The movie, Night of the Iguana, transformed Puerto Vallarta from an anonymous fishing town into a magnet for tourists and a regular stop for cruise ships sailing the Mexican Riviera.

In 1963, when John Huston filmed Night of the Iguana with Ava Gardner and Richard Burton in a charming cove just south of a town called Mismaloya, Puerto Vallarta was just a sleepy little fishing village on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

However, Elizabeth Taylor came to keep an eye on Richard Burton (her lover) while he was filming with the sexy Ava Gardner. The publicity buzz about Burton and Liz’s red-hot affair and the movie put Puerto Vallarta on the tourist – and the paparazzi’s – map.

Read more HERE (A CONTROVERSIAL NEW BOOK…. THE TRUE STORY ABOUT THE MAKING OF “THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA” – Coming Soon – order your copy)

Find out more information HERE

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header1Old Town Art Walk

An important contribution to the city’s art scene is the Old Town Art Walk. There are almost 24 art galleries located in El Centro, each offering their own selection of works created by important visual artists from Mexico and elsewhere. Several of them belong to the Old Town Art Walk, which is a self-guided walking art gallery tour that happens Wednesday evenings during Winter and Spring, that allows locals and visiting art collectors to get to know the artists as they exhibit their own works. All art galleries in El Centro can be usually found open during regular business hours throughout the week.

Find out more information here: www.vallartaartwalk.com

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Sculptures on the Malecon

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Puerto Vallarta features a extensive collection of public sculptures, most of them you can see along the city’s scenic Malecón or boardwalk. Local artists have created many of the sculptures. A natural draw for visitors and locals, the sculptures can be appreciated on your own. However, a guided sculpture tour will provide you with interesting historical and artistic insight on Puerto Vallarta in general, and the works themselves, in particular.

The “FREE” Malecon Sculpture Tour…

For more information about this tour please click here: Malecon Sculpture Tour

To see a map of the Statues & Landmarks around the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta click here: Map

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Puerto Vallarta Art Galleries

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Today, after almost 60 years of top quality art being created and exhibited in this special city, Puerto Vallarta has become one of Mexico’s premier art destinations, boasting numerous art galleries and exhibitions featuring art in all mediums – sculptures, paintings, pottery and folk art – by local artists, painters that are internationally famous, young up and coming artists, and Mexico’s most celebrated masters.

So, whether you’re looking for that ideal home decoration or a masterpiece for your collection, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in one of the many art galleries found in Puerto Vallarta and around Banderas Bay.

To see a gallery directory please click here: Directory

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Festivals and Cultural Events in Puerto Vallarta

There are many Festivals and Events of all different kinds  held every year in Puerto Vallarta, here are some of them:

  • Art Walk (Every Wednesday October to May)
  • Southside Shuffle (Every other Friday from November to April)
  • National Charro Championship (February and March)
  • Wine Fest (March)
  • Vallarta Bird Festival (March)
  • Athletic Half Marathon and Race (March)
  • International Encounter of Poets and the Arts ‘Letras en la Mar’ (April)
  • Restaurant Week (May)
  • Vallarta Cup (May)
  • International Altruism Festival (May)
  • The Bougainvillea Festival (May)
  • Independence Day Celebrations (September)
  • Day of the Dead Activities (1st and 2nd of November)
  • International Fishing Tournament (November)
  • International Gourmet Festival (November)
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Processions (December)
  • End of the Year Festivities (December)

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Teatro Vallarta

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In the spring of 2010, Puerto Vallarta opened a state-of-the-art theater, Teatro Vallarta, in the center of the city. This theater has both national and international productions, and a modern art gallery. The theater has capacity for 900 persons and offers dressing rooms, an exhibition hall, rehearsal space, cafeteria, ticket desk, lobby and offices. The theater is located directly across from Ley Supermarket, between Avenida Mexico and Peru Street. Tickets to productions can be purchased at the box office, which is open on Mondays and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Check out the events program on: Teatro Vallarta

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tb_akLos Arcos Amphitheater

These four grand stone arches of Los Arcos Amphitheater are a symbol of Puerto Vallarta, and mark this outstanding open-air theater located downtown at the south end of the Malecon, and right off the main plaza in front of Guadalupe Church. Throughout the year, Los Arcos Amphitheater is the venue for free concerts, cultural performances, and other impromptu activities.  For grand-scale events, the city of Puerto Vallarta brings out risers to accommodate the large number of spectators that arrive to enjoy the festivities.

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Puerto Vallarta Naval Historical Museum

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The Mexican Navy opened the Naval History Museum in 2006.  This colonial-style building sits next to Los Arcos on the Malecon and was formerly the Port Authority office, the Navy Hospital, and then later the Navy Headquarters.  Recently, it has been remodeled to show historic exhibits and artifacts.  It has five exhibition rooms and the Naval History Museum houses permanent collections of photos, documents, maps and paintings.  The museum offers scale replicas of both old and modern vessels, scale models of forts and topographic scale models of the Mexican Republic and several of its ports. The many navigation instruments and charts are also of interest.  There is a coffee shop on the upper floor (a great place to have breakfast) of the building that has a panoramic view of the Malecon and Banderas Bay.

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cualectr-webThe Rio Cuale Cultural Center

The Cuale Cultural Center is located on the upper island of the Cuale River. The Centro Cultural Cuale, founded in March 2003, is certainly one of Vallarta’s hidden gems when it comes to art workshops, cultural events and music classes. This best kept treasure lies nestled at the heart of the palm-thronged Rio Cuale, where Vallarta’s most enchanting braided river has formed a permanent island.

At the cultural center, short-term visitors and snowbirds alike will find an array of regular and one-off events and classes for all ages, covering musical instruments, sculpture, painting, dance, and theater, to name but a few activities on offer. English is also spoken on some of the courses, although it is a great chance to practice your Spanish within a more hands-on situation and meet locals.

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