May Fest 2018, a series of artistic, cultural and sports activities, is set to kick off in Puerto Vallarta on May 26—and this year’s celebration is especially meaningful as Puerto Vallarta celebrates its centennial as a municipality and 50 years as a city.
Organized by the Culture Institute of Vallarta, with the full support of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, the Ministry of Culture of Jalisco and the Municipal Council of Sports, May Fest 2018 will run through May 31.
The main stage will be located next to the city’s original lighthouse, now on the Malecon seaside promenade.
The lineup will feature a number of local acts, such as the award-winning Xiutla folkloric ballet, the Salty Feet Jazz Orchestra, the Alas singing school and performance trio La Boquita.
International performers will take the main stage, as well. Grammy-winning group La Santa Cecilia, which earns critical acclaim for its mix of genres such as cumbia, bossa nova and boleros, will be the closing act the night of May 26, while Colombian group Bomba Estereo will close out the night of May 30.
May Fest 2018 will conclude Thursday, May 31 with the cutting of a double-anniversary cake to the sounds of a mariachi band.
Closing honors will go to Mexican-American singer-songwriter and actor Pepe Aguilar to be followed by a pyrotechnic show and performance by Sonido Satanas, a native Guadalajara group that is known for mixing cumbia rhythms with other musical genres.
Puerto Vallarta will celebrate its birthday the entire year. Major local events are joining in on the festivities. The MEXorc Regatta in March featured a Centennial Race from Los Arcos to the Malecon. Also, Vallarta Down was held for the second edition and Vallarta Pride hosts a traditional Mexican feria, or fair, complete with clowns and churros in late May.
This year has also seen the inauguration of many new events, such as the Puerto Vallarta Open, which took place earlier this month. Other events are being worked on and will be confirmed as the months proceed.