Best of Mexico in October

For a lot of travelers, Mexico is synonymous with hot, sunny beaches. However, the early fall is also a great time to catch some authentic spirit by partaking in some exciting local events.

October ushers in both local and country-wide celebrations.  Here are a few worth checking out.

Annual Tulum Seat Turtle Festival

If you are taking in the mystical sites of the Tulum Ruins, about an hour away from Playa Carmen, head over to Quintana Roo from October 26 through October 28 for the annual Tulum Sea Turtle Festival. The festival is a free event featuring art and cultural activities while showcasing sea turtle conservation activities.

Fiestas de Octubre

Farther inland, visitors can take in Fiestas de Octubre – also known as Octoberfest – in Guadelajara. The festival is an international display of cultural exhibits and performers, food, music and dance. The festival is a bit of a drive – about four or five hours – from Puerto Vallarta, but it runs all month long, from September 30 to November 2 so it is a great excursion if you have a spare day or two to fill.

Cabo Food Festival

Closer to the beach, The Art of Taste Wine and Food Festival in Cabo San Lucas brings fine cuisine to the beach. The four-day festival runs from October 26 through October 29 and features five-course dinners prepared by chefs and beach parties outfitted with fine food, wine, and cheese.

Day of the Dead

No list of fall activities in Mexico can possibly be complete without mentioning Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. Locals and visitors alike head out from October 31 through November 2 to take part in this uniquely Mexican celebration of deceased relatives that has its roots in an ancient Aztec celebration. Festivities can be found throughout the country including Xcarat, the ecological theme park in Cancun.

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
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Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival Returns for 2nd Year

There are few Mexican dishes as tempting and delicious as a lovingly-prepared taco on a handmade corn tortilla, topped with fresh guacamole, salsa and your choice of perfectly-spiced meats. If you happen to be traveling to Puerto Vallarta, you can eat your fill of authentic tacos asada, chorizo and pastor along with freshly caught shrimp, lobster and fish at the town’s much anticipated Taco Fair.

On September 16, Puerto Vallarta proudly hosted its 2nd annual Taco Festival, which showcased the delectable offerings of local taquerias. This family-friendly event not only provided ample opportunities to sample true Mexican cuisine at its finest and cheapest (tacos for 50 cents!), festival-goers were treated to presentations about the history of the taco and the musical stylings of Puerto Vallarta’s Huichol group. Plus, admission was free!

Taco Fair supports local producers

On why he chose September 16, Taco Fair organizer Edgar Cisneros told the Puerto Vallarta Daily News that the long holiday weekend would attract not only tourists in the area, but local denizens as well. “It’s a way to celebrate Independence Day, the festival is dedicated to the taco, which is a very Mexican product,” he explained.

If you happened to miss this year’s Taco Festival, don’t despair! Plans are already in the works for the Puerto Vallarta Taco Fair 2017. Here are just some of the activities and attractions offered at this year’s bash:

  • Taco tastings with escamoles (a kind of ant larvae) and even grilled crickets!
  • Tamer restaurant offerings of tacos with marinated and grilled pork, beef, shrimp and fish
  • Tacos featuring elements of molecular cuisine
  • Presentations from local chefs
  • Other traditional culinary treats from local restaurants
  • More than 20 vendors in attendance
  • A variety of microbrews
  • Live music & family fun

Whether you prefer your tacos with a spicy kick of jalapeño or a savory yet mild pico de gallo, Puerto Vallarta invites you to discover the exquisite flavors of this humble street food that nourishes the body and soul.

If you’re planning a vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico soon and want to experience the world’s most heavenly tacos al pastor– head to El Carboncito, a small but popular taco stand – especially among the late night crowd. Just follow the scent of slow-grilled meats in El Centro’s Calle Honduras; you won’t be disappointed.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
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Carribean Parrot welcomes Mark Mulligan to Rocky Point

 

imageCarribean Parrot seems to be Mark Mulligan’s new home when in Rocky Point. Located on Sinaloa Blvd. on the way to the Mirador area (a little way past Capone’s), Carribean Parrot is a spacious place to have lunch, dinner, or an adult beverage.

With walls covered in tropical nick-nacks (palm trees, parrots, sharks etc.) and a good sized stage, it is the perfect setting to listen to Mark sing his tales of life and love south of the border.

This Saturday, November 29th, Mark Mulligan returns, just him and his guitar. This will be his third visit in recent months. His previous shows played to nearly full houses of enthusiastic fans. This time, the music gets started at 4pm with an opening set from local singer/song writer Jessie Gerardo. Then at 5pm, Mark takes the stage.

If you haven’t heard his songs that talk about the charm of living on the coast of Mexico, come and be prepared to be won over. Get there early, as those who already love Mark Mulligan’s music should be out in force.

Saturday, November 29th, at the Carribean Parrot. Call 388 0660 for reservations. Show starts at 4pm with Jessie Gerardo. Mark Mulligan begins at 5pm.

Coming to Rocky Point this Holiday Season? Let Seaside Reservations help you find just the right place to stay!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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Rocky Point Rally photo gallery

 

 

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
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Condo Mystery Poker Run and Boo Boys Band

 

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For the 14th Rocky Point Rally, Colin’s Cantina has something that bikers will not want to miss. Friday afternoon, everyone is welcome to enjoy local live band the BooBoys from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Stop by and have a drink and pick up card number two for the Condo Poker Run!

Enjoy the start to a great weekend with us. Seaside Reservations is a Gold Sponsor of the 14th annual Rocky Point Rally. Here are the details . . .

Friday November 7th 1 p.m. $10 US / Proceeds for local charities

Roll up to some of Rocky Point’s most spectacular beachside spots! Meet up at 1st stop at 1 p.m., stops at condo projects with drinks and snacks, final Condo Run stop at Friday night Beach Party @ Playa Bonita. Winner announced @ Beach Party

1st card – Emiliano’s (Sonoran Sun Resort)

2nd card -Sonoran Grill (Sonoran Spa Resort)

3rd card -Colin’s Cantina (Princesa de Peñasco condominiums)

4th card – Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort (The Links Golf Course)

5th card – Playa Bonita Resort (Beach Fiesta)

* $10 US fee paid at final stop

* Mystery Poker – Any hand can win! Cards given points to be tallied up on Friday night!

Nov. 7th – Turn in Poker Run Cards 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (and only during these times) Beach Fiesta @ Playa Bonita Resort

Winners announced @ Beach Fiesta approx. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7th

Friday, November 7th, 2014
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Rocky Point Rally press conference

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As the sound of motorcycles starts to be heard around Rocky Point, the local organizers for this years 14th Rocky Point Rally gave a final press conference.

Bikers registering at Barclin’s Circle K today and tomorrow will get a couple of very useful things. First is a flyer built around a map of town, with the important Rally locations marked. Emergency contacts, a list of events by day, as well as hotels and restaurants in town. There is also the Rally Passport, which offers discounts at various local businesses.

Today’s the day for the Kick Off Fiesta at Banditos with the Black Moods, followed by more live music on the Malecon with Pachuca Blues.

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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CEDO sustainability event

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CEDO is the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans. Located on the Sea of Cortez in Las Conchas, scientists and interns work to find ways to preserve the nature around them, while being a source for education as well. Working with

CEDO is the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans. Located on the Sea of Cortez in Las Conchas, scientists and interns work to find ways to preserve the nature around them, while being a source for education as well. Working with local fishermen, CEDO helps to maintain a healthy balance of resource use in this part of the ocean.

An event on Saturday, November 8th will showcase some of those who are working with local resources. Weather through crafts, seafood, or ecotourism, all of the vendors use what they find locally in a sustainable way. This makes sure that what Mexico’s oceans have to offer is here for future genrations.

The CEDO facility is in a rambling old building on a hill of sand that rolls down to the sea. The building hosts camps for children to learn about the worlds oceans, exhibits about the local sealife, as well as serving as a base for projects involving local fisherman. A distinctive part of the CEDO building is the complete Humpback Whale skeleton that sits at the very top of the hill.

CEDO is easy to reach on the main road into Las Conchas. The CEDO Naturarte Market Place Sustaonable Local Prodcts Event will be in the parking lot on Saturday, November 8th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The event is designed to “encourage responsoble people doing doing efforts towards sustainability and a space to sell their products.”

fishermen, CEDO helps to maintain a healthy balance of resource use in this part of the ocean.

An event on Saturday, November 8th will showcase some of those who are working with local resources. Weather through crafts, seafood, or ecotourism, all of the vendors use what they find locally in a sustainable way. This makes sure that what Mexico’s oceans have to offer is here for future genrations.

The CEDO facility is in a rambling old building on a hill of sand that rolls down to the sea. The building hosts camps for children to learn about the worlds oceans, exhibits about the local sealife, as well as serving as a base for projects involving local fisherman. A distinctive part of the CEDO building is the complete Humpback Whale skeleton that sits at the very top of the hill.

CEDO is easy to reach on the main road into Las Conchas. The CEDO Naturarte Market Place Sustaonable Local Prodcts Event will be in the parking lot on Saturday, November 8th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The event is designed to “encourage responsoble people doing doing efforts towards sustainability and a space to sell their products.”

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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Patti Springer Art in the Park Art Fair

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For the last few years, folks in the Las Conchas neighborhood have honored the memory of resident artist Patti Springer with an annual art event. The call is out for artists to participate. Some go the extra mile and give a demonstration of how they create their work.

People drop by to do some Holiday shopping, enjoy the live music, have a glass of wine, and eat crispy carnitas tacos. A sunny afternoon of good times, kids dance barefoot and old friends catch up on things. All of it helps the charities that the residents of Las Conchas support through events like this, sponsored by the Las Conchas Community Relations Committee.

Come see the metal artists, painters, grafts sellers and more at the Patti Springer Art in the Park. It happens at the Las Conchas Fiesta Park. Ask at the gate for easy directions.

The event is on Saturday, November 29th, from 11am to 4pm. Artists set up begins at 9am. The cost to display your art is $20.00 US. Free and open to the public. For more information, or to reserve a space contact Lori at 382 0139, or Maria at 382 0050 por Espaniol./

 

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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Classic film ‘Viento Negro”

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Rocky Point regulars know – every once in a while, a strong wind will blow into town and stay for a few days. A famous film from the Mexican Cinema is set in one of these storms, out in the dunes of the Pinacate Biosphere reserve.

‘Viento Negro’, or Black Wind, was made in 1964 and tells it’s story around true events that happened during the construction of the railway that connected the State of Baja California with the rest of Mexico.

As part of National Conservation Week (October 27th through 31st), the Cine Club of Puerto Penasco presents the film during  its’ regular Tuesday night event, CineMartes. Every week, the patio of Puerto Viejo Coffee shop finds a gathering of film buffs, as well as those who like to enjoy a pleasant outside event while the weather is so nice.

Admission is free, and the film starts at 8:30pm. Puerto Viejo is located in the Old Port, one block off of the Malecon on Calle Zaragoza, across from the main church.

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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