The First Annual Bugambilia Festival has come to fruition through the dreams and collective efforts of citizen organizers and local volunteers working towards a better Puerto Vallarta.
Scheduled to take place May 17-25, 2013 in venues throughout the city, the Bugambilia Festival will unite Puerto Vallarta residents, businesses, artists, expats and visitors in a celebration of the art, beauty, food, and culture of Mexico.
There are over 35 events planned throughout the 9 day festival, all of which are open to the general public with no admission charge, some of these include:
Ongoing Events - Daily from May 17-25, 2013
Floral sculptures will be placed in numerous locations throughout the city, including: • Puerto Vallarta International Airport • Plaza Galerias • Plaza Peninsula • Los Muertos Pier • The Malecón • Presidencia Municipal • Hidalgo Park • Lazaro Cardenas Park • Olas Altas • Basilio Badillo • Calle Pulpito
Location for extraordinary pieces of floral art - this time in the form of carpets - will be displayed throughout the city for everyone to enjoy. Location will include: • Puerto Vallarta International Airport • Church of Guadalupe • Plaza Galerias • Teatro Vallarta • the Presidencia Municipal • Hidalgo Park • Lazaro Cardenas Park
Artisans booths, selling everything from handicrafts to plants and pottery, will be open daily at Lazaro Cardenas Park throughout the festival.
Malecón Candlelight Procession - May 17th
The First Annual Puerto Vallarta Bugambilia Festival kicks off on Friday, May 17 at 7:30 pm with a Malecón Candlelight Procession. This free event is perfect for all ages, young and old. To join in the fun bring along a lantern or candle and meet at Hotel Rosita before walking the Malecón and finishing at Lazaro Cardenas Park.
Catrina Parade and Contest - May 18th
The parade will begin at Hidalgo Park on Saturday, May 18th at 6:30 pm. Leaving from this location, Catrinas, followed by a Crowns of the Dead procession, will travel along the Malecón picking up more Catrinas along the way. Stops will be made in certain places for the Catrinas to provide spectators with an impressive performance. The parade will end at Lazaro Cardenas Park, where the awards ceremony will take place for the best Catrina in Puerto Vallarta!
Olas Altas Fiesta Mexicana - May 18th
Following Saturday's Catrina Awards Ceremony, Puerto Vallarta Bugambilia Festival 2013 will present a "Fiesta Mexicana" – a party on Calle Olas Altas, where everyone will enjoy our wonderful Mexican culture. Look forward to music, dancing, delicious food, drinks, and much much more. Come out and enjoy what Mexico does best!
Pet Parade and Contest - May 19th
The Pet Parade will start at Hidalgo Park on Sunday, May 19th at 6 pm, continue down the Malecón and end at Lazaro Cardenas Park, where the awards ceremony will take place. The contest will be divided into three categories: large pets, medium pets, and small pets. Five finalists will be chosen from each category. These finalists will compete in front of the judges to win the 1st and 2nd place awards in each category.
Night Bike Ride/Parade - May 22nd
Vallarta en Bici is sponsoring a Night Bike Ride/Parade with decorated bicycles leaving Marina Vallarta at 9 pm and ending at Lazaro Cardenas Park with an awards presentation.
Old Town Guided Walking Tour - May 22nd & 23rd
At 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23, meet at the Central Plaza near the Church and take a free guided walking tour of Old Town Vallarta where you'll enjoy incredible vistas, discover some of the region's indigenous plants and learn a little bit of Old Town's history along the way.
Floral Float Parade - May 24th
The Bugambilia Festival Floral Float Parade will depart from the Agustin Flores Contreras Municipal Stadium car park at 5 pm. All floats will take the main road to the Hotel Rosita, where the floats will be divided into two groups. Small decorated cars and floats will travel along the Malecón and larger conveyances will take the street behind the Malecón. All floats will reconvene at the corner of Ignacio L. Vallarta and Basilio Badillo, and continue down to the parade route's end at Lazaro Cardenas Park.
There are many other activities scheduled throughout the festival, including a Flash Mob, a Charro Parade, a Flowers and Fairies Contest for Children, an Amateur Singing Contest, and more! Join us in celebrating Puerto Vallarta's First Annual Bugambilia Festival!
For more information and event details, visit VallartaGardenClub.com, or follow Bugambilia Festival 2013 on Facebook.