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2016 Festival del Día de Los Muertos Starts Saturday

October 27, 2016

Set to take place October 29 through November 2, this year's Día de Los Muertos Festival in Puerto Vallarta promise to be frightfully fun with 'spooktacular' events being held in public places throughout the city.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - The city will be 'dressed to kill' from October 29 through November 2, as the Municipal Tourism Department pulls out all the stops to make the 2016 Festival del Día de Los Muertos the biggest and best celebration in the history of this tradition in Puerto Vallarta.

This 5-day event is one of the attractions planned for the delegations from 28 countries that will be in Puerto Vallarta for the XII Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World, and will give our city a unique opportunity to share one of Mexico's most beloved traditions with the world.

"The goal is to make the Festival an anchor for the promotion of Puerto Vallarta because it reflects many Mexican traditions, and tourists, especially those from abroad, like to come and enjoy our traditions," the Municipal Tourism Promotion Department director, Eduardo García Joya, said.

The activities begin at an early hour on Saturday, October 29th with fun activities scheduled to take place throughout Colonia Emiliano Zapata. Starting at 9:00 am, there will be an all-day display of blown glass skulls and Day of the Dead paintings on the corners of Insurgentes/Lázaro Cárdenas and Basilio Badillo/Insurgentes streets. In the evening, head over to Francisca Rodriguez Street (the walkway that leads to Los Muertos Pier) to check out the altar displays, a Day of the Dead explanatory mural and an interactive Catrín y Catrina picture frame.

In El Centro (the downtown area) you can spend the day looking at all of the altar displays created by local businesses, hotels and schools, and the guest municipalities of San Sebastián del Oeste, Mascota, Chapala, Tamazula and Tonalá in the main plaza and along the Malecón.

In the Main Plaza you'll enjoy the Punto de Embarque, Pangas de Vallarta ("Boarding Point, Pangas Vallarta") exhibition (all day); and from 6:00-11:00 pm a Kermes Mexicana with food booths and a performance by the Puerto Vallarta Orchestra School. Meanwhile, at Hidalgo Park, the Pata Salada, La Fiesta de mi Pueblo (Mexican Fiesta) will offer Antojitos Mexicanos and Folkloric dance performances from 6-10:30 pm.

At 9:00 pm the traditional "Maleconeada" parade will start off at Parque Hidalgo, (at the beginning of the Malecón) and end at Los Arcos del Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta, where you'll enjoy a fun-filled evening of entertainment until 11:00 pm.

And that's just the first day!

For the next 4 days (October 30-November 2), the festival will continue in 17 public spaces, including the 5 de Diciembre Pantheon, along Avenida Mexico, Hidalgo Park, Malecón, Plaza de Armas, Aquiles Serdan Park, the sidewalks along Iturbide, Mina and Aldama streets, La Isla Rio Cuale, the Cuale Market, Lazaro Cardenas Park, and on Insurgentes, Basilio Badillo, Olas Altas, Francisca Rodriguez and Pulpito streets.

Click HERE to download the complete 5-day schedule of events for Puerto Vallarta's 2016 Day of the Dead Festival.