Riverfest 8 at EL Rio BBQ again

For the past eight years the Riverfest music festival has fundraised for Pasitos de Luz (www.pasitosdeluz.org), the local charity that enables children with disabilities in Banderas Bay to reach their full potential. Riverfest is the biggest fundraiser of the year for this fantastic non-profit that started over 20 years ago in the working-class Pitillal neighbourhood.

Mark your calendars for Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3 in the beautiful surroundings of El Rio BBQ Bar, along the river above downtown Puerto Vallarta. Music starts at 12pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday, finishing in the late afternoon.

Kurt Sinner, the owner of El Rio, has put together another fantastic music lineup for this years festival. On Saturday enjoy The Gecko Band, Brimstone, Anna and The Others, Texas Embassy Blues Band, The Jokers and popular headliner La Trez Cuartoz. Sunday vistors will dance the afternoon away to Piel Canela, The Cheko Ruiz Band, Los Bambinos and Johanna’s Band.

Both days you can enjoy the silent auction, 50/50 draws, great vendors and, on Saturday, hair cutting by Alexander A Salon.

Get your VIP Patron Packages!

As usual, gate entry goes directly to Pasitos de Luz, just $100 pesos this year on both Saturday and Sunday. However, to get the best seats in the house and really support the great work of Pasitos de Luz, the highly recommended VIP Patron Packages are the way to go if you want to enjoy Riverfest to its utmost, especially if you are attending as a group.

The Saturday Patron Package is $900 pesos per person or a table of 8 for $6,400 pesos (a saving of $800 pesos!). For this you get gate entry, early bird parking, a welcome margarita or beer, free snacks and appetizers, one free serving at the fabulous buffet provided by El Rio, Pasta Fresca and Barcelona Tapas from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., priority reserved seating for viewing the entertainment, plus unlimited non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day and great music! You will also get that gratifying feeling of supporting an inspirational charity.

This year we are also pleased to announce Sunday Patron Packages, which offer gate entry, reserved seating, a welcome drink (beer, margarita or lemonade), plus delicious family-style service Riverfest Parrillada lunch. All of this for just $1,500 pesos per group of 4 people!

Book your Patron Packages by contacting me, Barb, at condo211@yahoo.ca until sold out. Please note there are a limited numbers of patron packages available.


For the second year running, the Vallarta Tribune is providing sponsorship for Riverfest. And new this year our band sponsors include Bacha’s Mexican Restaurant, Café Roma, Captain Don’s, Casa Isabel, El Torito Sports Bar, HGH Vallarta, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Nacho Daddy, Pasitos Volunteer Group, Puesta Del Sol Centro, ReRunsRFun, Roxy Rock House, Silva Brisset Realtors and Vallarta Lifestyles. Our sincere thanks goes to these amazing sponsors.

Great atmosphere, great cause…

Put together with love and dedication each year, you will eat, drink and dance knowing that proceeds of Riverfest will be going to a daycare and therapy centre that is a lifeline for over 130 families. So put Riverfest in your calendar for next weekend and we’ll see you at El Rio BBQ Bar!