Art & Culture in Puerto Vallarta


A veritable paradise of cultural and artistic ambiance, Puerto Vallarta is home for artists and culture lovers from around the world, who have been inspired by the mix of romance and beauty that has drawn them here and refused to let them leave. The vibrant art scene is reflected by the wealth of galleries, public sculptures and cultural festivals the city offers throughout the year.

Dozens of art galleries have taken up residence in historical and charming Old Town (Zona Romántica), exhibiting paintings, photography, sculptures, glasswork, ceramics, and jewelry by top Mexican and international artists.

From November through April, Puerto Vallarta features a comfortable stroll known as the Art Walk around a dozen or so of its galleries on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The opening of the Teatro Vallarta in the spring of 2010 secured Vallarta’s place as a leading cultural center on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, with its national and international shows and exceptional modern art gallery featuring some of Mexico’s most up-and-coming talent.

More than 15 sculptures from some of the most famous Mexican artists, including Ramiz Barquet, Sergio Bustamante and Alejandro Colunga, create an impressive public art space along the Malecón. Some of the sculptures represent the lives of important historical people, others reflect the culture and life in Puerto Vallarta, and some make for great vacation pictures.

Puerto Vallarta native and internationally known painter Manuel Lepe (1936-1984) created Naïve-style themes based mostly on the landscape and town. A Puerto Vallarta art icon, he captured the light, simplicity and beauty of the city before it became a popular resort town. You will find his art across the city in many of the galleries and in the beautiful mural located at city hall.

Puerto Vallarta’s own Xiutla Ballet includes over 300 children and youth in their intensely emotional performances, both locally and internationally. They appear free of charge every Friday at the Lázaro Cárdenas Plaza in Olas Altas at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at Los Arcos del Malecón at 8:00 p.m.