Sayulita Events – 2015
January 14 – 18: Festival Sayulita – Come celebrate the wonders of our magical town and enjoy film, music, food, spirits and, of course, surf. There is something for everybody at the Festival- all ages, all pocketbook sizes and all interests. (www.festivalsayulita.com)
February 17: Mexi-Gras – Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 17th for the Costa Verde International School’s 8th annual scholarship fundraiser. This year’s theme is all about fun, as Sayulita meets New Orleans for a Fat Tuesday celebration in support of this school. (www.colegiocostaverde.com)
March 4 – 8: Punta Sayulita Long Board & SUP Championships (Cancelled) – The Punta Sayulita Classic Committee regretfully announces that the 2015 Punta Sayulita Classic will not be held in March 2015 as intended. (www.puntasayulitasurfclassic.com)
March 11: Groupo Pro Sayulita Annual Fiesta – The annual Grupo Pro Sayulita fundraiser at the Brisas Del Mar palapa is an amazing event, and the principal opportunity to raise money for Grupo Pro Sayulita. The 2014 fundraiser was an amazing success with over 300 attendees, and one of the best Pro Sayulita events in years. (http://www.prosayulita.org)
April 1-12: Easter/Semana Santa – Determined by the first Sunday after the full moon equinox, Mexico and the entire Christian world celebrate Easter. The Easter holidays in Mexico are a combination of Semana Santa (Holy Week: Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday) and Pascua (Resurrection Sunday through the following Saturday). In many small communities, full Passion Play is enacted from the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgement, the Procession of the twelve Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion and, finally, the Resurrection. Semana Santa is also a time when Mexicans flock to the beaches – a Mexican spring break.
May 10-17: ISA World SUP Championships – The ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) is an ISA World Championship that features four disciplines—SUP Surfing, SUP Racing Technical, SUP Racing Distance and Paddleboard Racing Technical and Distance. Within the SUP Racing and Paddleboard disciplines, athletes will be competing in up to three (3) events including the Technical and Distance Races and the Paddle Relay. There will be one Gold Medal National Team. (http://www.isasurf.org)
Nov 1 – 2: El Dia de Los Muertos – November 2nd marks the Day of the Dead (El Dia de Los Muertos), a time to pay respects to loved ones who have passed on from this life. One creative ritual for this holiday is to make beautifully decorated altars with sugar candy skulls, candles, orange marigolds, figurines alluding to death and even the favorite dishes of the deceased, to adorn the elaborate altars. Many altars and offerings to the dead are placed in the main plaza in the days leading up to November 2nd. Traditionally, friends and family gather at the cemetery, where celebrations continue at the burial site of the loved one. The tombs and graves are decorated and candles burn throughout the night. Mexicans believe that their loved ones are present to commune with on this day.
Nov 20: Dia de La Revolution – November 20th marks Revolution Day, a national holiday celebrating the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, from 1910 to 1920, when Pancho Villa led a revolt to take back the land from the oppressive, Spanish hacienda owners. Colorful parades, parties and traditional folklore dances are exhibited in most communities across the country. Sayulita boasts a great parade with students from local schools, dancing horses and traditional homemade dishes sold in the plaza, such as pozole, tacos, tamales and much more.
Dec 9 – 12: El Dia De Guadalupe – Anyone visiting Sayulita during the week leading up to December 12th will more than likely be awoken by the sounds of cannons, fireworks and church bells going off at 5:00 a.m., as Sayulita and Mexico celebrate Mexico’s patron saint, Our Lady of Guadalupe, also known as La Virgen Morena. A long-lived tradition, Catholics in Mexico rise before dawn and attend mass. It is common to see Virgin Guadalupe altars in homes, simple homages to the “Queen of Mexico,” with framed images of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” surrounded by flowers and holy candles.