9th Annual Riverfest Music Festival - Saturday February 29th and Sunday March 1st
Join us February 29th and March 1st for a fantastic line-up of music, food, drink, fundraising and fun!
It’s coming…….the ninth annual Riverfest! Hold the date and get your friends and family together. We will be back for our 9th year at El Rio BBQ Bar with all proceeds going to Pasitos de Luz charity for disabled children. We have brought in 12 of Vallarta’s favourite musicians and bands over two days. We are sure this year’s music will be another highlight weekend! Doors open 11.30am to 7pm both days.
Saturday February 29th
Here is our exciting line-up for the first day of Riverfest 9…
12:00 – Gilberto Luna
12:30 – Bob Tansen
1:00 – Bad Habits
1:45 – Pasitos de Luz kids
Break – Announcements
2:30 – Make It Funky
3:30 – Soul Trip
4:45 – Los Bambinos
5:45 – Sylvie and The Zippers
In addition to some of Vallarta and its surrounding area’s best musicians, you can browse artisan exhibits and feast on El Rio’s mouthwatering BBQ, along with the bay’s best paella provided by Barcelona Tapas and the perfect pasta from Porto Bello. We also feature a silent auction and 50/50!
We have two options for entry. The first is admission only for $100 pesos donation per person at the gate, which will go directly to supporting the children. For this option we do not sell tickets. Please just come to the gate on February 29th.
But a second option is available and you can pre-purchase tickets that come with a number of benefits…
Saturday Patron Tickets!
You can purchase advance Saturday Patron Tickets for $900 pesos per person or a table of 8 for $6,600 pesos (a saving of $600 pesos!). Once again, all the money from these tickets goes to support the work of Pasitos de Luz. The Patron Ticket gives you:
- Increased support for the kids
- Welcome margarita or beer
- Free snacks and appetizers
- Gate entry
- Shuttle parking (there is a parking area just past El Rio and a shuttle bus service will run to and from there)
- One free serving at the fabulous buffet provided by El Rio, Porto Bello and Barcelona Tapas from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- Priority reserved seating for viewing the entertainment
- Unlimited non-alcoholic drinks (sodas and water) throughout the day, plus great music!
Sunday March 1st
We will close out our 9th annual Riverfest on the Sunday with another selection of top acts.
12:30 – Mariachi Real Del Jorullo
1:30 – Tongo & Joby
Break – Announcements
2:45 – Cheko Ruiz & Friends
4:00 – Johanna’s Band
5:15 – Media Luna
There are two options for entry. One is gate entry for just $100 pesos, which is excellent value for a fun day out. For this option we do not sell tickets. Please just come to the gate on March 1st.
However, there is also the option to pre-purchase tickets through our popular Sunday Patron Package, which has great benefits…
Sunday Patron Package!
If you want a great deal look no further! For groups of four people, you can choose to take advantage of an advance-purchase Sunday Patron Ticket Package. The Sunday Patron Package for groups of 4 offers you:
- More essential support to the children of Pasitos de Luz
- Gate entry
- Reserved seating
- Welcome drink (beer, margarita or limonada)
- Family-style service Riverfest Parrillada Lunch (includes several types of BBQ, beans, guacamole, rice, etc).
All of this for just $2,500 pesos per group of 4 people. This option is the only way to secure reserved seating on Sunday. It’s great value and a good opportunity to get together with friends while providing much-needed support for our kids! You will purchase your ticket with an assigned timeframe to eat so you know when your food will arrive in a one hour timespan.
How can I buy my tickets?
You can buy both Saturday and Sunday Patron Tickets in person by coming out to the Pasitos de Luz table at the Olas Altas Farmers Market every Saturday.
You can also buy Patron Tickets by contacting Barb Bremner at until sold out. Please note we have limited numbers of patron tickets available and they typically go quickly.
Please get your advance patron tickets now OR plan to attend by coming to El Rio BBQ Bar and donating $100 pesos at the gate on February 29th and March 1st to help us make this our best Riverfest ever and support the children from Pasitos de Luz!
Getting to Riverfest…
El Rio BBQ is located here, straddling the Cuale River.
We encourage you to take the R04 Paso Ancho bus or arrive by taxi/Uber. For those who prefer to drive we will offer a shuttle service from the designated parking lot to El Rio and back. See you there!
Riverfest 9 Band Sponsors – Patrocinadores de las Bandas
The following businesses have shown their commitment to giving back to the local community by being Band Sponsors at Riverfest 9. Thank you for your kindness!