Held annually for 3 days during the last weekend of February, San Pancho’s Music Festival is one of the largest musical events in the region, helping to make San Pancho the cultural center of the Riviera Nayarit. It began informally in 2001, and by 2006 included some 116 performers. The Music Festival features musicians from around the world, including from Europe, the U.S., South America, New Zealand and all parts of Mexico.
There is no fee to attend the Festival, but the Festival is fully funded by your donations. While we work on a shoestring budget and depend greatly on the unpaid hours of our Festival committee and volunteers, our expenses grow every year. This includes an honorarium for every musician, government permits, sound equipment and light rental, design and promotion, food and drinks for the musicians, security, etc. Proceeds from album sales go directly to the performing artists.
The Festival maintains a philosophy commonly shared by the village citizens: they value and celebrate the cultural diversity and talents of their local and regional neighbors and embrace the talents of their visiting musicians from around the world. It is a truly wonderful balance of performers getting together for 3 days to share an unforgettable and enriching musical experience in one of the most beautiful regions of Mexico.