Your Questions Answered!
Where is the Festival located?
The Festival is located in the village of San Pancho, officially named San Francisco, in the state of Nayarit, about 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, about 45 minutes on highway. The Festival is held at the Plaza del Sol.
Are there transportation services from Puerto Vallarta?
Yes, there are. The COMPOSTELA bus line (green and white buses) typically run 2-3 times an hour to the north coast. Look for SAYULITA and SAN FRANCISCO destinations advertised on the bus windshield. From the airport, take the pedestrian bridge over the main highway to catch the northbound buses. Not all COMPOSTELA buses go to San Pancho or to Sayulita. To SAN FRANCISCO, there is about 1 bus every hour; and the passage is $35 pesos. Alternatively, one can catch a bus to the neighboring village of Sayulita (2 buses every hour; cost $20 pesos) and take a taxi from there to San Pancho. Taxi service from Sayulita to San
Pancho runs about $150 pesos. TAXIS service is available from the airport, but can be much more expensive than a bus. TAXIS from the Puerto Vallarta airport to San Pancho cost around $800 pesos or about $550 pesos if you walk across the pedestrian bridge to the other side of the highway.
For further transportation options and details, click this link to San Pancho Life: Transportation Details. Prices are subject to change, so please check in advance when planning.
0– from the airport it is 23 miles to San Francisco (San Pancho). Go north on Highway 200 toward Compostela/Tepic.
2.2– a traffic circle, continue toward Compostela/Tepic
8.9– town of Bucerias spreads across both sides of the highway.
13– the road narrows from 4 lanes to 2 lanes at an overpass. Here is an occasional military checkpoint looking for drugs. Highway 200 becomes a windy mountain road.
20.5– intersection for Sayulita, continue north for three miles.
23.1– intersection for San Pancho. Sign says San Francisco, take this left turn, continue over the bridge and toward the beach
IMPORTANT: If someone is behind you, pull to the right shoulder and wait for traffic to pass. Then, you can safely turn left across the highway.
23.5– the soccer field is on your right, continue straight.
23.6– elementary school on your right, continue straight.
23.7– the skate park is on the left, and filled with many trees, continue straight
24.9– intersection with Calle Mexico, take a right turn and follow to Plaza del Sol on your left
What is the parking situation?
The streets of San Pancho are crowded and parking is challenging. Guests can find parking on side streets.
How much are the tickets?
The San Pancho Music Festival is free to all. The generous donations from sponsors, friends of the festival, local businesses, and the audience allow the Festival to continue to provide high quality musical entertainment at no cost. We encourage donations each night during the event.
Is there lodging in San Pancho?
Yes. There is lodging in San Pancho, in Sayulita which is 3 miles south and in Lo de Marcos which is 7 miles north. There are many options to choose from ranging from very affordable to higher end accommodations. Lodging is commonly booked during Festival week, so plan ahead.
Are there camping facilities near the Music Festival?
There is no organized campground in San Pancho and there are no sanitation or shower facilities open to the public.
Can you describe the venue?
The Music Festival is hosted in the Plaza del Sol, across from the Catholic church and 2 blocks from the beach. There are 2 stages. The main stage faces a large seating area. The smaller stage is on the west side of the seating area.
Seating near the stages is not provided; guests should bring low back chairs. Food, drinks, beer, and snacks are available for purchase during the event.
Who organizes the Festival?
San Pancho’s Music Festival has always been organized by a loose group of multi-talented musicians and local volunteers with a passion for music. In 2020 a committee was formed to better ensure the continuity of the Music Festival, and to maintain its legacy for offering the public the most diverse range of musical entertainment.