March 13th, 14th & 15th, 2020

Chacala has hosted a free Music & Arts Festival run by the community every year in March since 2014. It features children's performance, local visual artists and printmakers, bands, solo acts, dance groups & even theatrical performances. The line up is varied and the festival is designed to be inclusive to different nationalities, ages & backgrounds. Why not arrange your trip to Chacala during the Festival dates? It takes place during the Benito Juarez holiday weekend around the middle of March. 

We are a team of community volunteers from different countries, professions & backgrounds. What we have in common is a love for the arts, a faith in their power to enable positive change & a passion for this small, traditional community on the Riviera Nayarit. Here is our mission for Festival Chacala:



To provide an annual celebration & a year-round calendar of wide ranging arts performances & events for neighbors of & visitors to Chacala and position our community as a traditional Mexican beach town with high quality artistic values & a rich cultural life.


In 2014, our March Festival was mainly musical performance & has expanded to include dance, kids workshops, art exhibition. This year we will incorporate literature & theater.


Supplement existing arts education for the youth in the community with additional education and performance opportunities to stimulate, develop and nurture talent in the community.


Building on existing programs such as El Jardín Montessori Waldorf School & the Cambiando Vidas scholarship program, our intention is for the arts to bridge cultural gaps & provide local children a window to a world of possibilities for the future & give them a place to express themselves.

A major tenet of the Chacala Music & Art Festival is to provide music and art education opportunities to all the children in the community. In addition, locals and visitors alike delight in being able to expose their families to professional, high-quality performances at the free, 4-day festival.  To that end, in the first two years, the festival has benefitted local children in the following ways:

1. Provided 50+ local children weekly music education, rehearsal, and performance experience.  

2. Exposed 100+ of our youngest children to music through the KinderMusik program.  In addition to the local kindergarten children, this program piggy-backs on a “bookmobile” program sponsored by Rotary that involves Jannel Tessari, so the program travels to several remote villages near Chacala, benefitting an additional 100 children.

3. Provided local high school students instruction in instrumental rehearsal and performance.  Additionally, visiting musicians who perform in the Festival usually spend time with the students sharing their music, performing, etc. 

4. Exposed local children to visual arts through exhibition and hands-on instruction.  The visual art component of the Festival was initiated in 2015, which was principally exhibition. It has included teaching by qualified art teachers during and after the two-week Chacala Artists Residency Program, and there are more programs being developed this year.

Wooden Live Music Sign
Arturo Padilla

Chairman, Music & Art Festival