5 reasons to make RHA Festival your next summer getaway


Though there are many choices to be had for flyaway festivals on an ever growing list of boutique events, RHA Festival stands out for its stunning resort accommodations and uniquely inviting atmosphere. Located in the heart of the Riviera Nayarit, RHA beckons those adventurous souls who are always in search of a good time under the sun. With a nuanced, carefully curated lineup and a jaw droppingly serene location, RHA is a must add to any festival connoisseur’s bucket list.

Photos courtesy of: Jimena Ojeda | OM Producciones, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort


While many boutique festivals claim to offer edenic accommodations, few actually deliver. Not so for those who book resort stay packages that RHA Festival makes available alongside their tickets. Packages booked through the festival land visitors all inclusive packages at The Grand Sirenis, the nearby B. Nayar property, or a surprisingly affordable stay at the region’s St. Regis resort (pictured).

Among a host of impressive amenities, the resorts’ apartment style lodgings are a virtual guaranteed good time ahead for any tight knit friend group. Deliciously spacious, private bedrooms stretch both inward to reveal marble tiled jacuzzi tubs and outward into the yawning shoreline of the resorts’ private, white sandy beaches.  First time visitors to the region will be especially impressed with the pristine waters and expansive resort properties whose staff seemed poised to accommodate any need at any hour—like, say, a six pack and some ceviche to bring you back to life before breakfast at noon.


While many boutique festivals tend to choose and conform to a specific niche, RHA’s bookings range from Green Velvet’s electrifying techno to the to booty shaking tech house of Dirtybird duo Walker & Royce to the ritualistic house offerings of LA legend Marques Wyatt.

Throughout the weekend long fete, attendees danced on the shores of the Gulf to a list of incredible talents that read like a veritable who’s who of party starters that spanned the breadth of the electronic music spectrum. Even occasional showers couldn’t stop the crowd that had gathered from dancing along to Claptone’s infectious house mixes or Purple Disco Machine’s uniquely funky, disco influenced sound.


Throughout the weekend, RHA Festival proved time and again why its inviting, community oriented atmosphere was largely in a league of it’s own. Residents of the shores of nearby towns flocked to the festival in search of a relaxing weekend getaway. Neither they, nor their international counterparts, were disappointed. Guests of the festival made their way through a scenic marina before reaching an idyllic point surrounded by the sea where RHA Festival’s stage and art installations were located.

From the moment they entered grounds, attendees were greeted with the warm, sunny vibes of the Punta Mita region. Known in the states for it’s tourist-friendly atmosphere, those who’d flown from thousands of miles away melted comfortably into the welcoming atmosphere of the festival’s idyllic grounds.


Though RHA Festival is on its way to the top of the getaway festival hierarchy, this festival’s debut iteration came about after founders Corey Citron, Zen Freeman, and Inda Sanchez  fell in love with Puerta Vallarta. While scouting locations for an intimate gathering with close friends, the group added Ryan Botwinick and underground legend Marques Wyatt to their founding team. Before long, the crew decided to open the party up to local and international audiences, never losing sight of the tight knit experience they sought to curate.

The festival’s original story goes a long way toward describing the atmosphere on site. A totally open ground plan and a highly curated selection of musical and artistic talents lent the entire event an air of intimacy missing entirely from even the most conscientious mega festivals.


RHA Festival made a promising debut in Rivieria Nayarit with its 2017 edition, giving music lovers a chance to dance along the shores of an idyllic marina to the sounds of Claptone and company. With incredible live art installations, performances, and a selection of curated vendors the festival proved that their event was more than just a consumer play. Case in point: a 24 ounce beer cost just $3 inside the festival grounds. Seriously.

The fact is that this fledgeling event has only up to go from here. For both local and international visitors, RHA Festival is a solid choice for an idyllic weekend getaway that’s close enough to home, and somehow worlds away.