Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: November Events in Baja
November sees the return of a number of signature events, from the legendarily rugged, off-road SCORE Baja 1000 – which starts and finishes in Ensenada – to food and culture themed festivals around the peninsula.
Tijuana welcomes back the world’s best Latin dancers for its 2nd annual Salsa Festival, San Felipe shows off its seafood abundance with its 24th Shrimp Festival, San Jose del Cabo kicks off its annual Thursday night Art Walk in the historic Distrito del Arte, while Cabo San Lucas rolls out the red carpet for the impressive array of movie stars that attend its yearly International Film Festival.
There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.
Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.
When: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24
Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, fine arts galleries in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte invite guests to sip wine, stroll the downtown neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, and view paintings, sculptures and other pieces from some of Baja’s finest artists. The Art Walk takes place from 5 – 9 p.m., and participating galleries often showcase special features such as artists in attendance or the premier of new artworks.
Cost: Free admission
When: Nov. 4 – 6
Every year in November, San Felipe celebrates the wonders of its favorite shellfish with an abundance of succulent shrimp recipes, traditional tequila and regionally produced wine tastings, as well as live music and folkloric dances. The event also includes a competition that rewards the chef of the best shrimp dish.
Cost: Free admission
When: Nov. 9 – 13
The Los Cabos International Film Festival returns for the fifth consecutive year with a mix of premieres, parties and programs designed to promote collaboration between the film industries of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Movies will primarily be screened at the Pabellon Cultural de la Republica and Cinemex Theaters at Puerto Paraiso in Cabo San Lucas, with a free outdoor screening program held at Plaza Mijares in San Jose del Cabo.
Cost: Free – $555
When: Nov. 18 – 20
Chips aren’t the partner for the 2nd annual Tijuana Salsa Festival, but rather fellow Latin dance enthusiasts. The festival features lessons, socials and workshops – including a ladies styling bootcamp with Karel Flores – as well as competitions (most notably, qualifiers for The World Latin Dance Cup), and performances from some of the world’s best dancers.
When: Nov. 16 – 20
The world’s most legendary off-road race, the SCORE sponsored Baja 1000, returns for its 49th running this year. The 2015 loop race clocks in at approximately 830 miles, starting and finishing in Ensenada. Television coverage in the U.S. and Canada will be provided by the CBS Sports Network.
Cost: $2,240 – $3,490
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