Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: November Events in Baja
As the weather cools down in November, Baja event season heats up, with signature art, food and film festivals scheduled to take place around the peninsula. The month’s most notable event, however, is neither artistic nor culinary in nature, but rather a legendary test of dauntlessness and endurance. The 47th running of the iconic Baja 1000 features a point to point layout, with drivers attempting to conquer Baja’s most trackless terrain, and their vehicle class competitors, in a rugged off-road race from Ensenada to La Paz.
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. 7
The recently launched Todos Santos First Friday Caminata de Arte (Art Walk) is a monthly event designed to promote the world-class work on display in the pueblo magico’s top fine arts galleries. Locals and visitors alike are welcome to browse downtown shops and studios, and to meet and interact with talented area artists.
Cost: Free admission
When: Nov. 7 – 9
San Felipe, AKA the “Gateway to the Sea of Cortez,” is back with its most traditional festival, a three-day showcase for fruits of the sea – particularly jumbo blue shrimp – on the town’s malecón. Live music will also be featured, and celebrity judges from the Food Network will be part of a panel taste testing the region’s best seafood recipes.
Cost: Free admission
When: Nov. 11 – 15
The world’s most legendary off-road race returns for its 47th running, with intrepid drivers in cars, trucks, motorcycles, buggies and more attempting to triumph over some of Baja’s toughest terrain. This year’s point to point race clocks in at approximately 1130 miles, from Ensenada to La Paz, and will be followed awards celebration and after party at Malecón Plaza in downtown La Paz.
Cost: $2,420 – 4,070
When: Nov. 12 – 16
The Los Cabos International Film Festival celebrates its third anniversary with a mix of red carpet premieres, A-list parties and programs designed to promote collaboration between the film industries of Canada, México and the U.S. Highlights include a master class with acclaimed Canadian director Atom Egoyan, as well as eagerly anticipated screenings at theaters near the Cabo San Lucas Marina.
Cost: $70 – 250
When: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6
Los Cabos’ largest culinary festival offers a week of palate pleasing parties– a country food and wine tasting, a sunset Taittinger cruise, a beer fest, a wine and art walk, and celebrity chef “dine around” – leading up to the main event: an enormous food and wine tasting to take place December 6 in the sculpture garden at Puerto Los Cabos, a luxurious development located just outside San José del Cabo.
Cost: $125 – 160
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