Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: August Events in Baja
Don’t let the dog days get you down. The month of August brings some of Baja’s biggest events, most notably the Fiestas de la Vendimia, or harvest festival, in Baja California’s wine country. This annual viticultural celebration features wine tastings, dinners and concerts centered around Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe. Rosarito Beach hosts two other signature August bashes: The Baja Blues Fest, an outdoor showcase highlighted by live performances from some of the biggest names on the contemporary blues scene; and Sabor a Baja, a food-friendly competition featuring some of the peninsula’s most celebrated chefs. And the East Cape Offshore, one of three annual fishing tournaments held by Bisbee’s, brings big-game anglers to Baja California Sur in search of prize winning black and blue marlin and other deep-sea denizens.
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: Aug. 2 – 6
Bisbee’s kicks off its 2016 tournament season with the East Cape Offshore, the first of its three annual fishing tournaments held in Baja California Sur (the others are the Los Cabos Offshore and Black and Blue in Cabo San Lucas; both take place in October, with the latter heralded as the world’s richest fishing tournament). This year’s East Cape Offshore, as always, features cash prizes awarded to the top three qualifying teams in the billfish (black or blue marlin), tuna and dorado categories. The awards celebration will be held Aug. 6 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. on the beach in front of the Hotel Buena Vista.
Cost: $1500 base entry per team
When: Aug. 13
Big-time boxing comes to Rosarito as former welterweight champion Antonio “El Tornado de Tijuana” Margarito fights current IBF light middleweight champion Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez. Taglined “This is Going to Be a War,” the 10 round match-up will take place at the Baja Convention Center in Rosarito.
Cost: $17 – 100
When: Aug. 8 – 13
The first ever ATP tennis tournament in Los Cabos boasts 19 of the world’s top 75 ranked players plus over $780,000 in prize money, the latter the most of any 250 series event in the Americas. The men’s professional tournament will be held on hard courts at the Delmar International School, with a stadium capacity for crowds of up to 3,500 people. Players and officials will be hosted at Sheraton’s Hacienda del Mar.
Cost: $20 – 420
When: Aug. 5 – 21
The Fiestas de la Vendimia are a series of annual events celebrating the grape harvest in Baja California’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe, near Ensenada. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the festival, which showcases banquets, concerts and tastings in Ensenada, Tijuana, and along the Ruta del Vino. The fiestas are organized by Provino, a committee dedicated to promoting the region’s wines, and will once again conclude with the highly anticipated Concurso de Paellas at Viñas de Liceaga.
Cost: Approximately $40 per event
When: Aug. 19 – 21
A seaside music festival that promotes blues music while helping needy kids and audiences lose their blues will celebrate its fifth year this August at the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort. Numerous world-class blues artists from both sides of the border will perform at the three-day festival, including Coco Montoya, John Nemeth and the Backwater Blues Band.
Cost: $10 – 45
When: Aug. 31
Twenty of Baja’s best chefs will pair their delicious fare with the region’s best beverages in the oceanfront gardens of the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort. The fourth annual edition of the all-white-attire event pairs delectable dishes with fine wines and craft beers. It is organized by Chef Bo Bendana of Rosarito’s Mi Casa Supper Club with the intentiom of promoting gastronomy based tourism between the U.S. and Baja.
Cost: $70 – 85
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