A Look Ahead at the Best May Events in Baja
Rosarito is the event capital of Baja California in May, hosting two notable events, and furnishing the starting line for another. The latter, of course, is the spring running of the 50 Mile Rosarito to Ensenada Fun Bicycle Ride, a regional sporting tradition that dates back to 1979, and is known as “the original party on wheels.”
The kick-off edition of the biannual bicycle race begins at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, an historic lodging that also typically plays host to the peninsula’s best Mother’s Day celebration. The acclaimed Rosarito Art Fest also returns in May, featuring local art, culture and cuisine.
There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.
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When: May 3
La Paz celebrates its birthday on May 3rd, honoring the day in 1535 that Hernan Cortes first sighted what would eventually become the largest city in Baja California Sur. This year’s Fiestas de Fundacion again serve as a showcase for local art, culture and cuisine, with activities and concerts – including a traditional reenactment of the first landing of the Spaniards – centered around the malecon and Plaza Constitucion (also known as Jardin Velasco), the central plaza located across from the old church.
Cost: Free Admission
When: May 4, 11, 18, 25
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. The Art District is also home to many of the city’s finest restaurants.
Cost: Free Admission
When: May 5 – 7
Gastrovino returns in May, luring gourmands and oenophiles to the charming artists’ colony and pueblo magico of Todos Santos for a weekend festival celebrating local culture and cuisine, as well as Baja wines from Valle de Guadalupe. Organized annually by the owners of the wine and olive oil boutique La Bodega de Todos Santos, highlights at the 6th annual fete are expected to include a White Ball at the historic Hotel California, a Blind Wine Tasting Challenge, as well as the main event at the town’s plaza principal, with food, wine, live music, and a silent auction to benefit local programs for children.
Cost: $30 – $100
When: May 6
Dubbed “The Original Party on Wheels,” the 50 mile fun ride dates back to 1979, when a group of friends pedaled from Rosarito to Ensenada. Now a biannual event, the scenic rides are among the highlights of the regional social calendar, and conclude with a Finish Line Fiesta featuring food, drinks, souvenirs, live music, and massages for participants.
Cost: $42 base, with upgrades like elite start times and jerseys available
When: May 27 – 28
The biggest art fair in Baja California returns for an 8th edition at CEART, the cultural center of Rosarito Beach. The annual Memorial Day weekend festival will showcase its usual winning mix of regional art, performance art, live music and traditional Mexican cuisine.
Cost: Free admission
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