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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: May Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: May Events in Baja

Rosarito takes center stage in May, providing a scenic setting for several of the peninsula most notable events. The coastal community boasts the starting line of that biannual Baja institution, the Rosarito Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride, hosts upwards of 10,000 people during its annual Art Fest, and welcome old and new friends for the 90th anniversary Gala Dance of landmark lodging Rosarito Beach Hotel.

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.

May Events in Baja

La PazFestival de Fundación

When:  Apr. 29 – May 4

Cost:  Free admission

La celebrates its 480th 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 multi-day Festival de Fundacion (Foundation Festival) again serves 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 malecón and Plaza Constitución.

May Events in Baja

RosaritoRosarito Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride

When:  May 2

Cost:  $42-48

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.

May Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas6th Annual Cabo Marine Show

When: May 14 – 16

Cost: Free admission

Mexico’s premier maritime exposition returns to Los Cabos for the 6th consecutive year, with some of the biggest names in the boat and water-based recreation industries showcasing the latest nautical playthings along the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Other highlights include art exhibits, fine jewelry, and live entertainment.

May Events in Baja

RosaritoRosarito Beach Hotel 90th Anniversary Gala Dance

When: May 16

Cost: $57

Rosarito Beach Hotel celebrates its 90th anniversary with a deluxe dinner buffet, and a gala dance featuring live music from regional bands. Since its opening in 1925, the landmark lodging has hosted many of the world’s biggest celebrities – a sign above the lobby famously states “through this door pass the most beautiful women in the world” – including Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, and Ali Khan.

May Events in Baja

Rosarito6th Annual Rosarito Art Fest

When: May 23 – 24

Cost: Free admission

The biggest art fair in Baja California returns May 23-24, with a two block area around Blvd. Benito Juarez restricted to pedestrian traffic as regional painters, sculptors and photographers exhibit their work to an expected crowd of over 10,000 visitors.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: April Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: April Events in Baja

April marks the return of one of Baja’s longest running events – the 68th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race – as well as the premier of one of its most highly anticipated new ones: the inaugural running of the Bud Light Baja Sur 500, the first SCORE sanctioned point-to-point race held entirely in the peninsula’s southernmost state. And speaking of off-road races, NORRA’s vintage Mexican 1000, AKA “the Happiest Race on Earth,” returns with its annual fun-filled rally competition from Ensenada to Los Cabos.

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.

April Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo Thursday Night Art Walk

When:  Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Cost:  Free admission

Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, fine arts galleries in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte invite visitors to sip wine, stroll the downtown neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, and view paintings, sculptures and other pieces from some of Baja’s finest artists.

April Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Circuito Cultural

When:  Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25

Cost:  Free admission

A Saturday fixture on the Cabo San Lucas Marina, the Circuito Cultural features paintings and sculptures from local artists, as well as wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music and folkloric dancing, and of course fine food at some of the city’s signature dining spots.

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San Jose del Cabo: 10th Annual Paws n’ Claws Open Golf Tournament and Dinner

When: Apr. 12

Cost: $125 – $375

This annual fundraiser for the Los Cabos Humane Society pairs an open golf tournament with raffles and prizes on the gorgeous Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean and Mountain Courses at Palmilla Golf Club with a cocktail reception and dinner at acclaimed Don Sanchez Restaurant in San Jose del Cabo.

April Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas: Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500

When: Apr. 16 – 19

Cost: $1495 – $2390

The inaugural Bud Light sponsored Baja Sur 500 race will be the first SCORE sanctioned point-to-point competition held entirely in the state of Baja California Sur (the rugged off-road race begins in Cabo San Lucas and finishes in Loreto). Entry is available to several vehicle classes, including motorcycles, buggies, trucks, and ATVs.

April Events in Baja

Ensenada: 68th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race

When: Apr. 24 – 26

Cost: $225

Billed as the world’s largest international yacht race, this maritime contest and social extravaganza is an annual highlight of the NOSA (Newport Ocean Sailing Association) calendar, and has been since 1948. Past participants include celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart and Walter Cronkite, as well as world-class yachtsmen like Dennis Conner, Bill Ficker and Dave Ullman.

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Todos Santos:  4th Annual Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival

When: Apr. 24 – 26

Cost: $400 pesos; $499 on Apr. 26

Organized annually by the owners of the wine and olive oil boutique La Bodega de Todos Santos, the 4th annual edition of this popular food and wine festival will include a pairing dinner at the historic Hotel California, as well as an all-day fiesta on the town’s plaza principal, with local restaurants, wine and winemakers from the Valle de Guadalupe, live music, and a silent auction to benefit local programs for children.

April Events in Baja

Ensenada:  6th Annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000

When: Apr. 25 – 29

Cost: $3167

The origins of “The Happiest Race on Earth” date back to 1967, when NORRA organized the inaugural running of the “Baja 1000.” Although that legendary race is now run under the SCORE banner, NORRA revived the spirit of those bygone days when it restarted the Mexican 1000 as a fun, vintage-style rally race in 2010. The 6th annual race starts in Ensenada, and courses down the peninsula through El Rosario, Bahia de Los Angeles, San Ignacio, Loreto, and La Paz, before finishing in Los Cabos.

 

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: March Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: March Events in Baja

March is a busy month in Baja, with scores of events scheduled throughout the peninsula. The San Felipe Blues and Arts Fiesta is one of the most highly anticipated – a great lineup of performers are already on tap – and one of the most salutary, with proceeds going to benefit a local orphanage and other charities. And speaking of taps, beer lovers will not want to miss the upcoming Ensenada Beer Fest, home to savory suds from over 60 breweries in Baja and beyond.

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.

March Events in Baja

San Jose del CaboThursday Night Art Walk

When:  Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26

Cost:  Free admission

Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, fine arts galleries in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte invite visitors to sip wine, stroll the downtown neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, and view paintings, sculptures and other pieces from some of Baja’s finest artists.

March Events in Baja

Cabo San LucasCircuito Cultural

When:  Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28

Cost:  Free admission

A Saturday fixture on the Cabo San Lucas Marina, the Circuito Cultural features paintings and sculptures from local artists, as well as wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music and folkloric dancing, and of course fine food at some of the city’s signature dining spots.

March Events in Baja

Todos Santos12th Annual Film Festival

When:  Mar. 12 – 22

Cost:  $50 – 100 pesos

This annual showcase for Mexican and Latin American films was founded in 1994, and is based each year at the historic Teatro-Cine Manuel Marquez de Leon, a landmark 70+ year old movie theater that overlooks the town square in Todos Santos, with additional screenings in nearby Pescadero, and Baja California Sur’s capital city, La Paz.

March Events in Baja

East CapeLos Barriles Dog Show

When: Mar. 15

Cost:  $50 pesos per dog; 20 pesos per spectator

Think your pooch has what it takes to be best in show? Find out at the inaugural dog show at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez in the beautiful East Cape town of Los Barriles. Canines are eligible to compete in up to six categories, including best costume, best trick, best looking and cutest pair, as well as in an agility event.

March Events in Baja

EnsenadaEnsenada Beer Fest

When:  Mar. 20 – 21

Cost:  $150 pesos

To brew or not to brew, that was really never a question. This Ensenada based celebration of Baja’s best craft beers will once again be set at the Centro Cultural Riviera, with a conference the first day, and an expo offering widespread sampling opportunities from over 60 peninsula, mainland and U.S. brewers on the second.

March Events in Baja

San Felipe9th Annual Blues and Arts Fiesta

When:  Mar. 27 – 28

Cost:  $25 presale; $30 at the gate

In addition to the many great blues bands performing on the center stage at Eldorado Ranch, the yearly fiesta will also boast 20-30 tents with artists exhibiting a huge variety of fine art – from jewelry and collectibles to painting and sculptures drums and iron creations – as well as a food court and 3-4 beer stations. Proceeds benefit local charities.

March Events in Baja

TijuanaLuis Miguel in Concert

When:  Mar. 28

Cost:  $500 – 5000 pesos

Mexican musical idol Luis Miguel, AKA “El Sol de Mexico”, will appear in Tijuana as part of his 2015 national tour. The beloved balladeer, who has garnered nine Grammys and sold over 100 million records worldwide, is scheduled to perform at Plaza Monumental.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: February Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: February Events in Baja California

Love is in the air, with dozens of Valentine’s Day events scheduled around the Baja California peninsula, including a masquerade dinner and dance at the legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel, and a five-course tasting menu at what may be the world’s most romantic restaurant: Sunset da Mona Lisa in the Los Cabos tourist corridor. February is also a big month for Baja art lovers, thanks to the annual Open Studios Tour in Todos Santos – which allows visitors to meet the pueblo magico’s most talented artists – and the newly minted Circuito Cultural in Cabo San Lucas.

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.

February Events in Baja

Cabo San LucasCircuito Cultural

When:  Every Saturday (Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28), noon to 11 p.m.

This recently established event is Cabo San Lucas’ answer to the Art Walks held weekly and monthly in San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos, respectively. The marina based circuit premiered Jan. 17, 2015, and provides a regular showcase for exhibits from local artists, cultural workshops, food, wine and tequila tasting, and live music and dancing.

Cost: Free admission

February Events in Baja California

Todos SantosOpen Studios Tour

When: Feb. 7 – 8

By popular demand, the Todos Santos Open Studios Tour is now a two day event. Visitors to the coastal pueblo magico, located about 45 mile north of Cabo San Lucas, will be able to see more art, and spend more time with the artists’ colony’s talented collection of painters, sculptors, photographers, muralists, jewelers, print makers, collage artists, potters and wood turners in their own studios.

Cost: $200 pesos (approx. $15 U.S.)

February Events in Baja California

RosaritoValentine’s Day Masquerade Dance and Dinner at Rosarito Beach Hotel

When: Feb. 14

Landmark Baja lodging Rosarito Beach Hotel is hosting one of the peninsula’s most highly anticipated Valentine’s Day events. Tickets entitle guests to a welcome margarita, a buffet dinner, live music, and dancing, with carnival masks on hand to ensure the requisite amount of mystery and romance.

Cost:  $39 per person

  February Events in Baja California

Los CabosValentine’s Day Dinner at Sunset da Mona Lisa

When: Feb. 14

Sunset da Mona Lisa is notable for its fresh local seafood specialties, and famed for its remarkable site: a seaside perch that looks out across Cabo San Lucas Bay and the granitic monuments at Land’s End. The Valentine’s Day special at this world-class romantic dining destination includes a welcoming drink, five course tasting menu, live music, and of course spectacular sunset views.

Cost: $125 per person

February Events in Baja California

La PazCarnaval 2015

When:  Feb. 12 – 17

Forget Rio. The world’s best Carnaval celebration takes place in Baja California Sur’s capital city, La Paz. This year’s theme is Ancestral Plumage, with five days of pre-Lent festivities – parades, costumes, live music, dancing in the streets – culminating on Fat Tuesday (in French, Mardi Gras), February 17, 2015. Performers include Rio Roma, Rayito Colombiano, El Recodo, Moderatto and Yuri. For up-to-date information, visit the Carnaval La Paz Facebook page.

Cost:  Free admission

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: January Events in Baja California

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: January Events in Baja California

The New Year starts with a bang in Baja, with several of the peninsula’s signature events on tap during the first month of 2015. SCORE kicks off the off-road racing season with the Bud Light San Felipe 250. Former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck will host and perform at the 4th annual Todos Santos Music Festival, along with The Jayhawks, Old 97’s and Drive-By Truckers. And after last year successful inaugural outing, the artist’s colony will also host its 2nd Writer’s Worshop for aspiring bards. Meanwhile, over on the state’s beautiful East Cape, the windsports mecca of Los Barriles will crown the world’s kiteboarding champion non pareil:  the magisterial sounding Lord of the Wind.

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.

January Events in Baja California

San Jose del CaboWeekly Art Walk

When:  Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29

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.

Cost: Free admission

January Events in Baja California

East CapeLord of the Wind Showdown 2015

When:  Jan. 13 – 18

The coastal town of Los Barriles is home to one of the world’s most famous windsports competitions: The Lord of the Wind Showdown. Kiteboarding categories like slalom and big air help identify the winner, with more fun at affiliated events such as tamales cook-offs.

Cost:  Free admission for spectators

January Events in Baja California

Todos Santos4th Annual Todos Santos Music Festival

When:   Jan. 15 – 17, 21 – 24

Now in its fourth year, this collaboration between former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, Hotel California, and the Palapa Society of Todos Santos features a series of concerts in the coastal pueblo magico over the course of two weekends. Performers include Buck, The Jayhawks, Old 97’s, and Drive-By Truckers, as well as area acts participating in the local musical showcase.

Cost: $50 pesos for Hotel California shows; free admission at final concert on the main plaza

January Events in Baja California

San Felipe2015 Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250

When:   Jan. 22 – 25

SCORE International’s World Desert Champion Series kicks off in 2015 with the Bud Light San Felipe 250, scheduled for Jan. 22-25. This loop race starts and finishes in San Felipe, and is open to cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs. Racers must have a SCORE membership to register.

Cost: $1,565 – $2,460 for entry, depending upon class

January Events in Baja California

Todos Santos2nd Annual Todos Santos Writer’s Workshop

When:  Jan. 26 – 31

The 2nd edition of the Todos Santos Writer’s Workshop will take place at the atmospheric Casa Dracula , with five days of intensive sessions, and workshop leaders such as Gordon Chaplin (Memoir), Rex Weiner (Non-Fiction), and Jean McCulloch (Fiction).

Cost:  $950

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: November Events in Baja

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.

November Events in Baja

Todos Santos: First Friday Caminata de Arte (Art Walk)

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

November Events in Baja

San Felipe:  22nd Annual Shrimp Festival

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

November Events in Baja

Ensenada:  Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

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

 

November Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas3rd annual Los Cabos International Film Festival

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

November Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo9th Annual Sabor a Cabo Food & Wine Festival

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

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: October Events in Baja

 Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: October Events in Baja 

October is typically one of the busiest event months in Los Cabos, but due to ongoing cleanup and repair efforts following Hurricane Odile, a devastating storm that caused widespread damage throughout Baja California Sur, several of the area’s most highly anticipated upcoming events – including the Cabo Comedy Festival and Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash – have been postponed or moved to other locations. Big-game anglers will be heartened to hear, however, that Bisbee’s two signature October fishing tournaments – the Los Cabos Offshore and the Black & Blue – will take place as planned in Cabo San Lucas during the latter half of the month.

October also signals the return of several popular food and beverage fests around the peninsula, most notably the 14th annual Tequila Expo in Tijuana, and the 22nd annual Festival de la Langosta in the charming “lobster village” of Puerto Nuevo.

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.

 October Events in Baja

Tijuana:  XIV Tequila Expo Tijuana

When:   Oct.  8 – 12

Now an annual tradition in Tijuana, the history and culture of tequila are celebrated with live music and dancing, and of course frequent tastings and samplers of Mexico’s national beverage. The event takes place from 2 – 11 p.m. daily, October 8 – 12 on Avenida Revolucion.

Cost: 75 pesos ($6 U.S.)

Information:  http://baja.com/tijuana/events/xiv-tijuana-tequila-expo/

October Events in Baja

Rosarito Beach:  XXII Puerto Nuevo Lobster Festival 

When:  Oct. 12

This annual crustacean celebration kicks off lobster season (Oct. – Mar.) in Puerto Nuevo, a village famed for its delicious lobster dishes. The festival features plenty of langosta, of course, as well as beer and wine, and live entertainment courtesy of folkloric dancers, mariachis and other musical performers.

Cost:  300 pesos ($24 U.S.)

Information:  http://baja.com/rosarito/events/xxii-puerto-nuevo-lobster-festival/

 October Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Charity Fishing Tournament

When:  Oct. 17 – 19

Affectionately known as “Little Bisbee’s,” the Los Cabos Offshore offers cash prizes and daily jackpots to anglers who reel in the biggest game (tuna and dorado) and billfish (black and blue marlin). Trophies are awarded to the three teams earning the most billfish release points.

Cost:  $1,500 per team

Information:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/bisbees-los-cabos-offshore-charity-fishing-tournament/

October Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament

When:   Oct. 21 – 25

Often billed as “the world’s richest fishing tournament” – the 2013 event featured $2.9 million in overall prize money – Bisbee’s Black & Blue annually draws big-game fishermen to Baja California Sur to compete for cash prizes, challenges and daily jackpots based on the biggest blue and black marlin caught.

Cost:  $5,000 per team

Information:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/bisbees-black-and-blue-marlin-fishing-tournament/

October Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  XXI Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally

When:  Oct. 26 – Nov. 8

Swag bags, beach parties and 750 miles of sailing headline the attractions of this annual two-week autumn cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, with stops at Bahia Tortugas and Bahia Santa Maria.  All boats must be at least 27′ and maintained for open ocean sailing, with a minimum of two crew members.

Cost:  $375 per boat

Information:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/xxi-baja-ha-ha-cruisers-rally/

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: September Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: September Events in Baja

September’s biggest event isn’t just celebrated in Baja California, but across the nation. México’s Independence Day is honored annually on September 16th, but reenactments and parades in remembrance of Miguel Hidalgo’s 1810 Grito de Dolores—a call for revolution that culminated 11 years later with México’s independence from Spain—are celebrated on both the 15th and 16th, and numerous other patriotic celebrations, or las fiestas patrias, take place throughout the month.

Visitors interested in viewing traditional Independence Day observances will find a similar schedule of events in towns and cities around the peninsula, from Tijuana to Los Cabos: a grito reenactment by public officials at 11 p.m. on September 15th,  highlighted  by Hidalgo’s famous rallying cry—which ends with ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!—followed by community celebrations featuring food, drinks, live music and festive firework celebrations. Parades typically take place the next morning, on Independence Day itself.

September also sees the return of one of Baja’s most popular outdoor activities, the biannual Rosarito to Ensenada Fun Bicycle Ride. Pedalling the 50 mile distance in under six hours requires a bit of effort, particularly given the warm seasonal temperatures, but hardy participants are amply rewarded with gorgeous views en route, as well as food, drinks and entertainment at the aptly named Finish Line Fiesta on the Ensenada waterfront.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

 

September Events in Baja

Los Cabos:  Mexican Independence Day

When:   Sept.  15 – 16

México’s version of the 4th of July, El Día de la Independencia, is celebrated in Los Cabos much as it is in other communities across the country. Grito reenactments are performed by public officials in both cape cities, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, at 11 p.m.  on the 15th, followed by drinking, dancing and fireworks. Each of the cape cities also hosts an Independence Day Parade.

Cost:   Free admission

Information:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/mexican-independence-day/

September Events in Baja

Ensenada35th Anniversary Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride

When:  Sept. 27

Dubbed “The Original Party on Wheels,” the 50 mile fun ride started in 1979, when a group of friends pedaled from Rosarito to Ensenada on a lark. 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

Information:  http://baja.com/ensenada/events/35th-anniversary-rosarito-to-ensenada-50-mile-fun-bicycle-ride-2/

September Events in Baja

Rosarito:  Viking  5K Obstacle Race

When:   Sept. 28

Even the rugged Norse raiders of old would struggle to finish this 5K race, which ratchets ups the difficulty level with 30 obstacles, each designed to test athletic traits such as stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, and agility.

Cost:  $25 – $35

Information:  http://baja.com/rosarito/events/viking-5k-obstacle-race/

 

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2014 Latin Food Fest: Buen Provecho San Diego!

2014 Latin Food Fest: Buen Provecho San Diego! 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA –  Last year, San Diego played host to the inaugural ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! which featured the world’s best chefs and vintners and the region’s top restaurants. This year marks the second for the event and promises to be even more delicious. Over 7,000 guests are expected to attend this culinary weekend celebrating Latin food, wine, and culture. A span of seven events over three days will include everything from cocktail parties to celebrity cooking stages, an experience sure to please all palates. Proceeds from a silent auction held during the event will benefit Feeding America San Diego.

Latin Food Fest

2014 Latin Food Fest, Embarcadero Marina Park, San Diego, California

The event will take place on September 11-13 at the San Diego Embarcadero Marine Park and will feature Latin culinary delights, wines, cocktails, chefs, music and more. And if you’ve been following El Gringo as of late through the Valle de Guadalupe, you know how much I love the wine there! Amado Garza of Viñas de Garza recently stated, “For a few years now Guadalupe Valley wines have been very popular within the Mexican community and this year with the help of our friends from ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! we will be crossing over our concepts and introducing them to a new market.” Cava Aragon 126 owner, Victor Segura, added, “We are so thrilled to have an opportunity to participate in this year’s ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! and show the San Diego community a little taste of what our beloved Baja has to offer.” In addition to Baja wines, over 100 varietals from all over Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal will be represented.

Latin Food Fest

Attendees sample various wines from the Valle de Guadalupe in the “Taste Baja” pavilion at the 2013 event.

El Gringo sat down recently over tequila with Richie Matthews, the organizer of ¡LATIN FOOD FEST!. Richie enthused, “Last year, the Baja wines were very successful and introduced a lot of people to what’s happening in Mexico. This year, we want to put more focus on spirits, and will include tastings of Bacanora, Pisco, Mezcal, Raicilla, Rum, Sotol, and Tequila at the Spirits of the Americas Expo.” Richie also emphasized that this year, the festival will be the largest Latin food, wine and spirits event in the US. Salud!

Latin Food Fest

What’s in your Paloma Cocktail? Squirt is the official provider this year and mixed with tequila, rocks and lime.

The Grand Tasting Village, presented by The Lincoln Motor Company, will take place on September 13 at the Embarcadero and will feature 100 tasting tents, cooking demonstrations, a live music stage, book signings and thematic brand hosted pavilions. El Gringo will be on hand personally for this event and I look forward to trying a little bit of the best Latin America has to offer, right here in my backyard (for a change)!

Latin Food Fest

Thinly sliced jamon is a staple around many parts of Latin America. And ready for tasting at the 2014 Latin Food Fest.

Join El Gringo there and see what the Latin America cuisine craze is all about first-hand. Your tastebuds will say GRACIAS!

When: September 11-13
Where: 
Embarcadero Marina Park North
What: 
¡LATIN FOOD FEST!, the largest Latin food festival in California

More information and tickets for the “Grand Tasting Village” at visit www.latinfoodfest.com. Join the festival’s Facebook page at: facebook.com/latinfoodfest.

 

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: August Events in Baja

Don’t let the dog days get you down. The month of August brings some of the peninsula’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 Valle de Guadalupe, with affiliated events in Rosarito Beach, Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali. Rosarito Beach is also home to another signature August bash, The Baja Blues Fest, an outdoor showcase highlighted by live performances from some of the biggest names on the contemporary blues scene.

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.

August Events in Baja

Ensenada: Fiestas de la Vendimia

When:  Aug. 1 – 17

Fiestas de la Vendimia are a series of annual events celebrating the grape harvest in Baja California’s wine country, capped by the traditional Concurso de Paellas (paella contest) at the winery Viña de Linceaga in Valle de Guadalupe. The food and wine fêtes are organized by Provino, a committee dedicated to promoting the region’s wines, and primarily take place along the Ruta del Vino.

Cost: $30 – 120, depending upon the event

August Events in Baja

Buenavista:  Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore

When: Aug. 5 – 9

Bisbee’s kicks off its 2014 tournament season with the East Cape Offshore, in which anglers compete to bring in the biggest tuna, dorado, and black and blue marlin. It’s the perfect warm-up for Bisbee’s flagship event, the Black and Blue, held each October in Cabo San Lucas. Billed as the world’s richest fishing tournaments –  the Black and Blue features multi-million dollar payouts – Bisbee’s Baja-based competitions are the gold standard for serious anglers.

Cost: $1500 per team

August Events in Baja

Tijuana:  10th Annual TJ Beer Fest

When: Aug. 15 – 16

Tijuana is ground zero for Baja’s craft brew scene, and the 10th annual TJ Beer Fest offers visitors a chance to sample over 200 local and regional specialties from some of the peninsula’s best beer makers. In addition to the superb suds, the brew fest will feature live music from over two dozen bands, and tasty cuisine from both sides of the border.

Cost:  $8

August Events in Baja

Tijuana:  XXXIII Feria del Platillo Mexicano

When: Aug. 17

CANIRAC, the local restaurant association, sponsors this fair celebrating Mexican history and culture, with traditional dishes showcasing regional cuisine from around the country, work from local artists and craftsmen, and live music. Attendance at last year’s event topped 4,000, and similar crowds are expected this year.

Cost: free admission

August Events in Baja

Rosarito Beach:  3rd Annual Baja Blues Fest

When: Aug. 22 – 24

Kid Ramos and The Mannish Boys headlines the list of performers at the 3rd annual Baja Blues Fest at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. The weekend centerpiece is an all-day, outdoor blues bash on Saturday, August 23, with live music, local artists and food vendors, and raffle prizes that include a trip to Baja’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe.

Cost:  $10 – 35

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