Baja Buzz: First-Ever Baja International Film Festival to be Held in Cabo

Grammy-winning perfomer Sara Bareilles to be part of festival inaugural event!

The first-ever Baja International Film Festival will be held in Cabo San Lucas, Nov. 14-17.  Known for its sandy beaches, glam lifestyle and upscale hotels, restaurants and activities, Cabo and its residents are a-buzz about the city’s new claim to fame as a showcase setting  for some of the hottest and hippest films and filmmakers from Mexico and from throughout the world.

According to organizers, the Baja International Film Festival will strive to become one of Mexico’s top annual events — eventually on par in terms of recognition and glitz with Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance  film festivals .  They also believe that the Cabo event will serve as a bridge between the Mexico and US film communities by encouraging and facilitating communication and collaboration. This great feast of cinema will further solidify Los Cabos as the top destination for Hollywood celebrities and the world’s cultural elite.

Heightening expectations for the festival’s scope, it was announced that three-time Grammy nominee singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles and other acclaimed musicians will perform on Friday, November 16th at the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in Cabo, Mexico as part of the inaugural festival.  The Friday night concert will be one piece of an extraordinary lineup at the inaugural festival, which will include screenings of Feature Films, Documentaries and Short Films, as well as nightly galas, award ceremonies, panel discussions and filmmaker receptions. Work from leading filmmakers from Mexico, the U.S., and around the world will be highlighted, and much of the activity and focus will take place at the new state-of-the-art Los Cabos Convention Center designed and built for the G20 Summit.  Additionally, some events will show off  the unique surroundings of Cabo,  including the Wirikuta Cactus Garden, a botanical desert garden home to over 1500 varieties of desert plants from around the world, and the Puerto Los Cabos Marina, an ocean cove where dolphins swim in their natural habitat.

Some festival events will showcase the Wirikuta Cactus Garden

“VIP Passes” and “Festival Passes,” as well as tickets to the inaugural event, are on sale now. For festival pass pricing and details please visit the festival website. The Baja International Film Festival was founded by Scott Cross and Sean Cross who also founded the Colorado Film Institute and the Vail Film Festival, which was named by Moviemaker magazine among the “Top Ten Destination Film Festivals in the World.” The Festival is run by a bi-national team of experienced film and business managers who share a passion for bringing Mexican and U.S. cultures together through film, and a mission to grow the Baja International Film Festival into the Cannes Film Festival of Latin America. The Baja International Film Festival is supported by the Mexico Tourism Board and endorsed by the State of Baja California Sur and the Los Cabos Tourism Bureau as the Official Festival of Cabo, Mexico.

What could be better than Cabo and a good movie?  Get your front row seat!  To find out more about visiting Cabo and the Baja International Film Festival, visit Baja.com!

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Mariachi is declared Heritage of Humanity

UNESCO delivered the award in Guadalajara

(The 3rd Annual Mariachi & Folkloric Festival in Baja will be held Oct. 3-7 at the Rosarito Beach Hotel)

GUADALAJARA.-The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) granted Mexican Mariachi the title of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in a ceremony during the XIX International Mariachi Encounter held in Guadalajara, west of Mexico.

In a short service at Guadalajara’s main public plaza, eight musician children between the ages of five and ten garbed in full Mariachi attire received the award as a symbol of the future generations keeping alive this tradition, explained the Director of the National Council of Art and Culture of Mexico, Consuelo Sáizar.

“We just ask them to preserve this legacy and its traditions,” said the officer to the youngsters.

Thanks to an initiative by the Government of Jalisco, Mariachi music entered the UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity last year on November 27 by a unanimous decision of the expert committee gathered in Bali.

The delivery of this award motivated the creation of a national committee of experts and government officers that will define strategies to protect this music and promote it throughout the world.

An audio library with 140 musical pieces and 50,000 audio tracks of diverse nature dating back to 1910, a library and a Mariachi Academy where also inaugurated.

The state of Jalisco also has a Heritage of Humanity declaration by the UNESCO for its agave fields and the antique Tequila distilleries awarded in 2001.

Original text : EFE Agency

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September Events in Baja (Don’t let Summer Ever End!)

by Eleonora Ferri

The Baja summer is slowly cooling down as September marks an end to vacation for many.  But as crowds thin, the easy access and incredible variety of Baja activities and events promise to endure. September brings more tastings and festivals, including the Mole Sauce Festival and Mariachi Music Fest. But this month Rosarito enjoys the limelight with its renowned Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride, a 50-mile race that will bring participants along the Pacific Coastline as well as through the charming countryside. No matter how you spend your time, if you can sneak down for even a weekend, September is one of our favorite beach months of the year and Baja promises fun, adventure and culture for the entire family that will continue.

There are hundreds of local events for everyone that can be found onBaja.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.

photo by Michelle Felt

Rosarito: Mole and Mexican Food Festival

When: September 16

One of the most popular Mexican sauces, the Mole, is the focus of this fun event. Guests will be able to taste different dishes featuring this rich and tasty sauce. The recipe can call for up to 20 different ingredients, including chocolate and chili peppers.

Cost: Free

Info: http://baja.com/rosarito/events/festival-del-mole-y-comida-mexicana/

 

 

 

 

East Cape: Bajasur Tour

When: September 22

Stop number two of the Bajasur Tour (rescheduled from Sept. 18)! Here’s another chance to participate in Baja California Sur´s first and only surfing circuit. It consists of four surf contests throughout the state. One can expect to see some of the best surfing in the state and enjoy a day at the beach full of activities, including free surf lessons for kids, music, food and drinks. Please bring your own shade… oh, and it is free to the general public. The categories include open men’s, open women’s, 16 and under and 30 and older.

Cost: Varies for each event.

Cost: $15 for participants

Info:http://baja.com/east-cape/events/bajasur-tour/

 

Fish and seafood in abundance, and tastings too, in Ensenada!

Ensenada: Fish and Seafood Festival (Feria del Pescado y Marisco)

When: September 23

This September Ensenada is celebrating the 34th edition of this festival that is all about fish and seafood. During the event, which is part of the BajaSeafoodExpo running from September 19th to the 23rd, participating restaurants, wineries, local fisheries and fish farmers interact with national and international buyers presenting Ensenada typical products. Attendees will be able to taste seafood dishes and savor the local wines.

Cost: Free

Info: http://baja.com/ensenada/events/34th-feria-del-pescado-y-marisco-fish-and-seafood-festival-in-ensenada/

 

 

Mexicali: Fiesta del Sol

When: September 28 – October 14

What better place than “the city that captured the sun” to host the Annual Sun Festival. Since the early 1970s a considerable number of recognized artists gather every Fall in Mexicali at the Fex (Centro de Ferias y Exposiciones) for 17 days to sing and entertain the entire family. Over 400,000 people are expected to take part in the festivities.

Cost: Approx $5

Info: http://baja.com/mexicali/events/fiestas-del-sol/

 

 

 

Rosarito: 33rd Annual Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride

When: September 29

This is is a 50 mile bicycle ride along the Pacific Ocean as well as through the rural countryside from the Rosarito Beach Hotel in Rosarito to Ensenada. Live music, food and drink will await participants at the finish line.

Cost: $35

Info: http://baja.com/rosarito/events/33rd-annual-rosarito-ensenada-bike-ride/

 

 

 

 

 

Rosarito: 3rd Annual Rosarito Beach International Mariachi & Folklórico Festival

When: October 3-7

The 2012 edition of the event includes Student Workshops and a Student Showcase. The net proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito. The Hotel Rosarito and its beach will host the activities.

Cost: $10-$25

 

Info: http://baja.com/rosarito/events/3rd-annual-rosarito-beach-international-mariachi-folklorico-festival/

 

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Baja Events – April 2012 – Baja.com Picks

San Jose del Cabo Historic District

April events are plentiful in Baja, drawing upon the rebirth brought by Spring and celebrated with cuisine and libations.

‘Spring in the Vineyards’ is the first of many traditional events that continue right through to the Fall harvest in the wine region of the Northern Guadalupe Valley.

In the South, Los Cabos has the Cabo Celebrity Invitational where you’ll find Lorena Ochoa and other special guests in golf- and non-golf outings like yacht cruises, cooking classes, lunches and private beach club cocktail parties, as well as several nights of live entertainment.

Other April happenings on the peninsula include both land and sea races, music festivals and cultural fiestas.

Each festival honors and celebrates some aspect of the Baja Life.

Listings for these local festivals can all be found on Baja.com. Here’s a few of our hand-picked faves:

Todos Santos: Baja Reggae Festival (April 6, 2012)

The annual Baja Reggae Festival will take place at Cerritos Beach. This year’s line-up includes Tribal Seeds (from San Diego), DubTonic Kru (from Jamaica–winner of The World Battle of the Bands), Rise N Shine (from Seattle/San Juan Islands), Good Vibrations (from La Paz), K L Reggae (from La Paz), David Raitt and the Baja Boogie Band. Ky-Mani Marley, the second youngest of Bob Marley’s 11 children, will headline the Festival on Saturday night.

Cost: $40.00 – $75.00 USD

Ensenada: 4th Annual Taco and Mexican Food Fair (April 17, 2012)

“Do you have anything here besides Mexican food?” This is the event that would disappoint Dusty Bottoms from The Three Amigos. But for all others an event all about  tacos and great Mexican food is simply heaven. Several local restaurants and taquerias participate in the annual Taco and Mexican Food Fair making this an event for families and food lovers. The event will take place at the Plaza Cívica de la Patria.

Cost: free admission

Ensenada: Shellfish and New Wine Festival (April 20 – 22, 2012)

Simply known as “Las Conchas,” this is one of the biggest events in the region, a fabulous combination of shellfish from the Ensenada coast and wines from the Guadalupe Valley. Several activities take place during the three days of the festival, from visits to mollusk farms to workshops to wine tasting and barbecues. The Hotel Coral and Marina will be hosting the event.

Cost: $18.00 – $30.00 USD

San Jose del Cabo: Cabo Celebrity Invitational (April 26 – 28, 2012)

Dream Homes of Cabo has organized this fundraising event that showcases the best Cabo has to offer while benefiting children’s charities. Golfing is available  along with culinary classes, volleyball tournaments, yacht cruises, massages, kayaking, cocktail parties and so much more. While the celebrity participation may change without notice, here’s a list of the VIPs that are expected: Lorena Ochoa (golf pro), Dennis Haysbert (actor), Brett Cullen (actor), Bill Romanowski (football player), Elena Robles (golf pro), Jeffrey Nordling (actor), Mike Dobbyn (golf pro), Jesse Ventura (politician, wrestling pro, actor), Glenn Pakulak (football pro), Ryan Mariano (volleyball pro), Ed Ratledge (volleyball pro), Dennis Leoni (director, writer, producer).

Cost: Golfer Package $850.00 – Non-golfer Package $450.00 USD

Ensenada: 65th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (April 27 – 29, 2012)

The 125 nautical mile long race will start April 27 and end April 29th, 2012. Cruising classes will take off starting at 11am and racing classes at 12 noon. For the first time in the 65 editions of the race, both the departure and arrival will be visible from the shore, making the event more fun for non-participants. The award ceremony will take place on Sunday afternoon at the Hotel Coral and Marina.

Cost: $175.00 – $125.00 USD

Ensenada: Primavera en los Viñedos 2012 – Spring in the Vineyards (April 28, 2012)

Spring in the Guadalupe Valley near Ensenada brings new beginnings, rebirth, regrowth, and some incredible  events. The Bodegas de Barcón Balch’é Winery will host a celebration of this season with the best wines in the region, great food and live music.

Cost: Approx. $12.00 USD

Mexicali-San Jose del Cabo: NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally (April 28 – May 2, 2012)

A unique rally that will not  only feature typical race cars, but also vintage cars and motorcycles, and alternative fueled vehicles as well as rally cars, and a limited number of modern desert racecars and classes for pre-runner trucks and buggies. Participating  vehicles will run the length of Baja from Mexicali to San Jose del Cabo on on-road and off-road courses. Don’t miss the “Happiest race on Earth”! On April 28th the bullring in Mexicali will host the vintage category car show, the sign in, the technical/safety inspection and the autograph session. the race will depart from Mexicali on April 29th.

Cost: Free for spectators

Festivals around Baja

The colorful, sun-filled lands of Mexico is known all over the world because of its numerous and lively fiestas and festivals. The peninsula of Baja California in Mexico which is located at the immediate south of San Diego, California in the United States enjoys millions of tourists and vacations every year because of the attraction that Baja California festivals have over Americans and other nationalities. Tourists from all over the globe travel by air, sea or land to Baja California all throughout the year to get together with the locals and experience Baja culture through its many festival celebrations.

There are several different kinds of festivals in Baja California. Some are celebrated within certain cities, neighborhoods, towns or municipalities, while others are shared by people from all over the peninsula or even the entire Mexican country.

The Ensenada International Festival which is held on the 29th of May every year is a festival celebrated in order to commemorate the founding of this city way back in the year 1882. As expected, the descendants of the founding families of the city are part of the festival. The Ensenada City founding families and individuals however, are not all pure blooded Mexicans. Others are of Spanish or Russian descent, and all these families are represented in the time-honored festival tradition.

Another festival in the Baja California peninsula is the Cabo San Lucas Festival which happens on the month of October every year. This local Baja festival however differs from the one held in Ensenada because the festival is done in order to celebrate the town’s patron saint. The activities that take place during this festival involves sports, dances, musical performances, carnivals and other outlets of public revelry. In its neighboring city of San Jose del Cabo, March of every year witnesses the Festival of San Jose which is a celebration of the community’s patron saint.

Religion is another cultural that is well celebrated in Baja California as is in the entire country of Mexico, most specifically Christianity since a large percentage of the populace in Baja are Roman Catholic. One such religious festival in Baja is called the Dia de Nuestra Señora. This Baja festival is celebrated in the municiaplity of Loreto every 8th of September as a commemoration of the very first mission (religious mission as is done by missionaries) in the entire Baja peninsula. Other interesting religious festivals in Baja California is the Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 11-12 every year) and the Day of the Dead Festival (November 1-2 every year).

Local culture is also very much celebrated in Baja California through its festivals and fiestas. There is the gatronomic festival called Rhythms, Colors and Flavors which occurs in San Jose Del Cabo during the month of December. True to its name, the festival is a perfect combination of colorful banderitas, amusing mariachi bands, and platters and platters of delicious local cuisine. Another culturally enriching festival that locals and tourists would love to participate in is the Todos Santos Art Festival which is celebrated every February. This is the perfect time for local artists to showcase their talents and works in museums, galleries and even in street galleries.

Nature’s blessings and beauty is another cause of festivities and celebration in Baja California, an example is the Whale Watching Festivals in La Paz and Los Cabos which is done in order to celebrate the coming of migratory whales. There are also plenty of sports related festivals such as the Rosarito-Ensenada bike festival during the month of September.

Baja California festivals are done in order to give thanks for blessing received, in order to remember places, people and events that came to pass, and in order to promote a sense of community among everyone in the peninsula.

Baja events and celebrations

Mexicans have a reputation for being a very lively and hospitable culture. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the peninsula of Baja California is known as a place full of constant celebrations and festivities. From the feast days of patron saints, historically significant events, cultural festivities and everything else in between, all these and more are celebrated in fiestas, parties, parades, revelries, and other functions in the different cities of Baja California.

So if you are on the look out for the next happening beach party, art exhibit, religious festival, cultural performance or film premier in any city of the Baja California peninsula, then check out our up-to-date events guide so you too can be part of Baja California’s celebrations!