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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: May Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas:  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 will also play host to the peninsula’s best Mother’s Day celebration. On Saturday night, May 7, mamas will be treated to drinks, dinner and a floorshow in the hotel’s Salon Mexicano ballroom that pays tribute to legendary Mexican singers. Rosarito Art Fest also returns in May, showcasing local art, culture and cuisine at an all-new location.

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 Paz:  481st Anniversary Foundation Festival

When:  May 3 – 6

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 multi-day Festival de Fundacion (Foundation Festival) again serves as a showcase for local art, culture and cuisine, with concerts and activities – including a traditional reenactment of the first landing of the Spaniards .

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

May Events in Baja

EnsenadaRosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride

When:  May 7

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

 

 

 

 

 

May Events in Baja

RosaritoRosarito Beach Hotel Celebrates Mother’s Day with Super Stars Tribute Singers

When:  May 7

The historic Rosarito Beach Hotel celebrates local and visiting Moms with a Mexican buffet dinner, raffles, and a fun-filled live show featuring impersonators of famous singers like Jenny Rivera, Juan Gabriel, Amanda Miguel, and Vicente Fernandez.

Cost:  $29

 

 

 

 

 

May Events in Baja

Cabo San LucasSurf Retreat at The Cape: A Thompson Hotel

When:  May 19 – 22

Open less than a year – it premiered in June 2015 – this hip, boutique hotel overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas is already making a name for itself as a home for high-profile events. In April, International Chef of the Year Enrique Olvera brought his NYC restaurant Cosme to The Cape. Now, in May, surf legends Rob Machado and Tim Curran are hosting a retreat based around the lodging’s legendary surf beach, Playa Monumentos.

Cost:  $2,921 – 5,920

 

May Events in Baja

Rosarito:  7th Annual Rosarito Art Fest

When:  May 28 – 29

The biggest art fair in Baja California returns for its seventh year with an all-new location, and the same winning mix of regional art, performance art, live music, and traditional Mexican cuisine.

Cost:  Free admission

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: March Events in Baja

March comes in like a lion, not in terms of weather – which is invariably sunny throughout the Baja California peninsula – but rather with a trio of highly anticipated annual events. The Festival de Cine in southern pueblo magico Todos Santos shows off some of the best classic and contemporary Mexican and Latin American films, and does so primarily at a gorgeous old dowtown theater that has been lovingly restored. San Felipe, meanwhile, braces for yet another fantastic line-up of musicians and artists at its popular Blues & Arts Fiesta. But all pale (ale, that is) to the craft brewed treasures at the yearly Ensenada Beer Fest.

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 BajaSan Jose del CaboArt Walk

When:  Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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

 

 

 March Events in BajaCabo San LucasCultural Circuit

When:  Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26

Although in large part a showcase for the paintings and sculptures of local artists, the weekly cultural circuit on the Cabo San Lucas Marina also offers 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.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

 

March Events in Baja

Todos SantosFilm Festival

When:  Mar. 15 – 21

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. Full-length films, as well as shorts, documentaries, and projects from the local Youth in Video program are screened.

Cost:  Some screenings are free, others range from $3 – 6 U.S.

 

March Events in Baja

San FelipeBlues Fest

When:  March 18 – 19

Performers at the 10th annual Blues & Arts Fiesta in San Felipe include Backwater Blues Band, Bayou Brothers and Sister Zydeco Band, Rocanova, Javier Batiz, Gregg Wright, Gino Matteo, and Madame LeRoux and Krewe. Artists will also show off their wares, from jewelry and collectibles to painting and sculptures drums and iron creations.

Cost:  $15 – 50

 

 

 

 

 March Events in BajaEnsenadaBeer Fest

When:  Mar. 18 – 19

Over 70 peninsula, mainland and U.S. brewers are expected for this yearly celebration of suds, which takes place at the Centro Cultural Riviera in Ensenada. There’s a conference the first day, and an expo featuring widespread sampling and festivities on the second.

Cost:  $14 – 17

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. 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

Valentine’s Day and Carnaval (AKA  Carnival, AKAMardi Gras) are big events almost everywhere, not least of all on the Baja California peninsula. The historic Rosarito Beach Hotel is devoting the entire month of February to the former, from romantic amenities and discounted room rates to a masquerade ball with live music and dancing.  As to the latter, two peninsular cities – Ensenada and La Paz – are particularly famed for their Carnaval celebrations. Both will carry on the tradition again this year, with a series of public festivities that reach their crescendo on “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.

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

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

 February Events in BajaSan Jose del CaboArt Walk

When:  Feb. 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.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 February Events in Baja

La PazCarnaval

When:  Feb. 4 – 9

Forget Rio. The world’s best Carnaval celebration takes place in Baja California Sur’s capital city, La Paz. This year’s theme is Las Musas de la Alegria (The Muses of Joy), with five days of pre-Lent festivities – parades, costumes, live music, dancing in the streets – culminating on Fat Tuesday (in French, Mardi Gras), February 9, 2016.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

February Events in Baja

Todos SantosOpen Artists Studio Tour

When:  Feb. 6 – 7

This is a once a year opportunity to visit the acclaimed artists of Todos Santos in their studios. Last year’s 2015 Studios Tour featured 34 participating artists, and saw 400 visitors roaming through the coastal pueblo magico, which is located about 45 minutes by car from Cabo San Lucas.

Cost:  200 pesos

 

 

 

 

February Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas: Circuito Cultural

When:  Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

The Cultural Circuit takes place every Saturday on the Cabo San Lucas marina boardwalk, with exhibits and activities scheduled throughout the day. Although in large part a showcase for the paintings and sculptures of local artists, the circuit also offers wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music and folkloric dancing.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

February Events in Baja

Rosarito: Valentine’s Day Masquerade Ball at Rosarito Beach Hotel

When:  Feb. 13

Enjoy romance across the border at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel, which will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a masquerade ball featuring a dinner buffet and live music and dancing. Since its opening in 1925, the landmark lodging has hosted many of the world’s biggest celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Lana Turner and Rita Hayworth.

Cost:  $39

 February Events in Baja

San Felipe30th SCORE Bud Light San Felipe 250

When:  Feb. 25 – 28

SCORE International’s five race World Desert Champion Series kicks off in 2016 with the San Felipe 250 on Feb. 25 – 28. The rugged off-road 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:  $1495 – 2390

 

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. 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 Bajas

2016 begins with a bang in Baja California Sur, with some of the state’s signature cultural and outdoor competitions scheduled to take place this month: most notably, the Todos Santos Music Festival and The Lord of the Wind Showdown. The former was founded by former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, and brings some of the finest bands on the contemporary music scene to perform in Baja’s first pueblo magico. The latter is a kiteboarding competition – now the North American championship – held annually in the gorgeous East Cape of community of Los Barriles. Each winter when strong El Norte winds blow down the Sea of Cortez, Los Barriles becomes heaven on earth for windsports enthusiasts.

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

Cabo San Lucas:  Cultural Circuit 

When:  Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

The Cultural Circuit takes place every Saturday on the Cabo San Lucas marina boardwalk, with exhibits and activities scheduled throughout the day. Although in large part a showcase for the paintings and sculptures of local artists, the circuit also offers 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.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

January Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo:  Art Walk

When:  Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28R

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

East Cape6th Annual Lord of the Wind Showdown

When:  Jan. 13 – 17

The charming East Cape town of Los Barriles is home to one of the world’s most famous windsports competitions – The Lord of the Wind Showdown – which this year becomes the North American Kitefoil Championship. Kiteboarders compete in categories like slalom and big air, with the overall winner walking away with thousands of dollars in prize money. There are also plenty of affiliated fiestas, like the traditional tamales cook-off.

Cost:  Free for spectators; entry fees range from $25 – 150

 

 

 

January Events in Baja

Todos Santos5th Annual Todos Santos Music Festival

When:  Jan. 14 – 16, 20 – 23

This yearly 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 coastalpueblo magico over the course of two weekends. Performers at the 5th annual event will include Buck (performing with Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney as Filthy Friends), Death Cab for Cutie, Autumn Defense (with Wilco members Pat Sansone and John Stirratt), The Jayhawks, Old 97’s, and Drive-By Truckers.

Cost:  Free – $50

 

 

 

January Events in Baja

Todos Santos3rd Annual Todos Santos Writers Workshop

When:  Jan. 24 – 30

The 3rd edition of the peninsula’s premier writers workshop features five days of intensive sessions at historic Casa Dracula, with daily workshops led by Jeanne McCulloch, Gordon Chaplin, Rex Weiner and Jonathan Penner, and seminar speakers such as Christopher Merrill (The Forgotten Language – Writing and Nature),  and Bruce Berger (Collecting the World – An Environmental Writer’s Life).

Cost:  $750

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: December Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: December Events in Baja

December brings the holiday season in Baja, with a wealth of traditional celebrations interspersed with secular events like fundraisers, concerts and culinary festivals.

Rosarito boasts what may be Baja’s musical event of the year, an epic concert pairing the world’s best known mariachi group, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, with a binational symphony orchestra. Los Cabos s hosts its annual food and wine fete, Sabor a Cabo, with offerings from over 50 local restaurants. And two of the peninsula’s landmark lodgings will ring in 2016 with spectacular New Year’s Eve galas.

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. 

 

December Events in Baja

San Jose del CaboSabor a Cabo

When:  Nov. 29 – Dec. 5

Los Cabos’ largest culinary festival returns Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, with a week of food and wine related parties– a country food and wine tasting, a craft beer fest, and a wine and art walk – leading up to the main event: an enormous food and wine fiesta featuring 52 participating restaurants at Club Campestre golf course in San Jose del Cabo. In addition to featuring delicious food from celebrated local and international chefs, the final fête will also showcase musical performances, most notably form 2015 Latin Grammy Winner Lila Downs.

Cost:  $130 – 140

 

December Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Dressed to the K-9s

When:  Dec. 10

The Los Cabos Humane Society’s Dressed to the K-9s Gala Christmas Party is an annual holiday fundraiser – with a silent auction and raffle – to benefit animals and community services in Los Cabos. This year’s event, to be held in the ballroom and courtyard of the elegant Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf and Spa Resort, will feature “A Christmas in Venice” theme, complete with 18th century style masks and costumes. Branden James, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, will perform everything from Puccini to Andrea Bocelli, and an Italianate dinner buffet will be provided courtesy of Chef Manuel De Luca of De Cortez Grill.

Cost:  $135 – 275

 

 

December Events in Baja

RosaritoEl Gran Concierto de Gala del Mariachi

When:  Dec. 12

The world’s most famous mariachi group, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, performs with a binational symphony from the U.S. and Mexico in this much anticipated concert at the Baja California Center, a newly built, state-of-the-art facility overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Playas de Rosario.

Cost:  $60 – 350

 

 

 

 

December Events in Baja

RosaritoNew Year’s Eve Celebration at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

When:  Dec. 31

Each year on Dec. 31, the legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel invites revelers from both sides of the border to ring in the New Year with dinner, drinks and dancing, as well as a spectacular international show in the hotel’s Salon Mexicano ballroom.

Cost:  $49 – 99

 

 

 

 

December Events in Baja

Cabo San LucasNew Year’s Eve White Party at Casa Dorada

When:  Dec. 31

Casa Dorada throws the best New Year’s Eve parties in Los Cabos, with past celebrations ranging from barefoot formals to a carnivalesque bacchanal. This year there’s a white party theme, with color coordinated guests invited to enjoy to an open bar and deluxe buffet from Chef Francisco Aguirre at the resort’s 12 Tribes restaurant, as well as live music from bands and resident DJs, and of course a spectacular fireworks show over Medano Beach at midnight.

Cost:  $85 – 140

 

 

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: September Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: September Events in Baja

September is the height of the slow season for most of the Baja California peninsula, but visitors will still find plenty of regional events worth attending, including popular annual festivals that showcase food, comedy, culture and music.

The autumn edition of the Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride is perhaps the season’s signature event, although the Mariachi and Folklorico Festival at the Rosarito Beach Hotel is also highly anticipated. And of course celebrations of Mexican Independence Day will take place September 16 in towns and cities throughout the peninsula.

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.

 

September Events in Baja

Tijuana:  Love, Eco & Friends – Festival Vegano 

When:  Sep. 6

The 5th edition of this festival celebrating the vegan lifestyle returns with more healthy, delicious and cruelty-free food and drinks, as well as art, music and design from eco-oriented exhibitors.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

Baja California PeninsulaMexican Independence DaySeptember Events in Baja

When:  Sep. 16

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.

Cost:  Admission free

 

September Events in Baja

RosaritoCheese, Wine & Craft Beer Festival

When:  Sep. 19

The best Baja California cheeses, wines and craft brews are on display at this free event, with tasty samplers from over 40 participating producers. Arts, crafts and music are also featured.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

 

September Events in Baja

Ensenada36th Anniversary Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride

When:  Sep. 26

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

 

 

 

September Events in BajaRosarito6th Annual International Mariachi and Folklorico Festival

When:  Sep. 30 Oct. 3

This popular traditional music and dance festival returns to the Rosarito Beach Hotel, with workshops for students, social mixers, an international competition, and feature performances from some of the world’s best mariachi bands, including the Mariachi Divas and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan.

Cost:  $10 – 100

 

 

 

September Events in Baja

 

Cabo San Lucas:  Cabo Comedy Festival

When:  Sep. 30 Oct. 4

“Where the Land Ends and the Laughs Begins” is the slogan of the Cabo Comedy Festival, a five-day event that will feature some of the most talented comedians in the entertainment industry. Shows will be performed in English and Spanish, and will take place at several venues around Cabo San Lucas, including nightclubs Hard Rock Café, Desperadoes, and Baja Junkie.

Cost:  Ticket prices have yet to be announced.

 

 

 

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: August Events in Baja

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. Rosarito Beach hosts 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

East CapeBisbee’s East Cape Offshore 

Date:  Aug. 4 – 8

Bisbee’s kicks off its 2015 season with the East Cape Offshore, the first of its three annual fishing tournaments held in Baja California Sur. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three qualifying teams in the billfish (black or blue marlin), tuna and dorado categories.

Admission:  $1500 per team

 

August Events in Baja

EnsenadaFiestas de la Vendimia  

Date:  Aug. 7 – 23

Las Fiestas de la Vendimia are a series of events celebrating the grape harvest in Baja California’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe. Festivities include banquets, concerts and tastings in Ensenada, Tijuana and along the Ruta del Vino.

Admission:  $40 average per event

 

 

August Events in Baja

RosaritoBaja Blues Fest 

Date:  Aug. 21 – 23

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers headline the list of performers at the 4th annual Baja Blues Fest at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel. Weekend highlights include an all-day, outdoor blues bash showcasing live music from Castro, Deanna Bogart Band, Backwater Blues Band and Bayou Brothers with Michele Lundeen, as well as local artists and food vendors.

Admission:  $10 – 35

 

 

August Events in Baja

RosaritoSabor de Baja 

Date:  Aug. 26 

This elegant “all white attire” event at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel features a culinary competition among top Baja chefs, as well as generous samplings of some of the peninsula’s finest craft beers and wines.

Admission:  $65

 

 

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: July Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: July Events in Baja

Summer is the slow season on the Baja California peninsula, and the time of year when the event focus traditionally shifts from cultural festivities to water-based activities like fishing, surfing, and diving (with visibility increasing as water temperatures rise). Many of the premier summer events are in fact fishing tournaments, and Los Barriles is home to July’s top sporting competition: the 11th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out.

A few cultural festivals are on tap this month, however, including the 4th annual Resort at Pedregal Food and Wine Festival. The Cabo San Lucas based ultra-luxury resort is bringing in some big name U.S. chefs, including former French Laundry Chef de Cuisine Tim Hollingsworth, now of Barrel and Ashes in Los Angeles, and Brian Malarkey of Searsucker and Herringbone.

July Events in Baja

No official dates have been set as yet for the 9th annual Pitahayas Festival in Miraflores – the schedule is dependent on when the cactus fruit is at its ripest – but July visitors to Baja California Sur should keep an eye out for this traditional three-day celebration, which showcases eating, drinking, dancing, and the crowning of the queen of the festival. The star of the show is the antioxidant rich fruit that many consider the secret to the notable longevity of residents of this small town, which is located near Santiago, about an hour’s drive north of San Jose del Cabo.

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.

Rosarito6th Annual Flying Samaritans 4th of July Beach BBQ at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

When:  July 4

Cost:  $8 – 15

The Rosarito branch of the Flying Samaritans – a volunteer organization that operates free medical clinics in Baja California – will celebrate U.S. Independence Day with a party at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel. Highlights are expected to include barbecue, drinks, a raffle, live music from American Nova, and of course the obligatory fireworks.

July Events in Baja

EnsenadaHarvest Festival Bottle Launch

When:  July 11

Cost:  Free admission

Dive in and catch a bottle to win wine, souvenirs, prizes, and tickets to the Fiestas de la Vendimia, a series of annual events celebrating the grape harvest in Baja California’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe. Admission is free, but only adults 18 and older are eligible, with a maximum of two bottles per person.

July Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas 4th Annual The Resort at Pedregal Food and Wine Festival

When:  July 15 – 19

Cost:  $1,290 per night

For the fourth consecutive year, Cabo San Lucas’ most exclusive resort is hosting a four-day celebration of food and wine, with an art of pairing cocktail reception, tequila seminar, wine tastings, cooking and cocktail demonstrations, and six-course meal prepared by an award-winning cast of international chefs.

July Events in Baja

East Cape11th Annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out

When:  July 18

Cost:  $500 per team

The rules are simple for the 11th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out in Los Barriles: catch the heaviest dorado on July 18, 2015, and your team walks away with brand new, fully loaded 4×4 pickup truck. A number of side jackpots are also paid out, with last year’s jackpots reaching over $80,000 in cash.

July Events in Baja

EnsenadaInaugural Ruta del Vino Bike Ride and Wine Festival

When:  July 18

Cost:  $55 – 60

The first ever Ruta del Vino Bike Ride and Wine Festival kicks off with a scenic 40 mile road race and fun ride through Baja’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe, then rewards riders with a finish line fiesta featuring local food, wine, beer, and live music.

 

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: June Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: June Events in Baja

Junes brings a bevy of summertime sporting competitions in Baja, from pro surfing and fishing and golf fundraisers in Los Cabos to rugged off-road racing and a bicycle race through the scenic wine country of Valle de Guadalupe.

The latter event, a 73 mile bike trek from Tecate to Ensenada, originated as a fun ride in the 1970s, but returns after a better than two decade hiatus as a challenging competition with four distinct hill climbs. Fun riders can still compete at their own pace, however, and all participants are welcome at the pre-race food and wine festival in Tecate, as well as at the finish line fiesta in Ensenada.

June Events in Baja

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.

Ensenada:  47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 

When:  June 4 – 7

Cost:  $1,915 – 2860

The 2015 edition Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 layout clocks in at just under 496 miles, with racers allowed 20 hours to complete a rugged off-road loop course that starts and finishes in Ensenada.

June Events in Baja

San Jose del CaboLos Cabos Open of Surf

When:  June 9 – 14

Cost:  Free admission for spectators

This year’s WSL (World Surf League) sponsored competition will be a pro tour event for women, and junior men and women at Zippers point break off Playa Costa Azul in San Jose del Cabo, one of the premier surf spots in Baja CaliforniaSur.

June Events in Baja

TecateInaugural Tecate to Ensenada International Bicycle Race

When:  June 21

Cost:  $70 – 75

This 73 mile ride through Baja California’s wine country – with four major hill climbs, including a race-within-a-race to determine the king and queen of the hill – is bookended by a pre-race food and wine festival in Tecate, and a finish line fiesta in Ensenada.

San Jose del Cabo19th Annual Stars & Stripes Tournament 

When:  June 25 – 28

June Events in Baja

Cost:  $3,000 – 125,000

Attendees at this annual fundraiser for youth charities in Los Cabos will fish for dorado, wahoo, tuna and billfish, play championship-level golf at Chileno Bay and the Jack Nicklaus designed Club Campestre, and enjoy nightly musical performances from Sammy Hagar and others.

Ensenada13th Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino 

When:  June 28

Cost:  $20 for adults; free admission for children 12 and under

June Events in Baja

Mexican art, food, folk dancing, fine wine, and horses are the main attractions at the Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino, held yearly in the Valle de Guadalupe outside Ensenada.

 

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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.

 

 

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