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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: July Events in Baja California

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: July Events in Baja California

Summer is the slow season in Baja California, 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 10th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out, with over $125,000 in cash and prizes on the line as teams vie to bring in the biggest dorado (known in some regions of the U.S. as mahi mahi or dolphinfish).

July Events in Baja California

Cabo San Lucas luxury resort Capella Pedregal will host its 3rd annual Food and Wine Festival July 9 – 13, 2014.

A few cultural and food and wine festivals are on tap this month, however, including the 3rd annual Capella Pedregal Food and Wine Festival. The Cabo San Lucas luxury resort is bringing in some big name U.S. chefs, and will feature first-class wines from Napa and Guadalupe Valleys, as well as hand-crafted prohibition era cocktails from one of the top mixologists in New York City.

No official dates have been set as yet for the 8th 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.

July Events in Baja California

Cabo San Lucas:  3rd Annual Capella Pedregal Food and Wine Festival

When:  July 9 – 13

For the third consecutive year, Cabo San Lucas’ most exclusive resort is offering a four-day celebration of food and wine, with a cocktail reception, tequila seminar, wine and cheese tastings, cooking and cocktail demonstrations, and a five-course meal prepared by a celebrated cast of chefs that include Kent Rathburn of Dallas’ Abacus and Jasper, and Peruvian born Ricardo Zarate, founder of the chic L.A. eateries Mo-chica and Picca.

Cost:  Cost varies according to accommodations options.

July Events in Baja California

Los Barriles:  10th Annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out

When: July 17 – 19

The rules are simple for the 10th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out in Los Barriles: catch the heaviest dorado on July 19, 2014, and your team walks away with brand new, fully loaded 4×4 pickup truck. Registration begins at 3 p.m. on July 17 at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez. The hotel also hosts the post-tournament awards ceremony—with dinner, music, and over $20,000 in raffle items—scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 19th.

Cost: $500 per team

July Events in Baja California

Cabo San Lucas:  Champagne World Tour at Nikki Beach

When: July 19

Looking to beat the summer heat in high Cabo style? After stops in Miami and St. Tropez, the season’s coolest event arrives poolside at ME Cabo near the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. Pop a few corks and enjoy all the poolside action at Nikki Beach in Cabo San Lucas on July 19, 2014, with hip DJs and gorgeous views of Land’s End and El Arco.

Cost:  $88 -290

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: Baja Events in June

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas:  Baja Events in June

Junes ushers in a bevy of summertime fiestas in Baja, from fashion shows in Los Cabos to off-road racing events and outdoor festivals in the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe. But June’s biggest Baja-themed event doesn’t take place in Baja, but rather in the greater San Diego area. The “Baja Bash” is back for its third go-round in 2014, with organizers looking to build on last year’s huge success. The Wildcoast sponsored charity event will benefit Baja’s coastal and marine ecosystems, and features Baja-inspired sustainable cuisine, a silent auction, and the infectious rhythms of SoCal rock band Los Hollywood at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club.

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.

Baja Events in June

Ensenada:  46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500

When:  June 5 – 8

The 46th edition of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 is part of the series of off-road races that includes the San Felipe 250 and Baja 1000, The approximately 500 mile course starts and finishes in Ensenada, and is open to over 30 vehicle classes encompassing cars, trucks, ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles. Affiliated events will be centered around the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada.

Cost:  $1,275 – 2,170 for registration

 Baja Events in June

Ensenada:  Horse, Art and Wine Festival

When: June 8

Mexican art, food, folk dancing, fine wine, and horses are the main attractions at the Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vin0, held yearly in Baja’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe, outside Ensenada. The 11th edition of the popular festival take place at the equestrian facilities of Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards & Inn.

Cost: $23 for adults; free for children 12 and under

Baja Events in June

Cabo San Lucas:  Nikki Beach Lifestyle Presents “What Women Want”

When: June 14 – 15

Nikki Beach Lifestyle’s annual fashion series, “What Women Want,” features hot designers showcasing their latest collections on the runway while guests enjoy pampering beauty treatments, tropical cocktails, and, of course, plenty of shopping. The annual two-day fashion extravaganza is held at Club Nikki Beach at the boutique Hotel ME Cabo on Medano Beach.

Cost:  $58 – 232

Baja Events in June

San Jose del Cabo:  Los Cabos Open of Surf

When:  June 16 – 22

The Los Cabos Open of Surf returns for the second consecutive year to Zippers beach break off Playa Costa Azul in San Jose del Cabo, and is once again expected to attract top professional surfers from around the world. At last year’s inaugural event, U.S. surfer Dillon Perillo took home the $25,000 first prize. This year, for the first time, the 6-Star ASP sanctioned event will expand to include both men’s and women’s categories, with a combined total of $155,000 in cash and prizes on the line.

Cost:  Free admission

June Events in Baja

San Diego:  3rd Annual Baja Bash

When:  June 28

The Baja Bash is an annual celebration to raise money for Wildcoast, an organization dedicated to conserving coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife on both sides of the border. This year’s event is at the beautiful Coronado Cays Yacht Club, and will feature Baja-inspired sustainable cuisine, a silent auction, and live music by up-and-coming Southern California trio “Los Hollywood.” Dress is “Baja chic.”

Cost:  $100

 

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: May Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: May Events in Baja

May heralds the return of some of Baja’s most highly anticipated events, including the 35th anniversary Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride, and what is now billed as “The Happiest Race on Earth,” the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. The origins of former date to 1979, while the latter hearkens back to 1967, when Ed Pearlman and the National Off-Road Racing Association organized the inaugural running of the event that would eventually become famous as 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.

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

Rosarito:  35th Anniversary Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride

When:  May 3

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:  $40-45

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

May events in Baja

Ensenada:  5th Annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000

When:  May 10–14

The 5th edition of this classic Baja rally race starts in Ensenada, then courses down the peninsula through El Rosario, Bahía de Los Angeles, San Ignacio, Loreto, and La Paz, before finishing in San José del Cabo. Afterwards, more than a 1000 racers, crew, and guests are expected to attend the “Post Party and Driver’s Awards.”

Cost:  $2,367

Info:  http://baja.com/ensenada/events/5th-annual-general-tire-norra-mexican-1000/

May events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  5th Annual Cabo Marine Show

When:  May 15–17

Mexico’s premier maritime exposition returns to Los Cabos for the 5th consecutive year, with some of the biggest names in the boat and water-based recreation industries showcasing their wares on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. The three-day expo will also feature art and jewelry vendors, as well as live entertainment.

Cost:  Free admission

Info:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/5th-annual-cabo-marine-show/

May Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  IXth Anniversary White Party at Nikki Beach

When:  May 23

Each year, the Los Cabos smart set dons their most elegant white ensembles to kick off the summer season, with top-shelf drinking and dining, and spirited entertainment from an international cast of talented DJs and flamboyantly costumed energy dancers in a stylish setting overlooking Medano Beach and the Sea of Cortez.

Cost:  $70–7,906

Info:  http://baja.com/cabo-san-lucas/events/ixth-anniversary-white-party-at-nikki-beach/

May events in Baja

Todos Santos:  3rd Annual Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival

When:  May 23–25

Gastrovino welcomes gourmands and oenophiles for a three-day festival celebrating local culture and cuisine, as well as Baja wines from Valle de Guadalupe. The main event will be held in the Todos Santos town square on May 24th, with food, wine, live music, and a silent auction to benefit local programs for children.

Cost:  $30-35

Info:  http://baja.com/todos-santos/events/3rd-annual-gastrovino-food-and-wine-festival/

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Fairs, Festivals, and Fiestas: April Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals, and Fiestas: April Events in Baja

The top April events in Baja California showcase some of the peninsula’s signature attractions, from local arts and crafts and the Cabo party scene to fresh regional seafood and the world-class wines now being produced in Valle de Guadalupe.

But star billing goes to the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. Since 1948, sailors and celebrities have competed in “the world’s largest international yacht race,” a 125 nautical mile journey from Newport Beach to Ensenada, with post-race parties and activities rounding out the memorable weekend.

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

Los Barriles:  21st Annual Art Festival

When: April 13

The 21st annual Art Festival, or Festival de Artes, features original artwork from regional artists at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez in Los Barriles, on the East Cape of Baja California Sur. The yearly fiesta cultural also offers food, drinks, live music, and dancing.

Cost: Free admission 

April Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Semana Santa at Nikki Beach

When: April 17-20

Celebrate Semana Santa and the end of Lent with four days of partying at the famed Nikki Beach club, home to the hippest and hottest poolside scene on Medano Beach. Enjoy fun in the sun with great dance music from an international cast of DJs, as well as fine food and high-end bottle service.

Cost: $88-290

April Events in Baja

Loreto:  The Great Loreto Yellowtail Tournament

When: April 24-26

Anglers compete for over $10,000 U.S. in cash and prizes at this yearly fishing contest, with 80 percent of the purse going to winners in the yellowtail division, and the remaining 20 percent to top teams in the cabrilla and pargo division. There will also be a “casting for accuracy” challenge open to both children and adults, as well as other fun activities and events.

Cost: $400 per team

April Events in Baja

Ensenada:  Shellfish and New Wine Festival

When: April 25-27

The highlight of this three-day food and wine fête is the final tasting, where guests enjoy fresh local shellfish courtesy of some of the best chefs and restaurants in Ensenada, and taste from a selection of 80 wines from 40 different producers in Mexico’s premier viticultural area, Valle de Guadalupe.

Cost: $30-70

April Events in Baja

Ensenada:  67th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race

When: April 25-27

Billed as the world’s largest international yacht race, this maritime contest and social extravaganza sees participants compete in over 50 trophy categories during the 125 nautical mile sail from Newport Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico.

Cost: $125-225

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Prepare to Party: June Events in Baja

Prepare to Party: June Events in Baja

From tip to toe Baja is bursting with fun activities and events during the month of June, from gastronomic celebrations like the San Felipe’s Clam Festival, to exciting sport events like the Los Cabos Open of Surf. But this month we shine the spotlight right here in our backyard, on a Baja-related event taking place in our very own San Diego, California. The ‘Baja Bash’ is back in 2013 for its second edition after last year’s huge success. This charity event will benefit Baja’s coast and ocean, and features a sunset cocktail reception, Baja-inspired sustainable cuisine with celebrity chefs, a silent auction, and live music from the B-Side Players.

There are hundreds of local events for everyone 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.)

June events in Baja

Ensenada
Horse, Art and Wine Festival (Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino)
When: June 9th
The Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards and Inn will once again host this equestrian event. This, the 11th Horse, Art and Wine Festival (Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino), includes food,  live music and dancing.
Cost: About $25
Info: http://baja.com/ensenada/events/11th-festival-del-caballo-arte-y-vino/

 

941940_529872077071574_822311961_nSan Felipe
Fiesta de la Almeja
When: June 14 -15
The Clam Festival, Fiesta de la Almeja, returns to San Felipe this June. The festivities will begin on Saturday with clamming in the beaches north of the port and will continue on Sunday on the Malecon area with preparation and tasting of the best clam dishes.
Cost: Free
Info: http://baja.com/san-felipe/events/fiesta-de-la-almeja/

 

263211_568978159809410_1030246594_nSan Diego
2nd Annual Baja Bash
When: June 15
WiLDCOAST is hosting the 2nd Annual Baja Bash in San Diego. The event will take place once again at the at the Port Pavilion. This fundraising event will celebrate the best food, beer, and wine from both San Diego and Baja California, and highlight WILDCOAST’s conservation successes on both sides of our shared coastline.
Cost: $75
Info: http://baja.com/tijuana/events/the-2nd-annual-baja-bash-in-san-diego/

 

29358_399686726621_5060428_n Ensenada
6th Blues-Rock Fest
When: June 15
UNAM is proud to present the 6th Blues-Rock Fest, eight hours of live music with eight bands from both Mexico and the US. The line-up  includes Big Shot Reub and The Reloaders (San Diego), Neto Angulo y Libre (Los Angeles), Ruta 69 (Ensenada), Amaretto Blues Band (Ensenada), Indigo (Ensenada), Mosk Tryo (Mexicali), Old Dog (Mexicali) and Los Fires (San Luis, Sonora/Arizona).
Cost: $8
Info: http://baja.com/ensenada/events/6th-blues-rock-fest/

431984_205427402914311_1240582765_n (1)San Jose del Cabo
6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf
When: June 17-23
The Los Cabos Open of Surf will also include a series of beach concerts with international artists and DJ’s, beach bars, a food fair offering fresh, local cuisine, fashion shows featuring some of the top surf brands, art walks and eco-friendly activities, showcasing the best of the surf lifestyle.
Cost: Free for spectators
Info: http://baja.com/san-jose-del-cabo/events/6-star-los-cabos-open-of-surf/

 

263137_114785041948269_1758292_nTijuana
11th Annual Caesar Salad Festival
When: June 23
The 11th Annual Caesar Salad Festival will bring some of the best restaurants in the city together to celebrate this popular salad that has been invented right in Tijuana by Italian immigrant Caesar Cardini in 1924. In addition to the salads there will be beers and local wines available for sale. Live entertainment.
Cost: Free
Info: http://baja.com/tijuana/events/11th-annual-caesar-salad-festival/

 

Paellas_2 Ensenada
125 Paellas
When: June 29
APM Productions invites you to celebrate 125 years of Bodegas de Santo Tomás with 125 Paellas, 125 years producing wine, also a Tribute to Queen Concert. Family Environment. Folkloric ballet, live music, and children area.
Cost: About $20-$36
Info: http://baja.com/ensenada/events/125-paellas/

 

What’s your favorite Baja festival? Let us know at Baja.com.

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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.