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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 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
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About Chris Sands

Chris Sands is the author of Bohemia by the Bay, and writes about wine, golf, and travel for publications such as, Los Cabos Guide, Los Cabos Magazine, 10 Best, and USA Today. He is a full-time resident of Cabo San Lucas.

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