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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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