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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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