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, with affiliated events in Rosarito Beach, Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali. Rosarito Beach is also home to 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.
When: Aug. 1 – 17
Fiestas de la Vendimia are a series of annual events celebrating the grape harvest in Baja California’s wine country, capped by the traditional Concurso de Paellas (paella contest) at the winery Viña de Linceaga in Valle de Guadalupe. The food and wine fêtes are organized by Provino, a committee dedicated to promoting the region’s wines, and primarily take place along the Ruta del Vino.
Cost: $30 – 120, depending upon the event
When: Aug. 5 – 9
Bisbee’s kicks off its 2014 tournament season with the East Cape Offshore, in which anglers compete to bring in the biggest tuna, dorado, and black and blue marlin. It’s the perfect warm-up for Bisbee’s flagship event, the Black and Blue, held each October in Cabo San Lucas. Billed as the world’s richest fishing tournaments – the Black and Blue features multi-million dollar payouts – Bisbee’s Baja-based competitions are the gold standard for serious anglers.
Cost: $1500 per team
When: Aug. 15 – 16
Tijuana is ground zero for Baja’s craft brew scene, and the 10th annual TJ Beer Fest offers visitors a chance to sample over 200 local and regional specialties from some of the peninsula’s best beer makers. In addition to the superb suds, the brew fest will feature live music from over two dozen bands, and tasty cuisine from both sides of the border.
When: Aug. 17
CANIRAC, the local restaurant association, sponsors this fair celebrating Mexican history and culture, with traditional dishes showcasing regional cuisine from around the country, work from local artists and craftsmen, and live music. Attendance at last year’s event topped 4,000, and similar crowds are expected this year.
Cost: free admission
When: Aug. 22 – 24
Kid Ramos and The Mannish Boys headlines the list of performers at the 3rd annual Baja Blues Fest at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. The weekend centerpiece is an all-day, outdoor blues bash on Saturday, August 23, with live music, local artists and food vendors, and raffle prizes that include a trip to Baja’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe.
Cost: $10 – 35
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