Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: February Events in Baja California
Love is in the air, with dozens of Valentine’s Day events scheduled around the Baja California peninsula, including a masquerade dinner and dance at the legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel, and a five-course tasting menu at what may be the world’s most romantic restaurant: Sunset da Mona Lisa in the Los Cabos tourist corridor. February is also a big month for Baja art lovers, thanks to the annual Open Studios Tour in Todos Santos – which allows visitors to meet the pueblo magico’s most talented artists – and the newly minted Circuito Cultural in Cabo San Lucas.
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: Every Saturday (Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28), noon to 11 p.m.
This recently established event is Cabo San Lucas’ answer to the Art Walks held weekly and monthly in San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos, respectively. The marina based circuit premiered Jan. 17, 2015, and provides a regular showcase for exhibits from local artists, cultural workshops, food, wine and tequila tasting, and live music and dancing.
Cost: Free admission
When: Feb. 7 – 8
By popular demand, the Todos Santos Open Studios Tour is now a two day event. Visitors to the coastal pueblo magico, located about 45 mile north of Cabo San Lucas, will be able to see more art, and spend more time with the artists’ colony’s talented collection of painters, sculptors, photographers, muralists, jewelers, print makers, collage artists, potters and wood turners in their own studios.
Cost: $200 pesos (approx. $15 U.S.)
When: Feb. 14
Landmark Baja lodging Rosarito Beach Hotel is hosting one of the peninsula’s most highly anticipated Valentine’s Day events. Tickets entitle guests to a welcome margarita, a buffet dinner, live music, and dancing, with carnival masks on hand to ensure the requisite amount of mystery and romance.
Cost: $39 per person
When: Feb. 14
Sunset da Mona Lisa is notable for its fresh local seafood specialties, and famed for its remarkable site: a seaside perch that looks out across Cabo San Lucas Bay and the granitic monuments at Land’s End. The Valentine’s Day special at this world-class romantic dining destination includes a welcoming drink, five course tasting menu, live music, and of course spectacular sunset views.
Cost: $125 per person
When: Feb. 12 – 17
Forget Rio. The world’s best Carnaval celebration takes place in Baja California Sur’s capital city, La Paz. This year’s theme is Ancestral Plumage, with five days of pre-Lent festivities – parades, costumes, live music, dancing in the streets – culminating on Fat Tuesday (in French, Mardi Gras), February 17, 2015. Performers include Rio Roma, Rayito Colombiano, El Recodo, Moderatto and Yuri. For up-to-date information, visit the Carnaval La Paz Facebook page.
Cost: Free admission
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