Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: January Events in Baja
2017 begins with a bang in Baja California Sur, with some of the state’s standout cultural and outdoor competitions scheduled to take place this month: most notably, the Tropic of Cancer Concert Series and The Lord of the Wind Showdown.
The former is a more than adequate fill-in for the currently in limbo Todos Santos Music Festival (founded by former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck), and brings some of the finest bands on the contemporary music scene to perform in Baja’s first pueblo magico. The latter is one of two outstanding windsports competitions held each January on Baja Sur’s gorgeous East Cape (the La Ventana Classic is the other).
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: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
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
When: Jan. 16 – 20, 2017
The most notable golf tournament in a region famed for its spectacular courses–three of Los Cabos’ 14 links are currently ranked among the 100 best in the world–returns as Sheraton Hacienda del Mar and Cabo del Sol’s Ocean and Desert Courses play host to the 9th annual Los Cabos Pro-Am.
Cost: Stay and Play packages start at $3595
When: Jan. 12 – 21
Never fear, music fans. Former REM guitarist Peter Buck’s Todos Santos Music Festival may be on hiatus, but Todos Santos will once again host a series of great bands to kick off the New Year, and the historic Hotel California will once again be the primary host and sponsor. The Tropic of Cancer Concert Series features bands and performers such as La Santa Cecilia, Langhorne Slim, Las Cafeteras, Joan Osborne, The Autumn Defense, The Jag, Cordovas, Daniel Donato, Matt Haeck, and many more.
Cost: $75 – $100
When: Jan. 17 – 22
The coastal town of Los Barriles is home to one of the world’s most famous windsports competitions: The Lord of the Wind Showdown. The annual event is sponsored by the local Rotary Club, and features multiple days of world-class kiteboarding in categories like slalom and big air, with the overall winner walking away with thousands of dollars in prize money. There are also plenty of affiliated fiestas, like the traditional tamales cook-off.
Cost: $75 – $150 for competitors; free admission for spectators
When: Jan. 25 – 29
Just as Los Barriles hosts its annual Lord of the Wind Showdown, La Ventana hosts its “Classic” windsports competition, with windsurfers, kiteboarders and SUP (stand up paddleboarding) enthusiasts battling the breezes to earn cash and glory in various categories. Proceeds from this year’s event are earmarked to benefit local schools.
Cost: $15 – $310 for participants; free admission for spectators
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