Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: June Events in Baja
July ushers in many of the peninsula’s most beloved events, from the Street Opera Festival in Tijuana to the traditional Feria de la Pitahaya in Miraflores, a small farming community about 45 miles north of San Jose del Cabo. But this July also sees some brand new to-dos, including the first ever MMA (mixed martial arts) event in Cabo San Lucas – scheduled for Saturday, July 2 at the outdoor theater adjoining the Land’s End city’s cultural pavilion – and a long overdue celebration of cerveza in Tecate. The border pueblo magico is famed for its namesake beer, but plenty of craft brewers will also be on hand at the first time fete.
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 3
The Rosarito branch of the Flying Samaritans – a volunteer organization that operates free medical clinics in Baja California – will host their seventh annual 4th of July beach bbq at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel. The U.S. Independence Day celebration will feature food, fireworks, a raffle, and live music.
Cost: $8 – $15
When: July 9
One of Tijuana’s oldest neighborhoods – Colonia Libertad – is the stage set for the 13th annual Street Opera Festival. The event has been taking place since 2004 and includes the participation of more than 300 performers and designers, who provide locals and visitors alike up-close encounters with the power and artistry of opera.
Cost: Free admisison
When: July 16
The rules are simple for the 12th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out in Los Barriles: catch the heaviest dorado and your team walks away with brand new, fully loaded Toyota Tacoma 4×4 pickup truck. Top three teams get prizes, and a number of side jackpots are also paid out (last year’s jackpots reached over $80,000 in cash).
Cost: $500 per team
When: July 16
The first ever Tecate Beer Fest will celebrate food and music, but most of all the border city’s most famous product: ice-cold cerveza. Over 30 national and international beers will be available for sipping and sampling at the inaugural event.
Cost: $9 U.S. in advance; $12 on the day of the event
When: July 15 – 17
The small community of Miraflores (in English: Behold the Flowers) is primarily known for three things: the extraordinary longevity of its residents, its superb organically farmed produce, and its annual festival dedicated to the glories of the pitahaya dulce. This fruit from the organ pipe cactus was the most prized foodstuff of the region’s original inhabitants, the Pericues, and the summer harvest remains a treasured tradition. The festivities last an entire weekend, and feature food, drinks, music, arts and crafts, pitahaya gathering contests, the crowning of a festival queen, and of course all sorts of Pitahaya related dishes, preserves and liqueurs.
Cost: Free admission
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