Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: July Events in Baja California
Summer is the slow season in Baja California, and the time of year when the event focus traditionally shifts from cultural festivities to water-based activities like fishing, surfing, and diving (with visibility increasing as water temperatures rise). Many of the premier summer events are in fact fishing tournaments, and Los Barriles is home to July’s top sporting competition, the 10th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out, with over $125,000 in cash and prizes on the line as teams vie to bring in the biggest dorado (known in some regions of the U.S. as mahi mahi or dolphinfish).
A few cultural and food and wine festivals are on tap this month, however, including the 3rd annual Capella Pedregal Food and Wine Festival. The Cabo San Lucas luxury resort is bringing in some big name U.S. chefs, and will feature first-class wines from Napa and Guadalupe Valleys, as well as hand-crafted prohibition era cocktails from one of the top mixologists in New York City.
No official dates have been set as yet for the 8th annual Pitahayas Festival in Miraflores – the schedule is dependent on when the cactus fruit is at its ripest – but July visitors to Baja California Sur should keep an eye out for this traditional three-day celebration, which showcases eating, drinking, dancing, and the crowning of the queen of the festival. The star of the show is the antioxidant rich fruit that many consider the secret to the notable longevity of residents of this small town, which is located near Santiago, about an hour’s drive north of San Jose del Cabo.
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 9 – 13
For the third consecutive year, Cabo San Lucas’ most exclusive resort is offering a four-day celebration of food and wine, with a cocktail reception, tequila seminar, wine and cheese tastings, cooking and cocktail demonstrations, and a five-course meal prepared by a celebrated cast of chefs that include Kent Rathburn of Dallas’ Abacus and Jasper, and Peruvian born Ricardo Zarate, founder of the chic L.A. eateries Mo-chica and Picca.
Cost: Cost varies according to accommodations options.
When: July 17 – 19
The rules are simple for the 10th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out in Los Barriles: catch the heaviest dorado on July 19, 2014, and your team walks away with brand new, fully loaded 4×4 pickup truck. Registration begins at 3 p.m. on July 17 at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez. The hotel also hosts the post-tournament awards ceremony—with dinner, music, and over $20,000 in raffle items—scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 19th.
Cost: $500 per team
When: July 19
Looking to beat the summer heat in high Cabo style? After stops in Miami and St. Tropez, the season’s coolest event arrives poolside at ME Cabo near the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula. Pop a few corks and enjoy all the poolside action at Nikki Beach in Cabo San Lucas on July 19, 2014, with hip DJs and gorgeous views of Land’s End and El Arco.
Cost: $88 -290
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