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FAIRS, FESTIVALS AND FIESTAS: JUNE EVENTS IN BAJA

The Baja event spotlight shines on Los Cabos in June, with no less than four of the region’s signature events held in San Jose del Cabo alone:  the 5th edition of the Los Cabos Open of Surf, one of two professional surf tournaments held annually on the Baja California peninsula; the 21st annual Stars & Stripes Tournament, a golf and fishing extravaganza that also raises enormous sums of money for charitable causes; the 9th staging of the Fiesta de la Musica, a local version of the international holiday that brings live music to multiple outdoor venues in the downtown area; and the final month of Art Walk, a popular festivity that spotlights gallery culture in the city’s historic Distrito del Arte

Off-road racing fans, meanwhile, can look forward to the 49th running of the Baja 500, one of four SCORE sponsored events held annually on the peninsula. The rugged 515-mile loop race starts and finishes in Ensenada.

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.

 

June E vents in Baja

Ensenada:  49th Annual SCORE Baja 500

When:  June 1 – 4

SCORE International’s series of annual off-road racing events includes four on the Baja California peninsula: the San Felipe 250, the traditional Baja 500 – a loop race that stars and finishes in Ensenada – the Desert Challenge, and of course the group’s flagship event, the legendary Baja 1000. The 2017 edition SCORE Baja 500 is a loop layout starting and finishing in Ensenada, with racers allowed 20 hours to complete the rugged off-road course on June 3. The post-race Awards Ceremony will be held the following afternoon in the Cathedral Room of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.

Cost:  $2000 – $3050

 

June Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo:  Art Walk

When:  June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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. The Art Walk takes place from 5 – 9 p.m., and participating galleries often showcase special features such as artists in attendance or the premier of new artworks. The Art District is also home to many of the city’s finest restaurants.

Cost:  Free admission

 

June Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo:  5th Annual Los Cabos Open of Surf

When:  June 6 – 11

There are two World Surf League sponsored surfing events held annually on the Baja California peninsula:  a Big Wave Tour event off Todos Santos Island near Ensenada; and the Los Cabos Open of Surf, held each June at Zippers point break off Playa Costa Azul in San José del Cabo. When it premiered in 2013, the Los Cabos Open of Surf was a 6-star men’s event under the ASP (the forerunner to the WSL). Women joined the fun in 2014, and since 2015, the LCOS has been a QS 6000 event solely for women and junior men and women.  Australian Bronte Macaulay is the defending women’s champion.

Cost:  Free admission

 

June Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Cabo Summer Slam/Pelagic Triple Crown of Sportfishing

When:  June 8 – 10

Over $100,000 in cash and prizes are expected to  be handed out at the 4th annual edition of this summer tournament. Teams will compete across four divisions, hoping to earn points for billfish releases (a category that includes blue, black and striped marlin, as well as sailfish and even swordfish), or by bringing in the biggest tuna, wahoo or dorado.

Cost:  $1500 per team

 

June Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo:  Fiesta de la Musica

When:  June 17

The Fete de la Musique began in France in 1982, and has since been taken up by more than 120 countries around the world; traditionally in accordance with the summer solstice. San Jose del Cabo has hosted a Fiesta de la Musica each June since 2009, a free all-day extravaganza featuring dozens of bands and performers throughout the downtown area, as well as plenty of traditional food and drink.

Cost:  Free admission

 

 

 

 

June Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo:  21st Annual Stars and Stripes Tournament

When:  June 22 – 25

During the 20 plus years of its existence, the annual Stars and Stripes’ fishing and golf tournament has raised over 23 million dollars for youth focused charities. But it’s not simply a tournament or a charity benefit…more like a complete lifestyle experience. Participants stay at the luxurious Hilton Los Cabos; go big-game sportfishing for dorado, wahoo, tuna, sailfish, swordfish, and black, blue and striped marlin; play golf at some of the world’s best golf courses; and enjoy spectacular live entertainment nightly. This year’s performers will include Kenny Loggins, Kelly Hansen of Foreigner, Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship, and an all-star rock star collective.

Cost:  $3500 – $125,000

 

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About Chris Sands

Chris Sands is the author of Bohemia by the Bay, and writes about wine, golf, and travel for publications such as Baja.com, Los Cabos Guide, Los Cabos Magazine, 10 Best, and USA Today. He is a full-time resident of Cabo San Lucas.

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