Our Look at Monthly Events Around the Baja California Peninsula
The single biggest March event for much of Baja is Spring Break, as thousands of U.S. and Canadian collegians head south of the border for beachfront fun in the sun. Those of a more mature age, however, will also find plenty to do, as the month sees the return of several signature peninsular cultural events.
Blues bands promise to get mojos working throughout the San Felipe area during the town’s yearly Blues & Arts Fiesta, while in Todos Santos the pueblo magico’s annual Film Festival showcases a wide array of first-rate Latin American movies at its historic downtown theater, as well as at select sites in Pescadero and La Paz.
Adults who retain a youthful frame of mind and a collegian-like appreciation for cerveza, meanwhile, can enjoy the best of both worlds: live music and abundant craft-brewed suds courtesy of the Ensenada Beer Festival.
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: March 1 – 5
This annual showcase for Mexican and Latin American films was founded in 1994, and is based each year at the historic Teatro-Cine Manuel Marquez de Leon, a landmark 70+ year old movie theater that overlooks the town square in Todos Santos. The 14th edition of the coastal pueblo magico‘s acclaimed festival de cine will include full-length films, as well as shorts, documentaries, and projects from the local Youth in Video program. Additional screenings will take place in nearby Pescadero, and Baja California Sur’s capital city, La Paz.
Cost: Free – $5
When: March 16 – 18
Ensenada’s celebration of the peninsula’s best craft beers – and some international suds – takes place yearly at the Centro Cultural Riviera, and is highlighted by a conference, competition and of course a festival featuring live music and a constant flow of fine cervezas.
When: March 17 – 18
The local Lion’s Club sponsored Fiesta showcases local and international blues bands, plus exhibits offering a huge variety of fine art – from jewelry and collectibles to painting and sculptures drums and iron creations. This year’s musical performers include Backwater Blues Band, Bayou Brothers, Gregg Wright, and Madame LeRoux and Krewe.
When: March 19
Staged annually at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez in Los Barriles, the Festival de Artes is a showcase for original artwork from regional artists, and also features food, drinks, live music and dance groups. Booth proceeds benefit community activities and art programs through the Asociación de Artes del Mar de Cortez A.C.
Cost: Free Admission
When: March 30 – April 2
SCORE International’s four race World Desert Champion Series kicks off its 2017 season with the San Felipe 250. As one might expect, the rugged off-road loop race starts and finishes in San Felipe. The event is open to cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs; but racers must have a SCORE membership to register.
Cost: $1545 – 2440
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