Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: October Events in Baja
October kicks off high tourist season for most of the peninsula, and as such is always one of the busiest months for big events. That’s certainly true in Cabo San Lucas, which not only hosts a triathlon and three big money fishing tournaments – the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore, and the granddaddy of them all, Bisbee’s Black & Blue – but also showcases star power and great live music thanks to Sammy Hagar’s guest-laden Birthday Bashes at Cabo Wabo Cantina.
Traditional Mexican music lovers, meanwhile, will want to attend the highly-anticipated Mariachi and Folklorico Festival at the Rosarito Beach Hotel; while tequila aficionados can look forward to Tijuana’s annual celebration of Mexico’s national spirit.
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: Oct. 7, 9, 11, 13
Every year, loyal “Redheads” from around the world flock to Cabo San Lucas for Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bashes at Cabo Wabo Cantina. This year an all-star cast of visiting musicians – including Michal Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson – join the former Van Halen and Montrose frontman for dinner shows and concerts.
When: Oct. 11 – 15
The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament returns, with visiting anglers looking to reel in the biggest blue, black, and striped marlin, or tuna, dorado, and wahoo. The gala kickoff party and concluding awards banquet will be held at Playa Grande, with boats eligible to leave from either the Cabo San Lucas Marina or Puerto Los Cabos.
Cost: $5000 per team
When: Oct. 12 – 15
Numerous events comprise this four-day festival, including street performances, workshops, competitions and an Extravaganza Concert on the evening of Oct. 15 featuring Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, chosen as Guadalajara’s Best; the two-time Grammy-Award winning Mariachi Divas; the multiple award winner of The Mariachi National’s Best Open Category, Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista; the Latin Grammy Award nominee, Trio Ellas; and the current winner of The Mariachi National’s Best Solo Vocalist Award, Angel Ng.
Cost: $20 – $80
When: Oct. 12 – 16
Now an annual tradition in Tijuana, this five day expo celebrates the culture of tequila, with live music and dancing, and of course frequent tastings and samplers from over 100 brands of Mexico’s national beverage.
When: Oct. 14 – 16
Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore dates back to 2002, and is considered a more laid-back, charity focused event than the multi-million dollar Black & Blue tournament that follows it each October in Cabo San Lucas. That’s the reason the latter is commonly referred to as “Big Bisbee’s,” the former as “Little Bisbee’s.”Cash prizes are awarded to the teams with the three biggest qualifying fish in the game and billfish categories, and large amounts of money are always donated to local causes.
Cost: $1500 per team
When: Oct. 18 – 22
Million dollar payouts are the norm at the World’s Richest Fishing Tournament”, held annually in Cabo San Lucas since 1981. The 2006 payout of $4,165,960 is the largest in sportfishing history.
Cost: $5000 per team
When: Oct. 30
IRONMAN Los Cabos requires 2.4 miles of swimming off Playa Palmilla, a 112 mile bike ride back and forth along the coastal corridor, followed by a full marathon length 26.2 mile run that concludes in front of City Hall in San Jose del Cabo. Participants will be vying for cash, prizes, and qualifying age group slots for the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Registration is limited to 1000 participants for the triathlon, and 1000 for the half-triathlon.
Cost: $650 – 750
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