Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: September Events in Baja
September’s biggest event isn’t just celebrated in Baja California, but across the nation. México’s Independence Day is honored annually on September 16th, but reenactments and parades in remembrance of Miguel Hidalgo’s 1810 Grito de Dolores—a call for revolution that culminated 11 years later with México’s independence from Spain—are celebrated on both the 15th and 16th, and numerous other patriotic celebrations, or las fiestas patrias, take place throughout the month.
Visitors interested in viewing traditional Independence Day observances will find a similar schedule of events in towns and cities around the peninsula, from Tijuana to Los Cabos: a grito reenactment by public officials at 11 p.m. on September 15th, highlighted by Hidalgo’s famous rallying cry—which ends with ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!—followed by community celebrations featuring food, drinks, live music and festive firework celebrations. Parades typically take place the next morning, on Independence Day itself.
September also sees the return of one of Baja’s most popular outdoor activities, the biannual Rosarito to Ensenada Fun Bicycle Ride. Pedalling the 50 mile distance in under six hours requires a bit of effort, particularly given the warm seasonal temperatures, but hardy participants are amply rewarded with gorgeous views en route, as well as food, drinks and entertainment at the aptly named Finish Line Fiesta on the Ensenada waterfront.
There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.
Los Cabos: Mexican Independence Day
When: Sept. 15 – 16
México’s version of the 4th of July, El Día de la Independencia, is celebrated in Los Cabos much as it is in other communities across the country. Grito reenactments are performed by public officials in both cape cities, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, at 11 p.m. on the 15th, followed by drinking, dancing and fireworks. Each of the cape cities also hosts an Independence Day Parade.
Cost: Free admission
Ensenada: 35th Anniversary Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride
When: Sept. 27
Dubbed “The Original Party on Wheels,” the 50 mile fun ride started in 1979, when a group of friends pedaled from Rosarito to Ensenada on a lark. Now a biannual event, the scenic rides are among the highlights of the regional social calendar, and conclude with a Finish Line Fiesta featuring food, drinks, souvenirs, live music, and massages for participants.
Rosarito: Viking 5K Obstacle Race
When: Sept. 28
Even the rugged Norse raiders of old would struggle to finish this 5K race, which ratchets ups the difficulty level with 30 obstacles, each designed to test athletic traits such as stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, and agility.
Cost: $25 – $35
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