September is the height of the slow season for most of the Baja California peninsula, but visitors will still find plenty of regional events worth attending, including popular annual festivals that showcase food, comedy, culture and sports.
The autumn edition of the Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride is perhaps the season’s signature event, although the Cabo Comedy Festival is also highly anticipated, and brings many big-name entertainters to Land’s End nightclubs; and of course celebrations of Mexican Independence Day will take place September 16 in towns and cities throughout the peninsula.
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: September 14 – 18
The third of four annual SCORE sponsored off-road racing events on the Baja California peninsula – following the San Felipe 250 and the Baja 500, and two months prior to the granddaddy of them all, the legendary Baja 1000 – the SCORE Desert Challenge moves this year to Rosarito Beach for the first time ever. Competitors across multiple car, truck, ATV and motorcycle classes will throttle up for a rugged multi-lap loop race.
Cost: $645 – 1090
When: September 16
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 gritoreenactment 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.
Cost: Free admission
When: September 21 – 25
“Where the Land Ends and the Fun Begins” is the slogan of the Cabo Comedy Festival, a five-day event that will feature some of the most talented comedians in the entertainment industry. Shows will be performed in English and Spanish, and will take place at several nightclub venues around Cabo San Lucas.
Cost: $40 – 100
When: September 23 – 24
The World Series of Baja fishing, with anglers competing over the course of many months for select surface and bottom fish at locations around the peninsula, from San Felipe and San Quintin to Bahia de los Angeles and San Luis Gonzaga. The grand finale takes place in the waters off Ensenada, with qualifiers from previous tournaments fighting to take the home the grand prize – 35,000 pesos plus a 23’ sportfishing boat. Additional prizes are also offered, with special rewards for children.
Cost: $12 – 33
When: September 24
Dubbed “The Original Party on Wheels,” the 50 mile fun ride dates back to 1979, when a group of friends pedaled from Rosarito to Ensenada. 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.
Cost: $42 – 48
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