Have a Baja Moment! Attend One of Cabo’s High Profile October Events
After the heat and humidity of September, October traditionally marks the return of milder weather to Cabo San Lucas. The month also signifies the start of tourist season, with several high-profile events drawing large numbers of visitors to the southernmost point of the Baja peninsula. This year’s big four are in a certain sense emblematic of why Cabo became popular in the first place: Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament showcases the area’s natural beauty and world-class conditions for big-game sportfhishing; the Cabo Comedy Festival brings a little Hollywood star power (as does next month’s Baja International Film Festival); and both Sammy Hagar’s yearly birthday bash and the annual Pimp N’ Ho Costume Ball, held each year around Halloween, highlight Cabo’s “anything goes” nightlife scene.
Cabo Comedy Festival
The first annual Cabo Comedy Festival is the “new kid on the block,” and runs from Wednesday, October 2nd, until Sunday, October 6th. Billed as “where the land ends and the laughter begins,” the inaugural festival is hosting an all-star line-up of comedians at three different venues in downtown San Lucas; Desperado’s, Hard Rock Cafe, and the Pink Kitty nightclub. The most highly recognized comedians scheduled to appear are Paul Rodriguez (Juan in a Million, AKA Pablo), Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911), Bobby Slayton, Kevin Meaney, John Mendoza, and Kevin Pollak. Admission is $20 U.S. per show, or $175 for an all-access pass.
Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash at Cabo Wabo Cantina
The popular Sammy Hagar Birthday Bash at Cabo Wabo, immediately follows the Comedy Fest, with the red haired rock and roll star’s first performance scheduled for Monday, October 7th. Hagar will be celebrating his 65th birthday this fall, and will be joined onstage by an assortment of special guest stars, as has been the case every year since 1992. Scheduled to share the Cabo Wabo Cantina stage with Sammy during the other concert dates – October 9th, 11th, and Sunday the 13th – are Chickenfoot band mates Chad Smith, Michael Anthony, and Joe Satriani., as well as Billy Duffy of The Cult, and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains.
Tickets for the famous Birthday Bash are distributed to the general public through a lottery, the deadline of which has already passed. The only type of tickets still available are dinner show combo packages sold at Cabo Wabo on a first come, first serve basis for selected dates. This year, those tickets are being made available fo the shows on October 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th, and cost $90.
Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament
Bisbee’s Black and Blue, also known as the world’s richest fishing tournament, starts on Tuesday, October 22nd, and ends Saturday, October 26th. The Black and Blue was started in 1981 by Bob Bisbee, and has grown over the past 32 years from a purse of just $10,000 to today’s multi-million dollar payouts. Wayne Bisbee, his family, and dedicated sponsors have turned this once humble event into the Super Bowl of big-game sportfishing. Over its three decades in Baja California Sur, Bisbee’s has given out over $60 million in prize money.
The event’s record fish are a 993 pound blue marlin caught by angler Rocky Gentile of the Tollycraft team, and a 645 pound black marlin brought in by a female angler, Martha Mcnab, from Balboa Island in California. Minute by minute scoring and weigh-ins are broadcast live over the internet at select websites.
Pimp N’ Ho Costume Ball
Last in the October line-up of fabulous festivities is the 15th Annual Pimp N’ Ho Costume Ball, which takes place on the night of Saturday, October, 26th. The Pimp N’ Ho rotates its venues, and this year’s bash take place at the renovated Baja Junkie, located next door to local party landmark El Squid Roe.
Entrance to this risque party, which always boasts several Hollywood stars in attendance, is limited to 200 men and 400 seductively costumed ladies. The men pay $150 per ticket, while the ladies dish out a mere $50 dollars for sexy festivities and free premium cocktails from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. A $1,000 dollar cash prize will be awarded to the ”sexiest ho”’ costume. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis and doors will close once the party has been sold out.
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