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Baja Events for 2012 – Favorites

The vibe on the ground seems to be “Baja is Back!” Of course Baja aficionados know Baja never went anywhere. However, there’s admittedly a growing resurgence of interest in the region. And as reported by, the quickest growing segments are not the cruisers, 5-star resort dwellers or spring breakers, it’s those seeking a travel and life experience. And fortunately, as anyone that knows Baja can attest, the Baja peninsula is one of the world’s most pristine and untapped realms for exploration and personal discovery. Whether it’s food, music, culture, nature or adventure you’re seeking, Baja has a lion’s share.

In addition to our laundry list here of the best annual Events in the region, on we’ve assembled hundreds of the top Events in Baja. We struggled here to come up with a sampling of top 14 of our favorites, just to get your mouth watering.  It was no easy task!

As these events often turn on forces of nature, the dates and times frequently change. Accordingly, please be sure to confirm the schedule before you travel. Feel free to email, local Baja experts, if you need any help in planning your travel.


Todos Santos: 1st Annual Todos Santos Music Festival

Last event took place January 5th through January 21st, 2012.

This was a charitable three-week long event at The Hotel California, featuring world renown Peter Buck of REM, Steve Wynn, Robyn Hitchcock, and Scott McCaughey. Concerts took place four nights a week and special guests, such as Chuck Prophet, Kevn Kinney, and the group The Elected made surprise appearances.

COST: This was a free event with a few seats sold for $5 each.

For More Info: Todos Santos Music Festival


East Cape: 2nd Annual Lord of the Wind Showdown (Los Barriles)

Last event took place January 12th through January 16th, 2012.

With a $20,000 USD prize offered to the winner, some of the best windsport enthusiasts in the world attended this event, putting on a spectacular show. Over 800 people attended and enjoyed music and beach parties for the entire event.

COST: the event is free for spectators, registration to participate was US$90 – US$115.

For More Info: Lord of the Winds Showdown



Ensenada: The Peligroso at Todos Santos Island (January or February)

Last event 2011.

The competition only takes place when the waves are 30 feet or larger. While the event did not take place in 2012, typically surfers from all corners of  the world come together to take part in this unique, “paddle-in” surfing competition.

COST: the event is free for spectator.

For More Info: Todos Santos Island Big Wave World Tour


Mulege: Pig Races (February 12th, 2012)

No event roster would be complete without this one-of-a-kind event! Only in Baja! What more can we say? No, it does not end with a barbecue!

COST: The event is free for spectators.

For More Info: Mulege Pig Races




Todos Santos: Film Festival (February 28-March 3, 2012)

The 9th edition of the Todos Santos film festival takes place both in Todos Santos and La Paz from February 23rd through March 3rd. The most talented and innovative Latin American independent movie makers will present over 20 movies, documentaries and shorts from Mexico, Spain Cuba, Chile and Argentina during the first 5 days of the festival.

COST: about US$12/ticket per screening

For More Info: Todos Santos Film Festival



Ensenada: 65th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (April 27th – 29th, 2012)

 Any sailor who knows his salt, has heard stories about the long trail of beer this race used to leave behind. This is a social experience and there’s always opportunity to hop aboard a yacht in Newport Beach, especially  if you are an experienced crew member and want to stick your thumb out.
COST: Entry fee goes from US$125 to US$225.

For More Info: Newport to Ensenada Sailing Race


Mexicali: NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally (April 28th, 2012)

For those not up to the Baja 1000, this offers everyone in the family a way to strap together an engine with some shoes laces and bubble gum and share in the family fun of a drive down the peninsula, sharing the community experience with a bunch of Baja lovers.  The winner is the participant that has the most fun!

COST: Free for spectators, participant registration goes from US$1600 to US$1967, plus a US$75 membership fee per person. US$100 late registration fee.
 For More Info: NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally



San Diego, USA: The Baja Bash: Baja is Back (June 2nd, 2012)

Wildcoast, the international conservation team responsible for groundbreaking environmental projects and campaigns in Baja California, is behind this innovative and dynamic event that celebrates the beauty of Baja California. Surf legends, community leaders, environmental pioneers will gather at the the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego on June 2nd to share ideas and experiences about the Baja they love.  We’ll see you there!

For More Info: Baja Bash in San Diego



Tijuana: Tijuana Beer Fest (July)

The Beer Fest features over 100 different types of beer and feature great music during these two days dedicated to the art of brewing (and tasting).

COST: entry tickets go for approximately US$8

For More Info: Tijuana Beer Fest





Ensenada: Wine Festival – Fiestas de la Vendimia

From the Latin word for wine, Vinum, and Demere meaning ‘to take’ or ‘take away’, the Vendimia is time for celebration. The two century long wine tradition of the Guadalupe Valley is the focus. For nearly three weeks every August wine aficionados have the opportunity to attend wine tastings, savor gourmet meals, attend workshops and concerts. Last year’s activities included an opera concert in a local vineyard with  an Italian dinner and wine tasting, a cheese party with artisan bread, house wine and live music.

COST: the price varies for each event during the Vendimia, ranging from US$100 to over US$1,000.



Cabo San Lucas: Pimp N’  Ho Party (October)

The last event took place October 22nd, 2011

The Cabo Pimp N’ Ho Ball is one of the most unique events in the area, and regularly draws huge crowds. The ten year anniversary drew over 1500 people, with every one of them sporting their best duds for the craziest night of the year in Cabo San Lucas.

COST: tickets start at US$20 in July and increase by US$20 every month, up to $100 the night of the event.
For More Info: Pimp N’ Ho Party

Cabo San Lucas: Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament (October 23th – 27th, 2012)

The Bisbee’s Black and Blue is one of the highest paying fishing tournaments in Mexico, with a grand prize of over $1,000,000. With two back-to-back events in Cabo, the Los Cabos Offshore and the Black and Blue, the Bisbee is also one of the most active and popular of the fishing tournaments.

COST: registration starts at US$63,100 per boat.

For More Info: Bisbee’s Back & Blue Fishing Tournament



San Felipe: San Felipe Shrimp Festival (November)

Every year in November, the Shrimp Festival in San Felipe is celebrated with an abundance of succulent shrimp recipes, traditional tequila and regionally produced wine tasting  and folkloric dances. The event includes a competition that will reward the chef of the best shrimp dish.
COST: admission is free, US$5 and US$10 tickets are for sale for shrimp and drink tasting.



Ensenada: Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (November)

The Baja 1000 is one of the most famous rally races in the world, covering 1000 miles of the most rugged, unforgiving terrain that the world has to offer. Over 200,000 people are drawn to this event each year, hoping to catch a glimpse. Over 300 cars, trucks, motorcycles, and ATVs attempt to dominate the 1,000 mile mountainous course in hopes of “beating the Baja”.  This is an event that needs to be experienced to be understood, and spectators are encouraged to make their way out to view this popular race. In 2011 this was a loop starting and finishing in Ensenada.

COST: entry fee starts at US$3,000.
For More Info: Tecate Score Baja 1000



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