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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: November Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: November Events in Baja

November sees the return of a number of signature events around the Baja California peninsula, from the legendarily rugged, off-road SCORE Baja 1000 – which starts and finishes in Ensenada – to food and cultural festivals in Tijuana, San Felipe, Todos Santos, San Jose del Cabos and Cabo San Lucas.

San Felipe hosts its annual celebration of shrimp, while boutique resort Rancho Pescadero – located just south of Todos Santos – kicks off another season of guest chef weekends by welcoming Josh Silvers and Renee Erickson, two of the most acclaimed chefs from the West Coast of the U.S.

Los Cabos, meanwhile, adds a bit of red carpet glamor with its fourth annual film festival.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on 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.


November Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo:  Art Walk

When:  Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26

Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, fine arts galleries in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte invite guests to sip wine, stroll the downtown neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, and view paintings, sculptures and other pieces from some of Baja’s finest artists. The Art Walk takes place from 5 – 9 p.m., and participating galleries often showcase special features such as artists in attendance or the premier of new artworks.

Cost:  Free admission


November Events in Baja

San Felipe:  San Felipe Shrimp Festival

When:  Nov. 6 – 8

Every year in November, San Felipe celebrates the wonders of its favorite shellfish with an abundance of succulent shrimp recipes, traditional tequila and regionally produced wine tastings, as well as live music and folkloric dances. The event also includes a competition that rewards the chef of the best shrimp dish.

Cost:  Free admission





November Events in Baja

Tijuana:  Tijuana Salsa Festival

When:  Nov. 6 – 8

Chips aren’t the partners for the first annual Tijuana Salsa Festival, but rather fellow Latin dance enthusiasts. The festival features lessons, socials and workshops – including a Pachanga bootcamp – as well as competitions and performances from some of the world’s best dancers.

Cost:  $13 – $105



November Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Circuito Cultural

When:  Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28

The Cultural Circuit takes place every Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. on the Cabo San Lucas marina boardwalk, with exhibits and activities scheduled throughout the day. Although in large part a showcase for the paintings and sculptures of local artists, the circuit also offers wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music and folkloric dancing, and of course fine food at some of the city’s signature dining spots.

Cost:  Free admission




November Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Los Cabos International Film Festival

When:  Nov. 11 – 15

The Los Cabos International Film Festival returns for the fourth consecutive year, with a mix of premieres, parties and programs designed to promote collaboration between the film industries of Canada, México and the U.S. Movies will primarily be screened at the Pabellon Cultural de la Republica and Cinemex Theaters at Puerto Paraiso in Cabo San Lucas, with a free outdoor screening program held at Plaza Mijares in San Jose del Cabo.

Cost:  Free –  $150




November Events in Baja

Todos Santos:  Rancho Pescadero Guest Chef Weekend

Nov. 12 – 15

Josh Silvers, Chef and Co-owner of Jacksons Bar& Oven in Santa Rosa, CA will join the first Guest Chef Weekend of the season at Rancho Pescadero.  Silvers, who was the chef/owner of Syrah Bistro for fourteen years and co-wrote the Down Home Downtown Cookbook with Rancho Pescadero Chef Jeff Mall formerly of Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar in Sonoma, will be joining Renee Erickson, author of “A Boat, a Whale and A Walrus” and Chef/Owner of Seattle’s The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Wins, and Barnacle,  for this weekend of cooking demos, special dinners, cocktail classes, wine and tequila tastings, and more.

Cost:  $15 – $655



November Events in Baja

Ensenada:  48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000

When:  Nov. 17 – 21

The world’s most legendary off-road race, the SCORE sponsored Baja 1000, returns for its 48th running this year. The 2015 loop race clocks in at approximately 840 miles, starting and finishing in Ensenada. The race will be followed by an awards celebration on Nov. 22 in the Cathedral Room at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Television coverage in the U.S. and Canada will be provided by the CBS Sports Network.

Cost:  $2,240 – $3,490


November Events in Baja

Todos Santos:  Todos Santos International Guitar Festival

When:  Nov. 27 – 29

Pacific Coast pueblo magico Todos Santos welcomes six-string enthusiasts from around the world for its first International Guitar Festival, to be held at Hotel Guaycura´s oceanfront El Faro Beach Club. Musicians from virtually every genre – from rock, pop, jazz and blues to flamenco, Americana, classical and fusion – will perform at the three-day event, helping to raise money for local orphanage Hogar del Niño A.C.

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About Chris Sands

Chris Sands is the author of Bohemia by the Bay, and writes about wine, golf, and travel for publications such as, Los Cabos Guide, Los Cabos Magazine, 10 Best, and USA Today. He is a full-time resident of Cabo San Lucas.