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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: October Events in Baja

October kicks off high tourist season for most of the peninsula, and as such is always one of the busiest months for big events. That’s certainly true in Cabo San Lucas, which welcomes back several signature to-dos after last year’s monster storm, Hurricane Odile, caused numerous venue changes and cancellations.

Sammy Hagar was forced to move his annual birthday bash to Las Vegas in 2014, but returns to the original Cabo Wabo Cantina with an all-star cast of musicians on hand for four sold-out dinner shows (some tickets are still available on a first come, first serve basis). And the Cabo Comedy Festival hopes to build on the momentum generated by their inaugural effort in 2013, bringing some of the biggest names in comedy to the Land’s End city for stand-up performances in two languages.

Two other Los Cabos events have shifted their place on the annual calendar, moving from Spring to Autumn. The Los Cabos Green Fest features outdoor activities on beautiful Chileno Beach, as well as a plethora of contemporary musical talent powered by volunteer manned (or “woman-ed”) pedal bikes. The IRONMAN Triathlon, meanwhile, will once again test the mettle of local fitness fanatics. Although for those who can’t handle 140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running, a new 70.3, or half-triathlon has been added.

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.

October Events in Baja


Rosarito Beach:  International Mariachi and Folklorico Festival

When:  Sep. 30 – Oct. 3

This popular traditional music and dance festival returns to the Rosarito Beach Hotel, with workshops for students, social mixers, an international competition, and feature performances from some of the world’s best mariachi bands.

Cost:  $10 – 100





Cabo San LucasCabo Comedy Festival

When:  Sep. 30 – Oct. 4

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 venues around Cabo San Lucas, including nightclubs Desperadoes and Baja Junkie.

Cost:  $40 – 100




October Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas2nd Annual Los Cabos Green Fest

When:  Oct. 9 – Oct. 11

Workshops and conferences on environmental awareness and sustainability issues will be interspersed with outdoor activities, from yoga and eco-trail runs to beach soccer and stand-up paddle boarding. Musical performers include Moenia, DJ Capri, Savoir Adore, Red Wolf, Alex Midi, Marv Ellis, and Sol Seed.

Cost:  Free admission

October Events in Baja

Cabo San LucasSammy Hagar’s Birthday Bashes at Cabo Wabo Cantina

When:  Oct. 7, 9, 11, and 13

Every year, loyal “Redheads” from around the world flock to Cabo San Lucas for Sammy Hagar’s birthday concerts at Cabo Wabo Cantina. This year, an all-star cast of visiting musicians – including Michal Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson – will join the former Van Halen and Montrose frontman onstage.

Cost:  $90


October Events in Baja


Cabo San LucasLos Cabos Billfish Tournament

When:  Oct. 13 – 17

The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament returns, with visiting anglers looking to reel in the biggest blue, black, and striped marlin, or tuna, dorado, and wahoo. The gala kickoff party and concluding awards banquet will be held at Playa Grande, with boats eligible to leave from either the Cabo San Lucas Marina or Puerto Los Cabos.

Cost:  $5,000 per team




October Events in Baja


TijuanaXV Tijuana Tequila Expo

When:  Oct. 14 – 18

Now an annual tradition in Tijuana, this five day expo celebrates the culture of tequila, with live music and dancing, and of course frequent tastings and samplers featuring Mexico’s national beverage.

Cost:  $6




October Events in Baja

Cabo San LucasBisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Charity Fishing Tournament

When:  Oct. 16 – 18

Cash prizes are awarded to the teams with the three biggest qualifying fish in the game and billfish categories at the laid-back Los Cabos Offshore – AKA Little Bisbee’s – with large amounts of money also donated to worthy local causes.

Cost:  $1,500 per team



October Events in Baja

Cabo San LucasBisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament

When:  Oct. 20 – 24

Alternately known as “Big Bisbee’s” or “The World’s Richest Fishing Tournament”, million dollar payouts are the norm at this marlin and gamefish competition, held annually in Cabo San Lucas since 1981.

Cost:  $5,000 per team



October Events in Baja

San Jose del CaboIRONMAN Los Cabos Triathlon and Half-Triathlon

When:  Oct. 25

After two years of events in March, IRONMAN Los Cabos is moving to autumn, and has also added a new 70.3 half-triathlon. The main event still requires 2.4 miles of swimming off Playa Palmilla,a 112 mile bike ride back and forth along the coastal corridor, followed by a full marathon length 26.2  mile run that concludes in front of City Hall in San Jose del Cabo.

Cost:  $675
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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.

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