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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: April Events in Baja


April ushers in the Spring event season in Baja California, with numerous high-profile to-dos, and enough variety – signature events range from  sporting events to cultural festivals – to appeal to all ages and interests.  Kids will appreciate the comic antics of those barnstorming basketball legends non pareil, the Harlem Globetrotters, who will be visiting Tijuana as part of their 90th anniversary tour. And adults will love sampling the peninsula’s best food and wines at the perennially popular Gastrovino festival in Todos Santos. The month’s best known and longest running event however, is the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. The 125-mile race/social dates back to 1948, and remains one of the premier West Coast regattas.

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.


April Events in Baja                                                                                                                                          San Jose del Cabo7th Annual Paws n’ Claws Open Golf Tournament and Dinner

When:  April 3

An annual fundraiser for the Los Cabos Humane Society, Paws ‘n Claws includes an open golf tournament with raffles and prizes on the gorgeous Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean and Arroyo Courses at Palmilla Golf Club, as well as a cocktail reception, dinner, live music and a silent auction Don Sanchez Restaurant in San Jose del Cabo.

Cost:  $125 – 375





April Events in Baja

TijuanaHarlem Globetrotters

When:  April 7

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana with their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

Cost:  $20 – 50


April Events in Baja

Ensenada69th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race

When:  April 22 – 24

Billed as the world’s largest international yacht race, this maritime contest and social extravaganza is an annual highlight of the NOSA (Newport Ocean Sailing Association) calendar, and has been since 1948. Past participants include celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart and Walter Cronkite, as well as world-class yachtsmen like Dennis Conner, Bill Ficker and Dave Ullman.

Cost:  $240




April Events in Baja

Todos Santos6th Annual Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival

When:  April 22 – 24

Organized annually by the owners of the wine and olive oil boutique La Bodega de Todos Santos, Gastrovino lures gourmands and oenophiles to the charming artists’ colony and pueblo magico of Todos Santos for a weekend festival celebrating local culture and cuisine, as well as Baja wines from Valle de Guadalupe.

Cost:  $30 – 100


April Events in Baja

Ensenada7th Annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000

When:  April 23 – 27

The origins of “The Happiest Race on Earth” date back to the 1967, when Ed Pearlman and the National Off-Road Racing Association organized the inaugural running of the event that would eventually become famous as the “Baja 1000.” Although that legendary race is now run under the SCORE Banner, NORRA revived the spirit of those bygone days when it restarted the Mexican 1000 as a fun, vintage-flavored rally race in 2010.

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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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