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September Events in Baja (Don’t let Summer Ever End!)

by Eleonora Ferri

The Baja summer is slowly cooling down as September marks an end to vacation for many.  But as crowds thin, the easy access and incredible variety of Baja activities and events promise to endure. September brings more tastings and festivals, including the Mole Sauce Festival and Mariachi Music Fest. But this month Rosarito enjoys the limelight with its renowned Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride, a 50-mile race that will bring participants along the Pacific Coastline as well as through the charming countryside. No matter how you spend your time, if you can sneak down for even a weekend, September is one of our favorite beach months of the year and Baja promises fun, adventure and culture for the entire family that will continue.

There are hundreds of local events for everyone that can be found 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.

photo by Michelle Felt

Rosarito: Mole and Mexican Food Festival

When: September 16

One of the most popular Mexican sauces, the Mole, is the focus of this fun event. Guests will be able to taste different dishes featuring this rich and tasty sauce. The recipe can call for up to 20 different ingredients, including chocolate and chili peppers.

Cost: Free






East Cape: Bajasur Tour

When: September 22

Stop number two of the Bajasur Tour (rescheduled from Sept. 18)! Here’s another chance to participate in Baja California Sur´s first and only surfing circuit. It consists of four surf contests throughout the state. One can expect to see some of the best surfing in the state and enjoy a day at the beach full of activities, including free surf lessons for kids, music, food and drinks. Please bring your own shade… oh, and it is free to the general public. The categories include open men’s, open women’s, 16 and under and 30 and older.

Cost: Varies for each event.

Cost: $15 for participants



Fish and seafood in abundance, and tastings too, in Ensenada!

Ensenada: Fish and Seafood Festival (Feria del Pescado y Marisco)

When: September 23

This September Ensenada is celebrating the 34th edition of this festival that is all about fish and seafood. During the event, which is part of the BajaSeafoodExpo running from September 19th to the 23rd, participating restaurants, wineries, local fisheries and fish farmers interact with national and international buyers presenting Ensenada typical products. Attendees will be able to taste seafood dishes and savor the local wines.

Cost: Free




Mexicali: Fiesta del Sol

When: September 28 – October 14

What better place than “the city that captured the sun” to host the Annual Sun Festival. Since the early 1970s a considerable number of recognized artists gather every Fall in Mexicali at the Fex (Centro de Ferias y Exposiciones) for 17 days to sing and entertain the entire family. Over 400,000 people are expected to take part in the festivities.

Cost: Approx $5





Rosarito: 33rd Annual Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride

When: September 29

This is is a 50 mile bicycle ride along the Pacific Ocean as well as through the rural countryside from the Rosarito Beach Hotel in Rosarito to Ensenada. Live music, food and drink will await participants at the finish line.

Cost: $35







Rosarito: 3rd Annual Rosarito Beach International Mariachi & Folklórico Festival

When: October 3-7

The 2012 edition of the event includes Student Workshops and a Student Showcase. The net proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito. The Hotel Rosarito and its beach will host the activities.

Cost: $10-$25




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