What to do in Tijuana this weekend (Aug. 29-31)

Tired of the two-for-one drink specials on Avenida Revolucion? Throw yourself into the Tijuana scene by meeting some tattoo artists, doing some yoga and then watching some bulls get gored. Tijuana’s got those interesting options, as well as musical and artistic events, going on this weekend:

Friday, Aug. 29: A group of Baja California photographers celebrates the inauguration of their photo exhibit – Photo Sintesis –  at 7 p.m. at the CECUT (that giant ball-like building just across the border on Paseo de los Heroes). The photographers are part of Lumina and Clickaphoto collectives. Free. 

Friday, Aug. 29: Las Pulgas, which is on Avenida Revolucion, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a lineup of norteno and banda groups, according to guiadetijuana.com. Cover should be about $10, according to the web site. To hear what norteno sounds like, click here; for banda, click here.

Saturday, Aug. 30: A free yoga class for women will be in Playas de Tijuana (about 10 minutes west of the San Ysidro port of entry). The 9 a.m. event is sponsored by the city of Tijuana’s sports institute, which anticipates as many as 200 people may participate, according to El Sol de Tijuana. Bring your own mat to the malecon, which is the walkway near the beach (I would try driving by the border fence and the arches to see where the group is at). Note: This doesn’t appear to be a cross-border event such as the one held in June by the Border Meetup Group, (see video above).

Saturday and Sunday, Aug 30-31: Tijuana has a Tattoo Expo with contests, seminars, and invited artists from around the world. It should cost about $6 per day from noon to 10 p.m. at the Grand Hotel Tijuana.  Learn more at www.tijattooexpo.com.

Sunday, Aug. 31: A poster has been spotted around town announcing a bullfight, according to bullfights.org.  I did a little Internet searching and it looks like the event will take place at the Plaza de Toros Monumental (Bullring by the Sea) in Playas de Tijuana at 4 p.m. Ticket information at http://www.plazamonumental.com/boletos.

Video from June Yoga (binational) event at the border by BorderMeetup

* Across the border does its best to verify this information but suggests visitors do their own research as well because venues change, errors can be made, and events cancelled.

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