Being invited to a party in Mexico is one way to really get to know the country. The Tijuana parties I’ve been to have been inevitably full of impromptu song and dance, and gracious hosts. Mexican author Octavio Paz once wrote about the psychological undercurrents of fiestas in his award-winning exploration of Mexican identity, Labyrinth of Solitude. But not everyone has friends in Tijuana, so the next best way to experience this may be to go to a public celebration.
Tijuana’s got a couple outdoor festivals this weekend:
The Tijuana Fair – I tried to go last weekend, but wrongly assumed any fair would be open during the day. This fair opens at 5 p.m., according to the security guard I spoke with. He couldn’t say how late it’s open, giving me the appropriately Mexican response of “who knows when…. until 4 a.m. or dawn.” It’s apparently mostly focused around food, kiddie games, and music. Here’s a schedule of the fair’s concerts, from Tijuanaeventos.com. The fair will last through Sept. 21, and it’s at the eastern edge of Parque Morelos, about 15 minutes from the San Ysidro border.
An arts-focused festival, FestiArte, is also being held in Playas de Tijuana (the Tijuana neighborhood that overlooks the ocean about 5 minutes from the San Ysidro border). The event will take place at Parque Mexico from noon to midnight Saturday, Sept. 6, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. It features music, dance, poetry, opera and multimedia productions. I’m not sure where Parque Mexico is, but I tend to just go and search the way locals do – just start asking around.
Screenshot from FestiArte web page