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What to do in Tijuana-Rosarito Beach-Ensenada Aug. 14-16

Picture 2Tijuana Eventos, a Spanish-language entertainment site for things to do south of the border, notes that this Friday-Saturday-Sunday (Aug. 14-16)  will mark the first “Reggae by the Beach” festival in Rosarito Beach.

It costs about $15. Here is a link for some information in Spanish: http://tijuanaeventos.com/eventos/details/1373-1er-festival-campamento-qreggae-by-the-beachHere is the same information in English from My Baja Guide: http://www.mybajaguide.com/eng/detail-events.php?event=2212

If you are looking for a more sophisticated weekend, the Guadalupe Valley Harvest Wine Festival continues through Aug. 23. This is in Baja’s wine country,  to the east of Ensenada. Check out this story in The San Diego Union-Tribune, with up-to-date information.

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What to do in Tijuana: Feb. 28-March 1


The border’s rural past and urban present are the themes of several interesting events scheduled to take place in Tijuana Saturday night:

Presentation of the book “Nationalism and Revolution: The events of 1911 in Baja California,” by Marco Antonio Samaniego Lopez.  The book explores the emergence of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) along this part of the border.  TijuanaEventos, an online entertainment guide, notes that the free event is scheduled for 6 p.m at the CECUT cultural center.

Here’s a map to the CECUT from the San Diego Reader.

But don’t be surprised if you end up finding a hypnotist instead…The book event is listed on the CECUT site, but lacks additional information. I’m wondering if if CECUT may be shuffling some programming due to the death this week  of Taurus Do Brasil, a Brazilian hypnotist whose popular show seems have been seen by much of Tijuana over the years.

On Saturday night,  the same time of the scheduled book presentation, the hypnotist show will go on from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m – – – with the son of Taurus Do Brasil. It’s unclear to me whether tickets are still available.

Also on Saturday, the Festival of  Urban Expression  is scheduled from 1 p.m. to midnight, with an eclectic mix of performance artists, break dancers, theatre, music and cars. The street festival will take place in Colonia Libertad, the neighborhood adjacent to (just east of) the San Ysidro port of entry on Pino Suarez Ave. Free.

Screenshot of Festival flyer. Event held by Tijuana’s Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura 

What to do in Tijuana this weekend (Nov. 8-9)


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Tijuana’s Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra continues through Nov. 15th at the CECUT cultural center. This festival draws artists from around the world – Mexico, Hungary, Spain, to name a few places – to perform a range of pieces and styles.

This Friday night, Jason Vieaux (United States) performs at 8 p.m.

This Saturday night, Cesar Olguin y Cuatro para Tango (Argentina and Mexico) performs at 8 p.m.

This Sunday evening, Rafael Elizondo (Mexico) performs at 6 p.m.

Tickets are less than $15 per person.

See the schedule here.

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What to do in Tijuana this weekend (Oct. 18-19)

YouTube video explains where tequila comes from, courtesy of  zerodreamer. His website is Rocky Point Tequila, about the Sonora-based Tequila Factory.


Tijuana’s got a couple of interesting things going on this weekend along the popular tourist strip of Avenida Revolucion. Within walking distance of the border, this is in a part of the city that’s historically managed to avoid drug-related violence.

Mexican mummies: This may seem like a cruel joke considering the number of dumped bodies being found around Tijuana lately, but it’s for real. These are on loan from a mummy museum in the state of Guanajuato that I  visited about ten years ago. You can learn more about the history of the adult and baby mummies here.

In Tijuana, the exhibit is being held at the old Jai Alai building on Avenica Revolucion and it’s from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to GuiadeTijuana.com. Entrance fee is under $5 per person. It lasts through Nov. 12.

A tequila a day…: With bad news on both sides of the border (plunging stock markets aren’t fun, either), a shot of tequila might be in order. The Tijuana Tequila Festival will take place between 7th and 8th streets on Avenda Revolucion with more than 100 different tequilas to taste. It lasts from around 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets cost  $6. The eight-day  festival started Oct. 12 and ends this Sunday night.

Five Star Tours provides transportation to the event from San Diego. Learn more here.

Note: The U.S. Embassy has emitted one of their periodic travel alerts for tourists to be careful when traveling along the Mexican border region due to stepped-up violence from feuding drug groups. My own personal advice is avoid cavorting with drug traffickers and stay out of the way of speeding car caravans.

* Travelers are recommended to double-check event listings because venues can change or be cancelled.

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What to do in Tijuana this weekend (Sept.5-7)

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

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.

What to do in Tijuana this weekend

             Manu Chao video from Krishalay Channel YouTube.

Aug. 22-Sept. 21: The Tijuana Fair kicks off at Parque Morelos, aka Morelos Park. It’s about a 15 minute cab ride from the border. Ballad-reggae artist Feliz Danilo Lopez will perform Saturday at 9 p.m (Aug. 23). 

Sunday, Aug. 24: The Caesar Salad Festival takes place on Avenida Revolucion, just a ten minute walk from the San Ysidro border. Festival will involve music, dance…and plenty of Caesar salad. Tijuana is said to have been the birthplace of the Caesar Salad.

Sunday, Aug. 24: Manu Chau plays at the Plaza Monumental in Tijuana, otherwise known as the bullring by the sea. It’s about a 10 minute cab ride from the border. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost about $25 and can be bought online at http://manutijuana.com/en.html

For more information on weekend events (and if you can read some Spanish),  go to http://guiadetijuana.com/eventos-tijuana.html