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Tijuana events for the weekend of July 17-19: Opera, Beer and Erotica



Credit goes to the Tijuana Convention & Visitors Bureau for compiling this trio of things to do in Tijuana this weekend of July 17 (Friday) through July 19 (Sunday). I was aware of the beer festival and the Opera festival – but not of the Annual Exxxpo Erotica. Here are snippets from the press release:

Tijuana’s 6th Annual Street Opera Festival takes place on Saturday with performances by 150 artists, singers, actors, dancers and musicians. This free street fair attracts thousands of people each year from Baja California and California. The Festival starts at 12 noon on Saturday, July 18, lasting until midnight, and is located along Calle Quinta (5th Street) and Aquiles Serdan streets in Colonia Libertad (just a few blocks east of the Pueblo Amigo Shopping Mall, south of the San Ysidro Border Crossing). Learn and hear more about Tijuana’s opera scene through this documentary produced by Stories de la Frontera:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JOiQwWHva8


 5th Annual International Craft Beer Festival – Check out more than 70 types of beer from 15 breweries in Mexico and around the world. Participating breweries include San Diego’s own Stone Brewing Company, Port Brewing Company, Tsingtao, Paulaner, Bear Republic, Carlsberg, Baja Brewing Company, and Cerveceria Tijuana (Tijuana’s own, award-winning micro-brewery). This three-day event (lasting Friday July 17 through Sunday, July 19) will be held at the Tijuana Caliente Casino and Race Track. Live rock, music and local singers – and local food. 


The Festival hours are Friday from 7:00pm to 1:00am, Saturday from 12:00pm to 12:00am (noon to midnight), and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Tickets are $5 ($60 pesos) per person, and include a threesome of your choice of beers. For more information: http://www.tjbeerfest.com/


Tijuana’s 2 Annual Exxxpo Erotica showcases adult entertainment, sexy fashion shows, educational workshops, sdance performances (for him and her), and a spicy collection of lingerie from the largest adult stores in Northwest Mexico. Held just a 10 minute drive from the 

border at Mezzanine Events Hall (near the intersection of the Via Rapida and Blvd. Insurgentes) – or a quick taxi ride from the Craft Beer Festival. Cost for adults 18 and over is $170 pesos (approximately US$13) at the door, with show hours from noon to midnight each day.  Event lasts Friday through Sunday. If you are old enough, go here: http://exxxpoerotica.com/Exxxpoerotica_17,18_y_19_de_Julio_del_2009.html


Taking a Sunday stroll down Tijuana’s Paseo de los Heroes

paseobikesaNormally, the street of Paseo de los Heroes is full of cars and not at all the kind of place where you would linger at. But that has all changed on Sundays when local police close off a portion of the street’s access points to vehicles. From about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the city’s residents are invited to reclaim Paseo de los Heroes through a new program called “Via Libre, La Calle es Tuya.” That roughly translates to “Open Road, the Street is Yours.” 

Curious, I dropped by on a recent Sunday and saw enormous potential. With no cars in sight, residents were able to do laps on their bicycles (some free rentals are available, too!). Kids on skateboards and inline skates took to the asphalt. Young children pedaled furiously on tricycles. There was entertainment, too: A giant chess game, a giant Jenga game, obstacle courses and a pair of strolling musicians who let volunteers step in as conductors. Families lounged on the grassy center divide near a small collection of photos and paintings, a few couples brought their leashed dogs, and a pair of young guitar players strummed on a street corner.



Not a lot of people seem to be aware of the program so it will be interesting to see how the Sunday street scene evolves. I’ve written before about how Tijuana doesn’t have a sense of centrality like other Mexican cities that were built around a traditional plaza. A four-block area along Paseo de los Heroes may not make a square, but it’s a linear start. The program is expected to last through November. 


To get there: Paseo de los Heroes is one of the city’s main streets and a major entrance and exit point for the San Ysidro border. Signs at the border will guide you to the street, which takes you to the city’s Zona Rio business district and the CECUT cultural center. The closed-off portion starts at the traffic circle of the Indian (Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc). You can park at the Zona Rio mall or one of the nearby side streets.

Mexican ‘rockero’ Javier Batiz performs in Tijuana March 29

Javier Batiz is one of Tijuana’s musical legends, and he is frequently referred to as someone who taught Carlos Santana how to play guitar. In Batiz’s web page, and in other sources, he is identified as a major figure in the development of Mexican rock. I heard him play once at the Tijuana brewery and he regularly re-appears around the city. This Sunday, March 29, he will perform at the CECUT at 4 p.m. as part of the 5th Annual Tijuana History Fair. The fair, which starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m., is free and it will feature conferences, videos, art expositions, historical documents and old cars. For more information on the fair  (in Spanish), go here. 

The CECUT  – Tijuana’s cultural center –  is just a few minutes from the San Ysidro border. For directions to the CECUT, go here.

*Don’t forget the time difference is still in effect. 4 p.m. in Tijuana is 5 p.m. in the United States*

YouTube video originally posted by rockandroll1968.

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