Situated just south of San Diego California across the U.S.-Mexico border and stretching out towards the Baja Peninsula in the south, the Mexican city of Tijuana has been a popular destination for U.S. residents for decades. This is not, however, your classic holiday get-a-way. It doesn’t have the golden beaches of neighboring San Diego or the famous surf sports of Mexico’s Sea of Cortes. While tourists once crossed the border for cheap drinks, lively casinos, and street tacos, plenty of travelers are now visiting for a more unique reason – its elaborate and lively festivals.
As a popular destination for Americans looking for a quick and cheap get-a-way, there are plenty of things to do in Tijuana. In fact, this border city has offered visitors the unique experience of its delicious street tacos, cheap drinks, upbeat bars, and flashy casinos for a number of years. Its main street, Avenida Revolución, continues to be front line where guests will find the city’s savory cuisine and entertainment action. What really draws crowds by the numbers, however, are not the taco joints, dive bars, or endlines lines of slot machines. Tijuana, unbeknownst to many, is home to a number a vibrant local festivals that take place all throughout the calendar year, including music festivals, art festivals, and food and drink festivals to name just a few.
Sound like your type of party? Well wait no longer – plan your next trip to this lively border city during one of its many colorful festivals. After all, what’s not to like about a good festival? You are sure to find the best of the local culture – including your cheap tacos and refreshing tequila beverages. Add music, art, and a little fashion and you have yourself quite the event. To help you get started, below you will find information the three local festivals not to be missed when visiting the enchanting city of Tijuana, Mexico.
1. Festival Entijuanarte
The Entijuanarte Foundation was founded in 2005 as a civil society vocational art project dedicated to bringing to light the many social and cultural issues faced by Tijuana’s local communities. By providing local artists with a professional platform for the display of their creations – all of which respresent truths and challenges faced by Tijuanenses – the Entijuanarte Foundation hopes to shed light on current issues and stimulate productive conversations that allow all members of the community to learn and grow. It strives to act as creative mirror that reflects the present state of the country.
Having achieved great success over the years through the development of a number of artistic measures that work to promote socio-cultural understanding, investigation, and development, the Foundation continues to provide locals with a space in which they can reflect on current socio-cultural issues and grow to be better members of society. What better way to continue this unified, artistic classroom than in the form of a colorful festival?
Showcasing reality through nearly every artistic expression possible, including live performances, urban art, photography, dance, literature, theater, poetry, music, film, and urban intervention to name a few, the festival continues to make a huge social impact each and every year. Don’t miss you on this eye-catching, moving, and informative festival where you can experience both fun and growth all in one special space.
2. Baja Culinary Fest
Are you a fan of fragrant smells, savory cuisine, refreshing drinks, and a little music and art on the side? If so, Tijuana’s Baja Culinary Fest is just the place for you. Instead of exploring the best restaurants in Tijuana, imagine a unique culinary experience where you have access to some of Mexico’s top Baja California dishes , wines, craft beers, and more. Sound too good to be true? Think again. Baja Culinary Fest has evolved into one of the leading culinary art events nationwide, as it promotes not only its tasty dishes, but its local chefs and producers.
As one of the top gastronomic events in the entire country, Baja Culinary Fest offers attendees 3 full days of intense flavors prepared by none other than the best chefs in Mexico. Equipped with some of the country’s most spectacular cuisine, guest lectures, cooking workshops, and contests, it’s no wonder how this food-centered festival became one of the most well known in the Baja region and around the country.
Don’t miss out on this mouth-watering, interactive, and fun culinary experience! You may put on a few pounds throughout the weekend, but you won’t even notice as you enjoy the region’s impressive biodiversity,natural surroundings, refreshing cocktails, and unique gastronomic fusion. This is the type of culinary experience that only Mexico can offer. ¡Provecho!
3. Baja Beach Fest
There is a good chance that you have never heard of this festival, but let me tell you, that is all about to change. Getting its start just last year in 2018, Baja Beach Fest is quickly becoming one of the most talked about music festivals in the entire Baja region of Mexico. The buzz has been so positive that news of its success is reaching the ears of reggaeton and Latin trap music fans world wide – with its biggest audiences located in Mexico and the U.S.
Drawing in a whopping 15,000 fans its first year of production in 2018, the up and coming music festival giant doubled that record with over 30,000 attendees at its second annual festival in 2019. Holy smokes. With a main stage equal in size of Coachella’s, the Baja Beach Fest is sure to become a regional favorite – and perhaps even a global success.
Located just 30 minutes south of Tijuana in the coastal town of Rosarito, Mexico – once famous for its white sand beaches and attracting Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Orson Wells and Marilyn Monroe – the Baja Beach Fest has the ideal location for reggaeton and Latin trap music fans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. In fact, in 2019 nearly 90% of ticket sales were purchased by U.S. residents.
While these popular Latin music genres have been popular among Latin music fans for years, only recently has the music exploded into the mainstream, thanks to crossover hits like Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito”. Now, attendees can expect to witness an unbelievable show put on by Latin music’s biggest stars, including Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Yandel, J. Balvin, Becky G., and Nicky Jam. While not all the artists represent the reggaeton and Latin trap (urbano) music genres, the festival offers a chance for guests to hear firsthand the fast-evolving Spanish language music styles dominating the public radio.
Perfect for the younger crowd and Latin music lovers of all types, this two-day festival is sure to be one you will remember for the rest of your life. Upbeat music full of Latin rhythms and flashing lights all spread out along the white sand beaches of Rosarito, Mexico makes for a truly spectacular music festival experience. Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to jam to Latin music’s hottest artists.
There you have it! Three of Tijuana’s top festivals that you must experience when planning a visit to this Baja California gem. It’s not only about the diverse Tijuana tours available to guests. Look a little deeper and you can find alternative activities that are sure to leave you impressed. Like, say, a local festival? Whether you look to enjoy local art and culture, taste unparalleled regional cuisine, or to experience Latin music like never before, Tijuana is the place to be.