Experience the local traditions of Mexico in style while vacationing in Los Cabos. The many seasonal Los Cabos events are an ideal way for travelers to get acquainted with the colorful cultural heritage of Mexico. From the annual traditions of the festive season to the madness of Semana Santa’s parades and re-enactments, Cabo events and celebrations bring another dimension and depth to ordinary beach holidays.
Mark your calendar with other annual occurrences, including the winter migration of the whales, many of which make a 4,000-mile journey from Alaska’s frigid north to birth their young in the warm, shallow lagoons of the Baja Peninsula. And perhaps some of the most popular recurring Cabo San Lucas events involve other creatures of the sea. Come fall time, numerous sport fishing tournaments draw expert anglers from around the globe to compete for the big fish – and even bigger prizes!
From late November through March, the waters around Los Cabos welcome in eight of the world’s 11 whale species in nature’s longest marine migration. Breeding grounds are mostly on the Pacific side, but some travel to the Sea of Cortez.
A combination of pre-Hispanic and traditional European festivities marks winter’s end at this early February event.
Catch a glimpse of newborn whales in the birthing lagoons of the Southern Baja Peninsula in an annual spectacle with Baja Frontiers whale watching at Scammon’s Lagoon and Baja Expeditions whale watching at Bahia Magdalena.
Elaborate re-enactment of the last week of Christ’s life leading up to Easter Sunday.
Baja Whales & Rock Art
Whale watching continues at Scammon’s Lagoon with rock artistry on the side.
Annual Halibut Derby
The annual Halibut Derby unfolds on the East Cape.
La Paz Tequila and Mariachi Festival
Drive north of Cabo San Lucas to La Paz, host of the annual Tequila and Mariachi Festival.
Rolex Invitational IGFA Offshore Championship
Release sport fishing tournament for winners of previous tournaments.
Compete in the annual Yellowtail Shootout in La Paz, just a few hours drive from Cabo San Lucas.
Official Mexican holiday unfolds with assorted activities.
Cabo San Lucas hosts the annual Roosterfish extravaganza.
Surf 'n Panga Roosterfish Klassic
Yet another fishing event held in Cabo San Lucas in early July.
Bike Race route action runs from San Jose del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas.
Los Cabos Dive Fiesta
Great dive-oriented hotel packages, sunset cruises, underwater treasure hunts, photo contests, pool parties and more are part of this mid-month annual event sponsored in part by the Los Cabos Hotel Association.
Mexican Independence Celebration
Fireworks, folk dancing and mariachi bands on the eve of Mexican Independence Day are followed on the 16th by parades, speeches, family picnics and more.
Tequila & Mariachi Festival
Drink, fun, food, music and frolic in Cabo San Lucas.
Los Cabos Billfish Tournament
Plata Grande Resort hosts registration with weigh-ins at the marina Cabo San Lucas waterfront.
Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament
An annual fishing tournament favorite, all proceeds going to charity.
Whale Watching Season
Of 11 whale species found worldwide, eight venture to the waters of Los Cabos, late November through March. Breeding grounds are mostly on the Pacific side, but some travel to the Sea of Cortez.
Day of the Dead
In early November, cemetery visits, religious events, specialty foods and children’s festivals commemorate relatives and friends who have passed onward.
Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot Tournament
This annual tournament is held in Cabo San Lucas in early November.
Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution
Parades and rodeos commemorate the Mexican Revolution, on and around November 20.
Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe
This nationwide display of traditional culture is celebrated with street fairs, fireworks, processions, masses and more.
Candle-lit processions from house to house for nine days prior to Christmas enhance the excitement of the holiday season in Mexico.