A visitor magnet for its epic sportfishing, eco-centric recreation, bevy of championship golf courses and glorious weather, Los Cabos continues to raise the bar with activities and festivals generating international appeal. Mark your calendar for these seven events that make this Baja destination a year-round playground.
Sabor a Cabo: Dec. 4-10, 2016
The 11th annual Sabor a Cabo gastronomy and wine festival fuses the talents of Los Cabos’ top chefs and global culinary artists who each put distinctive spins on dishes sharing vibrant flavors of the Baja and beyond.
The event actually kicks off with the Sabor a Cabo Beer Fest from Nov. 18-20 at the Marina Cabo San Lucas. Suds fans can quaff a few cold ones or opt for mezcals and tequilas while enjoying live music that varies from Latin and Rock to Flamenco.
Among this year’s impressive roster of local chefs are Enrique Silva of Huerta Los Tamarindos, Jesus Castro of Edith’s and Angel Carbajal of Nick-San. Sabor a Cabo has also invited Michelin Star status gastronomy gurus that include Dieter Koschina, Enrique Olvera and Richard Sandoval.
Dec. 10’s grand finale unfurls with more than 50 restaurants creating an impressive display of its iconic recipes. Ticket options include upgrades for tableside tastings and sommelier wine presentations.
Since its launch in 2005 by CANIRAC Los Cabos Deligation, this annual foodie fest has donated its profits to various Los Cabos charities that include the Red Cross and local firefighters.
Los Cabos Marathon – Jan. 21, 2017
With its “Beat the Sunset” theme, the Los Cabos Marathon distinguishes itself with a Saturday 4pm start time that distracts runners by engaging them with the setting sun. The multi-distance event gears to varied preferences via a 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon. All routes begin at the Convention Center in Downtown Los Cabos and end at the Municipal Sports Center in San Jose del Cabo – with beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez along the way as runners hit The Corridor.
Participants and their supporters are privy to special rates at such host hotels as Hampton Inn & Suites Los Cabos, Las Palmas Hotels & Suites, Hyatt Place, Barcelo Gran Faro Los Cabos and The Cape–A Thompson Hotel.
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Los Cabos Comedy Festival – TBA for May or June 2017
With its tagline of "Where The Land Ends And The Laughs Begin," the Cabo Comedy Festival delivers hee-haw and guffaw moments whisking attendees far away from a ho-hum day. In an interactive atmosphere linking comedians and fans, the five-day fun affair features performances by some of the comedy’s top stand-up headliners, plus a Jack Rollins Breakthrough Talent Competition with opening act-level performers. The winner enjoys the last laugh by landing a development deal with a major comedy producer.
The wit fest also focuses on the business side of comedy, with producers, writers and cast members from some of TV’s top-rated shows sharing their knowledge via panel discussions. Other shenanigans include charity golf and poker tournaments, beach parties and after-parties at Cabo hot spots. The festival concludes with a celebrity roast and Giant of Comedy awards presentation that has honored such biggies in the past as Elayne Boosler and Improv founder, Budd Friedman.
Los Cabos Open of Surf – TBA for June 2017
Making waves as the largest surf and music festival in the history of Mexico and Latin America, the Los Cabos Open of Surf shines each June on Costa Azul's Zippers Beach Break that challenges with its 8- to 10-footers. This World Championship Tour qualifier is the only combined Men’s and Women’s 6-Star competition in North America.
Aside from viewing top pros as they vie for $155,000 in cash prizes, spectators can enjoy concerts in the sand, beach bars, art walks, fashion shows and eco-friendly activities reflecting the surf culture that contributes so much positive energy to this Baja destination.
Bisbee’s Fishing Tournaments – Various Dates from August 1-Oct. 28, 2017
Los Cabos is home to a trio of Bisbee’s high profile fishing tournaments attracting anglers from across the globe. Since launching the Bisbee’s Black & Blue in 1981, Bob Bisbee has witnessed the growth of his namesake fishing tournament from six teams with a purse of $10,000 to more than 150 teams with millions of dollars on the line.
In 2000, Bisbee’s expanded to the Baja California Sur peninsula’s east side with the Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore in Buena Vista. Adding tuna and dorado to the mix that already included marlin, the event grew so popular that Bisbee copied the format and added the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore two years later.
Shedding light on the serious prize money involved, the 2016 Black & Blue recorded 121 boats competing for $3,511,900. Angler Julio Fernandez and his Quitena team claimed the lion’s share, winning $2,183,000 after landing the largest fish of the week.
The 2017 schedule is set with the East Cape Offshore from Aug. 1-5, Los Cabos Offshore from Oct. 20-22 and Black & Blue from Oct. 24-28.
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IRONMAN Los Cabos – Oct. 29, 2017
As part of the Ford IRONMAN series, the IRONMAN Los Cabos triathlon challenges endurance addicts with a 2.4-mile swim off Palmilla Beach near historic San Jose del Cabo, a 112-mile bike trek lapping the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose and a finale 26.2-mile full marathon lapping through San Jose. The event’s 70.3 IRONMAN requires half of those distances for athletes seeking a more civilized challenge.
The official website provides “Hot Spot” tips on the top sites and times for spectators to watch the mega endurance event unfold.
For 2017, the IRONMAN Los Cabos will feature an Aquabike category that requires a 2.4-mile swim and 113-mile bike ride. This is considered an ideal race for athletes who are not ready to race a complete IRONMAN 70.3 or complete IRONMAN.
Extreme Sailing Series Finale – Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2017
On the heels of a hugely successful transition to foiling GC32 catamarans in 2016, the Extreme Sailing Series will Los Cabos and San Diego to its 2017 itinerary.
According to series officials, the combination of new destinations alongside some of the proven venues will allow the series to introduce a more diverse racing format while expanding the number of boats.
The 2017 event will launch in Muscat, Oman from March 8-11 before heading to the Chinese Olympic sailing city of Qingdao from April 28-May 1. It then progresses to Portugal’s Madeira Islands from June 29-July 2.
The balance of the schedule will roll out in a “to be determined” European location from July 20-23; Hamburg, Germany from August 10-13; Cardiff, UK from Aug. 25-28, San Diego from Oct. 19-22; and finale in Los Cabos from Nov. 30-Dec. 3.