Calendar del Cabo | Things to do in San Jose del Cabo
September 27, 2023
While picture-perfect Los Cabos really is an anytime destination - yes, it’s always sunny and warm and no, it hardly rains - there are still things to keep in mind when planning your Baja getaway. Some seasons are made for culture connoisseurs and stacked with festivals and parades, and others are more favored by nature lovers of all kinds with aquatic activities and adventures. No matter your preferences, there is definitely a season in Los Cabos that’s perfect for you. We’ve put together the ultimate San Jose Del Cabo Calendar to make planning your next adventure as breezy as the Baja weather.
High Season: December - April
Arguably the most favored time to plan a trip down south.
- Ideal temperatures ranging from 77-80 degrees Fahrenheit with cool Baja breezes courtesy of the Pacific Ocean
- Peak whale watching season
- Easiest time of year to sightsee and explore, from a climate POV
- Most crowded time of year
- Large crowds = larger groups clamoring for coveted restaurant reservations
- Exponentially more expensive than other seasons
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- Mid December – April: Whale Watching Season. Every winter humpback and gray whales migrate from the Arctic to the Pacific. You can easily spot them from the beaches or plan a boating excursion to get a closer look.
- December 31st: NYE Fireworks spectacular. The local nightclubs might turn up the party vibes but to really ring in the new year head over to Médano Beach for a firework display unlike any other.
- January: Lord of the Wind. Every year aquatic athletes gather at Los Barriles for the ideal wind conditions. Expect to see expert kiteboarding and windsurfing – you can even join in yourself if you’re feeling adventurous.
- February 16th – 21st: Festival La Paz. A true celebration of Mexican culture complete with parades, dancers, local delicacies, and performances that last well past midnight. This is a true family fair that celebrates tradition and heritage so don’t worry if you’re traveling with kids in tow.
- February: Todos Santos Art Festival. This 20+ year art festival is loved by locals and visitors alike and is one of the most anticipated events in San Jose del Cabo. Featuring traditional and modern artwork, live performances, and culinary experiences, this festival is a “must” for culturistas.
- Mid-March: Festival de San José del Cabo. In honor of their patron saint, every year thousands of people flock to the streets and celebrate the region’s namesake with music, parades, food, drinks, dancing, and parties.
Shoulder Seasons: May - June & October - November
AKA that in-between peak and low season. But the San Jose del Cabo shoulders shouldn’t be slept on.
- Fewer crowds
- Best rates + availability
- Perpetual sunshine (if you’re into that)
- May & June can be very dry
- …And October & November bring the humidity
- Perpetual sunshine (if you’re not into that)
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- May 5: Cinco de Mayo. No, this is not the real Mexican Independence Day but it does commemorate the victory at the Battle of Puebla. Since Los Cabos is frequented by tourists year-round locals commemorate this day with visitors and celebrate with cultural performances, traditional dishes, and – of course – tequila.
- June: Los Cabos Open of Surf. After an extended hiatus the annual Surf Open is officially back. Held at the world-famous Zippers surf break in Costa Azul the competition is loved by both surfers and spectators for its’ caliber, showmanship, and quintessential laid back surfer vibes.
- November 1: Dia de los Muertos. An experience that truly cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. Every year November 1st marks the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday that pays tribute to those who have passed on. While the name might make this seem like an ominous holiday it’s actually the exact opposite. Locals celebrate with parades, dancing, feasts, and festivities to celebrate their ancestors' lives.
- November: Los Cabos Film Festival. Founded in 2012, the Los Cabos Film Festival has quickly become one of the most prestigious film festivals with celebs and glitterati visiting from all over the world.
- November 10: Gastrovino Food & Wine Festival. This three-day food festival in Todos Santos has become one of the most prestigious culinary events in the region. Local chefs gather and prepare their signature dishes, paired with local wines, with silent auction proceeds going to local charities.
- November 20: Dia de la Revolución – the holiday that commemorates the start of the Mexican Revolution. In true traditional fashion locals take to the streets with parades, food fairs, fiestas, and rodeos.
Low Season: July - September
Temperatures rise while the crowds drop.
- Least crowded time to visit
- Best. Rates. Ever.
- High chance of rain
- Hottest temperatures of the year
- Restaurants run on limited schedules
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- July 15: East Cape Dorado Shootout. The largest and most famous fishing tournament in all of Baja with over 100 teams competing each year. The shootout is a favorite for non-fishermen too, and is known for its’ high energy and eclectic crowd.
- August 11: San Jose Jazz Festival. Rain or shine, this jazz festival goes on. This year marks the event’s 10th anniversary, so expect industry legends and enthusiasts to mix up traditional jazz, blues, salsa, R&B, and more for a weekend of revelry.
- September 16: Independence Day. While Cinco de Mayo is the stateside celebration of Mexican Independence, the real event actually takes place in September. The festivities start right at midnight with everyone chanting the names of revolutionary fighters and a fireworks display followed by a day of performances, parades, and – of course – food.