The fantastic San José del Cabo festival, held in the half of Los Cabos with the same name, returns this March, beginning on the 16th and ending on the 22nd. This is a superb chance to get involved with and experience the local culture and everything it offers, as well as a great day out for all. This is, first and foremost, a celebration of the city’s patron Saint “San José” (Saint Joseph).
When To Plan
The organizers of this event usually release information on the dates and musical line-ups in mid to late February. Although the dates normally fall around the 3rd week in March. The great thing about this festival is you don’t need to purchase tickets. The whole city of San José del Cabo becomes the backdrop of the event.
There is no shortage of entertainment on offer at the festival, with live music performed every day of the week-long celebration. But the fun isn’t contained to one stage. All throughout the city of San José del Cabo, street musicians and dancers can be found, delighting all who come past. As well as great local acts, it’s common for nationally famous acts to perform here on the main theatre stage.
Like all good festivals in Latin America, a colorful parade plays a large part in the festivities, led by performers in vibrant costumes performing traditional dances. This is San José del Cabo’s answer to the spectacular carnival in the neighboring La Paz that so many tourists enjoy each year.
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What To Eat
It can be easy to come to Los Cabos and get lost in the almost endless high-end restaurants and in-resort dining options. However, this is an opportunity for visitors to take a deep dive into the unbeatable street-food scene of Mexico.
In addition to tasty classics such as churros and tamales, local delicacies like fish tacos are a big hit. This is thanks to Los Cabos being situated at the tip of a peninsula, meaning the seafood here is as fresh as it gets. Furthermore, clams are a state favorite, and it’s easy to see why, this locally sourced crustacean has several ways of being served, with each just as delicious as the last.
A Fantastic Choice For Shopping
Even without the festival, San José del Cabo is famous for its shopping. Though during the festival, the choices on offer skyrocket, amongst the food and drink vendors lining the streets, visitors will find traditional Mexican handcrafts and artisanal products.
As well as the increased choice, this is a great opportunity to pick up a bargain souvenir. The street vendors are known for offering much friendlier prices than the brick & mortar establishments in the city.
Is It Safe?
It’s no secret many parts of Mexico enjoy a less-than-positive image when it comes to safety, but Los Cabos bucks that trend in spectacular fashion. The local Police have enacted serious reforms over the last few years, seeing their reputation for professionalism and honesty grow as a result. And the President of Mexico has made the military available to the Police to assist in patrols and securing tourist areas.
But it isn’t just the Police on the street that has increased safety for tourists. A huge investment in surveillance cameras and extensive street lighting has boosted safety in Los Cabos. Furthermore, the active control of street vendors and the requirement for them to apply for permits has increased the trustworthiness of these casual businesses.
The Weather Is Perfect
The good news is March is almost guaranteed to be dry weather in Los Cabos, and the temperatures are famously comfortable, never getting too hot nor too cold, with an average high of 77°F (25°C) and an average low of 62°F (17°C). It’s, of course, important to wear sunscreen at all times throughout the day.
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Monday 20th of March 2023
Is there an itinerary of events? Most interested in seeing the firework shows!
Wednesday 8th of March 2023
We arrive the 21st so glad we will get to see the festivities. Is there a horse blessing and if so where is it?
Monday 13th of February 2023
We are booking flights and would like to be there for the parade during the festival. Do you know when the parade will be happening?
Wednesday 1st of February 2023
What is the dates in March?
Thursday 2nd of February 2023
The dates are March 16th to the 22nd. We have updated the article to reflect this.
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