Mexico is a juxtaposition upon itself. The never-ending push-and-pull between modernity and tradition is one restless battle and on opposite sides sit Point/Counterpoint. It's the encounter between serenity and chaos where vintage meets tattoos, young embellish the old, and where pain reflects its holy abstraction. Rags and riches are all enshrined in apocalyptic beauty by 19 contemporary Mexican photographers connecting the different ends of the country's spectrum; it's an otherness like no other.
Now - Feb. 11, 2017
Enjoyment of fine wines is in no short supply at the Vendimia or Harvest Festival as they will be hosting another fabulous event, their Festival of Paella & Wine. Join other wine connoisseurs in the Valle de Guadalupe just south of the border for spectacular paella and even better company.
Get ready to swing your hips and shuffle your feet to musical stylings inspired by Thelonious Monk. Danilo Pérez with Ben Street and Adam Cruz will perform revitalized music from “Panamonk”, which has been referred to as a “masterpiece” by the New York Times, to celebrate the jazz icon’s 100th birthday.
The irresistible sweet and savory scents will guide foodies through Baja Culinary Fest, a three-day culinary adventure from October 20th to the 22nd, where there will be no shortage of edible masterpieces. With demos, workshops, and virtually endless options, it will be nothing short of a food lover’s utopia.
October 20 – 22
The state of Jalisco and the frontier’s Californias are aiming sky-high for an explosion of Mexican culture. Celebrating San Diego’s Mariachi Scholarship Foundation’s 20 years, the Ballet Folklórico of the University of Guadalajara brings its half-century of traditions to downtown accompanied by their compatriots Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. Joining the festivities will be our region’s own Symphonic Mariachi Champaña Nevin, Orquesta de Baja California, and the San Diego Binational Symphony Orchestra. The music and dance is set to Caliente, and its ardor knows no borders.
The City of Chula Vista is ready to once again pucker-up more than 35,000 visitors to its downtown Lemon Festival. For over 20 years this annual gathering brings an array of juicy-infused activities, bitter-rivaled sour contests, a Fun Zone, music and so much more. From a citric standpoint, this is one way to squeeze more out of summer while staying fresh with some help from lemonade.
From around the globe to around the block, it’s the movie extravaganza cut perfectly for children of all ages. The annual San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival is rolling out the reels around North County and the spotlight never looked brighter. With features and shorts created by boys and girls, youth and adults alike mixed with groovy receptions, red carpet fashions and exclusive panel engagements - there’s no telling how each day’s adventures will play out. Tales await families of all sizes and innovation will be gleaming with each showcase.
August 25th – 27th
The grapevine will be heard from Valle de Guadalupe to the shores of Ensenada carrying the tune of the 27th anniversary of the Vendimia. There are ample varieties of events from quaint to grand and an opportunity to enjoy some of Mexico’s most delectable cuisine paired with prized wines from the region. With workshops to refine one’s palate and exclusive nocturnal concerts across select vineyards, there’s a spectrum of ways to make your noche bonita.
Now – August 20th
Grab some churros, hop on a ride and take in a concert at the yearly Feria Tijuana. Expressing the culture of the cosmopolitan border city with the traditions of Mexican fairs, the months of August and September are packed with shows with Latin acts from pop to ranchera and others in genres between. The likes of Ana Gabriel, Emmanuel and Mijares, Pepe Aguilar, Ana Torroja and more are ready to fill the ‘Palenque’ with their legions of fans. Singing along encouraged and summer love recommended.
August 25th – September 16th
On the dancing heels of their latest concert series, Sycuan continues to spice up San Diego’s nightlife with some spectacular shows. Summer of Sycuan will see deuce dates for ABBA the Concert and KC and the Sunshine Band in this month’s first week. The heat gets turned up with Sparx along with Lorenzo Antonio and his mariachi on the 12th. Get your soul pumping with Mr. Freddie Jackson on the 17th and 18th as he is ready to set hearts on fire. And if those feet are still up for some rockin’ and twistin’ come September’s first days, Chubby Checker and Lita Ford have tunes for the shakin’. Summer days call for cool summer nights, get rollin’ and crank up the good times.