Rosarito Calendar of Events

February 8th, 2016 Edition


Every Sunday 4pm. Cultural Sundays in the park, featuring local Mexican and American dancers and musicians.  At the IMAC in Abelardo L. Rodriguez park, west of Banamex. Different themes every Sunday. Sometimes food booths, other times vendors with food carts. Facebook IMAC Rosarito. Free.

Every Second Wednesday (except December). 2pm. Friends of the Library meeting at main library of IMAC building next to Abelardo Rodríguez Park. Promotes reading and literacy in Rosarito. Carmen Dominguez, 661-612-3659.

Every Third Wednesday (except December). 10am. Flying Samaritans meeting at Villas del Mar clubhouse on free road 2 miles south of Rosarito. Volunteers provide free health services and clinics. Susan Smith, 661-100-6066, U.S. 858-240-2360.

Every Wednesday, 12:00 pm. Writer’s Workshop at Eden Restaurant, (next to Cruz Roja Thrift Store). Published and unpublished writers welcome! Bring samples (3-7 pages) of your work to share.   Marsh Cassady:

Every Third Wednesday (except December). 2-4pm. Bingo at Oceana Grill & Cafe, Blvd. Benito Juárez #907-24. Great prizes, 6 different games. Benefits Flying Samaritans. Susan Smith, 661-100-6066, U.S. 858-240-2360.

Every second and last Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Cruz Roja Primo Tapia Bingo at El Pescador Restaurant, km 44, (just north of Puerto Nuevo). Raising money for an ambulance in Primotapia.

Every Second Thursday. 10am. Cruz Roja volunteers general meeting at Rosarito Beach Hotel. Provides assistance in case of accidents or disasters. Rosie Pena, 664-976-0613, U.S. 619-621-0292.

Every Wednesday, 12:00 pm. Writer’s Workshop at Eden Restaurant, (next to Cruz Roja Thrift Store). Published and unpublished writers welcome! Bring samples (3-7 pages) of your work to share. For more information, contact Marsh Cassady:

Every Third Thursday. 9am. General Meeting for FRAO, Foreign Residents Assistance Office. Open to the public. Usually held at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, with parking validated. Sometimes held at other local sites. Breakfast occasionally provided, but always available. Usually about 10 am. Different speakers brought in to inform or address issues of concern to foreigners living in Mexico.

Every Friday. 4pm.  Spanish class main library, by IMAC, in Abelardo Rodriguez park behind BanaMex. Beginner level class with Sylvia. Free but donation appreciated.

Every First Saturday. 10am. United Society of Baja California (USBC) general meeting at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Rosarito Beach Hotel. Good info for the English speaking community of charitable, community service and social organizations. Judy Westphal, 661-614-1113.

Every First Saturday. Noon-sundown. Open Studio Art Walk, a free tour of galleries in Rosarito Beach Hotel commercial center. Meet artists at work in their studios.

Every Third Saturday. 1pm. USBC, United Society of Baja California, monthly Potluck dinner, held at La Maroma Sports Bar, across from Burger King. Different theme evey month. 50/50 raffle. Live entertainment at most events. Free for members and guests. Membership only $15 USD per year. Beverages ordered from the Bar at reduced Club prices.

Every single day. AA “Grupo Gringo” meets daily in their meeting hall, #16 Mar Meditteraneo (two blocks behind Hotel Brisas del Mar). Meetings: Saturday, 3:00; Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 10:00 am; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 6:00 pm.  Additional meetings in Cantamar (just south of the footbridge) Tuesday and Friday, 10:00 am.. For more information, 661-614-1678.

February 9, Tuesday to February 18, Thursday, the Panchito Cup Jeopardy-style tournament sponsored by the Friends of the Library for Rosarito students. Spanish.

February 12, Friday, 1:00 pm, food and wine pairing luncheon at Susanna’s Restaurant in the Puebla Plaza in Rosarito to benefit the Baja Scholarship Foundation. $40.00 (prepaid only). includes wine/food pairing, tax, tip and a door prize ticket. Please help support the 48 local students benefiting from this fund.  Tickets through PayPal or by check mailed to the BSF: Box 439060 PMB 652, San Diego, 92143. RSVP to

February 13, Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Wine and Chocolate Reception at Baja Glass Studio and Art Gallery in the Calafia Hotel courtyard (km 35.5). Glass art, Cabo capes, artwork, and more. Information: phone: 661-614-6213; email:

February 13, Saturday, Rosarito Beach Hotel Valentine’s Ball, 7:00 pm. $39 per person. Includes live music and dancing to Sonora con Dinamita, buffet dinner, welcome margarita, and mask. Free parking. Wear red and get a chance to win a weekend getaway.  (US) 1-886-ROSARITO; (MX) 01-800-265-2322; www.rosaritobeachhotel.

February 13. Saturday. 10am. Bicycle Marathon from Rosarito Pabellon to Puerto Nuevo and back! Join us each month on the second Saturday. In Puerto Nuevo, you can rest, as we re-group, or simply turn around and head straight back. Watch your times improve each month. Start now, and get ready for the Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Bike Ride on May 7.

February 14. Sunday. 730 to 1030 am. Valentine’s Day 10K and 1 Mile Fun Runs at Coronado, Tidelands, in San Diego. Islander hand carved tikis will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age category, men’s, women, and couples. Bonus Awards! - For you Ladies is awarding running skirts to the top women finishers. Come out to Coronado Island for a beautiful run along the bay and past historic homes. At registration you will pick up your choice of bib: Available, Taken, or It’s Complicated. Wear the bib on the run and find others that like to run and do events just like you!

February 13, Saturday, 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball Fundraiser for La Mision Children’s Fund at Johnny’s Halfway House. Live entertainment and dancing provided by Randy Seol Project. $25 prepaid,  $30 at the door. Includes three course dinner. Limited seating. Bring your own mask, or masks available for $5. Bev Winslow at Additional information:

February 24. Wednesday. USBC Restaurant Tour at Palacio Royal (upstairs) Chinese Food $6. Arf, arf.

February 22 to 24. Monday to Wednesday. Baja Whale Watching Tour with the Baja Good Life Club. Members: $175/person Non-Members: $215/person.  email, or call 686-230-9933.February 28 to March 1. Friday to Sunday. Rosarito Theater Guild presents: Ladies Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. 664- 609-3451 Box Office.

February 26 to 28. Friday to Sunday. Rosarito Theater Guild presents: Ladies Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. 664- 609-3451 Box Office.

March 2 to 6. Monday to Friday. Baja Cancer Walk. 100  miles, 5 days  walk for money to fight cancer,  through the San Felipe Baja California Desert.  Call 686-230-9933 or email

March 9. Wednesday. 6 to 10pm. Restoring Valor: A Fundraising Dinner and Art/Wine Auction for Deported Veterans at Border X Brewing, 2181 Logan Ave. in San Diego. Shelter, food, counseling and resources for deported U.S. Veterans and Deported Dreamer’s Moms. Raising funds to purchase a van for the shelter and to pay out their rent as far as possible. If you are a foodie, an art lover, a wine lover, and you support our veterans, or just like hanging out with those of us who are and do. Tax deductible $65 ticket here: You’ll enjoy: a 6 course taster dinner. 4-beer sampler. Raffle, live music.\

March 10, Thursday, Rosarito Theatre Guild presents a Vintage Murder Mystery dinner at Oceana Grill (first floor of the Oceana office building). More details to follow!

March 12, Saturday, 12:00 pm. VC & AF Vegetarian Cuisine and Ecological Art fair at the Tijuana Food Garden, Boulevard Rodolfo Sanchez Tobada, #10650.  A pet friendly event. Information: email:; phone: 664-634-3527. Spaces still available for restaurants that have vegetarian or vegan items on the menu, or for artists and other vendors who use organic or recycled materials.

March 16. Wednesday. USBC Restaurant Tour at Lighthouse bar and restaurant in La Mision, with a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for  St. Patrick’s Day. Erin go Bragh!

March 17, Thursday, Festival de Playas Tijuana at 3:00 pm. Bands include rock, reggae, pop, norteno, banda and more. Also local dance groups.

March 17. Thursday. 2 to 5pm. Cruz Roja Rosarito Member Appreciation & Community Social Mixer.

March 17. Thursday. 3pm. Festival de Playas de Tijuana 2016. To participate as a band or a dance group, or for more information, contact

March 19. Saturday. 8am. Beach Cleanup XXXI — various beaches all along the coast. Come by yourself, or form a team from work, church, school, clubs, neighbors, etc. Even if you can only come for an hour, we can use your help. If you can not walk in the sand, we can use your help at the registration table. Where to go coming later.

March 19. Saturday. 2pm. Ensenada Beer Festival. Advance Tickets $250 pesos. At the event $300. Includes entry, commemorative glass, and two samples

March 24, Thursday, 5:00 pm. Wateke Baja Sand Business Networking and Social, at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Appetizers and complimentary beverage 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Live entertainment. This event is not just for business owners. Come meet local movers and shakers.  Victor Loza at

March 26. Saturday. BajaPalooza Birthday Bash at the Lighthouse Sports Bar Help George celebrate another birthday before he runs out of them. Incredible line-up of live music, with some of the best local bands.

April 2. Saturday. 1 to 5pm. Uncorked: San Diego Wine Festival. Inaugural event at the Embarcadero Marina Park North. Over 50 wineries, gourmet food trucks, live music and a fun atmosphere. VIP admission ($65) is at 1pm, General admission ($55) is at 2pm. Both include all wine tastings with food sold separately.

April 6. Wednesday. Spring Luncheon for Flying Samaritans. Time and location TBD.

April 21. Thursday. 5pm. Second Wateke (Fiesta) for Baja Sand 2016 at Paradise Cove.

April 23. Saturday. Classy Bag Affair at Bajamar Golf Resort. Fundraiser for Baja Scholarship Foundation. Time TBA.

.April 28 to May 1. Thursday to Sunday. Guided tour to the Tequila Heartland, in Jalisco. $550 USD

April 29 to 30. Friday to Saturday. First annual fund-raising concert to support local orphanages in northwest Baja. Stay tuned for more information soon.PP / DO until Dec 1, 2016, after that $785 USD PP / DO

April 29 to 30. Friday to Saturday. First Annual Hip-Hop Woodstock, a fund-raising concert to support local orphanages in northwest Baja. Stay tuned for more information soon.

May 1. Sunday. 11am to 4pm. Cruz Roja Rosarito Art & Flower & a Little Bit of Sparkle Show. Location TBD.

May 7, 2016. Saturday. 10 am. Rosarito to Ensenada 50 mile Bike Ride.

May 11. Wednesday. 2pm. Friends of the Library Annual Meeting at IMAC public library, one block behind BanaMex, next to Rodriguez Park.

May 20 to 22. Friday to Sunday. Rosarito Theater Guild presents “The Nerd”

May 25. Wednesday. 5pm. Third Wateke (Fiesta) for Baja Sand 2016. Location TBD.

May 27 to 29. Friday to Sunday. Rosarito Theater Guild presents “The Nerd”

May 28 and 29, Saturday and Sunday, Rosarito Art Fest at the Hotel Festival Plaza on Benito Juarez Boulevard.

Memorial Day Weekend. The Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival will be shutting down traffic in the streets again this year. Stay tuned for information about entertainment line-ups and schedules.

June 3. Friday. Susanna’s Pairing Luncheon for Baja Scholarship Foundation at Susanna’s Restaurant in Rosarito Beach. $40 USD prepaid only; includes pairing, tax, tip and one door prize ticket. Help us support our 48 incredible students.

June 25 to 26. Saturday to Sunday. International Beach Volleyball Tournament — Papas and Beer

July 3. Sunday. Annual July 4 BBQ and fireworks show, presented by the Flying Samaritans. Food, music, annual fundraiser.

July 4. Monday. 5 to 11pm. Campo Rene 4th Annual 4th of July Extravaganza.More later.\

August 19 to 21. Friday to Sunday. Baja Blues Fest at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Friday night professional jam by arriving artists in Salon Mexicana. Saturday full line-up on main stage. Sunday afternoon open jam by performers and local artists. A fundraiser for local charities. Stay tuned for more/

August 26 to 28. Friday to Sunday. Baja Sand 2016 at Rosarito Beach Hotel, on the beach, just north of the pier. Sand sculpture with international samd artists coming. Dinner and show outdoors, two days of music, dance, art exhibits and food, and of course, the completed sand sculptures. Takes them up to two weeks to build each piece. Free

August 31. Wednesday. 6pm. Sabor de Baja. All-white attire requested for the beachfront gardens of the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Pairings of some of the best local chefs with great wines from the Valle de Guadalupe.

September 4. Sunday. Fandango in La Mision, for the benefit of BECA.

October 1. Saturday. Fundraising event for Baja California Spay and Neuter Foundation.

October 12 to 15. Wednesday to Sunday. 7th Annual Int’l Mariachi y Ballet Folklorico Festival at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Three days of workshops for voice, instruments and dance, followed by concerts on Friday on Saturday nights. Press conference, hall of fame ceremony and cocktails with the stars on Thursday, and Mariachi Mass on Sunday. Family-friendly event. Tickets prices available for all budgets.

October 16. Sunday. Cruz Roja Soup’s On

October 28. Friday. Susanna’s Pairing Luncheon at Susanna’s Restaurant in Rosarito Beach, for the benefit of Baja Scholarship Foundation. $40 USD prepaid only.

December 2. Friday. Susanna’s pairing luncheon at Susanna’s Restaurant in Rosarito Beach, benefit of Baja Scholarship Foundation. $40 USD prepaid only;

December 3. Saturday. USBC Holiday Ball at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.

December 7. Wednesday. Flying Samaritans Luncheon/White Elephant Gift Exchange at Las Rocas.

December 9 to December 10. Friday to Saturday. Cruz Roja Rosarito Thrift Store: Annual Christmas Sale, 9am-5pm

December 10. Saturday. Holiday Home Tour