Rosarito Calendar of Events

March 21, 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 Monday, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Beginning Spanish at Club Marena clubhouse, taught by Susana Schinkel. $6 donation.

Every Monday, 10:45 am, duplicate bridge at the Baja Gold Bridge Club, KM 42 on Tijuana Ensenada Libre at the Rosarito Beach Christian Church.

Every Monday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Advanced Spanish reading/comprehension class at Club Marena clubhouse, taught by Susana Schinkel. $6 donation.

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 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Intermediate Spanish class at Club Marena clubhouse, taught by Susana Schinkel. $6 donation.

Every Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Intermediate Spanish Conversation class at Club Marena clubhouse, taught by Susana Schinkel. $6 donation.

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 Published and unpublished writers welcome!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 Published and unpublished writers welcome!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. 10 am. 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.

Saturdays in Tijuana – 12:30 pm, Free walking tours of downtown Tijuana. Meet under the clock monument on Avenida Revolucion. Wear comfy shoes and clothing. Pay attention to the weather forecast for the area. Bring fluids. Estimated walking time is 90 minutes.

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.

March 21. Monday. Benny Juarez Birthday, official Mexican holiday. Schools, banks, government offices and many businesses will be closed.

March 22. Tuesday. 12-3pm. Ladies Let’s Lunch at Navio Tijuana. Wine pairing lunch at the top seafood restaurant in Tijuana, “Navio” Tuesday March 22nd at 12:00pm. $35 includes 4 course Lunch / Wine Pairing / Tip /  Tax. Carpool from  Mi Casa Supper Club at 11am

March 24, Thursday, 5:00 pm - 6 pm. Wateke Baja Networking and Social evening of fun at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Appetizers and one complimentary beverage. Live entertainment.   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 9, Saturday, noon, Chicken BBQ  for the kids of Rancho de Los Ninos at the home of Les and Marilyn Widd in Plaza del Mar. Fundraiser for the Hearts of Baja Children’s Homes Network. Donations accepted for bags of chicken needed for the home.  Marilyn Widd at or online at Hearts of Baja Childrens Homes Network.


April 16, Saturday, noon, First Annual Paella Competition at Rancho Montes in Mision Santo Domingo, San Quintin. Bring all equipment and fixings for 50 servings of paella. Each four-person (maximum) team will be provided with a 3 x 3 meter tent and two, (count ‘em, two), chairs. A panel of five will judge paella on color, flavor, presentation, and texture (How many textures are there? It’s a buncha rice), the decoration of your space, and team outfits. Trophies for the top three teams. Pre-event tickets are 200 pesos (about $11.50 US).  Dante Huerta at

April 16. Saturday. 930am. Valle de Guadalupe Wine + Food Daycation.  Spend the day with oving supper club in Mexico’s wine country tasting Baja California wines + dinning in an outdoor restaurant with vineyard views. Includes: Visits and tastings at 3 boutique wineries + A Valle de Guadalupe style meal at Finca Altozano + Mezcal service onboard + RT transportation from the TJ/SD border + host


April 18 to May 1. Hip-Hop Woodstock — Iggy’s and Bombay. Stay tuned for more information on this event which will help to raise funds for local orphanages.

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

April 21 and 22, Thursday and Friday, 7:00 pm and April 23 and 24, Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm. The Rosarito Theatre Guild presents An Evening with Patsy Cline at the Historic Cines Rio Theatre, Benito Juarez Blvd. #76. Tickets: $25. email:, or 664-609-3451.

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

April 23, Saturday, 10:30 am, Classy Bag Affair benefiting the Baja Scholarship Foundation at Dos Lagos Restaurant in Bajamar, KM 77.5 off the toll road. 10:30 am, Champagne greeting; silent auction 10:30 – 12:30; luncheon buffet at noon; 1:00 live auction starts. $45 per person, pre-payment only!; or donate using PayPal at

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

April 24. Saturday. 5pm. Bonnie Kilroe Meet & Greet for Rosarito Theater Guild Angels.


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 30. Saturday. Fiesta Del Mar. Rosarito Beach will team up with Imperial Beach in San Diego to celebrate the strong ties between the two coastal communities. Pet-friendly family event. Food, art, music and entertainment. By the Imperial Beach pier. Free/

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 6. Friday. 11am to 4pm. Cruz Roja Rosarito Art & Flower & a Little Bit of Sparkle Show, at Popotla Restaurant and Bar.May 7, 2016. Saturday. 10 am. Rosarito to Ensenada 50 mile Bike Ride.

May 7. Saturday. 11am to 4pm. Cruz Roja Rosarito Art & Flower & a Little Bit of Sparkle Show. Location TBD.

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

May 11, Wednesday, 9:30 am, Friends of the Library general meeting, board election, and breakfast at Popotla Restaurant, KM 34 on the free road.  Breakfast free to members. Not a member? Sign up today online or at the general meeting.,

May 14. Saturday. Fundraiser Concert for Club de Ninos y Ninas de Rosarito — Rosarito Beach Hotel.

May 19 – 22, Thursday to Sunday, the Baja California Furniture Show at the Baja California Convention Center off the toll road in north Rosarito. Free. See the best examples of Mexican hand-crafted furniture from Jalisco and Baja. or; phone: 01-800-087-2326; email:

May 20, Friday, 9:00 am. Dog Beach Run at the Rosarito Beach hotel pier. Two races: 100-meter race for large breed dogs, and 50-meter race for the little guys. Each dog must have a collar and leash, and be accompanied by a handler 13 years of age or older. Registration $3.00  at participating vets, or online at, or come one hour early for on-site registration. Certificates to all, and prizes to the winners.

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

May 22. Sunday. 9am. Run with your Dog on the Beach. Come to the pier with your dog, and meet other dogs and dog-lovers.

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 to 29. Saturday to Sunday. La Mision Anniversary Community Party.

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 4, Saturday, Hidden Gardens of Rosarito tour, presented by the Friends of the Library. More details to come. Save the date.

June 10 – 12, Friday – Sunday, Baja Sand Playa Fest at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. A pre-event to the annual Baja Sand Festival. Food, entertainment, prizes. For information and entry info, email

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

July 2, Saturday, afternoon-evening; Fourth of July celebration at Campo Rene’s (behind new Rene’s spiffy casino, formerly the run down Rene’s bar. KM 28 on free road) to benefit the Cruz Roja Rosarito hospital and ambulance service. More info to follow.

July 2, Saturday, 7:00 pm concert featuring the Beatles and The Rolling Stones cover bands to benefit DIF Rosarito. Are you team Beatles or Team Stones? Tickets available at Roma pharmacies. 661-612-6077 or 661-612-6082. Venue to be announced.

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.

July 29 – 31, Friday – Sunday, Papas and Beer Anniversary Party at Papas and Beer, Rosarito Beach (behind  El Nido Restaurant). 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 6. Saturday. Traditional La Salina Cantina Chilli Cook Off. $20 entrance fee. Info: (646) 155-8179

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.

September 23 – 35, Friday through Saturday, Playas de Rosarito Sister Cities International Convention and Conference at the Puerto Nuevo Hotel  in Puerto Nuevo. Workshops, social gatherings, and more. Meet delegates from Rosarito’s Sister Cities around the world. Information:; email:; phone: 661-614-9600, extension 1080.

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