arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up play-button plus tab-indicator dots close menu search facebook google-plus instagram pinterest rss twitter youtube rss-two heart Check FeaturedBadge linkedin minus apps placeholder linkedin

Baja California’s Arts & Culture

Vibrant, colorful and through-provoking curations await you

There is certainly no shortage of arts and culture in Baja California. The many museums, sporting events, festivals and dance performances, as well as the numerous markets selling traditional goods and restaurants serving up authentic food, make it impossible not to become quickly immersed in Mexican culture.

The Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) offers a look at Mexico's contemporary culture, colorful history and unique forms of artistic expression. It features an IMAX Dome, performing arts theatre, botanical garden, museum, children's area, restaurant and shopping arcade. Conveniently located less than a mile from the San Diego border, the Tijuana Cultural Center is a striking landmark on the city skyline with its globular Omnimax Theatre and surrounding buildings. English signage and bilingual guides make the Tijuana Cultural Center especially welcoming to international visitors.

The rich and colorful culture of Tijuana can also be discovered on Avandia Revolucion, the city's bustling main thoroughfare, where shopping and dining opportunities abound, including Mercado Hidalgo where local vendors sell everything from Mexican candy to food, and homeopathic remedies to piñatas.

These traditional and festive outdoor bazaars and plazas also often feature performances by Mexican Folklorico Dancers who delight crowds with beautiful music and entertainment. Ballet folklórico combines elements of Mexican culture, history, folklore, and religion set by various rhythms and embodied by certain movements. Dance topics vary from region to region but can include interpretations of events such as the Mexican Revolution. Every October, the Rosarito Beach Hotel hosts an annual Mariachi & Folklórico Festival where spectators can enjoy fantastic dance and music.

Tijuana has also long been a destination for those who enjoy watching the historical and cultural sport of bullfighting. Guests can also experience greyhound racing or attend a soccer match featuring Tijuana's professional team: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, widely referred to as Xolos.

The region’s food is certainly another important element of Mexican culture. Throughout the year, many gastronomic festivals occur throughout the region where attendees can savor and learn about Baja’s traditional cuisine, such as lobster á la Puerto Nuevo, the Ensenada Paella and fish taquitos. Mexico’s wine country region, the Valle de Guadalupe, is another important historical and cultural area in Baja, as it is one of the continent’s oldest wine-producing regions.

Find a place to stay

Book online or call 1-800-350-6205 to speak with a local expert

Related Articles and Features

Deals just for you

Activity

San Diego Zoo Experience

Comfort Inn & Suites Zoo SeaWorld Area
Valid: Jan 1 - Jan 31, 2021

Add a fun experience to your stay when you book this package. Includes 2 general admission tickets to the San Diego Zoo, plus hotel parking during your stay and a welcome bag. Additional tickets can...

Accommodation

Good Neighbor Rate

Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego
Valid: Jan 12 - ongoing

California and neighboring states residents, plan your exclusive getaway in San Diego. 15% off our Best Flexible Rate Waived Guest Amenities Fee ($25 value per night) Complimentary upgrade based on...

Accommodation

Crusin to the Weekend Package

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
Valid: Sep 28, 2020 - ongoing

Special rates and amenities for Weekday stays at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. Book our Crusin to the Weekend Package and enjoy a 1 night stay, 50% off valet parking, free guest room wi-fi...

Events to check out

Event

Museum Month

San Diego Museum Council
Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2021

San Diego area residents and visitors are in for a special treat in February! Pick up your Museum Month discount pass at participating libraries or when you stay at a Hilton to enjoy 50% off the...

Event

RelayPlay Personalized Experiences

RelayPlay
Jan 5 - ongoing

Finding “things to do” is tough and sorting through a thousand events can be maddening! Every week our local experts personalize your TOP FIVE can’t miss Weekend...

Event

PRIVATE CUSTOMIZABLE ICONIC CITY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

San Diego Photography Tours
Nov 4, 2020 - ongoing

Journey with award winning tour guide Julie around San Diego’s cultural and historic sites—on a private tour of fun and informative must-see sightseeing hotspots. OLD TOWN: ...

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.

Sign Up

Visitor planning guide

For the ultimate guide to planning your San Diego vacation, view and download the San Diego Visitor Planning Guide, packed with useful information that will help you plan the perfect San Diego getaway.

Read More

Partners

Explore

Plan

Stay

Follow Us

Language:

English | Change Language

Select your country or region

China FlagChinaGermany FlagGermanyGreat Britain FlagGreat BritainJapan FlagJapanMexico FlagMexicoKorea FlagKoreaSwitzerland FlagSwitzerlandBrazil FlagBrazilFrance FlagFranceAustralia FlagAustraliaCanada FlagCanada USA

Or use Google Translate

Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Croatian Czech Danish Deutsch Español Estonian Filipino Finnish Francais Galician Greek Haitian-Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Nederlands Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Swahili Swedish Telugu Thai Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish