An Outdoor Cultural Arena on the Marina
New Circuito Cultural Brings Weekly Arts Showcase to the Cabo San Lucas Marina
San Jose’s historic and gallery-rich Distrito del Arte has long been a mecca for visiting art lovers, most notably during the neighborhood’s seasonal Thursday evening Art Walk. And the coastal pueblo mágico of Todos Santos, of course, has been an artist’s colony of repute for more than half a century. Arts and crafts galleries throng the downtown district, and each February the town hosts an acclaimed arts festival and open studios tour. In recent months, Todos Santos has even started its own version of Art Walk, held on the first Friday of every month.
Cabo San Lucas, meanwhile, has traditionally absented itself from a prominent role on the local cultural circuit, seemingly content with its role as world-class big-game sportfishing destination and Baja’s nightlife capital. That long-held status is changing, however, thanks to the introduction of a weekly…wait for it….Circuito Cultural (Cultural Circuit) on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. The first edition of what is expected to be a permanent Saturday fixture on the marina’s seaside boardwalk premiered January 17, 2015, complete with arts exhibitions and workshops, food and beverage tastings, and live entertainment courtesy of locals dancers and musicians.
The newly launched event – as of this writing, there have been two Saturday celebrations – is intended to provide a “forum for culture in all its expressions,” according to Los Cabos’ Municipal Director of Culture, Blanca Azucena Hernández Castro. Early evidence suggests the definition of culture extends to both local and national expressions. The first two editions of the Circuito Cultural have served as a profile-raising showcase for local artists and entertainers, but have also featured broad representations of Mexican character and culture, including singers belting out ranchera ballads near the Wyndham Cabo San Lucas Resort, and colorful parrots perched outside the Puerto Paraíso shopping mall.
Although in its early stages and still subject to tweaks and improvements, the Cabo San Lucas Circuito Cultural looks to be an excellent long-term complement to cultural events in San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos. It’s a group effort between the local government and area entrepreneurs and civic organizations, and is scheduled to take place each Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. The Cabo San Lucas Marina will continue to be the primary location, but other local sites of historical or cultural significance are also expected to be utilized, including Plaza Amelia Wilkes (the town square), Pabellón Cultural de La República Los Cabos (the Cultural Pavilion), and the Casa de la Cultura (Cultural Center).
Each week, close to three dozen artists will exhibit their paintings, sculpture and photographs at the Circuito Cultural, with booths lined along the marina boardwalk, from the cruise ship terminal to the Marina Golden Zone. The event will also offer cultural workshops for children in reading and artistic disciplines; dedicated wine and tequila tasting stations; special menu tastings from participating restaurants; and live entertainment – including music, theater, dance and poetry – performed on and around stages near Puerto Paraíso and the marlin statue in front of the Cultural Pavilion.
The weekly event is open to the public and free of charge, with exhibitions available from noon, workshops from 5 – 7 p.m., and tastings and live entertainment from 7 – 11 p.m. For keys to the location of specific artists, workshops, tasting stations and entertainment sites, check the updated maps posted weekly on the Circuito Cultural Facebook page.