Though there’s plenty of live music, artisanal crafts and dance, Los Cabos’ reputation as a great destination for art and culture is largely due to the long-running Art Walk in San José del Cabo. The event has become another quintessential Los Cabos experience — social, cultural and very popular with artists, locals and visitors. More than a dozen galleries participate, among them Patricia Mendoza Art Gallery, La Sacristía Art & History, El Armario and Muvezi Fine African Art. Another standout is Galería de Ida Victoria, a three-level space that houses original works from local and international artists. The gallery has its own custom frame shop and has welcomed works from the likes of Andrés García Peña, Ezra Katz and Eduardo Mejorada.
But you’ll find art beyond San José del Cabo. Pez Gordo Galería in The Shoppes at Palmilla represents more than 40 artists based in Los Cabos, Mexico and South America. Authentic artisan-made pieces like Talavera pottery and Majólica ceramics are available in several shops in Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, too.
There are other artistic endeavors taking place throughout the year as well — the East Cape Arts annual festival in late winter, for instance. Celebrating its 24th year in 2017, this popular festival draws crowds interested in visiting with local artists displaying and selling their work. It’s come a long way from its beginnings as a simple gathering meant to give local artists an opportunity to showcase their work while raising money for local school programs. Now, thousands attend the daylong event, where live music and plenty of food are also part of the experience.The funds support the local arts association’s community activities.
Many other cultural happenings take place year-round, including music festivals and holiday celebrations. Among these is the Day of the Dead, which takes place November 2 and is celebrated by paying respects to the departed with embellished altars. Los Cabos, like the rest of the country, also worships the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico. Historic Plaza Mijares in San José del Cabo is the site of many religious festivities and gatherings throughout the year — including the Festival de San José del Cabo. The Cabo San Lucas Cultural Pavilion of the Republic also hosts events and performances regularly.
For more on the history of the region, the Museo de Historia Natural in Cabo San Lucas gives visitors a primer on the area’s native Pericú people, while showcasing fossils and archaeological finds.