Festival de Artes

Presented by CanDoo Rentals - A Must do Tradition of the Baja Sur

BY CHRISTINE COURTRIGHT

In the once sleepy village of Los Barriles, you will find a gathering of many of the Baja Sur full and part-time residents as they make their way to Hotel Palmas de Cortez for the 27th Annual Festival de Artes, presented by CanDoo Rentals. 

Always held the third Sunday of March, this year’s event is being held on March 15 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Come and enjoy the sunshine, the vendors, the traditional entertainment, the food and our second to none beverage garden!

Last year we returned to the method of our glory days of the early festival by bringing in higher caliber of artists and reaching out to newer artists with varied mediums. Artists must produce 90 percent of their own pieces which ensures you get one of a kind and original designs. We have added an adventure category of vendors that we hope to appeal to a wider variety of our active and experience-driven guests – ie: retired earlier forever young residents! We are refining and expanding our food vendors and bringing back our favorites like San Antonio Gourmet burgers, Palmas Carne Asada Taco Stand, La Casita Restaurant, Sausage Ladies and their delicious brats and bringing in some new vendors with a wider variety of tasty things to eat. You can hear the ice crackling on the beverages in our bar hosted by Hotel Palmas de Cortez and Asociación de Artes! 

We will return with our fantastic traditional folkloric Mexican entertainment featuring several of our local area school kids, along with dancers from a variety of cultural dance troupes located here in Baja Sur, and music from some of our musically talented residents! You can go to our web site and see the photos of our entertainers and you will understand we mean fantastic when we say fantastic! We have tightened up our grounds to leave more parking space and have brought in more tables, chairs and shade, to make the experience for our guests more memorable.  

There will be plenty of seats in our ‘beer garden’, which is situated right by our dance stage, and in the center of all the activity and vendor booths.  You can browse through the booths, shop, eat and drink, enjoy the entertainment, and finishing browsing the booths!  Just come early and get your table so you can have breakfast and then later, have lunch all while enjoying the sights and sounds of the event. We will meet the 5 “S’s” with sights, sounds, smells, selection and shopping!  

Our guests have also come to enjoy our raffle and silent auction area – a definite must-see area, conveniently located right next to the beer garden and the entertainment stage. This is the most important area to the Asociación de Artes as this is the major fundraiser that allows us to continue our mission as we support the children of the East Cape area.

We will have a variety of great items that you want and need to have. We have golf packages, fishing trips, original art, hotel stays in a variety of towns in BCS, spa packages, jewelry, shopping opportunities and dinner packages – for a start. You can also purchase a raffle ticket for your chance of winning one of our ‘packed full of great stuff’ packages!

All these things you are going to buy anyway, so why not buy them from us and help the kids! Watch the Festival de Artes page for the listing of some of the things in our baskets and our silent auction.

Asociación de Artes works hard to help improve the educational experience and lives of the youth here in the East Cape. We provide school supplies, everything from pencils, paper to glue, and have additionally branched into ceiling fans and library books. 

Our mission has gone from the basic supplies to improving the entire school experience of students here in East Cape. We also support sports programs, and the summer school program- Cursos de Veranos here in Los Barriles. We are not only concerned about education but keeping the kids fit and busy! Festival de Artes and our raffle and silent auction are what helps us further our reach and assistance.

For more information and complete details on this free event that offers free parking, go to www.eastcapearts.com – and go to the Festival de Artes page and keep up with all the details!  Questions?  Email: eastcapearts@gmail.com