By Shandra Keesecker-Rivero
The Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau reports an ever increasing number of visitors graced the beaches of Puerto Peñasco this summer. Indeed, from late June through mid-August, visitors from across Mexico and the US spilled out onto city beaches, bounced across the waves, graced the air via parasail or an ultralight, took advantage of the new Hermosillo – Puerto Peñasco – Las Vegas flight, and explored the recently named World Heritage Site of the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve. It was quite a summer!
Here we are again, welcoming back amigos as the humidity of August subsides into Mexico’s patriotic month of September. We anticipate a busy Fall calendar of activities in Puerto Peñasco! Let’s dive into our first “post-summer” Rocky Point Weekend Rundown – and start planning for what’s to come in our seaside port! Welcome back! Around town, watch for roadwork along Calle 13 as well as out toward the new Convention Center.
Labor Day weekend
Golf! Laguna del Mar invites everyone to tee off this Labor Day at the inviting cost of $35 US but be sure to mention you saw this on RockyPoint 360! Reserve your tee-time at 383 0032 (Walk-ins limited)
Looking for more golf? Greens stretch out along Puerto Peñasco’s three golf-courses: Laguna del Mar, The Links at Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort, and Peninsula de Cortés at Mayan Palace.
Art! The arts have continued to burst across Puerto Peñasco throughout the summer! Independent and International art films are now being shown every Tuesday evening at the cozy, new Puerto Viejo Tostadores Café in the Old Port (across from Thrifty…down from Blue Marlin) (Always with subtitles in Spanish / some films in English). With a new mural gracing the wall above the café, it seems like Puerto Viejo Café is an up and coming hip spot for coffee…and just down the street from another new spot YoFrut. Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 7 p.m., the Puerto Viejo Café will be hosting a photography exhibition of Hermosillo architect and photographer Aarón Gonzalez Martinez.
Aug. 28th & 29th: Wine Tasting! CAVAMACIEL Another welcome addition that popped up sometime early in the summer is the El Tapeo Wine Bar & Tapas spot at Laos Mar Hotel. Offering wines from Baja California almost exclusively, El Tapeo owner Laura Palacio hopes to offer ongoing wine tasting presentations with wineries from nearby Baja California Norte. Information: 638-380-5017
Mermaid’s Arts Market! Aug. 31! Sonoran Spa Lobby. We look forward to the return of numerous local artists and their artwork to go on display through the much anticipated Fall arts markets, though this Labor Day weekend you can get a taste of this artistry with a day at the Mermaid’s Market within the cool confines of the lobby at Sonoran Spa.
Auction by Casa Turquesa Aug. 31 – This eclectic consignment shop in town has joined with Plaza Misión del Mar for an evening auction of creative designs and fun. Two auction times: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Plaza Misión del Mar (near the traffic circle to Las Conchas)
Music! Aug. 31st – Manny’s (yeah, that’s right… MANNY’S), along with One Love productions, is hosting a Labor Day concert of reggae and good times right on the beach in the Mirador. This all ages beach party gets started around 6 pm.
September 15th – EL GRITO! VIVA MEXICO!! Look for fiestas celebrating Mexican Independence Day and specials at local beach resorts and restaurants! Plus, the official “Independence Grito” will take place at City Hall on the evening of the 15th VIVA! Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16th. Keep in mind, Monday, September 16th is a bank holiday!
September is also fotoSeptiembre throughout Mexico, celebrating photographers and their work! September 18th – 30th: Socorro Gonzalez Bajaras Photo exhibition at the Superior Technological Institute Inauguration Sept. 18th 7 p.m. ITSPP
Planning for Fall
October*con calma…always subject to change
4th – Mark Mulligan in concert for one night only at the Caribbean Parrot
5th – JJ’s One Club Open in Cholla Bay
6th – Pelicanos Cycling Club 5th Anniversary Race
8th – Unveiling of contestant work in the Altered Ropa contest (at the Uncommon Women on Common Ground gathering)
11th – 13th Angler of the Year – Phase III – JJ’s Cantina
12th – InSANDity Beach Obstacle Course with some proceeds going to local DIF
12th – 13th AZ Multihull Fleet 24 & Tucson catamaran Rocky Point Challenge
18th – 20th Rocky Point Times El Golfo Run – Reservations needed – Contact Rocky Point Times for specific information email@example.com
26th – OTL Softball on the sands near the Reef. Contact John Fowler of the Santa Claus club for details and to register. 602-840-1528
2nd – OuttaTownProductions and Hard Driven present Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed beach volleyball tournament providing fours and twos for all levels! Plus, they’ll be hosting a Day of the Dead DANCE PARTY at Playa Bonita, open to all!
4th – Fall Fashion Show – featuring winners from the Altered Ropa clothing challenge!
9th – Funkalicious Volleyball hits the beaches of Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort
20th Mexican Day of the Revolution (Monday, Nov. 18th is a bank holiday)
Day after Thanksgiving – It’s the Nancy Springer Art in the Park in Las Conchas!!
There’s a lot coming up this Fall in Rocky Point, so let’s get started!
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