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Todos Santos 2013 Art Festival Dates : February 13 - February 17

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2012 Schedule of Events

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This year, 2013, marks the 16th annual Todos Santos Art Festival. The Art Festival might not be exactly what you expect. The streets are not lined with artists and artisans selling their works and wares. Exotic food and drink are not found on every street corner. The Todos Santos Art Festival is as much about Mexican culture and performing arts as it is about paintings, drawings and sculptures.

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Todos Santos Art Fesitval - 2003

         
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dance
 
sidewalk perfomers
2009 - Outside The Church
 
2009 - Folkloric Dance
 
2009- Daytime Music

 

Funded primarily by the government, the Art Festival brings folk dancing, music and theatre performance to Todos Santos. Guest speakers come to host conferences (including video) concerned with turtle conservation, fragile environments, fighting drug addiction and domestic violence, family relations, poetry appreciation, and Baja history. There are workshops teaching latin music and folk dancing. There are recitals featuring piano and poetry. Not your average art festival.

         
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teatro
 
inside theater
Folkloric Dance 2006
 
Teatro Marquez de Leon 2006
 
Inside Teatro

Typically, the festival is held at the end of January or the beginning of February. Beginning on a Saturday and ending the following Saturday, the festival's opening weekend includes art and drawing displays in the main plaza. All week long in the "Profesor Néstor Agúndez" Cultural Center, there is an art and drawing and regional crafts exhibition. Mexican folk dancing is featured opening weekend in the afternoons and in the evenings there is usually a music or dance show in the plaza.

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Art Festival 2000

The final Saturday usually includes a public dance to a popular live band in the plaza. Many local art galleries also have special exhibits or shows to coincide with the occurrence of the annual Todos Santos Art Festival.

         
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dance
 
sidewalk perfomers
Guitar Shopping 2003
 
Food Offerings 2006
 
Impromtu Sidewalk Performance 2003

If you are thinking of visiting Todos Santos during the art festival, you should secure your accommodations early as late January and February are some of the most popular times for visitors to come to town. It can sometimes be difficult to find rentals or hotel rooms.

         
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dance
 
sidewalk perfomers
Folkloric Dance 2004
 
Polynesian Dance 2004
 
Folkloric Dance 2006

The hard work of organizing the festival is being done by many supporting community groups and individuals with the single goal of making each Todos Santos Art Festival one of the best ever held in Todos Santos. So come to Todos Santos and celebrate the beauty and richness of the Mexican Culture with us.

Todos Santos is located on the Tropic of Cancer in the southern portion of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico just one hour
north of Cabo San Lucas and one hour south of La Paz. Long known as a cultural, artistic and agricultural center, the
town is a desert oasis, 1 kilometer from the Pacific Ocean at the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna mountains. Since
the mid 1980's, the area has become a tourist / retirement destination and home to numerous art galleries, artists,
fine restaurants, elegant hotels, unique vacation rentals and local festivals.

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