Deal: Where to see Death Cab for Cutie and the Jayhawks for free

Todos Santos Music Festival

Drive-By Truckers perform at Todos Santos Music Festival in Todos Santos, Mexico.

(Vivian Johnson / Todos Santos Music Festival)

For the fifth year in a row, the town of Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico, will present a music festival in January that’s pretty much open to all. Think of as a mini Coachella, with a $3 entrance fee.

Next year, the final concert on the Town Plaza featuring alt rockers Death Cab for Cutie, the Jayhawks, musician-songwriter Chuck Prophet and others will be free.

The deal: The first thing you need to know is that the Todos Santos Music Festival debuted in 2012 as a way for musicians to come together and help local charities. It became particularly relevant after Hurricane Odile caused extensive damage in the area in 2014.

The festival was founded by Peter Buck of REM. Last year, the festival raised more than $60,000 for the education nonprofit organization Palapa Society of Todos Santos.


Todos Santos Music Festival

The crowds at the outdoor concerts in Todos Santos, Mexico. 

(Vivian Johnson / Todos Santos Music Festival)

The next thing you need to know is that the festival’s website will tell you that reserved tickets to all the concerts are sold out, and that’s true. But every concert also let’s in folks who want to stand and watch -- for a whopping $3, or 50 pesos -- on a first come, first served basis.

When: The festival runs Jan. 14 to 16 and Jan. 20 to 23.

Details: For those who need a post-holiday getaway, the Todos Santos fest is a great excuse to unwind and catch some great concerts. Rock, alt-rock and Latin music are all part of the lineup. Dream Syndicate bandleader Steve Wynn, and Wilco members Jeff Tweedy, Pat Sansone and John Stirratt also are on the lineup.


Todos Santos is on the west coast of the Baja Peninsula, about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas at the tip. Visitors generally fly to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) at San Jose del Cabo; here are some hotels and activities in the area.

Info: Todos Santos Music Festival


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