by Justine Schock, your guide to the Cabo Social Scene
Along with the busy season comes many of Cabo’s most extravagant events!
LOS CABOS FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT PARTY
The Los Cabos International Film Festival started with a bang at Esperanza, an Auberge resort, on Wednesday November 8. VIP guests dined from a variety of elaborate gourmet food stations scattered around the Esperanza pool including made to order pasta, mouthwatering sliders, wood fired pizza, fish n’ chips served from an upcycled VW bus, a guacamole station, tacos and more. Guests partied late into the night with an assortment of unlimited wine, tequila and spirits. There was even a cigar rolling station for cigar aficionados. Notables in attendance included Club of Crows star Luis Gerardo Méndez, Mexican film director and producer Michel Franco, and actor and singer-songwriter Christopher von Uckermann, just to name a few. This event will definitely be at the top of my list next year! @EsperanzaResort
LOS CABOS FILM FESTIVAL RED CARPET & GALAS
The Film Festival also brought four days of galas from November 8-11, which celebrated the films Battle of the Sexes, Downsizing, Molly’s Game, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Fans and press lined both sides of the red carpet to watch celebs arrive and graciously take photos and sign autographs for admirers. Some of the noteworthy celebrities included Once Upon a Time star Jennifer Morrison, actor and telenovela star Christian Chavez, Cuban actor Alberto Guerra, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Mexican singer and actress Camila Sodi, renowned Mexican jewelry designer Daniel Espinosa, Miss Baja California Sur 2017 Valeria Verdugo, actress and producer Sonia Franco, fitness expert Pepe Urueta, and American screenwriter and film director Paul Schrader who was honored with a special Film Festival tribute this year. Closing night concluded with Australian actress Nicole Kidman receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by a speech in which she expressed her appreciation to the film community. @CabosFilmFestival
DAY OF THE DEAD / HALLOWEEN
Cabo loves a good party, so when Halloween falls on a weekday, you can be sure there will be two full days of festivities. This year Halloween was on Tuesday, but as most locals will tell you, Saturday is usually the best night to go out in downtown Cabo. Wild Cabo tours hosted two Halloween sunset cruises on Cabo Escape and the Buccaneer Queen, and Amber’s Market/Mint Jungle held a spooky costume contest to celebrate their first anniversary later Saturday night. Tuesday brought many more costume contests with large cash prizes while crowds of local children filled the streets screaming “Feliz Halloween” to anyone with candy. Day of the Dead was celebrated the following day with some of the most elaborate altars in town displayed at Luxury Avenue in Plaza Puerto Paraiso. @CaboEscapeTours @BuccaneerQueen @LuxuryAvenue
J BALVIN LIVE AT EL SQUID ROE
Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin made a stop in Cabo as part of his Energia World Tour on Thursday November 2 at El Squid Roe. With more than 20 million social media followers, a Latin Grammy Award and Latin Album of the Year from iHeartRadio Music Awards, this global music star has solidified his spot in the Latin music community. His songs can be heard nightly throughout most nightclubs in downtown Cabo. Balvin performed many fan favorites including ‘Ginza’, ‘6AM’, ‘Yo Te Lo Dije’, ‘Ay Vamos’, ‘Sorry Remix’, and ‘Bobo’ to a crowd of screaming locals and tourists. He closed the night with ‘Mi Gente’, the number one song in the world this summer according to Global Top 50 on Spotify, with a music video that has been seen more than one billion times. ‘Mi Gente’ was an fantastic finale performance complete with raining confetti, balloons, and CO2 cannons.
AFTER PARTY AT THE DRIP SPA
With the constant stream of parties this season, a few bad hangovers are likely to occur. And what do you do when you wake up feeling miserable and don’t want to waste one of your few precious vacation days lying in bed? I recommend calling the Drip Spa for IV drip therapy. I was able to try it out for myself after a few too many Halloween cocktails last month, and I must say the results were amazing! After about 40 minutes (time varies by person), my headache was gone, and I had a lot more energy. They even have an anti-nausea booster if you are feeling a little queasy. The Drip Spa has a licensed doctor and trained nurses on staff and is very clean and professional. If you don’t want to leave your hotel or villa, The Drip Spa will even come to you (for an additional fee). IV Therapy isn’t the only service they offer, you can also make an appointment for Botox, dermal fillers, cold laser therapy and more! @TheDripSpa