venues

Here’s how to find venues for events in La Paz For more information and maps, visit one of the tourism offices (see below). You can also download a map from the Baja Insider website at http://www.bajainsider.com/baja-maps/la-paz-map.htm.

AbraPalabra children’s library: This free library at Galería Galería is at Revolución 590, at the corner of Juarez. The Biblioteca Infantil Abrapalabra offers stories, crafts and other activities. For more information, contact Lucia Frausto at siritapa@yahoo.com or phone 612-1256973.

Alianza Francesa: The French cultural centre, called Centro Cultural Roger de Conynk, is the site of French classes, films, art exhibits, live performances of music, roundtable discussions and other special events. The centre is on Gomez Farias 525, between República and Guerrero. Phone number is 612-122-2888 or 612-122-1514. Website is http://www.alianzafrancesa.org.mx/La-Paz.

Allende Books of La Paz: This English-language bookstore also features gifts and artwork. It’s at Independencia #518, between Serdan and G. Prieto. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone number is (612)125 9114.

Anthropology museum: see listing under Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia de B.C.S.

Archivo Histórico Pablo L. Martínez: The public archives is at Unidad Cultural, next to Teatro de la Ciudad, Navarro and Héroes de Independencia. It’s the site of archival exhibits. Hours listed are Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bagel Shop y La Galería: The gallery is upstairs from the bagel shop at Belisario Dominguez between 5 de Mayo and Constitución. Phone: 12 55878. The upstairs gallery is also a meeting space, available to community groups. Wife-and-husband owners of the Bagel Shop y La Galería are Patty Del Valle and Fabrizio Rozas, who is also an artist and musician. You can read more about the Bagel Shop’s creators in the Features section of this website.

Baja Rock: The snack bar, which opened in 2014, features live rock music. It’s on Boulevard Constituyentes (a continuation of Mariano Abasolo, about a half-mile from the VW dealership) between Mar Mediterraneo and Puesta del Sol. The phone number is 612 124 2813.

Biblioteca Central Filemón C. Piñeda: The library is at Unidad Cultural Prof. Jesús Castro Agúndez, Navarro and Héroes de Independencia (near Teatro de la Ciudad). Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Telephone: 125-0369.

Biblioteca Leopoldo Ramos is on Álvarez Rico, between Jalisco and Colima. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cancha Manuel Gomez Jimenez: This sports facility is sometimes the site of events. It’s at Bravo between Aquiles Serdán and Guillermo Prieto.

Callejón Ignacio Bañuelos Cabezud: This is the small plaza on Obregón (the Malecón) across from the Muelle Fiscal with the watchtower. There are sometimes performances here. The centrepiece of the Callejón is a sculpture of three “seashell musicians.”

Casa del Artesano Sudcaliforniano: This cooperative sells regional arts and crafts in wood, shell, clay, weaving, cultured pearls and more. It’s open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on the Malecón and Bravo, next to the old skateboard park. Information: 128-8707.

Casa de la Cultura del Estado: This cultural centre is at 825 Madero between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-8pm and Saturday 9:30am to 2pm. It’s the site of concerts and many workshops.

Casa de Cultura Municipal: The cultural branch of the municipality of La Paz has moved to Calle Queretaro on the corner of Yucatan #1810. Hours, according to the website: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..  Phone number is 122-8784; Facebook page is CulturaLaPaz. E-mail address is culturaenlapaz@hotmail.com (updated January 2013)

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Paz: The cathedral is across the street from Jardín Velasco on Revolución between Independencia and Cinco de Mayo. In addition to its role as a Catholic church, it is the site of performances of classical and religious music.

Centro Cultural Esperanza Rodríguez A.C:  Independencia No. 107 B., between Belisario Dominguez and the Malecón (next to Las Varitas nightclub). For information, call 1229900.  Site of independent film series, workshops and art exhibits.

Centro Cultural La Paz: The old city hall on 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez has undergone a major renovation to become a venue for art exhibitions, theatre performances, films and other cultural events. Posted hours for Centro Cultural La Paz: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Phone number is (612) 122-0065. E-mail address is centroculturallapaz@live.com and Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/centro.c.lapaz?ref=ts&fref=ts.

Centro Cultural Roger de Conynk: See listing for Alianza Francesa.

Centro de Artes y Culturas Populares de Baja California Sur: This is the site of the old Casa de Gobierno del Territorio on Madero across from Jardín Velasco, between Independencia and 5 de Mayo. It is the site of changing arts and cultural exhibitions and other events.

Centro de Convenciones De Baja California Sur: La Paz’s new convention centre is on the highway to Pichilingue (Km 9). The centre has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Centro-De-Convenciones-De-Baja-California-Sur-En-La-Paz-BCS/358690804234135. (updated November 2015)

Centro de Convenciones y Expresión Cultural de Sudcalifornia (Centro de Convenciones del ISC): Location is Altamirano between Encinas and Legaspi, next to Teatro de la Ciudad. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone: 125-0486.

Centro de Seguridad Social IMSS La Paz: It’s a centre for workshops, classes and performances in its open-air theatre. It’s on Obregón at the corner of Héroes del 47, close to Breeze Mart (near the north end of the Malecón). Contact information: call 123-6700 or 123- 6715.

Centro Municipal de las Artes: Centro Municipal de las Artes: The municipal centre for the arts, which opened December 2014, is on Calle del Cobre at the corner of calle Hierro, Fraccionamiento El Dorado. Phone number is 1281612.

Centro Social Otro Mundo: It’s the site of workshops and events. Location is Calle Pera 176, between J. Mújica and Toronja.

CICIMAR: Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, the marine sciences institute, is near the beach at the foot of Av. Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Driving away from the city centre on Abasolo, turn right one block after Colosio (which at that intersection is also named Golfo de California). Information: 612-1234658.

Club Cruceros: Club Cruceros started as a resource for sailors, but has expanded into many other areas. The club offers social events and activities for English speakers. It is a rich source of information about La Paz and is active in supporting Mexican charities. Landlubbers, as well as boaters, are welcome to join Club Cruceros for 100 pesos per year. Visit the clubhouse at Marina de La Paz, Topete and Legaspi, during morning coffeehour Monday through Saturday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. to learn more. Or go to the web site at http://www.clubcruceros.net/

Costa Baja resort: The hotel with marina and commercial zone is at Kilometre 7.5 on the highway to Pichilingue, north of La Paz. Ask at the bus depot on the Malecón about free transportation from the centre of town. The commercial zone and restaurants offer live music, art exhibitions and films. To find out about events, look for contact information through the website at http://costabajaresort.com.

Dirección de Culturas Populares e Indigenas: I.M. Altamirano, between 5 de Mayo and Constitución, open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm

Ecology Project International: This environmental organization has workshops, field trips and campaigns to promote its cause. Call Wendy K. Sánchez at 612-165-6561 or e-mail wendy@ecologyproject.org for more information. EPI is located on Guillermo Prieto #1038 between Navarro and Encinas. Visit the website at http://www.ecologyproject.org (updated for October 2011)

Escuela de Música del Estado: the state music school is at 1055 Morelos on the corner of Marcelo Rubio. It’s a major site of concerts and student rehearsals, which are open to the public. The school’s phone number is (612) 125-55-19 and the e-mail address is serv_escolares@escuelademusicabcs.com The office is open 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. (best to call to confirm there’s been no change). For information about activities or to donate orchestral instruments, you can also contact Thomas A. Ireton, 123-4424 or e-mail thomasireton@hotmail.com

Estadio Arturo C. Nahl: It’s at Constitución and Lic. Verdad near Ley’s supermarket. Site of major live events, including large concerts and special events.

Estadio Guaycura: It’s on 5 de Mayo at the corner of Félix Ortega.

French cultural centre: See listing for Alianza Francesa.

Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea: Exhibits change monthly at this major gallery, which is next to Teatro de la Ciudad at Unidad Cultural, Navarro and Héroes de Independencia. Admission is free. Phone number: 122-9196. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also check out the vestibule of Teatro de la Ciudad for other changing exhibits.

Galería de Arte Tonantzin: The gallery owners were once lawyers in Mexico City, but they developed a passion for art and for La Paz. Tonantzin (the name has connections to both the Aztec goddess and the Virgin Mary) is an art gallery and cultural space for live performances. You’ll find prehispanic pieces and contemporary Sudcalifornian and Latin American artists. There are concerts of live music in the gallery courtyard some evenings. It’s a venue with a special atmosphere where there can develop a feeling of intimacy between performers and audience. Location: Constitución 320 (between Aquiles Serdán and Revolución), the same block as the post office. Space at the gallery is also available to rent for private events, meetings, exhibitions, courses or workshops. Phone number: 044-612-154-8136.

Galería, Galería: The gallery features workshops and a children’s library, as well as art and interior decorating. It’s at Revolución 590, at the corner of Juarez. For more information, contact Lucia Frausto at siritapa@yahoo.com or phone 612-1256973.

Governor’s Palace: The large plaza in front of the palace is where people in La Paz gather to celebrate major events, such as Mexico’s Independence Day’s Grito de Dolores. Location is on Isabel la Católica between Bravo and Rosales, across the street from the parking lot of Chedraui.

Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social – Centro de Seguridad Social (IMSS): see listing above for “Centro de Seguridad Social”.

Instituto Municipal de Cultural: Calle Querétaro 1810 on the corner of Yucatán.

Jardín Velasco: The public square by the cathedral is between 5 de Mayo and Independencia, and between Madero and Revolución. Site of some performances, art workshop and knitting group.

Kiosko on the Malecón: It’s at the foot of 16 de Septiembre on the Malecón and it’s the site of many public outdoor events. The dock nearby is called the Muelle Turístico.

La Meramente: The bar, which opened in 2015, is close to the Malecón and La Perla at Antonio Mijares and Sebastián, behind Burger King. It’s a venue for live music concerts. For information and reservations, contact the office: 122-5516 Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

La Morante Art Bar: This bar/restaurant features performances of live music and sometimes theatre, films and arts workshops. There’s lots happening here. It’s a great place to sample the work of a wide range of excellent musicians. The address is Revolución de 1910 #635 between Guadalupe Victoria and Morelos. For more information and for reservations, call 612 129 6635 or contact La Morante through its Facebook page.

Librería Educal: Spanish-language books, art and gifts for sale in this beautiful government bookstore. You’ll also find magazines, videos, CDs, maps, crafts, educational toys, archeological reproductions and more. Open daily 10 am to 8 pm, Antigua Presidencia Municipal de La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez, across the street from Sears department store.

Muelle Fiscal (also sometimes called Muelle Turísitico): It’s the wide dock with the watchtower on the Malecón across the street from the Callejón Ignacio Bañuelos Cabezud with its centrepiece of three “seashell musicians.” It’s between Burger King and Hotel Perla.

Muelle at the foot of 16 de Septiembre: It’s the narrow dock that catches a delicious breeze at sunset. Some maps call it the Muelle Turístico (but the other muelle is sometimes called that, too). It’s on the Malecón at the foot of 16 de Septiembre, close to the kiosko that is the site of many events.

Museo de la Ballena: The whale museum is on Calle Obregón at the corner of 16 de Septiembre. It is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 160 pesos for adults, 120 pesos for children and seniors, 80 pesos for adult residents and 60 pesos for child residents. (updated March 17, 2016)

Museo Regional de Antropología e HistoriaThe museum at Altamirano and 5 de Mayo is open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum has a permanent collection as well as temporary special exhibitions. There is an interesting museum gift shop. Admission is $39 pesos, free daily for students, teachers and senior citizens. Admission is free to everyone Sundays and holidays. For more information, call 612-122-0162. (updated November 2015)

Palacio Municipal: on Luis Donaldo Colosio between Avenida de Los Deportistas and Carabinas, near Soriana and City Club.

Parque Cuauhtémoc: across from the Malecón at the foot of Bravo Street. It’s ite of a tourism office, crafts cooperative, a skateboard park and some special events.

Parque Revolución (also called Plaza de los Músicos): It’s across the street from Chedraui Palacio on Felix Ortega between Bravo and Rosales. There are sometimes special events here. Lotería (Mexican bingo games) are also here.

Palacio de Gobierno: Major events (for example, Independence Day celebrations and Christmas performances) take place at the Plaza de la Reforma, the plaza of the Palacio de Gobierno, (the Governor’s Palace) on Isobel la Católica between Bravo and Rosales, across the street from the parking lot of Chedraui.

Plaza The Shoppes La Paz: This is the outdoor mall of the shopping centre anchored by Liverpool. There are sometimes events here.

Polifóro Cultural: It’s on the campus of UABCS (University of Baja California Sur), which is on the higway Carretera al Sur km.5.5 (Boulevard Forjadores). Telephone: 123 88 00, extensión 1500. Building hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.  The Poliforo is the first building you see if you take the right-hand road after the traffic circle, which is past the large brick gate. The building is some distance from the road on the other side of a dirt field. There’s a large sign visible from the road.

Sala de Conciertos de la Ciudad de La Paz: This beautiful concert hall is at Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, next to the state music school. For more information, call 122 22 86 y 125 55 19

Salón de los Espejos del Ágora de La Paz: I.M. Altamirano, between 5 de Mayo and Constitución, Teatro de la Ciudad: Unidad Cultural, Navarro and Héroes de Independencia. Major venue for performances of theatre, dance and music.

Taller de la Medusa: The artists’ workshop Taller de la Medusa opened in 2011 at Constitución 310 (between Revolución and Serdan), next door to the post office. For more information about the workshops, drop by.

Teatro de la Ciudad: This is a major venue for live performances of theatre, dance and music. The lobby is home to art exhibitions. The theatre — along with its nearby art gallery, archives and plaza — is at Navarro and Héroes de Independencia. The site is called Unidad Cultural Profr. Jesús Castro Agúndez. Theatre office telephone: 125 04 86 or 125 02 07. The box office phone number is 122-3113 (call for current hours for the box office).

Teatro del IMSS (Seguro Social): see Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social – Centro de Seguridad Social (IMSS) on this page.

Teatro-Espacio Angular Esterito: Valentín Gómez-Farías 525, between República and Guerrero in Colonia Esterito.

Teatro Juárez This building was born at the start of the Mexican Revolution. The theatre is on Belisario Dominguez between 16 de Septiembre and Independencia. The renovations are not complete, but the old theatre has begun its second century of life with new seats, beautiful new galley space for art exhibitions, public bathrooms that rival those of four-star hotels and a peekaboo view onto the courtyard of the Centro Cultural around the corner.

Teatro Revolución: This is on the grounds of the art gallery Galería, Galería at Revolución 590, at the corner of Juarez. For more information, contact Lucia Frausto at siritapa@yahoo.com or phone 612-1256973.

Tourism Facebook site: The Secretary of Tourism in Baja California Sur has started their English Facebook page with everything that one needs to know about this beautiful state. The page has all kinds of helpful and great information on upcoming events, different attractions around the state and much more. Don’t hesitate, and take a look. Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Visit-Baja-Sur/181690668576377 and Twitter- Visit Baja Sur

Tourism offices: One office is next to the skateboard park across from the Malecón on Obregón between Bravo and Rosales; the other office is in the Antigua Presidencia Municipal de La Paz, 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez, across the street from Sears department store.

Unidad Cultural Profr. Jesús Castro Agúndez: This is the site for several arts cultural venues and offices, including Teatro de la Ciudad, Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea, the archives Archivo Histórico Pablo L. Martínez and Patio de los Almendros. It’s at Navarro and Héroes de Independencia.

Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur: UABCS, University of Baja California Sur on Boulevard Forjadores, is the largest university in La Paz. To get to the university campus, stay on Calle Forjadores past Soriana, continue over the bridge to the first traffic light and 1/4 mile beyond, turn right. To find the Centro de radio y T.V. and the Explanada de Difusíon Cultural, look for the statue of the horse and the garden, which is located near the entrance to the university. Buildings at the university have signs corresponding to their letter of the alphabet. For additional directions, ask at the office of Difusión Cultural, which is the little building in front of the statue of the horse. This is also where you’ll find the Polifórum Cultural (for directions, see its listing). To find the art centre, look for a building with five arches, the first building on the right once you’re on campus.

Universidad Mundial: The university has events of interest to the public. The campus of the Universidad Mundial is on Abasolo between Colima and Colosio. The website is www.universidadmundial.edu.mx.  Phone numbers for the campus are (612) 125 8955 0 1258960.

Whale museum: See listing for Museo de la Ballena.