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Mexico City - Annual Events

General Information

There is a weekly magazine named Tiempo Libre (Free Time), which lists the most important cultural events in Mexico City, including music, dance, theatre, cinemas, museums, gay, and children events. They also review and recommend restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

The magazine can be purchased weekly at all newstands. It is printed in Spanish.
You may also access their website: www.tiempolibre.com.mx . The website, however, is never as good as reading the magazine itself.

Another good source is the monthly magazine "Donde". You can purchase it at any newsstand, supermarkets. (Spanish only)

Newspapers are a great source of information, like Reforma, and also The News (in English), specially their weekend editions. You may also find these and other newspapers at the nearest newstand.

You may want to suscribe to the Ticketmaster newsletter.
Tel: + 52 (55) 5325 9000
This company sells tickets over the telephone -have your credit card ready- for many cultural, popular, and sports events.

Keep in mind that the embassy of your country of origin will also have information on events pertaining your specific cultural background, and probably in your language! For example, the Francaise Alliance Mexique even has a cinema featuring films... in French.

Local association events  

Mexico City is soooo huge, that you count events by the hundreds. What you want to do depends on your specific interest. We suggest that you contact or surf the local associations websites to be updated on a monthly basis.

Ethnic events 

Local events at a glance (not to be confused with the national holidays, even though they may coincide)

  • January 6
    Epiphany or the "Feast of the Three Wise Men". A Catholic Holiday traditionally celebrated by all Mexicans. Mexican families gather to have dinner at night, usually consisting of tamales, hot cocoa, and a “rosca”, which is a ring-shaped, sweet pastry with sugar-coated fruit on top. This “rosca” contains two or more small plastic children, hidden inside. Each member of the family slices the pastry and if his/her slice has the plastic child, then he/she has to throw a small party on February 2nd (“La Candelaria” day). Additionally, children receive toys from the “Santos Reyes” (Three Wise Men), just like from St. Nicholas  in other countries.
  • February 2
    Feast of the Candelaria in Xochimilco 
  • March/April
    Easter Tuesday: Flower Fair in Xochimilco.
    Good Friday: Performance of the Passion Play and silent procession in Iztapalapa.
    Silent procession in Colonia Roma.
    Good Saturday: burning of Jude effigies in several city plazas, where Altars of Sorrows may also be installed. Children play with water on the streets.
  • April
    Corpus Christi Thursday: visits by 'little mules' and communal blessing of figures of baby Jesus in the Cathedral and La Villa.
  • May 2
    Day of the Holy Cross: construction workers celebrate in buildings under construction.
    May 10
    Mother's Day celebrations. Make your restaurant reservations in advance and prepare for heavy traffic around the meal times, as many people invite their mothers out to eat.
  • June 24
    Feast of San Juan in the Coyoacan parish.
  • July 6
    San Carmen Fair in San Angel
  • August 15
    Assumption of the Virgin day
  • September
    1 Presidential address to Congress.
    15 Popular festivities and 'Cry of Independence' ceremony in the Zocalo (Mexico City historic district, downtown).
    16 Military parade through the downtown area.
    29 Feast of the parish of San Miguel (Downtown).
  • October 4
    Celebrations in the Church of San Francisco of Mexico.
  • November 
    1-2 Altars in honor of All Souls and All Saints erected in public and private sites and homes. Children may knock on your door asking for candy (just like Halloween in the United States).
    2 Visits to cemeteries such as San Fernando or Mixquic.
    20 Sports parade to honor the Mexican Revolution.
  • December
    12 Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe at La Villa.
    16-24 'Posadas' (Jesus birth processions) in private homes and meeting places, followed by a live party with piñatas and typical food and candy.
    24 Christmas Eve
    31 New Year's Eve

Due to its vastness, it is difficult to keep up with all the events taking place in Mexico City.