Mexico City’s Top Fiestas and Festivals
Collected by Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
Mexico City loves a party, and hosts dozens of official holidays and cultural celebrations throughout the year. From music and film festivals to Mexican Independence Day, here are some of our favorites.
Historic center of Mexico City, Centro, 06000 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Its massive size, centrality to daily life in the capital, and easy accessibility (a Metro station opens up right onto the plaza) makes the Zócalo an ideal place for large-scale temporary exhibits. The government hosts occasional exhibits...
Paseo de la Reforma 325, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The idea that death can be both colorful and a cause for celebration may be uncomfortable, but it may also provoke curiosity, and there's no better time to learn about the Mexican attitude toward death than during the annual Día de los Muertos, or...
Calle Colima, Hab Valle Ceylan, 54150 Tlalnepantla, Méx., Mexico
Twice a year, galleries, restaurants, cultural organizations, and retail businesses in the artsy neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa gather together to host a community "cultural corridor." The event, known as El Corredor Cultural Roma Condesa, is...
Av. Viaducto Rio de la Piedad S/N, Granjas México, 08400 Iztacalco, CDMX, Mexico
Foro Sol, like Auditorio Nacional, is a massive venue for big concerts, and if your favorite group hasn't played Auditorio Nacional, it's probably taken the stage at Foro Sol. Newer than Auditorio Nacional (it was built in 1993), Foro Sol is also...
Calle Juan Escutia 4, Hipódromo Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Fall is one of the best times of the year for Mexico City’s music enthusiasts. This is when the most important music festivals take place. The Corona Capital is usually celebrated in October, while Mutek, the internationally renowned electronic...
Andrés Bello 29, Polanco, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Centro Banamex, Av. del Conscripto 311, Lomas de Sotelo, Hipódromo de las Américas, 11200 Naucalpan de Juárez, Méx., Mexico
Held each February since 2003, typically during the first weekend of the month, ZONA MACO is the city's–and the country's–premier art fair, featuring contemporary photography, sculpture, painting, video, and multimedia. Works are exhibited by...
Avenida México Coyoacán 389, Xoco, 03330 Benito Juarez, CDMX, Mexico
There are many reasons to go see a movie (or three) at Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional. For one thing, the price of a ticket is much lower than the average price of a movie ticket in the U.S. (And here's a tip: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, everyone...
Av. Río Churubusco 79, Country Club Churubusco, 04220 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
While Mexico's best-known and most internationally respected book fair is held annually in Guadalajara, Mexico City attracts plenty of bibliophiles with a dizzying number and variety of ferias de libros. There's the old book fair, the artists'...