Mixquic Mágico / Jordi Cueto
One of our favorite times of the year in Mexico is when markets and tianguis begin to dress bright orange for the cempasúchil flower, bakeries make the traditional pan de muerto (bread of dead), Mexican families place an offering in honor of those who are no longer here, and burlesque verses are written to speak of La Calaca (referring to death). One of the most important celebrations for Mexicans, Día de Muertos, is approaching.
We select the best activities that you can enjoy from October 25 to November 2 in Mexico City:
Get closer to the Mexican tradition of Día de Muertos with these activities
Like every year, the Anahucalli Museum dedicates a Day of the Dead offering to the great Mexican painter Diego Rivera. In 2017, they will design an offering dedicated to one of the most interesting murals by Diego Rivera: Water, the origin of life, found in the Cárcamo de Dolores, a hydraulic structure located on the Second Section of Chapultepec Park.
Where? Anahucalli Museum. View map.
When? From October 25 to November 2.
How much? If you want to go to this activity, contact us and our Concierge can get you tickets. *Applies for guests of The Local Way.
Ofrenda a Diego Rivera / Anahuacalli Museum
Day of the Dead Parade (Desfile de Día de Muertos)
As an icon and show of the avant-garde and innovation of the country, the streets of Mexico City will have a parade with floats and various characters to celebrate the Fieles Difuntos (our loved ones who already left), where all the wealth of history and culture of this tradition will be exposed in a single space.
For this edition, the image of the parade celebration in Mexico City is a skull composed of traditional elements of the Day of the Dead offering that will parade in two segments: La Muerte Viva (with elements from Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Revolutionary and current Mexico) and the Carnival of Calaveras.
The parade will pass through the following points:
- Will begin at Estela de Luz Monument
- Av. Reforma
- Av. Juarez
- 5 de Mayo Street
- Ending in Pino Suárez
When? Saturday, October 28, 12:00 hrs.
Photo by Visit Mexico
Calacas Fair (Festival de las Calacas)
This event is a place of coexistence and recreation in which tradition and innovation, arts and game are united around one of the festivities with more roots in Mexico: the celebration of Day of the Dead that in 2003 was declared as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
This year there will be various activities for the whole audience: creative workshops, dance, music, theater, literature, movement; archeology, poetry, plastic arts; children’s participation forums, musical presentations, a photographic exhibition of offerings from different regions of Mexico, presentation and sale of handicrafts alluding to the Day of the Dead, and mexican food.
Where? Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART). View map.
When? October 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Feria de las Calacas 2017
Dead Bread Festival (Festival de Pan de Muerto)
Each year in Coyoacán, is celebrated the Dead Bread Festival. All visitors can taste traditional bread accompanied by some hot drinks such as coffee, hot chocolate and atole.
This year, the festival has prepared to cut the world’s largest dead bread, with a size of 8 meters long by 2 wide. In addition to witnessing this record, you can find offerings, craft workshops and a costume contest.
Where? Jardín Hidalgo, Coyocán. View map.
When? From October 29 to November 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.