Updated: Mar 13
The Festivals of Mexico City
Mexico City is an almost magical place - the center of custom, culture and cuisine for Mexico. When traveling to foreign countries, the best way to truly experience the destination is to become part of the local culture – do as the locals do. If you haven’t considered it before, think about attending a local festival if you are at your destination at the right time.
Festivals are a great way to spend your travels, including while on your international vacation. To help you plan your Mexico City vacation, here are six great festivals that will enhance your experience.
Corredor Cultura Roma Condesa - This festival is held twice a year in the spring and fall. The underlying concept of this festival is eco-friendly consumption, and it is held in one of the hippest, bohemian neighborhoods in Mexico City. It includes shops, businesses, and restaurants in the area and encompasses amazing exhibits of art, food, drink, design, and fashion.
Vive Latino - This three-day music festival began in 1998 and has grown steadily. It started as purely about Latin music and Latin music artists – it now includes other performers and genres (think jazz and progressive rock). The lineups include up-and-coming artists as well as major headliners.
Festival del Centro Historico - This festival is held in the historic downtown district of Mexico City. It is a classic festival highlighting the history of Mexican culture and its evolution throughout time. The culture is examined in art, music, dance, food, and drink. The events of this festival are spread throughout the historic district, which serves as a beautiful backdrop.
Ambulante - This is a film festival that travels throughout Mexico for three months. It lands in Mexico City around January or February. This film festival is an examination of the world, world issues, and cultures through the lens of a camera. There are numerous events (many of them free) that offer different viewings for various categories of films and documentaries.
Corona Capital - This is another music festival that caters to the fans of indie and rock music. It was first held in 2010 and is now a major music festival in the world. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is the hosting site every year.
Día de los Muertos - Definitely not "Mexican Halloween," Día de los Muertos originated 5,000 years ago in the cultures of the indigenous people of Mexico and Central America, including the Aztec, Maya and Toltec. The tradition celebrates life and the lives of departed family members. Photos of loved ones and their favorite things are placed in honor, celebrating the lives they led and calling them back to the land of the living. Graves are decorated with Aztec marigolds, so that their scent and vibrant color will guide the spirits of the departed back to this world. The most familiar symbols of Día de los Muertos are the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere and are almost always portrayed as enjoying life.
When vacationing, one of the things that travelers seek is an immersion into the local culture and an experience unlike one they would get at home - these festivals will allow for such a cultural immersion and make for a unique way to experience some of what Mexico City has to offer. Let’s start planning.
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