Summer might be coming to an end, but the party never stops in Mexico City. Here’s our guide to what’s on in September.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1st – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4th
ART | Free Interactive Art Installations
📅 All September
For those with empty pockets after hedonistic summer spending, head down to the Atrio de San Francisco and check out this free interactive art installation. Giving new life to structures that had fallen into disrepair and were no longer used, there are a total of 45 pieces to choose from, so you can enjoy fresh air, art, and Mexico without paying a penny.
📍 Atrio de San Francisco, Madero 7, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, Ciudad de México, México
CINEMA | Exhibition About The Humor Of Mexican Cinema
📅 All September – Tuesday, October 18th
Mexicans love to show off their so-called unique sense of humor, and anyone vaguely interested in how that is conveyed on the silver screen needs to head down to El Humor en el Cine Mexicano at the Cineteca Nacional this month. Curated by Rafael Barajas, its biggest draws will be the films focusing on the comics Cantinflas and Tin Tan.
ART | Diego Rivera: Re-visiones de Norteamérica
📅 All September – Sunday, October 30th
Globally recognized as one of the most influential Mexican artists and muralists, this exhibition of some of Diego Rivera’s interesting and culturally revealing pieces at Museo Mural Diego Rivera is more than worth a visit. Focusing on his influence on the modern art scene in the US, the pieces have been curated by his grandson.
Tickets: MXN$30, free on Sundays
FOOD | Chow Down On Enchiladas In Iztapalapa
📅 Thursday, September 1st – Sunday, September 11th
Everyone loves food, so what better way to spend the first week of September than at an enchilada festival in Iztapalapa? This most emblematic of Mexican foods can be found in all its mouthwatering forms in Jardín Cuitláhuac, along with salsas and a Guinness World Record attempt; the hope is to make a 130-meter-long enchilada.
HISTORY | A Monologue About Maximilian of Habsburg
📅 Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th
History lovers will revel in this monologue, which supposedly reveals a different side of Maximilian of Habsburg. Rumors surrounded his life and death, but this event seeks the truth in the gloom of gossip, playing out his final few hours of life in the grand Castillo de Chapultepec.
DANCE | A Dance Show For All The Senses
📅 Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd
An experience for all the senses, this dance show will make you question everything you thought you knew about color, making you consider it with all five senses. It’s all about going beyond the visual and experiencing what we take for granted on a new level.
📍 Sensorama, San Luis Potosí #199 piso 9, Col. Roma, Roma, Ciudad de México, México
FOOD | Learn How To Make Gluten-Free Cupcakes
📅 Saturday, September 3rd
If you’re tiring of Mexican food – it happens to the best of us – give gluten-free baking a try instead. At this expertly led workshop, which takes place at Luna Ambar Bakery, you’ll learn how to prepare a variety of cupcakes in the space of six short hours. Call for more information.
📍 Luna Ambar Bakery, Cumbres de Maltrata 162, Narvarte Poniente, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 6850 8988
FILM | Free Film Screenings From The Comfort Of A Boat
📅 Saturday, September 3rd
Rain often stops play at Lagocinema and Lanchacinema, especially due to the temperamental Mexico City rainy season, but hope for the best and head to the Bosque de Chapultepec for a unique evening of cinema. This month’s film is Entrega Inmediata.
📍 Lanchacinema: Lago Mayor de Chapultepec, Bosque de Chapultepec II Secc, Ciudad de México, México
POETRY | Lila Downs Poetry Recital In Support Of Indigenous Voices
📅 Saturday, September 3rd
A costly but culturally fascinating event takes place this September in Museo de la Ciudad de México. Organized by Lila Downs, this poetry recital and musical event focuses on indigenous Mexican artists and is a precursor to a larger event in October. Only 200 tickets are available, so get in touch for more information.
📍 Museo de la Ciudad de México, José María Pino Suárez 30, Centro, Ciudad de México, México, email@example.com
FASHION | Check Out The Balenciaga Exhibit
📅 Until Sunday, September 4th
Fashion fans need look no further this September than this Balenciaga exhibit, which runs into the first few days of the month. Hosted by the Museo de Arte Moderno and curated by the ex-director of Spain’s Museoa Cristóbal Balenciaga, the show includes examples of this influential label’s dresses as well as photography. Stand-out pieces include María Felix’s Estrella Vacía dress.
📍 Museo de Arte Moderno, Av. Paseo de la Reforma S/N, Miguel Hidalgo, Bosque de Chapultepec I, Ciudad de México, México
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th
MUSIC | Enjoy A Legendary Tame Impala Set
📅 Thursday, September 8th
Famous for putting on an amazing live show, Tame Impala are heading to Mexico City on the first stop of the Mexican leg of their tour. Tickets are still available on Ticketmaster for this concert, which is sure to be a night to remember for any Tame Impala fan, hardcore or otherwise.
MUSIC | See The Infamous Molotov Live
📅 Friday, September 9th
If you’re still feeling fresh the following day, head back to Palacio de los Deportes to see Mexican favorites Molotov play live. Known for causing controversy with their politically charged and often less-than-subtle songs, see them on their home turf where they formed over 20 years ago and enjoy their trademark musical style.
CONCERT | Life In Color Festival Returns
📅 Saturday, September 10th
Combine art and music at this exciting paint festival, which is returning to Mexico this September for the third year running. Enjoy some of the best names in electronic music as you’re bathed in neon paint thrown from the stage. Not a fan of mess? Maybe give this one a pass. However, if you like a little chaos with your music, check it out.
MUSIC | Mexican Favorites Porter Play Mexico City
📅 Saturday, September 10th
A more tranquil option than the aforementioned Molotov, Guadalajara natives Porter are also playing in Mexico City this September. Head down to the Teatro Metropólitano in the historic center for what’s sure to be an interesting concert. The group’s unconventional style has earned it a diverse and devoted following since it formed in 2004, and its success has endured despite the departure of their lead singer, Juan Son.
SPORT | Red Bull Soapbox Race
📅 Sunday, September 11th
For an action-packed and sure-to-be-entertaining Sunday, go and watch the official Red Bull Soapbox race in Mexico City. The location is yet to be confirmed but the date is set for September 11th. Even though teams pay to enter their ridiculous yet often ingenious creations, watching is free. What are you waiting for?
Tickets: Free to watch
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18th
DANCE | Cabaret and Circus Come Together At Bar Nostalgia
📅 Tuesday, September 13th
Bar Nostalgia plays host to a dance and cabaret extravaganza this month, tackling the theme of violence in society and why such pleasure is derived from it. Making use of dualities, optical illusion, and metaphor, the beautiful and the macabre will be explored in this show directed by Marisol Cal y Mayor.
📍 Bar Nostalgia, Centro Cultural Helénico, Revolución 1500, Guadalupe Inn, Ciudad de México, México
CULTURE | Celebrate Mexican Independence Day At The Zócalo
📅 Thursday, September 15th
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in style at the hub of the festivities in the center of Mexico City, where the president will dar el grito de la independencia (give the cry of independence) from the balcony of the Palacio Nacional. Drink tequila and enjoy the free concerts and fireworks.
HEALTH | Try Your Hand At Yoga
📅 Sunday, September 18th
If you’re feeling a little hungover from the festivities of Independence Day, try some rejuvenating yoga with this free class hosted every Sunday by UNAM. All levels are welcome, and contributions are voluntary. Plus, haven’t you always wanted to nail that downward dog? Bring a mat, comfy clothing, and water.
📍 Palacio de la Autonomía, Lic. Verdad 2, Centro, Ciudad de México, México
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25th
DANCE | Give Tango A Go With A Beginner’s Class
📅 Tuesday, September 20th
If dance is more your thing, then head to these free introductory tango classes instead. All you need is some enthusiasm and comfortable dance clothes – your dance partner comes included, but only for the duration of the class. Every Tuesday at 7pm.
THEATER | Improvised Theater At Its Finest With Conejo Blanco, Conejo Rojo
📅 Thursday, September 22nd
Produced by José Manuel López Velarde, Conejo Blanco, Conejo Rojo is a masterpiece in improvisational theater in which the actors have no idea what they’ll be performing until the curtain rises. They simply open an envelope on the night. What’s more, it features scheduled performances by some of Mexico’s finest talents, including Ximena Sariñana. This showing will feature Héctor Suárez Gomís.
📍 La Teatrería, Tabasco 152, Colonia Roma Norte, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5207 3234
CONCERT | See Julieta Venegas Live at Teatro Metropólitano
📅 Friday, September 23rd
Tickets are still available for one of Mexico’s best-loved singers, Julieta Venegas. Known for her instrumental pop-rock songs and love of the accordion, this is one of the last dates on her successful Algo Sucede tour and her final tour performance in Mexico.
SPORT | Unleash The Child Within At InflaRun
📅 Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th
Who doesn’t love an opportunity to be a kid again? That’s exactly what InflaRun will give you this September in Mexico City. This inflatable obstacle course and run will be held at the Infield Hipódromo de las Ámerica and gives participants the chance to run five kilometers and scale ten different obstacles.
THEATER | Shakespeare in Mexico With Measure For Measure
📅 Sunday, September 25th
Shakespeare can and should be enjoyed in all languages, so why not head down to this staging of Measure for Measure (Medida Por Medida) at Teatro Julio Castillo. Known as one of the difficult comedies, somberness rules even though the characters enjoy themselves throughout. The Mexican flavor is pervasive in this play, as it takes place not in Vienna but in Bar Viena.
📍 Teatro Julio Castillo, Auditorio Nacional S/N, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco Chapultepec I, Ciudad de México, México
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26th – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30th
CULTURE | It’s A Real Life Night At The Museum
📅 Wednesday, September 28th
Every month, Mexico City plays host to Night at the Museum come to life. This month Noche de Museos falls on September 28th, and various museums stay open late into the night. See Bellas Artes at dusk or wander around MUNAL instead. Well worth a visit for culture hounds.
Tickets: Various, depending on the museum
📍 Various museums across the city.
ART | OFFF CDMX
📅 Friday, September 30th – Saturday, October 1st
To round off our What’s On in September, we have a vibrant, colorful festival that was born over a decade ago in Barcelona, Spain. OFFF CDMX is a festival designed to inspire artists, students, and anyone else who’s interested in the exhibits they have on offer that year. Digital culture and design come together for an intriguing experience.
Tickets: MXN$700-900, MXN$1100 on the day