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15 Epic Reasons Why You Should Visit Mexico City in 2018
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15 Epic Reasons Why You Should Visit Mexico City in 2018

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Updated: 29 November 2017
2018 is going to be an incredible year in Mexico’s capital city. Design shows, art exhibits, music festivals, and foods galore are all on the docket and the only thing left is you. Come see what all the hubbub is about in Mexico City in 2018.

2018 World Design Capital

Mexico City was the first city in the Americas to be named World Design Capital by the World Design Organization. The distinction is born of CDMX’s unique blend of old and new and its innovation and planning projects for making this megacity more sustainable and livable. There are a whole year’s worth of events lined up including a design conference in March and Design Week in October. Come down and see Mexico City’s enticing urbanscape for yourself.

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Coutyard of Mexico City’s Musuem of Anthropology │ | © Lars Plougmann / flickr

New Museum Exhibits

Mexico City’s over 150 city museums are constantly exciting visitors with new and vanguard exhibits. The Museo de Estanquilla is showing El juego y el arte de la miniatura (The art and play of Miniatures) until April of 2018, the Museo Tamayo has a beautiful collection of Martin Chambi photos also until April of next year, and the Jumex Museum hosts the wide-ranging, multimedia exhibit Learning to Read with John Baldessari also until April. There are dozens to choose from, you just have to pick your poison!

Zona Maco 2018

February 2018 will see this year’s edition of Zona Maco take over the city once again. One of Latin America’s most important art forums, the Zona Maco is a city-wide art extravaganza hosted in dozens of galleries and museums. Maco’s focus is contemporary and modern art and design but also includes lots of vintage design pieces (objects created before 1960) and vintage photography. There are talks, gallery openings, great food, parties and lots and lots of incredible art.

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Zona Maco 2012 │ | © Elsa Lopez / flickr

Cerveza Mexico 2018

November gets chilly in Mexico City, so why not snuggle up to a nice porter or stout? Cerveza Mexico is a collection of the country’s best and brightest breweries from as far as Baja California and as close as Mexico City’s Colonia Roma. There are hundreds of brews to try, all for about a 1.50 for a taste, and a competition among brewers for various “best of” categories. The event is always a blast (if you can make it to the end still standing) and will expose anyone who doesn’t know much about Mexico’s burgeoning beer movement to all the excellent beer it has to offer.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Tour

For all you queens and divas out there, Werq the World is a chance to suspend yourself for hours in glitter, glamour and glorious customes. This global tour features the best of the best drag queens from the around the world in lip sync battles and just general mayhem. The February event will be hosted by Bianca del Rio and includes such famous drag queen celebrities as Valentina, Kim Chi, Detox, Shangela, Violet Chachki, Latrice Royal and Alyssa Edwards. Get your evening gown ready.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race │ | © Circuito Fora do Eixo / flickr

2018 Restaurant Openings

Mexico City’s food scene is such a constantly (and deliciously) evolving roller coaster of openings that it’s hard to keep track of what’s coming next. That said, 2018 is bound to bring some tantalizing news options to your palate. Keep up to date on the latest and greatest at Eater.com or Newworlder.com and check out the lists of 2017 restaurants that opened that you still haven’t been to.

2018 Salsa Festival

Latin America’s most lively and fun music genre, salsa is as important to the survival of this continent as corn or potatoes. February 2018 will bring Sonora Dinamita, Eddie Santiago, Víctor Manuelle and Oscar de Leon out to the Mexico City Arena to get you on your feet, break your hearts and get you pulse pumping. Live the salsa from across Latin America with this emotional night of music in Mexico City.

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Salsa Musicians │ | © belgianchocolate / flickr

Viva Latino – March 2018

Another of Mexico City’s awesome musical extravanganzas, Viva Latino’s headliners for 2018 are Gorillaz, Morrissey, Noel Gallagher & the High Flying Birds and Queens of the Stone Age. This March festival features Spanish-language bands and artists from across Latin America and Spain. Mexico City’s alternative market El Chopo also partakes in the event, selling music, rock paraphenelia and your next concert-goer outfit. Join the millions that come each year to celebrate Latin rock in Mexico City.

National Pyrotechnicx festival

Each year on March 8th, in honor of the saint of fireworks makers, San Juan de Dios, locals and tourists gather in the town of Tultepec on the outskirts of Mexico City to set the night on fire. Massive piñatas, towers of fireworks all kinds of things that go boom, light up the sky for a night of non-stop light shows. This is not a place to go with the idea that you will get any sleep, but you will dance, run, be awed and probably see someone get hurt. It’s gonna be awesome.

Corona Capital 2018

The November music festival Corona Capital is one of Mexico’s premiere annual music events and attracts incredible headliners like the Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, Regina Spector, Jack White, Weezer, Green Day and more. These in addition to the dozens of side-stage performers from around the world. It’s two days of constant music, drinking and standing in the bathroom line, and well worth incorporating into a trip to Mexico City in 2018.

Gay Pride 2018

Mexico City has one of the biggest, wildest and funniest Gay Pride festivals in all of Latin America. Come get swept along on June 30th this year with the over one million people who come out for the event. Party buses, costumed superheros, rainbow flags and always a few Angels de Independencia will march down Mexico City’s grand Reforma avenue to the strains of dance music and noise makers. Lots of Mexico City hotel and bars offer deals and discounts, but book early, it’s a a crazy week.

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Gay Pride Mexico City │ | © Esparta Palma / flickr

Electric Daisy Carnival

Spend a wild and technicolor two days in Mexico City at the Electric Daisy Carnival, a festival that combines all genres of electronic music with light shows, fire eaters, carnival acts and general revelry. The festival has an immense line up of musicians and DJs to play as well as dancers, acrobats and performers of all stripes.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is always a good time to visit the city and revel in this aesthectic dazzling festivity. The holiday begins on October 31, but the city starts setting up by mid-October with special art installations, Day of the Dead markets, public altars and more. Join the millions who participate in the Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City’s historic downtown and spend a few hours wandering one of the city’s graveyards and checking out the beautifully decorated gravesites.

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Day of the Dead mini altar │ | © Esparta Palma / flickr

Condo Fair Launchs in Mexico City

The Condo Art Fair is a relatively new concept in the art world (their first edition was in 2016) in which international galleries host other international galleries either by co-curating or allocating space. This makes use of spaces that are already in use and gives art goers in both countries the opportunity to see pieces they might never get a chance to. IN 2018 the Condo Fair will launch in Mexico City and Shanghai. The global galleries that will come to Mexico City haven’t yet been decided but you can bet there will be some awesome mashups.

Telcel Mexico City Marathon 2018

If you can run a marathon at 2,700 meters above sea level, you can run one anywhere. This 42km run will take participants past some of the city’s most iconic and beautiful urban scenery and end at the sprawling campus of the Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City’s national university campus in the south of the city. The marathon runs in August, a perfect time to take a break from hot, sweltering weather elsewhere and cool down in Mexico City.

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Mexico City Marathon Runner │ | © Eneas De Troya / flickr