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The Best Things to See and Do in Mexico City This Spring

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Updated: 22 April 2017

Spring in Mexico City is what some consider to be the peak time to visit. For example, the city empties out as people go to different cities and states to celebrate Easter week; the weather is at prime loveliness, and the delightfully lilac-hued jacaranda trees are in full bloom. However, there’s far more to spring in Mexico than the peaceful atmosphere – here are the events and exhibitions you need to see this season in Mexico City.

Visit Galería OMR’s Poly Pluto Pluri exhibition

Galería OMR, regarded as one of the city’s top contemporary art galleries, is small, but the petite exhibition space is perfectly formed. This spring, they’re proud to announce the arrival of Dutch studio Atelier van Lieshout’s new exhibition Poly Pluto Pluri. It marks the first time the renowned artist Joep van Lieshout has displayed his work in Mexico, and the pieces are said to straddle the line between utopia and dystopia, with technology taking centre stage. Catch the exhibition from April 22, 2017, right through to June 10, 2017.

Galería OMR, Calle Córdoba 100, Cuauhtémoc, Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5207 1080

Take part in the Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossoms are taking over social media the world over right now, and Mexico City is no exception. In fact, this spring sees the arrival of the Asociación México Japonesa’s Cherry Blossom Festival that will take place on April 30, 2017, at the cost of MXN$50 (approximately US$2.66). As a part of the city-wide Japanese Spring Festival celebrations, during which you can try Japanese food, check out expositions and take part in Geisha workshops, the aim is to share Japanese culture with the attendees and to revel in the beauty of spring.

Asociación México Japonesa, Fujiyama 144, Las Águilas, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5593 1444

Celebrate Sant Jordi in Mexico

World Book Day celebrations take place on April 23rd, and this date also coincides with Saint George (San Jorge/Sant Jordi) festivities. Everyone should be at least vaguely familiar with the story of Saint George, the dragon-fighting, princess-rescuing patron saint of both England and Catalunya, although Catalan tradition dictates the exchanging of books and roses to celebrate. Across the city, events will be taking place to mark this special day, especially in UNAM buildings and at the Orfeó Català de Mèxic.

Various points across the city, on both Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd, including UNAM and the Orfeó Català de Mèxic, Calle Marsella 45, Juárez, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5207 5114

Attend Cocktail Week

Mexico City’s fifth annual Cocktail Week will be taking place from April 18th and culminating on April 29, 2017, with the Mexican Finals of Diageo’s World Class Global Cocktail Competition. As a result, cocktail bars all across the city will be offering promotions and discounts to celebrate the fine-drinking, cocktail-consuming culture that the event hopes to promote. So, if you’re feeling the need to let off some steam and enjoy some world-class cocktails after Easter week, then there’s no better time to visit Mexico City.

Various locations across the city.

Cocktail Week Calendar Courtesy of Grupo Sicario

Cocktail Week Calendar | Courtesy of Grupo Sicario

Check out the 1 Month, 1 Artist photography exhibition

If you’d prefer something a little more arty, and a little less literature oriented this spring in Mexico City, then why not head to El 123’s cyclical art exhibition in the historic centre? Titled 1 Mes, 1 Artista, this rotating expo showcases various up-and-coming artists on a monthly basis, and April sees the work of Brazilian photographer Andrea Martínez. Included in the appropriately titled exhibition 60º 08’ 00’’ N 23º 33’ 00’’ E” are abstract pieces and the incorporation of geographical coordinates.

El 123, Calle del Artículo 123 B, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5512 1772

Get green fingered at the Flower and Garden Festival

The Flower and Garden Festival (Festival Flores y Jardines FYJA, to give it its Spanish-language title) is a brand new cultural event taking place in Mexico City this spring. Inspired by London’s Chelsea Flower Show, the FYJA will bring together architects, florists, designers, artisans and students and include several different horticultural-based events. With the end goal of rejuvenating the Jardín Botánico de Chapultepec, it’s well worth taking some time to visit April 28–30, 2017.

Jardín Botánico Chapultepec, Paseo de la Reforma 126, Miguel Hidalgo, Bosque de Chapultepec I Sección, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 3567 9889

Adopt a dog

If springtime to you signifies fresh starts and new beginnings, then one of the most selfless things you could do in Mexico City this month is to visit the Adogtame adoption fair in Parque de los Venados. On April 22, 2017, you’ll find a range of dogs (and cats!) up for adoption, as well as various stalls that allow donations to street dog charities and shelters. So, even if adopting a dog is a touch unrealistic, dog lovers will definitely want to head down anyway to help out their four-legged furry friends.

Parque de los Venados, Av. Municipio Libre & Calle Uxmal, Sta Cruz Atoyac, Mexico City, Mexico