What’s On In Mexico City In November

Photo of Lauren Cocking
Northern England Writer17 October 2016

Early November in Mexico City sees the arrival of Day of the Dead celebrations, and the rest of the month has plenty of exciting activities on offer too. Here’s what’s on in November.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1ST – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6TH

Day of the Dead | © Pelle Sten/Flickr / Hello Kitty | © Ted Aytan/Flickr / MUAC | © Elia Scudiero/Flickr / Six Flags | © Martin Lewison/Flickr

PHOTOGRAPHY | Check Out The Work Of Graciela Iturbide

📅 All November

Throughout November, the Museo Universitario del Chopo will be playing host to famed Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide’s work. The exhibition is to celebrate 45 years of the Festival Rock y Ruedas, at which she took her first tentative steps into the photography world. As well as the photos, there will be an audio-visual room displaying videos from the 1971 festival.

Tickets: MXN$30

CULTURE | Soak Up Some Day Of The Dead Culture In La Roma

📅 Tuesday, November 1st

Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s biggest nationwide celebrations and is honoured around the world. On November 1st, head to La Roma and check out the altars that will be adorning this so-called cultural corridor as part of La Catrina Fest MX festivities. This makes for a great way to see a snapshot of real Mexican culture.

Tickets: Free

ART | Last Chance To See Anish Kapoor At The MUAC

📅 Tuesday, November 1st – Sunday, November 27th

This extremely popular, critically exclaimed and truly excellent exhibition will continue through November 27th. That means this month is your last chance to see the intriguing, abstract work of British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor. You’re probably already familiar with some of his work though – he designed Chicago’s Bean sculpture.

Tickets: MXN$40

THEME PARK | Get Scared Silly At Six Flags’ Fright Fest

📅 Tuesday, November 1st – Sunday, November 6th, Wednesday, November 9th – Sunday, November 13th

What better way to celebrate the festive period than by visiting Six Flag’s theme park’s Fright Fest? With several events taking place during the dates specified above – including haunted houses and scary shows – you won’t be short of anything to do if you purchase a ticket. Even if horror isn’t your bag, you can enjoy the rides instead!

Tickets: MXN$409 (general admission) – MXN$1500 (VIP ticket)

CULTURE | Check Out UNAM’s Megaofrenda In The Historic Centre

📅 Until Wednesday, November 2nd

The annual Megaofrenda, organised by the UNAM, is into its 19th year and shows no sign of slowing down or dropping in popularity. This year it will take place at Mexico City’s central zócalo, making it easily accessible for all. It will also be paying homage to Rufino Tamayo. Aside from the altars laden with ofrendas, there will be poetry competitions and dance shows.

Tickets: Free

FILM | See The Best The Morelia Film Fest Has To Offer

📅 Friday, November 4th – Sunday, November 13th

Although the world renowned Morelia Film Festival took place in October, throughout November select locations throughout Mexico City will be screening some of the stand out cinematic offerings from the festival. Although no information regarding location has been released yet, keep an eye on the website in the coming weeks.

Tickets: Various prices depending on location

📍 Various locations across Mexico City

CULTURE | An Anime And Mango Convention Hits Mexico City

📅 Friday, November 4th – Sunday, November 6th

Manga and anime fans can’t pass up the opportunity to hit up Mexico City’s Anime and Manga Convention this November. The biggest of its kind in Latin America, it attracts fans of the Japanese art form from across the globe and the country. One of the absolute must-sees is the often spectacular cosplay that will be on show there.

Tickets: MXN$85 (single ticket), MXN$140 (double ticket)

PHOTOGRAPHY | Famed German Photographer Candida Höfer Exhibits In Mexico

📅 Until Saturday, November 5th

Coming to a close on November 5th is the gorgeous photographic exhibition by German artist Candida Höfer. Hosted at La Roma’s Galería OMR, which is incidentally one of the best art galleries in Mexico City, you can check out some supersized versions of her rich and detailed shots of Bellas Artes and Teatro Juárez to name but a few.

Tickets: MXN$40

SPORT | Do You Dare To Give This Night-time Zombie Race A Go?

📅 Saturday, November 5th

If you’re not worn out after the manga and photography, why not try take part in the night time zombie race that will be taking place on Saturday evening just an hour outside Mexico City? With obstacles slowing you down as zombies chase you and attempt to take your life (not really, of course), you’ll be tested both mentally and physically. It’s all in good fun though.

Tickets: MXN$950 upwards

CULTURE | Hello Kitty In Mexico City

📅 Saturday, November 5th – Sunday, December 4th

The iconic Japanese cartoon character, Hello Kitty, will take pride of place as the star of her own exhibition at the MUJAM in Mexico City. Celebrating 42 years since her inception, this almost month long exhibition will be full of Hello Kitty memorabilia, live music and even workshops all related to the cult cat. Tickets must be bought in advance.

Tickets: MXN$50

PHOTOGRAPHY | View Photos Of One Of Mexico’s Most Popular Traditions

📅 Until Sunday, November 6th

If you can’t make it to any of the other Catrina events that are on offer at the start of November, you should definitely try and make it to this one. An open-air photography exhibition, there will be various snaps of Mexico’s most famous tradition – that of dressing up as the Catrina figure, complete with full sugar skull make-up. You can even dress up as a Catrina yourself to really get into the spirit!

Tickets: Free

MONDAY NOVEMBER 7TH – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13TH

Bosque de Chapultepec | © PriceTravel pictures/Flickr / Mariah Carey | © Urbanworld Film Festival/Flickr / Hot Wheels | © Kevin Dooley/Flickr / Picnic | © Aitor Méndez/Flickr

MUSIC | The Legend That Is Mariah Carey Performs In Mexico

📅 Tuesday, November 8th

Mariah Carey, along with her ego, will be performing in Mexico this November and tickets are still available on several sites if you simply can’t live without seeing the diva herself live! The concert will take place at Arena Ciudad de México and will more than likely see her belting out some of her old classics, as well as some newer tunes.

Tickets: MXN$899 and upwards

CULTURE | Revisit Your Youth At The Hot Wheels Exposition

📅 Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th

If you loved Hot Wheels as a kid, or continue to play with them to this day, this month’s Hot Wheels Exhibition is undoubtedly for you. The so-called Salón Hot Wheels will play host to sports cars, classic cars and everything in between (including some exclusives!), as well as races and other events which will take you right back to your youth.

Tickets: MXN$108 (children), MXN$209 (adults)

FOOD | Enjoy A Romantic Night Time Picnic In Chapultepec Forest

📅 Saturday, November 12th

If you’re looking for an activity a little more intimate than a Hot Wheels exhibition, could we interest you in a romantic evening picnicking in the Bosque de Chapultepec? Taking place in the Jardín Botánico, it’s free to attend, however there’s the option of buying a pre-prepared picnic basket for just MXN$300.

Tickets: Free

MONDAY NOVEMBER 14TH – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20TH

Hot air balloons | © Rick Willoughby/Flickr / 31 Minutos | © Sol Robayo/Flickr / NFL | © Parker Anderson/Flickr / HAIM | © Matthew B. Thompson/Flickr

COMEDY | Cult Hit ‘31 Minutos’ To Be Performed Live

📅 Thursday, November 17th

Drop by and see the live show of this hugely popular Chilean ‘news’ show, presented by sock puppets – naturally. With the promise that some of their best and most beloved characters will be in attendance, any fan of 31 Minutos’ comedy stylings can’t pass up this opportunity to see them live as they pay homage to Tulio Treviño (the main presenter) in an attempt to cheer him up.

Tickets: MXN$290-MXN$1,770

CULTURE | Visit The State Of Mexico For A Spectacular Hot Air Balloon Show

📅 Friday, November 18th – Sunday, November 20th

Just outside of Mexico City, in the State of Mexico, there will be an impressive hot air balloon display taking place. Over the weekend of November 18th-20th you’ll have the opportunity to admire the typical hot air balloons, as well as some novelty ones shaped like mariachis, sugar skulls and much more. As well as balloons, there’ll also be food trucks and stalls to pick up souvenirs.

Tickets: MXN$159

SPORT | The Ultimate NFL Experience Lands In Mexico

📅 Friday, November 18th

The NFL may well be a US phenomenon, but that doesn’t stop it being popular across the world, and in Mexico it’s no different. That’s why the NFL Experience will be held at the Multiforo Tlalpan this November, where famed coach Michael Gross, as well as four ex-NFL players and two Super Bowl winners, will be making special appearances.

Tickets: MXN$363-MXN$830

MUSIC | See The Legendary Los Ángeles Azules’ Live

📅 Saturday, November 19th

Los Ángeles Azules are a long-standing Mexican band that you’ve definitely heard, perhaps without realising. Known for songs such as ‘Como Te Voy a Olvidar’ and ‘El Listón De Tu Pelo’, they’re one of Mexico’s most-listen to groups – so why not do so live? This month Mexico City will be playing host to them at the famed Auditorio Nacional, so grab your tickets while you can.

Tickets: MXN$118-MXN$1,416

FESTIVAL | Famed Mexican Festival Corona Capital Comes To Town

📅 Saturday, November 19th – Sunday, November 20th

Corona Capital is one of Mexico’s best known and most iconic festivals, which predominantly features rock bands from both Mexico and across the world. This year headliners include The Killers, Pet Shop Boys and fan favourites HAIM, as well as Animal Collective and Tegan and Sara. Any fan of music should try and attend, but tickets are running low, so buy soon to avoid disappointment!

Tickets: MXN$800-MXN$1,096

MONDAY NOVEMBER 21ST – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27TH

Ana Tijoux | © anita tijoux/Flickr / La Profesa | © Eneas De Troya/Flickr / Shakespeare | © tonynetone/Flickr / RuPaul | © Stacie Joy/Flickr

FASHION | RuPaul Fans Can’t Miss ‘Drag Race: Battle Of The Seasons’

📅 Friday, November 25th

RuPaul is a cultural icon and this month Mexico City will be lending his name to a live spectacular titled ‘Drag Race: Battle Of The Seasons’, at which (for the first time in Mexico!) past competitors will battle it out to be crowned champion. Based on the format of the wildly popular reality show, Alaska Thunderfuck, Ginjer Minj, and Ivy Winters will be making appearances, amongst others.

Tickets: MXN$587-MXN$1,899

COMEDY | Check Out Local Stand-Up Talent In Condesa

📅 Friday, November 25th

If comedy is more your thing, then head down to Condesa this November for some live stand up talent. You could argue that stand up shows are always a mixed bag, but isn’t that part of the fun? You never know, you might be watching the next big thing! Dine and drink as you watch four different routines, from some of the city’s bravest wannabe comedians.

Tickets: MXN$220

ART | Take A Tour Of La Profesa’s Pinacoteca

📅 Saturday, November 26th

As one of Mexico City’s top Catholic destinations, La Profesa (otherwise known as San Felipe Neri) is also home to an impressive Pinacoteca which displays a selection of oil paintings. With four rooms and over 350 works of art, there’s certainly plenty to do but it can be a little overwhelming. Taking part in this completely free tour is the best option, although it does only cover the first two rooms.

Tickets: Free

MUSIC | Chilean Ana Tijoux Performs In CDMX

📅 Saturday, November 26th

One of Latin America’s best rappers, the Chilean Ana Tijoux, will be performing at Teatro de la Ciudad this month. With a wide selection of hits, such as ‘1977’, ‘Calaveritas’ and ‘Somos sur’, she’s an artist that you don’t have to be familiar with to enjoy. You might need to be familiar with Spanish to be able to sing along, but even if you’re not, the atmosphere is guaranteed to be great.

Tickets: MXN$255-MXN$606

MONDAY NOVEMBER 28TH – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 30TH

Guns ‘n Roses | © Ana Fuji/Flickr / Mexico City | © Eric Fischer/Flickr / Morelia | © Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble/Flickr / Cinema | © Pedro/Flickr

MUSIC | Guns ‘N Roses Come To Mexico City

📅 Tuesday, November 29th

Just before we move into December, the iconic North American rock band Guns ‘N Roses will be putting on a concert in Mexico City for their biggest super fans (you’d have to be a pretty huge fan to pay the high ticket prices!). With a set list that will undoubtedly include mega-hit ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, we recommend this to anyone who wants to see out November with a bang.

Tickets: MXN$941-MXN$3,665

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