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What’s On In October In Mexico City
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What’s On In October In Mexico City

Picture of Lauren Cocking
Northern England Writer
Updated: 12 October 2016
Ease your way into autumn with this selection of food festivals, concerts and art exhibitions that are taking place in Mexico City in October.


ART | Rúben Maya’s ‘Psico-seres de acción onírica’ Exhibit On Show In Mexico City

📅 TBC, October

The wildly successful Mexican artist Rúben Maya will be bringing his trippy and interactive ‘Psico-seres de acción onírica’ to Mexico City this month. Paintings and sculpture will dominate this exhibition, while the audio-visual experience will be only enhanced by the black lights usually reserved for raves.

Tickets: MXN$28, free on Wednesdays

📍 Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, José María Pino Suárez 30, Centro, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5522 9936

SCULPTURE | A Free Exposition Of Britain’s Lost Surrealist, Leonora Carrington

📅 All October

One of Mexico’s most critically acclaimed and beloved artists is Leonora Carrington, and all through October the late surrealist’s bizarre and beautiful sculptures will be on display at the UAM campus. This exhibit is in honor of the five-year anniversary of her death, and includes a total of 34 sculptures. What’s more, it’s completely free.

Tickets: Free

📍 Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Prol. Canal de Miramontes 3855, Tlalpan, Ex Hacienda San Juan de Dios, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5483 4000

PHOTOGRAPHY | Roger Ballen Photography Exhibit

📅 All October

If you’re at all familiar with the work of South African rappers Die Antwoord, the chances are you are also familiar with the work of New York photographer Roger Ballen. He’s a longstanding collaborator of theirs but also an established photographer in his own right. His assuredly weird and wonderful exhibition will take place at Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos throughout October.

Tickets: MXN$30

📍 Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos, Calzada Ingenieros Militares 77, Lomas de Sotelo, Naucalpan de Juárez, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 6813 5964

ART | Free Interactive Art Installations

📅 All October

Continuing on from September, October will also play host to Atrio de San Francisco’s free art installations which have revitalized structures that had fallen into disrepair and were no longer used. In total, there are 45 pieces to choose from, so you can enjoy fresh air, art and Mexico without paying a peso.

Tickets: Free

📍 Atrio de San Francisco, Madero 7, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, Ciudad de México, México

MUSIC | See One Of Mexico’s Coolest Groups, Sussie 4

📅 Saturday, October 1st

Tickets are still available for Guadalajara’s electronic music duo, Sussie 4, who will be taking to the Lunario del Auditorio Nacional stage this October. Known for their fusion style consisting of Latin beats, French house influence and a healthy dose of pop and jazz thrown in for good measure, this twosome are always worth checking out.

Tickets: MXN$345-460

📍 Lunario del Auditorio Nacional, Av Paseo de la Reforma 50, Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 9138 1350

DRINK | Try Out One Of Mexico’s Weirdest Drinks At The Michelada Expo

📅 Saturday, October 1st

If you’ve never tried the weird beer and tomato juice (plus sauces, spices and lime juice) concoction that is a michelada, quite frankly, you’re missing out on both a cultural and drinking experience. This reputedly hangover busting Bloody Mary minus the vodka will be the star attraction at Pasaje América’s expo this month. Head down and try out some lesser spotted flavor combinations.

Tickets: MXN$34.50

📍 Pasaje América, Av. Francisco I. Madero 6, Primer Piso, Centro, Ciudad de México, México

MUSIC | Rock Out At The Pepsi Center’s Punk Rock Fest

📅 Saturday, October 1st

Punk rock will never die and this festival is only proof of that. Nápoles’ Pepsi Center WTC plays host to this great line up of acts, including artists such as Delux, Allison and Unleash The Kraken, meaning you can get your month off to the best possible start. Tickets can be bought at Ticketmaster.

Tickets: MXN$200-400

📍 Pepsi Center WTC, Calle Dakota s/n, Benito Juarez, Nápoles, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 9000 9117

FOOD | Taste Test Mole At This Food Fair

📅 Friday, October 1st – Sunday, October 23rd

Combine a wide selection of moles with a super cheap MXN$5 entry fee and place them in the beautiful pueblo mágico that is San Pedro Atocpan in Milpa Alta, Mexico City and you’ve got the recipe for an unmissable food fair. Almost all of October will be witness to the 40th Feria Nacional del Mole, which will also have rides, plus sporting, art and cultural events on offer.

Tickets: MXN$5

📍 San Pedro Atocpan, Milpa Alta, Ciudad de México, México

CINEMA | Exhibition About The Humor Of Mexican Cinema

📅 Until 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, one of the biggest draws will be the pieces focusing on the comics Cantinflas and Tin Tan.

Tickets: MXN$50

📍 Galería de la Cineteca Nacional, 389 Colonia, Av. México Coyoacán, Colonia Xoco, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 4155 1201

ART | Diego Rivera: Re-visiones de Norteamérica

📅 Until Sunday, October 30th

Globally recognised 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

📍 Museo Mural Diego Rivera, Calle Balderas y Colon S/N, Cuauhtémoc, Colonia Centro, Centro, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 1555 1900

FILM | Free Film Screenings From The Comfort Of A Boat

📅 Saturday, October 1st

The monthly film screenings in Bosque de Chapultepec are well known for being thwarted by the temperamental Mexico City weather, but as we move out of rainy season this month, you’ve got a decent chance of being able to stop by. This month’s film will be La Sonrisa de Monalisa.

Tickets: Free

📍 Lagocinema: Andador del Lago en el Bosque de San Juan de Aragón, Calle José Loreto Fabela S/N, Gustavo A. Madero, San Juan de Aragón Sección II, Ciudad de México, México

📍 Lanchacinema: Lago Mayor de Chapultepec, Bosque de Chapultepec II Secc, Ciudad de México, México


MUSIC | English Band The 1975 Comes To Mexico City

📅 Wednesday, October 5th

With hit singles like Sex and Chocolate, The 1975 are an English rock four piece who will make a stop at Mexico City’s Pepsi Center WTC this October. Currently on a worldwide tour to promote their latest chart topping album, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, make sure to grab a ticket for their only Mexico City stop off.

Tickets: MXN$665-1124

📍 Pepsi Center WTC, Calle Dakota s/n, Benito Juarez, Nápoles, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 9000 9117

MUSIC | Mexico City Welcomes Zoé Alumnus León Larregui

📅 Friday, October 7th

A mere two days later and the dulcet tones of ex-Zoé singer León Larregui make an appearance at the Teatro Metropólitano. Best known, at least as a solo artist, for songs like Como Tú and the brilliant Brillas, he is a prolific collaborator with other artists and undoubtedly one of Mexico’s beset singers. Tickets are still available, so make sure you snap one up.

Tickets: MXN$310-1070

📍 Teatro Metropólitan, Avenida Independencia No. 90, Cuauhtémoc, Colonia Centro, Centro, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5510 1035

ART | Enjoy Noguchi’s Playscapes At Museo Tamayo

📅 Until Sunday, October 9th

Notable Mexico City museum, Museo Tamayo plays host this October to an exhibition by one of the 20th century’s most important sculptors. Compiling a total of 50 years worth of research, including scale models, drawings and photographs, the exhibition focuses on public spaces and playgrounds. After visiting the exhibition, take the opportunity to check out what else Museo Tamayo has to offer too.

Tickets: MXN$60

📍 Museo Tamayo, Paseo de la Reforma 51, Bosque de Chapultepec, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 4122 8200


FOOD & DRINK | Enjoy Some Coffee And Chocolate In Coyoacán

📅 Friday, October 14th – Sunday, October 16th

Who doesn’t love coffee and chocolate? As a country which produces excellent, albeit underrated, varieties of both, leave it to Mexico City to host a Café & Chocolate Fest in quirky Coyoacán. Taste test homegrown products from various producers, as well as some international efforts in Plaza Jardín Hidalgo.

Tickets: Free

📍 Plaza Jardín Hidalgo, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, México

MUSIC | Non Stop Ska! Music Festival

📅 Saturday, October 15th

Tickets are still on sale for the Non Stop Ska! music festival in Mexico City. With confirmed acts such as Inspector, Mad Caddies and the intriguingly named Voodoo Glow Skulls, this is a must-visit for any ska fan passing through the city this October. Check out their Facebook page for more act confirmations and information.

Tickets: MXN$377-492

📍 Palacio de los Deportes, Av Viaducto Rio de la Piedad y Rio Churubusco S/N, Granjas México, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 4743 1100

SPORT | Nighttime Fun Run On The Second Level Of The Periférico

📅 Sunday, October 16th

The second level of the Periférico may well be controversial but why not make the most of a bad situation and go for a nighttime fun run around it? Hosted by Carrera Profuturo, this is the seventh iteration of the fun run and it continues being popular and most importantly enjoyable. What better way to squeeze some exercise into your evening plans?!

Tickets: Sign up on the website

📍 Segundo Piso del Anillo Periférico, Ciudad de México, México

MUSIC | Check Out Ex-Disney Star Demi Lovato’s Concert

📅 Sunday, October 16th

Former Disney star and now established performer in her own right, Demi Lovato will be dropping by Mexico City in October and tickets are still available. Perfect for the teenager in us all, her music is powerful, catchy and inspiring. Too embarrassed to go alone? Take your younger sibling and pretend they dragged you along, not the other way around.

Tickets: MXN$467.50-2681.50

📍 Palacio de los Deportes, Av Viaducto Rio de la Piedad y Rio Churubusco S/N, Granjas México, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 4743 1100


CULTURE | Indigenous Poetry Recitals, Including Performances By Lila Downs

📅 Monday, October 17th – Saturday, October 22nd

For an unforgettable, albeit pricey, cultural experience, Lila Downs will be performing at an Indigenous Poetry Recital which will take place over the course of a full week in Mexico City. With performances from 57 other Mexican indigenous poets and singers in their native languages and Spanish, this event is one of a kind and therefore a must-see.

Tickets: MXN$2500

📍 Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, José María Pino Suárez 30, Centro, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5522 9936

MUSIC | Mexico Plays Host To Indie Rock Band Bloc Party

📅 Friday, October 21st

Bloc Party supported by Colombian band Bomba Estéreo, you say? Well, Mexico City will play host to just such an event on October 21st 2016. Tickets are on the pricier end, but are well worth purchasing if you’re a fan of either band. Indie or Latin American music fans will not be disappointed, and hopefully Bomba Estéreo will play their new smash Soy Yo!

Tickets: MXN$864-1124

📍 El Plaza Condesa, Av. Juan Escutia 4, Cuauhtémoc, Hipódromo Condesa, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5211 0044

CULTURE | A Giant Alebrije Parade Hits Mexico City

📅 Saturday, October 22nd

Alebrijes are delicate wooden animals, hand painted in vibrant colors and found across all of Mexico, although they originally hail from Oaxaca. With lithe limbs and fantastical forms, they’re one of the coolest forms of Mexican folk art. Mexico City will host a parade of giant versions of these whimsical pieces in October, which is definitely worth checking out.

Tickets: Free

📍 Departs from Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, México, at 12pm

ART | Lore Bert’s Fragile Values Exposition

📅 Until Saturday, October 22nd

German artist Lore Bert is hosting her ‘Fragile Values’ exposition, which seeks to depict the fragility of the world in which we live. However, this collection doesn’t just encourage reflection of fragility, but also on beauty, the ephemeral, freedom and the transitory nature of life. Part of the Germany-Mexico year, Bert’s work is being shown for free.

Tickets: Free

📍 Galería Ethra, Londres 54, Juárez, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5514 2710


CULTURE | Check Out the Catrina Procession

📅 Wednesday, October 26th

The Catrina skull is emblematic of Mexico, being inextricably tied to its culture and people as well as making for a popular Halloween costume across the world. Despite this international association with Halloween, they’re actually part of the Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico, and this month you can see a (free!) giant procession of them passing through the city center. Cultural and cool.

Tickets: Free

📍 Ángel de la Independencia, Paseo de la Reforma y Eje 2 PTE, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, México

CINEMA | Open Air Cinema At The Historic Plaza Aguilita

📅 Wednesday, October 26th

If you’ve not yet seen director Alonso Ruizpalacios’ black and white cinematic debut Güeros, this open air cinema screening in October is the perfect opportunity. Taking place in one of Mexico City’s best and most historic plazas, Plaza Aguilita, this free event is organized in part by La Casa del Cine Mx.

Tickets: Free

📍 Plaza Aguilita, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México, México

CULTURE | It’s A Real Life Night At The Museum

📅 Wednesday, October 26th

Every month, Mexico City plays host to Night at the Museum come to life; this month Noche de Museos falls on October 26th and various museums stay open late into the night. See Bellas Artes at dusk or wander around MUNAL instead. Museum fans can’t pass up this once monthly opportunity.

Tickets: Various, depending on the museum

📍 Various museums across the city.

MUSIC | Jenny And The Mexicats In The Mexican Capital

📅 Thursday, October 27th

Some may consider them a one hit wonder, but this multi-national band would love to prove those people wrong at their Mexico City concert. Formed from British Jenny, Spaniard David and Mexicans Icho and Pantera, this foursome are to be found at El Plaza Condesa this month. Tickets can be found on Ticketmaster.

Tickets: MXN$434-665

📍 El Plaza Condesa, Av. Juan Escutia 4, Cuauhtémoc, Hipódromo Condesa, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5211 0044

ART | Jonathan Hernández at Kurimanzutto

📅 Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, until Thursday, October 27th

An art exhibition to be held at the fantastic Kurimanzutto contemporary art gallery which ruminates on the somber reality of Mexicanness nowadays. Tax havens, daily corruption and organized crime are just some of the topics that this Mexican artist’s third exhibition at this gallery touches upon.

Tickets: Free

📍 Kurimanzutto, Gob. Rafael Rebollar 94, Miguel Hidalgo, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5256 2408

FESTIVAL | Enjoy Electronic Music On Xochimilco’s Isla De Las Muñecas

📅 Friday, October 28th – Saturday, October 29th

The legendary Isla de las Muñecas will be the site of a pre-Day of the Dead rave this October. From Friday 28th to Saturday 29th, revellers can descend on Xochimilco and camp on the island, all while enjoying the Electronic Music Festival that will be taking place there. A great way to see in the autumn festivities in Mexico City.

Tickets: MXN$150-250

📍 La Isla de las Muñecas, Xochimilco, Ciudad de México, México


CULTURE | Bear Witness To The Start Of Day Of The Dead Celebrations

📅 Monday, October 31st

All across the city on this day, people will be starting to prepare their Day of the Dead altars which serve as homages to deceased friends and relatives. Prepare to see a ton of vivid orange flowers and mementos spotted across the city, as well as a muted sense of celebration. For Mexicans, death should be both mourned and celebrated, hence the Day of the Dead traditions. A cultural experience for the casual traveler that should be observed but respected.

Tickets: Free

📍 Various locations across the city