Day of the dead in Mexico City is one of the biggest events in the capital. In this post, we will give you detailed information on how to plan your trip to CDMX for the day of the dead including events and parade schedule!
We usually jump between Oaxaca and Mexico City for day of the dead but if you chose CDMX this year, good choice! Expect it to be colorful, vibrant, and we hope you can pull an all-nighter!
I have to be honest: growing up celebrating day of the dead in Mexico City, this has been my family’s favorite event and we do take it seriously.
You probably have booked your Mexico City hotels and accommodations so I won’t go into the details. In this post, I will share all the coolest day of the dead events in Mexico City but be warned: you really won’t need a calendar for the day of the dead as there will be something happening in every corner of the capital.
🪅 Editor’s Note: We regularly update this Mexico City day of the dead events so bookmark this page and come back closer to dates!
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🎊 Mexico City Day of the Dead Parade 2022
October 22, 2022: Alebrijes Parade
⏰ 12:00 PM
📍 Zocalo Mexico City
Every year, the Museo de Arte Popular (Museum of Popular Art) hosts the grand alebrije parade. Alebrije is a popular folk art culture of brightly colored sculptures and mythical creatures. This sacred Mexican art is from the state of Oaxaca.
The parade will start at the Zocalo in Mexico City and ends in Paseo de Reforma. If you miss the alebrijes parade, they will be on display in the Angel de la Independencia (Angel of Independence) until November 6, 2022.
October 23, 2022: Catrinas Parade
⏰ 6:30 PM
📍 Angel de la Independencia
The Catrina is a famous Mexico day of the dead immortal icon. Every year, thousands of massive Catrinas grace the steets of Mexico City and spectators are also dressed as Catrinas.
The make-up session will begin at 11:00 AM on October 23, 2022. You will find the make-up artists betweem the Estela de Luz monument and Angel of Independence until 8:00 PM. Prices start at US$10 but it all depends on the style you want so make sure to grab some Catrina photos on Pinterest!
The parade commences at 6:30 PM at Angel of Independence in Reforma and will pass in Juarez Avenue, and ends in the Zocalo.
October 29, 2022: Grand day of the dead Mexico City Parade
📅 October 29
📍 Zocalo Mexico City
The grandest and the biggest of them all is the Mexico Day of the Dead Parade. This parade starts in the Zocalo and paves 8.7 KM for 5 hours.
The best spots to be a spectator for these parades are Paseo de La Reforma and Zocalo. The parade will start at approximately 12:00 noon.
🎉 Mexico City day of the dead events
Go to Tezozómoc Park in Azcapo
📅 October 29 – November 2, 2022
📍 Hacienda del Rosario
Tezozomoc Park is a large green area in Mexico City. This year, we are expecting many free activities and events in the park like art exhibits, their own day of the dead parade, an extensive display of altars, a costume contest, and of course, a food festival.
Cuauhtémoc Mexico City day of the dead parade
📅 October 22, 2022
📍 Alameda de Santa Maria
Cuahtemoc is one of the best neighborhoods to visit in Mexico City and this year, they are going to have their own day of the dead parade!
The parade starts at 10:00 AM in Alameda de Santa Maria. Aside from the parade, there will also be street food markets, artisanal markets, film viewing, and art activities in the neighborhood.
San Andrés Mixquic Day of the dead in Mexico City
📅 November 1 and 2, 2022
Day of the dead in Mixquic is particularly popular with the Mexicans. During the week of the day of the dead, Mixquic turns into a magical and festive neighborhood highlighting a pre-Hispanic and colonial day of the dead traditions.
Monumental skulls of Tlahuac
📅 November 1 and 2, 2022
📍 Francisco Santiago Borraz, Santa Cecilia, Tláhuac
Also known as Calaveras Gigantes (Giant Skulls), this street in Tlahuac has yearly exhibitions of massive calaveras. This year, the collection will honor Jose Guadalupe Posada’s garbancera catrina.
This is the most exciting open-air/outdoor exhibit for day of the dead in Mexico City and admission is free!
Mega ofrenda by UNAM
📅 November 1 and 2, 2022
📍Plaza de Santo Domingo
Ofrenda is the altar and is is very significant during day of the dead because this is specifically for their departed loved ones. There is no format in making the altar so you will see all of them differently.
The Mexicans get really creative with their altars and it’s a joy to see! Ever year, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) spearheads the mega ofrenda. This year, 40 universities in Mexico City are expected to participate.
Students and professors put their best foot forward to designing the best altar as this is also an annual contest. The event will take place in Santo Domingo Plaza on November 1 & 2, from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
Day of the dead in Mexico City Parade for pets
📅 October 30, 2022
📍5 de Febrero
See hundreds of dogs parade with their day of the dead costumes! The parade will start at 11:30 AM on Avenida 5 de Febrero towards the streets of Fray Juan de Zumarraga, Montevideo, Rio Bamba, Matanzas, and Buenavista.
Apart from the cuteness overload of pet costumes, there will also be live music, food, dancing, and art activities. Admission is free for the first 250 people so come early!
Calacas Fair at National Arts Center (Cenart)
📅 November 1 & 2, 2022
The National Arts Center in Mexico City announced that their Calacas Fair that will take place on November 1 and 2, 2022. Organized by Alaz y Raices, the Calacas Fair is another day of the dead activity to check out.
There will be markets, art workshops, and activities for both adults and children. As of today, the program of activities have not been released by Cenart but we will update this post once we hear from them!
Jurrasic Park at The Box
📅 October 1-31, 2022
📍Av. Paseo de la Reforma 157
An unusual activity famous for families and friends, The Box will have the Jurrasic Immersion for the whole month of October. This is an experiential activity where The Box installs their Jurassic Park masterpiece.
Six Flags Horror Festival
📅 September 15 – November 14, 2022
📍 Carr. Picacho-Ajusco Km 1.5
Six Flags is an amusement park in Mexico City and all those locals who grew up in the capital have fond day of the dead memories at this park. Six Flags holds this event every year and this year, they have added 10 more extreme horror attractions.
Get to know about La Llorona
📅 October 1 – November 27, 2022
📍 Pista Olímpica Virgilio Uribe, Xochimilco
La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) is a mythical ghost of the prehispanic times. According to legends, La Llorona roams around the parks weeping for her children whom she drowned.
In Xochimilco, they have stage plays that will introduce you to this popular myth and you can watch this show while on a boat in Xochimilco!
📅 October 15, 2022
📍 Santa María La Ribera 100-int 7
The Oracle Festival and Magical Bazaar is also known as the festival of the witches. The event will have tarot reading booths, fairy tales, Wicca culture, and it is overall a magical experience, especially for those who are fascinated by witches.
The entrance fee is US$17 (250 pesos) and will take place on October 15, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Visit haunted places with Tour Insolito
📅 October 29, 2022
📍 Secret haunted places
Tour Insolito is a company that does yearly visits to the most haunted places in CDMX. Spearheaded by paranormal investigators and experts, this is one of the days of the dead events in Mexico City that everyone is looking forward to!
📅 October 17 – December 21, 2022
📍 Calle James Sullivan
The Victoria Cempasuchil celebrates life and death through Mexico’s historical traditions. Cempasúchil (marigold) is the traditional day of the dead flower and you will see them all over the city during day of the dead.
In this experience, you will get to visit personalized rooms filled with these flowers with hummingbirds guiding you through the whole immersion. Admission is US$15 and you can do this activity all week (Monday to Sunday).
Zombie March 2022
📅 October 22, 2022
📍 Monument to the Revolution
Although zombies don’t really have anything to do (nor related) with a day of the dead, Mexico City day of the dead events is a little bit more creative each year.
This year, there will be a big parade of zombies in Mexico City for Halloween fans. Make sure to wear your zombie outfit as you can participate in this parade!
The zombie march will take place on October 22. Activities will take place from 10:00 AM and the real march will start at 4:00 PM.
Festival of ofrendas and floral arrangements
📅 October 28 – November 2, 2022
📍 CDMX Historic Center
Every year, Mexico City holds a contest for the best ofrenda, altar, and floral arrangements. This year, the event will take place from October 28 – November 2, 2022.
The winning altars and ofrendas will be displayed at Mexico City’s Historic Center and this is a great sight to see!
Aquelarre Fest 2022 at Teotihuacan
📅 October 29 and 30, 2022
📍 Club Campestre Teotihuacán
The Aquelarre Fest is a Witch Festival that takes place in the historical Teotihuacan. There will be costume contests, Wiccan brooms, and conferences about magic.
This is like a real-life Harry Potter event so don’t miss it! Additionally, the pyramids of Teotihuacan turns into a magical festival of lights during day of the dead Mexico City.
Pan de Muerto and Chocolate Festival
📅 October 29 – November 2, 2022
📍 Calz. de Tlalpan 1721, San Diego Churubusco
Pan de muerto is the traditional Mexican bread that is commonly used in the altars during day of the dead. This year, the Churusbusco Convention Center will hold a big food and drink event to honor this Mexican food culture.
There are many types of pan de muerto and in this festival, you can learn how to make it or simply make your way through the booths tasting breads and chocolate drinks!
💀 Day of the dead in Mexico City things to do
Candlelight Concerts in Mexico City
Candlelight is a new concept in Mexico City where the concert venue is filled with thousands of candles. Yep, no lights! There will be numerous candelight events in Mexico City for October and November.
Here are some of the Candlelight events you shouldn’t miss:
- October 21, 2022: day of the dead traditions at Mexiquense Anáhuac (US$7)
- November 1, 2022: Halloween Convert at El Cantoral (US$7)
- November 19 and December 3, 2022: Tribute to Queen at Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral (US$7)
- See all Candelight concerts, tickets, and events here
Outdoor horror movie viewing
📅 October 29 – 30, 2022
📍 Ecoturistico Michmani Park
Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, lots of wine and sit at the Michmani Park for Noctubulante’s yearly horrow movie screening! This is a great open-air activity where you can see the local life in Mexico City and of course, the day of the dead traditions.
This isn’t that popular with foreigners yet so we want to share this super local activity with you. Hope you’ll check it out! Tickets cost US$25 per person.
Dark dining in Mexico City
📅 October 12 – December 14, 2022
📍 La Imperial Parque Duraznos
La Imperial Restaurant recently launched a dark dining concept and it is one of the firsts in Mexico City. They will have a special menu for day of the dead so you may want to reserve your dark dining experience here.
FYI, you will be blindfolded for the entire dinner so it’s best to do this with a partner or someone you know intimately. Test your senses and explore Mexican food without even looking at it!
Day of the dead photo sessions in Xochimilco
Every year, the tourism board of Xochimilco holds a photoshoot event by bringing tourists and travelers to famous day of the dead spots of Xochimilco. These are the following spots this year:
- Xochimilco Historic Center
- Embarcadero Nuevo Nativitas Xochimilco
- Embarcadero Cuemanco\
- Embarcadero Belem
Calaverita Museum (only open once a year!)
📅 October 30 – 31, 2022
📍 20 de Noviembre #24, San Miguel, Tláhuac
For the last 14 years, this family in Tlahuac installs the Calaverita Museum and welcomes visitors from all over the world to showcase their calavera work of art.
This year, it will take place on October 30-31 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM. There will be food stalls, music, and many activities in the area.
We really advice you to visit this museum because it is only open two times a year! Admission is US$0.50 per person.
Cempasúchil farm race
📅 October 23, 2022
📍 San Luis Tlaxialtemalco
Every year, Xochimilco holds an annual marigold farm race where 600 participants run through a big area filled with cempasuchil. The race is about 8 kilometers. The race will begin at 8:00 AM and is open to the public.
Futurama Dark Cinema
📅 October 10 – November 4, 2022
📍 Cda. de Otavalo 15, Lindavista
Fan of horror movies? The Futurama Dark Cinema holds film viewings every day of the dead and these are the movies for this year:
- October 10: The Ouija Board
- October 11: Psychosis
- October 12: Nosferatu
- October 13: Nightmare on Elm Street
- October 14: The Prophecy
- October 17: It
- October 18: The Shining
- October 19: Scarie movie
- October 20: The Ring
- October 21: Mom
- October 24: Creep
- October 25: The Conjuring
- October 26: The Lady in Black
- October 27: Paranormal Activity
- October 28: The Exorcist
- October 31: The Curse
- November 03: La Llorona
- November 04: Carrie
Learn how to make pan de muerto
Travelers love Mexican recipes and every day of the dead, there are many pan de muerto cooking classes in the capital. This year, the biggest class will be hosted by Cardin Bakery in Roma neighborhood.
Cardin is a reputable and local bakery that the Roma residents frequent. If you don’t want to attend the class, simply sit down here on another day and try their pan de muerto!
Asylum Horror House
📅 All weekends of October 2022
📍Av. del Peñón 355, Moctezuma 2da Secc
Every year, the Asylum Horror House opens for one month at the Encuentro Oceania shopping mall. To access the horror house, all you have to do is to present a US$7 purchase from any stores in the mall. Just show a receipt/proof of purchase and you’re in!
Halloween Escape Room in Roma
📍 Chapultepec Avenue 402 cabbage. Rome North, CDMX
Another interactive horror event in the Roma neighborhood, the escape room is based on Jamie Lee Curtis’ Halloween Ends and is one of the locals’ favorites – it’s terrifying and adventurous, and it’s for FREE! The Escape room is open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Museo del Carmen costume contest for pets
📅 November 6, 2022
📍 Museo del Carmen
The Museo del Carmen (Carmen Museum) holds day-of-the-dead costume contests for pets every year. This year’s theme is based on the legends of San Angel where pets have to portray the characters in this popular Mexican urban legend.
Night bike ride to celebrate the Day of the Dead
📅 October 29, 2022
Mexico City is a bike city and almost every local uses this as a mode of transportation. Every year, there is a night bike ride that goes around for 20 KM around the city where people ride their bikes, skateboards, trolleys, etc with a day of the dead costume.
This event is FREE and you can easily rent bikes and scooters around Mexico City. The ride will start at 7:00 PM and end at 11:00 PM.
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