Welcome to oaxacacalendar.com where you will find up-to-date information about the wonderful events happening in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contact Us    

Oaxaca Spanish Magic
A Spanish language school where you will discover the magic and joy of learning Spanish in a personalized setting.
Dr. Angel Gomez
is an English speaking dental specialist trained in the U.S. He has a modern clinic and onsite lab. Consider dental work during your next visit to Oaxaca.
Amigos Del Sol

Learn Spanish and Oaxacan culture in an intimate family like setting.

We offer individual attention in classes of 3 or fewer.
ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER

Dependable, professional, courteous driver can take your group of up to 8
on tours of the Oaxaca valley

044-951-507-2383
Discount
MEZCAL
Educational Excursions

Visit Oaxaca's quaint distilleries and learn about mezcal and pulque with skilled professional
Alvin Starkman.
Portrait Photography
Workshop


January 30-Feb 6

any camera, all levels welcome

Mention Oaxaca Calendar
for a 30% discount
Traditions Mexico

Cultural Journeys

Day Trips

Expedition Tours

Specialized
Private Tours

Small groups

52(951)-516-4202
Oaxaca Culinary Tours

Custom gastronomic food & drink tours for
groups of 4-16

Market Visits Cooking Classes Mole, Mezcal & Más

Quaint eateries to high end restaurants
Place your Ad on the Oaxaca Calendar!

For more information
Contact us here

Recurring Events


AA Meeting (English)
Daily - Monday and Thursday - 7 pm Free


Also Saturday at 1 pm - All 12 step groups welcome.

518 Colon

Baseball: Guerreros de Oaxaca
7pm weekdays; 5pm weekends when in town $50 pesos for men in Centro, $25 pesos for women
Vasconcelos Stadium

Oaxaca's own AAA baseball team always includes a couple of players who had brief moments in the major league. Go for the baseball and/or go for the entertaining crowd. This is real Oaxaca! The season is April to August.

Niños Heroes and Vasconcelos
Click here for the schedule of games

Book Salon
3rd Thursday of the month at 11 am Free
Oaxaca Lending Library

Different topic each month. November: Hollywood in the 40s (a little before and a little after); December: Mysteries with a sense of place; Jan.: The Mexican American Experience; Feb.: Islamic Women

Pino Suárez 519
Click here for more information and reading lists

Bridge Group
Weekly - Tuesday - 1 to 4 pm Donation
eMax Learning Center

No partner necessary. Bridge lessons before starting at 12:15.

Hidalgo 104, Barrio Jalatlaco

Danzón with the Marimba Band
Weekly - Wednesday - 6:30pm Free
Now taking place on the Alcalá at Morelos

A tradition imported from Cuba, the danzón is a stately dance with syncopation. The citizens of Oaxaca gather weekly to dance and watch the dancers.


Domingo tradición
Every Sunday at 1pm Free
San Pablo Cultural Center

A different music group every week.

Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo

Ethnobotanical Garden Tours in English
Weekly - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - 11 am $100 pesos
Entrance Reforma and Constitutión.

The only way to see this wonderful garden is on a tour. The tour is two hours long so come with water and sunscreen. There are also tours in Spanish which last one hour and cost 50 pesos daily at 10, 12 and 5pm. And a tour in French on Tuesdays at 5 pm. Arrive ten minutes before the tours to purchase tickets.


Garden Club
Monthly - 1st Wednesday Free


The Oaxaca Garden Club is dedicated to: learning, sharing and education about gardening, agriculture and nature, primarily in Oaxaca. It is achieved by regular meetings, field trips, outreach to the community and by parties. To receive the monthly notices of activities, send an email to oaxaca.garden.club@gmail.com.


Click here for the Facebook page

Hiking
Weekly - Tuesday & Friday 9 am - November thru March Minimal cost for transportation
Oaxaca Lending Library

“Hoofing It In Oaxaca” is a program of weekly hikes for adventurous gringos who hanker to explore this part of Mexico on foot. Individual outings fall into three categories: rambles through the open countryside in the Valles Centrales; visits to archeological sites in the area; and more vigorous hikes in the mountains surrounding Oaxaca City.The Oaxaca Lending Library is the rendezvous point for all of the weekly hikes. All information and a full schedule of hikes is on the Hoofing In Oaxaca website. REservations required.

Pino Suárez 519
Click here for more information

Holy Trinity Anglican Episcopal Church
Weekly - Sunday - 11 am -
Crespo 211 (between Morelos and Matamoros)

Liturgy followed by coffee hour. Information 951-514-3799


Introduction to Oaxaca
Mondays at 11 am Free
Oaxaca Lending Library

Presented by a full-time resident and member of library. They will answer questions and give their perspective on what it's like to live in Oaxaca.

Pino Suárez 519

New Book Talk
1st Thursday of the Month at 11 am Free
Oaxaca Lending Library

Come see what’s new and exciting in the collection and share what you have been reading lately.

Pino Suárez 519

Oaxaca is More Beautiful on a Bicycle
Weekly - Wednesday and Friday - 9 to 10:30 pm; Sunday at 9 am Free
Meet in front of Santo Domingo Church

The Sunday morning ride is to Tule. Free bicycles available at Mudo Ciebo, Qunitana Roo 2011 (between Humbolt and Gómez Farias) You must bring a passport or Oaxacan credentials. They have tandems, too!

M.Alcalá

Open Rehearsal: Chamber Orchestra of the Escuela de Bellas Artes
Daily - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - 8 to 10 am Free
Escuela de Bellas Artes UABJO

In the Sala Juárez on the second floor

Morelos next to the Plaza de la Danza

Religious Society of Quaker Friends Meeting
Weekly - Saturday - 10 am Free

This is the winter schedule. All are welcome. For more information and location contact Lorena Cassady at lcassady@gmail.com. Para informacion en espanol: Cara Smiley: csmiley@integratedorganic.com


Spanish English Intercambios
Weekly - Saturday - 10 to noon Free
Oaxaca Lending Library

An opportunity to practice your Spanish and help a Oaxacan learn English. Just arrive at 10 and you will be paired with someone. All levels of Spanish accommodated - including beginners!

Pino Suárez 519

Sunday Tradition - Music and Food
Weekly - Sunday - 1 pm Free
San Pablo Cultural and Educational Center



Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo

Textile Museum - Guided Visit in Spanish and English
Weekly - Wednesday - 5 pm $10 pesos
Textile Museum



Hidalgo and Fiallo

The Oaxacan State Band Concert
Weekly - Sunday - 12:30 Free
Zócalo

A wonderful tradition, sometimes other orchestras perform.


Tour to Teotitlan del Valle
Weekly - Thursday and Saturday - 9 to 5 pm $655 pesos
Instituto Cultural Oaxaca

Travel, Learn, Fight Poverty Fundación En Vía is a non-profit microfinance organization providing tours to communities around Oaxaca where participants visit women in need of small loans to improve their lives. 100% of the tour fees are given to the entrepreneurs as an interest-free micro loan.

Av. Juárez 909

Viernes Culturales (Cultural Friday)
Weekly - Friday - 6 pm Free
Zócalo

Various musical groups entertain


Walking Tour of Churches
Weekly - Tuesday & Saturday - 10am $100 pesos
meet in front of the Cathedral in the zócalo

A tour fror the devout, the lapsed and the never-were. Formore information or tours at other times write ridgecliff@hotmail.com


Zumba
Weekly - Sunday - 9 to 11am $15 pesos
LLano Park (Parque Juárez) - southeast corner

Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout sysem.


Upcoming Events


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I've added a new page where you'll find restaurant listings, galleries and Internet resources.

To view it click the button at the top left of the page.

Enjoy!
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Thursday December 18  6:00pm Free
Lecture: Public Art by Jorge Ismael Rodríguez

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

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Thursday December 18  6:30pm Free
Movie: La Boheme

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo

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Friday December 19  10:00am Free
Expo-Sale of Textiles

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo
Goes to 6 pm

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Friday December 19  10:00am Free
Craft and Design Sale

Tiendita del Barro
Calle Rufino Tamayo 800-C esquina con Xolotl a un costado de la Cruz de Piedra
All Day

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Friday December 19  11:00am Free
Print Fair

Taller Espacio Alternativo
Porfirio Díaz 413
Hours 11 to 9pm -Inaugural Party at 7 pm. About 40 artists showing and selling their etchings, woodblock prints, lithographs, screenprints or drawings.

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Friday December 19  1:00pm $250 pesos includes all materials
2 Hour Workshop:Electrólisis (non-toxic etching technique)

Taller Espacio Alternativo
Porfirio Díaz 413
Bellas Artes´ printmaking teacher, Enrique Gijón, will be instructing. For participants to sign up, contact Enrique at 044 (951) 124.7481. The participation fee includes metal plate, paper and other materials. Electrólisis is an intaglio printmaking method that uses electrical currents with solvents to etch and aquatint metal plates. A second workshop from 4 to 6pm and three more on the 20th.

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Friday December 19  5:00pm $150-200 pesos
Children's Theater: Christmas Stories

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
Staring Mario Iván Martínez, a beloved Mexican performer. It's a kid;s show but charming. He's a gifted storyteller.

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Friday December 19  6:00pm Free
Music: Pastoral - Christmas concert with the Tuna Real Universitaria

Templo de la Soledad
Independencia west of the zócalo
Be sure to go to at least one Pastoral Concert.

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Friday December 19  7:00pm Free
Festival Prenavideño

San Matias Church
Hidalgo & Abasolo, Jalatlaco

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Friday December 19  7:00pm Free
Presentation: Calendario Alalimón

La Jicara
Porfirio Díaz 1105

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Friday December 19  7:00pm Free
Theater: Mago Martin, magician

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo

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Friday December 19  8:00pm Free
Art Opening: Emi Winter

Museum of Oaxacan Painters (MUPO)
Independencia & García Vigil

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Friday December 19  8:00pm $100 pesos
Music: String Quintet

Sala Cuicacalli
Guerrero 606
Music by Mozart and Beethoven - Violín: Daniel Cruz Espinosa, Magdalena Jiménez Viola: David Cruz Espinosa, Judith Reyes Violoncello: Gonzalo Adolfo Pérez Sánchez

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Friday December 19  11:00pm $30 pesos
Music: La china Sonidera & La Sabrosa Sabrosura

Salon Central
Hidalgo 302

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Saturday December 20  Free
Festival: Empanada & Chocolate Atole with a Craft Exposition

Municipal Esplanade
San Antonino Castillo Velasco (near Ocotlan)
All Day

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Saturday December 20  Free
Festival: Feria del Maíz

Teotitlán del Valle

All Day

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Saturday December 20  Free
Chess Tournament

Casa de la Cultura Oaxaqueña
González Ortega No. 403
To play in the tournament sign up before December 19th.

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Saturday December 20  10:00am Free
Expo-Sale of Textiles

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo
Goes to 6 pm

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Saturday December 20  10:00am Free
Festival: Bread and Chocolate

Municipal Esplanade
Tlacolula
All Day

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Saturday December 20  10:00am Free
Craft and Design Sale

Tiendita del Barro
Calle Rufino Tamayo 800-C esquina con Xolotl a un costado de la Cruz de Piedra
All Day

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Saturday December 20  10:00am $600 pesos
Oaxaca Pottery Tour

Innovando la Tradición's Shop
Cruz de Piedra Plaza, Xoloti 206
Join the nonprofit, Innovando la Tradición, on a half day trip exploring the ancient pottery traditions of Oaxaca. A small group will visit the studio of a master potter and learn about the rich and complex heritage of pottery making in the Oaxaca area. The master potter will give a demonstration of traditional techniques and share their story. Participants will also have the opportunity to experiment with clay and make your own piece. By participating in this experience you are directly supporting the artisan you visit. The artisan will receive 50% of the cost of the tour to improve their workshop space, the other 50% is to cover operational costs.
Click here for more to reserve

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Saturday December 20  11:00am Free
Graphics Fair

Taller Espacio Alternativo
Porfirio Díaz 413
About forty artists producing work in Oaxaca will be showing and selling their etchings, woodblock prints, lithographs, screenprints, or drawings. Open until 8 pm.

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Saturday December 20  11:00am $250 pesos includes all materials
2 Hour Workshop:Electrólisis (non-toxic etching technique)

Taller Espacio Alternativo
Porfirio Díaz 413
Bellas Artes´ printmaking teacher, Enrique Gijón, will be instructing. For participants to sign up, contact Enrique at 044 (951) 124.7481. The participation fee includes metal plate, paper and other materials. Electrólisis is an intaglio printmaking method that uses electrical currents with solvents to etch and aquatint metal plates. Two more sessions from 1 to 3 and from 3 to 6.

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Saturday December 20  11:00am Free
Design & Craft Sale - Mano a Mano

Central Public Library
M. Alcalá 200
Until 8 pm

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Saturday December 20  3:00pm Free with 10 petition signatures
Music: Jazz & Blues Against Maíz Transgenico

Railroad Museum
Calzada Madero 511, Barrio Ex-Marquesado

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Saturday December 20  4:00pm Free
Music: Piano Recital

Sala Cuicacalli
Guerrero 606

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Saturday December 20  5:00pm Free
Dance: Woven by Peter Chin & Marina Acevedo

EthnoBotanical Garden
Reforma & Constitución
Limited seating. Get tickets in advance at the Textile Museum

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Saturday December 20  6:00pm Free
Music: Pastoral - Christmas concert with the Tuna Real Universitaria

Law School of UABJO
Independencia & M. Alcalá
Be sure to go to at least one Pastoral Concert.

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Saturday December 20  6:00pm Free
Documentary: las Mieses del Futuro

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

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Saturday December 20  7:30pm Free
Music: Álvaro Torres Quartet

Museo Belber Jiménez
Matamoros 307

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Saturday December 20  8:00pm $100 pesos
Music: Piano Recital

Sala Cuicacalli
Guerrero 606
Works by Stravinsky, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev y Ravel

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Sunday December 21  Free
Festival: Empanada & Chocolate Atole with a Craft Exposition

Municipal Esplanade
San Antonino Castillo Velasco (near Ocotlan)
All Day

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Sunday December 21  Free
Festival: Feria del Maíz

Teotitlán del Valle

All Day

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Saturday December 20  12:00pm Free
Music: Ensemble of Saxephone, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Piano

Sala Cuicacalli
Guerrero 606
Music by Dvorak, Spohr, Iturralde, Piazolla, Danzi y Sarasate

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Sunday December 21  10:00am Free
Expo-Sale of Textiles

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo
Goes to 6 pm

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Sunday December 21  10:00am Free
Festival: Bread and Chocolate

Municipal Esplanade
Tlacolula
All Day

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Sunday December 21  11:00am Free
Design & Craft Sale - Mano a Mano

Central Public Library
M. Alcalá 200
Until 8 pm

Sunday December 21  4:00pm $80 pesos at the purple door
Music: Blues, Soul and Rock 'n Roll from Job, Kazt, Bill & Dr. Z

Casa Colonial
Miguel Negrete 105

Sunday December 21  5:00pm Free
Music: Violin Festival

Fabrica de Hielo
González Ortega No. 120
By the students of the Violin Studio of Sala Cuicacalli

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Sunday December 21  6:00pm Free
Music: Pastoral - Christmas concert with the Tuna Real Universitaria

Templo de San Miguel Arcangel
Tlalixtac
Be sure to go to at least one Pastoral Concert.

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Sunday December 21  7:00pm Free
Music: Christmas Concert by the Coro de la Cuidad

Teatro Juárez
Av. Juárez at LLano Park

Sunday December 21  7:00pm Free
Music: Baroque Music - Coro Amadeus in Voce

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo

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Sunday December 21  8:00pm Free
Music: Two Piano Recital

Sala Cuicacalli
Guerrero 606

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Sunday December 21  12:00pm Free
Music: Two Piano Recital

Sala Cuicacalli
Guerrero 606
Works by Mozart, Liszt, Carrillo y Prokofiev

Monday December 22  2:00pm $100 pesos, $70 for library members
Lecture: The Middle East Part 3 by Jon Swanson

Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
In English - A three-part lecture series focusing on Syria, Palestine/Israel and Yemen. Swanson examines how these countries interact with one another and the modern world.

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Monday December 22  4:00pm Free
Music: Clarinet, Bassoon, Flute and Piano Ensemble

Sala Cuicacalli
Guerrero 606
Works by Bach, Fauré, Heras, Ravel, Rabaud, Hurlstone

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Monday December 22  6:00pm Free
Lecture: El uso de los hongos comestibles...

EthnoBotanical Garden
Reforma & Constitución

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Monday December 22  10:00pm Free
Music: Rolas con Navarro

Nueva Babel
Porfirio Díaz 1105

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Tuesday December 23  6:00pm Free
Music: Pastoral - Christmas concert with the Tuna Real Universitaria

Santo Domingo Church
M. Alcalá & Constitución
Be sure to go to at least one Pastoral Concert.

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Thursday December 25  6:00pm Free
Music: Pastoral - Christmas concert with the Tuna Real Universitaria

Templo de la Compañía de Jesús
Independencia & M. Alcalá
Be sure to go to at least one Pastoral Concert.

Monday December 29  10:00am $600 pesos
Oaxaca Pottery Tour

Innovando la Tradisión's Shop
Cruz de Piedra Plaza, Xoloti 206
Join the nonprofit, Innovando la Tradición, on a half day trip exploring the ancient pottery traditions of Oaxaca. A small group will visit the studio of a master potter and learn about the rich and complex heritage of pottery making in the Oaxaca area. The master potter will give a demonstration of traditional techniques and share their story. Participants will also have the opportunity to experiment with clay and make your own piece. By participating in this experience you are directly supporting the artisan you visit. The artisan will receive 50% of the cost of the tour to improve their workshop space, the other 50% is to cover operational costs.
Click here for more to reserve

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Monday December 29  10:00pm Free
Music: Rolas con Navarro

Nueva Babel
Porfirio Díaz 1105

Thursday January 08  10:00am $600 pesos
Oaxaca Pottery Tour

Innovando la Tradisión's Shop
Cruz de Piedra Plaza, Xoloti 206
Join the nonprofit, Innovando la Tradición, on a half day trip exploring the ancient pottery traditions of Oaxaca. A small group will visit the studio of a master potter and learn about the rich and complex heritage of pottery making in the Oaxaca area. The master potter will give a demonstration of traditional techniques and share their story. Participants will also have the opportunity to experiment with clay and make your own piece. By participating in this experience you are directly supporting the artisan you visit. The artisan will receive 50% of the cost of the tour to improve their workshop space, the other 50% is to cover operational costs.
Click here for more to reserve

Saturday January 10  10:00am $600 pesos
Oaxaca Pottery Tour

Innovando la Tradisión's Shop
Cruz de Piedra Plaza, Xoloti 206
Join the nonprofit, Innovando la Tradición, on a half day trip exploring the ancient pottery traditions of Oaxaca. A small group will visit the studio of a master potter and learn about the rich and complex heritage of pottery making in the Oaxaca area. The master potter will give a demonstration of traditional techniques and share their story. Participants will also have the opportunity to experiment with clay and make your own piece. By participating in this experience you are directly supporting the artisan you visit. The artisan will receive 50% of the cost of the tour to improve their workshop space, the other 50% is to cover operational costs.
Click here for more to reserve

Saturday January 10  11:00am
Music: Bizet’s Carmen

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.
Click here for more information

Saturday January 17  12:00pm
Music: Lehár’s The Merry Widow—New Production

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.
Click here for more information

Saturday January 31  12:00pm
Music: Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley, and Christine Rice sing the three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.
Click here for more information

Saturday February 14  11:30am
Music: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta / Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle—New Production

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.
Click here for more information

Saturday March 14  12:00pm
Music: Rossini’s La Donna del Lago—Met Premiere

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition:Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.
Click here for more information

Saturday April 25  11:30am
Music: Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo's Pagliacci—New Production

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition:Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Click here for more information

Festivals & Holidays


I do my best to be accurate but festival dates are subject to change from year to year.



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Free
Festival: Witches’ Tuesday
Zocaló
Xoxocotlán

Every Tuesday during Lent the people of Xoxocotlán celebrate the miracle of witches bringing food and light during the building of their church. In the central plaza, lit only by oil lamps, enjoy eating tamales and drinking atole. Live entertainment.

Free
Ceremony: Paseos de los Veirnes de Cuaresma
Llano Park
Oaxaca

Students accompanied by a band or Tuna give flowers to their favorites. She with the most flowers is declared queen. A longtime Oaxacan tradition of unknown origin.

Free
Ceremony: Paseos de los Veirnes de Cuaresma
Llano Park
Oaxaca

Students accompanied by a band or Tuna give flowers to their favorites. She with the most flowers is declared queen. A longtime Oaxacan tradition of unknown origin.





Free
Ceremony: Paseos de los Veirnes de Cuaresma
Llano Park
Oaxaca

Students accompanied by a band or Tuna give flowers to their favorites. She with the most flowers is declared queen. A longtime Oaxacan tradition of unknown origin.

Margie's Pick


Procession of Offerings - Palm Sunday
begins at the cemetery and goes to the church
San Antonino Castillo Velasco (near Ocotlan)

An opulent procession of offerings and a reenactment of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem – Also many processions including on leaving from the Santo Domingo Church at 9 am and another leaving from the Templo de San Francisco at 10 am. In front of all churches in the city and village look for woven crosses and other ornaments made of palm being sold.


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Procession of Silence
Alcalá and Garcia Vigil
Oaxaca

Moving procession of crosses and full sized devotional figures






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Guelaguetza
Guelaguetza Stadium
Oaxaca

Another performance at 5 pm. Presentation of the traditional dances of the villages of Oaxaca danced by delegations from each village. There is an alternate Guelaguetza and other events during this period.

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Guelaguetza
Guelaguetza Stadium
Oaxaca

Another performance at 5 pm. Presentation of the traditional dances of the villages of Oaxaca danced by delegations from each village. There is an alternate Guelaguetza and other events during this period.


Margie's Pick


Ceremony: The Blessing of the Animals
Merced Church
Independencia & Miguel Doblado

Animals and their human keepers are there to celebrate the feast day of San Ramón de Nonato, patron saint of women in labor, persons falsely accused and keeper of animals. Expect to see many pets in costumes.


Ceremony: El Grito de Dolores
Zócalo
Oaxaca

The governor of Oaxaca shouts the traditional ‘grito’ from the balcony of the Governor’s palace in commemoration of Independence Day. Massive fireworks follow. No alcohol is sold so the crowd is very family friendly.


Holiday: Independence Day
Mexico

National Holiday - most stores and all offices are closed. Parades in the morning.

Margie's Pick


Free
Witches’ Tuesday
Zócalo
Xoxocotlán

Every Tuesday during Lent the people of Xoxocotlán celebrate the miracle of witches bringing food and light during the building of their church. In the central plaza, lit only by oil lamps, enjoy eating tamales and drinking atole. Live entertainment.