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

MEZCAL
Educational Excursions

Visit Oaxaca's quaint distilleries and learn about mezcal and pulque with skilled professional
Alvin Starkman.
Amigos Del Sol

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

We offer individual attention in classes of 3 or fewer.
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
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
Horseback Tours

Ride fit, trained horses on guided adventures in Valle de Tlacolula. Small groups personally guided by English speaking owners. In TripAdvisor & Lonely Planet

cel: 951-199-7026
Day of the Dead
Photo Workshop Tour


Oct. 27-Nov. 4, 2014

Oaxaca Cultural Navigator

More Workshops, Too!
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.
Seasons of My Heart
Culinary Tours


Chef Susana Trilling invites you to join her and her staff for culinary tours in various parts of Oaxaca and Mexico

044.951.508.0469
Traditions Mexico

Cultural Journeys

Day Trips

Expedition Tours

Specialized
Private Tours

Small groups

52(951)-516-4202
Oaxaca Spanish Magic
A Spanish language school where you will discover the magic and joy of learning Spanish in a personalized setting.
Property For Sale
Located in Reyes Elta

7000 sq. meters, operational well, shed, magnificent mountain views

valentinacvx@
hotmail.com

Cell:
044-951-243-3511

Office:
044-951-515-5672
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

Bridge Group
Weekly - Tuesday - 2 to 5pm Donation
Oaxaca Lending Library

No partner necessary. Bridge lessons before starting at 1:15.

Pino Suarez 519

Danzón with the Marimba Band
Weekly - Wednesday - 6:30pm Free
Zócalo

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.


Düdxa Tubi Tianguis
Sundays starting at 11 am Free
MUFI - the Stamp Museum

Market for locally made goods

Reforma 504

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 - Friday 9 am - Free except for transportation costs, leaving from the Oaxaca Lendiing Library
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 program runs November thru March, with a schedule of 23 different outings. Reservations required. All information and a full schedule of hikes is on the Hoofing In Oaxaca website.

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


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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Margie's Pick

Friday September 19  $250 pesos prix fixe meal
Restaurant Week - Oaxaca Sabe

20 Oaxacan restaurants

A chance to try the better restaurants (their logos are at the bottom of the poster - kind of tiny, sorry) with a set 3 course meal including beverage for $250 pesos.
Click here for more information

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Friday September 19  10:00am $250 pesos
Workshop: Danzón with a musical rythmn

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo
sign up at 951-514-1212 or hugolinoms@hotmail.com

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Friday September 19  4:00pm Free
Lecture: Rythmic Evolution of Danzón

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo
sign up at 951-514-1212 or hugolinoms@hotmail.com

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Friday September 19  6:00pm Free
Music: Chamber Orchestra of the CCO

Museum of Contemporary Art (MACO)
M. Alcalá 202

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Friday September 19  6:00pm Free
Lecture: The Guayabera and Danzón

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo
sign up at 951-514-1212 or hugolinoms@hotmail.com

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Friday September 19  6:00pm Free
Art Opening: Irving Herrera

Casa de la Cultura Oaxaqueña
González Ortega No. 403

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Margie's Pick

Friday September 19  6:30pm Free
Performance Piece: Autorretrato de humo y rose, Parábola III by Elvira Santamaría

IAGO- Graphic Arts Institute
M. Alcalá 507

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Friday September 19  7:00pm Free
Reading: Poetry related to danzón

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo
9th National Congress of Danzón - Oaxaca 2014

Friday September 19  7:00pm Free
Photography Opening: An Italian in Oaxaca - Giancarlo Bruniera

Palacio de Gobierno (Governor's Palace)
south side of the zócalo

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Friday September 19  7:00pm Free
Movie: Atempa

Nuevo Mundo
M. Bravo 206

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Friday September 19  7:30pm Free
Opening: One Dolor: El Padre de la Patria se Fue por los Dolares - Drawings by Gonzalo Rocha

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos

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Friday September 19  9:00pm $350 pesos
Vela Danzonera

Convention Center, Salón Monte Alban
Calzada Madero at Av. Technológico
With several Danzoneras performing

Friday September 19  10:00pm Free
Music: The Exis present an evening of Beatles songs

Funky Cat
Belisario Domínguez 1001, Colonia Las Flores

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Margie's Pick

Saturday September 20  $250 pesos prix fixe meal
Restaurant Week - Oaxaca Sabe

20 Oaxacan restaurants

A chance to try the better restaurants (their logos are at the bottom of the poster - kind of tiny, sorry) with a set 3 course meal including beverage for $250 pesos.
Click here for more information

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Friday September 19  12:30pm $250 pesos
Workshop: Choreographic Design in Danzón

San Pablo Cultural Center
Hidalgo 907, Antiguo Callejón de San Pablo
sign up at 951-514-1212 or hugolinoms@hotmail.com

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Saturday September 20  11:00am Free
Danzón Demonstrations by Danzonera Acerina

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
9th National Congress of Danzón - Oaxaca 2014

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Saturday September 20  1:30pm Free
Danzón Demonstrations by Danzonera Felipe Urbán

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
9th National Congress of Danzón - Oaxaca 2014

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Saturday September 20  4:00pm Free
Danzón Demonstrations by Danzonera La Playa

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
9th National Congress of Danzón - Oaxaca 2014

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Saturday September 20  6:30pm Free
Movie: A Tiro de Piedra

Salón de Usos Múltiples
Santa María Atzompa

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Saturday September 20  6:30pm Free
Musical/Theatrical Spectacular

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
9th National Congress of Danzón - Oaxaca 2014

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Saturday September 20  7:00pm $50 pesos
Theater: Masiosare

Teatro Juárez
Av. Juárez at LLano Park

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Saturday September 20  7:30pm Free
Music: Susana Harp

Plaza de la Danza
next to the Soledad Church on Morelos

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Saturday September 20  7:30pm Free
Music: Ampersan

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos

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Saturday September 20  8:00pm Free
Circus: Maroma Intercultural

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

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Saturday September 20  9:00pm $350 pesos
Baile de Gala

Convention Center, Salón Monte Alban
Calzada Madero at Av. Technológico
With several Danzoneras performing info at 514-1212 or hugolinoms@hotmail.com

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Margie's Pick

Sunday September 21  $250 pesos prix fixe meal
Restaurant Week - Oaxaca Sabe

20 Oaxacan restaurants

A chance to try the better restaurants (their logos are at the bottom of the poster - kind of tiny, sorry) with a set 3 course meal including beverage for $250 pesos.
Click here for more information

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Saturday September 20  12:00pm Free
Workshop: Dioses, Mitos y Laberintos

Santo Domingo Cultural Center
next to the Santo Domingo Church, Alcalá

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Sunday September 21  8:00pm Free
Circus: Maroma Intercultural

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

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Sunday September 21  9:00pm $350 pesos
Baile de Gala

Convention Center, Salón Monte Alban
Calzada Madero at Av. Technológico
With several Danzoneras performing info at 514-1212 or hugolinoms@hotmail.com

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Sunday September 21  9:00pm $350 pesos
Dinner Dance

Salón Partenón
Eucaliptos 105, Colonia Reforma
info at 514-1212 or hugolinoms@hotmail.com

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Margie's Pick

Monday September 22  $250 pesos prix fixe meal
Restaurant Week - Oaxaca Sabe

20 Oaxacan restaurants

A chance to try the better restaurants (their logos are at the bottom of the poster - kind of tiny, sorry) with a set 3 course meal including beverage for $250 pesos.
Click here for more information

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Margie's Pick

Sunday September 21  12:00pm Free
Music: Cuarteto Juárez

Children's Library
José López Alvarez 1342, Xochimilco

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Sunday September 21  12:00pm Free
Workshop: Dioses, Mitos y Laberintos

Santo Domingo Cultural Center
next to the Santo Domingo Church, Alcalá

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Monday September 22  7:00 Free
Movie: Ratas de la Ciudad

Casa de la Cuidad
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos

Click here for more information

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Monday September 22  7:00pm $30 pesos
Movie: Oa Imagen Ausente

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.
Click here for more information and trailer

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Monday September 22  8:30pm Free
Music: Juan José González "Juma" trovador

Colectivo Tutuma
Murguía 200

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Tuesday September 23  7:00pm $30 pesos
Movie: Eco en la Montaña

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo

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Margie's Pick

Tuesday September 23  7:00pm Free
Art Auction

Noel Cayetano Arte Contemporáneo
M. Alcalá 407-30, Plaza Sto. Domingo
A silent auction with winners revealed at 10 pm

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Tuesday September 23  7:30pm Free
Movie: Manos Grandes & Silvestre Pantaleón

La Jicara
Porfirio Díaz 1105

Click here for more information

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Margie's Pick

Tuesday September 23  8:00pm $250 pesos prix fixe meal
Restaurant Week - Oaxaca Sabe - Closing

Casa Crespo Restaurant
Allende 107
Final event of a week of affordable dining at Oaxaca's best restaurants. If you have eaten at five restaurants in the Oaxaca Sabe before today you can attend this final event for free!
Click here for more information

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Wednesday September 24  7:00 Free
Movie: La Banda de los Panchitos

Casa de la Cuidad
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos

Click here for more information

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Wednesday September 24  7:00pm $30 pesos
Movie: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Click here for more information

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Wednesday September 24  8:00pm Free
Movie: Mood Indigo

Cinema Central
Hidalgo 302

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Margie's Pick

Wednesday September 24  8:00pm Free
Music: Programa Mexicano

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos
Sócrates Juárez, violin, Ulíses Juárez, violin, Horacio Urbieta, viola, & Rodolfo Hernández, cello

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Wednesday September 24  9:30pm Free
Music: Lea - rock Pop

Nueva Babel
Porfirio Díaz 224

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Thursday September 25  6:00pm Free
Music: Guitar Ensemble

Museum of Oaxacan Psinters (MUPO)
Independencia & García Vigil

Thursday September 25  7:00pm
Theater: Los Derechos de la Mujer

Teatro Avaro Carrillo
Calzada Madero at Av. Technológico
Tickets at Artesanias Hujzache, Murguía 101 and Alcalá

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Friday September 26  8:00pm
Opening: La Musica de la Retina - Group Show

Hidalgo 1308


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Margie's Pick

Friday September 26  12:00pm Free
Lecture: Author Victor Villaseñor

Oaxaca Lending Library
Pino Suárez 519
Victor Villaseñor is a Mexican-American writer, best known for the New York Times bestseller novel Rain of Gold. His books are used in schools and college-level classes, and his children’s books teach life lessons for people of all ages. Villaseñor is an engaging speaker who focuses on universal themes as he shares his life experience and Mexican heritage through the spoken word.

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Saturday September 27  6:30pm Free
Movie: Purgatorio

Salón de Usos Múltiples
Santa María Atzompa

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Saturday September 27  7:00pm $50 pesos
Theater: Masiosare

Teatro Juárez
Av. Juárez at LLano Park

Margie's Pick

Sunday September 28  4:00pm $60 pesos at the purple door
Music: Blues, Soul and Rock 'n" Roll

Casa Colonial
Miguel Negrete 105
Kazt, Bill, AND DrZ with Job on harmonica

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Monday September 29  8:30pm Free
Music: Juan José González "Juma" trovador

Colectivo Tutuma
Murguía 200

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Tuesday September 30  7:30pm Free
Movie: El Señor de las Tres Caídas

La Jicara
Porfirio Díaz 1105

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Margie's Pick

Saturday October 04 
Oaxaca Filmfest 5

various

Through October 11
Click here for today's schedule

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Margie's Pick

Sunday October 05 
Oaxaca Filmfest 5

various

Through October 11
Click here for today's schedule

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Margie's Pick

Monday October 06 
Oaxaca Filmfest 5

various

Through October 11
Click here for today's schedule

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Margie's Pick

Tuesday October 07 
Oaxaca Filmfest 5

various

Through October 11
Click here for today's schedule

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Margie's Pick

Wednesday October 08 
Oaxaca Filmfest 5

various

Through October 11
Click here for today's schedule

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Margie's Pick

Thursday October 09 
Oaxaca Filmfest 5

various

Through October 11
Click here for today's schedule

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Margie's Pick

Friday October 10 
Oaxaca Filmfest 5

various

Through October 11
Click here for today's schedule

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Margie's Pick

Saturday October 11 
Oaxaca Filmfest 5

various

Through October 11
Click here for today's schedule

Saturday October 11  12:00pm
Music: Verdi’s Macbeth

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Click here for more information

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Wednesday October 15  9:00am $900 pesos
Workshop: Dyeing with Pre-hispanic Materials

Centro de Difusión de la Grana Coshinilla Tlapanochestli
Santa María Coyotepec

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Wednesday October 15  9:00am $600 pesos
2 Day Workshop: Ikat

Textile Museum
Hidalgo & Fiallo

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Wednesday October 15  10:00am $250 pesos
Workshop: Borders in the Style of Oxchuc, Chiapas

Ethnobotanical Garden
Reforma & Constitución

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Thursday October 16  9:00am $900 pesos
Workshop: Dyeing with Pre-hispanic Materials

Centro de Difusión de la Grana Coshinilla Tlapanochestli
Santa María Coyotepec

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Thursday October 16  10:00am $250 pesos
Workshop: Borders in the Style of Oxchuc, Chiapas

Children's Library
José López Alaveez 1342, Xochimilco

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Friday October 17  9:00am
Conference: 1st Encounter with Mesoamerican Textiles

Textile Museum
Hidalgo & Fiallo
Irmgard Weitlaner Johnson

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Friday October 17  12:00pm Free
Art Opening: Group Show of Graphics

Art & Culture Building, UABJO
Av. Universidad, Colonia Cinco Señores

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Saturday October 18  9:00am
Conference: 1st Encounter with Mesoamerican Textiles

Textile Museum
Hidalgo & Fiallo
Irmgard Weitlaner Johnson

Saturday October 18  12:00pm
Music: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro–New Production

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count they work for, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino.
Click here for more information

Sunday October 26 
Mexican Daylight Savings Time Ends




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Monday October 27  10:00 $10,000 pesos
Workshop: Basic Glassmaking

Xaquixe Studio
Magdalena Apasco Etla

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Monday October 27  7:30pm Free
Poetry Reading: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Guadalupe Angela, Feliciano Sanchez Chan (Yucatan Mayan/Eng.) & Jonathan Harrington

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos
Public part of the US Poets in Mexico Conference
Click here for more information

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Monday October 27  7:30pm $600 US dollars
5 Day Poetry Conference

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos

Click here for more information

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Tuesday October 28  7:30pm Free
Poetry Reading: Anselm Berrigan, Natalia Toledo, Clare Sullivan (Zapotec/Eng.)

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos
Public part of the US Poets in Mexico Conference
Click here for more information

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Wednesday October 29  7:30pm Free
Poetry Reading: Leah Silvieus (Fellowship Award), Ron Silliman, Larry Fagin

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos
Public part of the US Poets in Mexico Conference
Click here for more information

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Thursday October 30  7:30pm Free
Poetry Reading: Andrei Codrescu, Rocio Gonzalez, Catherine Wagner

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos
Public part of the US Poets in Mexico Conference
Click here for more information

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Friday October 31  7:30pm Free
Poetry Reading: All Participants & Faculty read one poem each

Biblioteca Henestrosa
Porfirio Díaz & Morelos
Public part of the US Poets in Mexico Conference
Click here for more information

Saturday November 01  12:00pm
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

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Wednesday November 12  9:00am
Instrumenta Oaxaca



Through to the 23rd
Click here for more information

Saturday November 22  12:00pm
Music: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy—featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera—stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.
Click here for more information

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Margie's Pick

Friday November 28 
Food Festival: El Saber del Sabor

various restaurants

goes to December 2nd

Saturday December 13  11:00am
Music: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Teatro Macadonio Alcalá
Independencia & 5 de Mayo
New York Metropolitan Opera in High Definition: James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 of San Miguel Arcángel - Traditional Convite
The streets of Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca
ending at the church

Huge parade by the women of all ages of Tlalixtac. They all carry baskets of flowers on their heads. Amazing!

Free
Festival of San Miguel Arcángel - Calenda
The streets of Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca
ending at the church

Traditional parade with bands, large puppets (monos), costumed dnacers

Free
Festival of San Miguel Arcángel - Fireworks and a Castillo
Town center
Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca


Free
Festival of San Miguel Arcángel - Procession of the statue of the saint
Town center
Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca


Free
Festival of San Miguel Arcángel - Greased Pole, greased pigs and other general jolities
Town center
Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca


Free
Festival of San Miguel Arcángel - Jaripeo (rodeo)
Town center
Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca


Free
Festival of San Miguel Arcángel - Jaripeo (rodeo)
Town center
Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca


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Free
Festival of San Miguel Arcángel - Charro of San Miguel Tlalixtac
Riding Center
Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca

Don't miss this! Mexican horse show with riding exhibitions including (I hope) groups of women riding sidesaddle in close formation. I'll be there for sure!




The Virgin of the Rosary
Santo Tómas Church
Xochimilco, Oaxaca

Procession and then fireworks with a huge castillo.

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Procession: The Virgin of the Rosary
Church of San Tomás
Xochimilco, Oaxaca

After mass a procession of estandartes (large red velvet banners covered with silver ornaments) and then fireworks including a castillo (tower)



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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.

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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.