Experimental music space Umbral is celebrating its third anniversary this weekend. All weekend they are bringing in diverse acts that explore sound and noise art, and mixed media installations. Thursday night they will be hosting an event in Actividades Mercurio on Álvaro Obregón in Roma Norte. The event starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are 50 pesos.
For more than 15 years UNAM has hosted a Megaofrenda (Mega offering) to commemorate Day of the Dead. However, this year the mega altar will be located in Santo Domino plaza and will be dedicated to the Oaxacan painter Rufino Tamayo. You can visit the altar from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2 and UNAM will be hosting various artists and acts to celebrate the holiday.
Oct. 29, Mexico City will be hosting the first ever Day of the Dead parade. There will be dancers, life-size puppets, floats and more. The parade will be divided into three segments: the Trip to Mictlán, La Muerte Niña (A 19th century custom of photographing recently deceased children with their families) and To the Cemetery, which depicts the celebration of death in Mexico since Pre-Hispanic times. The parade will begin at the Angel of Independence at 2 p.m. and will conclude at the Zócalo around 7 p.m. After, you can head over to see the traditional offering in the Plaza de la Constitución.
Later that night, Turibus will be running a Day of the Dead lights tour throughout the city, which runs until Nov. 2. The route begins at 9 p.m. in the Zócalo and will head down Reforma crossing Chapultepec Park and returning through Condesa to end at the point of departure. The only requirement is that you come dressed in costume or a Turiluchas mask.
At the same time there will be a cycling tour called “Night of the Cycling Dead” on Reforma. Come in costume, because at 8 p.m. there will be a costume contest at the Angel of Independence, and the winner will receive a bike.
The Dolores Olmedo Museum will be hosting a Day of the Dead party from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 with activities for the whole family. On Nov. 2 they will host their yearly parade and Calavera Costume Competition, now in its 18th edition.