City Events, Oaxaca Day Of The Dead Festival, Mexico
City Events during the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca involve the art students of Oaxaca who decorate on the pedestrian-only streets where areas are set aside for the construction of decorative altars built with the traditional Marigold flowers and candles.  Altars and sand paintings are constructed in the streets and building lobbies. .

The buildup to the cemetery events can be exciting as the City of Oaxaca celebrates with a week of concerts, parades, museum exhibits, and gallery openings
Events in the city during Day of the Dead include parades that take place  in the preserved colonial center.  During the week leading to the October 31st cemetery event, the city comes alive with art gallery openings, sand painting on the pedestrian streets, parades, candle-lit altars in the shops, and musical events in the plaza.  
City events during the week leading to the Day Of The Dead  Festival in Oaxaca include concerts and art exhibits on the pedestrian-only streets.
In the streets and parks of the city artists decorate altars of marigold flower, chocolate, bread, and candles while others create sand paintings.
The Oaxaca city events in the streets of Oaxaca are the buildup to the last night of October and the first two nights of November when the families go to the cemeteries and light candles, decorate the tombs with Marigold flowers, and burn Copal incense during the nightly vigils where they encourage the spirits to return for a visit.
The prelude to the Day Of The Dead in Oaxaca can be just as exciting as the event itself when Oaxaca City closees off several streets to celebrate with musical concerts,  special art museum openings, demonstrations of sand painting and competition in building the traditional decorated altar.
All this takes place in and around Oaxaca's Historic District where pedestrian only streets.    In another friendly competition, Oaxaca City's hotels, restaurants and shops decorate their lobby with altars of marigolds and quirky themes of the Day of the Dead.
Parades each day through the city lead up to the evening vigil on the last night of October.
Oaxaca Day of the Dead Schedule of Cemetery Visits
October, 31
Xoxocotlan. This town a few miles southwest of Oaxaca City  has two Cemeteries, Cementario Viejo, and the new cemetery Nuevo.
October 31, the village of Atzompa holds a later cemetery vigil starting around 11 pm.

Day of the Dead November 1
Oaxaca City Cemetery, Panteon General on the east side of the city

Tlaixtac de Cabrera, six miles south east of Oaxaca City

San Felipe del Agua, north of Oaxaca City November 2,
Village of San Antonino Castillo Velasco  A flower growing village that celebrates a week after the others
City events in Oaxaca during the Day of the Dead include celebrations that take place in the historic center of the city on the last week of October. October 31 starts the Day of the Dead cemetery visits.
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  • Day Of The Dead,  Cemetery visits Transportation  
The Day of the Dead Cemetery visit transportation is available from Oaxaca city by bus, taxi, or auto.  
Cemetery visits occur on October 31, November 1 and Nov. 2nd within a few miles of the city.  
  • Guided Cemetery Tours
First time visitors are best off with one of the many Oaxaca Tour Agencies such as Borroco Tours located on Garcia Vigil  (street)  They arrange small or large group van and bus tours for visitors to the villages.  They guide you in the cemetery, help you make photos, and provide local information about the event.
  • Self Guided Tour
Visitors can also reach the cemeteries by taxi, collective taxi, or bus.   Arrange for your return with the driver or determine the loading place for the taxis and collective taxis at the village when you arrive.  It could be difficult to find later in the evening.  Bus service will end around ten pm for some locations.  
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