Day Of The Dead Events Schedule Oaxaca, Mexico, October, November
City Events
During the Day of the Dead in  Oaxaca, celebrations take place in the city on the last week of October.
October 31 starts the Day of the Dead cemetery visits  where the families decorate the graves with Marigold flowers and candles.
The Day Of The Dead festival in Oaxaca, Mexico blends exotic pagan ritual with Christian celebration in a heady mix of candles, marigold flowers, copal incense, and chanting of ancient dirges in a cemetery vigil that starts on October 31.
The buildup to the event can be just as exciting as the City of Oaxaca celebrates with a week of concerts, parades, museum exhibits, and gallery openings
Events
Parades in the preserved colonial city liven the celebration.  During the week leading to the November 1st 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.  
During the week leading to The Day Of The Dead  Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, the pedestrian-only streets hum with concerts and parades while artists decorate altars of marigold flower, chocolate, bread, and candles and others create sand paintings on the streets.
Among the events on Day of the Dead is the family's visit to the graveyards during the last night of October and the first of November to light candles, decorate with Marigold flowers, and burn Copal incense during night vigils.  These visits are to encourage the spirits to return.
This festival blends Oaxaca's pagan festival with the Christian ritual of All Souls Day and becomes a fascinating spectacle as the cemeteries fill with the light of a thousand candles.
Events in Oaxaca city start during the last week of October with displays in the art museums, musical concerts, and decorations in the shops.
The prelude to the Day Of The Dead in Oaxaca can be just as exciting as the event itself when the people go to the cemeteries and light thousands of candles.. This is one of Oaxaca City's important festivals and they close 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 pedestrian only streets in this great city for walking.  In another friendly competition, Oaxaca'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 November.
Oaxaca Day of the Dead Schedule of Cemetery Visits
October, 31
Xoxocotlan. This town a few miles southwest of Oaxaca City  has two Cemeteries, Cemetario 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,
Vllage of San Antonino Castillo Velasco  A flower growing village that celebrates a week after the others
Day of the Dead in the City of Oaxaca, Mexico, includes events during the last week of October as the celebrations take place.
October 31 starts the Day of the Dead cemetery visits, and the decorating of tombs.
Day Of The Dead in the City of Oaxaca, Mexico, includes the cemetery vigil on the nights of October 31 and November 1 and 2
Events take place in the city during the last week of October as the celebrations approach the evening vigils, cemetery visits, and the decorating of tombs.
Day Of The Dead in the City of Oaxaca, Mexico, includes musical festivals and concerts in the city.  Events take place in the city during the last week of October as the celebrations approach the evening vigils, cemetery visits, and the decorating of tombs on October 31 and November 1 and 2..
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico
  • Day Of The Dead,  Reach the Cemeteries:  
The Day of the Dead Cemetery visit transportation is available from Oaxaca city by bus, taxi, or car.  Cemetery visits occur on October 31, November 1 and Nov. 2nd.  
  • 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
Otherwise the best option is taxi, collective taxi, or bus to the village.  Arrange for your return or determine the loading place at the village when you arrive.  It could be difficult to find later in the evening.  
Day of the Dead Oaxaca Mexico, Cemetery Visits Transportation
Day of the Dead Events Schedule
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