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9 THINGS TO DO IN MEXICO CITY (AUGUST 01 - AUGUST 10)

Chapulines or Grasshoppers

June–October • food

Insect invasion doesn't pose a threat to Mexico, as long as crispy grasshoppers are actually a local favourite snack

Cactus Ice Cream

June–August • food

Locals call it tuna ice-cream, which often confuses customers, yet tuna is a cactus flower and smells like a cucumber rather than fish

Pozol, Tepache, and Tesguino

June–August • food

Besides tequila, expert Mexican brewers make perfect drinks from fermented corn dough, corn kernels, and pineapple skins

Granadas or Pomegranates

August–September • food

Enjoy red juicy pomegranate seeds alone, or topped over chiles en nogata

Huitlacoche or Corn Smut

May–September • food

This fine name stands for dark-coloured fungus growing on corn, and added to many Mexican foods when in season

Lime Season

June–August • food

A lime complements every dish and beverage available in traditional Mexican menus, the only exception is coffee

Mango

May–September • food

The affordable price and abundance allow you to eat as many of these sweet fruits as you want. Also try mango-based drinks, desserts, and salsas!

Rambutans

June–August • food

Good looking, nice tasting, easily peeled, and long-lasting in the sun—rambutans deserve the highest praise!

Guayaba (Guava)

August–April • food

This exotic fruit is eaten whole along with the skin and seeds, and its specific piquant flavour makes for refreshing fruit drinks and cocktails

13 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead

October 31–November 02 • event

Painted faces in colourful Mexican clothes reunite with their dead loved ones through cemetery celebrations

Cinco de Mayo

May 05 • event

Concerts, lectures, day-long Puebla street parties, and a fearless Mexican army in their finest military costumes highlight the festival

Piñata

late December–early January • activity

Would you break a colourful doll to get sweets hidden inside? This funny ritual is a part of many Mexican celebrations

Bullfights

November–March • event

Mexico remains one of few countries where this traditional entertainment is still legal, but it feels like it's to be banned soon

Christmas (Navidad)

December 16–February 02 • event

With las posadas, los pastorales, and other seasonal fun, Mexican Christmas is so much more than food and presents. It extends much further than New Years to Día de la Candelaria

Diez y Seis (Independence Day)

September 15–September 16 • event

A midnight cry for freedom, day-long reenactments, and at last the independence declaration—Mexico literally lives it over again and again

Rosca de Reyes

December 25–January 06 • food

Slices of the sweet bread include baby figurines. If you get one, consider yourself lucky!

Atole

late October–December • food

A hot savoury corn drink with fruit, nuts, and chocolate flavours is of the favourites during holiday season

Mole Poblano

October 31–November 02 | December 25 • food

This spicy chocolate sauce made of over 20 ingredients is believed to have a divine origin

Tuna (Prickly Pear)

September–December • food

You might have heard some cacti yield edible fruit, but have you ever tried grilled cactus leaves?

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit

May–June • food

This watery and moderately sweet the fruit is refreshing by itself and is a great ingredient for a variety of desserts

Tamales

late January–February 02 • food

A vast variety of stuffed cornmeal dumplings crown the feast of Candlemas

Dia de la Raza

October 12 • event

The festival provides another occasion for flamboyant public parades and scholarly debates about Mexican roots