10 Things to Do in Mexico City in August

Enjoy the Fiestas de la Vendimia and the hot days during August. Of course, you can't miss the Mexico City Marathon that brings the best energies to the city.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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10 Things to Do in Mexico City in August

Mexico City | ©darkside-550

August is considered a quiet month and festivals are scarce, due to the low season. However, there are many benefits when visiting Mexico City during this month, for example, you can take advantage of affordable prices for accommodations and car rentals, many monuments are cheaper and there are also a variety of outdoor activities and gastronomic fairs.

The chances of rain are higher than in July, but the days are still sunny and hot. For your visit during this month I recommend you take advantage of the grape harvest season and enjoy a tasting of seasonal wines, attend the Mexico City Marathon or participate in the Hello Kitty and Friends Fun Run.

1. Join the Hello Kitty and Friends Fun Race

Hello Kitty Race| ©RunSociety
Hello Kitty Race| ©RunSociety

If you like outdoor events and Japanese cartoons, I invite you to enjoy the massive Hello Kitty and Friend Fun Run that takes place in Mexico City during August. It is an ideal activity to do with children over three years old and enjoy family plans.

The race is divided into three courses, there is a 3 km walk, but if you are looking for more adrenaline you can participate in the 5 km race or the 10 km marathon. It is estimated a participation of at least ten thousand people, so I suggest you keep an eye out for registrations in May on the official website.

The route takes Reforma Avenue, along the way you will find hydration and recovery points, then passes through the Gandhi circuit in Chapultepec and the Museum of Anthropology. At the finish line you will have the opportunity to take pictures with Hello Kitty. Here are the approximate prices of the races:

  • The 3 km walk has an estimated price of 22 €, but if you buy the ticket during the kit delivery it has an extra charge of approximately 2 €.
  • The 5 and 10 km races have an approximate cost of 30 € and an extra charge of about 2 € if you purchase your entry at the kit delivery.

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2. Attend the vintage events in Mexico City

Wine| ©stevepb
Wine| ©stevepb

The Grape Harvest Festival is one of the most awaited events by Mexicans and is among the best activities in July and August. It takes place in different parts of the country and consists of a series of rituals to give thanks for the harvest of grapes, which are used to make the wines of the region.

While it is a very fun plan, it is understandable that traveling outside of Mexico City can complicate your itinerary, especially if you plan to visit the city in two days.

If you can't attend the grape harvest festivities, don't worry! There are other plans available in Mexico City, such as visiting local wineries or taking a gastronomic tour with wine tasting. Also, after the grapes are harvested for the grape harvest, the best wines begin to arrive in the city.

Taste traditional wines at Vino y Club

One of the best options is to go to El Vino y Club, where every month they select special proposals. As August is one of the months of the grape harvest, you will find very interesting wine options to taste.

In this site you can buy handicrafts made from corks, as well as Jean Lenoir's Wine Nose, an implement sought after by winemakers and wine tasters to identify the best wines. Here you can find selections of local wines, prepared with the best of the vintage, as well as options from France, Spain and Italy.

Stop by Simon's Bar

Simon Vinos is a very interesting proposal, ideal to enjoy the best wines of the city in La Roma street. You can visit them any day of the week, except on Sundays when they are usually closed. It is the perfect opportunity to taste wines, beers and mezcal in bulk, accompanied by the best local charcuterie.

Every month they hold events, during August you can take advantage of the tasting tours around the area, tasting nights, wine battles and tapas weekends.

3. Participate in the Mexico City Marathon

Mexico City Marathon| ©Christian Ramiro González
Mexico City Marathon| ©Christian Ramiro González

There are many activities during July in the city, for example Mexicans prepare with sports activities to welcome in August the Mexico City Marathon, an annual event full of history that takes place since 1983 and runs through the most important streets of the city.

On the official website you can find the countdown for the event, as well as the route of each year and a previous training plan. To participate it is important to be physically prepared, since the route is 42 kilometers long. It is an event that you will remember for the rest of your life, since it is the most important marathon in Latin America and one of the most outstanding worldwide.

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4. Sign up for a wrestling show

Wrestling in Mexico| ©Emilio Olivares
Wrestling in Mexico| ©Emilio Olivares

You can't leave Mexico City without experiencing live wrestling. In the ring takes place one of the best activities of the city, it is ideal to do it during August as a plan during rainy or very hot days.

Most wrestling matches take place at the Arena de Mexico also known as the Cathedral of Lucha Libre, which is located in the heart of Mexico City. You will probably recognize the wrestling masks that are a characteristic symbol of Mexico.

To experience the wrestling shows, I recommend you keep an eye on the Arena de Mexico's official website where they announce the dates, wrestlers and more. In general, the approximate price ranges from 9 to 20 €. If you want to live more experiences related to this sport, you can eat like a real wrestler at Baby Face a food stand named after one of the best wrestlers in Mexico with dishes from 7 €.

The love for wrestling is reflected in various parts of the city, in the Guerrero station there is a mural in tribute. You can also visit the Sala de la Lucha at the Museo del Juguete Antiguo which has exhibits of legendary wrestlers, the entrance fee ranges from 3 to 4 €.

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5. Don't miss the August fairs

Chiles de la feria| ©Ulises Moreno
Chiles de la feria| ©Ulises Moreno

In August, joy fills the streets of Mexico City, with a variety of food, culture, film and art fairs. Each one represents the best of Mexican culture and I recommend you make a note of them in your itinerary. Some available options include:

  • Feria del Chile, this is an event that tours the country offering a variety of typical Mexican dishes, including chili. Most of the year it is in Puebla, but it comes to Mexico City in August, specifically to Plaza Vista Norte.
  • Film Fairs, you can live a multicultural experience, thanks to the fact that every month, the Cineteca Nacional organizes weeks dedicated to foreign cinema. During August it is the turn to celebrate German Film Week and Japanese Film Week with film and documentary screenings.
  • Feria de la Torta is a tribute to the famous Mexican torta, which consists of a snack typical of the region that can be filled with ham, chicken, ostrich, wild boar, among others. In August and February a huge version of about 800 kilos and 74 meters is prepared, you can eat as much as you want and the cost ranges from 2 to 16 €.

6. Take a horseback ride and celebrate the good temperatures of August

Horseback Riding| ©Chris Neumann
Horseback Riding| ©Chris Neumann

Outdoor plans are still the best option during August, so I suggest you take a horseback ride. The closest destination is the Ecotourism Park of San Bernabé Ocotepec that covers the surroundings of the city with its forests. It is forbidden to take medicinal plants, mushrooms and hunt animals, in order to preserve the fauna and flora of the area.

In addition to horseback riding, you can go hiking, biking up the mountain, bird watching or even camping. Other plans available include rock climbing, enjoying a day in the countryside and going to the Peña viewpoint to observe the city from the top. The entrance fee is approximately €1, or €2 if you want to use the parking lot.

If you are looking for a quiet and clear place you can visit Cumbres del Ajusco National Park, a space full of green areas located an hour from Mexico City.

It offers a variety of plans, such as an excursion to Cerro El Avila, gastronomic and wine tastings, ATV rides and of course the ideal horseback riding. The entrance fee is around 5 €. The cost for horseback riding in Mexico City is around 9 € in most venues.

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7. Celebrate International Youth Day

International Youth Day| ©Gobierno de Oaxaca
International Youth Day| ©Gobierno de Oaxaca

During August, Mexico City prepares a variety of activities to celebrate International Youth Day, which takes place on August 12. Many events take place on the same day and the most fun ones last for two days or even a week. There are also often festivals where you can get fake or real tattoos, as well as enjoy graffiti displays, food stalls, live music, dance performances and much more.

This day is celebrated to commemorate the rights of young people. Some of the activities include:

  • Thematic debates organized by UNESCO.
  • Information campaigns regarding the needs of youth.
  • Parties, concerts and freeworkshops at the headquarters of the city council and other government agencies.
  • Camping nights under the stars, there are several outdoor venues that organize group activities for young people, such as Los Dinamos park where they have bonfires and organize theme parties.

8. Climb the pyramids of Teotihuacan.

Teotihuacan| ©Javier Ogeros
Teotihuacan| ©Javier Ogeros

One hour from Mexico City is one of the most challenging and incredible experiences, where in addition to flying in a hot air balloon, you can climb to the highest point of the archaeological site. General admission is around 4 € and if you bring your student card you can get special discounts.

It is advisable to opt for a guided tour to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, in order to learn about its history and make a more organized visit. To begin with, I recommend you visit the Pyramid of the Sun and the Moon, as well as the Palace of Quetzalpapallotl, also known as the Palace of the Butterflies, which has an interesting structure and a variety of photographic sites.

The Citadel is another site you must visit, it is made up of 15 pyramids and one of them is in the shape of a snake. To enter the pyramids there are several doors, specifically five:

  • The first gate is located on the Calzada de los Muertos, the tourist influx is high, but it is the best way to properly know the pyramids.
  • The second gate is in front of the Calzada de los Muertos.
  • The third gate is between the Pyramid of the Moon and the Museum of the Murals.
  • The fourth gate is just behind the Pyramid of the Sun.
  • The fifth and last gate is next to gate four, arriving at the Museum of Teotihuacan Culture.

I recommend visiting the pyramids of Teotihuacan during weekdays in August, as they are less crowded. On weekends this visit can be chaotic and very busy.

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9. Enjoy World Book Lovers Day

Person Reading| ©Joel Muniz
Person Reading| ©Joel Muniz

August 9th is World Book Lovers Day, a date with a variety of events that you can enjoy in Mexico City, such as bazaars, auctions and discounts on books, workshops in bookstores and libraries and even fairs and festivals.

I invite you to take a tour of the most special reading corners in the region, starting with El Péndulo, a coffee shop whose menu is named after books and writers, and also has a large bookstore. La Casa del Poeta is another option to enjoy the poetry shows.

10. Schedule a Mexican cooking class

Cooking class| ©Edgar Castrejon
Cooking class| ©Edgar Castrejon

To close this fun month I suggest you attend a traditional Mexican cooking class ideal for you to learn how to cook their dishes from the hand of a professional chef. While you cook you can learn about the history of the region' s gastronomy and taste the preparations.

It is an ideal plan during August to cover you from the rainy days and to accompany the meals with the wines of the grape harvest season.

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