Day of the Dead is a beautiful holiday recognizing ancestors and incorporating the best of what Mexican holidays are by combiing pre-Columbian tradition with Catholic ritual to create something completely unique. This is an excellent time to visit Mexico and submerge yourself in the public ritual of these two days of remembrance!
November 1st and 2nd is celebrated as Day of the Dead in Mexico. The best celebrations in the city are in the panteones (cemeteries) spread through out the city. The best place to go within the city is the barrio in southwest corner called Mixquic. Attracting visitors locally and internationally the main plaza will be filled with people making altares, selling snacks, and having processions to local cemeteries.
The city’s largest cemeteries, Panteón Civil de Dolores and Bosque de Chapultepec are another good place to check out to experience altares, drink mezcal, and wander through the beautiful installations.
El Museo de Arte Popular in Coyoacan is another great place to see beautiful altares and eat traditional snacks including what I think may be the best esquites in the country.