Things to do in Oaxaca: listen to live music

While you’re here in Oaxaca, we encourage you to take advantage of all the city has to offer.  You can find everything from traditional Oaxacan music to Spanish and English rock to jazz.  Here are some of our favorite places to go and listen.

The Zócalo
Oaxaca’s central square has concerts on most evenings around 6pm.  The state band performs on Sundays around noon.

Teatro Juárez
This theatre, just off the Llano (Parque Juárez) and a few short blocks from the ICO, hosts all kinds of concerts.  Schedule available at: http://www.teatrojuarez.org/

Café Central
Café Central is one of the best-known bars in Oaxaca for live music.  They also host free movies on Wednesday nights, but Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, live music and dancing is where it’s at.  Cover is usually around $50-$100 depending on the event.

Nueva Babel
This tiny bar – which seats about 15 people comfortably – has live music every night, from trova on Sundays to an open mic on Tuesdays to rock on Friday and Saturday nights.  There’s rarely a cover during the week, although Friday and Saturday you will probably pay about $30 to get in.

Teatro Macedonio Alcalá
The beautiful and historic Alcalá Theatre often hosts concerts of classical and folkloric music as well as dance.

The streets of Oaxaca
Much of the best live music can be found out and about in the city.  Marimba and mariachi in the zócalo; guitarists roaming around the centro, and different musicians around Santo Domingo and Plaza Labastida.  Keep an eye out for our favorite street musician.

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