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Concerts in Mexico CityYour hotel or AAA travel agency may be able to obtain advance tickets for such popular performances as those given by the Ballet Folklórico de México. Tickets for many performing arts events, popular music concerts and other fun things for couples to do also can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

The Palace of Fine Arts (M: Bellas Artes, lines 2 and 8) is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra. The National Opera Company also stages productions here, usually January through March and August through October. The Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra (Orquestra Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México) gives concerts at Silvestre Revueltas Hall (Sala Silvestre Revueltas) and is one of the fun places to go for couples. It is located at Anillo Periférico Sur #5141 (just east of Avenida Insurgentes Sur) in the southern suburb of Tlalpan.

International symphony, ballet and opera companies also perform at the National Auditorium (Auditorio Nacional), Paseo de la Reforma #50 in Chapultepec Park (M: Auditorio, line 7). There is a Ticketmaster outlet in the building.

The acclaimed National University Symphony hosts its concert program at Justo Sierra Auditorium (M: Universidad, line 3, south terminal), on the National University of Mexico campus. The hall is famed for its acoustics. Nezahualcoyotl Hall regularly presents performing artists and groups, including the University of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra. It is located within the University Cultural Center, off Avenida Insurgentes Sur south of the main campus buildings.

Music al fresco can be heard on the street or at parks throughout the capital. Better yet, many of these performances—which range from mariachi music to heavy metal—are free. If you're wondering where to listen to music and find things to do this weekend, Sunday concerts often take place in Alameda Park, usually around noon, and near the Lake House (Casa del Lago) in Chapultepec Park . The main plazas in Coyoacán and San Angel often are the scene of weekend musical offerings.

International pop, rock and hip-hop acts take the stage at the National Auditorium; at the Sports Palace (Palacio de Los Deportes), in the eastern part of the city off avenidas Río Churubusco and Viaducto Río de la Piedad (M: Velódromo, line 9); and at Parque Foro Sol stadium, across Avenida Río Churubusco from the Sports Palace.

The state-of-the-art Mexico City Arena (Arena Ciudad de México) is in the northwestern part of the city off Avenida de las Granjas, Colonia Azcapotzalco. With a seating capacity of just over 22,000, it presents major pop and rock concerts, ice skating shows, circuses, and occasional boxing matches and NBA exhibition games. For a full lineup of events, check the arena's page on ticketmaster.com.mx.

The Ballet Folklórico de México is one of the standout offerings in this destination. Although tickets are sold in advance at the Palace of Fine Arts box office (on the ground floor at the main entrance), they may be difficult to obtain unless you purchase them at least a day ahead or book a tour that includes the ballet. Note: The troupe occasionally moves to the National Auditorium or the National Museum of Anthropology to accommodate visiting performing arts groups. Check the Ticketmaster website for specific schedule information.

Another eagerly anticipated event is the annual series of performances of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet “Swan Lake” at Chapultepec Park. Lago Menor, just south of Lake Chapultepec, provides a watery backdrop for the evening performances by Mexico's renowned Compañía Nacional de Danza troupe. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from late February to late March. Amphitheater seats range from 160-200 pesos and should be reserved in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the Palace of Fine Arts box office; at booths at the Del Bosque Cultural Center (Centro Cultural del Bosque) complex, within the park off Paseo de la Reforma and Calzada Chivatito.

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Travel Information

City Population

8,851,080

Elevation

2,240 meters (7,347 feet)

Tourist Protection

Secretaría de Turismo (SECTUR) headquarters, Presidente Masaryk #172; phone (55) 3002-6300 (English spoken). Persons needing legal assistance should contact this department at the Ministry of Tourism.

Police (emergency)

Dial 060 and ask to be connected to an English-speaking operator if you need immediate assistance.

Police (non-emergency)

In general, the police in Mexico City should be contacted only as a last resort. If your car is stolen, however, you must report it to the police, as you will be liable for any subsequent crimes in which the vehicle is involved.

U.S. Embassy

Paseo de la Reforma #305 (M: Sevilla or Insurgentes, line 1); phone (55) 5080-2000. The embassy is open for general business Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30; closed U.S. and Mexican holidays. There is a protection officer on 24-hour duty to advise you in the event of robbery, assault, major loss, accident, illness or death; Mexican law takes precedence in such instances. Information regarding attorneys and translators also can be obtained.

Canadian Embassy

Calle Schiller #529, just north of the National Museum of Anthropology (M: Auditorio, line 7); phone (55) 5724-7900. Open Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5; closed Canadian and Mexican holidays.

LOCATEL

Phone (55) 5658-1111. This government-operated agency can help coordinate a search for missing persons or lost, stolen or towed vehicles; the hotline is answered daily 24 hours. The LOCATEL office is in the southern suburb of Churubusco at Calle Heroes del 47 #113, 3 blocks south of the National Museum of Interventions; phone (55) 5484-0400.

Consumer Protection Offic

Contact the Consumer Protection Office (Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor, or PROFECO) if you feel that you've been cheated or ripped off regarding a service or purchase; phone (55) 5625-6700 or 01 (800) 468-8722 (toll-free long distance within Mexico).

Hospitals

The ABC Medical Center (Centro Médico ABC) is several blocks south of Chapultepec Park at Calle Sur #116, at Avenida Observatorio (M: Observatorio, line 1); phone (55) 5230-8000. All major credit cards are accepted. The Mexican Red Cross (Cruz Roja) is located at Calle Luis Vives #200, between Avenida Ejército Nacional and Avenida Homero (north of Chapultepec Park in the Polanco neighborhood). It is open 24 hours; phone (55) 1084-4505.

Local Phone Calls

All calls made from landlines are charged as local calls. Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, there was a separate price structure for long-distance calls (designated by the acronym LADA, or larga distancia). There also are no long-distance cellphone charges; dialing either a local cell number or a long-distance cell number from a landline is charged as a local call. Calls made to a cell number must include the prefix 044.

Publications

The News is an English-language newspaper published Monday through Friday in Mexico City. Major U.S. newspapers are available at many newsstands the day after they are printed.

Visitor Information

Av. Presidente Masaryk #172 Mexico City, DF . Phone:(55)3002-6300

Currency Exchange

The rates charged by banks and casas de cambio (currency exchange houses) don't differ that much, so currency exchange is a matter of convenience. Most banks exchange currency Mon.-Fri. 9-noon, but you may have to wait in line; exchange houses often are open weekdays until 5 and may be open Saturdays as well. Exchange houses and ATMs are concentrated along Paseo de Reforma, in the Centro Histórico and in the Zona Rosa. The Sanborns chain of restaurants also provides ATMs.

Staying Safe

Street crime—from relatively benign offenses like pickpocketing and purse snatching to dangerous armed robbery—is an ever-present risk. No part of the city is immune, even the upscale Polanco neighborhood and other areas frequented by tourists. One way to avoid being mugged or robbed is not to wear expensive jewelry or watches.

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