Intrigued by Day of the Dead? What You Need to Know and Where to Celebrate

San Francisco, CA

ENDS NOV.10 - Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future is SOMArts' annual Dia de los Muertos art group exhibition show. Each year more than 70 artists build elaborate installation altars that in the past have dealt with contemporary issues like health care, presidential election, and neighborhood violence.

NOV. 2 - One of the most spirited events in the Bay Area is the San Francisco Day of the Dead Procession and Festival of Altars, which invites guests to dress up in their favorite Dia de los Muertos garb, and walk through the historic streets of the Mission District.

Portland, OR

NOV.2 - At the Roots Salon gather for the 4th annual Dia de los Muertos to celebrate both life and death through building altars with sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite food and drinks of those who have died.

Seattle, WA

OCT. 27-28 - Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed explores the cultural roots of Mexico through live performances, sand paintings, hands-on activities, food vendors, face painting, arts and crafts, and a musical procession.

Chicago, IL

OCT. 28- NOV. 11 - The National Museum of Mexican Art is hosting Hanal Pixán: Food For The Soul Exhibit featuring sugar skull demonstrations, installations, and works of art created by "Mexican artists from both sides of the border, [that] invites visitors to celebrate life by glimpsing death."

OCT. 26 - The ARTango Center Chicago presents their 4th Annual Halloween Party with live music by Alejandro Ziegler Quartet from Buenos Aires. Surely dancing will bring the spirits out!

OCT. 26 - Casa Ciudad de Mexico will host Dia de Muertos and features "Pintoras Mexicanas," a group of female Mexican painters and will pay tribute to important historical figures like Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington.

Corpus Christi, TX

NOV. 2 - The 5th annual Dia de los Muertos block party is major party in downtown Corpus Christi and includes art, piñatas, folklorico dancers, a community altar, costumes, dancing, food and lots of live music performances.

Houston, TX

NOV. 3 - The 25th annual Dia de los Muertos event at the Lawndale Art Center includes an extensive group art exhibition through Nov. 10. The Community Ofrenda allows guests to bring personal items and add them to the community altar, through Nov. 10. At the Musical Ofrenda the ROCO chamber group and Musiqa will present short original contemporary musical offering to those who have died, at 5:30 pm, Oct. 30. The Family Day Fiesta guests of all ages can partake in cutting papel picado, decorating sugar skulls, and enjoy performances by Houston Grand Opera, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico, and Paedarchy Puppets.

Las Vegas, NV

NOV. 1- 2 - Life in Death: Day of the Dead is a 2-day festival, presented by Clark County Parks and Recreation, and includes an art exhibit, live performances, arts and crafts sales, food vendors, and more.

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