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

Fort Lauderdale, FL

OCT. 27-NOV.2 - The FAT Village ARTS District, located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, is going all out for its Day of the Dead celebration. The event will include "Nocturnes," a fine art exhibit, live music, a circus performance, indie craft vendors, body painting, an art walk, and community altars. 504 NW First Avenue, 954-560-1028.

Miami, FL

OCT. 29 - Halloween clowns? Spooky! Carnevil 2012 is just what it sounds like, circus meets evil, and features flying aerialists and acrobats with stilt walkers and dwarfs, among dancers and contortionists.

OCT. 27 - This Halloween House Party isn't like the ones you have at home unless your iPod can magically produce live performances by Sueñalo, Jahfe, DJ Ethics and DJ Gil. Didn't think so.

Washington DC
OCT. 31- NOV. 2 - Smithsonian Dia de los Muertos Festival will celebrate Dia de los Muertos as a 3D experience in their the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum which illustrates the customs and beliefs varying from ancient Mesoamerica to those currently practiced in today's Latino culture. The museum will also host a poetry and open mic, music by Lila Downs, La Santa Cecilia, among others, drumming workshops, mural art creation, live webcast from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a meso-ball game tournament, and a costume contest. There will also be a special ofrenda dedication to actress Lupe Ontiveros, singer Chavela Vargas, and artist Carlos Alfonso.

Denver, CO

ENDS NOV.3 - El Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life Community Celebration Event will be an evening of face painting, piñata breaking, traditional Aztec Dancers, traditional Mexican refreshments (pan de muertos, and Mexican hot chocolate!), a procession, and an art exhibition.

Manhattan, NY

NOV.1-4 - For four days Mano a Mano, the organization that explores Mexican culture in the United States and promotes the understanding of Mexican traditions, will host a slew of Day of the Dead events at St. Mark Church. Events include a procession through the Village streets with an ancient ritual blessing of the community altar, as well as workshops on Mexican paper crafts, musical presentations by Mariana Ramírez y Diana Malgrejo: Mexican Marimba Duet on Saturday and Mariachi Flor de Toloache on Sunday, and a ton of food and crafts for sale, which is the best part.

NOV. 2 - Hecho en Dumbo, New York's trendy Mexican hotspot and restaurant, will host a Dia de los Muertos costume party at their adjacent establishment Salón Hecho, featuring music by Los Master Plus, from Guadalajara, and Joro Boro.

OCT. 26 - ¡WEPA! HallowWHITE: Celebrating Souls is giving Day of the Dead and Halloween a twist with this "White Party" after the ¡WEPA! group visited Mexico. It was there they learned about Dia de los Muertos and realized they "shared a mutual strong reverence for those who have passed, and of course, las ganas de celebrar!" That's what it's all about.

Brooklyn, NY NOV. 2 - Celebrate Sunset Park's 2nd Dia de los Muertos exhibit that invites guests to partake in creating the community's altar with your own personal items that can include framed pictures, flowers, candy, food, cigarettes, drinks, or whatever your passed loved one preferred in their living life.

OCT. 31 - Bembe, the club where wild things always happen, so it's fitting that they host a Masquerade party. Costumes are highly encouraged. Music includes sets by DJ Beto and WHO AM I.

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