Community Celebrations: Dia de los Muertos 2018

Dia de los Muertos is a special celebration in the Mexican culture that commemorates friends, family and loved ones who have departed. This annual holiday’s celebrations usually include a special altar with offerings, the cleaning and decorating of graves, eating traditional foods such as pan de muerto, and coming together to remember and celebrate those who have passed.

Dia de los Muertos altar created by the Dia de Muertos Seattle Committee | Photo by Christopher Nelson

Below are some of the many community-created events to celebrate this year’s Dia de Los Muertos:

Arts Gumbo 2018 – Celebrate Dia de los Muertos!

Saturday, October 20 | 6 – 9 PM | Rainier Arts Center | $10-15

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos! We invite you to experience Mexican culture through engaging conversation, cultural dance, food, art, children’s crafts, and film!

Bailadores de Bronce
Joyas Mestizas Youth Group

Youth expression and discussion presented by NW Folklife

Niños piñata party and decorate your own sugar skull

Jake Prendez

Tacos Chukis

Flor Silvestre presented by the Consulate of Mexico

FREE Arts Gumbo Book Chats

Thursday, Oct 18, 6 7:45pm
“Brownsville: Stories” by Oscar Casares

Thursday, Nov 15, 6 7:45pm
“Caramelo” by Sandra Cisneros



Día De Los Muertos: Free Community Night Out at SAM

Friday, October 26 | 7 – 9 PM | Seattle Art Museum | Free

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at SAM’s free community evening. Check out this year’s unique tapete (sand painting) installation inspired by Oaxaca’s beautiful traditions, take in a dance performance, get involved with art activities, listen to music, and more!

Don’t miss the chance to win two roundtrip tickets to Mexico, courtesy of Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico!

Free and open to the public, RSVP requested. All ages.

Support for Dia de los Muertos is provided by the Consulado de Mexico en Seattle.



Pop Up Mercado: Dia de Los Muertos

Saturday, October 27 | 10 AM – 6 PM | Centilia Cultural Center | Free

Colectiva Noroeste and Rebels and Scholars present: Dia de los Muertos Pop Up Mercado!

30+ vendors selling Apparel, Handmade Gifts, Food, Jewelry. Family fun while building community, networking and supporting local artists/artisans.

Interested in becoming a vendor?



Dia de Muertos 2018

Saturday, October 27 – Sunday, October 28 | All Day | Seattle Center Armory | Free

Seattle Center Festál presents Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed, October 27 – 28. Explore and experience the cultural roots of Mexico through live performances, spectacular community altar and cemetery, special hands-on activities, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead. The art and spirituality of Mexican culture are celebrated at Dia de Muertos. This “Day of the Dead” festival honors the lives of loved ones who have passed.



2018 Dia de los Muertos at El Centro de la Raza

Friday, November 2 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM | El Centro de la Raza | Free

Our theme for 2018 is, “Viva la Lucha, Viva la Resistencia y Viva la Esperanza: Long Live the Struggle, the Resistance, and Hope”

Opening Day Presentations at El Centro de la Raza’s Centilia Cultural Center:

Ce Atl Tonalli | Juan Gabriel imitator | Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin
Chief Sealth International High School Folkloric | Quinceanera Club Bomba Dancers | La Calaca Clown Show

Featuring Ofrenda’s by: Arunga Music, Beacon Arts, Beacon Hill Air & Noise Health Impact Project,
Beth Shalom Synagogue Immigration & Sanctuary support, Chief Seattle Club,
Colectiva Noroeste, Comadres/Bebes, From Hiroshima to Hope, Gamma Alpha Omega,
Seattle Area Alumnae Assoc., Growing and Learning Together, HLH Leukemia Awareness,
Luis Alfonso Velasquez Flores After-School Program, Patricia Ann Wilson, Plaza Roberto Maestas after-school program,
Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA), Rhonda Gossett w/ Cecilia Anang,
Rosamaria Rosales, SEIU Local 925, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, UW School of Public Health
w/Girl Scout troop # 42514, WARN (Washington Anti-trafficking Response Network),
WHEEL & Women in Black and 350 Seattle, Y-WE.



Día de los Muertos Festival

Saturday, November 3 | 3 – 7 PM | Phinney Neighborhood Association | Free

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Latin American holiday honoring the dead with food, drink, and festivities.

It’s a time to commemorate the dead and celebrate their lives with family and friends.

Our free celebration will begin with a community procession and dedication of a traditional altar for offerings to the deceased. Bring your offerings (pictures, mementos, small items) to the Phinney Center before or during the event to be included on the altar. (You can pick them back up at the Phinney Center by November 10).

Come and enjoy live music and dance, decorate sugar skulls, do arts & crafts, get your face painted, eat delicious food, and drink Mexican hot chocolate. Plus, support PNA’s Spanish language preschool co-op with a silent auction and a raffle.

3:00: Festival begins; meet in Community Plaza for performance and procession with CeAtl Tonalli Aztec dancers
4:00: Raúl Sánchez dedicates the community altar in the Gallery, Blue Building
4:30: Student performance by PNA’s PCPE Seattle- Cooperativa Preescolar en Español (20-30 minutes)
5:00: Performance by Marco Cortes Music, Andean music for kids (40 minutes)
6:00: Closing of the silent auction benefiting PNA’s PCPE Seattle- Cooperativa Preescolar en Español
6:15: Bailadores de Bronce performs Mexican Folkloric Dancing (30 minutes)
6:45: Raffle drawing
7:00: Event ends

We’ll have Mexican hot chocolate for $2, and Pan de Muerto for $1. (cash)


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